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August 27, 2016

Father, Where Is the Lamb?

Geneva College Chapel, Wednesday February 10, 2016, Interim President Bill Edgar

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June 6, 2016

Geneva Cabinet Through the War Years

Excerpts from Geneva Cabinet articles in the early 1940s give a unique perspective of life on campus during war time.

Faith President's Desk The College

May 20, 2016

Geneva Values

Geneva does not do “values,” those expressions of positive-sounding qualities, like “strong work ethic” or “tolerance.” “Values” float untethered, without foundation, certainty, or permanence. Whether held by individuals or groups, “values” reflect mere human preference and assertion, changeable according to current fashion. Instead of “values,” Geneva has God’s eternal Word, which teaches what Christians have long called virtues, qualities of mind and habit that imitate Christ, such as love, joy, peace, and patience.

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May 5, 2016

Four Books to Read

What four books should every Christian read before turning 30? My list includes a book by Greek, Roman, German, and English authors. No other books besides the Bible have shaped my outlook like these four.

Faith President's Desk The College

April 27, 2016

Sexual Identity

In our day, people loudly assert novel ideas about sexual identity and gender, often with a show of scholarly wisdom centered in universities, with considerable help from popular entertainment and news media, and more recently from major corporations. United States law made at all levels, both by legislative bodies and courts, and enforced with regulations promulgated by administrative agencies, often supports these novel ideas, while people who continue to assert older ideas about sexual identity are shamed as ignorant and persecuting bigots.

Faith President's Desk

April 15, 2016

Geneva College and the Supreme Court

American law has the traditions and resources to recognize Geneva College’s freedom, just as Roman law had the resources to find Jesus and Paul innocent. Will the Supreme Court of the United States respect “the free exercise of religion,” which includes the right not to be forced to do wrong? Will it apply the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act and uphold American freedom?

College Admissions President's Desk

April 6, 2016

Pilot Training

So how does Geneva’s partnership with CCBC in aviation work? Students enroll and major in Business or Missions at Geneva, and major in Air Traffic Control, Aerospace Management, Professional Pilot, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at CCBC.

Faith Higher Education President's Desk

March 21, 2016

The Core!

What should students learn? At one extreme the question provokes heated controversy (Google “Common Core,” “Dead White Men”) and at the other extreme throw-up-the-hands, let-the-students-decide adult abdication. The answer reveals what a college believes most valuable.

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March 8, 2016

City House

Geneva College sits inside the boundaries of Beaver Falls, but most people in the College, and most people in Beaver Falls, neither see nor hear the other. The exception to that rule are the ten students and their RD who live in City House, smack in the middle of Beaver Falls, a six-minute drive from campus.

College Preparation President's Desk

February 5, 2016

Good Professors are Childlike

There are many questions that Geneva College professors pursue with that childlike curiosity. Here are some of the things that Geneva College professors got interested in and then wrote about that I find interesting, meaning that, if I had the time, I would enjoy reading.

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January 20, 2016

Geneva's Honors Program

Unlike the college I attended, Geneva’s honors program aims to foster intense intellectual pursuits in an environment that is supportive rather than terrifying. Freshman year about thirty honors students live together on “honors halls.” They take certain honors courses, in the humanities and Bible for example, and they go to symphony concerts, ballet performances, and opera in Pittsburgh. These events provide students with the opportunity to enjoy artistic performances that they might not have previously seen or heard.

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November 9, 2015

High Art in McCartney Library

The beautiful library with its bells and mesmerizing windows honors the God concerning whose love Clarence Macartney preached such artful and compelling sermons for forty years. No one should leave this campus without becoming well acquainted with its library.

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October 22, 2015

Engineering: Still the Most Powerful

Some numbers: engineering enrollment has grown from 118 majors in 2007 to 290 in 2015! This year’s freshmen class has 102 engineering majors. U.S. News ranks Geneva’s engineering program in the top 100 in the country among undergraduate programs, and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET has accredited our program since 1944.

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September 24, 2015

Athletics, Music, and the Performing Arts

In its goal to be a Christian institution of higher education that furthers cultural aims, Geneva rightly maintains a strong athletic, music, and performing arts program.

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September 14, 2015

Professional Fields

Placing professional studies in the context of a college that teaches a liberal arts core to everyone gives students the breadth of outlook that may allow them to take on wider responsibilities and leadership as they gain experience in their professions.

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September 4, 2015

Liberal Arts

The main point of the liberal arts is not about earning a living, or critical thinking, or even love of learning. It is about preparing people to understand human nature and society, so that they can participate wisely and lead when necessary.