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September 21, 2013

LanBarger ‘Lympics!!

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FIRST OF ALL, you gotta watch the video. Then read the text below.
So Tuesday I forgot to say was Dodgeball! Also, Dumpster diving is legal, and Krispy Kreme throws away perfectly packaged donuts every night……. All I’ll add to that is that my sweet tooth has been satisfied…. :-) Be well friends and make good decisions!

Joey Alligier

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September 20, 2013

Who Needs Zack Morris Anyway?

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Welcome to class everyone!

Just call me A.C. Slater!
I wish….

I haven’t ever been a huge fan of the idea of “Shew-lll”

I mean, the idea of going to a brick, cement building at a time my eyes longed to observe the intricate design of my eyelids just sounds like… (Insert pun of boring, meticulous, soul-stealing venture).

NOT A CHOICE FAVORITE.

However, if school could be the social aspect, I think I would be down. If it could be similar to New Student Orientation week here at MNU, I would love it. Volleyball tournaments and slip n’ slides FUHDAYZ! Or maybe if it were similar to Bayside High, that would be awesome! Have you ever seen Saved by the Bell? The homework is minimal, the principal is the bomb, and it has events all the time. PLUS the shenanigans.

Now, I know this isn’t Bayside, home of the Tigers and no, we don’t have The Max as an after school hangout. BUT this is MidAmerica and we do have Campus Center and Spicy Chicken Thursdays; I’d say it’s a good trade-off. 

Besides that we have diverse, interactive classes, an amazing president in Dr. Spittal, and coincidentally we have events all the time. Plus, have you seen some of the pranks? FUHDAYZMaybe we are similar to Bayside and maybe I do look like Mario Lopez…

Mario and I

At least a little…?
I know, I know, the main difference is that our hair is molded different directions!

As I said I never really liked the whole idea of organized schooling and the work associated. So, I decided to take all major-specific classes this semester:

Arabic, Randy Cloud: We are learning about the culture and intricasies of the Arabic people along with some language, but not very much. It’s so interesting to separate my preconceived ideas from what is true. We have guest speakers, field trips, and FOOD!

Introduction to Christian Mission, Dean Flemming: The basis of this class is not just international missionary work. It’s about digging deeper into what our mission is, no matter the area we are called to. The discussion here is superb along with Dr. Dean’s fashion choices. (Follow the trend on Twitter: #drdeanfashionshow)

Organizational Leadership, Yorton Clark: This is an upper level class where I am the only sophomore.. It was pretty intimidating at first, but I absolutely love leadership and business so now I fit pretty well (I think..) We are reading interesting books and simply defining different types of leaders and how success is brought about.

Social and Cultural Anthropology, Bo Cassell: This class is all about learning how to dig into other cultures and what it looks like to make connections between past, present, and future. We watch alllll kinds of videos and have group forums.

Urban Ministries, Tammy Condon: I love the idea of an urban setting! We are learning what that setting looks like, where it came from, and where our place is in it. I love observing the different mindsets we all have toward another group of individuals God’s love is sometimes far from, or at least they think so. We have a lot of discussion and we have field trips planned as well!

So, I guess school isn’t too bad now. It’s so cool to see how all my classes fit together and feed off of each other. I’ll learn something in Intro to Christian Mission that is COMPLETELY applicable in Urban Ministries. My professors are awesome and my class sizes help me to get involved. The best part, however, is that these classes are helping me find out more about Christ, His people, and what my actions should look like in regards to that.

So I may not get the chance to be stacked like Mario Lopez or be a Bayside Tiger,
but Land Gym is my where I’m on my workout flow and I’m proud to be a Pioneer
MNUPioneers

Class Dismissed.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

*Once again, let me know if you have any topics you would like to have discussed or what parts of my inner most being you want me to spill on here rather than just on Twitter!

Britney Lewis

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September 17, 2013

To Bring or Not to Bring–That Is The Question.

September 17, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

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So it’s the summer before your first year of college, and you ask yourself: What the heck am I supposed to bring?

It’s like you’ve been thrown out into the world naked: no clothes, no shoes, and no place to go. No one has given you directions, so you’ve been walking in a circle for the last half hour by yourself.

You’re in a foreign place…

It’s dark

and you’re naked!

You feel hopeless, and you’re on the verge of giving up.

BUT DON’T BACK DOWN YET. Thankfully, your life probably isn’t anything like the metaphor I mentioned above…and if it is…well, that’s a completely different subject.

