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  • 3D Printing of Human Tissue Scaffolds Provide Learning Opportunity for Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacy Students
  • Full-Tuition Scholarship Focuses on bringing "heaven on earth"
  • Cedarville Students Collaborate with GM on Future Car
  • Cedarville Business Major Connects Talents with Ministry Passion
  • Cedarville Business Professor Conducts National Research on Employee Communication
  • Cedarville's “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” Opens February 1
  • Cedarville Athletes Serve with Xenia Youth Ministry
  • Students Complete More Than 1,000 Service Hours for Advocacy

3D Printing of Human Tissue Scaffolds Provide Learning Opportunity for Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacy Students

Collaborative research by Cedarville senior biomedical engineers and the school of pharmacy shows that 3D printing of human tissue scaffolds has tremendous potential for regrowing bone. Their research will be published by the Orthopedic Research Society (ORS) in March 2018.

3D printing is commonly associated with the industrial design field, where printers are used to create prototypes or actual parts for cars, planes and machinery or scale architectural and other types of models. Now 3D printing is being employed to recreate human organs and bone-building scaffolds.

The biomedical engineering students working on this project are seniors Mitchell Ryan (Hopkins, MI), Daniel Sidle (Macedonia, OH), Stephan Smith (Prompton Plains, NJ), Jacob Cole (Sidney, ME), Tierra Martinelli (Cincinnati, OH) and freshman Sarah Seman (Delmont, PA).

According to Dr. Tim Norman, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy students are producing a scaffold, which is like a frame for bone tissue cells to grow, using a 3D printer. PLA (polylactic acid) is used in the printer; it is a biocompatible and biodegradable substance. The scaffold is a framework with which the cells will easily inhabit and mimics the body tissue being regrown.

The scaffold is submerged into a liquid growth media full of normal endothelial cells that will attach to the scaffold and reproduce. The biomedical engineering design group is partnering with Dr. Rocco Rotello, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, to culture human cells in the pharmaceutical science laboratory.

Ideally, the cell-enriched scaffold would be implanted into the body to eventually regrow the missing tissue. The scaffold is resorbed by the patient’s body, while the cells produce the new tissue.

“The biomedical field is growing and moving so quickly, and this project reveals the interdisciplinary nature of this field extremely well,” Norman said. “It shows our students that collaborative work with other disciplines is necessary for successful biomedical engineering projects.”

Cedarville began this research in 2015 and is still in the early stages of the research process. The biomedical engineering department’s research paper about the material properties of 3D printed scaffolds will be published in March 2018 at the ORS annual meeting in New Orleans.

The end goal of this research is to design a scaffold that supports cell life and represents the tissue it is meant to replace.

Full-Tuition Scholarship Focuses on bringing "heaven on earth"

Cedarville University is partnering with the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association (FBFA) to provide a three-quarter or potentially full-tuition scholarship for a student from an FBFA church who enrolls at Cedarville.

This Rev. James D. Parker Young Leader Scholarship was established to encourage student leaders from the FBFA and to promote Cedarville University among non-majority communities.

In 1954, Reverend James D. Parker Sr. was the first African-American student to be accepted at Cedarville College. In 2017, Parker’s grandsons, Joe Kornegay and Daniel Brown, enrolled as freshmen at Cedarville.

FBFA churches frequently collaborate with Cedarville University, regularly hosting Cedarville ministry teams.

“We are an institution of higher education, and the learning is enhanced when different groups are brought together for a common purpose,” said Greg Dyson, director of intercultural leadership. “We, as Christians, are called to be known by our love for one another.”

“We believe the Bible. The Bible states that we all came from Adam, that Jesus Christ died on a cross to redeem mankind and that one day every tribe, tongue and nation will serve Jesus together forever in heaven,” said Thomas White, president of Cedarville University. “There is no room in Christianity for racism of any kind. We should love God and one another. For that reason, Cedarville University is honored to commit time and resources into partnerships with faithful groups like the FBFA, which in return will help our campus look more like heaven.”

To apply for this scholarship, visit cedarville.edu/ParkerScholarship. This scholarship is available to a freshman or transfer student, regardless of major, who enrolls at Cedarville starting fall 2018.

