Friday, April 19, 2013

Lady Royals Givings Speeches in English Comp II.
Lydia Lewis - "That Lady I Call Mom."

Kim James, Jessica Williams, Lydia Lewis, Cassie Long, and Victoria Kaiserman
liven up the 9:30 English class.
It's the team spirit of the Lady Royals.

That Lady I Call Mom - by Lydia Lewis

Ecclesia College softball coach Samantha Juarez

You know those people in your life that you automatically look up too and you’re not quite sure why? There’s just something about them that makes you know that they care, and for me that’s my coach, Samantha Juarez, also known as ‘Mom’. Since the day that I gave my verbal commitment to play college softball at Ecclesia, she’s been nothing but helpful and supportive. As a team of all freshman, it takes a lot of patience to coach, and she is always patient. She sacrifices her time and gives so much just so not only I, but a team of eleven girls are taken care of. Mom is the type of lady that wants nothing more but to see you succeed and be the best you can be in all that you do. Whether you’re on the field and she’s yelling “Own it 7!”, or we’re goofing off about music and she says “It’s JT, you have to love him” you know that she cares. Something that stands out to me about Coach Sam is that she is humble; she isn’t overbearing or a high and mighty person like some coaches can be, but rather she takes the time to show us exactly what she wants. 

 Victoria and Lydia.

So many times it’s easy to think of a role model as someone who is perfect; who never has problems and simply had a cake walk of a life. We view them as this flawless person that never has to work hard because it comes natural; well for mom, it couldn’t be any different.

Mom grew up in Tucson, Arizona a big city of around 500,000 people. She grew up with one sister, Jordan, who is 5 years younger than her. She is 21 now and is attending the Arizona school of Art and Design where she majors in Photography.

Her parents are MaryAnn and John Juarez who divorced when she was 5 years old. While living with her mom and sister growing up, her mom went back to school to become a nurse. While doing this she held a full time job; needless to say Sam had to help with her little sister.

Lydia and Cassie.

Even though her parents were divorced, they maintained a healthy relationship for the sake of Sam and Jordan; but they still hard had to learn how to split time between mom and dad. Just like in any divorce situation, holidays are split; her and her sister always spent Christmas Eve at her dad’s and Christmas at her mom’s. She didn’t come from a rich background; “My dad is a General Manager for a tire store in Tucson called Jack Furrier’s Tire and Care. My mom has goals of becoming the COO (Chief of Operations) of Nursing at a hospital. In June of 2011 she took a job at the Salem Hospital in Oregon to be the Director of Nursing.” Her mom is the picture of hard work. 

“The most inspirational person for me is my mom. She worked hard my entire childhood to get to where she is now. To know the sacrifices it took for her to be a full time mom, work a full time job, and get her nursing degree and to be in the position she is now is amazing to me. “

Victoria, Jessica, Lydia, and Cassie.

She graduated High school in 2005 from Sahuaro High School, where her graduating class was around 500 kids. “I played basketball and softball all 4 years. I only played basketball because my friends played and it kept me in shape for softball.” She attended college and played softball at Midamerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas where she double majored in Athletic Training and Sports management. “I was recruited to play at other colleges all around the country but my goal was to major in Athletic Training and so I made sure I was able to pick a school that I would be able to do that.”

Her favorite sport to work with in school was football. “It was more exciting to be a part of and there were better injuries.” Sam became interested in Athletic Training when she was in high school due to a sports medicine class that she attended her junior and senior year. Her athletic trainer in high school had Sam and other students shadow her and that’s when she really became interested by the profession. Upon graduating college in 2009, she was hired as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri in 2010. “I worked on my Masters in Educational Leadership and was working in the Athletic Training room and that year I was able to work with the Men’s soccer team, men’s and women’s basketball, and softball team.”

Mom first played t-ball when she was about six or seven years old, and her softball career started when she was eight years old as a rec league player. At age eleven, Sam was picked to be on the All-star team for the league. “We went to Nationals that year in San Diego, California and we finished 9th out of 100 teams.” The coach for that all-star team started a club team with the same kids called Impulse; Sam went on to play for him until she was eighteen.

