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April 4, 2023

National School Librarian Day

Today is National School Librarian. Learn more about the Geneva College library staff and resources here!

College Archives The College

July 12, 2022

The Geneva Identity

We can learn much from those who came before us. In 1923, President of Geneva College Archibald A. Johnston wrote a forward for the college yearbook highlighting the history, purpose, and doctrine of Geneva. Only 75 years from the founding of the college at Northwood, Ohio, Johnston had a clear understanding of not only the how behind Geneva’s establishment but the why.

The College

July 1, 2022

Five Fun Facts About Geneva (Part 3)

Here in Beaver Falls, there is a ton of history and a load of fun facts that go right along with it. Take a break and read part 3 of our series of fun facts about Geneva.

Higher Education The College

June 21, 2022

Geneva College Core Curriculum

The Geneva College core curriculum establishes a framework for education, encouraging each student to develop their skills and attitudes while also pushing them to think critically about various topics.

College Admissions College Preparation The College

June 8, 2022

Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation is designed to welcome both incoming students and parents on a journey together along with Geneva faculty and staff to ensure a well-informed, smooth transition into college. The college strongly recommends that incoming students attend Summer Orientation.

Higher Education The College

May 26, 2022

Geneva Faculty Explore Implications Beyond the Classroom

Geneva College faculty members understand and effectively teach their disciplines with academic excellence in combination with a consistent biblical worldview. In addition to serving students on campus, Geneva professors approach the larger world as thought leaders in the integration of faith and learning. Here are some recent examples.

The College

May 18, 2022

Dr. Kevin DeYoung Commencement Address, Geneva College, May 7, 2022

Dr. Kevin DeYoung works as both a pastor in Christ Covenant Church (PCA) in Matthews, NC, and an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. DeYoung delivered his Geneva College Commencement Address, "Whatever You Do, Do Not Be True to Yourself," to the graduating class on May 7, 2022.

Campus Life The College

March 4, 2022

Geneva Student Center Adds Accessibility Lift

The Geneva College Student Center renovation includes a state-of-the-art accessibility lift at the main entrance.

Everyday Living The College

November 5, 2021

Loving Thy Neighbor – Geneva Style

While the Bible addresses how to treat your neighbor, it hasn’t covered specific ways do so at Geneva College (I’m sure they’re getting there). In the meantime, I’ll give a few of my suggestions for loving thy neighbors - Geneva style.

The College

October 18, 2021

6 Smart Benefits of Doing a Double Major in College

When it’s time to choose a major in college, you’re not limited to just one. In fact, you can choose to do a double major instead. But should you do two majors? While it might seem hard to handle more than one major, there are several reasons to do so. The following are some of the top benefits of doing a double major in college. Keep these benefits in mind when you’re deciding whether to do one or two majors.

The College

September 15, 2021

Covey Cup: A Recent Tradition at Geneva College

If you’ve ever been to Geneva College in the fall, you’ve almost definitely heard of Covey Cup, a residence hall competition that started in 2011. Now in its second decade, the annual Covey Cup, which starts on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, is a recent tradition that students look forward to each year. 

The College

August 10, 2021

Geneva Strong: Class of 2020

The Geneva College senior class of 2020 left for spring break on March 6, 2020, unaware that they would not return to finish their degree on campus. Instead, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the students completed their college careers virtually from home, losing many of the traditional experiences of graduation. (This post was edited and originally published in Geneva Magazine, Summer 2021) Beginning job searches, new jobs or new academic pursuits in the months since was an experience unique to this group, and they have faced a set of challenges and opportunities unlike any other class.

Biblical Wisdom The College

August 6, 2021

"Every Good Work"

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan of Reformed Theological Seminary delivered the spring 2021 Commencement address at Geneva College on May 10, 2021. Here is an excerpt of that message, entitled, "Every Good Work," from 2 Timothy 3. This excerpt first appeared in the Summer 2021 edition of Geneva Magazine.

Campus Life The College

July 8, 2021

4 Benefits of Being a Student-Athlete at Geneva College

Current Geneva College student-athletes can participate in the long tradition of athletic success in any of 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports. There are many benefits for student-athletes to experience in college, including these four that set Geneva apart.

Everyday Living Faith The College

March 25, 2021

Equipped to Serve in Community

Geneva graduates are equipped to serve in many ways, not the least of which is in their own communities and communities where they find themselves. Here are the stories of three alumnae who have found a way to serve in their callings within a community that needs God's servants.

