Tips for seniors looking for dream job
Apr26

Tips for seniors looking for dream job

Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells Graduation is only two short weeks away. The invitations have been sent out, senior pictures have been taken and caps have been decorated. So, what’s next after the long and highly anticipated day most seniors work four years (or sometimes longer) to reach? For most seniors, unless they’re headed to graduate school, it’s time to look for a job. While this may seem like a daunting task, Director of Career Services Don Owens, has several helpful tips for seniors to get that dream job. 1. Present yourself in every application process in a professional way. Owens stresses that job applicants should fill out every line on a job application even if the student doesn’t have an exact answer. Not applicable is better than a blank line. 2 Be sure your resume is targeted to that particular job. Owens suggests reviewing the company’s website, and to be sure and include keywords from the job description into your resume. “Most applications are online. [Companies] have systems that will scan resumes, and you get points for every word you have in your resume that’s in the job description.” 3. Do not undersell yourself. “Go back and look at the job you’re applying for, and look at courses you’ve taken. Look at assignments you’ve had to research and think about the steps you used to do those,” said. Owens. He says to highlight the activities that students have done in the past and not to immediately confess what you don’t have. Promote what you do have. 4. Take advantage of Career Services. “We feel like we’re the best kept secret of campus.” Career Services offers many tools for students looking for a job. They conduct mock interviews for students to prepare for real interviews. A student may also email or bring their resume in person so a Career Services representative can look at it. Owens said students should also check out the Cru Connection tool on the Career Services website. It gives alumni a chance to peruse open job...

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Bible journaling- a great way to strengthen faith
Apr26

Bible journaling- a great way to strengthen faith

Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells Do you yearn to delve deeper into the Word of God?  Recently, a friend showed me various drawings she’d made based on scripture, and since then I’ve been hooked. Bible journaling, sometimes known as Illustrated Faith, is a great way to interact with God’s Word in a different way. Here are my tips for Bible journaling: 1.What do I journal in? You can begin Bible journaling in a spiral notebook, on loose-leaf sheets of notebook paper, in a regular Bible, or you can buy a specific Bible made for journaling. These Bibles are made with blank space in the margins that are wide enough to draw pictures.  Check out some examples of journaling bibles at http://www.lifeway.com/n/Type/Journaling-Bible. I would recommend using something different than your main study Bible for Bible journaling because sometimes your pictures may cover the text, which might make it hard to read your Bible in the future. 2.Where do I begin? You have your Bible journal. Now what? Read the Word. Does a specific verse stick out to you? Then draw a picture or maybe write the scripture in fancy text. Here’s an example: Matthew 28:19 states, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” To make a Bible journal entry for this verse, I might draw a map of the world and color it. If you’re not an artist, that’s okay.  It’s your own way to connect with God. Just be creative and have fun.  When you’re first beginning, you might make mistakes, but that’s one thing that makes Bible journaling fun. No two drawings are the same. 3.What materials do I use? I always begin with pencil because I make mistakes all the time. Don’t be afraid to use the whole page. Or just use the margins. It’s up to you. Once you have your picture drawn out, then it’s time to experiment. I enjoy using black pen (for outlining the drawing), crayons, map pencils, oil pastels, and water colors. Be forewarned, watercolors give a whole new dimension to your drawings, but they are very hard to use without bleeding through to the next page. You can also use scrap- book supplies such as stickers, stamps, colored paper, and washi tape. Dayspring.com sells Bible journaling supplies, like paper cutouts, clear stamp and journaling Bibles. 4.What if I don’t have any ideas on what to draw? Pinterest is full of Bible journaling ideas that other journalists have done in the past.  I get most of my ideas from Pinterest, and I...

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Sharing the Gospel: students perform Easter Pageant for 78th time
Apr26

Sharing the Gospel: students perform Easter Pageant for 78th time

Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells “It is finished.” A crowd of students dressed in Biblical apparel cheer as Jesus’ last words on the cross are spoken, while a tearful audience of community members watch as the Gospel comes to life before their eyes. On Wednesday April 12, UMHB students took the stage for the 78th time to perform the Easter Pageant for friends, family and local residents at 12:30, 3 and 5:30 p.m. at Luther Memorial. This year, the Campus Activities Board broadcasted the 12:30 and 3 p.m. performances live on Facebook, so the students were able to literally perform the story of the Gospel to the whole world. University President Randy O’Rear chose senior public relations and music major Jacob Asmussen to play the role of Jesus, and he chose senior cellular biology major Sophie Rivera to portray Mary. Senior Christian studies major Maddie Rarick directed this year’s pageant. Asmussen chose those who portrayed his disciples, and he took careful consideration to pick a diverse group of men just as Jesus did. “I wanted guys who I really thought could benefit from the experience and really get something out of it. So I got a mix of friends and people I didn’t know as well, so it ended up being a patchwork of guys that really became a brotherhood.” Rarick and her assistant directors chose who portrayed the rest of the named roles such as Jarius and his wife, the bride and groom, Barabas, Pilate, and others. The crowd consisted of any student who was interested in being a part of Easter Pageant. Asmussen said that during this time he learned who he was in Christ. “It was a lot of growth in my own personal life with my relationship with Jesus and what I believe and really becoming who He’s created me to be,” he said. Senior business management major Caleb Latson, who portrayed the disciple Peter, enjoyed the time leading up to the Easter Pageant and working with Asmussen. “Jacob’s one of my closet friends , and that made it super easy to just relax and have fun during practice. At first it took some time for all the disciples to get comfortable around each other, but it didn’t take too long before we were all really good friends.” Asmussen said the actual day of the performance was exhausting, but he enjoyed it. “Each show had a different feel to it; something I learned from it. I was really thinking a lot that day about who Jesus is and who He is to me, and it was a very powerful day...

