Fair promotes social work jobs
Jan29

Fair promotes social work jobs

The Social Work Fair this past Friday gave social work majors the opportunity to look for an internship that will be completed during their  senior year. Professor of social work and field director, Susan Hutchinson, is in charge of the annual event. “It is about the opportunity for students to see the selection that we have regarding their year-long field internship. So they’ll be coming into their internships in the fall, and they’ll do two semesters,” she said. Seventeen agencies were present at the fair for prospective interns to see where they might consider working during their year-long study. “The field instructors that will be supervising the students come and have their booths, and the incoming students walk around and that way they are able to learn about the agency as well as meet their prospective field instructors,” Hutchinson said. Junior social work major, Anjail Arthur, was thinking of working with the Bell County Social Work Program for the Mental Health  Indigent Defense. “I am looking at all the agencies to see what’s out there. I want to work in the prison system with the inmates that are getting ready to go back into society and the reintegration process,”                 Arthur said. Prospective interns were not the only ones at the fair. Some students who are currently interns were also present. Senior social work major Chelsea Owens was at the fair representing the agency where she is doing her internship. “I’m interning with the Children’s Advocacy Center in Belton, and I have a CASA case where I advocate for the rights of the child in court,” Owens said. She observes forensic interviews and has also been able to help with group therapy for children who have been sexually abused. “I love it. If I could go every day, I would. I chose where I wanted to do my internship after interviewing at three places,” she said. While this is only an internship, Owens has an idea of what she would like to do with her major after graduation. “I hope to work with abused children whether that is with CPS or being a guardian ad litem for the county,” she said. Owens also gave some good advice for students who are looking for an internship related to social work. She said, “Pray about it and go somewhere you are passionate about. If you’re not passionate about helping the people you’re working with, it won’t be enjoyable going 16 hours a...

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Senior makes most of college tenure
Dec06

Senior makes most of college tenure

Senior Christian studies major Aaron Massey has had many opportunities throughout his time as a student at the university, including deciphering an ancient biblical text. Massey is from Gatesville, Texas, and is involved with the international students on campus. “I enjoy getting to know about them and how they view life. I enjoy spending time with them,” he said. Since most internationals are new to America, Massey likes learning about their culture and lifestyles while teaching them about ours. “I have learned to be open minded in many different areas of life. International students have differing insights because they have grown up in … cultures with different cultural norms and practices,” he said. Massey has learned that even though language and ways of thinking may vary, everyone is more or less the same. “We are still people with intrinsic value, worth, and capability. Therefore, because we are different, we should embrace cross-cultural relations. Also, they are really fun to be around,” he said. Massey has also been working at Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple for two years as a youth pastor intern and basically serving as the youth minister’s right-hand man. He has been teaching and building relationships with the youth in hopes of positive spiritual formation. Massey not only leads discipleship groups, but also assists in the planning aspect of church work. “I also help with a lot of the plans as far as activities, events, what we are going to teach, where we are going on trips and fundraising,” he said. As well as working with the youth, he also led a small group of adults for about eight weeks with ages ranging from 19 to the 60s. They worked through God is the Gospel by John Piper. Serving as an intern at the church has taught Massey several things about spiritual growth. “I have learned that selfless acts of giving, a directed heart of zeal, and intellectual rigor must be joined together as we seek to advance Christ’s kingdom by loving people as Christ graciously loved us. We cannot neglect any of these components,” he said. But what makes Massey different is that he and a team of UMHB students got the opportunity to work on an ancient biblical text. Associate Professor of Christian studies, Dr. Renate Hood, was the group’s leader. “It was an … early New Testament papyrus project in conjunction with the Green Scholars Initiative,” Hood said. “We were trying to find what possible reading is the most accurate and the original and the authorial intent, what he intended to write. We were trying to date it and see when it could be...

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Holiday Classics: fun for the family

