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CCU ANNOUNCES LAKEWOOD CAMPUS REDEVELOPMENT PLANS
Artist rendering of the first building in the campus redevelopment plan. For more, see page 4.
We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world.
Dear Friends, The role of Colorado Christian University as a school that educates and equips young men and women to become salt and light to our culture exhilarated me when I came to this position almost seven years ago. That same sense of exhilaration and significance is even stronger today. I am thrilled to be a part of the change that happens here every day. The grace and faithfulness of God is evident from the soccer field to the classroom, from chapel to the residence halls. Students on campus and—through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies—around the world are being transformed as image-bearers of God. They are growing academically and preparing to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, nurses, doctors, teachers, scientists, managers, missionaries, and political dignitaries. They are becoming leaders—men and women who follow Christ and influence the world for His glory. This fall, while our nation debates political issues, I confidently claim that our future is bright. Yes, the challenges are real: a lasting economic downturn and the continuing secularization of culture are painful struggles. But the men and women of Colorado Christian University will affect our country and our world for the better. They are learning to lead with courage and to fight for freedom and justice for all. Our enrollment is at its highest mark in our almost 100 year history, with 1,041 students in our College of Undergraduate Studies and 3,723 in our College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Over the past year our debate team has become nationally ranked, our women’s basketball team brought home a national championship, we enjoyed our third annual Western Conservative Summit, we heard extraordinary stories of transformation from mission trips, and we watched—or participated in—an amazing array of concerts and plays. Moreover, CCU is officially starting the Faith|Family|Freedom Campaign. The eight year project will dramatically transform our campus. On October 8, Colorado Christian University’s request for rezoning our Lakewood campus was approved by the Lakewood City Council. Following two hours of discussion and questions, the council voted in support of our plan to enlarge the campus from 25 to 34 acres and increase the allowable square footage from 178 thousand to 700 thousand square feet. Even as we celebrate this historic victory for the university, we ask for your continued prayer that during the 45 day period in which City Council’s unanimous decision is subject to being overturned by a court review or special election upon petition for a special election. This is the culmination of years of prayer and work. Once again God has blessed our university. Let us thank Him with great exuberance and pray that we will be worthy of the opportunity He has entrusted to us. We are humbled and grateful. Our campus redevelopment will help us take the next step, as we continue to equip students who praise Jesus, work hard, have fun, and are ready to change the world for Christ. Sincerely,
Bill Armstrong President
November 7-10 Fall Play: The Jesus Trip Music Center 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. 303.963.3333 to RSVP November 12 Centennial Institute Issue Monday: “What the Election Results Really Mean” Beckman Center 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 303.963.3118 to RSVP
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December 7 Women’s & Men’s Basketball Game vs. Black Hills State Univ. CCU Event Center, 6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
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Volume 4, Number 4
To add your name to the mail list and to receive other announcements about CCU alumni events or to update your contact information please go to www.ccu.edu/Alumni Colorado Christian Connection is a regular publication produced by Colorado Christian University to connect CCU alumni and friends to each other and to CCU. As we build each issue, we strive for complete accuracy. However, we occasionally miss the mark. Please inform us of our errors, and we will address them in the following issue. THIS PUBLICATION IS SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS: Paul J. Eldridge, J.D. Vice President, Office of Development and Alumni Relations Christi Kirchner Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations Kathleen LeCrone Database Administrator David Nye Director of Development Jan Otteman Events Specialist & Administrative Assistant Dan Westermann Director of Development THIS PUBLICATION IS PRODUCED BY UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS: Lisa Zeller Director of University Communications Gabe Knipp Copywriter Elizabeth Lee Copywriter Danielle Hull Graphic Designer Bethany Applegate Graphic Designer
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Lakewood Campus Redevelopment Plans Christians in the Public Square
Fulfilling the Call to Impact Culture
A Celebration of Faithfulness
Fueled by Passion
Architect’s conceptual rendering of the new campus at complete build-out.