Program Spotlight The College

March 3, 2021

100 Years of Engineering at Geneva College

From two-year surveying course of study to ABET-accredited, nationally ranked program, Geneva engineering is one of Geneva’s vocational education success stories. In this 100th year, Geneva engineering remains an example of academic rigor, collaborative and experiential learning, engagement with industry, and application of Christian principles to a technological, scientific field of study.

Financial Aid Higher Education Program Spotlight The College

February 10, 2021

Honors Week: What to Expect from the Honors Program

The Honors Program at Geneva College seeks out students who clearly exemplify a determination in their educational endeavors directly out of high school and throughout college. The program is designed to encourage students to continue the same academic excellence throughout their entire college career.

The College Higher Education

January 14, 2021

Introducing the Geneva College Foundation

The Geneva College Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Geneva College Foundation, starting June 1, 2021. At that time, all charitable giving will be processed through the Geneva College Foundation and all new endowment gifts will be retained in the foundation.

Campus Life The College

January 8, 2021

Geneva Campus Life Re-engineered during COVID-19

When Geneva College was forced to move learning online back in March 2020, the staff of Geneva’s Center for Student Engagement (CSE) adapted quickly. To keep students connected despite physical distancing, the CSE staff got creative and organized COVID-safe in-person and virtual events so the community could still thrive.

Biblical Wisdom Everyday Living Faith The College

January 6, 2021

Best of 2020: The Responsibility of Stewardship

In a world that has been impacted by sin, there is always more that can be done to ensure a mindset of good stewardship and redemption. It starts with understanding that God intends to connect man’s physical existence with the environment from which he was brought forth and continues with educating people with sensible information.

The College

December 9, 2020

Why Transfer to Geneva College?

With a few decisive moves, students ready for a change can give action to the idea of transferring and make a smooth transition to Geneva College. 

Campus Life College Preparation The College

December 4, 2020

From Dining Room to Lecture Hall: Transitioning from Homeschool to College

Whatever your experience with homeschooling has been, though, one thing is for sure: college life is not the same. It just so happens to be very, very different. But whether you’ve spent twelve, ten, or only two years learning from home, there’s helpful advice waiting for you in this post.

The College

November 10, 2020

What Every Geneva Commuter Should Know

While the optimal experience at Geneva College is one enjoyed by residential students - the college’s educational ministry is set up for the residential experience - for students who live nearby, commuting to campus can be a workable option. There's nothing like the life-on-life instruction at Geneva, so if you have to commute, make the best of it.

Higher Education The College

November 5, 2020

Support Breeds Success: Geneva Resources for Students

The Student Success Center is in Skye Lounge and the Writing Center is in the McCartney Library. Overall, these two resources not only will provide you with a sense of peace and knowledge about the accuracy of your course work but will also help you improve your writing skills.

Campus Life The College

October 10, 2020

Geneva Student Marches for the Fallen

On a rainy day, Geneva College senior Brandon Simmers strode up and down streets around College Avenue, toting a 35-pound backpack all the way, until he’d walked 28 miles. He had completed the 2020 March for the Fallen to honor service people killed in the line of duty and to call attention to a new Student Veteran Club on campus.

The College

October 7, 2020

Home for Homecoming

Homecoming is a time when many alumni come back to campus to visit their alma mater, a place they once called home. Because of health and safety precautions, Geneva College needed some ingenuity and effective adaption to our current COVID-19 circumstances. That is why Geneva decided to take Homecoming to a virtual format, allowing alumni all over the U.S. to attend from the comfort of their homes!

Campus Life The College

September 28, 2020

Navigating School and Social Life On-Campus during COVID-19

COVID-19 has been a scary, uncertain season of life around the globe and on campus. This pandemic has infiltrated every aspect of life. Around campus, the changes to our social lives are quite apparent. Thankfully, Geneva has put many wonderful minds toward the task of engaging students in a way that is truly fulfilling for the soul.

Campus Life The College

September 10, 2020

Campus Opportunities

I had to ask myself a hard question… Why in the world did I not get involved with these campus opportunities sooner?! So you don’t waste precious time staying away any of the amazing experiences found at college like I did, here are a few things I found to be great time commitments and fantastic ways to get connected to the Geneva community.

Faith Higher Education The College

May 7, 2020

National Day of Prayer: Thankful for Our Students

On this National Day of Prayer in the United States, we remember our students in their finals week taking exams, finishing papers and closing out the semester at home. We are thankful that God has provided them and entrusted them into our care during their college years. We pray God will uphold us in this task and them in their challenges.

Higher Education The College

April 28, 2020

Supporting Your Student during Finals Week

Your student is entering one of the most stressful weeks in a semester of full of stress - Finals Week. Here’s how you can support your student's good performance and good health in this most unusual time in our lives.

