Top 5 Benefits of Group Fitness

One of the best pieces of advice I have received regarding exercise is to find something you enjoy. It makes sense. If you dread your exercise time, you won’t end up doing it very often. Early on in my life, I found I enjoyed group fitness. Group fitness classes have evolved over the years as...
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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In terms of getting your message across quickly, that’s true. Here are three rules to developing your skills in representing data visually. Know your data. You must understand your data before you share it. Is it numeric? Geospatial? Text? Time series? All of the above? Numeric...
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5 Pro-Tips for the Amateur Worship Guitarist

Worship guitarists. We’re an interesting breed. I’ve been playing in worship bands for 15 years. Starting at a small church in Harlingen, Texas, where my dad was the worship leader and moving on to playing at one of the largest churches in San Antonio, Texas, I’ve played in a variety of church settings. Whether in...
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3 Summer Career Moves

I know as soon as class is out at the end of the year most of us promise to take it easy, forget all we just learned, and come back refreshed and pick up with everything school-related in the fall. Believe me, I am as guilty of that as anyone else! Now that a little...
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Change – Accept, Embrace, Grow

“Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy Change is constantly happening during each moment of our lives. Our universe is a perfect example. Each day we find the sun rising in the east, directly overhead at...
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Summer Reading Suggestions

University Provost Dr. John Vassar compiled a list of books recommended to him by staff and faculty colleagues for summertime reading. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews “The Traveler’s Gift effectively combines self-help with fiction . . . sustaining momentum while simultaneously passing on instructions for positive thinking . . . an exemplary job at providing positive suggestions...
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Learning From Adversity

College is a great time for self-discovery with most students getting their first taste of freedom as they live on their own. There is so much opportunity to learn, both in and outside the classroom. While I would not call any of it easy, I would say most of those learning experiences are positive. Based on...
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How to Spot Fake News

Everyone is talking about “fake news” and the word itself was Collins’ Dictionary word of the year for 2017. Why should you care about whether your news is fake or real? Fake news can actually harm you — physically, mentally, or financially. For example, purveyors of false medical advice are rampant online and their bad...
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The journey to become a teacher

Finding my purpose It has been a long journey for me. When I got out of high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, so I chose to attend a community college. I eventually dropped out and spent time finding who I was and what I really wanted to do...
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