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Will an MBA Degree Really Be Worth It?

Going back to school to earn a master’s degree can feel like a big decision. You might be wondering: Will a master’s degree really be worth the time and money it takes to complete it? Since this is a very common question for people who are considering pursuing a master’s degree, we figured we would help shed some light on that topic in the specific case of a Master of Business Administration. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of earning an MBA! The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) is an international non-profit organization of leading graduate management schools around the world. Every year since 2011, the GMAC conducts what is called the Corporate Recruiters Survey. The goals of this survey are to: Portray the current employment landscape of MBA graduates Gauge the demand for MBA graduates Explore data on expected compensation for recent MBA graduates Provide insight into the hiring practices and trends across industries and world regions According to the annual GMAC surveys, the hiring of MBA graduates has gotten stronger each year from 2011 to 2016, and 2017 is expected to be yet another year of growth in terms of MBA hiring. Salaries of MBA graduates are also expected to increase in 2017 according to the GMAC survey. Check out some of the highlights from the GMAC’s most recent survey: Nearly 8 out of 10 (79%) employers are expected to hire MBA graduates in 2017. This reflects an increase compared to the 68% of the same companies that hired MBA graduates in 2016. 58% of the employers who said they plan to hire recent MBA graduates indicated that they expect to increase their starting salaries either at or above the rate of inflation. 40% of the employers who said they plan to hire recent MBA graduates plan to maintain salaries at 2016 levels. (The median MBA starting base salary in 2016 was $105,000.) 19% of the employers who said they plan to hire recent MBA graduates intend to boost salaries above the rate of inflation. Gregg Schoenfeld, the research director at GMAC, states: “We see a continuation of positive news for the future of business graduates seeking employment. We still see optimism among employers in their hiring outlook, and we see some optimism in increasing salaries over last year. Almost no one is saying they are going to decrease salary so the value of management education is still holding.” Based on trends from years passed as well as the most recent GMAC survey, it is clear that demand for MBA graduates isn’t going anywhere any time soon. In fact, it looks like demand will continue to rise in 2017. If you are in the Sacramento area and you are interested in pursuing an MBA, you should really check out the program we offer here at William Jessup University. Our program is well-suited for busy working professionals (classes only meet one night a week) and designed to be completed in a short amount of time (just 24…

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Jessup Offers New MBA Program

Meeting the needs of leaders looking to enhance their managerial and business knowledge skill sets, William Jessup University now offers a master’s of business administration degree program that equips graduates to be highly competent, principled, innovative leaders in business and society. The new MBA offering allows students to quickly accelerate career opportunities while obtaining a broad spectrum of skills and expertise with ethical foundations geared toward making decisions based upon principled decisions and frameworks. “Graduates of the WJU Master’s of Business Administration program will be able to construct an ethical framework to make principled, effective business decisions,” said Department Chair, Dr. Roger Salstrom. “For ethical servant-leaders (Christian and non-Christian) this perspective is based solidly on the scriptures. Thus the focus is making ethical and effective decisions within this principled framework, and not solely on the outcome or results.” Delivered in a blended cohort model, the program allows students flexibility to attend a series of courses meeting one night a week over a seven-week period. Students can complete the program in two years through evening courses to permit full-time business professionals to earn their graduate degree in business administration. Woven throughout the curriculum and pivotal to its foundation is ethical servant-leadership. Jessup’s distinct approach avoids the more typical practice common to other MBA programs that tend to evaluate multiple theories and frameworks focusing on obtaining the best results no matter how practitioners get those results to achieve the goal. The ethical framework is integrated throughout the curriculum making WJU’s MBA distinct and different on purpose. The MBA curriculum is relevant, quantitative and applicable for servant-leaders in both for-profit organizations including churches, para-church ministries, healthcare and government organizations. Upon graduating from the program, learners will be ethical and responsible administrators, critical analytical decision-makers, innovative and entrepreneurial managers, collaborative and effective communicators and transformative business leaders with a global perspective. According to the 2013 report from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), more companies are planning to hire recent MBAs around the world. Companies in Asia-Pacific are experiencing robust growth and planning for market expansion and are creating higher demand for MBAs and master-level candidates. The GMAC also shows that eighty-five percent of the class of 2014 alumni was employed as of October 2014. In addition, the cohort delivery model provides an environment fostering strong relationships among students while building business connections and providing new career opportunities for those enrolled in the program.

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Jessup Ranked By US News & World Report

William Jessup University is ranked #2 in Regional Colleges West. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. William Jessup University is a private institution that was founded in 1939. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,257, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 126 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. William Jessup University's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges West, #2. Its comprehensive cost is $44,870 (2018-19). Current Rankings #2 in Regional Colleges West #2 Best Colleges for Veterans #2 Best Undergraduate Teaching #5 Best Value Schools #2 Top Performers in Social Mobility

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Jessup Launches Full List of Online Programs

Discover your purpose and reach your goals by earning a flexible, affordable online degree at William Jessup University. We offer professional programs that feature personalized academic support in a faith-based environment. At William Jessup University, we seek to develop the whole person through skills in communication, quantitative reasoning and critical thinking, and by exposing students to a broad cross-section of knowledge in science, social science, and humanities. In partnership with the church, the purpose of William Jessup University is to educate transformational leaders for the glory of God. Our online courses are designed to fit your busy lifestyle and put you on the path to success. When you graduate from Jessup, you will be prepared to serve your community in a meaningful career. Begin your journey with us today. Fully Online Programs Launching Bachelor of Arts Psychology Bachelor of Science Business Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice Master of Arts Leadership – Christian Ministry Master of Arts Sports Management – Leadership Master of Business Administration More programs coming soon. Check online.Jessup.edu for more information.

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Top 7 Psychology Major Jobs

Psychology is a popular major that attracts students with different career ambitions. Psychology graduates enter the fields of business, therapy, human services, and criminal justice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects psychology major jobs to grow at a rate of 14 percent between 2016 and 2026, about twice the national average for growth. 1. Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors Description: Substance abuse counselors help people suffering from mental or behavioral problems to receive support and change their lives. These professionals enjoy one of the highest rates of growth of any occupation in the United States, thanks to alternative sentencing programs for people convicted of drug possession and federal mandates requiring insurance to cover drug-abuse counseling. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked substance abuse counseling No. 38 on its list of top 100 jobs. Duties: Working in clinics, hospitals, treatment centers, and school districts, substance abuse counselors evaluate clients, determine treatment, teach clients’ families how to support their loved ones, and conduct outreach into target communities. Median Salary: $43,300 2. Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) Description: Relaxed, inviting, and patient people who enjoy working with others often take on marriage and family therapy roles. Successful therapists enjoy helping their clients work through negative emotions and self-perceptions to grow personally and relationally. Duties: Marriage and family therapists work with clients to help them manage relationships with their spouses, children, and other family members. These professionals discuss their clients' emotions, guide them through decisions, and refer them to other resources. Median Salary: $48,790 3. School Counselors Description: Today's students face pressure to perform on standardized tests, navigate complex friendships, and fear public violence. Heavy homework loads and challenging extra-curricular activities stress students' time and resources. School counselors help students learn to manage their school-related work for success. Duties: School counselors work with students to develop the skills needed for success in academic settings. They evaluate students' interests and aptitude, help them set goals, and look for ways to overcome challenges to success. Median Salary: $55,410 4. Training and Development Specialists Description: Students with good communication, technology, and presentation skills may find that a career in training and development is right for them. Extraverted, flexible, and creative people often succeed in this field. Job prospects in the field are growing fast especially in instructional design. Duties: Working in fields such as science, finance, education, and healthcare, training and development specialists assess a company's training needs, design the appropriate adult education program to meet those needs, and then deliver that program. They evaluate their work's effectiveness to refine and improve a company's training and development department. Median Salary: $60,360 5. Market Research Analysts Description: With a growth rate of 23 percent in their field, market analysis is one of the nation's fastest growing careers. A background in psychology helps these professionals understand human behaviors that determine buying patterns. Duties: Companies employ market research analysts to gather data and information that helps determine what products the companies will sell, who the buyers…

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Jessup #1 Regional College in California

According to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2020 rankings Jessup ranked second in the Regional Colleges West category; second in the Best Colleges for Veterans category; second in the Best Undergraduate Teaching; and fifth in the Best Value Schools category. For the third year in a row, this report lists William Jessup University as the number one Regional College in California. “Jessup celebrates this further milestone of external recognition of the amazing team of faculty, staff, and students and their achievements,” said university President John Jackson. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to congratulate the entire university community.”

