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Alumni Day and Homecoming 2021

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CSU is thrilled to welcome our alumni family back again for Alumni Day and Homecoming this fall. Paul Golden, executive director of Alumni and Development, says, “one of the highlights each year is our annual Alumni Day. Due to COVID-19, we did not have our Alumni Day in 2020, so this will be the first one since fall of 2019. I look forward to welcoming our alums back to their alma mater for this special day.”

Schedule

Friday, October 1

Guests are welcome to join two scheduled chapel sessions and the Alumni Awards presentation, either in person or online through live stream on our Facebook page.

7:30–9 a.m. Underground Café open with merchandise and coffeehouse drinks

9 a.m.  Chapel with special alumnus speaker Ken Rudolph.
Rudolph is an alumnus of CSU and BBS who reaches young people with a global mission as he serves through the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. He has served as a pastor, worked at Clarks Summit University and speaks at camps across the world. Watch live on CSU’s Facebook page.

9:45 a.m.  Chapel with special alumnus speaker Dr. Charles Ware.
Ware (’72, ’75) is the executive director of Grace Relations who has started and pastored several churches, served as president of Baptist Bible College of Indianapolis and founded A Voice of Biblical Reconciliation. Ware authored the book “Prejudice and the People of God” and co-authored “One Race, One Blood” with Ken Hamm. The Rudolph Ware Scholarship will be presented during this session. Watch live on CSU’s Facebook pagr.

10:30 a.m.  Break

11 a.m.  Alumni Awards Presentation
An Alumni Awards presentation will celebrate 10 outstanding alumni. Read more about the award recipients below. Watch live on CSU’s Facebook page.

Noon  ’70s Alumni Reunion Luncheon
Enjoy lunch in the Keystone Room, Phelps Student Center.

1-5 p.m.  Murphy Memorial Library Book Sale
Don’t miss the Murphy Memorial Library Book Sale (First floor of Jackson Hall—use entrance near “the pit” or the soccer field). Enjoy great prices on used books, some from extensive collections donated by recently retired pastors or faculty members. Snag commentaries and books on theology, ministry, Christian living and other genres for as little as $1 per paperback and $2 per hardcover. Proceeds benefit CSU students, as funds go toward purchasing more books for the library.

4:15-6 p.m.  Alumni Day Picnic
All guests can enjoy an Alumni Day Picnic from 4:15–6 p.m. Rates are $4.45 for employees, $5.50 for alumni, $8.85 for general attendees and free for students on a meal plan.

5:30 p.m.  ’80 Reunion Dinner
A reunion dinner for ’80s graduates will be held at 5:30, with pizza and ice cream. RSVP for ‘80s reunion through this link.

8 p.m.  Movie & Trivia Night (with prizes!)
Free showing of “Remember the Titans” with trivia game in the Recreation Center.

Saturday, October 2

A day of festivities will welcome alumni back for Homecoming!

7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Underground Café open with merchandise and coffeehouse drinks

10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Block Party
There will a Block Party with tents set up with food, drinks and merchandise from CSU residence halls and campus organizations. Join an alumni cornhole tournament. Kids can enjoy a bounce house and cotton candy. The Murphy Memorial Library Book Sale will continue with great prices on used books.

 11 a.m.  Lady Defender Volleyball Game.
The Lady Defenders take on Wilson College in the Huckaby Gym in Phelps Student Center. Watch live at GoCSUDefenders.com!

1 p.m.  Lady Defender Soccer Game
The Lady Defenders host Notre Dame of Maryland University on Defender Field. Watch live at GoCSUDefenders.com!

Alumni Day: Friday, October 1

Guests are welcome to join two scheduled chapel sessions and the Alumni Awards presentation, either in person or online through live stream on our Facebook page.

 7:30–9 a.m. Underground Café open with merchandise and coffeehouse drinks

9 a.m.  Chapel with special alumnus speaker Ken Rudolph*
Rudolph is an alumnus of CSU and BBS who reaches young people with a global mission as he serves through the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. He has served as a pastor, worked at Clarks Summit University and speaks at camps across the world. Watch live on CSU’s Facebook page.

9:45 a.m.  Chapel with special alumnus speaker Dr. Charles Ware*
Ware (’72, ’75) is the executive director of Grace Relations who has started and pastored several churches, served as president of Baptist Bible College of Indianapolis and founded A Voice of Biblical Reconciliation. Ware authored the book “Prejudice and the People of God” and co-authored “One Race, One Blood” with Ken Hamm. The Rudolph and Ware Scholarship will be presented during this session. Watch live on CSU’s Facebook page.

10:30 a.m.  Break

11 a.m.  Alumni Awards Presentation*
An Alumni Awards presentation will celebrate 10 outstanding alumni. Read more about the award recipients below. Watch live on CSU’s Facebook page.

Noon  ’70s Alumni Reunion Luncheon
Enjoy lunch in the Keystone Room, Phelps Student Center.

1-5 p.m.  Murphy Memorial Library Book Sale
Don’t miss the Murphy Memorial Library Book Sale (First floor of Jackson Hall—use entrance near “the pit” or the soccer field). Enjoy great prices on used books, some from extensive collections donated by recently retired pastors or faculty members. Snag commentaries and books on theology, ministry, Christian living and other genres for as little as $1 per paperback and $2 per hardcover. Proceeds benefit CSU students, as funds go toward purchasing more books for the library.