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t CCU, one of our goals is to become a great University—a University where outstanding students receive an excellent education in strategic disciplines and are equipped for positions of significant leadership. In pursuit of this goal, we are launching a campus redevelopment project: the Faith|Family|Freedom Campaign. This campaign is a reminder that we prize faith, family, and freedom, and that we continue to value academic excellence, spiritual fidelity, and civic engagement as we shape leaders for the 21st century. “The new construction will help CCU fulfill
its strategic objectives by providing a top-notch academic environment, which will foster inquiry and enhance learning collaboration between faculty and students,” said Ron Benton, Assistant Vice President of Administrative Services.“As we equip the faculty with the right tools to teach, there will be no limits to the learning that can take place in the lives of our students.” As a Christian community, we are bold in our faith and the values for which it stands. We uphold the traditional family, and we will not shrink from raising our voice in defense of freedom. The four pillars of
Academic Excellence, Christ-Centered Community, Spiritual Formation, and Leaders for the 21st Century serve to strengthen the foundation of faith, family, and freedom. CCU not only supports these ideals, but also embraces them as an integral part of the University’s identity. As we move forward with our vision for the redevelopment project, the campus landscape will change, but our commitment to these values will continue to set CCU apart from other higher education institutions. The Faith|Family|Freedom Campaign begins with an approximately 44,000 square foot academic building, the acquisition of real estate contingent to the Lakewood campus, and significant infrastructure improvements. The first building will provide state-of-theart classrooms and offices for our students and faculty. The first building will also feature a multi-purpose assembly hall, a small convenience food service outlet, a student lounge, and study space.
This academic structure will begin a momentous new phase in the history of the University, and its completion will coincide closely with our centennial in 2014. It will meet a variety of present needs and prove to be a crucial first step toward a dramatically transformed campus. The campus redevelopment project feature higher density buildings and taller structures to accommodate academic and community life needs of the Lakewood campus, and the total project will cost in excess of $100 million with more than $55 million anticipated to come from charitable gifts. Future spaces have already been conceptually designed, yet are subject to change. Please join us in praying for the Lord’s continued favor over the campus redevelopment project. - E. Lee
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain...”
- Psalm 127:1
The three story atrium will welcome students and visitors alike, and will be a focal point for the CCU community. |5|
Fullfilling the Call to Impact Culture
ithout fail, students at Colorado Christian University enter into the fray: they are prepared, equipped, encouraged, and called into the public square. In that space, they serve the poor and spread the gospel, they vote their consciences and strive for justice, they engage in apologetics without apology. From Denver to D.C., students inform, influence, and instruct others about what it means to live as a man or woman of unyielding principles—as men and women who are disciples of Christ. In 2012, the annual symposium at CCU covered exactly this topic. For two days in September, students, staff, and faculty convened to listen to speakers and discuss the pressing issue: how we, as followers of Jesus, ought to engage in the public square. CCU’s own Dr. Sid Buzzell brought the issue to a flashpoint as he articulated the main aspects of the Manhattan Declaration—a document that calls Christians to support the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. In doing so, he called for the integration of our so-called private lives and our public lives. He insisted that we cannot support God’s view of marriage publicly if we do not honor our spouse or control our thought-lives privately. Equally, we cannot vow to protect the unborn if we are not also protecting the already born: feeding the hungry, caring for the poor, and pursuing justice. In urging the audience to live uncompartmentalized lives, he called on all to consider their roles as both Christians and citizens of the state. Ultimately, he reminded everyone, “The answer to these moral issues is not legislation. It is redemption.” The symposium also featured such luminaries as Robert Amaya—one of the main actors in the Sherwood Pictures
n September 11, CCU commemorated the infamous day with help from Young Americans for Freedom, a student organization that sponsored the 9/11: Never Forget Project. YAF dedicated a flag memorial to citizens who lost their lives in the attacks 11 years ago, decorating the center of campus with 2,977 flags.“We stand with the families of those who were killed and pray that God will continue the healing process,” said Erin Shumaker, president of YAF. Young Americans for Freedom is in its first year of operation at CCU. “Our mission is to engage CCU students in the political field, integrating Christian values with conservative principles,” remarked Shumaker.“We aim to create a safe environment to ask tough questions.” With events such as the 9/11: Never Forget Project, which also included a prayer vigil for victims’ families and our nation, YAF has helped set the tone for the school by providing a positive Christian voice in the public square. The evening finished with the speaker Kamal Saleem, a “jihadist turned Jesus follower,” who visited as part of an event co-hosted by Centennial Institute and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Saleem gave insight into the heart of Sunni Muslim holy war but also delivered a meaningful message of grace and transformation. His story is one that highlights both the freedoms afforded by life in the United States, as well as a transforming experience with the Living God. - G. Knipp
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film, Courageous. He spoke of using our talents and gifts to glorify God, and that becoming an actor does not require a loosening of morals—as his films are proof that stories are just as moving without nudity, swearing, or graphic violence. On the second morning, Star Parker related her story of transformation. Jesus helped her move from a woman on welfare to a successful businesswoman. She articulated a need for Christians to raise their voices in the public square: “We need men and women of integrity that understand very, very deeply that we’re at war, a war that began way back in Genesis.” Ultimately, the symposium led to a greater sense of urgency for students to engage in public life—whether in politics or evangelism, the arts or apologetics. Fortunately, at CCU, those opportunities are almost limitless. For example, the university places great focus on real-life, hands-on experiences to enhance and solidify classroom—or symposium—theory. Political science majors find that this means opportunities to interact with nationally-known speakers, intern in Washington, D.C., or partake in an annual trip to our nation’s capital. During CCU’s Washington Week, students meet with influential thinkers, see the workings of our nation’s capitol, and take time to consider the important role that Christians and faith play in our nation— and its future. In his reflection of the trip, Béla Franklin, one of CCU’s first political science graduates, remarked, “I am physically exhausted, though intellectually and civically energized! I can’t help but sit back and be amazed by the opportunities afforded to the students of Colorado Christian University.” Indeed, the annual Washington Week is one small example of CCU students going forth into the breach, raising their voices, and learning to live as Christians in the public square. - G. Knipp
CCU’s Dean of Spiritual Formation, Joe Walters,concluded the Symposium through a special communion ceremony.
