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UW System Budget Cuts: The Potential Impact on UW-Waukesha

$300 million in cuts over two years.

That Is all everyone seems to know about the UW System budget cut situation. And that is because there is not much else known about the situation.

“A year ago because legislators were so adamant… we knew by now how much it was going to be that our campus was going to have to pay, we don’t have any clue at this point,” said Harry Muir, the Dean/CEO of UW-Waukesha.

The budget cuts are still a work in progress and because of that there are a lot of open ended questions. However, there is one thing that is known for sure: cuts are going to happen. The question is how much. And the answer to that question is still unknown.

As of now the proposed cut is $300 million throughout the whole UW System. Currently no institutions are aware of how much they will have to cut specifically, said Dean/CEO Muir.

One of the main reasons to the vagueness of the bill is due to the very little involvement from Governor Scott Walker. The Governor proposed the bill and basically left it at that, leaving the Joint Finance Committee to figure out the specifics. The Joint Finance Committee is conducting hearings from the public in hopes of getting good recommendations on how to go about the bill.

After the bill goes through the House of Representatives and the Senate it will then be either signed or vetoed by Governor Walker. Institutions will then become aware how much will need to be cut.

This final verdict for the bill will come in either May or June.

Although these cuts are making major headlines this is not the first time the UW System has been forced to make cuts.

In 2012 and 2013 the UW System faced a budget lapse. This was caused by revenue projections being predicted too high from the state. Because of this UW institutions were forced to pay a bill to the state in order to make up for the shortcomings of revenue. However, UW-Waukesha was able to reach into its reserves to pay the bill. This allowed the school to start the next year off with the same budget as before, instead of having to make cuts.

However, in 2014 UW institutions were forced to make a base budget reduction that was permanent. The cuts were to total $2.3 million dollars throughout the whole system. Due to the fact that central offices absorbing $1 million dollars of the cut, other institutions were faced with less of a reduction. Although most of the cut was absorbed by central offices UW-Waukesha was still faced with a $155,395 permanent base budget reduction.

Due to the fact that 95% of UW-Waukesha’s budget is in salaries the campus was forced to layoff two employees for the 2014 school year.

As of now, if nothing changes in the proposed bill, the projected cuts that will have to be made in the UW System will be $6.5 million dollars permanent. Which is significantly higher than 2014’s cut of $2.3 million.

“Realistically they have to cut (reduce) the cut, because if they don’t there are campuses that will be devastated financially” said Dean/CEO Muir. Although many believe the cut will be lowered sometime between now and the final verdict, that still remains to be seen.

In the $300 million cut there is a very significant piece that many are not aware of.

Almost every year the state factors into their budget a small percentage of increase that they usually cover. These increases are usually due to institutions having to replace materials and supplies; however, in the proposed budget cut bill these increases will no longer be covered. That is an estimated $40 million that will not be covered under this new bill, and not many people are aware of this. It is an “invisible piece” states Dean/CEO Muir.

There is no question that many are outraged with the proposed $300 million in UW System cuts over two years, and that includes students.

“I am not for it at all” states Darlene Perey a student at UW-Waukesha. “I think they could do something else, maybe reduce it (budget) but not cut it.”

“I hate the budget cut situation because we already have so much that we need to pay for like tuition and food,” said UW-Waukesha student Tamarah Kuehn.

It was nearly impossible to find students in favor of the cuts.

The main thing on student’s minds is an increase in tuition cost. Governor walker has put a tuition freeze in place until 2017 and he plans on keeping it that way even through the whole budget cut ordeal. Tuition is not allowed to be raised on in-state students; however, out-of-state, international, and graduate students could see a spike in tuition cost due to the fact that the freeze would no longer affect them under the new bill.

Although this may seem like a good thing for students it is not so much for some institutions. A school like UW-Madison has many out of state, international, and graduate students so a tuition raise for them will help the school with revenue. However, at a small school such as UW-Waukesha 99% of its students are in state, leaving the school with no opportunity for increase in revenue, states Dean/CEO Muir.

Unlike technical colleges that receive revenue from property tax, UW campuses only receive money from the state and tuition, there is no other source said Dean/CEO Muir.

Another important part of the bill is that UW institutions will be given public authority status instead of state agency status.