4:15-6 p.m.  Alumni Day Picnic
All guests can enjoy an Alumni Day Picnic from 4:15–6 p.m. Rates are $4.45 for employees, $5.50 for alumni, $8.85 for general attendees and free for students on a meal plan.

5:30 p.m.  ’80 Reunion Dinner
A reunion dinner for ’80s graduates will be held at 5:30, with pizza and ice cream. RSVP for ‘80s reunion through this link.

8 p.m.  Movie & Trivia Night (with prizes!)
Free showing of “Remember the Titans” with trivia game in the Recreation Center.

Homecoming: Saturday: October 2

A day of festivities will welcome alumni back for Homecoming!

 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Underground Café open with merchandise and coffeehouse drinks

10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Block Party
There will a Block Party with tents set up with food, drinks and merchandise from CSU residence halls and campus organizations. Join an alumni cornhole tournament. Kids can enjoy a bounce house and cotton candy. The Murphy Memorial Library Book Sale will continue with great prices on used books.

 11 a.m.  Lady Defender Volleyball Game*
The Lady Defenders take on Wilson College in the Huckaby Gym in Phelps Student Center. Watch live at GoCSUDefenders.com!

1 p.m.  Lady Defender Soccer Game
The Lady Defenders host Notre Dame of Maryland University on Defender Field. Watch live at GoCSUDefenders.com!

Mark Alumni Day and Homecoming on your calendar! We would love to see you there!

* Please bring a mask. Masks are required for all attendees during times of singing in chapel as well as during the volleyball game. Thank you!

-By Taylor Stuck (’21)

Alumni Award Winners

Theodore “Ted” Boykin: Alumnus of the Year Award

Boykin is vice president for Student Development, associate professor and resident director of Loescher Hall at CSU. Before coming to CSU, Boykin served in a variety of settings, including in a ministry for college-aged students and in a basketball ministry for high school boys.

Boykin earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, his Master of Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary and his M.S.C.C. from Philadelphia College of Bible. Boykin is married to Sherry (Williams) Boykin and is the proud father of Katherine (Kaki).

Read more about Ted Boykin here.

Robert and Joyce Hayes: Outstanding Service Award

 

Robert (‘88) and Joyce Hayes (‘88, ’18) met in Chamber Singers, a touring musical worship group at CSU. Together, they began a music ministry of Concerts of Worship & Praise. This led them to ministry at Montrose Bible Conference and eventually America’s Keswick Conference and Retreat Center, where they are currently the artists-in-residence.

They have taught music in Christian schools, and the Hayes have been guest artists at national and international conferences, colleges and schools. The couple has recorded 10 vocal and instrumental CDs. The Hayes have two children, two dogs and two grandchildren: Noah and Molly.

Dave and Cindy Fox: Outstanding Service Award

Dave and Cindy Fox (’84) jumped directly into ministry after CSU graduation by helping to plant a church. In 1992, Dave became the youth pastor of Berean Baptist Church of Springfield, Illinois, (now Grace Church). They still serve there, and Dave has taken on the role of senior pastor.

Cindy teaches at a Christian school, sings with their church’s praise team and teaches Sunday school. Besides leading Grace Church, Dave also serves on the Illinois-Missouri “Council of Eight” (the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches oversight board for those states), as well as the GARBC national oversight board known as the “Council of Eighteen.”

Nate and Jill Osborne: Outstanding Service Award

Nate and Jill Osborne graduate from CSU in 1984. They returned two years later, and Nate became the men’s soccer coach when he started classes at Baptist Bible Seminary. After pastoring a small country church in Hollisterville, Pennsylvania, the Osbornes were called to Faith Baptist Church in Winter Haven, Florida in 1995. For the next 25 years, Nate had the privilege of serving as senior pastor of Faith.

Nate wrote a biography of Jill’s dad, Dr. Paul Tassell, which was published by Regular Baptist Press. Nate and Jill have moved to North Carolina and continue to touch lives with the precious love of Christ. Their heart song remains Psalm 118:23: “This is the Lord’s doing, it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Peter and Lisa Brock: Outstanding Service Award

The Lord burdened Peter and Lisa Brock’s (’84) hearts for missions. In 1988, they were commissioned with Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, and they arrived in Avigliana, Italy, to work on a church planting team in early 1993.

In 2003, the Lord transitioned Peter and Lisa to Faith Baptist Church (FBC) in Winter Haven Florida. Peter served as pastor of missions and outreach and in a number of the church’s other ministries. Lisa taught at Geneva Classical Academy and served the church through music, youth ministry, college and career ministries, Sunday school and children’s church.

The Brocks are currently serving with Reaching and Teaching International Ministries. Peter serves as the Eurasia region leader, and Lisa serves as the women’s training facilitator, member care for the Eurasia women, as well as developing a ministry to the “third-culture kids” at RTIM

Dan Kennard: Young Alumnus Award

Dan Kennard graduated from CSU’s Youth Pastoral program in 2017. He is now an active member of First Baptist Church in DuBois, Pennsylvania, and serves as a deacon, praise team member and youth leader.

Kennard has held several human service positions, including being a direct support professional for the mentally disabled and therapeutic staff support for children with learning impairments. He now serves at Children’s Aid Society as the youth mentoring coordinator. Kennard is also working on starting a non-profit called Revive Pennsylvania and is excited to see what doors God will open for him to love and serve his community.

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