Inside Athletics: January 4, 2013

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James jump into a potpourri of subjects from how the women’s basketball team has played since returned from Christmas break to the gearing up of the spring sports.  They close with some introspective thoughts from fall sport student-athletes.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: December 28, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

This week Dave reviews the actions and discussions at the recent ODAC Board of Directors meeting held in the beginning of December. He gives highlights of the various sport committee reports as well as the discussion held on the issue of establishing conference wide eligibility standards. This issue has been raised due to several reports over the past number of years of student athletes competing for ODAC schools after they didn’t qualify academically at Division I or II institutions. Dave is also joined by Britten Olinger, assistant track and field coach to talk about the role of an assistant coach and the strategies that the coaching staff are implementing to grow the track and field program.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: December 21, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James talk about the close of the first half of the season, as both basketball teams are now done for Christmas.  They spend some time digging into shooting percentages and confidence.  The two then end the podcast with a novel thought…that spring is on its way!

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: December 14, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James look at the interesting dynamics of this time of year.  They talk about the basketball teams dealing with less practice time during exam week, but still playing games this weekend.  Dave also digs into some unique teaching moments with the student-athletes that become available.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Cross-cultural Chapel: New Zealand

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Students from the New Zealand cross-cultural seminar share experiences and reflections from their recent adventure.

Cross-cultural Chapel: South Africa & Lesotho

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Students from the South Africa and Lesotho cross-cultural seminar share experiences and reflections from their recent adventure.

“The Faithful Environmentalist” – Reverend Rich Cizik

& University Chapels.

Reverend Richard Cizik explores the connection between environmentalism and our faith. Cizik is the President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, and has been an outspoken advocate for environmental action. Cizik has worked closely with both scientists and evangelical leaders to bridge the gap between these typically estranged groups, and raise awareness about the very real dangers of climate change.

This chapel is sponsored by Earthkeepers.

Inside Athletics: December 7, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Sports Information Director James De Boer brings on women’s basketball coach Kevin Griffin.  They talk about expectations after finishing 22-4 last season, the reasoning and results of a tough stretch to start this season, and the balance of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Student Recognition Chapel

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

Faculty and Staff in several departments recognize important achievements of students during the fall semester.  Laurie Miller also recognizes and celebrates 10 years of Common Grounds coffeehouse on campus!

“The Will to Embrace: In Search of Christian Hospitality” – Dr. Richard Beck

& University Chapels.

Suter Science Seminar – Richard Beck, PhD

“Practice hospitality.” So commands Paul in Romans 12. And yet, a host of social and psychological dynamics often conspire to make faith communities insular, inward-looking and unwilling to engage with the “tax collectors and sinners” of our world. The presentation will focus on the features of purity psychology and how these undermine, at the psychological level, Jesus’s call for us to be a missional people characterized by welcome, mercy, and hospitality. How are faith communities to overcome these dynamics? The presentation will conclude with an analysis of Miroslav Volf’s “will to embrace,” arguing that the change we seek is largely affectional in nature, with the root of the problem being found in our emotional stance toward strangers and out-group members.

Dr. Richard Beck is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Abilene Christian University and is the author of Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality and The Authenticity of Faith: The Varieties and Illusions of Religious Experience. As an experimental psychologist Richard has also published extensively in the empirical literature examining the intersection of Christianity and psychology. Richard also writes regularly about the interface of theology and psychology at his popular and award-winning blog Experimental Theology. Richard is married to Jana, who is a high-school theater teacher; they have two sons—Brenden and Aidan.