As of now the state legislates who UW institutions can buy from and that is due to the fact that UW institutions are considered state agencies. However, under the new bill UW institutions will be considered public authorities and they will have the freedom to buy and do business with who they please.

The UW System Public Authority Proposal states: public authority status will allow UW institutions to operate its $6 million annual budget more like a business. It also states: a UW System authority is the best model to deliver a public university committed to the core principles of academic excellence, access, responsiveness, and affordability for our students, parents, and taxpayers.

Concerning the flexibility of public authority the proposal states: UW System will be allowed to create its own procurement system, separate from the state, allowing institutions to find saving and efficiencies not currently available.

As overwhelming as this may all seem Dean/CEO Muir says there is good news. “The good news for students at UW-Waukesha is that we are going to keep going… we have great faculty here and we have people that care and are really trying hard to make this as successful of an experience for students as possible, and most importantly to prepare them for the next level,” said Dean/CEO Muir.

So what is to come from the budget cuts? Well that remains to be seen.

The cuts could significantly lessen that students would not notice any changes on campus, or cuts could be very devastating that students would notice drastic changes.

“It all depends on the amount (of the cuts)” states Dean/CEO Muir. And that it does.

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dave Obey & Tom Petri’s speak on the Polarization of Politics.

 

Last Thursday evening, former congressmen, Dave Obey and Tom Petri shared some of their views on the nation‘s current political climate and how it differs from their congressional days. Serving as the US Representative for Wisconsin’s 7th congressional district from 1969-2011, Democrat Dave Obey witnessed many changes over the years. Obey headed off the Distinguished Lecture with Republican Tom Petri, the representative for Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district from 1979 to 2015.

Both politicians strayed away from political hot topics throughout most of the lecture, instead choosing to provide insights on the current state of distrust towards politicians and the diminishing middle-ground between opposing sides in government. Obey spoke first, attributing this current distrust towards government to generational differences, such as the lack of a uniting event like World War II that past generations had.

Obey and Petri also pointed out that the switch, from national elections to decide on potential candidates to primaries, introduced the possibility of more radical candidates to be considered, contributing to the polarization. Obey and Petri agreed that distrust and polarization were rampant within modern day politics, and discussing this phenomenon was worthy of their time. One of the most interesting takes on this issue was Obey’s analysis of how the Great Depression and the New Deal legislation, which opened the door for increasing government involvement over the years, acted as a possible catalyst for today’s mistrust in government.

His argument boiled down to the fact that, because the government has taken on more and more responsibilities over the years—they can no longer do much more that actually matters to Americans. As with any lecture, I could sense that the Q & A portion was the most anticipated.

The most surprising thing about it was that none of the students or school faculty asked about Walker’s new budget plan for the UW system, since it’s such an important topic that directly affects them. In spite of these astonishments, several intriguing questions were thrown around by students. For instance, one undergraduate asked about the ways in which the Executive and Judicial branch had changed over the course of Obey and Petri’s long careers.

Their answer was brutally honest, but sometimes seemed to disheartening—to say the least: the former congressmen brought attention to the Executive branch’s increased independence from the other 2 branched over the years, delving into problems that this could cause if current trends remain. The most thought-provoking part of Obey’s answer was when he voiced that the executive branch gets 80% of the budgets they request on a regular basis.

I was glad that these men, from opposite ends of the political spectrum, were able to sit down and throw around theories about the polarization in politics. At first, it was disappointing that the speaker steered the conversation away from possibly more interesting topics, but the tenacious political climate of today’s world is something that does need attention, especially when it comes to younger audiences.

By avoiding ‘hot-button’ topics and placing the night’s emphasis on bringing strong ethics back into political debates could, some light is shed on a much-needed conversation for all Americans to have. Topics like this, although not as political as some would come to expect from congressional speakers, are extremely important—and this makes for a great way to kick off UW Waukesha’s Distinguished Lecture series.

