CASAS Updates January 2017

A New Year and a New Semester!

Since I have always been engaged in education during the Christmas season, as long as I can remember I get a certain feeling a couple days before returning to work/school. Excitedly Reflective.

Why? It is the one time of year when everyone seems to be on a similar schedule. This means the pace of work slows, e-mails diminish and work related calls are nearly non-existent. Despite vacation time throughout the year, Christmas is the one time where I am almost completely disengaged from work and fully engaged with family and friends. I pause and reflect even more.

Basically, Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day gets to be a really reflective time. I consider friends I lost connections with (I don’t count Facebook) over the past year but now, since we are in the same geographic location, can share breakfast at a favorite diner. I ponder Christmas past with family members as we sit at the dinner table after a meal. I listen to descriptions of new activities as my young nieces continue to grow up much too quickly.

This is what leads to the “excited” portion of the feeling. A New Year feels like a fresh start. While I despise New Year’s Resolutions, I do contemplate opportunities and adjustments. I think about the ways God blessed me throughout the past year. Experiences that happened that didn’t make sense at the time (and some still don’t) but worked into amazing gifts. And this is when I take special note of verses like:

  • Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
  • Lamentations 3:22-24, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.””
  • Isaiah 40:31, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

These verses and the idea that I can’t imagine how God will engage in my life during the next year fill me with continued hope and excitement. I really anticipate the positive impact God will allow us to have on students in the next semester. I was touched to see e-mails over the past few weeks from students commenting on the hope and encouragement that everyone from our faculty and tutors to our advisors and secretaries provided over the past semester. I don’t know that anyone can fully grasp the impact you have when you let Christ’s love shine and be the focus of what you do.

Thank you for your servant’s heart as we move into 2017!

Brian

CASAS Events

• January 10 – Beginning of Semester CASAS Meeting – 9-10 am, DH 1090

• January 11 – Faculty Orientation, Towns Alumni Hall

• January 12 – NSSR Spring Bash – 7-9 pm, Argo Tea area

• January 13 – New Student Seminar

• January 16 – Classes begin

• January 20 – Last day to add/drop

General Updates

  • DeMoss Construction has begun for Phase II. We will keep you updated as it progresses.
  • Faith and Fellowship Groups will begin again the week of the 23rd. More information will be shared at the CASAS meeting on the 10th.
  • Interested in welcoming our new students? Does a S’mores Bar intrigue you? Talk to Hailey Manicone about the “Spring Bash” to be held on 1/12 from 7:00—9:00 PM in the Argo Tea area.
  • Interested in welcoming new transfer students? Talk to Brian Yates about the Transfer Student Welcome event at Snowflex on 1/16 from 7:00-9:00.

Questions or comments? Never hesitate to contact us!

Brian Yates, Dean

Dwayne Melton, Associate Dean

Nina Shenkle, Associate Dean

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