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‘Tale as old as time’ holds audiences captive
Mar29

‘Tale as old as time’ holds audiences captive

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells A ‘tale as old as time’ debuted as a live-action film on the silver screen Friday March 17. Beauty and the Beast starred Emma Watson (Harry Potter franchise) as Belle and Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey, Night of the Musuem 3) as the Beast. The Plot The movie follows the classic storyline of the original animated film that was released in 1991. The film begins with an enchantress transforming the arrogant, party-throwing prince (Stevens) into a hideous beast and his staff into household objects. Fast-forward many years later, and we are introduced to Belle (Watson), a sweet, book-lover yearning to leave her quiet town. Handsome, but vain, war hero Gaston (Luke Evans) wants to marry Belle, but she will have nothing to do with this pompous man. Belle finds herself at the beast’s castle after her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline) is imprisoned for stealing a rose. Belle takes her father’s place, and becomes a prisoner in the beast’s castle. The castle staff, led by the candelabra, Lumiere (Ewan MCGregor), the clock, Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), and the teapot, Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) scheme to get Belle and the beast to fall in love and break the curse. Was it any good? In a word, yes. Watson’s Belle was charming. In the market scene where we first meet Belle, Watson does a remarkable job of proving to the audience how ‘strange yet special’ she really is compared to the rest of the villagers. She even teaches a child to read, while her invention involving a donkey does laundry for her. One of my favorite performances was by Evans as Gaston. In the beginning, we start to sympathize with Gaston as he tries to win Belle’s hand. But as Gaston’s nastiness unfolds throughout the film we find ourselves wishing for his demise. Evans’ Gaston is humorous at times but truly despicable. He is a villain in every sense of the word. His treatment of Maurice is much harsher in this film. The costumes, the set, and the songs were flawless. “Be Our Guest,” a fan favorite song in the original, is a spectacle to behold with plates dancing, fireworks, and colors galore. What was new? Unlike the animated version, the film added in a few scenes that explain both Belle and the beast’s growing up years. The film gives us a glimpse of why Belle only grew up with a single parent and why the prince is so nasty. The film not only has the original songs, but there are also a few new ones. One of the new songs, “Evermore,” performed by...

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Foreman delivers McLane Lecture Heavyweight champion shares message of perseverance and faith
Mar29

Foreman delivers McLane Lecture Heavyweight champion shares message of perseverance and faith

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells Heavyweight champion, minister and entrepreneur are just a few roles George Foreman is known for by his adoring fans. On Wed. March 22, Foreman shared personal life experiences with faculty, staff and community members during the annual McLane Lecture sponsored by Elizabeth and Drayton McLane Jr. The lecture began with McLane introducing Foreman by describing a few of his accomplishments, including fathering 10 children, five of them named George. “I was in the room one time and somebody asked him why he named them all George, and he said, ‘if you’ve been hit in the head as many times as I have, you’d name them all George too,’” McLane said to a burst of laughter from the audience. Foreman set up his lecture by telling about an experience he had sharing his past with one of his sons. He began with his childhood in Houston’s 5th Ward, where he frequently skipped school. As a teenager, Foreman began stealing and mugging people with other boys in the neighborhood. After one such mugging, Foreman had to hide from the police underneath a house and cover himself with sewage slime to keep police dogs from sniffing him out. “I said if I get out from under this house, I will never steal anything again.” Foreman then joined the United States Department of Labor Job Corps to get a fresh start. While at the job corps, Foreman became interested in amateur boxing. He decided to transfer to California to go to boxing school. A year later, he earned a spot on the 1968 US Olympic team, where he competed in Mexico City. “My mom never wanted me to box. After I told [my mom] I was fighting a Russian, she didn’t even tell me to hurry home and eat, she said, ‘well, bye.’” Foreman defeated the Russian boxer to become the Olympic Gold medalist in boxing. “That was probably the happiest moment I’ve had in my athletic career,” Foreman said. “For the first time in my life a dream had come true.” Foreman began his professional boxing career after the Olympics. He fought in many matches, before he was matched against the reigning heavyweight champion of the world, Joe Frazier. “Joe Frazier was the type of fellow that they said you hit and he liked it. If you missed him, he got upset… He had beaten everyone.” Foreman knocked out Frazier during the second round to become the heavyweight champion of the world. “I stood in the ring, and I was all those [former] champions in that moment.” Foreman also recounted his famous...

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