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How to Get into Sports Management

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to achieve a satisfying career in sports.  A very small percentage of athletes make it into the professional arena, and those who do don’t always have time for everything that comes along with modern-day sports stardom. Many athletic organizations and teams – and sometimes individual athletes – rely on sports managers to fill the gaps in what needs to be done. What is Sports Management? Sports managers take on the business or organization side of sports so that their clients can focus on winning. Unlike sports agents, managers don't focus on contracts or promotional deals. Instead, they ensure their clients get the proper training so that they can perform at their highest level. The specific job duties vary depending on if they work for an individual athlete or a sports organization. Successful professionals in this field have a passion for sports and a hodgepodge of skills from multiple fields, including sales, analytics and public relations. Sports managers working for individual athletes ensure they remain in peak physical and mental health, as well as manage their public image. If working for an organization or team, managers oversee the entirety of the organization, including maintaining staff levels, working with marketing to maintain public image and performing basic human resource tasks like mediation. They are hired at a variety of venues including academic institutions, amateur and professional leagues, sporting goods companies and even sports marketing firms. Depending on the organization, some managers are also responsible for the financial aspects of the team. In addition to maintaining salaries and budgets, they also make travel arrangements and purchase equipment and uniforms. During the playing season, sports managers may work seven days a week. When the team travels to an away game, managers typically stay behind at the office. A few who have been in the business for many years travel with the team, but it isn’t common. In the off-season, they negotiate trades and sign free agents. Adding to the team can be one of the most delicate parts of the job; managers make deals that satisfy the needs of the team and the wants of the owners without alienating any existing players. The sports management industry contains many subfields, offering a variety of careers for business-minded sports enthusiasts. Several sports managers started in the field as agents at a firm. Agents manage legal and corporate matters such as contracts, act as a career advisor and speak on behalf of an athlete. Highly tenured professionals with extensive education can become general managers. They oversee a team’s business matters, finances and budget, hire head coaches, draft and trade athletes and act as the team spokesperson. Salaries in this field vary depending on employer and position. Some top-level executives and general managers for professional sports teams receive several million dollars per year. In contrast, youth athletic club managers earn well below the national average.  A realistic expectation lies somewhere in the middle. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the median…

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Are you suited for a career in Counseling Psychology?

Are you scientifically minded but also enjoy interacting and communicating with others? Are you fascinated by the workings of the human mind? Would you like to help people cope with their problems and improve their lives? Do you want to make a difference in hundreds of people’s lives? If so, a career in Counseling Psychology might be the right choice for you! The discipline of psychology is rooted in the scientific quest to understand human thought and behavior. The field of Counseling Psychology is based on the idea that understanding the way the human mind works will lead to applications and therapies that improve people’s lives. As a service, psychology offers the promise that through therapy and counseling, a variety of emotional, behavioral, and social problems may be mitigated and a greater sense of happiness, well-being, and fulfillment may be attained. Counseling Psychologists are the professionals that specialize in facilitating this process. Counseling Psychology focuses on utilizing the science of human behavior to help people deal with the ordinary and extraordinary challenges and circumstances of life through therapy and counseling. A Counseling Psychologist listens attentively to their client’s issues and provides strategies grounded in psychology to modify behavior and improve quality of life. Counseling Psychologists usually meet regularly with their clients, on a weekly basis for example, to help them improve their well-being, alleviate stress, resolve problems, and increase their ability to function well in their personal, professional, and social lives. If you are interested in becoming a Counseling Psychologist, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology is the first step. The Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology program at William Jessup University is a great option for individuals looking for a complete, well-rounded education with a Christ-centered focus. At Jessup, students are prepared for the challenges of a career in the mental health profession by applying current psychological theory, integrated with Biblical principles throughout the curriculum. At Jessup, the M.A. in Counseling Psychology is a graduate degree that meets California state requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licenses. Graduates from Jessup’s program are prepared to pursue Doctoral degrees or enter into careers in Counseling for Individuals/Couples/Children/Families; Consulting; Agency Affiliations; and Churches/Ministry Affiliations. The M.A. in Counseling Psychology at William Jessup University can be completed in a little more than two years. Students generally take three or four courses per semester, and each course meets one night per week. At the end of the program, each student will complete a Final Capstone project. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a Counseling Psychologist then it is a good idea to check out the program at William Jessup University!

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Are you ready to be a Leader in Education?

Are you self-motivated, passionate about education and eager to become a leader in the field of academia? Are you an effective communicator and able to work collaboratively with a group? Do you want to acquire the skills and abilities to make change in the world? If so, a Masters of Arts in Education might be the right choice for you! Masters of Arts in Education programs cultivate individuals who are passionate about education and desire to be leaders in the academic field. Leaders in education serve in academic institutions such as schools and universities, but also in the organizations, associations, foundations, corporations, and government agencies that constitute the broader education landscape. Some graduates of Masters programs in Education continue into Doctoral programs, while others enter into careers including: Education, PK-12 and Higher Education Curriculum and Education Policy Development Prep for a Doctoral Program Corporate Training and Consulting Research and Development Careers like these begin with a Masters of Arts Degree in Education. At William Jessup University, students are encouraged to become leaders and innovators in education. At Jessup, the M.A.Ed. program creates self-motivated leaders who can communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and affect change within the broadest context of a transformative higher education community. Jessup’s goal is for graduates to know how to effectively lead change in their chosen field and understand how to conduct and connect educational research to practice. The Masters of Arts in Education program at Jessup can be completed in as few as 20 months! Classes are offered year-round, and take place one night a week. The total required 32 units can be completed in 5 semesters. Jessup’s professional and experienced faculty are invested in students’ success, challenging and supporting students each step of the way. Courses focus on the foundations of education, academically, culturally, and psychologically; the development of curriculum; instructional leadership; and being a leader-educator in the global community. Research methods, data analysis and statistics are also covered. The program culminates in the Thesis course, an opportunity for students to bring together everything they have learned in the course of the program. If you are a highly self-motivated individual, passionate about leadership and education, then you should check out the M.A. in Education program at Jessup! The world is waiting for leaders like you.

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Public Policy Institute Launch – Oct. 18th

On Thursday, October 18th 2018, William Jessup University will hold the launch event for the newly established Institute for Public Policy. The IPP will  creates resources, brings stakeholders together, and provides research-based solutions for policy makers in local and state government. This event will be held at the Rocklin Campus of William Jessup University. For more information on this event contact Phillip Escamilla, pescamilla@jessup.edu.