Cedarville Students Collaborate with GM on Future Car

The automobile of the future could be shaped, in part, by Cedarville University industrial and innovative design (IID) students. This fall, senior design students completed an extensive academic design of a Chevrolet-branded, 2+2 battery electric concept car under the supervision of an instructional design team from General Motors Design Center in Detroit

The 22 students worked with a clay sculptor, digital sculptor and the lead designer from the Chevrolet brand studio. The Detroit-based GM Design team mentored the students, providing hands-on instruction. Instructors and students worked four and a half weeks on the project at the International Center for Creativity (ICC) in Columbus, the instructional partner for Cedarville’s unique industrial design program. Cedarville University is the only Christian university in the United States to offer an industrial and innovative design program -- and its collaborative program with the ICC is ranked No. 5 nationally, according to CollegeValuesOnline.com.

"This project was about as 'real world' as it can get,” said Jim Stevenson, president of ICC. “Since it was our first time working with the GM team, it was a big learning curve for both of us, but we are extremely proud of what the students were able to accomplish. While quite a few of our students are interested in careers in transportation design, the ones that aren't worked just as hard, and it was difficult to tell them apart in some cases."

“Working with the GM designers was such a great honor,” said Josh Zaborowski, from Syracuse, NY. “Hearing their comments and input was really challenging and encouraging throughout the whole design process. The fact that no matter what you complete, you can always go back and challenge yourself and push it forward even further is something I will continue to apply to my professional career.”

Each student completed a concept for the project, then seven teams were formed based on the best seven overall concepts. Each of the seven teams was tasked with completing an overall design vision, customer persona, concept sketches, digital renderings, two clay models, orthographic view tape drawings -- a drawing that represents a three-dimensional object in two dimensions -- and refined sketches. The students began their work on September 18, then presented their work approximately one month later.

Jim “JD” Orr, part-time instructor and ICC advisory board member and co-founder, who worked at GM design for approximately 15 years early in his design career, was the Cedarville instructor of record for the design development portion of the project.

“General Motors Design participates in collegiate sponsorship projects to contribute to the development of creative talent,” said Kris Bastedo, Collegiate Relations Manager, GM Design. “Collaborative efforts with collegiate institutions bring awareness to students and parents of the well-regarded creative careers available in the automotive industry.”

“Learning from someone who lives and breathes their craft was an invaluable experience,” said Kelly Miller from Bloomington, Illinois. “We learned so much about specific roles within groups and how to live within the task you have been given, but also how to help your teammates out. In the end, it matters what the final product is. A lot of good communication within the team moves the ideas forward; that was my major take away.”

The ICC frequently partners with design teams from corporations to provide students with rich academic experiences that are rooted in real world scenarios and timelines, and the sponsored projects in the transportation field are growing. In 2015 and 2016, ICC seniors completed two separate design activities for Honda Research and Development and worked with the Center for Automotive Research at The Ohio State University in the spring of 2017.

"We were extremely impressed with the high level of involvement the GM staff dedicated to this project,” said Stevenson. “They didn't just drop the project off at the door. They were here, in the studio, day in and day out, building into these young people's lives and helping shape the talents of future designers."

Cedarville Business Major Connects Talents with Ministry Passion

Cedarville University senior business management major Timothy Marvin is passionate about using his talents in business for ministry purposes. This is what led him to serve at Wycliffe Bible Translators headquarters last summer.
Marvin first learned of Wycliffe’s need for business-minded students through a class presentation. After the presentation, he quickly became interested in translation work, although he didn’t think his skills perfectly aligned with the ministry.
Still, Marvin decided to apply for an internship position that directly related to business. He was accepted, and spent last summer at Wycliffe Bible Translators headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

Marvin worked in the information technology department as a quality assurance analyst. His work included validating data for software implementation, running reports to check for errors and acting as a liaison between the information technology department and several other departments. He also attended meetings with outside software developers.
Shortly before the internship, Marvin changed his major to business management. His time at Wycliffe confirmed the change. Now, Marvin sees the possibility of further ministry opportunities.
“Management is straight discipleship,” Marvin said. ‘You are giving everyone what they need to succeed. You are the servant leader, and you have the opportunity to push people out of their comfort zones in order to help them grow.”
“Any organization has a business side of things,” he added. Business is everywhere. You can be involved in anything, anywhere.”
“As long as you are pursuing something that is pleasing to God, and have prayed about and sought wise counsel, go for it,” he said. “If he does not want you there, he will close the door.”


