Alumni & Family Weekend 2023
October 6 & 7
CSU is thrilled to warmly welcome the CSU family for Homecoming: Alumni & Family Weekend. Families of our students, alumni and their families will join students, staff and faculty for two days of activities and fun!
Look back at Homecoming 2022
We are praising God for an amazing time of celebration during Homecoming: Alumni and Family Weekend! So many alumni, parents and friends joined us, and God allowed us to have unexpectedly beautiful weather.
Enjoy a few highlights from the weekend below!
2022 Alumni Award Winners
God has greatly used many of our alumni around the world in a variety of capacities to bring honor and glory to His name. The annual alumni awards celebrate how God is working through the lives of CSU alumni.
Steve Viars: Alumnus of the Year Award
Pastor Steve Viars (’82) has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, Indiana, since 1987. Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church.
At Faith Church, Viars oversees the staff, deacons and all Faith ministries. He also serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope and the Faith Community Development Corporation. He has written several books including, “Putting Your Past In Its Place,” “Loving Your Community,” “Overcoming Bitterness” and “Do You Believe What God Says About You?”
Viars graduated from CSU with a Bachelor of Science in Bible in 1982. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry.
Joseph Gonzalez: Young Alumnus Award
Joseph Gonzalez (’19) transferred to CSU in 2016 after being saved by God’s grace the previous year. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in biblical studies and intercultural studies. He served as a resident assistant in Ridley Hall and took groups of students into Scranton to share the gospel. Now, as an active member of Emmanuel Bible Church in Vineland, New Jersey, Gonzalez and church leaders are implementing evangelism outreach to the community.
In 2020, Joseph began working as a shelter staff ambassador at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia’s largest emergency men’s homeless shelter. He facilitated the acquisition of shelter beds and cultivated an environment of trauma-informed care for the residents. In 2021, Gonzalez was promoted to spiritual care coordinator where he developed and implemented spiritual growth programming. He organizes and facilitates daily morning devotions, prayer groups, Bible discussions, book clubs, music therapy groups, field trips and poetry groups. He engages in personal conversations, conducting spiritual assessments to connect men to healthy local churches. While sharing the gospel, he gifts men with spiritual care resources such as Bibles, devotional materials and gospel tracts.
Mark and Nanette Fitch: Outstanding Service Award
Mark (’92, ’97) and Nanette (’92) Fitch were involved in campus life as CSU students. Mark was part of CSU’s first NCCAA II national championship soccer team and was a 2010 inductee into the CSU Athletic Hall of Honor. Nanette was part of the Chamber Singers and has served the local church in music ministry.
While Mark attended BBS, they ministered as resident directors in Vibbard Hall. They’ve served churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Mark is currently the campus pastor at LCBC Church in York, Pennsylvania. Nanette brings the light of Jesus into her role as a nurse. They have two children.
Mark and Nanette are grateful for their deep CSU heritage. Mark’s father, Charles, attended CSU in Johnson City, New York. Nanette’s grandfather is trustee emeritus Russell Phelps (for whom the Phelps Student Center is named).
Susan Hossack: Outstanding Service Award
Early on, the Lord burdened Susan Hossack’s (’89) heart for missions and Bible translation. After her degree from CSU, she went on to study Hebrew and linguistics and earned her Master of Arts in Religion in Urban Missions.
In 1993, she was commissioned with Baptist Mid-Missions and arrived in Koumra, Chad, in 1996 to work with Bible translation teams. For 20 years, Hossack helped the native Dagba and Rito translators in Chad write out the New Testament in their heart language.
Susan taught Greek in a Bible institute in Balimba, taught women’s Bible studies and worked in women’s ministries. She helped revise reading primers in several languages, correct Old Testament storybooks, and train Africans to teach literacy. God opened the door for her to travel to Central African Republic, Benin, Togo and France to help make corrections on translation projects in four languages.
In 2016, Hossack transitioned to a ministry in Algrange, France, teaching Greek and Hebrew in a Bible institute. She also teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies in her local church.
Mike Show: Outstanding Service Award
With plans to obtain a degree in physical education, Mike Show (’92) began his freshman year in 1988 with no intention of remaining at his alma mater upon his graduation. However, God had other plans and in the summer of 1993, Show began his service at CSU as an admissions counselor. The following summer, in addition to marrying his wife, Valerie, he took on the role of head coach of the men’s basketball team.
In 2003, Show was promoted to assistant director of athletics. During his 20 years of coaching, he recorded 272 wins, 10 NCCAA II East Region Championships, a NEAC Championship, numerous NCCAA II East Region Coach of the Year awards, two NEAC Coach of the Year Awards, and one NCCAA DII Coach of the Year Award. He also led the program to its first-ever NCAA III national tournament appearance in 2006-07. After his promotion to director of athletics in 2008, Show helped the athletic department transition from the North East Athletic Conference (NEAC) to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC).
In 2015, he would take a brief pause in his service to CSU to work as a Christian school administrator. But he returned in 2019 as recruitment and church relations administrator and head coach of the men’s golf team. Show was then appointed interim director of athletics in May of 2022. His work spoke for itself as the interim title was removed the following month. He plans to lead the athletic department to “point people to God, deny self, and lead by serving.”
Mike and Valerie have been married for 28 years and have six children.
Mark Willey: Outstanding Service Award
Mark Willey (’77) and his wife Marian planned to invest their lives in world missions. However, God stirred Willey’s heart for church planting in the United States as Willey believed it would prepare him for going overseas.
In 1981, they started Fellowship Baptist Church as a home Bible study for 14 adults. After meeting in an area high school for three years, they built a gymnasium, which served as an outreach facility and church. By 1985, the church was financially self-sufficient.
Instead of continuing their world missions career as planned, Willey became the ongoing pastor of Fellowship Church. He believed God would fulfill their call to impact the world through missions by staying and sending others through the church. Since then, more than 40 people from their church have gone into full-time vocational ministry either in international missions or the pastorate.
God has enabled the Willeys to start two other churches and a second campus in South Jersey. Mark also served on the Executive Board of ABWE from 2010 to 2019 and earned both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.