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Top 5 Sports Management Jobs

Whether you’re an athlete looking for a career related to sports or a non-athlete with a keen interest in sports careers, a job in sports management could be a fit for you. Sports management is a growing field at the intersection of sports and business. It requires deep business knowledge, as well as prowess in contract negotiation, sales and sports in general. Here is a look at five of the top Sports Management jobs, what the position entails, how much you’ll earn and how to get started in the field. 1. Sports Agent  Professional sports agents handle the business and legal deals for professional athletes, negotiate contracts and salaries, including benefits, and they help athletes manage their earnings. In many cases, they locate and sign emerging talent for college and professional teams. Part of that process could include negotiating scholarships in addition to a contract. They can also secure other revenue-generating activities, such as endorsements. The end-goal for sports agents is to help their clients succeed in their sport, profit financially and have an enduring career beyond the playing field. All of these activities require deep knowledge of the sport plus skills in negotiation, contract law, financial planning and relationship management. The average salary for sports agents is reported to be $59,287 but varies depending on which sports and at what level (collegiate versus professional) they recruit and represent. 2. Inside Sales Representative  Inside sales representatives usually work on a business-to-business (B2B) basis for a specific team or venue, and their role is to secure the revenue stream and fill seats. They don’t sell individual tickets. Instead, they seek out companies that will buy costlier packages, which can include selling corporate blocks of tickets, securing sales of stadium boxes, luxury seating accommodations and large events. Median reported salary for an inside sales representative is reported to be $42,145, but that number can increase depending on employer and tenure. 3. Athletic Director Athletic directors are administrators at many clubs, universities and larger schools who oversee the work of coaches and related staff involved in athletic programs. They hire and fire team coaches and personnel, set budgets and approve practice, travel and game schedules. They guide the athletic program and leave the day to day to coaches and team managers. Athletic directors are also responsible for compliance with legal, ethical and conference regulations. The median salary for this position is reported to be $59,648, but earnings vary by the organization, budget and the size and scope of the programs. 4. Sports Marketing Manager  Sports marketing managers manage the marketing strategy of a particular team or venue. The overarching mission of sports marketing is to build and maintain brand loyalty to a specific team. These marketers promote sporting events, merchandise, products and services related to the team or an event. Responsibilities and duties vary by experience and level of the role, but they may include coordinating strategies, building relationships with media outlets and evaluating a campaign’s performance and troubleshooting those that underperform. The median…

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How to Become a Police Officer

There are few careers more challenging and rewarding than that of a police officer. At its heart, the role of a police officer is one of service, where each day is an opportunity to improve the lives of those around you, as well as serve as a role model in your community. For those with a desire to serve, active duty on a police force is an excellent way to better communities and the quality of life for citizens. What does a Police Officer Do? The overall job of a police officer is to detect and prevent crime, apprehend individuals found breaking the law, protect the general public and enforce public order. Regular responsibilities include: Executing arrest warrants Submitting reports and case files to appropriate authorities Responding to emergencies Enforcing laws Promoting good community relations According to Payscale, the median salary for a police officer in the Unites States is $49,972, but many factors contribute to that figure, including location, experience and education. Requirements for Becoming a Police Officer Because most states use civil service regulations when hiring, the basic qualifications for becoming a police officer are usually quite similar across state borders. However, because the prerequisites can vary slightly between states, we recommend checking your state's requirements for a greater degree of certainty. In general, the minimum prerequisites for police officers include being a United States citizen, being 18 0r 21 years of age (depending on department policy) and having no prior criminal convictions. Many police departments frequently require interested applicants to have completed some college coursework if not a completed degree. Not all departments require a college degree, but there are significant career benefits to having a criminal justice degree. Competitive edge: Typical criminal justice degree programs focus on the definitions, causes and prevention of crime, as well as the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders. This training gives graduates an advantage over the competition, having been specifically educated for this career. Career path options: Those wanting to advance to positions in federal law enforcement need at least a bachelor’s degree. These agencies include the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among others. Promotions within a department:  Most criminal justice degree programs combine legal studies, sociology, psychology, forensic science and public administration to provide a broad foundation of knowledge for the field. Obtaining promotions with more responsibility or transitioning to other roles within a department is easier for an officer with extensive knowledge on multiple aspects of criminal justice. Improved earning potential: As with any position, more experience and education equate to a higher salary. How to Become a Police Officer with Jessup Criminal justice degrees equip you with the critical skills needed to serve your local community as a law enforcement professional. William Jessup University’s flexible on-campus and online criminal justice degree provides you with a solid foundation in the principles crucial to local, state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations. Our program explores law, political theory,…

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The History of the Gig Economy

The History of the Gig Economy Following the growth of the gig economy through the milestones of Airbnb, Uber and Lyft From temp positions to freelancing, people have been working short-term jobs forever. But it’s only within the last few years that we’ve begun to hear more and more about the “gig economy.” So, what is it? Generally defined as the sector of the service industry involving work done on a temporary basis, the gig economy has gained nearly one million workers in just 10 years. (1) Recent advances in technology and a litany of benefits, like additional income, flexible hours, and self-management, are likely why it’s grown. Let’s explore this growth through three of the gig economy’s biggest players: Airbnb, Uber and Lyft. Airbnb August 2008: Airbnb founded as “AirBed and Breakfast” by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia (2) March 2009: 10,000 users and 2,500 listings on the newly rebranded “AirBnb” (3) February 2011: 1 million nights booked on Airbnb, and international competition began popping up(3) June 2011: 2 million nights booked on Airbnb, which had only one office in San Francisco (4) January 2012: 5 million nights booked and 100,000 listings on Airbnb. Operations spread to 192 countries (3) June 2012: 10 million nights booked and 200,000 listings on Airbnb, which grew to 10 offices around the world (4) December 2012: 4 million guests hosted through Airbnb over the previous four years (3) October 2013: 9 million guests hosted through Airbnb – 73 times the number of guests from three years prior (3) September 2015: 7 million users and 1.5 million listings on Airbnb, including castles, tree houses and yurts (5) February 2018: 300 million guests hosted and Airbnb aims to serve 1 billion people a year by 2028 (6) Uber March 2009: Uber founded by Travis Kalanick as a way to lower the cost of black-car service (7) December 2011: 6 cities served by Uber. Operations in the latest one — Washington D.C. — were established in just 6 weeks (8) July 2012: 12 cities served by Uber with only 75 employees (8) July 2013: 35 cities served by Uber with 300 employees(8) January 2014: 60 cities served by Uber with 550 employees(8) October 2016: 500 cities — 480 million annual riders — served by Uber, which operates black cars, rideshares, meal delivery and more (9) Lyft June 2012: Lyft founded by John Zimmer and Logan Green after pivoting away from Zimride, a college-based ridesharing program (3) May 2013: 1,560,000 annual riders served by Lyft, which only operated in California (10) July 2013: 6 cities served by Lyft, whose founders sell Zimride to fund its expansion (3) April 2014: 50 cities served by Lyft, which announced its push into 24 new markets on a single day (11) August 2014: 70 cities served by Lyft as it competed with Uber for market share (3) December 2015: 80 million annual riders served by Lyft — a 100% growth year over year (12) December 2016: 160 million annual riders served…

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Auditor Salary and Job Description

Auditors use their skills in mathematics and their knowledge of relevant finance law to prepare and examine financial documents for accounting firms, tax preparation businesses, government agencies and finance companies. Some specialize as internal auditors who prepare reports destined only for the eyes of decision makers within the corporation. Others serve as external auditors whose work goes in front of investors, reviewers and the general public. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected that auditor and accountant jobs will grow 10 percent by 2026, and the median accountant and auditor salary stands at $69,350 per year. As in other professions, years of experience and valuable skills can increase an auditor’s earnings substantially. The highest earners in the field exceed $122,220 in annual wages. Top-paid auditors typically serve in the finance and insurance industries or take on management roles. Those auditors with skills in risk management, financial analysis and financial reporting can expect to earn higher-than-average pay, according to Payscale. Auditors with 10-20 years of experience often pull in 25 percent more than those just starting out. People with an aptitude for math and a love for puzzling out intriguing problems may find that the well-paying, fast-growing field of auditing is the right place for them. An Auditor’s Role An auditor’s role is to assure a company’s investors, its staff, the government and any regulatory agencies that the enterprise’s financial statements are accurate. Though auditors typically get lumped in with accountants, the two professions are different. Accountants are a business necessity, employed by a single firm and charged with keeping track of income and expenses. Auditors, on the other hand, may move from company to company, check the work of accountants and usually concentrate on creating end-of-year reports or helping investigate documents in cases of suspected fraud. Auditors can work for top audit firms like Price Waterhouse Coopers or Deloitte & Touche LLP, or they can take jobs with the federal government by serving agencies such as the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Department of Energy, or the Internal Revenue Service. Regardless of their industry, all auditors help improve financial accuracy, efficiency and performance. There work is so significant that U.S. News & World Report has ranked accountants (and auditors) among the top 10 business professions. Auditor Competencies In general, an auditor needs to stay current on financial law, regulatory requirements in their industry, technology and auditing software. Many prospective auditors gain these competencies through academic programs and hands-on experiences, such as internships. The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation (IIARF) conducted a study in which it ranked the top five key competencies that internal auditors need based on more than 13,000 responses from 107 countries. They are: Communication skills for writing and delivering reports and presentations Identifying problems and devising solutions using critical and analytical thinking Staying up to date with the industry, especially with changes in regulations and laws Knowledge of internal audit standards and ethics Enterprise Risk Management to plan, lead and control corporate activities to minimize the…