You’re not naked; there’s a sun shinning somewhere; and I’m here to help you! Truthfully, the summer before I moved to MNU, I was overwhelmed with anxiety. I was the first in my family to go off to college, the school year was drawing near, and I hadn’t bought anything for my dorm.

I didn’t know that the MNU website had a page with a list of school supplies. (http://www.mnu.edu/undergraduate/student-life/dorms.html#bring) I definitely suggest checking the link out. The website has been updated and it’s almost exact…however there are a plethora of items I would NOT bring. If you bring everything on the list, your roommate will probably kick you out–just saying. ;)

What Not to Bring:

–Everything in your closet. That shirt that’s been sitting in the back of your closet for a year: LEAVE IT THERE. There’s not gonna be a day when you’re like: Oh, I should have brought that shirt. Actually, if you have more than a hand full of clothes that you don’t use anymore, you should donate them to a Goodwill or Savers.

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–Don’t Bring a popcorn popper. You’ll probably use it once, and then never use it again. Plus it’s a hassle to clean.

–There’s a good chance you’ll never use a can opener either–so drop that.

–A few other things I wouldn’t bring: hot pot, Iron/iron board (Unless you’re actually going to use it). All the books on your bookshelf (There’s not enough room for everything. Plus, I only read one and a half books my freshman year. :( )

What to bring:

Do bring a shower caddy! Many people have no idea what that is.

Preferably, I would choose one with holes at the bottom of it, so the water drains and doesn’t become moldy.

Do bring shower flip-flops! I don’t care what anyone says, shower cleaner can’t clean everything! Protect your feet from fungi and go with the flops!

Do bring a cable cord! Many people forget them, but if you want to take advantage of the free cable, I’d suggest bringing one.

–A few other things: Kleenex, umbrella, rain/snow boots, trash cans and plenty of movies to keep yourself entertained.

Lastly:

Do talk with your roommate before moving in. It might be weird, or even awkward, at first. But trust me, It’s so worth it. It would be a shame if you and your roommate had two of everything. Don’t be scared: make the first move! That way: the both of you can coordinate ideas and create a living space where everyone wants to hang out.

Here are a few photos from my dorm freshman year!

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Welp, that’s all for this week! I hope this was helpful.

Next week I’ll be posting some videos of room tours. You’ll get to see some rooms from: Stockton, Spindle, and Lampher.

Talk to you later!

Love,

Britney

Allegra Vieux

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September 17, 2013

The Society: Dallas Conference

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IMG_2168Greetings blog fam.

For those of you just tuning in, I’m the President of The National Society of Leadership and Success: MNU Chapter. Last year I did an internship and started our chapter, and this is our second semester in the making. Holla!

Over the weekend, one of our amazing advisers, Dr. Clark, took us to the regional leadership retreat in Dallas, TX. Dallas is about 8 hours away from Olathe, and the conference was from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Pictured above is Dr. Clark, me, Savannah Hoit (treasurer,) and Katy Ward (Secretary.) [Not pictured: Ron Jackson (Co-Adviser) Emily DeLong (VP) and Stephen Rowell (IT Coordinator.) They couldn't make it this weekend and we missed them dearly!]

We are STOKED on the new direction our chapter is going. We have Orientation tomorrow (Wednesday night) at 9pm in Smith. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to come! A little preview: Glow sticks and balloons are involved!

No road trip would be complete without a super sketchy hotel experience! On our way to Dallas we stayed the night in Oklahoma City. I won’t go into grave detail, but I will say we are happy we made it out with our lives.

IMG_2163When we arrived to our hotel in Dallas (the Hilton) all memory of the Ramada was erased. This hotel was 5 star in my book. The decor was beautiful, the staff helpful, the elevators glass (ignore my reflection above,) …I felt like a PRINCESS! We were on floor 11 (Except Savannah who was technically in room 1408- muahaha!) it was AWESOME!

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IMG_2170The pictures above are with the national executive officers from the office in Hoboken, NJ. The top photo is with Reema and Claire and the bottom is with Dede (WHO IS FROM OVERLAND PARK. AND A JAYHAWK FAN. ROCK CHALK!) We had to take a Kansas Picture!

Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for: The Sleeping Selfies!

IMG_2173 IMG_2175Oh, and the #SNAPCHATS of the week!

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This is my friend Greg who is from New Jersey but I met him in Mexico doing an internship. He has nothing to do with MidAmerica but he def is a true friend. Look at that snapchat!

