125 Voices of Malone video
Heather (Conley) Craig '08
My time at Malone was incredible! I was prepared to write and execute lessons as well as step into a classroom of students. I knew what to expect for the most part and how to be flexible and handle unexpected things as well. Malone also helped me launch Love the Children Ministries. God gave the vision and Malone stood beside me and put me in contact with wonderful support people and taught me how to make it a reality.
Deb Robinson '76
I received an excellent education at Malone and so much more. I was blessed by faculty, friends, residence life experiences and international travel opportunities that literally shaped the course of my life. I left Malone well-prepared for the teaching career I have so enjoyed. It was an academically, emotionally and spiritually enriching season of my life for which I am forever grateful!
Andrew Berg '06
Malone gave me a solid biblical worldview and taught me to walk closely with God. While these are the bottom of the iceberg that no one may see outwardly, they are the 90% that will determine what the tip of the iceberg (top 10%) looks like that the world will see.
The kind of education that you get here is top notch. I know that for sure. But you can get that elsewhere. But I think what you won’t get elsewhere that you get at Malone is the kind of personal discipleship and character development. What really matters at the end of the day isn’t that you have a good job. We care about that obviously. But more than that, so much more than that. We want you to have a meaningful and spiritual and a dedicated and devoted life. And that gives me a lot of hope.
Benjamin Alderfer '12
Malone’s atmosphere of devout faith and close friendships has followed me since graduation and has given me the support I have needed to remain accountable in my workplace.
Life after graduation is immeasurable: challenges await in arenas of ethics at work, personal faith, and maintaining relationships; however, Christ speaks to each of those and can enable you to experience joy in all things - be reminded of that power DAILY through scripture.
Honor God with your perseverance. I had three declined internships and a job interview pass on me before I called up a gentleman to meet and discuss his job and how he ended up in his position. That 15 minute interview turned into an hour long discussion and then a 3 month internship which led to a 4 month part-time job which provided a way to my first full time job. Do not lose heart when you are not chosen for a particular job time and again because God is sovereign and his will is best. Align yourself with Jesus and you will travel with purpose.
Beth (Altomare) Scheller '93
I enjoyed my classroom learning, but some of my greatest growth came from the experiences I had outside of the classroom... from work on the basketball court to the work-study program as a faculty assistant, to field experience in the school system to the late nights to meet deadlines in the Aviso office. These experiences helped me to hone skills I am using today.
Dayna Yurkovich '07
I had amazing guidance from staff and professors about the importance of networking and building relationships. This trained me early on about professionalism and has played a huge role in my life.
Malone has obviously grown tremendously and has expanded tremendously far beyond my dreams when I first started. We have so many changed lives and so many examples of how people grow. I think God blesses us because of the heritage and the legacy and the foundation of what we do, and I just think that’s going to be tremendous as we move into the future.
Brian Steele '06
I would say the most important thing I took away from my Malone experience was realizing my passions. I entered as a freshman not having the slightest idea what I wanted to do with my life. By the time I graduated, I had a clear vision of what I was passionate about, and what I wanted to pursue in life. I spent my last semester at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, which was a great way to transition from college life at Malone to life in southern California.
Blaine Griffin '93
One of the things this college taught you was principled leadership. And it helped me integrate the routine of faith and prayer and devotion into my often chaotic life. This is an educational experience that I would recommend to everybody. It had a tremendous impact on me … not just from an educational standpoint, but helped build character for me to be able to do what I do now.
Danielle (Sklarski) Kemp '14
In addition to its religious values, Malone has a very welcoming and community feeling. Every faculty and staff member that I encountered was very friendly and helpful. They empower students to excel and challenge themselves in their academic endeavors and future goals.
David King, President
Lift up yet again those things that define who we are. Let’s never forget them. Let’s continue to understand them. Embrace them. Celebrate them. And steward this place so it can manifest a relevant and flourishing future in the life of our students, but then for the greater good of the community around us as well.
Yvonne Brake '98
I hope my life, my work, reflects that all is not lost, that you can always choose to follow Christ. Christ can change your heart. And once He changes your heart, He changes your life.
Italo Ventura '73
Going to Malone really helped me with my business. There were a lot of great professors there. I learned a lot of ideas about business administration from Dan Hoskins and Paul Blosser. They also taught me how to develop a vision for the future.
Kimberly Irvine Lee
I thrive on being able to assist small business owners with their business development and growth. At Malone, my professor once told me to be sure to think about positions that I take and be sure that I am not taking on something that will not provide me a well-rounded life. This meant a lot to me and also helped me to realize which job positions did not fit my goals.
Deron Boring '01
Malone taught me how to work hard and put my best foot forward in all I do. The faculty at Malone pushed me and made me develop critical thinking skills that have served me well in my education, my career, my teaching and my life. The administration I worked with showed me how to be a caring, compassionate and undeniably Christian leader in the world and workplace.
Rachel Hoskins '01
My time at Malone helped me become a more critical and independent thinker. Class sizes are small and faculty work hard to foster an environment of mutual respect and open discussion. Tapping into that exchange of ideas did more to prepare me for adult life more than any paper or test ever did.