College Admissions The College

February 13, 2020

Five Famous Geneva Alumni

The point of this blog is to mention REAL Geneva College attendees who accomplished some very interesting and noteworthy things during their life after Geneva.

The College

November 26, 2019

Who is Gerstner?

The John H. Gerstner Collection was installed in 2019 as a permanent fixture in Geneva College's McCartney Library. Open to students and scholars alike, the Gerstner Collection is a treasure of materials dedicated to reformed evangelicalism. With a little background on the man and his raison d'etre in theological circles, Geneva students might be more inclined to engage with this exciting, new resource.

The College

November 11, 2019

For Christ and Country

Pro Christo et Patria is more than just a motto; it is a way of life for the Geneva College Community. Geneva students and alumni have a rich history of service to both Christ and Country and that is something that to be celebrated every day and especially on Veteran's Day.

The College

September 28, 2019

Homecoming for All

Homecoming and Family Weekend is a time that Geneva remembers and appreciates all the past graduates that have walked on and off of the campus as years goes by. Those alumni will always be considered part of the Geneva community. For current students there is much that can me taken away from this event, as well.

The College

July 18, 2019

Did You Know? Five Fun Facts About Geneva’s History (Part 2)

Throughout Geneva’s history there are some crazy, funny, and interesting occurrences. Five Fun Fact About Geneva’s History (Part 1) was posted a little while ago. However, there are too many interesting facts about Geneva to stop there! So, here is a part two of five fun facts about Geneva College.

Everyday Living The College

May 27, 2019

Graduation: Now What?

Graduation day - the moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here. For four years, you’ve dreamed of this day, and with end in sight, you powered through. As graduation and the accompanying elation pass and you are sitting in the after-party quiet, you stare at the hanging diploma, and for the first time it hits you – It’s. All. Over.

Everyday Living The College

May 11, 2019

The Future: A Graduation Poem

Seven semesters down One to go lies ahead What to do when all papers are written, Tests taken, and books read Graduation is coming Whether I like it or not Soon I’ll receive the diploma For which I labored and fought   I can’t believe it’s almost here Like a lifetime in the blink of an eye Getting sentimental already I will not start to cry

The College

April 24, 2019

Quest Trip: Serving in Memphis

Myranda Shymansky, a senior Student Ministry Major at Geneva College, spent her Spring Break on Quest Trip with 10 classmates to Memphis, Tennessee, for a week of service and immersion into the city’s culture.

Campus Life The College

April 5, 2019

Geneva Core Values: Foster Academic Strength

The Chemistry Department’s academic rigor as an ACS-approved program continues on through the dedication and hard work of the faculty, but the success of the program would be impossible without the intellect, willingness and perseverance of Geneva students.

Higher Education Humanities and Liberal Arts The College

April 3, 2019

A Year of Celebration in the English Department

The Geneva College English Department has the privilege of celebrating both the literature and the people who have been instrumental in helping students understand the question of what it means to be human. At the annual Geneva Reading Series, which takes place April 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. in John White Chapel, these conveyances will be honored. 

The College

March 14, 2019

Welcome Pi(e) Day

March 14 is the famous Pi (π) Day, as in the mathematical constant 3.1415926535. If math isn’t your thing don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to enjoy this fun day and have an excuse to eat a little more sugar than normal.One key way that π day is celebrated is through the eating, making and general enjoyment of a dessert known by the same name: pie. This delicious sweet treat comes in many flavors and is one of America’s classics.

Faith The College

March 8, 2019

How God Moved Big Daddy Weave Closer to Their Fans

Mike Weaver and the members of contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave came to a point in which they thought it might be time to dissolve the group. Mike felt hopeless, thinking maybe the band had given all they could. One night at a concert, Mike was moved by God to do something he'd never done before.

The College

February 26, 2019

A Foundation for a Right to Education

Celebrating Black History Month - Geneva College has always had a desire to serve a vastly diverse student body. After the Civil War ended, there was push to re-open the doors of the college. This desire for re-establishment had three motivations. 

Campus Life The College

February 11, 2019

Geneva Core Values: Inspire Vibrant Hospitality

When the Geneva community gathers over a meal these days, they swallow hospitality bite by bite, cooked up by Pioneer’s Executive Chef Tom Schlotter. Meals at Alexander Dining Hall and the many banquets on campus are made with the diners in mind – colorful, nutritious, creative food served in a welcoming atmosphere.

Campus Life Faith The College

February 4, 2019

Discovering the Soul of Leadership at Geneva College

Every Tuesday night, CCO staff person Caleb Musselman stands in front of 100 Geneva College student-athletes at their weekly fellowship gathering and makes this announcement. His message is intentional, its repetition underlining the priorities of athlete ministry at Geneva College.

