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Calvary’s Feast & Fund Auction is Coming This Friday!

Calvary’s Feast & Fund Auction is Coming This Friday!

Patrick Lewis enjoyed bidding on a item at the 2019 Feast & Fund.

This week, Calvary holds its third annual Feast & Fund Auction. The event is scheduled for August 7 at the Student Life Center, with doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, and the auction at 7:15. Attendees will enjoy a prime rib dinner before a fun-filled evening featuring a silent and live auction.

The planning committee for the event has worked to ensure a safe, entertaining environment for the auction. Guests will be socially distanced with plenty of hand sanitizer available and staggered serving to ensure safe distancing measures. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks. For those who would rather stay at home or prefer bidding from the comfort of their couch, Calvary is excited to offer an online bidding option.

This year’s auction lineup holds a Caribbean getaway, an African safari, signed Kansas City Chiefs jerseys from Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, smoked pork, buffalo meat, and much more. Registration for online attendance is still open, and you can sign up below.

Join us online for 2020 Commencement Events

Join us online for 2020 Commencement Events

Links to Live Stream Events June 26-27:

Baccalaureate

2 p.m. Friday, June 26

Liberty Chapel

Awards Banquet

6:30 p.m. Friday, June 26

Student Life Center

Commencement

10 a.m.  Saturday, June 27

Student Life Center

Celebrate the Class of 2020

Due to Coronavirus restrictions and social distancing over the past few months, Calvary University was unable to celebrate commencement in May for the first time in our school’s history.

Fortunately, those restrictions are being lifted enough for CU to celebrate this week. On June 26 we will hold Baccalaureate and an Awards Banquet. The next day, Saturday, June 27, we will celebrate Commencement. Since there are still some restrictions, in-person attendance is by invitation only — mostly for graduates and their immediate families.

However, we invite all family, friends, faculty, staff, alumni, churches and supporters to join us via live stream (see links below) to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.

We also invite you to visit and explore our 2020 Commencement Yearbook page which will compile the names, awards, stories, pictures and videos from this important and historic celebration.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Calvary Plans for Graduation Ceremonies

Calvary Plans for Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies scheduled for June 26-27

As stay-at-home orders lift across the country, Calvary is revising plans for graduation ceremonies in June. The weekend of festivities, originally scheduled for the beginning of May, has been postponed to June 26-27. Cory Trowbridge, Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Development, is taking a lead role in the replanning of the events. Trowbridge said Calvary still plans to hold all three ceremonies that typically take place over graduation weekend: Baccalaureate, Awards Banquet, and Commencement.

Baccalaureate is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday in Liberty Chapel, the Awards Banquet also on Friday in the Student Life Center starting at 6 p.m., and Commencement Saturday at 10 a.m. also in the Student Life Center.

Trowbridge said, “We’re also looking at what other things and activities we can do to make this a bigger deal. So we’re planning that, probably Friday night, we’ll be doing the Senior Banquet. And Coach Regier is working on some alumni games like soccer and basketball. We’re trying to put together a big celebration.”

The fluid situation across the nation requires for flexible planning, but Trowbridge said, “At this point, it’s looking like we’ll be able to actually host events. The small group requirement should be expired by then.” He added, “Everything will be livestreamed so people who can’t be here can still participate.”

Nikao Advances to “Sweet 16” in Logo Competition

Nikao Advances to “Sweet 16” in Logo Competition

Vote for Calvary’s mascot, Nikao, on April 22!

In lieu of the traditional “March Madness,” the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) is hosting NCCAA Logo Madness. At the end of March, all schools in the LEAGUE were randomly matched to form a bracket, with matches posted on Twitter for voting. On April 14, Calvary’s mascot “Nikao” won its third round and advanced to the “sweet sixteen.”

Calvary’s mascot, Nikao, was designed by Adam Weeks in collaboration with Phillip Parker during the 2015-2016 school year. Weeks said, “Calvary had been looking to update the mascot for their Warriors athletics teams to give a more modern design. Philip Parker, the ARA on my hall my freshman year heard that I had done some graphic design and asked if I would be interested in helping to redesign the mascot, a project he had been wanting to start for some time.”

Weeks made a rough draft based on the parameters of “a clean, professional-looking design of a Spartan-style warrior utilizing the teams’ colors of red, gold, and black.” Parker and the Athletics leadership worked with Weeks to revise the design until a final version was approved. Since designing the logo in 2015, Weeks has been involved in several other design projects for Calvary events and groups. He graduated from Calvary’s Biblical Counseling program in May, 2019, and now works as Calvary’s Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications.

Weeks said, “The Warrior has been the team name for Calvary’s athletic teams for over five decades, but the name Nikao, meaning “to conquer”, was chosen for the new mascot design to reflect our victory in Christ.” Athletic Director Jeanette Regier added, “We chose the name because that is what we feel God calls us toward. We want our athletes to learn principles for how to take God’s truth and use it in the battles of life.”

The next round of voting for the NCCAA Logo Madness tournament takes place April 22. You can vote on Twitter @NCCAAChamps, and retweet asking your friends to vote.

Feast & Fund Rescheduled for August 7; Online Auction Starts Soon

Feast & Fund Rescheduled for August 7; Online Auction Starts Soon

Calvary University has postponed their Feast & Fund Auction to August 7. Registration for the event will reopen in light of the new date. An online auction for the Mahomes and Kelce jerseys will open April 1 and run until May 15, and an online auction for a bundle of beef will open April 1 and run to April 15.

Feast & Fund Auction to Feature Former Chiefs Linebacker

Feast & Fund Auction to Feature Former Chiefs Linebacker

Retired Lieutenant Colonel John Selman

Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Shawn Barber

March 20 Feast & Fund to Feature Selman and Barber 

Calvary is excited to announce that former Chiefs linebacker Shawn Barber and retired Lieutenant Colonel John Selman will be attending the 2020 Feast & Fund Auction. Barber and Selman are founders of Gridiron Grunts, an organization that pairs retired military personnel and athletes to speak at events and institutions. Selman said the concept arose from Barber’s idea that “people will turn out to meet professional athletes… but it’s the military who have the stories.”

Gridiron Grunts speaks around the country on a wide variety of topics, specializing in leadership. Selman said, “people are drawn toward leadership. I believe it’s because leadership is hard… Getting the most out of players and soldiers either to win games or battles begins and ends with leadership. Especially in professions where the stakes are high.”

Barber and Selman first heard about Calvary through Selman’s connection with Calvary’s Chief Development Officer William Stebbins. Selman said, “I liked the vision and mission of your organization. When Bill invited Gridiron Grunts to be involved with Feast & Fund, it was a no brainer. We’re excited to lend our support to organizations passionate about spreading the Gospel.”

Barber and Selman will be presenting at Calvary’s Feast & Fund Auction on March 20, 2020. Click here for more information, or to register