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Author: Dr. Cara Snyder

After Seven Years of Service, VP for Communications Announces Resignation

FACULTY & STAFF NEWS 26 August 2016 Matthew Meeks, VP for Communications, Announces Resignation Plans to begin entreprenurial initiatives in Dallas–Fort Worth area Dallas, Texas–Every employee at DCC works in the faith that God has called us to this work.  And the other side of that is the faith that he can also show us when he wants us elsewhere.  Vice President for Communications Matthew Meeks now finds himself in that latter category.  After seven years at DCC, Matthew has tendered his resignation in order to keep following God’s leading. “I came to DCC knowing that the Lord’s hand...

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FLEXCampus® Coordinator Named “Employee of the Year”

In adult life, one doesn’t expect prizes for one’s work. If there is a prize—the Nobel or a Pulitzer, say—it’s a side effect.1 That’s the way Kyle Martin, this year’s Employee of the Year, views his recent award. “It’s awkward,” he says, feeling a little embarrassed at being honored just for doing his job well. As the Servant Award does for a student, so the Employee of the Year, selected by the President’s leadership team, spotlights an employee who doesn’t want to be spotlighted. Says Kyle, “I like to be there behind the scenes. I like for things to...

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Not So Serious—Or Not What You Were Expecting: A Theological Approach to Capitalization

Yes, capitalization. " We’ve all faced it—the moment when the brain freezes on what job titles to capitalize. I wrestle with it, too. I certainly don’t want to offend anyone by down-styling their job, and I certainly don’t want to be guilty of the sin of inconsistency, dreaded by all of us jot-and-tittle-minded proofreaders. American usage on capitalization is in flux. Business and legal documents have their peculiar styles, and those spill over into other realms, and soon everyone is confused. We could solve things by going back to the Germanic roots of English and capitalize all nouns, as...

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Servant Award—Ironic and Iconic

The last thing that humble Christian servants want is attention for their service. But since Christian service is precisely what DCC wants to inculcate, it is fitting that there be an award that honors a servant’s attitude and behavior. Thus, we have the Servant Award, instituted in the 1990s and determined by vote of the students alone, without faculty/staff input, honoring the student who most clearly exemplifies Jesus’ service to others. And wouldn’t you know that junior student Blayze Lingo, when asked about the award this year, immediately named the person who he thinks should have received it instead...

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Summer Kingdom Week 2016: Staff and Students Minister in Nepal.

Can your story about what Jesus has done for you be boiled down to five words?  Can those five words open the door for someone else to become a believer? That was the task set before twelve DCC-connected folks and the many Nepalese people who participated in three evangelism workshops DCC held in Nepal between May 16 and June 1 as part of DCC’s second Kingdom Week mission to Nepal (yes, the mostly Hindu nation where Chomolungma/Mt. Everest resides). [1] Using curriculum from Mission Frontiers called Training for Trainers, the DCC team led participants in choosing two words to describe...

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DCC Junior Student Selected “2016 Outstanding Student Worker”

Schools and their student workers have a symbiotic relationship: student workers can walk to work, arrange work around their class schedules, and get an inside look at the functioning of the school. Meanwhile, the school relies on student workers to help carry out the mission and operations of the school. At DCC, the system also gives staff the opportunity to mentor students in behaviors and values that the classroom may only get to talk about. That’s a big help in fulfilling our mentoring mission. Starting this year the faculty and staff decided to honor an outstanding student worker. DCC...

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Education Students Reflect on Student Teaching Experience (3 of 3)

Senior student, Kyle Spurgin, reflects on his first year of students teaching: One thing that I will never forget about my year of student teaching was the love that the kids had for me. In fact, for some bizarre reason, one student would always randomly call out my name, “Spurgin!” Eventually, this got all of 8th grade doing the same thing. Walking down the hall, you’d hear “Spurgin!” If they tossed a paper ball in the trash can–“Spurgin!” If they scored a goal, “Spurgin!” It got so bad that teachers would come up to me and say, “So you’re the...

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Dallas Christian College 2016 Commencement Ceremony a Worship Experience

Commencements are like funerals: black robes, serious marching, and tearful goodbyes. Commencements are like heart surgery: the staff has done it many times, but for the patient and family, it’s a first. But they are also like birth—celebrated with hope and fear, joy and love. Literally, “commencement” goes back to the Latin root that means “to begin,” but the prefix on it, the “com-“ is an intensive: that is, a commencement is an intense beginning. No question about that. On Friday evening, May 13, the class of 2016 experienced all of this in a glorious service of praise to...

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Education Students Reflect on Student Teaching Experience (2 of 3)

Nicole Garza, doing her student teaching at Carrollton Elementary in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, reports the following about her experience so far: I have a first-grade class of 19 students—15 boys (rambunctious and impulsive) and 4 girls (quieter but sly). It has been a real exercise in patience! I have learned that the more you get to know your students, the more their behavior stops being random and troublesome, and the better class morale becomes. I have learned how much home life affects the classroom, and I have had my heart broken—and mended—by God on how to show love...

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