Impulse traveled all over the country: California, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado, and Oklahoma. “His name was Pete Nielson, he was the best coach I ever had.” He has two daughters that played softball for Marshall University.

“College was really busy for me. Being an Athletic training major I had to have 1200 clinical hours completed by the time I graduated. Very hard to do while playing a sport. During fall semester, I was a full time athletic training student and during spring I was all softball. Still during fall I had to do softball workouts with the team. Most my days would start at 5 am. I would have softball weights and conditioning till 7am, go to class from 8-10, work in the training room till 11, go to class till 1, then to back to the training room to get ready for practices for whatever sport I was covering at the time. Since I wouldn’t be able to go to softball practice for the fall I would do individual workouts with my head coach a couple times during the week. On top of all that, I worked at Starbucks to pay for house rent. My favorite memory from college was my senior year we had senior day and my dad flew in for the game. I didn’t hit any homeruns my senior year until senior day. Having my dad there to see it was probably the best thing ever. I signed the ball and gave it to him.”

After it’s all said and done, mom isn’t just a superhero coach; she’s just a young woman living life. She loves to go fishing, being out on the lake, and watching NASCAR on Sunday afternoons. “I’m so busy every day I just want to do things that involve me sitting and not having to do nothing.”

Coach Sam is a chill, fun, yet serious, hard working woman who pushes her team to be the best that they possibly can be. She, like her mom, works hard and expects others to do the same. I really look up to Mom on and off the field, she will never know what she means to me, but the next three years here will be a lot easier knowing I can look up so someone like Coach Sam.

Victoria and Jessica.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ecclesia College Baseball Team Makes High Grades Their Goal

Ecclesia College Baseball Team

The vision of the National Christian College Athletics Association is:

“To produce champions of Christ-like character while providing an environment that fosters academic and athletic excellence on a regional and national level.”

The NCCAA nationally recognizes teams that have a cumulative team GPA of at least a 3.4 as a NCCAA Scholar Team. 

The Ecclesia College Royals baseball team, comprised of all freshman and one upperclassman, have put themselves on track to receive this honor; ending the Fall 2012 semester with a team GPA of exactly 3.40. 

“I knew we would, because we are just that great, said freshman Daniel Authement, tongue-in-cheek. He was named to the Fall Semester Dean’s List.

 When asked about what this accomplishment meant, Head Coach Hardie responded 
“For us, at Ecclesia, we aren’t just student athletes, we are student worker athletes. To come away with a 3.4 with all the work outs in the fall and the working, that’s a great testament to our guys, especially with being all freshman.”

With any team this is a great accomplishment, but with a team of all freshman, it says a lot about the dedication of these young men.

“It’s pleasing to know that we are striving for excellence not only on the field but also in the classroom, said freshman Brandin Fry. He was also named to  the Fall semester Dean’s List)

“This shows me that our team cares enough not only about their sport, but also this school and their grades. We have to have the grades to play. To be a part of this family you have to get it done in the classroom, and we have, ” observed freshman Caleb Kelley, also on the dean's list.

The students offer congratulations to the Ecclesia College Men’s Baseball team on this accomplishment, and wishing them the best this season, and hoping their studies continue to be strong.

Reported by Lydia Lewis, Student Communicator

Friday, January 25, 2013

"Around 75% of Our Students Are Involved in Sports," Says Dean Skinner

Women's Soccer Head Coach, Dean Skinner
Dean Skinner has been coaching for nearly 28 years with 19 at the college level. He has coached both soccer and basketball, accumulating an overall win-loss record in soccer of 170-92-14 and in basketball a record of 371-246. He has been Head Coach at Berkshire Christian College, Southeastern University, Crown College, MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Coach Skinner attended Berkshire Christian College and played soccer for four years. He was named to the All-Conference team all four years in two different conferences. In his senior year he was voted Honorable Mention All-America and was the third leading scorer in the NCCAA Div II with 32 goals. He ended his career as Berkshire's all time leading scorer with 89 goals and 23 assists. 

