Money: Tackling the Taboo Topic

Posted by Pete Bullette in Healthy Leaders
I have a confession. I hate talking about money. Don’t misunderstand me—I don’t hate talking about money in general. I don’t hate talking to students about money and teaching them how to be wise and generous stewards of their money. I can do that without a problem. After all, I majored in accounting when I was in college! I hate talking about my money. (I know it isn’t really my money; I am a steward. But bear with me for…

"Visited Once and Was Hooked"

Posted by Mike Godzwa in Diversity
Malik* arrived at Virginia Union University with hope. He had a difficult life. His family fled violence in his home country, but not before he personally was marked by it. They were able to find asylum in the U.S., but Malik struggled finding a place in his adopted homeland. His experience, his values, his world was so different, but VUU was offering everything he was looking for. It promised community; a place where he could develop real friendships. It offered…

Singles Survival Guide

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
It’s February, and I find myself stranded in a sea of singleness. I’ve concocted a list of ways for fellow singles to survive the onslaught of flowers and frustration, cards and consternation, sweethearts, and bitter memories. Enjoy! Save Yourself First When a turbulent airplane deploys the oxygen masks, the mantra goes “put your mask on first” to ensure you don’t lose consciousness at 30,000 feet trying to help others. Before looking for that ­­special someone who you think will “save”…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Dorothy Yan

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Dorothy Yan graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance, and also received her master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from UTSA in 2012. During her time on campus, Dorothy served for four years as a small group leader in the university’s Chi Alpha ministry. She is currently a piano instructor at Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, and an adjunct professor of music at UTSA. In…

Historic Student Awakenings

Posted by Nathan Cole in Student
Awakening is not a new and novel idea. Throughout history there have been Spirit-led seasons of prodigious kingdom expansion that can only be explained in retrospect by sovereign moves of God. These movements were not orchestrated by feeble attempts of men to stir up religious fervor or grow any single organization; these movements superseded the scope of any one group in influence and expansion to fulfill an urgent need in the heart of God for rapid kingdom growth. From the…

Last Minute Honey Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches

Posted by Tracy Herman in Healthy Leaders
I love meal planning. Well, I don’t necessarily love the actual work of meal planning, but I love having the plan. And the work ahead of time makes the plan possible. I also love to-do lists, especially when I get to check things off the list! It’s a sensation of accomplishment and productivity. Do you ever complete a task that isn’t on your list and then put it on the list just so you can check it off? I’m going…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Susan Ricketts

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Susan Ricketts graduated from The University of Alabama in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Following a campus ministry internship at Western Washington University, she returned to her alma mater where she served as a Chi Alpha missionary until 1999. It was at that point when she sensed God leading her to the Land of the Rising Sun to reach students on Japan’s universities for His Risen Son. Susan currently serves as an Assemblies of God World…

Coaching and Self-Development

Posted by Mike Olejarz in Healthy Leaders
Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, is possibly the Greatest of All Time (GOAT). His development over the past eighteen seasons has been aided by coaches, all designed to maximize his performance. Tom has directly benefited from a head coach, offensive coordinator, and strength, flexibility, nutrition, and throwing coaches who have focused their efforts into making Tom better each day. Of course, Tom’s willingness to be coached up has contributed to the stellar career he has forged and…

December Reflections

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
The end of the year is upon us, and I thought I’d share with you some musings I had a while back about the importance of our Savior’s Birth. We gather together in this Christmas season and look back on the faithfulness of God. I clearly see His hand at work through the growth of the National Chi Alpha Alumni Association, and I can’t wait to see the expansion we anticipate in 2018. I encourage you to think of friends…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Andy Dong

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Seattle native Andy Dong graduated in 2015 from Rice University in Houston, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. After graduation, Andy planned to attend medical school, but he recognized a passion and call for vocational ministry. He is now a pastoral intern at Houston’s The Bridge Montrose, and is working towards a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. When not studying or working, Andy spends his time cycling, playing guitar, and watching his hometown Seahawks. He…

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