Sitting in front of the blazing fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, you find yourself gazing at the endless collection of Christmas movies wondering which one to watch. With all of the holiday films out there, no wonder it’s such a hard decision. But have you ever stopped to think that some of the best Christmas movies are the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life or Holiday Inn? Here are some favorite classic Christmas movies that are fun for the whole family to enjoy. The first one is none other than It’s a Wonderful Life. This film is classic American. It was directed by Frank Capra and stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. The movie is about George Bailey who wants something more than what’s in his hometown of Bedford Falls, but realizes that he’s got everything he needs right there. White Christmas , which stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. This movie brings to the screen great songs like Irving Berlin’s, “White Christmas” , “Love” and “Sisters.” The story is about two Army buddies who join forces to create a song-and-dance team. They pair up with a sister act, and naturally begin to fall in love. A fun movie for the entire family is Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Woods and Edmund Gwenn. This movie portrays the great Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Every year at the end of the parade, Santa Claus appears riding in his sleigh pulled by reindeer. This year though, Santa Claus is being played by Kris Kringle himself. The problem is this man thinks he’s actually Santa. Through all of the confusion, chaos and comedy, a decision is made about whether or not Kringle is actually Santa Claus. The decision is … well you’ll have to watch the movie and find out for yourself. Holiday Inn is another great Christmas musical and also stars Bing Crosby, who sings “White Christmas” which is where it was introduced. This story tells about a crooner who was betrayed by his good friend and is now ready to “retire” and start his own farm. He ends up turning his farmhouse into an inn that is open to the public only on special holidays. It proves to be a success. The movie also stars Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds. Another great classic movie is The Christmas Carol, but the right version. The best one is the 1984 version with George C. Scott. This film has been remade 56 times from animated to the Muppets. The most recent adaptation is the 2009 animated version starring Jim Carrey as the voice of...

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Disney purchase gives ‘New Hope’

Princesses, evil rulers thwarting plans and princes sweeping in to save the day. Sounds like a normal Disney movie, but in a few years, a new story will be coming to screen again and this time with light sabers and Jedi. On Oct. 30, The Walt Disney Company bought LucasFilm, Ltd., for $4.5 billion. The company not only bought the Star Wars franchise, it received the entire portfolio from LucasFilms, including Indiana Jones. So does pairing feel forced or will it become a Disney magic in the making? Disney officials said they had been talking to George Lucas, founder of LucasFilms and director of the Star Wars films, about the purchase for a year now. Disney is planning to release Star Wars Episode VII in 2015 with more films expected to continue the saga. The company said it will release a new Star Wars film every one to three years. Lucas will serve as a creative consultant for the next film, but plans to retire eventually. “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” Lucas said, in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.” The first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, was released in 1977 and starred Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Since then Lucas has given the world five more iconic films with the last one being Revenge of the Sith, which was released in 2005. So what is this new era of the iconic saga going to look like? Will Disney rewrite the ending so that it has a happily-ever-after ending? Hundreds of books have been written that begin right from where the last movie finishes, but Disney said that the upcoming movie be an all-new story with no connection to the previous films. With new technology for special effects, new episodes of the saga could improve the quality of the movies. The first three films are more technologically savvy and the last three aren’t. So the films will go from high in special effects, to low and then back to high? Most fans wonder if it is a good idea to touch the film, while others are thrilled and some are undecided. Enthusiasts are asking if original actors will be used from the last film, Return of the Jedi. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher said in an interview that they knew about the new movie and if asked, they would consider playing their characters. Playing their original roles as the stars of the movie may...

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Shelton wins in honor of brother

The 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards took the stage Thurs. Nov 1 as it brought about laughter and music from all of the greats including a special tribute to Willie Nelson. The CMA awards were hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. This dynamic duo, who are becoming quite comedic, have hosted the CMA’s five times before. For the 2012 CMAs, Underwood and Paisley started out by singing their own song to the tune of “Moves like Jagger.” The biggest surprise was when Paisley started doing Gangnam Style with Underwood joining in. The audience seemed surprised and amused when they performed the popular dance.. The show was taken away by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as they swept the CMAs taking home four awards total. Shelton won two awards: one for male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year. For his and Lambert’s new song, “Over You,” they both won song of the year. What made that moment so memorable was when Shelton told the story behind the song, which is performed by Lambert on her album “Four The Record.” It was written by the couple as a tribute to Shelton’s brother Richie, who died in a car accident. When he accepted the award, Shelton remembered his father who passed away early this year. “My dad always told me son, you should write a song about your brother,” Shelton said. “Tonight, even after he’s gone, he’s still right.” Lambert began to sob on stage as Shelton told the audience that he’d always wanted to write the song. He just needed someone to write it with, and the right person to sing it. He found that in her. Lambert also took home an award for female vocalist of the year. Other nominees included, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride. Little Big Town won two awards. One for best vocal group of the year and the other, single of the year for the song, “Pontoon.” Other artists to receive awards were Thompson Square, who won vocal duo of the year. Hunter Hayes’, new artist of the year, Eric Church won album of the year for his album, Chief. What made the evening even more special was the tribute paid to Willie Nelson by stars such as Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and others singing his songs. The Country Music Association named its lifetime achievement award after Nelson, who was its first recipient. As always, the awards were an all-around enjoyable evening filled with music and laughter. TV audiences are anticipating next year’s...

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