Campus Life Study Abroad The College

January 23, 2019

The Harlem Globetrotters: Uniting a Divided World

What better place for a professional basketball team to compete than the birthplace of college basketball? On February 5, 2019, the internationally renowned Harlem Globetrotters will hit Geneva’s courts combining athleticism, theater and comedy as they play on the historic site that set college basketball in motion.

The College

January 15, 2019

Geneva Core Values: Honor One Another

As the college nurse, her responsibility is to take care of the body.  That includes wounds, colds, flus, broken bones, infections, chronic health conditions and much more. However, she says she never sees the students, treats them and lets them go without finding out more about them. She decided early on to look at each student as the unique, individual person of God that he or she is.

The College

January 5, 2019

The Car with the Rumble Seat

At the close of my first year at seminary, I decided that I needed a car for transportation. Money was scarce, but in some way I had accumulated $35. I began visiting used car lots, but everything was above my price range. Finally I did find car—a 1928 Ford Coupe. It was a robin’s egg blue and had a rumble seat.

Campus Life Higher Education The College

December 12, 2018

Finishing the Race

One day we’re gonna look back and wonder how our college years flew by so fast, so make the most of these final weeks of a semester. And remember that no matter what your final grade is, your identity is not found in your class-room performance, but in Christ.

The College

December 7, 2018

Geneva Core Values: Pursue Godly Wisdom

Dr. K strenuously preserved the life of the mind. And that energetic life does not end in her mind—she put flesh and bone onto ideas, and a beautiful body it made. She handled things reverently, noticing God in the works we read, the prayer requests we offered, the papers we turned in.

The College

November 19, 2018

Geneva Core Values: Engage Culture Faithfully

Rev. Dr. Richard Wingfield felt God’s call in the 1970s but tried to ignore it. Now, 36 years later, Rev. Wingfield is senior pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Braddock, PA, after studying at the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM), Geneva’s partner in engaging urban culture through education and credentialing of church ministers and lay leaders.

The College Uncategorized

November 12, 2018

Honoring Veterans of the Armed Forces

Geneva seeks to honor our veterans through faithful living and working alongside our fellow neighbors and reflecting on their service and sacrifice of those who have served or are serving in the armed forces. The college invites veterans seeking a college education to learn more about Christ-centered education at Geneva College.

The College

October 23, 2018

Geneva Core Values: Serve with Grace

Dr. Elaine Hockenberger would go on to steward Geneva’s Speech Pathology program (now Communication Disorders) and serve her students and co-workers with grace for more than 30 years. Amy Spangenberg ’14 says, “During class, outside of class and during the graduate school application process, Dr. H rejoiced with and prayed for her students.”

The College

October 5, 2018

Welcome Home!

Home is not dependent on the place one was raised, or the college one chooses to attend. Rather, it has everything to do with the people who make the home what it is. Geneva College is a place of welcome, and I felt that my very first day here as a freshman.

The College

October 3, 2018

Hitchhiking: Summer 1930

In the Depression years, hitchhiking was a common means of transportation. In the summer of 1930, on my way from Geneva College in Western Pennsylvania to my home in Colorado, I decided to hitchhike. One day of travel stands out in my memory.

The College

September 11, 2018

Geneva College and The Psalms

Geneva College student musical groups, the touring concert choir The Genevans and musical ministry New Song, feature a capella Psalm-singing, introducing audiences all over the world to the richness, beauty and blessings of Psalms to music.

Biblical Wisdom Higher Education Program Spotlight The College

July 17, 2018

Three Crucial Communication Classes

When I think about the classes that have been the most important in getting me to think as a communication major and prepare me for the future, these are the three that come to mind.

The College

July 5, 2018

Why I Come Back to Geneva Each Year

As each school year approaches, I no longer dread the end of summer vacation the way I did in high school. Geneva College has given me a lot to be thankful to and look forward to each year, and it has given me a lot of reasons to keep coming back.

The College

June 5, 2018

Why Do Geneva Students Do So Well?

Geneva asks a lot of students, but we also offer high levels of support so students can accomplish more in their post-secondary years than just "get through" college. It’s important that students use this time to prepare for who they will become, which includes a career and also so much more.

Program Spotlight The College

April 10, 2018

A Choir for Christ and Country

Geneva College was founded by people who loved to sing. They sang because they loved Christ and His Word. The particular mission of The Genevans to glorify God and minister to people through the gift of music shares in the college’s heritage.

The College

April 5, 2018

Tuition Freedom Day

Geneva celebrates Tuition Freedom Day on the day in the academic year in which tuition stops paying for a student’s education, and support from donors takes over – making a Geneva education possible for the remainder of the year.