Star Parker speaks to faculty, staff, and students at the annual Symposium.
CCU Professor, Dr. Thomas Krannawitter, lectures to students during washington week.
A Celebration of Faithfulness
PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE DINNER 2012
n September 26, supporters and friends of CCU gathered together at the annual President’s Circle Dinner.The event, in the words of President Armstrong, was an evening “to celebrate God’s faithfulness to CCU.” Student testimonies proved to be a moving opening act: young men and women shared of how God has used their time at CCU, to shape the direction of their lives and to respond to God’s call to impact the world. A young student from Estonia, Enel, recounted how God opened doors to study in the United States and then used professors who made CCU a safe place where she could be challenged and grow. Jonathan Finer recounted meeting with President Armstrong on a campus visit—a meeting that proved consequential—as the CCU senior has since interned with The Heritage Institute and served as a page at the Republican National Convention. President Armstrong then took the stage and recounted a year of great movement. After a long season of looking for a new property for CCU and of telling everyone, “next year,” President Armstrong confidently affirmed that next year is here. CCU will be rebuilding and redeveloping the present campus to better meet student needs. He recounted how God has been active in opening doors for CCU to stay where it is—with new land acquisitions adjacent to campus and favor in the rezoning process. Brit Probst, the leading architect on the redevelopment project, then showed renderings of the new campus and how the new buildings will lend permanence and excellence to CCU. President Armstrong’s announcement marked the official launch of the FAITH | FAMILY | FREEDOM campaign - an eight year, $100 million+ project to completely transform the physical Lakewood campus. As every President’s Circle Dinner is, this was a time of remembrance, celebration, and to reflect upon the plans for CCU’s future. - G. Knipp
A LIFETIME OF IMPACT
LEADER. SCHOLAR. PASTOR. TEACHER. Dr. L. David Beckman’s life of service and deep impact in the lives of students can hardly be described. Perhaps the greatest gift Dr. Beckman imparted to students was in being a friend and brother-inChrist who spent countless hours walking alongside students in life and faith. Through the Beckman Scholarship Annual Fund, Colorado Christian University affirms the belief that an investment in the lives of students will empower them to impact the world in positive ways. The Beckman Scholarship Annual Fund was established as a tribute to president emeritus, Dr. L. David Beckman, for his legacy of scholastic excellence, leadership, and heartfelt care for students. Colorado Christian University is continually challenged with providing sufficient need-based scholarships to sustain the type of growth the university has been experiencing over the past several years. Alumni and friends of the University partner with CCU to meet students’ financial needs and make the path to graduation accessible. These successful students would not otherwise be able to pursue Christ-centered higher education at Colorado Christian University. Approximately ninety-five percent of students in the College of Undergraduate Studies receive some form of financial aid. Five years ago CCU awarded just over $3.5 million in scholarships. This year CCU is awarding over $8 million to deserving students who will go out and transform our world. - C. Kirchner
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Thursday, January 17 2013
• HERITAGE ALUMNI PRAYER BREAKFAST • ALUMNI CHAPEL with CCU students • LUNCH IN THE CAFÉ with CCU students • CAMPUS TOUR
Saturday, January 19 2013
• HOMECOMING MUSIC CONCERT • PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION— hosted by President Bill Armstrong • CAMPUS TOUR • ALUMNI INDOOR COOKOUT • CCU MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAMES • RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF REUNION
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Dear Alumni, Please join me in thanking God that more than 1,000 traditional undergraduate students are studying and learning together on CCU’s main Lakewood campus! Truly, God is at work in the hearts and minds of our students, and we continue to be amazed at the good work He is doing to make Colorado Christian University a place of great learning and influence. This fall’s CCU Symposium provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to interact with each other and nationally renowned speakers about the role of Christians in the public square. I was so impressed by the students that provided brief vignettes of historic Christians who were willing to stand up for the cause of Christ even at great costs. I was encouraged by the earnest interest in key issues of our day that our students exhibited, and I was reminded that as Hebrews tells us, one of the opportunities we have to serve fellow followers of Christ is to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (10:24, NIV). As alumni of Colorado Christian University, I hope you will spur one another on, and that you will be pleased to participate with one another at alumni and campus events this year. Additionally, I hope you will pray that our students would experience the Christ-centered community that encourages active civic engagement and that they would be equipped through academic excellence to positively impact the world for good. Best, Alumni in these areas should keep their eye out for special e-mail and print communications about these regional alumni events.