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Athletic Director Career Path: What You Need to Know

A career in an athletics leadership role can be a challenging but also hugely rewarding experience. Athletic directors (AD) are expected to wear many hats and handle a high degree of responsibility, but the rewards that come from that work are well worth it. This role offers the chance to mentor promising young athletes and help them reach their potential by balancing athletics and academics. Many high school graduates today are still choosing to continue their education at four-year institutions, and because this role works with athletes ranging from middle school to college, an AD can help prepare them for that environment or guide them once they get there. What do Athletic Directors do? Athletic directors oversee sporting events, teams and the employment of coaches and other athletic staff. They also handle financial budgets and media relations. Because of these duties, an AD’s role encompasses a lot of administrative work and public relations. The director of a school’s athletic program becomes the face of that school with regards to athletics. ADs also promote their team, whether that be to other departments at their institution or to potential donors during a fundraising campaign. Part of doing that is making sure that their sports department’s coaches and athletes meet the ethical and legal standards put forward by the school or institution for which they’re working. The skills necessary for this job are similar to those one might need to succeed in the business world but with an emphasis on athletics. Traits that could help you go far in an AD career include: Good communications skills. Talking to media, coaches, staff, donors and other employees is a regular part of the job. The ability to prioritize well. The job of an athletic director is broad and includes budgeting, ordering, hiring and training, to name a few. Knowing which tasks need to be completed in which order is key. Prior experience in management. Experience with the expectations and duties associated with management can carry well into this one position. Time spent in athletics as a coach or player. Though not necessary, time spent in athletics is considered more than a bonus to employers. Because athletic directors manage the entire sports department of schools or institutions, understanding the day-to-day work done in the department would be beneficial. At smaller institutions, athletic directors may also coach a team. This can be especially true for those working for a local Boys and Girls Club instead of a higher education institution. According to respondents on Payscale, athletic directors can expect to make just under $60,000 per year on average. At the higher education level, especially at NCAA Division I schools, they can easily earn six figures. Education Requirements Though an undergraduate degree in sports management is common for those in this position, there are some who have found their way to an athletic director career with unexpected undergraduate majors. According to a study undertaken by Jeremy O’Brien, assistant director of athletics communications for Texas Tech University, the ADs…

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Jessup Announces New Digital Communication Major

William Jessup University has hired FOX40 Morning News anchor Paul Robins to lead their new Digital Communication and Design bachelor of arts degree program slated to begin fall of 2019 at the growing university. Robins brings a wealth of media experience to his new role, most recently on KXTL FOX40 in Sacramento, where he served as the morning news anchor for more than ten years. His 35-year career in broadcasting includes Emmy Award winning work in television, including The Discovery Channel, PBS, and locally in San Francisco and Sacramento. Paul is a veteran of morning drive radio, having worked in Detroit and Dallas, and as co-host of the very successful “Paul & Phil Show” on Y92 in Sacramento for nearly 20 years. “We are pleased and excited that Paul has chosen to join the William Jessup University faculty as both a program developer and lead faculty member in our Digital Communication and Design bachelor of arts degree program,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dennis Jameson. “Professor Robins will bring a bounty of professional experience and knowledge from his long and illustrious career in media and broadcasting to his students.” Jessup’s new Digital Communication and Design degree program combines creative strategies with state-of the-art technical skills in a single degree that equips students with expertise essential for creating attention-getting content that effectively communicates to modern audiences. Robins responsibilities will include teaching, research and scholarship, the continuing design of curriculum, and facilitating faculty appointments. He will also be a sought after mentor for his students and a magnet for those who want to learn from an expert practitioner who has well over 30-years of experience in digital communication and design. To learn more about William Jessup University, please visit jessup.edu or call (916) 577-2200.

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Why Pursue a Degree in Criminal Justice?

Why Pursue a Degree in Criminal Justice? Are you looking for a highly challenging, rewarding career that helps others and improves your community? If so, criminal justice might be the choice for you! Public safety professionals are essential to the well-being of our communities, our country, and our world. A Criminal Justice degree will allow you to enhance the quality of life in your community, and give you a career inwhich you can be proud. What can you do with a degree in Criminal Justice? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2016 there were approximately three million workers employed in the field of criminal justice. Careers in the field are found at the local, county, state, and federal level. The field of criminal justice includes areas such as private security, homeland security, corrections, law enforcement, legal services, and academia. A degree in criminal justice prepares you for a wide range of career options, so you can find a job that fits your particular skill set and interests, as well as your salary expectations. Although police officers make up a large portion of criminal justice professionals, there are many other jobs you may consider. Some popular careers in criminal justice include: US Marshal Secret Service Agent DEA Agent CIA Agent FBI Agent Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Fish and Game Warden State Trooper Correctional Officer Probation Officer Police Officer Homicide Detective Forensic Science Technician Crime Scene Investigator Blood Spatter Analyst Computer Forensics Specialist Security Guard Private Detective Fraud Investigator US Postal Inspector With this many exciting and rewarding careers to choose from, it’s easy to see why so many people choose to get a degree in Criminal Justice! So how do I get my degree in Criminal Justice? Ready to take the next step and pursue a degree in criminal justice? Great decision! Unlike a degree in humanities or social sciences, a degree in criminal justice focuses on real-world applications and is in demand by employers in both the public and private sectors. Students in Criminal Justice programs study theory at the same time as gaining practical skills that allow them to be fully prepared when they enter the workforce. You have many choices when it comes to earning your Criminal Justice degree, but if you are interested in an acclaimed, accredited school with a Christian focus, then William Jessup University is an excellent fit for you! Jessup provides a 100% fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. This program provides a flexible schedule for students who have family responsibilities and/or demanding work schedules. Yet students can still complete their degrees in the same amount of time as through a traditional classroom program. All courses are taught by law enforcement personnel, are seven weeks in length, and can be taken two at a time. So if you are ready to take the next step towards a fulfilling career in criminal justice, check out William Jessup University.      

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Have you found your calling?

Consider a Master’s in Leadership from Jessup Are you looking for your calling? Are you searching for a meaningful, impactful role that is more of a purpose than a career? If you are inspired to serve others, a Master’s Degree in Leadership can enable you to find fulfillment in a variety of positions, from Church Administrator to Senior Pastor. At Jessup, we believe it is possible to live a life of purpose and service. Jessup offers students a comprehensive, well-rounded education with a spiritual foundation. The Master’s in Leadership program is geared toward spiritual leadership and aims to prepare students for lives of meaningful service. Graduates of Jessup’s program will be qualified for roles in Christian ministry such as congregational leadership, mission management, and non-profit work. Designed to address the need in today’s world for more reliable and trustworthy leaders, Jessup’s Master’s in Leadership program has a unique spiritual formation curriculum, designed to help students gain an understanding of the true meaning of leadership. Jessup believes leadership is centered in collaboration, rather than in personal gain. With the guidance of distinguished faculty, all of whom have both real-world experience in ministry leadership and proven subject matter expertise, Jessup students examine the fundamental principles and theories of leadership. Jessup’s Master’s in Leadership program provides a comprehensive overview of Christian eadership and how it applies to one’s emotional, mental, spiritual, and social wellness. Students learn the elements of organizational leadership, as well as how to identify and resolve conflicts and how to manage stress. The ministry concentration portion of the degree includes five courses that explore topics such as spiritual disciplines, church life and leadership. A capstone course is required of all students, in which the student is able to exhibit their research, communication, and analytical thinking skills in a workplace-related project while integrating Biblical, personal and professional aspects. Consisting of 36 credit hours in 17 total courses, the Master’s in Leadership program is completely online! Studying online has many perks; students complete their work on their own schedule, perfect for working students or those with family responsibilities. Plus, the courses take half the time to complete compared to those on campus! For more information about the Master’s Degree in Leadership with a Christian Ministry concentration atWilliam Jessup University, or to apply, click here.  