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This is written by the Diversity and Pre-College Staff

On Wednesday, March 11th, the Diversity and Pre-College Center held the monthly event Lunch Meet. This event serves as an opportunity for faculty and staff to meet in the Diversity and Pre-College Center and talk amongst students. The honorable female guest speakers for March Women’s History Month that attended the March Lunch Meet were: Amy Machgan (Mental Health Counselor), Amanda Carron (Career and Internship Coordinator), Lisa Hager (Assistant English Professor), and Schelzia Ross (Interim Academic Advisor for TRIO Support Services).
Throughout Lunch Meet there were a wide variety of topics: Where are you from? What advice can you give college students? How did you pick your major? What brought you to UW-Waukesha? What do you like most about this campus? What clubs do you recommend students join? Overall Lunch Meet was very successful because it helped students understand a little bit more about their faculty and staff and get some background information on them as well.
During the event, students had the opportunity to ask the faculty and staff members about their educational journey. For instance, Amy shared that her journey was not clearly defined by a profession, she discovered her passion for counseling during her time in college. Sharing their journeys provides a great example about the unknown. Many students at UW-Waukesha may not have a defined path for a profession, but their involvement in the classroom and co-curricular activities can assist in this discovery.
Although many people know what they want to do, that may quickly change over time. For Amanda she shared that she knew she wanted go for Business; but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with it. Once she got her degree, she quickly realized that she wanted to go back and switch her field of study to Marketing. This showed students that even though you think you may know what you want to do, that can quickly change.
Why did you want to come to UW-Waukesha? Lisa Hager and Schelzia Ross both answered this question as honestly as possible. Hager replied that she came to UW-Waukesha because she wanted to try something new, and because she was offered a job she had wanted and had worked for. Ross shared that she found the job through a friend and she called and got an interview, which turned out to be successful.
Overall Lunch Meet is a good experience for not only the faculty but also for the students because it allows them to sit down and have genuine conversation with each other. You get to know each other on a personal level other than in the classroom. The last piece of advice from Lunch Meet was to talk with your professors and take advantage of their office hours. You may never know what your professors can offer you as far as advice, help with your class, internships, and better opportunities. We may never know what they can offer us until you take the time to talk with your professor and ask for help! As Lisa Hager puts it, “As much as we professors would like to be… we not psychic!”

Letters To God: There is no god but This guy!

 

Dear God

My name is Mohamed Jausum, I am 10 years old and I live in Syria with my little sister Natalia, shes 6. We used to live with our papa but than the rebels came to our town and they killed him in the town square. It was sad but I don’t mind because I’m old enough I’m almost 11. The rebels got kicked out by another group of men and they paid me and my sister 2 whole us dollars to put pipes in the ground. They say that I am helping protect the village. The men are really nice they give us food and water and even let me shoot their guns at the targets of the American bad men. They don’t let Natalie shoot though because shes a girl. They say that we are going to make the world a better place where papas and mamas aren’t killed in public. They say that your the only way to stop the angry men from fighting. Dear God when are you going to stop the violence?

Yo lil mo’ham’man

sorry brosuf been hella busy with stuffs across the pond in merica. I dont know if you saw the superbowl but it was hella tight. I was helping the playas play if you know what im saying. Most of them gimy shoutouts when they win. You gotz to keep up the good fight though lil man. Have you tried not dieing? I hear that works. Sorry this letters so short I gotta help some 13 year old girl look good for the big dance on fryday.

Your supreme ruler, creater of heaven and earth
God with a capital G

 

Need help to feel successful: Check out the Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center offers many services that can be utilized by all students here at UW Waukesha.

The math center offers students help with whatever math questions they might have. Students receive help from peer student tutors. Tutoring is available by appointment or during the walk-in hours.

Math Tutoring

  • Monday – Thursday (In the ASC)
    • 9-10am & 1-6pm: Appointments
    • 10am-1pm: Walk-In Tutoring
  • Friday (In the ASC)
    • 9-10am & 1-2pm: Appointments
    • 10am-1pm: Walk-In Tutoring
  • Sunday (In the Library)
    • 3-9pm: Walk In Tutoring

 

The writing center offers students help with all writing needs. If you ever have a paper that you would like proof-read before the due date then The Write Spot is the right place for you.

The Write Spot

  • Monday: 12am-6pm
  • Tuesday: 11am-4pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-3:30pm
  • Thursday: 11am-2pm & 3-5pm
  • Friday: 11am-3pm

(Appointments Encouraged / Walk-Ins are Welcome)

Along with math and writing needs there, are also study groups available for accounting, economics, chemistry, and philosophy classes. It is a great way to meet with fellow students and receive help.

 

The Academic Success Center is the place to go for all your advising needs. Advising is friendly, open to all students, and very helpful in answering whatever questions you might have.