Peace and Blessins

KUHKAW

 

Mario Flores

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September 13, 2013

Attention Caught? This is my attempt at a clever title.

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I must say, being a Pioneer is fo shizzle the bomb.
Before I move into telling you why, I’ve decided to share with you why I chose MNU in the first place. So sit back, (or forward- whatever is most comfortable for you) and (hopefully) enjoy reading a little bit about my story.

I am a Pastor’s kid. In fact, I’m a Nazarene pastor’s kid. Meaning, I’ve grown up going to and being brought to Church my whole life. And actually, I’m grateful for it. I’ve got amazing parents that love Jesus, love each other, and they love us kids. I am the youngest of four. I am from SouthEastern California, El Centro to be exact. A relatively small agricultural border town community.

I played football the first three years of high school, ran four years of track, and two weeks of soccer (We can discuss that later). I’ve grown up playing sports, but playing at MNU is still more of a DREAM than a reality… mainly cause we’re bosses at pretty much all our sports, and i’m no boss… Anyway, I enjoy playing the guitar. I started playing the summer going into my senior year and starting next Tuesday I’ll be teaching two guys in my hall all that I know!

Now to my choice of MNU.
I chose MNU over several other schools for a few deliberate reasons.
1. The Faculty and staff seem to be predominantly genuine lovers of God and lovers of people. More than just talk the talk, they authentically care for people, extend grace, and are patient (again this is in general). Anyway seeing that type of a person live their life in such a way obviously makes me want to learn from them!
2. The Community is off the chain. When I came on an extended SCOUT visit, I stayed in Snowbarger. While I was here, rather than being treated as some little high schooler, I was treated as a friend that just happened to be a couple years younger. I dig that.
3. Frankly I wanted to get away from home. Not that those who live close to MNU shouldn’t come! But for me, I wanted to get away from California and familiarity. I figured that if I went to a place where I wasn’t really known or knew of anyone else, I’d be forced to be more independent and be forced into “clinging” to God-depending on Him for support and family. I testify today that He is faithful to provide.
4. Referring back to the Faculty and Community, the attitude/atmosphere seems to be intentionally Kingdom-minded. What I mean by that is that the rhythms and standards and events and policies are attempts to make an environment that is Christ-centered and Christ-like. For the sake of others we choose to live the way we live. For example living in the dorms, we work to observe quiet hours when it’s late at night and early in the morning. This is because when you’re trying to sleep, people yelling in the hall or blaring their music often makes it harder to fall asleep. For the sake of others we choose to live the way that we do. I really dig that.

Finally (for now), after my first year of college officially in the history of mankind, I confess that I came away satisfied. And now that I am four weeks into my Sophomore year, I am still really enjoying it!
College is different from all of my previous school experiences. Most distinctly is in the fact that I now live and eat with the people that I go to school with. It makes for more “relational-building” time. For that I am ever grateful. I’ve got a great roommate, and the guys in my hall are stellar. I’ll be sharing more about them later on-some are in the photo above! For now though

Eeet's the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it'll make sense) Also, that's my car :D

Eeet’s the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it’ll make sense) Also, that’s my car :D

I’m going to say toodles and peace in the Middle East friends!

Grateful in Him,

Mario Paul Flores

Joey Alligier

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September 12, 2013

The End is Where We Begin

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Everyone….

It’s the moment you have all been waiting for..

I would go as far to say the most anticipated event within the last 3 minutes!

No, it’s not any other scandalous happening with Miley Cyrus, thankfully.

However, the window into my life is open once again!

Well, the last time we talked I was about to embark on what I would later learn to be the BEST summer of my life. It was one, if not the greatest, learning and growing experience I have been apart of! I traveled on behalf of MNU as a camp counselor all over the Midwest. 10 strangers, one van, one team, numerous of preconceived ideas, purposeful prayer, and a multitude of personalities all went into the oven of life to bake together! The end result; best friends, numerous incidences of God working, still 10 people shoved in a van, inside jokes #fuhdayz and memories enough for a lifetime or so.

This is where we started….

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And we ended up here…

SergioIt may not look like much a difference, after all what can 3 months really do?

However, a small animal did make its way onto my face :)

The contrast between the pictures is largely symbolic of our relation to each other and vulnerability that we developed as a group. Needless to say, the Lord went before us, with us, and transformed lives from the inside out (mine for certain)!

