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CMU Students Inspire Change through Radio

March 6, 2012 – Communications & Media Students Join with Local Radio Station IGNITE 107FM to Help “Ignite Change” – Communications and Media students from Canadian Mennonite University have produced a series of radio spots in two unique formats to help inspire change in teens and young adults as part of Ignite 107FM’s “Ignite Change” campaign. The Golden West radio station will broadcast the CMU students’ radio spots from March 5 to May 20, 2012.

“CMU’s media workshop class took on the challenge of understanding the station’s target audience of 15- to 35-year-old males and developing original content. It’s been a real privilege to partner with the station and Kyle Rudge, IGNITE’s Program Director. Getting to this point, where the radio spot series have made it to air, is very exciting for everyone involved,” says CMU Instructor David Balzer, who teaches Communications and Media courses and produces CMU’s weekly radio show Sunday@CMU.

Students worked in two production teams. One group called its project “Let’s Talk;” the other designed a series called the “CMU Skylab.”

The “Let’s Talk” team included media students Amy Beckwith, Evelyn Kampen, Cameron MacDonald, Laura Tait, and Matthew Veith. Their goal was to ignite change through the act of listening to others. The five students took to the frosty winter streets of Winnipeg with only a provocative sign reading “Let’s Talk” and a microphone. One of the passersby, who stopped to talk, later remarked: “Thank you for listening. Not many people take the time to talk to me!”

What makes the interviews unique is that the interviewers have no questions. “This experience reminds me to take time to listen,” says Veith. “I’m always hurrying to places. This activity has forced me to pay attention to what’s going on in other people’s lives. It really is eye-opening.”

The “CMU Skylab” radio spot series was produced by Daniel Friesen, Thomas Krause, Erin Olsen, and Alec Schaefer. The series is hosted by a “humorous alien scientist” named Dr. Karl from his UFO-like laboratory. The host, being concerned with the notion of social change on Earth, sends his earthling assistants out to interview people who actively give of themselves to make a difference in the lives of those around them. He enjoys adding his own brand of witty banter as commentary throughout the spots.

Kyle McDonald, author of “One Red Paperclip,” states in an audio interview with earthling and CMU student Daniel Friesen, “If you do something, and continue on that path, eventually something great will come of it… it’s easy to do and the sacrifice is really small.”

The student team feels that Kyle MacDonald’s experience of trading up from a paperclip to owning a house in Saskatchewan captures the spirit of the Ignite Change campaign, which encourages listeners to believe that starting small can lead to a big difference.

Ignite 107FM will broadcast the Let’s Talk and CMU Skylab series from March 5 to May 20, launching a new spot each Monday morning at 8:20 am during The Hype morning show. The featured radio spot will then run for one week, aired four times a day at a variety of times.

Tune in to Ignite 107FM, or visit or to hear the Let’s Talk and CMU Skylab radio spot series.

“Let’s Talk” Series
Let’s Talk – Perry

Let’s Talk – Whitney

Let’s Talk – Rex

Let’s Talk – Natalie

Let’s Talk – Meagan

Let’s Talk – Idressa

Let’s Talk – Christopher

Let’s Talk – Brenna
“CMU SkyLab” Series
CMU Skylab – Kyle MacDonald
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CMU Skylab – West Broadway Youth Outreach
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CMU Skylab – Manitoba House
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Golden West Radio is “Community Service Radio” serving small and medium-sized communities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta with a network of AM and FM radio stations and Online Community websites.

A Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, CMU offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business, humanities, music, sciences, and social sciences, as well as two graduate degree programs. CMU has over 1,700 students, including Menno Simons College and Outtatown students, and is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

For further information on Ignite Change radio spot series, contact student project representatives:
Let’s Talk – Laura Tait,
CMU Skylab – Erin Olsen,

Release prepared by:
CMU Communications & Media Student Evelyn Kampen

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Belinda Morales – Practicum in Thailand

Belinda Morales
Social Sciences Major

Interview Date: March 3rd, 2012

On March 3, 2012, Belinda spoke in a CMU chapel service about her recent practicum experiences in Thailand.  Belinda worked with StepAhead, a Christian-based Community Integrated Development Organization.  Listen to how Belinda encountered God in a tsunami-ravaged region of Thailand.

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Stuart Clark – CSOP Instructor, Citizen Advocacy

Stuart Clark
Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Instructor, Canadian School of Peacebuilding

Interview Date: January 29, 2012
In this interview, David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU radio, speaks with Stuart Clark about “Speaking Out… And Being Heard — Citizen Advocacy,” a course he and co-instructor Sophia Murphy will be facilitating at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP) summer 2012.

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The Canadian School of Peacebuilding is a program of CMU. For more information, visit

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Anna Snyder – Women Working for Peace

Anna Snyder
Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simons College
Interview Date: January 22, 2012

In this interview, Anna shares with David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU Radio, her experience of working with Cambodian Refugees on the Thailand/Cambodia Border.  Women are playing a vital role in the difficult work of  conflict resolution.  Anna’s research is the focus of a course in the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, summer 2012.

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Menno Simons College is a college of CMU located in downtown Winnipeg. For more information, click here.

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Craig Martin – Business and Faith

Craig Martin
Assistant Professor of  Business and Organizational Administration
The Redekop School of Business

Interview Date: February 2010 and November 27, 2011

In this two-part interview, David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU radio, speaks with Craig Martin about a new 5-year co-op program. They also discuss the creation of The Redekop School of Business and what it means for Christian faith to shape business.

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Part 2
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For more information on Craig Martin and the new Redekop School of Business, click here.

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Candice Viddal – Science and the Mysteries of God

Candice Viddal
Instructor of Physics and Chemistry
Interview Date: November 6, 2011

In this interview, Candice speaks with David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU Radio, about how she gravitated to science as a child and how science and creation have become for her an expression of God’s existence and mystery.

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Part 2
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For more information on Candice Viddal, click here.

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President Speaks about New Business School

On October 19, 2011, CMU launched its new Redekop School of Business, made possible through the generosity of the Redekop family of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.

“We are deeply gratified to announce a significant gift from the Redekop Family that enables CMU to establish its new School of Business,” says Canadian Mennonite University President Gerald Gerbrandt.

Dr. Gerald Gerbrandt

President Gerbrandt recently joined David Balzer, host of the Sunday@CMU radio program, in studio to tell the story of this gift and its significance for students.

Story behind the gift
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Significance for students
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Sheila Klassen-Wiebe – Passionate about the Bible

Sheila Klassen-Wiebe
Associate Professor of New Testament
Interview Date: September 4, 2011

In this interview, Sheila Klassen-Wiebe shares with David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU Radio, how she came to dedicate her life and passion to studying the Bible.  She also casts a vision for how crucial understanding the Biblical story is for Christians who seek to understand themselves.

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For more information about Sheila Klassen-Wiebe, click here.


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Steve Klassen – Outtatown South Africa Site Leader

Steve Klassen
Outtatown South Africa Site Leader
Interview Date: April 25, 2011

In this interview, Steve shares with David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU Radio, a moment in South Africa where his mentoring role became very real and personal.

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For more information about Outtatown, CMU’s one-year discipleship program, click here

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Kate Landis-Funk – Doubt and Faith

Kate Landis-Funk
CMU graduate 2011
Interview Date: April 25, 2011

In this interview, David Balzer – host of Sunday@CMU Radio, speaks with Kate Landis-Funk about her journey of faith that was large enough for doubt.  It’s a compelling story of meeting God while writing papers.

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