Inside Athletics: Feb. 24, 2012

& Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Sports Information Director James De Boer again runs solo, recording on location from the ODAC Basketball Tournaments in Salem.  He gives a recap of the women’s Quarterfinals and sets up the men’s Quarterfinals, and also touches on the busy schedule for all of the sports.

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.

“Inspiring the Future” – Esther Nizer

& University Chapels.

Join Esther Nizer, president of the Harrisonburg area chapter of the NAACP, to consider “Inspiring the Future” and moving forward. This is the second chapel planned by Black Student Union as part of Black History Month.

Inside Athletics: Feb. 17, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics,” James runs the show as Dave is out of town for work.  With the men’s and women’s basketball seasons coming to a close this weekend, James talks about some the seeding possibilities and scenarios for both teams.  He also talks about a busy day in Yoder Arena on Saturday and closes with a couple of exciting bits of news concerning golf.

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.

Spiritual Life Week ‘Chapel Gathering’ – Shaun Groves

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Spiritual Life Week.

The good news of the Bible is not only about what we have been saved from, but also what we have been saved for – something to do with God’s plan to provide for the poor. This plan can be traced from an obscure law about bread in the biblical book of Exodus. Listen to explore and test this text.

Shaun Groves is a communicator who’s known by a lot of titles: Singer/songwriter. Speaker. Blogger. Husband. Daddy. Friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily. And he’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and being a voice for children around the world, desperate to be saved from poverty.

Spiritual Life Week Chapel: “Saved? For What?” – Shaun Groves

& Spiritual Life Week, University Chapels.

The good news of the Bible is not only about what we have been saved from, but also what we have been saved for – something to do with God’s plan to provide for the poor.

Shaun Groves is a singer/songwriter, speaker, blogger, husband, daddy and friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily and he’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and being a voice for children around the world who are desperate to  be saved from poverty.

“Brueggemann and the Fiction that Makes True” – Dr. Michael King

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Faculty/Staff Speakers, School for Leadership Training.

Referencing Hebrews 11:1-16, Eastern Mennonite Seminary Dean Dr. Michael King reflects and expands on some comments made by Dr. Walter Brueggeman, plenary speaker for this year’s School for Leadership Training in January.

In “Preaching as Re-imagination,” Brueggemann writes, “It is my conviction that neither old liberal ideologies nor old conservative certitudes nor critical claims made for the Bible will now do.  Our circumstance permits and requires the preacher to do something we have not been permitted or required to do before.  Ours is an awesome opportunity: to see whether this text, with all of our interpretive inclinations, can voice and offer reality in a re-described way that is credible and evocative of a new humanness, rooted in holiness and practiced in neighborliness.”

Spiritual Life Week – Shaun Groves Concert

& Spiritual Life Week.

Shaun Groves has partnered with child development organization Compassion International for the purpose of spreading Compassion’s mission of releasing children from poverty across the world. Shaun shares an evening of songs and stories inspired by his travels with Compassion.

Shaun is a singer/songwriter, speaker, blogger, husband, daddy and friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily and he’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and being a voice for children around the world who are desperate to  be saved from poverty.

Inside Athletics: Feb. 10, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

This week, Dave is joined by Sue Kolb, women’s soccer coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Well-being, who reviews her work during the first semester with class attendance and academic progress of EMU athletes.  Sue’s position is being funded by a grant through the NCAA as part of the Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant Program.  It is part of our efforts to increase retention rates among athletes, as well as the general student population.  The early reports are quite positive and provide us with data that will be helpful in continuing to improve the relationship between athletics and academics.

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.

“The Quiet in the Land” – David Kline

& University Chapels.

Who are and what is the quiet in the land? David Kline offers his perspective.

David Kline is an Amish farmer, naturalist, and writer. He and his family farm 120 acres and operate a 45-cow organic dairy near Mt. Hope, Ohio, that blends older traditional methods with newer technologies in a manner that is environmentally friendly and profitable. This lifestyle supports not only families and caring communities, but also a people comfortable with themselves.

David is the author of three books, Great Possessions (1990), Scratching the Woodchuck (1997) and Letters from Larksong (2010), and is an editor for Farming Magazine, a quarterly publication supporting small-scale and profitable family farming.

Farming Magazine sprung from a desire to give a voice of hope to small-scale farmers across the nation and foster a strong connection between farm families and urban-dwelling families who desire delicious wholesome food. The magazine also celebrates the joys of farming well and living well on an ecologically conscious scale. The magazine is created in the spirit of stewardship for the earth and regard for its inhabitants.

In this chapel address, he discusses Norman Rockwell’s “County Agent” painting.  Chapel concludes with an announcement about the Student Life department’s Screen-free Sabbath initiative, including a humorous video featuring a discussion between all of EMU’s Presidents.

“How Mennonites Made Me a Better Methodist” – Rev. D. Dennis Perry

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary.

Rev. D. Dennis Perry grew up in Harrisonburg.  He graduated from JMU, received his MDiv from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and then his DMin from Wesley Theological seminary.  He has served churches in Page County, Rockingham County, and in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia.  He is currently Lead Pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA.

Rev. Perry is joined  by Naeem Baig, VP for Public Affairs at the Islamic Circle of North America.  Established in 1968, the ICNA  was a response to the growing need for a supportive Muslim community in North America.  ICNA has worked to establish connections between Islam and the public, collaborating with numerous Muslim organizations to reach this end.  ICNA also works closely with many national interfaith organizations for the betterment of society.

The two became friends when Rev. Perry’s church opened its doors to their Muslim neighbors.  They have been featured on “The Daily Show with John Stewart.”