3 Tips to Keep You Motivated

Whether you are hoping to become a professional athlete, dreaming of performing on Broadway, or simply trying to lose weight, success requires hard work!  A lot of people give up.  Here are three of my favorite quotes that help me stay motivated. Excellence is never an accident.  It is a habit. —Aristotle If you want to...
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What Good is Art?

Why should art matter to a student majoring in nursing with the dream of helping cancer patients? Why should art be important to an engineering major hoping to better the world with a new invention?  Why should art matter to anyone? At UMHB, we believe that art is an important aspect of any education.  Our...
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Spectacular Failure

It was growing late. A major campus event was set to begin in a matter of hours, and technical difficulties had dozens of university employees scrambling to ensure the proceedings would meet our high standards. One brave soul stood atop a mechanical lift holding a digital projector, while I stood below him, hoping for a...
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What is Creative Nonfiction?

Here at UMHB, I teach a class called Creative Writing: Prose. This upper-level course focuses on reading and writing the short story as well as creative nonfiction. Students are always familiar with the former genre but not necessarily so with the latter. Inevitably on the first day of class, some confusion surfaces about so-called “creative...
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Faith-Informed Discernment: Asking the Right Questions

disž•cern•žment [dih-surn-muhnt] – noun – the aptitude of showing good or outstanding judgment and understanding (Dictionary.com) quesž•tionž•ing [kwes-chuh-ning] – adjective – characterized by or indicating intellectual curiosity; inquiring (Dictionary.com) College-life has a way of demanding growth by exposing one’s true identity. Simply, it has a way of helping students get real. Students are challenged and...
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Relational Chaos = Love

Human relationships and personal interactions are a valued asset in our world. In any culture, throughout history, the institution of marriage has been a foundational assumption to the well-being of civilization. Pew Research recently indicated only 7% of 64-year-olds had never married. Yet, more folks under 35 say they will be single forever. Young men...
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