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Sports Agent Salary and Job Description

In the multi-billion-dollar world of professional sports, agents may be the most critical players of all. They serve as professional representatives for athletes, helping promote their clients to future employers and representing athletes throughout the contract negotiation process. Agents also serve as liaisons between the athletes themselves and their financial affairs and legal teams. Being a sports agent takes passion and energy that not everyone has. Agents travel with their athletes, often work nights and weekends and spend the off-season months sifting through the details of a contract negotiation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than 11,000 professionals serve as agents and managers for artists, athletes, entertainers, and other public figures, and it projects that entertainment and sports occupations will grow by 10 percent between 2016 and 2026, outpacing the national average for all occupations. Sports Agent Salary According to Payscale, the median sports agent salary stands at about $58,000. An experienced sports agent working for a large firm can pull in much more while those just starting out typically earn a lower wage. Since a sports agent’s salary is largely determined by commission, well-paid agents develop extensive professional networks and work hard to refine their business and management skills. A Sports Agent’s Role From American baseball players to European soccer stars, top athletes rake in some of the highest incomes in the world. A sports agent takes on the high-risk-high-reward job of managing those athletes’ careers. This role requires three main functions: recruiting top talent, negotiating contracts and managing images. Recruiting talent. A sports agent’s reputation and financial success hangs on their roster of clients. As the saying goes, “A-players only work with A-players.” The more impressive its clientele, the more like an agency is to secure lucrative contracts and engage in high-stakes deals. Earning a top-dollar sports agent salary begins with recruiting top talent. Negotiating contracts. Top sports management agencies negotiate more than $1 billion in contracts annually. Smaller agents may deal with lower-dollar figures, but they still deal with team owners and potential endorsers. Because sports agents earn a portion of their client’s earnings in a contract as their commission, it is vital that they negotiate contracts firmly and fairly. Managing images. Agents take responsibility for their athletes’ personal brands. Because an image-ruining controversy can spell the end of a promising career, athletes often need a professional to help them avoid potential public relations disasters. Agents arrange meet-and-greet sessions and charitable activities to help bolster their clients’ images, and they speak directly with the press when a negative situation arises. Sports Management Competencies To advance a career in the growing field of sports management, professionals need deep knowledge of sports law, team leadership and the social and cultural foundations of sports. They also need razor-sharp skills in marketing, management and research. Successful sports agents demonstrate the social skills and emotional intelligence to represent their clients well in the competitive professional fields they have chosen. Agents also need a key eye for details and a firm…

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How to Become a Social Worker

Social workers play a vital role in protecting and supporting vulnerable members of their community. They work with people of all ages, from very young children to elders, and offer help at both the individual and community levels. If you want a career that truly makes a difference, take a look at how to become a social worker. Understanding the Role Social work is a challenging but highly rewarding and in-demand career path. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of available jobs for social workers is likely to increase by 16 percent between 2016 and 2026. This percentage is significantly higher than the average across industries and translates to 109,700 new jobs added by 2026. At present, social workers earn a median salary of $47,980, according to BLS statistics released in 2017. Those who secure such positions have developed a well-rounded skill set that includes people skills, industry expertise, and organizational ability. Representative skills include: Be patient and empathetic with people who are under stress Assess needs and determine what kind of assistance to provide Understand and make use of community resources Develop actionable solutions that are accessible to clients Maintain and organize documentation for each client Because social systems and human psychology are complex and unpredictable, you need to be flexible first and foremost. These are only some of the duties for social workers, and they vary depending on the type of social worker you are. Before you commit to a career in social work, you need to understand what would be expected of you. Categories of Social Work Roles Social workers may be found wherever there is a need. The most common capacities of service are: Clinical Social Workers These professionals provide psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, families and groups. They may provide a client’s full treatment or refer the person to other services, providers or treatment modalities. Child and Family Social Workers Child and family social workers help to connect parents with government benefits or services. They may also place children into foster care, coordinate adoptions or work on family reunifications. Healthcare Social Workers Often based in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other medical settings, healthcare social workers help patients cope with the effects of a medical condition. They may offer resources to patients or provide them with supportive counseling. School Social Workers This category of service focuses on the well-being of children in educational settings. Working within an interdisciplinary teams that include teachers, administrators and families, the school social worker conducts evaluations and develops intervention plans for children with academic, social, or emotional difficulties. How to Become a Social Worker - Education and Licensure You can qualify for an entry-level service position such as mental health support professional or caseworker with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or a related field. To qualify for a clinical job, you must earn a master’s degree in social work, which includes supervised practical experience. All clinical positions in social work require licensure, as do many…

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How to Become a Marriage and Family Therapist

Being a marriage and family therapist, or MFT, involves helping people through problems with their families and relationships. An MFT can aid people in tackling issues with their marriage, a family member’s addiction or any number of other difficulties centered around marriage and the family. If you love to help others solve problems and build stronger relationships, working as a marriage and family therapist could be a highly rewarding career for you. Job Duties of a Marriage and Family Therapist An MFT’s day can be varied, from helping couples cope with parenting problems to finding ways to ease the stress in a marriage. MFTs will usually see clients for multiple sessions to work through their problems, but the exact number depends on the severity of the issue. As an MFT, it’s your job to help enhance communication between family members and allow them to better understand one another and their difficulties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some of the day to day job duties of an MFT can include: Encouraging clients to discuss how they’re feeling and what they’re going through Helping clients process their reactions to difficult changes in their life, like divorce and layoffs, and figuring out ways for them to adjust Guiding clients through important decisions about their future Referring clients to resources, like support groups or inpatient treatment facilities, when required Maintaining complete and confidential records MFTs also do their jobs in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals or mental health treatment centers or work for a government or postsecondary institution. Some MFTs even work with patients in their homes. The BLS has predicted a strong growth of 23 percent by 2026 for this profession. This figure is far and away faster than many other occupations. Part of that growth is due to a rise in the implementation of integrated care programs. Integrated care is an approach to treatment in which several different specialists are utilized at once to help treat a condition or several conditions at once. An MFT might work with a behavior disorder or mental health counselor, for example, for a more holistic approach to tackling multiple problems. The BLS also has projected a need will arise to fill MFT positions being vacated by retiring employees in the years to come. The median pay for the job is $48,790, with the top ten percent working in this position earning over $80,000 per year. The top industries employing MFTs as of 2017 are state governments, outpatient care centers, the offices of other healthcare professionals, and individual or family service clinics. An MFT can have their own practice or work in a hospital, as well. Education and Training The path to becoming an MFT requires years of education and training, including undergraduate and post graduate work as well as a residency period, licensing and continued education. Though most graduate programs to become and MFT will accept applicants with a non-psychology major, a bachelor’s degree in psychology would lend itself well…

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Understanding Brand Archetypes and How They Shape Business

