In Alumni, Events, Special Guests

For the last few years, the week leading up to Cairn University’s highly anticipated Homecoming celebration has been full of influential alumni speakers, and this year is no exception.

On Monday, September 26th, the University chapel will feature a panel of three alumni from the Cairn University Alumni Short List: Ken Bond ’07, Jon Kontz ’08, and Janice Cho ’10. The Alumni Short List is comprised of young alumni who demonstrate innovation, leadership, and/or an entrepreneurial spirit in their field, having progressed rapidly in professional growth and accomplishment.

Learn more about the “short-listers.”

  • Currently an ESL & Bilingual Education Program Coordinator with the New Jersey Department of Education
  • Worked as an adjunct professor at Eastern University (2009-2013) and now Rowan University
  • Serves as a member of the Board of Trustees in the Fellowship House of South Camden
  • An entrepreneur in real estate and small business investment
  • Currently serves as CEO for PLANT, a design+build service
  • Leads the real estate acquisitions and development for Kontz Homes’ rental portfolio
  • A delegate for the 2016 Christian Economic Forum in Durban South Africa contributing to the global conversation on business and mission
  • Graduate of Rutgers University’s Master of Social Work program
  • Licensed Social Worker and Clinical Social Worker
  • Serves at a clinician at Trinity Counseling
  • Teaches Abnormal Psychology as an adjunct professor at Cairn University

ken-stice-picture-croppedOn Wednesday, September 28th, Cairn University is welcoming back Chaplain Colonel Ken Stice ’79 to speak in Chatlos Chapel. Chaplain Stice is a graduate of the University’s class of 1979. He has served over 33 years in the Army as a chaplain. He is currently the director of operations for the US Army Chaplain Corps, serving at the Pentagon and responsible for leading a talented team that directs the over 3,000 men and women of the Army Chaplain Corps.

He has deployed numerous times to provide religious support to our warfighters in combat tours including Desert Storm (1990-1991); Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan 2001-2002); and three tours to Iraq for Operation Iraqi freedom (2003-04, 2006-07, 2009-10). He has deployed at every rank and supervised upwards to 200 religious support personnel to serve over 100 thousand joint warfighters in the combat zone. Additionally, for nine years during his service, he worked with Special Operations, culminating in his assignment as the Command Chaplain of the Joint Special Operations Command.

daniel-masterFollowing Homecoming, Cairn welcomes Dr. Daniel M. Master ’92 on October 3. Daniel Master is professor of archaeology at Wheaton College and research associate  at the Harvard Semitic Museum. He is co-director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, where he has been excavating since 1992, and has recently begun another research excavation at the Galilean site of Tel Shimron.

His other projects include the expedition which uncovered deep water Phoenician shipwrecks in the Eastern Mediterranean; an exhibit on the Chalcolithic period for the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU; work as general editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology; an exhibition on Ashkelon at the Rockefeller Museum; and the publication of excavations from the site of Tell Dothan. The subject of Dr. Master’s research at Ashkelon was recently featured on numerous international news outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, NPR, Haaretz, and National Geographic.

Cairn University is excited to welcome these distinguished alumni back on campus. To learn more about the Alumni Short List, our featured speakers, or Homecoming, contact Director of Alumni Relations Nate Wambold at nwambold@cairn.edu.

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