Advising Hours

  • Monday
    • By Appointment: 9am – 6pm
    • Express Advising: 11am – 1pm
  • Tuesday
    • By Appointment: 9am-6pm
    • Express Advising: 11am-1pm
  • Wednesday
    • By Appointment: 9am-6pm
    • No Express Advising
  • Thursday
    • By Appointment: 9am-6pm
    • Express Advising: 11am-1pm
  • Friday
    • By Appointment: 9am-4pm
    • Express Advising: 11am-1pm

 

All students are encouraged to stop in and take advantage of all that the Academic Success Center has to offer.

Use your phone in a new way: Apps that will help a busy student with fitness

 

With all that is going on in the life of a college student, it’s hard to see where staying fit and healthy can fit in. Many college students say they have no time to go to the gym or to sit down and eat a nice healthy meal. Well, what if you could bring a gym and a nutritionist to you, for free?!

I have done some research and picked out three popular health and fitness apps that I put to the test for one week. These apps are all very easy to use, are not time consuming, available for both iphone and android, and (best of all) they are all free!

 

  • Nike + Fuel 

A Nike Fuel wristband is not needed to use this app. Some of the app’s features include daily tracking of all activity as well as calories burned and steps taken. Activity can be observed in a graph everyday. There are also weekly, monthly, and yearly graphs. Goals can be set, such as how many steps to walk and how many calories to burn. You can also connect with other friends with the app, encourage each other, and even share info. Trophies can be earned when you reach one of your goals or complete a challenge. There is also a list of sessions you can choose from and the app will track how long you do the activity, how many calories you burn, and how many steps you take during the activity. These sessions include: football, golf, soccer, tennis, walking, training, and even sleeping.

 

  • Seven

This app is very easy to use and best of all it only takes seven minutes, hence the name. “Seven” is a workout app that gives you exercises that last a total of seven minutes. All the workouts can be done anywhere and no workout equipment is needed. Basically all you have to do it open the app, choose what type of workout you want to do, select how many circuits, hit the start button and do the exercise. The app shows you how to do the given exercises along with telling you how to do it , and encourages you along the way. The app tracks your activity, allows you to share your progress, and even gives you reminders to workout. It is like having a personal trainer right in your pocket!

 

  • Fitbit 

Fitbit watch is not needed to use this app. This app can track the basics such as: steps taken, distance walked/ran, and calories burned. However, this app can do so much more: It can track what food you eat and how many calories you have eaten. You can even set a weight loss goal and the app will let you know daily how many calories you have eaten and how many calories you have left to eat in that day to help meet your overall weight loss goal. Your water consumption can also be tracked and the app will let you know how much water you have to drink in a day. The app can also track whenever you exercise, so you can use it in synch with the Seven app.

 

These apps meet the needs of a busy college student who is looking to squeeze health and fitness into their lives.

 

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Posted on February 23, 2015 by Nate Proell

Library Renovations: UW Waukesha Library is Getting a Makeover

 

One word that would best describe the renovations that the UW Waukesha library is going to receive would be: exciting. Just ask Scott Silet, the Library Director for the past 11 years.

Scott has been working on the plans for the new library since last summer. During that period, he visited other school libraries that are considered up to date such as: Marquette, UW Milwaukee, Fox Valley Technical College, and even UW Madison. He has also been working with anthropology classes here at UW Waukesha to find out what a 21st century library entails. With the help of a board here at UW Waukesha and local architects, a plan for the new library has been developed.

The library is going to be set up to meet the needs of the 21st century college student. This includes major updates in the supply of power throughout the library. Students will be able to plug in virtually anywhere they may need to. Modern furniture will be used throughout the library to give it a very updated 21st century feel. The library will even have a cafe where students can go to get beverages and snacks.

This will be a one stop location for students. The writing and math centers will be incorporated right in the library. There are also plans to have a lot of tech-integrated features so students will be able to create things such as powerpoint presentations right in the library.

The library will continue to have some of the features it has now such as the group study room along with the computers and printers; however, one noticeable change will be the decrease in books. Significantly slimming down the collection of books will help open up a lot of space. Students will still be able to find any book they need by simply renting it from another UW library.

The final cost of all this will be somewhere between one and two million dollars. The renovation process is something that is going to be worked out with Waukesha County, but this should not be a problem. Waukesha County has been very supportive of the school in the past with things such as: new roofing where needed and updated energy efficient lighting throughout the campus.

