Friday, April 10, 2015

Growing in Christ and in Lacrosse



Recently, you may have watched Oregon play Ohio State for the National Championship. If you didn’t know already, Oregon lost, but that’s not the only thing that people are talking about. Across the nation lacrosse has become one of the fastest growing sports. SBRnet showed that the number of participants in men’s college lacrosse had doubled in that time over a nineteen-year time span (SBRnet, 2011). In 2003, there were only a 168 men’s college lacrosse teams, but in 2012 there were 295 men’s college lacrosse teams (SBRnet, 2011). Even though that statistic was pertaining to men’s collegiate lacrosse, lacrosse has been growing at the men and women’s collegiate level. Vivirito (2012) mentioned how between 2006- 2010 men and women lacrosse has topped the list of growth rate in the entire NCAA (Vivirito, 2012).

Point University’s men’s lacrosse program is now in its third year. This year should lay the foundation for success with the new leadership of Chris Voso as the head coach. Along with the men’s program being new, last year Point also added a women’s lacrosse program. The women’s program will be driven by the leadership of Bryan Stanley. Coach Stanley has recruited 24 focused and determined ladies to start off the season.

I am currently in my sophomore year at Point University and plan to graduate in the Spring of 2017. I’m so  blessed to continue my passion in sports by being a part of the men’s lacrosse team. This opportunity has been amazing not only because I was blessed to play at the collegiate  level, but because of memories and the relationships made. I’ve grown very close to my team since my freshman year. They are truly people that I can call my friends and family.

Not only have we come closer as a family, but they have been a big part of my walk with Christ. Last semester Director of Spiritual Formation, Wye Huxford put in place something here at Point that we call Adventure Groups. Every Wednesday my team and I meet with our adventure group leaders Trevor Shealy and President Dean Collins. In Adventure Groups we had a discussion that derived from our reading plan of the New Testament.

In addition to my teammates and I growing together in our walk with Christ, we have been able to impact the community in a big way. This year Point introduced Impact Week, a whole week where the students and faculty had the opportunity to go out into the community to do service projects that were needed. We were able to be a part of people’s lives and let them know that we were there to help them and take some burden or stress that may have been on their lives. It gave me a warm feeling inside knowing that I was helping someone else whether it was trimming their hedges, cutting grass, cleaning up the weeds around their fence. In the process I was able to see the depiction of a loving Christian community.                                                                                                          



-Najarri 


References
SBRnet (2011). College/High School lacrosse participation. Retrieved from
Vivirito, John (2012). Lacrosse makes a run for growth. Sportstravel, 16(3), p.27-30




Monday, February 23, 2015

The Start of my Year!



Have you ever just sat down and thought, “Oh my goodness, where has the time gone?” I have had that thought a lot lately. It feels like I was a freshman here at Point just yesterday! Now I am currently entering my second semester of my junior year and things are flying by. It’s already February and things are in full swing! Our first day of classes and syllabus week is over. Don’t let students tell you that we don’t enjoy that week; it’s the easiest week of the semester.  Some people have already had their first test or their first paper due, which means some people are already stressed out. I have gotten to the point of the semester, which usually comes towards the beginning for me, where I start to wonder why I took a 17 credit hour work load this semester. Seventeen hours on top of work and other things that I am involved in on campus can be a lot! Even though it can be heavy sometimes, I’ve gotten into my course work and I know that before I know it, it’ll be May of 2016. I will be grabbing that diploma and shaking President Collins’ hand with the biggest smile on my face. That thought alone is one of the things that keeps me going through a busy semester!

Even though the beginning of the semester is extremely busy, it is also one of the most fun times of the semester! One of my favorite things about it is that a new semester means new students! I love meeting new people and adding to our Point family. I look forward to welcoming new girls to my building and getting to know them individually. We had a lot of student life events in the beginning of the semester. An example of one is our bowling night. We took over the Auburn bowling alley and that was the coolest thing to see. There were so many new and old Point students in community with each other over a couple of games of bowling. Another example is our dodgeball tournament. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the most athletic person ever, (even though I like to pretend that I am) but I played in the dodgeball tournament! To my surprise, I had so much fun! We didn’t win, but our team was great and we had a blast playing together.

Fun times can happen in the midst of classes and the stress that comes along with it! There have been so many fun times already and there are so many more fun memories to be made. It’s going to be awesome and I can’t wait to continue to do life with my Point family this semester! 

- Herani T

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DORM WARS 2K15




The time has come. War is about to break. That’s right, Point University Dorm Wars 2K15 is in the midst, and planning is in full swing. Students, brace yourselves, because this year the event is intended to be more intense than we’ve ever seen. Three jam-packed days of competing against your neighbors, taking part in building community, and incredible service opportunities will mark a week both students and staff will never forget!



Dorm Wars is a huge campus wide event that is held during spring semester each year, in which the entire student population is placed onto teams, based on the dorm they currently reside in. This reoccurring battle experience has not only been successful in connecting students into closer, Christ-centered communities, but also delivers an intense competitive atmosphere for both the excitement of our students and community alike.

This year, the Dorm Wars planning committee is hard at work to tackle the task of making this combat episode more extreme and exhilarating than it’s ever been in years past.

Point University, prepare yourself for the rivalry around the corner, because once the games begin, there’s no turning back. We’re on the verge of total crusade, including recreational struggles, such as the Warrior Triathlon and Extreme Dodgeball, and also occasions of mental races involving Dorm Feud, and the Skyhawk Scavenger Hunt. There’s a place for everyone to compete, and I hope to see you all on the front line when the unshakable fight begins. 



May the odds be ever in your favor.

Kati Williams