Swiss psychologist Carl Jung believed that certain universal patterns and images are present within the psyche. These archetypes are present in the unconscious and can be seen throughout history, culture and personal experience. For instance, the “wise old man” archetype is defined by someone with great judgment and wisdom. It may apply historically to someone like Benjamin Franklin, while in literature, it can refer to characters like Yoda in “Star Wars” and Gandalf in “Lord of the Rings.” Maybe you can link those characters’ behaviors — and draw comparisons to people in your life — to the archetype known for being intelligent and willing to offer guidance. What does all of this have to do with brand identity? If people can recognize certain characters and their fundamental desires, strengths and weaknesses, then maybe there is a parallel to business. Marketers have modified Jung’s archetypes to create brand archetypes, offering a shortcut to storytelling and helping customers connect to a company. How Archetypes Can Help Shape a Brand’s Identity and Drive Sales Although there is some psychological debate on whether Jung’s archetypes are truly embedded in the unconscious and the role they play in the mind, the relevance in branding is less complicated. Archetypes, at the very least, enable people to connect to a character or others on a fundamental level. Thus, the same can be said for consumers and brands. Brand archetypes mirror Jung’s character archetypes. For instance, there are companies that fit into the “wise old man” archetype, and use the appropriate values, meanings and personality traits to help define what the business is all about. Why would they want to do that? People instinctively recognize who the wise old man is and what he offers. The same is true for the “hero” archetype that exudes bravery and strength. Individuals, whether watching a movie or an advertisement, can identify with these fictional characters (Superman) and companies (Nike). Obtaining that instant connection can help a brand appeal to consumers in a basic, even subconscious, way. An instant and instinctive connection to a brand or product is incredibly valuable. Purchasing decisions are made on a subconscious level, according to research compiled by marketing agency GetUplift. People who experienced brain damage to areas of the brain responsible for generating emotions were unable to make decisions, according to neuroscientist Antonio Damasio. He noted that they still had logic and reasoning, but they couldn’t make simple decisions. A study compared two types of ads: one type appealed to logical persuasion while the other focused on non-rational means, such as fun, vague or sexy scenes. The first type boosted brain activity in regions for decision-making and emotional processing, but this is also the area involved in limiting impulse purchases. The second type of ads didn’t cause major activity in those regions of the brain, which means that less behavioral inhibition is present when a “buy” button is present. Another study examined how the design of online stores impacts buyer behavior. It found that “web atmospheric…

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Jessup Announces New Aviation Program

William Jessup University will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation effective January 14, 2019 when the spring semester begins. “The demand for pilots has been increasing worldwide. Research conducted by independent industry experts demonstrates an increasing demand (by growth of the industry and mandatory retirements) for professionally trained pilots for the foreseeable future,” said Jessup’s Lead Faculty for Aviation and Retired Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Loo Ng. “This pilot shortage is expected to produce a strong job outlook both in the United States and abroad.” Jessup’s Aviation program produces highly skilled, industry ready, principled professionals for the field of aviation. The new program offers students options to prepare for a variety of airline flight specialties and prepares adept, certified and ethical (ACE) pilots who are willing to positively influence and contribute to the field of aviation and to society. William Jessup University’s curriculum for Aviation majors has been carefully crafted by Aviation industry professionals and offers flexibility for students with prior flight time, college units or in various stages of training. Students will have the opportunity to become Certified Flying Instructors (CFI) and train fellow students during their time at Jessup. The University also offers an associates of science degree option for those who primarily desire flying time. Enrolled in the program are Lucas Castro and Patrick Marquina, both former AFROTC Cadets from Whitney High School in Rocklin. Castro will begin testing for his private pilot’s license this February and has received an internship with the FAA since becoming a Jessup student. Marquina joined Jessup’s AFROTC program and was awarded “Cadet of the Month” last September and hopes to earn a three-year AFROTC academic scholarship. Flying is in his blood stating, “I can’t recall a time in my life when I didn’t want to fly.” Attaining his degree in aviation will better position him to pursue his dream of one day teaching astronauts to fly NASA’s Dream Chaser aircraft. The 128-unit major is a highly anticipated program that integrates academic study with aviation curriculum and provides concentrations including certified flight instruction and multi-engine flight instruction with honors concentrations. Electives offer options such as multi-engine, instrumental flight and certified flight instructor ratings. The program is CAC, EASA and DGCA approved.  

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Should you pursue an MBA?

Maybe you have been thinking about pursuing your MBA, but you’re not quite sure if it’s worth the effort. An MBA will help you progress your career, but it requires a commitment of both time and money. Is it worth it? Read on to see how an MBA can help you improve your job prospects, your salary, and your potential for professional growth. Earning your MBA leads to a higher income... It’s true! As of 2016, the median starting salary for new MBAs was $100,000, according to an annual survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). In another 2016 survey by GMAC, 90% of respondents reported that their MBA degree had boosted their earning power. But how much more? According to a study by Forbes magazine, post- MBA starting pay was up 50% over pre-MBA pay for full-time students. This data is consistent with numerous previous studies over the last two decades which have also found a 50-60% increase, suggesting that a 50% step-up in pay at graduation has been stable over time and across different schools surveyed. As an example, if your pay before starting an MBA was $50,000 per year, you might expect to be offered $75,000 salary plus bonus (up 50%) after graduation from an MBA program (Forbes). And what about over the long run? For the participants in the Forbes study, five years after earning their MBA, fifth year pay was up 80% over post-MBA starting pay for full-time students. Again, this data is consistent with previous studies’ results, showing fifth year MBA pay increases of up to 80%. To continue with the previous example, if you were paid $75,000 at graduation, you might look forward to earning 80% more, or $135,000, after five years on the job (Forbes). Is it all worth it? When Forbes asked the MBA graduates to reflect upon their choice to pursue an MBA, 94% said yes when asked if they would do it all over again. The respondents strongly agreed that their MBA degree was a good investment of time and money, and has provided them with wider career choices. Similarly, the respondents felt their MBA has helped provide faster salary growth, and felt they could not have done as well in their careers without an MBA (Forbes). Pursuing an MBA is no easy choice, but if you are serious about developing your business capabilities, and intent upon progressing your professional career, it’s apparent that an MBA will help you to achieve your goals. Consider William Jessup University, the first and only accredited, full-service Christian University in Northern California’s capital region. The MBA program at William Jessup University prepares graduates to be highly-competent, principled and innovative leaders in business and society. Using an MBA curriculum that is relevant, applicable and tailored to individuals who are interested in pursuing a Christ-centered career in the business world, the ethical framework integrated throughout the program makes the WJU MBA distinct and different on purpose. MBA students at Jessup are challenged within a…

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What could you do with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology?

A career in counseling is one of the most rewarding careers available to professionals. Counselors have the opportunity to help others as they attempt to make change, improve themselves, or put the pieces of their lives back together. With a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, you can guide others as they try to reach their own personal goals. With a Master’s degree in counseling, there is a variety of career options available. Looking at different career paths, degree holders can choose a specialty that best appeals to their abilities, and their desire to help others. Here we take a look at some of the career options for those with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology degree. Marriage and Family Counselor Marriage and family counselors help couples and families understand each other. Through marriage counseling, counselors help couples to understand each other better, learn more about each other, and find ways to better get along. In family therapy, counselors help families who are having difficulties to reconnect and heal. Family counseling can also help when children are having trouble, or when substance abuse is involved. School and Career Counselor School and career counselors help students prepare for the future by providing guidance for teens as they choose their academic studies and consider career paths. School counselors often get to know students so that they can provide useful guidance specific for their goals. A Master’s in Counseling Psychology degree provides for a foundation for helping students, but extra certification, depending on the state that you work in, may be required. School counselors do more than direct career opportunities and watch the academic progress of students. School counselors are often required to be involved in other aspects of school life, such as mediating issues between students, and they may be required to provide some drug programs. Elementary school counselors may need to be certified and knowledgeable in childhood development, as they often help children with social and developmental issues, as well as mediate problems and help correct disruptive behavior. Clinical Therapist Clinical therapists work in a clinical setting, helping to counsel those with a variety of problems. Clinical therapists may work with groups or with individuals. In many cases, psychological problems are dealt with in a clinical therapy setting. A Master’s degree is helpful here especially, as clinical therapists work to counsel clients and patients in a way that can help them work through personal issues. Clinical therapists may also work with those who have problems with depression. Mental Health Counselor A Master’s degree in Counseling, coupled with some additional specialized training, can lead to a career in mental health counseling. Mental health counselors can provide a number of specialized services, including diagnosis of mental health issues, crisis management, psychotherapy, psychoeducation programs, and treatment planning. Mental health counselors may find employment in a variety of settings, from clinical to corporate to educational. Rehabilitation Counselor A rehabilitation counselor helps clients who have difficulties from birth, or from accident or illness, working with them to establish their…

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Why Is Psychology Such A Popular Major?