Cedarville Business Professor Conducts National Research on Employee Communication

When introducing new, and possibly anxiety-inducing, technology to a workplace, what’s better -- a formal memo or a coffee break chat? Dr. Phoebe Tsai, assistant professor of information technology management at Cedarville University, wanted to find out.

In 2009, Tsai began conducting extensive research on formal and informal employee communication surrounding the introduction of new technology in the workplace. In January 2017, Tsai collected a new round of data. She submitted her findings to a prestigious academic journal for potential future publication.

Formal communication consists of management sharing information through meetings or newsletters. Informal communication, or “word of mouth,” includes the classic “water cooler” conversations co-workers have during lunch and other breaks.

“Information technology (IT) has become indispensable for working professionals to tackle daily tasks,” said Tsai. “IT not only increases personal productivity, but also facilitates team collaboration. Whether team members are in different cubicles or continents, technology allows them to build on one another's ideas and create synergy.”

However, new technology can create a range of responses, from frustration and fear to excitement and anticipation. “Ease of use has been one of the foremost attributes that employees care about as they form a preliminary evaluation of a new technology,” she continued. “If the new technology is perceived to be easy to use, the employee is more likely to see the technology as a facilitator instead of a hindrance to goal attainment.”

Tsai’s research concluded that formal communication is more influential in the responses of the employees to the new technology. The study also proved that enthusiasm is a stronger emotion than anxiety, if the employees anticipate the technology will make their jobs easier. This research highlights the importance of business superiors communicating effectively through formal outlets. When formal communication in the workplace is executed properly, employees will react positively and enthusiastically to the new technology in their job.

“These formally communicated messages allow users to establish preliminary, general understandings of the technology, which propels them to reach out to peers for gathering more detailed, localized information about the technology,” said Tsai. “This information-gathering behavior will prepare them for using the technology with confidence and skills when the technology goes live later.”

Cedarville's “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” Opens February 1
Cedarville University’s theatre department presents “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” opening Thursday, Feb. 1, in the DeVries Theatre at the Stevens Student Center. The play will run through Feb. 11. Tickets go on sale Jan. 16 and can be purchased at www.cedarville.edu/ticketinfo.
Acclaimed playwright Joseph Robinette has adapted the beloved C.S. Lewis novel of the same name to a staged version containing all the magic of the book. The story follows the four Pevensie children in their adventures in Narnia, a world only reached through a large wooden wardrobe. Lewis’ tale illustrates good triumphing over evil and waiting for the coming of the true king.
Dr. Dawn Schluetz, assistant professor of theatre, will be directing “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” as her first show at Cedarville University.
“I have really enjoyed the process so far,” said Schluetz, who joined the theatre faculty in August 2017. “I am very impressed with the actors and design team and all the collaboration that has occured. There is no selfish thinking among the actors and everyone has had an attitude of service, which has been amazing to see.”
Schluetz’s directing concept revolves around the idea of Jove, the Roman god representing jupiter. It is commonly thought that each of the books in the Narnia series represented a planet, with “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” representing Jupiter. Schluetz has drawn a lot of inspiration from Lewis’ poem “The Planets” and its depiction of the large planet.  
“The thing that I have enjoyed the most about working on Narnia is being able to see this incredible and magical story come to life,” said Heather Lange, a senior theatre performance major from St. Cloud, Florida, who will play Susan Pevensie. “I have always loved the books and being able to reenact them is basically fulfilling a childhood dream.”
“Getting to know the cast more and becoming comfortable in a theatrical setting have been what I've enjoyed most,” said Zach Krauss, a pharmacy and music double-major from Temple, Texas, who will play Peter Pevensie. “I wasn't confident in my acting skills before, but I'm becoming more and more sure of myself as we continue to implement new ways to improve. I think the cast works really well together, so I hope the audience can see the chemistry that will be present on the stage.”
“I want the audience to be able to walk in, sit down and become a part of the world of Narnia,” said Schluetz. “I want them to leave feeling like they got a burst of energy to continue their normal lives.”