Yet, with any great experience the question that soon follows is, “What now?”
Where do you take the memories, commitments, and lessons learned?

That’s yet another beautiful part of the community here at MidAmerica! I am surrounded by these same people and you can bet your bottom dollar (one of those sayings you refer to only from previous exposure and NOT because you know the true meaning) that memories and feelings flood back once I catch a glimpse of these beautiful faces around campus. We are all still here to support each other, even though we are all facing different and some pivotal points in our young adult lives; marriage, graduation, jobs, or even deciding what person to reach out to today. The Lord didn’t stay at those camps, He came back with us. If you ask most any MNU student or Faculty member they would contend that something is different this year and it’s not too hard to figure out WHO it is :)

This is the point where this new life begins. The one that Christ has filled me with by the power of His Holy Spirit. I am beginning the next step in the life God is designing for me as I go.

Anyway, that’s a short glimpse of my summer and where I am right now! If you want to know more, have any questions, or would like to suggest a post topic feel free to contact my by:

1)Comment
2)Facebook: Joey Alligier
or
3)Twitter: @praya_warriortwitter

“TUNE IN” NEXT WEEK TO “HEAR” ABOUT MY NEW CLASS SCHEDULE

Keep on and keep God!

Britney Lewis

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September 10, 2013

The Always Awkward Ice Breakers…

September 10, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

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Good evening beautiful blog world.

Think back to your first day of high school. Remember the weird people? The rude stares? The cafeteria food? And goodness, those terrible Ice breakers that teachers make you do before you even get the chance to catch your breath? It’s like: You’ve been running around, in a foreign place, all day looking for classes; you barely make it pass the bell, and already, the teacher wants you to stand in front of the room and introduce yourself.

Why????

  Let’s all be honest here: Ice breakers are no fun. You’d think, after you hit college, these instances would go away…but they don’t. Fortunately, the professors at MidAmerica want to know what you’re all about; they want to know what you’re majoring in, who you’re living with, and where you’re from. It’s weird, but the profs actually care–which isn’t a bad thing if you ask me. So today’s blog is solely going to be an introduction on who I am…minus the awkwardness, of course.

My name Is Britney. I’m crazy in-love with God. I am a sophomore with a major in English education and a minor in art.

I love to write! Whenever I think of a cool line or quote for one of my characters, I stick it on my desk!photo

I also really enjoy art. My grandmother is an artist, so I guess it runs in the family. I’m quite humble about my talent, and I don’t talk about it much, but I do have a strong passion for it. Here are a few photos!

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Most importantly, I am crazy about my nephew–He actually resembles me a lot.  His name is T.J. and he’ll be three in October! He has a sibling on the way! Hopefully it’s a girl. :)

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Welp, that’s me! I have officially completed an ice breaker without sweating, nervous jitters, and the thought of passing out. I hope I helped shed some light on who I am.

It would be awesome if I could hear from you all, too! I’d love to know about your weird first days of school, or what inspires you the most in life! To leave a comment, click on the title above! Remember: Ice breakers will always be awkward…but make the most of your awkwardness by getting to know the people around you! Trust me, no one is judging you. ;)

Talk to you all next time!

Love, Britney!

Allegra Vieux

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September 9, 2013

Welcome to Senior Year

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Remember that one time when I wrote about living in California/Mexico for the summer? Well, my internship came to a close and I’m back in good ole Kansas. I traded the rolling oceans for this:

Kansas Sky

 

Strangely enough, the blank open space is refreshing after a couple of crowded cities. There’s no place like home! (sorry, I just vomited from my own corny-ness.)

 

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The picture above is of my good friend Stephen and me sitting in Accounting class. Before the lecture started, someone turned around and said “smile!” and snapchatted it to me. Pre-collegiate friends who are reading, take note of 2 things:

  1. SnapChat is permanent, no matter what people say or what updates they send to your smartphone.
  2. Don’t put off your gen-eds until senior year. They may seem awful when you’re a freshman or sophomore, but they’re even worse when you are in your senior year!

 

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Above is one of my roommates, Kassidy. We have already had time for a girl’s night out, event in the craziness of the first two weeks of school. She plays basketball and is like a sister to me already!

 

 

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This is Tara, she is an admissions counselor and she is AMAZING! We also were matching on the first day of school!

 

photo(4)…aaaand then we also had to throw in an impromptu end of the summer pool party!

 

It’s looking like a great year.