A trend in education that has seemed to hold steady over the past few decades is a consistent interest in the field of Psychology. According to estimates, between 1.2 million and 1.6 million undergraduates take introductory psychology classes each year (American Psychologist), and many of those students go on to become psychology majors. Either because of an inherent interest in human nature, or because of what appears to be solidly-increasing career opportunities, psychology has been and continues to be one of the most popular choices in undergraduate education. According to USA Today College, Bachelor’s degrees in psychology are the second most popular undergraduate major in the United States today. Since the early 1990s, the share of college students majoring in psychology has remained steady at about 6 to 6.5 percent, up from about 4 to 5 percent in the 1980s. Among specific fields within the science and engineering disciplines, psychology is the number one choice of major. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), psychology is more popular than biological sciences, physics and astronomy, mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science, information sciences, the other social sciences and many other majors. In the 2014–15 academic year, U.S. schools awarded more than 117,000 Bachelor's degrees in psychology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for psychologists overall will grow by 14 percent between 2016 and 2026. This especially strong job growth is much faster than the 7 percent average growth predicted for all occupations. Job openings for clinical, counseling and school psychologists are expected to grow at an even faster rate than employment for psychologists overall. There is an expected 20 percent increase for these specialized psychologists, propelled by the need for services for veterans with war-related trauma, older people with aging concerns, and people with autism.  Additionally, the unemployment rate for psychologists is very low. Besides perhaps the desire to be of service to others, many people choose to study psychology because they find the study of how and why people behave the way they do to be inherently interesting. Studies have confirmed that interest in the subject matter is one of the most frequently cited reasons that undergraduate psychology majors give when asked why they chose psychology for their field of study. Psychology provides insight into many aspects of human and animal behavior. Topics covered in the study of psychology often include: Interpersonal behavior (attraction, aggression, prejudice, compliance, etc.) Learning Development Cognition Abnormal behavior Mind-body relationships Addiction Sexuality After graduation, many psychology majors pursue careers in fields directly related to psychology, including therapy, counseling, rehabilitation, and psychiatry. However, many others end up working in fields that are largely unrelated to psychology. Some of the non-psychology related fields that psychology majors choose to pursue include management and administration, sales and marketing, real estate, social work, law, labor relations, corporate training, and education. Why do many psychology majors end up working in fields that are largely unrelated to psychology? The main reason is because psychology degrees teach a wide variety…

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How Choice Architecture Shapes Consumer Decisions

You’re craving a late-night snack. So, you head to your kitchen to grab something before you go to bed. What will you choose? A lot of the time, it depends on what’s most accessible. You’re more likely to eat healthier if nutritional foods are in easy-to-reach places. That’s why an article from the Today Show recommended keeping produce at eye level, and making cookies, chips, and cereal more difficult to locate. Research found that women who kept soft drinks, a box of cereal, or cookies on their counters weighed up to 26 pounds more than their neighbors. Women who had fruit bowls on their counters weighed 13 pounds less. Environment impacts the decisions you make. Your actions are impacted by the way choices are presented, according to a concept known as choice architecture. How Choice Architecture Shapes Decisions Making changes in how items are presented can make a significant difference in what consumers choose. Here is a closer look at a few ways in which choice architecture can lead to positive behaviors, better sales, and more. Eating Healthier Encouraging people to eat healthier is a popular application of choice architecture. One of the most notable examples of this in action took place in a study published by the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers implemented a color-coding system at Massachusetts General Hospital’s cafeteria (red = unhealthy, yellow = less healthy, green = healthy) and then increased the visibility of some green items, like bottled water. Sales of red items decreased in both phases, and green items increased. The biggest changes were for beverages. Red beverages decreased by 27.9 percent and green beverages increased 13.6 percent. Bottled water increased 25.8 percent after several baskets were added throughout the cafeteria. Similar changes can be found in the business world, according to researchers in Harvard Business Review, due to the $225 billion price tag companies pay because of poor health and obesity. Google’s cafes and kitchens have benefited from applying what’s known as the four Ps of behavior change. Process: Small “nudges” or changes in choices can direct employees toward healthier options. For instance, the best positions in a set of options are the first in a pair or the middle item in a set of three. Defaulting to a healthier option is best. Persuasion: Making healthier options more appealing is effective. Google created a “Vegetable of the Day” promotion and added trivia facts and colorful photos of the option. Those actions increased the number of employees trying the dish by 74 percent. Possibilities: The choices that are offered can influence behavior, but care must be taken to retain freedom of choice. One recommended practice is changing portion sizes. A Google microkitchen replaced loose M&Ms with individually wrapped packages, reducing the average serving by 58 percent. Person: Choice architecture can alter behavior in specific environments, but what about lasting change? “It is only through the person, however, that behavior can be influenced across contexts over time — and outside the workplace,” according to authors of the Harvard Business Review…

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Should I go back to school?

Complete your Degree with Jessup’s Adult Degree Completion Many of us live with a sense of unfinished business. If you started college, but weren’t able to complete your coursework and earn your degree, you may have a desire to someday return to school. You may have thought about it for years now; what are you waiting for? If you’re finally ready to take that first big step, consider the Adult Degree Completion at William Jessup University. With Jessup, you can pick up right where you left off, however long ago. Read on to discover how you can finish what you started with Adult Degree Completion at Jessup. Adult Degree Completion (ADC) is designed with the mature learner in mind. In order to accommodate busy students, many of whom juggle existing jobs as well as family and childcare responsibilities, all programs consist of just one course at a time, meeting one night per week. Some ADC courses can even be completed online. ADC courses are offered at both of Jessup’s Northern California campuses: Rocklin, in the greater Sacramento area, and San Jose, in California’s Bay Area. With Adult Degree Completion, students may transfer up to a total of 30 units to their Bachelor’s degree requirement through the Credit for Prior Learning. Because Jessup understands that college level learning can occur outside the walls of a college, the Credit for Prior Learning may also include experiences you have had, and non-college training you have completed. Jessup gives transfer credit for courses that meet a variety of standards from the CSU system, regionally accredited colleges, and accredited community colleges. Criteria for the ADC program includes: Two years or more of full-time work experience and/or be a recommended minimum of 22 years of age. Cumulative 2.00 GPA (on 4.0 scale) on all prior coursework (applicants with lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis). Proof of high school completion and any applicable transcripts. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (If applicable). Official transcripts must arrive in an envelope sealed by the registrar of the previous institution. Official E-transcripts will also be accepted. Jessup’s Adult Degree Completion offers several Bachelor degree programs, including Business Administration, Christian Leadership (Rocklin only), Organizational Leadership (Rocklin only), Psychology, and an Addiction Studies certificate (San Jose only). Jessup’s Adult Degree Completion programs are carefully designed to help students develop the tools needed to succeed. In partnership with a caring and experienced faculty, students earn degrees based upon high academic standards and biblical principles. If you’re not yet convinced Jessup is the right choice to finish your degree, here are five more reasons WJU is a great choice for you: Small class sizes Warm community, where teachers know and care about their students Transfer credits from previous colleges Great value for a California private school Finish in as little as 19 months, with flexible, customizable scheduling options Still not convinced? Listen to what Jessup alumni have to say: “I highly recommend William Jessup University. I earned my…

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Is William Jessup University Nationally Ranked?