The Colorado Christian University Alumni Relations Office will be hitting the road this year and traveling to share news about the campus redevelopment plans and general updates in the following cities:
Dallas Grand Junction Los Angeles Phoenix Washington, D.C.
Christi Kirchner Director of Alumni Relations 303.963.3337 www.ccu.edu/alumni P.S. - I look forward to meeting many of you at Homecoming on January 17 & 19, 2013! RVSP online at www.ccu.edu/Homecoming
HELP UPDATE THE ALUMNI DIRECTORY T
his year the Office of Alumni Relations is updating the CCU Alumni Directory to help alumni stay connected. This exciting resource—available in Spring 2013—will include personal, academic, and business updates from CCU graduates. When you receive a postcard with a toll free phone number from CCU in December, please take a few minutes to call, update your information, and order your copy of the directory.
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Denver Bible Institute Established
Denver Bible Institute Becomes Denver Bible College
Western Bible Institute Established
Denver Bible College Becomes Rockmont College
Anne Fenske (’96) – Anne is the founder of Grace Acres Press, a Christian publishing house. She has had a very successful year as two recent titles have won a Book of the Year Award from the Christian Small Publishers Association. Richard Hughes (’00) – Richard graduated from CCU with his degree in CISM and worked as the Chief of Operations at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Richard, his wife, and their two children, Sadye (8) and Cade (5), have recently moved to Charleston, SC, where Richard is the new Deputy CIO of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Jeff Dempsey (’05) – Jeff received his degree in Youth Ministry from CCU and has now started a Certificate in Youth Ministry and Theology program through the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. Lucille (Malburg) Zimmerman (’05) – Lucille wrote a book titled Renewed which is being published by Abingdon Press. Renewed will be released in March of 2013—check it out now on abingdonpress.com Katie (Arnold) Adamson (’06) – After earning a master’s degree in Global History from the University of Colorado Denver in May, Katie has begun a new job with the Department of State in Washington, D.C., as a Foreign Service Officer. She will be serving as the Indonesia and Timor-Leste desk officer for the next year. She is pictured with the Director General of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Deron Rupp (’07) – After graduating from CCU, Deron received his Master’s in International Security from the University of Denver. Since then, Deron has worked for the US Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, was sworn in as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer in Washington, D.C., and is currently serving as an Assistant Regional Security Officer at a U.S. Embassy overseas.
Patti Deffee (’08) – Patti recently completed a master’s degree from Regis University in Marriage and Family Therapy. While she hopes to begin a private practice in the near future, she is currently a Clinical Lab Assistant at Regis, helping students who are in the practicum and internship phase of their own academic programs.
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Western Bible Institute Becomes Western Bible College
Colorado Baptist University Established
Western Bible College and Rockmont College merge to form Colorado Christian College
1989 - Present
Colorado Christian College and Colorado Baptist University merge to form Colorado Christian University
Charles Curtis (’09) and Brianne (Andrus) Curtis (’09) – Charles and Brianne have been serving with a family financial planning venture in Texas for the past two years. This past year has been full of excitement as they celebrated the birth of their son Andrew (1) and moved back to Denver in order to expand their business.
Joseph Salmoiraghi (’10) – Joseph recently moved with his wife and two sons, Benjamin (4) and Timothy (1), to Woodbridge, VA. Diane Cutshaw (’12) – Diane is a recent graduate and is already beginning the process of setting up her own private counseling practice.