Hasta la pasta

Allegra Vieux

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June 8, 2013

Summer Internship

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Amor is on Instagram! #ComeBuildHope

Amor is on Instagram! #ComeBuildHope

Hello Blog World.

What have I been up to this summer? Chilling by the pool? enjoying lake day weekends? Sipping lemonade and soaking up the sun?

If you guessed any of the above, none are completely out of the question. The answer is, this week I started my academic internship with Amor Ministries in sunny San Diego!

Amor is an international non-profit organization that holds a special place in my heart. Here’s a blurb from the website that shares the vision:

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check out more at http://www.amor.org!

Amor is best known for building houses in order to keep families together. Groups from all over come for a week and build a house together without power tools. While they’re with us they stay in tents at our campsite and shower with buckets. The current house building locations are Mexico, Arizona, and South Africa.

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There are lots of other things Amor does as well. Project Hope is an example. It’s made up of 5 branches. One is the Clean Water for Life program, as well as the others listed below.

Clean Water for Life!

Clean Water for Life!

Back to School, Food Pantry, Bibles, and Winter Relief

Back to School, Food Bank, Bibles, and Winter Relief

How I got involved with Amor:

When I was 13 my parents let me go on my first international missions trip with my church. We went to Juarez to build a house over spring break and by day 2 I was sold. I started taking Spanish when I got back to school and continue to study Spanish. We went back to Juarez twice after that and on the third trip I translated for our group (not because after 2 years of Spanish I was any good, but because I had basic knowledge and Mexicans are very gracious.) Between my freshman and sophomore years, I came and did the Project Nexus internship with Amor, and I camped for 10 weeks with 7 other interns and stayed on site with groups all summer long. Last summer I was here as a field specialist overseeing multiple sites and managing the summer Nexus interns. This summer I’m doing a few weeks as a specialist and about 5 weeks of developing a campaign for the marketing division.

My first complete project: create an Instagram account for the office. DONE!

Participants can share their Amor experience by including the trending topic #ComeBuildHope on any social media platform, and Amor can share photos from the field or the office on the new account. Follow us! @AmorMinistries

My next project is about a 4 phase project and on Sunday I will begin phase 1: Research.

The overall goal is to create a campaign to get students (high school and college age) to raise funds for Amor during the year. We’ve been calling it an individual partnership project. During this phase I’ll be talking to our participants and getting feedback on what would motivate them to raise funds, what is popular right now, what their media habits are, etc.

Phase 2 is to create a storyboard and combine everything I heard and come up with a plan of action for launching the project.

Phase 3 is to work on a web design/website layout.

aaaand phase 4 is to create the marketing plan for the project.

 

am I excited? Only a little bit!

I’ll be blogging over the summer about my experiences with Amor both stateside and in Mexico. Feel free to follow along!

 

Cherith Campbell

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May 13, 2013

The one where it all ends!

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Well….ITS SUMMER! Oh my goodness I can’t believe that summer is finally here. This year has been so awesome. I have been through so much and changed in so many ways. It has been such a crazy year but I couldn’t have imagined it any other way.

I got to live in EUROPE! I am amazed at the all the things I got to do while over there. I got to have experiences that I will never forget. I’ve been to Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France! How insane is that?! I had the time of my life and I am so thankful for everything that my semester abroad brought about. I grew in so many ways while living in Europe and I believe that going and living abroad forces you to be in situations that challenge you and allow you to grow. I am absolutely expecting to travel in my future and I can’t wait!

This summer I am  moving to Springfield, MO because I got a job working with a church in their youth ministry. I also am getting the opportunity to be a part of a deaf community down there. I will be working on my sign language and becoming more fluent than I am now. I am so pumped. I will be moving into a downtown loft apartment with my best friend from high school. I am so excited to see what God does this summer. It is going to be great. –>  Sunny days. Hanging with kids. The lake. And making memories of a lifetime.

This entire year has been such a growing time for me and I can only hope that the years to come will be just as incredible.

It have been so blessed this year and I am so glad I got to share it all with you! If you are going to be at MNU next year – I’ll see you then! Feel free to come talk to me! I would love to meet you. :)

Learn one last thing new today: Frisbees were invented by accident. If you visit the park in the summer, you probably enjoy tossing a frisbee. This toy was created in the 1870’s as a pie plate. (Yum!) But students started throwing them around in the 1940’s – changing the use to a form of entertainment.

Thank you students of the 40’s! 

Have a great summer –>  go throw a frisbee!

PEACE OUT.