These renovations are a process, meaning it’s going to take some time to be completed. Three to five years is the estimated time for completion; however, students can expect to see a modest change in the library by next spring, most likely new carpeting or newly painted walls.

Student interest is very important to Scott Silet and he would love to hear the input of UW Waukesha students and what they have to say about the library renovations that are to come.

As I spoke with Scott he made sure to mention that in 2017 it will be UW Waukesha’s 50th anniversary. He plans on making the library renovations the “project highlight” of the event. Scott is very proud and excited about what is to come for the library.

 

Smart and Healthy: Three Simple Health Tips for Busy Students

 

All college students want to succeed in school. Of course, studying and working hard is the main factor in doing well, but staying healthy is another important factor that can help students stay on top of their game.

You may be telling to yourself that you do not have time in your life to follow a diet or go to the gym, and I understand that. That’s why I have sought up a list of three simple, yet effective, tips that anyone can do to help themselves stay focused and alert throughout the busy life of a college student.

  1. Eat Breakfast: It is the most important meal for a reason. Eating a good breakfast can help boost blood sugar which helps stimulate brain activity and memory functions. If you really do not have time for breakfast then pack a bag of nuts or raisins to snack on during your morning commute. Really, anything is better than nothing for breakfast.
  2. Drink Plenty of Water: Being dehydrated can have a negative impact on our abilities to stay focused on things like reading a book or using a computer. It can also have a negative impact on hand eye coordination and memory. A good way to drink more water is to carry a water bottle around and sip on it throughout the day. On average most people should try and drink 75 to 150 ounces of water a day.
  3. Snack Throughout the Day: Just like a car needs gas to run, humans require food to function. I am not saying snack on junk food like candy or chips because that will just leave you feeling hungrier. Snacking on healthy foods like nuts or fruit will give you long lasting energy and that full feeling everybody wants. Healthy snacking also helps boost concentration and alertness.

 

These three simple tips can be used by any student to help them perform at their best and succeed throughout school!

Budgeting the UW System: A Plan Walking on Controversy

UW-Milwakee students protest Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cuts [Figure 1]

Gov. Scott Walker, it seems, is followed by controversy wherever he goes. From an attempted recall in 2012 to his recent proposal to slash the UW School system’s budget―he’s been a lightning rod for attention in recent years. Walker’s newest proposal may be reason enough to prompt the opposition to take their anti-walker signs out of retirement and take rally once more. The proposal, which he announced tuesday, entails $300 million cuts for the University of Wisconsin System.

Walker claims that, coupled with a 2 year tuition freeze, the plan will lead to the kind of long term cost-savings that has remained a pivotal talking point throughout his campaign. But many are skeptical, not only in regards to the moral repercussions involved, but the effectiveness of the plan as a whole.

 

Proposed UW budget cuts by campus [Figure 2]

Campus leaders and legislators described the 13% funding cut as too severe and opponents of the proposal noted that the cuts would take effect in July, long before any long term savings could materialize from more autonomy from building and setting employee salaries.

Arguments criticizing the effectiveness of the cuts will likely prove more useful for the opposition, as it’s clear both sides agree on the fact that the state is facing budget problems. The debate now is about how to go about fixing them and whether the ends justify the means.

While Walker says the new cuts would grant the UW system to become more effective and efficient long term, many concerns lie with the likely hood of layoffs and the moral implications that the plan will create for higher education.

Many also see time as an issue, pointing out that Walker’s plan comes in the middle of the second of two consecutive 2 year tuition freezes, which prevents universities from making up the difference by raising attendance costs. (The first UW tuition freeze lasted from 2013-2015, which was also pushed for by Walker and supported by Cross.)

Although a cap on tuition may sound appealing to students initially,  it may help solidify major concerns from others, such as faculty and campus personnel. Especially because of the recent hiring freeze initiated by the UW system across it’s 26 campuses.

The Council of Wisconsin Students (UC) also responded negatively to the proposal, claiming that “Cuts this large in the upcoming biennium will leave universities across the system with no real support foundation for the future.”

 

UW System Administration – Immediate Cost Containment Measures [Figure 3]

Despite the UC’s push-back, Walker’s proposal is showing no signs of slowing, at the moment. The University of Wisconsin System President, Ray Cross, issued a memo last Wednesday (January, 28 2015) about the news.

