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Celebrating 160 years of Christ-centered education

160_image.jpgAn idea sparked to life in Northwood, Ohio when Geneva Hall first opened its doors on April 20, 1848. Now, 160 years later, that spark has become a strong flame, shedding light to countless lives educated in the Christian tradition of the Reformed Presbyterian faith.

To commemorate 160 years of God’s faithfulness to the Geneva community, on April 19 a flame will travel 220 miles from the college’s birthplace in Northwood, Ohio to its current home in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Once the flame reaches the Penn/Ohio border, a relay of students, alumni, parents, faculty, friends and community members will pass the torch along the final leg of its symbolic journey.

The entire campus and local community is invited to gather in Old Main Circle as the torch arrives and students light individual candles with the flame that started in Northwood.

“God has blessed Geneva for 160 years as we have embraced and lived out the mission to provide Christ-centered education, first in Northwood and now in Beaver Falls,” said Geneva President Kenneth A. Smith. “We want to acknowledge and celebrate those blessings – and passing this flame with 160 people who care about the institution is a special way to do that. This should be a celebration for everyone to remember.”

The passing of the flame will cap off a variety of festivities on Geneva’s campus during Alumni Weekend April 18 and 19. In addition to commemorating its 160th anniversary, Geneva will honor the Chemistry department as it celebrates 50 years of American Chemical Society approval. Other events include special class reunions, lectures, presentations and the annual alumni dinner.

For find out more about Alumni Weekend, click here.

Master's in Counseling degree programs receive accreditation

Master's in Counseling degree programs receive accreditationThree of Geneva’s master’s degree programs – Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling – have recently been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

This accreditation, given only when program content and quality meets rigorous professional standards, sets Geneva’s three graduate counseling programs apart from those of other institutions.

“Many of our students have sought us out because we're a Christian school,” said program director Dr. Carol Luce. “And not many evangelical Christian colleges have achieved this recognition.”

While students from non-accredited programs must complete at least two additional years of supervised experience before receiving national counselor certification, those graduating from CACREP accredited programs are eligible for immediate certification. 

“We're very pleased about this,” Luce said. “The accreditation will open up increased opportunities for our graduates and will help them as they seek jobs and licensure in Pennsylvania and other states.”

Integrating academic training with an understanding of the Christian faith, Geneva’s Master of Arts in Counseling degree programs prepare students to provide professional counseling in a variety of religious and secular settings. Students enrolled in any of the three counseling programs can earn their degree in two years, and school counseling graduates receive counseling certification on both the elementary and secondary levels.

For more information on graduate programs at Geneva, click here.


Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

  • Pray for students preparing to finish undergraduate, graduate and degree completion programs. As they make plans for the future, ask God to guide their steps and decisions.
  • Give thanks for the success of Beyond the Bend campus improvements, and join us in asking for guidance and safety as the college enters the next phase of construction. 
  • Give thanks for the relationship between Geneva and the local community and pray that it would continue to be a source of mutual support and encouragement. 
  • Many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni are grieving the recent loss of loved ones. Pray that God would bring comfort, encouragement and healing as they go through this time. 

How can we can pray for you?

At a variety of campus prayer meetings, the Geneva community prays regularly for students, faculty, alumni and friends of the college.

Click here to send us your prayer requests.

Rainbow at Old Main (Stephanie Wall, photo contest winner)



Spelling Bee ParticipantsBringing out the big words
Geneva College put their best spellers forward to support adult literacy at the Annual Corporate Spelling Bee held March 13 at Penn State Beaver. 

New Song in CyprusNew Song in Cyprus
From the outside, Cyprus looks like a Mediterranean paradise. 
GravidaGrad making mark on film industry
When Lucas McNelly first came to Geneva as a freshman, he would have never dreamt that in less than a decade he would have several well-graded short films under his belt. 
Grants awardedGrants awarded for research, academics and education
Geneva recently received three grants highlighting its excellence in research, academics and education. 



Faith StipanovichDegree Completion Program makes dreams doable
Faith Stipanovich, one of Pittsburgh's leaders in the field of human resources, credits the Degree Completion Program (DCP) at Geneva College for providing the foundation of her career.

new_staff_tn.jpgLooking forward
A new Assistant Director of Annual Giving and a Publications Manager are among the newest faces on campus. 
Photo ContestZooming in on life at Geneva
The public relations department is looking for new material for Geneva's Web site and publications, and we want your perspective.  



Andrew FoxenbergThe last race
When Andrew 
took the line for the 3,000-meter race at the NCCAA Indoor Championships, he knew it could be his last competition as a member of the Geneva College track team. 

Milestone mania for coachesMilestone mania for coaches
Consistency in coaching is the trademark of athletic success-success that has been celebrated at Geneva College for decades. 



Share your news
Did you just get married? Have a baby? Land a new job?  

Into EgyptInto Egypt
Bill and Kate Cummings are on a mission to visit all seven of the earth's continents.  
Samuel VanderplasFollowing a recent grad: Samuel Vanderplas
Sam Vanderplas graduated in the spring of 2007 with a degree in Biblical Languages. 




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