During Skinner's Junior and Senior years, he was asked to coach the women's basketball team. Upon graduation, Dean was hired at his alma mater to be the new Athletic Director, Head Soccer, and Basketball Coach and has been coaching ever since.

Skinner has been named Regional Coach of the year 3 times and Conference Coach of the year 3 times. He has led his teams to two National Tournament appearances and still holds the record at Southeastern University for best single season win-loss record of 19-4-1. He also has taken some of his collegiate teams on sports mission trips to Panama, Jamaica, and Alaska. 

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Coach has held many leadership positions with the NCCAA. He has been the NCCAA National Soccer Chair, Regional Soccer Chair, National Statician UMAC Conference President, and the NCCAA National Basketball Vice Chair.

Dean has a bachelor's degree from Berkshire Christian College and a Master of Science in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy. He has been married to his wife, Deb, for 35 years and they have 3 sons, Andy, Nick, and Chris.

Dean says "I am so excited to be a part of the Ecclesia College family. The opportunity to impact the lives of the young people for Christ is humbling, motivating, and so rewarding." He believes the Lord cares about every aspect of out lives and that includes athletics. Dean says, the success his players have experienced come from making the Lord the center of all they do.

Assistant Coach, Kaitlyn Antolic

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How To Share the Ecclesia College Blogs

"Please help a small blog trying to grow up and become global."

We are enjoying a good start in blogging. These three blogs, linked together, have about 3,600 page-views, after five weeks. People from 11 countries are reading the posts. You can see them near the bottom of the page on the Feedjit map.

This is the main blog in this group - Ecclesia College in Springdale, Arkansas.

This blog is designed to emphasize the arts at Ecclesia College.

This blog emphasizes features about sports at Ecclesia College in Northwest Arkansas.

America is losing the concept of literacy,
when tutoring is spelled this way on a sign.
When you click on any particular blog post, you are helping to increase its visibility on the Internet.

Regular readers mean that the search engine results will be high for any given topic associated with Ecclesia College:

  • The Christian faith, 
  • The Scriptures
  • Location in Northwest Arkansas, 
  • Twila Paris, 
  • Dave Barton, 
  • Low graduation debt, 
  • Homeschooling, 
  • Scripture, and 
  • College sports.

If someone wants to attend college where people understand and support homeschooling, a search will lead to Ecclesia College.

President Oren Paris is quick to say, "Homeschooled students are among our best."

The blogs are designed to lead people to the Ecclesia College website.

Below each post is a row of buttons for sharing across the Internet. If you wish to use them, you can email the post, Facebook share it, Google Plus share it, Tweet it, and Blog This! it.

One example is below.

+1   Recommend this on Google

You can also copy the URL (link) to your Facebook page. We all have from 50 to 1500 friends on Facebook. Some of them overlap, but many do not. And they have friends, too. It does not take long for Facebook sharing to increase regular readership.

Computers are sometimes misunderstood.

If you have a blog or website, please consider linking the  Ecclesia College blogs on your site. Linking the Ecclesia College website also helps.

Broadcast is a term first used for sowing seed. We began using it for radio and TV, but now it is returning as a way to spread the Word of God across the world, following the Parable of the Sower and the Seed (Matthew 13 and Mark 4).

Isaiah 55 is clear. God's Word is never broadcast in vain. The Word always accomplishes His divine purpose. The Holy Spirit always accomplishes His purpose and always prospers His work through the Word.

The Great Commission by Norma Boeckler

Friday, January 18, 2013

This Blog Is For Student Features

This is a gag photo for "When is class over?"

This blog will be used for student features concerning Ecclesia Colleg sports. More details will be available in English Composition Class.

Some posts would be brief features about individual athletes or background helpers. Photos will be especially useful for the blog.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ecclesia College Royals

Athletics at Ecclesia College,
Springdale, Arkansas

Ecclesia team.

Levi Roberts
Washburn, MO
Brandon Brzozkiewicz
Rogers, AR
Will Worthey
Bentonville, AR
Rick Johnson
York, PA
Jason Holmstrom
Springdale, AR
David Eichler
Springdale, AR
Brad Horrell
Little Rock, AR
Sebastian Lyons
San Pedro, CA