National Christian College Fairs

High schoolers need to begin making plans for the years beyond graduation and the National Christian College Fairs want to help in that process.  Their mission:

NACCAP exists to provide professional development, support and encouragement for Christian College, Graduate School and Seminary admissions personnel and High School guidance counselors across North America.

With that in mind they organize fairs across the country to bring college reps to you. October is the prime time for this and these are links to more detailed info on ones coming to the Chicago area:



Palos Heights:


Each link shows detailed information for the specific event including what schools will host booths, times, locations, directions, and answers to other FAQ.

Journalism camp in MI

Received this info via email:

I am in charge of the journalism program at a Christian university in Michigan.

I was wondering if you might be able to help me communicate an opportunity regarding a residential summer high schoolers’ journalism/writing camp at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., with Illinois Christian home schooling parents with whom you might be acquainted in your group?

It is the 10th annual Cornerstone Journalism Institute, which runs from July 22-27. During the camp students:
•             Learn how to interview for a story
•             Learn how to write a human interest story
•             Then actually write one or more stories
•             Learn the basics of digital still camera photography
•             Actually take photographs to illustrate the stories

Students who were 8th-, 9th-, 10th- 11th- or 12th-graders this past school year are eligible to apply to attend the 10th annual Cornerstone Journalism Institute.

More institute details can be seen at:

At the end of the week, students’ articles and photographs are compiled into an actual newspaper that rolls off of a printing press; and students bring a bundle of newspapers home to show proof of their work to family, friends and schoolmates back home.

One of our institute’s instructors, a dedicated Christian, Russ Pulliam, has home-schooled his children with his wife, and he himself is associate editor/columnist for the Indianapolis Star. He has been coming up to Grand Rapids, Mich., for several years now to lead a couple of the writing sessions and is very good at it.

If you provide me with your email address, I can email you more information about the camp.

We typically have a number of home school students attend our institute and many years we have had students from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, California and Michigan. I would love to have a good contingent of home schoolers attend from Illinois this summer.

While the regular camp cost is $325, I am offering a special discounted rate of $275 to any Illinois home school student who registers and pays in full by/before July 6, 2012.

In the past, some families have driven their child to our institute, got them settled and unpacked in the dormitory and then went camping themselves while their child enjoyed CJI. Just an idea. We provide 24-7 adult oversight of the students in our charge during the week of camp.

I would be happy to answer any questions you might have … I’m most easily reached by email or by cell at: 616.835.5574, as I’m not in my university office very much during the summer.

Can you help spread word of this camp with your fellow home school families in your region?

In Christ,

Alan D. Blanchard, A.B.D.
Executive Director CJI |Assoc. Professor/Director Journalism Dept.
Cornerstone University Journalism Institute
1001 E. Beltline Avenue NE |Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone 616.222.1504 | Fax 866.910.7320
10th annual CJI – July 22-27, 2012 |writing and photography high school summer camp

Summer classes on Religion in Wheaton

Three week courses in Philosophy of Religion as well as the History of Christian Thought are available this summer in Wheaton. The classes are geared toward high-schoolers  whether they have no experience in philosophy or theology or if they already have some experience:

Philosophy of Religion and History of Christian Thought

Schedule (each session is a complete course)

Philosophy of Religion
Session 1
June 14th – July 2nd, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 10am-12noon
Session 2
July 12th – July 30th, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 7pm-9pm
Topics of study will include:
The existence of God, free will, and the problem of evil

History of Christian Thought
Session 1
June 14th – July 2nd, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 7pm-9pm
Session 2
July 12th – July 30th, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 10am-12noon
Authors we will read and study include:
Jerome, Augustine, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas,
Martin Luther, Jonathon Edwards, and Shane Claiborne

A small amount of reading will be expected in preparation for each class meeting.

Age Group: High school age students are the primary audience. Middle school age students may be accepted if the parents believe that their child displays a high level of intellectual maturity. People beyond the normal high school age are also welcome.

Class Location
Wheaton College Buswell Library
Wheaton, IL

$250 per person per course if $50 deposit received by May 1st
$300 per person per course if signed up after May 1st
$25/hour for one-on-one mentoring
To Sign Up:
Call or email the teacher at the contact information listed below.
A $50 non-refundable deposit per person per class is due by May 1st to secure $250 price (other $200 due at first class).
Sign-ups after May 1st are accepted, and a full $300 payment will be due at the first class.
One-on-One Mentoring:
One-on-one mentoring is also available at a rate of $25/hour. The curriculum can be the same as the regular classes or can be adjusted to fit the interests of the student. The length and frequency of the meetings can be whatever is desired or can be whatever is needed to accomplish the student’s goals.

Contact Information for Sign-up or Questions:
(541) 517-1811 (feel free to leave a message if I don’t answer)
125 W Union Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187

About the teacher:
My name is Brantly Millegan. My beautiful wife Krista and I were married last summer and are expecting our
first child at the end of May.
This May I will be graduating from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.
I was a Teacher’s Assistant for three semesters in the Philosophy department. For two of those semesters I was a
Teacher’s Assistant for the longest standing full professor in the Philosophy department and current department chair. I was a Research Assistant for that same professor for one semester and aided him in editing and researching two books he was writing.

I have filled in for a Philosophy professor in his absence several times and taught college philosophy classes.
I also have a great deal of experience working with high school and middle school age students. I was a paid intern under the high school pastor of First Baptist Church of Eugene (Oregon) for two summers.