Faith The College

February 12, 2018

How Faith Is Nurtured at Geneva College

Geneva College nurtures a growing faith in students through numerous opportunities to know God and others better and to learn how to be a Christian in every situation .

Campus Life The College

February 1, 2018

Geneva Men’s Volleyball: A New Beginning

Coming in spring 2019, Geneva men will upgrade their volleyball from the club sport level to the NCAA Division III varsity level. Geneva's club men’s volleyball team is nothing short of dominant, and Geneva students expect that high caliber of men's volleyball play to continue in the AMCC.

The College

January 5, 2018

Distinguished Geneva Alumni Honored

Along with the lifetime services and resources available to alumni, each year Geneva College recognizes a few of them for their distinguished service.

College Preparation Higher Education The College

September 5, 2017

A Student's Experience in Geneva's L&T

I recall the benefits of L&T when thinking about the week I turned in my first college paper and took my first college test. I did not receive the grades expected. It wasn’t until the following week’s L&T class that I was able to put some of my worries to rest.

Faith Higher Education The College

August 27, 2017

On What Should a Christian College Be Grounded?

On the cusp of a new academic year here at Geneva College, I'm reflecting about the question: "On what should a Christian college be grounded?"

Humanities and Liberal Arts The College

August 11, 2017

My Favorite Class at Geneva College

If anyone had reason to feel challenged, it was me. I took my first humanities class as one of three night classes in the spring semester of my freshman year. But what happened was surprising.

Program Spotlight The College

July 7, 2017

Human Services - Coursework that Changes Lives

Human Service Majors at Geneva College take HSV 303: Agency Field Experience. The course gives students practical experience delivering human services in diverse settings... and it makes changes in the students' and children's lives.

Higher Education Humanities and Liberal Arts The College

June 13, 2017

Here's the biggest reason liberal arts still matter

The darkness many of us feel today, in an age marked by so vicious and spurious a form of "realism," may in part be the fruit of the liberal arts fading among us, leaving us, inevitably, less free.

Adult Students Higher Education The College

May 25, 2017

I’m not a Christian. Why should I complete my bachelor’s degree from a Christian college?

A Geneva College ADP major is NOT a “Bible” degree. All our majors are in professional fields like human resources, management, organizational leadership, criminal justice, child and family services, aging services and public relations.

The College

April 19, 2017

Happy 169th Birthday, Geneva!

April is an important month in the history of Geneva College! On Thursday, April 20, 1848, Geneva Hall, staffed by a president and two faculty members, opened its doors in Northwood, Ohio, to a student body of 42.

The College

March 15, 2017

Did You Know? Five Fun Facts about Geneva’s History

Here are five fun facts about Geneva’s history that will make you a Geneva trivia expert - and you may even stump your professor.

Campus Life The College

November 15, 2016

Geneva College: Beautiful Campus

Geneva College has made the top 10 of two ranking lists for the beauty of our campus - #9 in the world and #6 in the U.S.

The College

November 11, 2016

Taking Care of Veterans

Veterans Day is a time to take stock of how we are taking care of our veterans. Geneva College appreciates our veterans who are returning from war and those who have completed their service commitments by helping them get a high-quality, affordable education.

Campus Life Higher Education Study Abroad The College

November 2, 2016

Distinctive Learning at Geneva and Beyond

Geneva College has once again been recognized as a College of Distinction for 2016-2017 in the Overall, Pennsylvania and Christian College categories. Geneva provides “an innovative, engaged experience that prepares student for successful careers, active citizenship, and lifelong learning.” Let’s dig into this a little deeper...

The College

October 12, 2016

Afraid of the Radio

Beaver County Radio was going to be at Homecoming and they wanted to talk to some current students about their experience at Geneva. I left the office thinking about the interview. Perhaps I would be good at it, but what if I said something silly on air? Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all.

The College

October 5, 2016

Realizations at Geneva’s Presidential Inauguration

The inauguration of Geneva College's new president is a big deal, a new beginning, a change in priorities, and a re-commitment to the mission of the school. Here are some realizations that came to mind during all of the pomp and circumstance.

The College

September 5, 2016

Looking Back at Geneva’s Presidents

As Geneva College prepares for the inauguration of its twentieth president this month, we look back on the leaders who helped shape its 168-year history of providing Christ-centered, academically excellent education.

The College

June 27, 2016

Old Main, 135 Years at the Heart of Geneva College

Next time you are on campus, whether you are a visitor or a student who calls Geneva home, please stop and take a moment to appreciate Old Main and the history it represents.

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.

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.