Cedarville Athletes Serve with Xenia Youth Ministry
This fall, the Cedarville women’s soccer team served with The Cleft, a ministry that reaches teenagers in the Miami Valley through building relationships. Now, CU Fellowship, a group of athletes from a variety of Cedarville sports, will continue the tradition of meeting with teenagers twice a month at the Xenia Community Center to engage in sports, conversation and Bible study.
Soccer player Creslyn Van Dyck, a junior social work major from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, looked for a ministry opportunity for the team in early 2017 and discovered The Cleft. The team began serving regularly throughout the spring, but took a break early this fall during soccer season.
“I love getting to know the kids,” said Van Dyck, who prefers to sit and chat with the teens. “These kids are from all different backgrounds, and I enjoy hearing their perspective. They want to talk, and I take every opportunity to share Jesus.”
At The Cleft, athletes welcome up to 200 teenagers into the gym to play basketball or other sports. Other players sit with teenagers at tables nearby to speak with them about their lives and the gospel. Each night has a specific theme or activity tied to it, and team members readily join in. The night also includes a short Bible lesson intended to share the gospel with the teens.
“This is a great opportunity for our team to get involved with the local community for the cause of Christ,” said Jonathan Meade, head coach of the women’s soccer team. “It's about building relationships, being an encouragement to others and modeling Jesus. It's also a chance to stretch ourselves, get outside our comfort zones and put into practice the faith that is being developed on campus.”
“The Cleft is a unique ministry that focuses on the students,” said soccer player Hannah Wicker, a junior nursing major from Crawfordsville, Indiana. “The leaders meet the students where they are and relate to them on a personal level through conversations and activities. It's great when Cedarville students get to minister to middle school and high school students. It just takes taking a step out of your comfort zone and remembering you can show the love of Christ to someone who has endured a lot.”


Students Complete More Than 1,000 Service Hours for Advocacy

Most college courses include notes, papers and exams, but for some students it involves another unique requirement: community service. Cedarville’s Advocacy Communication class requires students to complete 30 hours of service during the semester with a nonprofit organization of their choice.

In addition to class lectures and assignments, 11 students taking the course fall 2017 served throughout the semester and then documented their experience through a video presentation. While the class required 30 hours of service, the students went above and beyond.

The students completed more than 1,000 service hours since August. For some, this continued a previous commitment with a new focus for the class, and for others this was an opportunity to try something new.

Nathan Overlock, a senior professional writing and information design major from Hope, Maine, worked with 4 Paws for Ability through a student service organization on campus called K9s at the Ville. Overlock began working with 4Paws his freshman year, socializing service dogs in training and helping with fundraising and awareness.

“Working with 4 Paws has been the most fulfilling part of my time at Cedarville. Though socializing a future service dog takes a lot of dedication and extra attention, I've been able to incorporate it into my class and work schedule and everything else I'm involved in on campus,” said Overlock. “This constantly reminds me of the profound impact that we're able to have on others even as we go through daily life.”

Natalia Kirychuck, a junior theater performance major from Glen Burnie, Maryland, spent her semester working with two different organizations:  Miami Valley Women’s Center, a pregnancy resource clinic in Xenia, Ohio; and King’s Kids, a ministry for refugee children in Dayton, Ohio.

“I have absolutely loved serving those who can’t speak for themselves,” said Kirychuck.

For Heather Heritage, assistant professor of communication, the Advocacy Communication class is valuable because it gives students not only book knowledge, but practical experience that will help them apply classroom lessons and provide unforgettable opportunities to serve others.

“The skills they learn in this class will benefit anyone who has a passion or a desire to love others,” said Heritage. “And it will leave students with an experience they will remember for a lifetime.”

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