Although it’s unclear what exact changes will end up looking like in the UW System and within each campus–students, professors, faculty, and all others involved in the UW system will be impacted.

Sources:

  • http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/campus-legislative-leaders-concerned-about-scott-walker-s-proposed-uw/article_e0448251-364d-518f-9026-e47c6d495881.html
  • [Figure 2] http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/cost-containment-measures-for-uw-system/
  • http://legis.wisconsin.gov/
  • [Figure 1] http://marquettewire.org/2015/02/12/tribune/tribune-news/uw-milwaukee-students-protest-gov-scott-walkers-proposed-budget-cuts/
  • [Figure 3]  http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/cost-containment-measures-for-uw-system/
  • http://budget.wisc.edu/content/uploads/2015/01/1.28.15-Cost-Containment-Memo.pdf

Tips on surviving classes you need to take

 

A lot of people have had classes that they don’t like at one point or another. A lot of the classes that you have to take at UW-Waukesha  are general education classes that you need to fill for requirements for any major in a long run. Here is some tips I follow and what you could do when you are facing one of the classes you need but don’t necessarily like:

  1. Bring Coffee: Or tea, or a treat for yourself. Having coffee has been a lifesaver for me when I faced a class I didn’t necessarily like. It had kept me up and helped me pay attention. Find what ever that will keep you focus in your class
  2. Turn off any electronics : I know it is the hardest thing, and I am guilty for going on Tumblr/Pinterest during lectures… but please turn any electronics off. You are paying for your classes. Pay attention or you will fail.
  3. Focus on your goals: Focus on what you want to accomplish this semester. Whether its getting a 4.0 GPA, or transferring next year. Focusing on whatever goal you want will help achieve and make the class more bearable and help get you through this class.
  4. Try to enjoy and focus on the knowledge at hand:  Though you aren’t interested in the subject in the class, try to get something out of it, that you can continue on with other classes. There are concepts in any class that you can use in other classes, even though you are not interested in the specific subject.

With any major you will face a class that you aren’t interested in.  These tips could help anyone pass a class that they aren’t interested in.  These tips could help people to stay focus on the class and try to enjoy the knowledge that are given within the class.  In the end, it whatever classes you are take in the long run will be for degree. So take your time, and try your hardest in this class, do your best  and learn because it just another  step you need to take to get your degree.

Smart and Healthy: Three Simple Health Tips for Busy Students

All college students want to succeed in school. Of course, studying and working hard is the main factor in doing well, but staying healthy is another important factor that can help students stay on top of their…

Budgeting the UW System: A Plan Walking on Controversy

Gov. Scott Walker, it seems, is followed by controversy wherever he goes. From an attempted recall in 2012 to his recent proposal to slash the UW School system’s budget―he’s been a lightning rod for…

Tips on surviving classes you need to take

A lot of people have had classes that they don’t like at one point or another. A lot of the classes that you have to take at UW-Waukesha  are general education classes that you need…

 

How to be more confident in yourself

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Navigating Differences: Atheism and the Campus Climate Committee

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LGBT rights has, and continues to be, a controversial subject. The arguments against it have ranged from being based in scripture, to being declared as just plain “unnatural.” In the passing years however, more and…

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Student Driven Learning – DreamBox Learning

Facilitating Learning in a Student-Driven Environment

As a youth group striving to grow closer to each other and to God encouragement can be one of the most important aspects of a spiritual transformation. Encouragement is a noun that is defined as: “The action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.” Something that I have learned by talking to @anna_mae_mclane is that encouragement isn’t always saying positive things to someone, it is also about being LESS discouraging towards people as well. Anna says that we should make it a goal to be more like Jesus and to encourage each other. Jesus gave people hope, he didn’t point out all the negative things about a person to bring someone down. Staying positive in the way you think and act towards others will go so far in relationships you form with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, or anyone at all. Ephesians 4:29 says – “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good is to the use of edifying, that not may minister grace unto the hearers.” & Hebrews 10:24-25 reads: “(24) And let us consider one another to provoke into love and to good works: (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Lifting someone up is such a great feeling to experience for yourself and the person you are encouraging as well. As followers of Christ we should spread positivity between each other and to those who do not know of God’s grace and mercy. Be an example of all the good things Christ has done for you by always staying positive!

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