Cody Perry (’12) – Cody, his wife Annette, and their two children, Cody (13) and Tyler (11), live in Cheyenne, WY, where Cody was hired as the 6th grade teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School for the 2012 - 2013 school year. Ainsley Rawlings (’12) – Ainsley is celebrating the teaching job she just received at Deane Elementary in Lakewood, Colorado. She will be teaching a second grade class for the 2012-2013 school year. Lavon (Ethridge) Powell (’52), Connie (Olson) Biggs (’65), and Jillian Buell (current student) – Lavon and Connie both attended Rockmont College, and Jillian is currently attending CCU, which makes three generations of CCU attendees! They are all active members of Sabino Road Baptist Church, which is where they all met and realized they had CCU in common. After graduating, Lavon served as a missionary in India for twelve years and in Africa for seven years, and Connie worked in various aspects of nursing in California for 38 years.
Powell, Biggs, Buell
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If you had the opportunity to meet Lee, you’d quickly learn that he is passionate about three things. First, he is passionate about education. He holds a doctorate in education and served as a professor of education for fifteen years at the University of Northern Colorado; he also served at the Colorado Department of Education. Second, he is passionate about men’s ministry. He once headed the Rocky Mountain District Men’s Ministry for the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). And third, he loves cars! He loves fixing them, selling them, talking about them, and everything in between. Today, he still continues to be involved in ministry and education. At Colorado Christian University, Lee leads regular men’s Bible studies, mentors young men—and he still “tinkers around” with cars on a regular basis. For decades Lee and his wife, Pat, have allowed God to use them wherever they could be most effective in the overall engine of His ministry. After retiring as a professor of education, Lee was willing to temporarily take the wheel of CCU as interim president in 1996-97. He also served on the CCU Board of Trustees for ten years, including a term as chairman. Lee and Pat are passionate about the Lord and what He is doing at Colorado Christian University. They have also allowed God to use their financial resources to fuel the ministry of Colorado Christian University. A CCU alumnus, who currently leads a
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nationwide ministry,recently exclaimed,“Philanthropy is the fuel of ministry.” Without the fuel of funding, ministries cannot move. Without sufficient support, ministries simply remain parked and are unable to positively drive more people toward the Lord. In 1988, Lee and Pat established a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) and designated CCU as one of the beneficiaries. This would provide a wonderful gift to CCU when they passed away. After a few conversations with a development director from CCU, however, Lee and Pat explained that they would like to do something in the more immediate future—during their lifetimes—instead of giving the gift posthumously. They decided to terminate the Charitable Remainder Unitrust and immediately distribute the assets of the trust to charity, leading to a wonderful gift to CCU. Lee and Pat were delighted to give this significant gift during their lifetimes, and will now be able to see their generous gift working in and through the lives of the students at Colorado Christian University today! If you would like to learn more about Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, don’t hesitate to contact CCU’s Office of Development & Planned Giving at 303.963.3330 or email email@example.com. Also, be sure to check out www.ccu.edu/legacy for more information about leaving CCU in your estate plan.
- D. Westermann
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Establishing a will is an important act of stewardship for families in all life stages. Without a will, the state may make significant decisions for you about guardianship of minor children and asset distribution. Colorado Christian University has great resources to help you complete your will.
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Colorado Christian University
8787 W. Alameda Ave. Lakewood, CO 80226
NATIONAL STUDY RANKS COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY IN TOP 2% OF 1,070 COLLEGES NATIONWIDE
Colorado Christian University’s College of Undergraduate Studies has been ranked in the top two percent of colleges nationwide by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). The nationwide survey asks, What Will They Learn? and shows that colleges and universities are to blame for failing to prepare graduates for success after graduation. But some schools like Colorado Christian University are making sure students learn what they need to know. “We are extremely honored to receive this prestigious recognition,” said William L. Armstrong, president of Colorado Christian University. “Our belief is that we’re on the right path. If you keep putting the right ideals -- education with a purpose, respect for mankind, belief in our constitution and our historical Christian faith -- before students, they will learn to make the right decisions to become productive citizens and leaders of the future.” Dr. Michael Poliakoff, ACTA’s vice president of policy said, “Colorado Christian University walks the walk of academic excellence. Many schools talk about the importance of the liberal arts. CCU has acted on its commitment to produce graduates educated for the challenges of career and community through new, more rigorous core requirements. Less than two percent of American colleges and universities have earned an “A” rating in the What Will They Learn? survey, and CCU is now one of them, joining such institutions as the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Georgia, Baylor University, Thomas Aquinas College, and Pepperdine University.” - J. Czupor To read the full press release visit www.ccu.edu/news-events.
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