Cedarville University News - March 1

  • Cedarville Ranked As Most Beautiful Christian College in Ohio
  • Hundreds of Youth Converge at "Cedarmania"
  • From Cedarville University Comes the “Bike of the Future”
  • SSHP Wins Outstanding Professional Development Award

Cedarville Ranked As Most Beautiful Christian College in Ohio

CU Campus BTS2Cedarville University’s campus has been recognized as the most beautiful Christian college campus in Ohio by Christian Universities Online (CUO). The independent online resource ranked Cedarville as the 12th most beautiful campus in the Midwest.

Colleges on CUO’s list were analyzed for continuity of campus, architectural style, signature buildings and natural setting.  In its rankings, CUO praised Cedarville’s large rural campus and modern architectural style. It also notes Cedar Lake as the focal point of the campus.

Cedarville has a standard of excellence that extends far beyond the classroom. It has a dedicated physical plant department that consists of grounds, athletic fields, maintenance,
mechanical and custodial teams that work together to keep the campus maintained and beautiful.

“When people walk on campus and see that it is well maintained, they can believe the education is as excellent as Cedarville proclaims,” said Rod Johnson, vice president of operations. “If we couldn’t even keep our grass mowed, how could we deliver high-quality education?”

Cedarville’s grounds are mowed, fertilized and maintained often. All the buildings exhibit a uniform architectural style featuring the signature red brick, and most parking lots are on the outer edge of campus to prevent cars from driving through the center.

Hundreds of Youth Converge at "Cedarmania"

CedarMania 1More than 800 middle school and high school students from around the country are heading to Cedarville University for CedarMania on Saturday, March 18.

This high energy, action-packed conference offers students small-group Bible studies, crazy games, exciting competitions and worship led by HeartSong, Cedarville’s touring worship team.

CedarMania’s theme this year is “Revive,” and Jeremy Kimble, Ph.D., assistant professor of theological studies and interim director for the center for biblical integration, will serve as keynote speaker. During the two main sessions, Kimble will challenge students to guard their hearts and gaze at Christ.

“God calls us to glorify Him in all things and love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength,” explained Kimble. “CedarMania will be a great time to gauge our spiritual pulse as we consider how guarding our hearts and gazing at Christ leads to an ever-increasing love for and satisfaction in God.”

More than 300 Cedarville student volunteers will facilitate games and activities, lead small-group discussions and build relationships with middle school and high school students.

“As a small-group leader at CedarMania, I had the opportunity to point students to Christ,” said Allison Staley, a junior middle childhood education major from Tipp City, Ohio, who volunteered at the event previously. “The day was packed full of fun activities and craziness, but what made the day special to me was the refreshing conversations with students about God's love for them.”

Youth leaders and sponsors can participate in the Youth Leaders Summit during CedarMania. The Summit provides an opportunity to hear from peers, university professors, camp leaders and pastors who share insight, experience and encouragement with one another.

Register online at cedarville.edu/CedarMania until March 10. The cost is $30, which includes a CedarMania T-shirt, Subway boxed lunch and all activities.

From Cedarville University Comes the “Bike of the Future”

Students from Cedarville University’s industrial and innovative design, mechanical engineering and business programs, are working to create a high-end, personal mobility device – a sustainable e-bike. They will roll out their creation during the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) March 10-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

E-bikes are a new trend among bicycle riders. An e-bike comes equipped with a battery and motor, which can assist the rider in movement. The bike can function as a normal bike, but it can also be fully or partly operated by the motor.

The three teams are creating a bike with a wooden frame, rather than a metal one, along with Jay Kinsinger, an associate professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Cedarville and a world class wooden bike craftsman. Alex Camacho, associate professor of marketing, and a team of business students, are collaborating with Kinsinger to develop the marketing plan.

The idea for the e-bike project originated with Kinsinger, who has been building award-winning wooden bikes for the past several years. After being elected to an entrepreneurial board last year, Kinsinger saw the opportunity for collaboration between engineering, business, and design students. The bike is the capstone project for six senior engineering students.

“This is the first capstone project with an emphasis in collaboration between majors,” said Kinsinger. “It’s a very open-ended project. There’s no answer in the back of the book for this one.”

“Each of our three programs – engineering, design and business – are interested in innovation and creating 'real-world' projects to enhance the student experience, but each of our disciplines bring something diverse and unique to the process,” said Jim Stevenson, president of the International Center for Creativity (ICC) and supporting instructor of industrial and innovative design for Cedarville students.

Trayton Ojala, industrial designer and project specialist at ICC and a 2014 Cedarville graduate, led the design aspect of the project. “The project teaches the students to lean on the expertise of others and to communicate outside of their own discipline – both of which are extremely important when trying to get a product to market with efficiency,” he said.

ICC students presented the final design concept on October 21, engineering students are preparing to build the bike and business students from are looking for ways to market and sell it. One of the first places this will be tested is NAHBS.

“We’re going to check the demand and interest,” Kinsinger said. “I’m looking for orders.”

Kinsinger explained that e-bikes are huge in Europe and Asia, and he sees a great potential market in the United States. “You still pedal, but the bike helps you,” he said. “The harder you push, the more it helps. In Europe, you see 70 and 80-year-olds cruising along on these.”

The bike going to Salt Lake City will be available for viewing in the Stevens Center on May 5, 2017.

SSHP Wins Outstanding Professional Development Award

Cedarville University’s Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (SSHP) was one of 25 schools awarded an Outstanding Professional Development Project award during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cedarville’s SSHP earned the award through its ingenuity and commitment to ASHP’s Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI).

“PAI is a professional-led initiative that empowers pharmacists to take responsibility for providing optimal patient care,” said Charles Snyder, president of Cedarville’s SSHP. “It’s all about pharmacists advancing the practice of pharmacy to better help patients.”

The project included interviewing faculty members and students about their experience in advancing the role of pharmacists in patient care. Then the information was compiled and shared with other pharmacy students.

“Our goal was to make practice advancement more practical for students,” said Trevor Stump, a fourth-year professional pharmacy student who led the initiative. “We wanted to show students how we were already involved in advancing the practice of pharmacy and other ways we can do that moving forward.”

Students have already been developing new programs at hospitals to improve patient care, training pharmacy technicians to better employ their skills and collaborating with other health care students to serve in homeless shelters.

Faculty members have also been involved in utilizing technology to advance the practice, finding innovative ways to meet the needs of patients and working on their certification so they can practice at the top of their license.

“Through this project I learned that the world of health care is constantly evolving, and we are never too young or inexperienced to help shape the profession of pharmacy,” said Stacy Lin, a first-year professional pharmacy student who was in charge of interviewing faculty and staff for the project.

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