Saint Wesonga '08
As you graduate and head out into the world, it is important to realize that learning is a life-long undertaking and that you are beginning a new phase of this journey of learning. With this in mind, one of the most important reminders as you set out is that our lives are about Christ’s Kingdom first. He instructs us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and that all other things shall be given unto us. This tenet of our faith should be a steady guide, a north-star, as you navigate the oceans of life. When deciding which job offer to accept for those that receive multiple, remember Christ’s Kingdom and seek His glory in your decision. When waiting patiently for an offer of employment that does not seem to be materializing, remember that Christ’s kingdom is about more than just our careers and how epic they could be. When contemplating switching careers later in life, remember Christ’s kingdom first.
Ira Wentworth '93, '97
I met both Jesus and my wife, Amy (Allgyer) while at Malone. Those two have been the central figures in my life ever since.
I have learned the value of taking time to stay plugged into Jesus. Time in the Word and prayer is a must to maintain His perspective in our work.
Tina Savant Gibson '82
I am thankful that God used my Malone experience to lead me closer to Him.
Ed '51 and Ruth Alma (Mosher) Mitchell '52
It feels like our lives have always been intertwined with Malone University - since our days at Cleveland Bible College. The goal of our lives is to "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Michael Oster '99
During my time at Malone I learned a great many lessons, but the number one thing was always to glorify God in all things you do. I try to always remember that as I serve as a judge and be guided by the words in Micah 6:8, “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Julianna Smith '08
I learned that it is okay to ask questions about my faith. The Church has endured for more than 2,000 years. It has yet to crumble under the weight of challenging questions posed by some of the greatest minds on the earth and it certainly won’t crumble under my questions. When I realized that I could play the part of the skeptic and that I didn’t have to write the fool-proof defense for things I did not really understand, I really started to grow. Allowed to question and encouraged to seek answers under the guidance of gifted faculty members, I found that my understanding and faith, in the end, grew exponentially.
Throughout my four years at Malone this idea of the ‘Kingdom of God’ was emphasized in the classroom, dorms and chapel. My worldview, in many ways (and not yet as many as I would like) was shaped through the emphases of this theme. My thoughts started to go through filters such as: how do I understand this as a ‘Kingdom person’? How do I understand this in light of the present but not yet fully realized Kingdom of God? How would my perspective change if I really believed ‘thy Kingdom come, thy will be done’ in this situation? Really, my time at Malone was just the beginning of transforming my worldview into a ‘Kingdom worldview.'
Joel Daniel Harris '04
In the early days, students went out into the community and served as part of the everyday curriculum and that continues to be a core part of what Malone is. I think it’s a core part of who alumni are as well, in that we’ve been shaped to be people who say, “How do we take everything we do and put it into motion in ways that reflect who we are and who what our faith is?"
Garrett Barbush '07
I'm forever grateful for my Malone education and experience because it was the place where God introduced me to one of my first spiritual mentors, Dr. Shane Johnson. He challenged me both inside and outside of the classroom and helped me understand the importance of a mentorship in a man's life. His investment into my life helped me acquire the boldness, courage, and passion required to pioneer into full-time ministry with my organization, "Men of Iron."
Jacalynn Stuckey '77
Dr. Osborne and the Board of Trustees had limited cash on hand to build the new campus. And so the people of Canton donated either funds or services, legal services, and delayed payment. So, not only did the Malone campus refer to the "Malone Miracle," but the Canton community started to marvel at the "Malone Miracle" as well. As a student, I was much blessed and my educational experiences were deeply enriched as a result of those spiritual and financial investments from the Canton and campus communities.
Jon Detweiler '12
God's provision was a theme throughout my time at Malone. After high school, I started looking at colleges because that is what everyone else was doing. I went on visits to other schools, but only in reading about Malone's Bible and Theology major did I have some peace. But when I first got here, I hated city life, that is, until I started serving at Refuge of Hope and got involved in LoveCanton.
Then I got an attitiude change about Canton... I started to recognize homeless people I would see, and started to value it as a place. And Malone became a place where I started forming foundational friendships. A lot of the value of the cost of college for me has been in friendships. My purpose with my peers will be intertwined for the rest of our lives.
Melisa Carr '10, '12
I loved Malone. My favorite thing was to be able to write about God, and to learn how to bring His principles into leadership. The curriculum in both programs challenged me - and I utilize so many of the strategies I learned in my everyday work. And also - I had a professor who would put your test down on your desk, and pray before you began. As we were taking our tests, he would look around, and if he could tell that someone was struggling, he would bow his head and pray for them.
Some believe that college is not for everyone. But I believe that education is for all.
I am a man who is motivated by goals and objectives. I put much prayer and thought into what I want in my life. When I make a decision and set my goals, I put 100 percent effort into achieving them. I am a hard worker and take my work seriously. As my wife and I raise our children, we strive to lead by example. Going back to school for my master's degree was an example of the importance of school, commitment, hard work, and passion for my children.
Shelby Love '16
Above all, Malone’s education program has taught me the importance of teaching each child, not a subject. I want to create an atmosphere that makes learning fun. I want my students to come to school knowing they are safe, challenged, and in charge of their future.
Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes '72
God gave me a vision to transform the community, to meet the needs of the community, to bring people hope, life, and light in the name of Jesus Christ.
Sue Grabowski '91
Malone University changed my life. I was a kid on 37th St and Cleveland Avenue in Canton, eight blocks from here, who didn’t know what she was going to do until I came here. And because I am now doing things I never thought possible … owning a business, having a family, I believe in giving back to this place because my life was changed and I think it’s worthy of changing other people’s lives.