Did you know that William Jessup University is a top ranked university, as determined by the U.S. News and World Report? That’s right, in their 2019 annual rankings, U.S. News named William Jessup University the #2 Regional College of the West, the #2 Best College for Veterans, and the #4 Best Value School. U.S. News ranks schools according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Regional Colleges, defined as colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines, are evaluated based on 16 measures of academic quality. Given an overall score of 90.0 out of 100, William Jessup University was awarded the number two spot in the Regional Colleges West category. A private school with two campuses in Northern California, William Jessup University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,165. In determining Jessup’s high score , U.S. News recognized WJU’s low student-faculty ratio (12:1), and small class sizes. At Jessup, 73% of classes have fewer than 20 students. U.S. News also notes the average freshman retention rate is 75 percent, a strong indicator of student satisfaction. Jessup’s student’s services were also noted as an indication of the school’s quality. William Jessup University offers services including nonremedial tutoring, campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). At WJU, 53% of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 47% of students live off campus. Additionally, U.S. News and World Report ranked William Jessup University as the #2 Best School for Veterans. In order to be ranked a Best College for Veterans, schools must meet several requirements, including being certified for the G.I. Bill; participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program (any veteran who has served on active duty for at least 36 aggregate months since 9/11 can have the complete cost of tuition covered in any program the university offers); and, for two consecutive years, enroll a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members, or a critical mass. WJU welcomed nearly 50 student veterans to campus this year, and continues to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The university also offers a Veterans Endowment to help cover any additional educational costs veterans may incur. Through community support, Jessup has raised over $70,000 to support veterans pursuing their education. As the #4 Best Value School, Jessup was recognized for the value of their academics, given the cost of attending. According to U.S. News, “Best Value” schools are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account. At Jessup, 81% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,184. Jessup is proud to be ranked a top college by U.S. News. Founded…

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Can I get my MBA Online?

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? If you are motivated to step up your business career, you may be interested to find out you can earn your Master’s of Business Administration online! That’s right, you can earn your MBA while you continue working your day job - so you can get ahead, without falling behind. William Jessup University offers an online MBA program that can be completed in as few two years. Yes, you read that right -- you can earn your Master’s in Business Administration, online, through an accredited, well-respected university! Designed to be achievable in as few as two years, William Jessup University’s online MBA program includes 14 courses consisting of 38 credit hours. Two applied project courses are also part of the curriculum. There is no GMAT required to enroll in this MBA program, but required prerequisite classes include Microeconomics, Statistics, and Financial Accounting. With Jessup’s online MBA program, students gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to become top leaders in the business world. During the first year of the program, students learn fundamental skills in accounting, economics and e-commerce. Key areas of study include supply chain management, leadership and ethics, international business, project management and strategic planning. In the program’s second half, students study real-world applications, such as marketing strategy and innovation and technology. All of Jessup’s online MBA courses are taught by professional faculty who are experts in their fields and have held positions such as CEOs, Marketing Directors and Vice Presidents of Finance. While all coursework is conducted online, Jessup’s online MBA program also includes a one-year, hands-on entrepreneurship project. Intended to help students cultivate relationships with the local business community and other professionals, the entrepreneurship project is guided by local business leaders who work with student teams to design and implement business plans for startup companies and angel investors. Through the entrepreneurship project, students learn to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired, and gain the invaluable opportunity to network and build relationships with others in the business world. Graduates of Jessup’s online MBA program go on to successful careers in business, including as CEOs of major corporations. Integral to a company’s success, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) oversees an organization’s overall direction and manages the business’s operations. The CEO also works with and manages other top executives, creates and implements policies, and ensures that goals are effectively met. Financial Manager and Human Resource Manager are two more career possibilities for graduates of Jessup’s MBA program. Financial Managers prepare an organization’s financial statements, business activity reports and forecasts. Financial Managers are also responsible for discovering ways to reduce a company’s costs, and assist with the company’s budget decisions. Additionally, the Financial Manager manages other employees who perform budgeting and financial reporting tasks. Human Resource Managers, on the other hand, coordinate the business’s workforce and act as a liaison between the organization’s management and its employees. HR Managers supervise the organization’s recruitment, interview, selection and hiring processes…

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The Psychology Behind Different Types of Parenting Styles

Deciding how to raise their child is a challenge all parents face. Whether raising children alone or with a partner, we all want to do what’s best for our kids, and that can lead to a lot of anxiety when choosing a parenting style to follow. Parenting styles vary from person to person, but a few main categories have been identified by researchers over the years. In the 1960s, psychologist Diana Baumrind identified three main styles of parenting: authoritarian, authoritative and permissive. A fourth style, neglectful, was later added in the 1980s by Stanford researchers Eleanor Maccoby and John Martin. Baumrind later wrote an entire book on the authoritative parenting style, which she believed to be the most beneficial, but all four categories remain in place today. The Four Types of Parenting Styles The effects of parenting styles on the development as children, and how those effects manifest themselves in adulthood, is still a subject of heavy discussion in the psychology community. It’s hard to measure as those affects are hard to quantify, but there are several generally agreed-upon consequences of each parenting style. We’ll explore the four parenting styles in more detail here and discuss their potential consequences on children raised under them. Authoritarian This style is often described as dictatorial and overbearing. These parents respond to any question with, “Because I said so!” and expect to be obeyed without giving a reason. Rules are strict, with no room for interpretation, compromise, or discussion. Punishments for violating rules are severe. In this kind of household, children are rarely given a say in their own lives and are expected instead to obey whatever they’re told to do without question. Punishments are often used to ensure obedience, and affection is given sparingly if at all. This approach can have damaging consequences to a child that can follow them into adulthood. According to therapist and author Alyson Schafer, those consequences include: Developing a “follower” mentality where these children have trouble deciding things for themselves Difficulty discerning right from wrong on their own Low self-esteem and seeking confirmation of their worth from outside authority figures In addition to the above, authoritarian parenting doesn’t appear to instill lasting lessons; as soon as the parent leaves, the child will often act out. They’ll also often seek guidance from someone other than their parent. Authoritative This is generally regarded to be the best parenting style as it provides a balance between structure and independence, allowing a child to grow within reasonable boundaries and explore their abilities. Parents using this style will set strict standard which they expect their children to abide but also support them by providing an emotionally caring environment that fosters trust. This style can be described as “tough but fair” or “firm but nurturing.” A child has room to make mistakes and the freedom to make them without judgement within a structure that provides guidance. Baumrind described authoritative parents like this: They are assertive, but not intrusive and restrictive. Their disciplinary methods are…

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Why Pursue a Degree in Criminal Justice?

Are you looking for a highly challenging, rewarding career that helps others and improves your community? If so, criminal justice might be the choice for you! Public safety professionals are essential to the well-being of our communities, our country, and our world. A Criminal Justice degree will allow you to enhance the quality of life in your community, and give you a career in which you can be proud. What can you do with a degree in Criminal Justice? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2016 there were approximately three million workers employed in the field of criminal justice. Careers in the field are found at the local, county, state, and federal level. The field of criminal justice includes areas such as private security, homeland security, corrections, law enforcement, legal services, and academia. A degree in criminal justice prepares you for a wide range of career options, so you can find a job that fits your particular skill set and interests, as well as your salary expectations. Although police officers make up a large portion of criminal justice professionals, there are many other jobs you may consider. Some popular careers in criminal justice include: US Marshal Secret Service Agent DEA Agent CIA Agent FBI Agent Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Fish and Game Warden State Trooper Correctional Officer Probation Officer Police Officer Homicide Detective Forensic Science Technician Crime Scene Investigator Blood Spatter Analyst Computer Forensics Specialist Security Guard Private Detective Fraud Investigator US Postal Inspector With this many exciting and rewarding careers to choose from, it’s easy to see why so many people choose to get a degree in Criminal Justice! So how do I get my degree in Criminal Justice? Ready to take the next step and pursue a degree in criminal justice? Great decision! Unlike a degree in humanities or social sciences, a degree in criminal justice focuses on real-world applications and is in demand by employers in both the public and private sectors. Students in Criminal Justice programs study theory at the same time as gaining practical skills that allow them to be fully prepared when they enter the workforce. You have many choices when it comes to earning your Criminal Justice degree, but if you are interested in an acclaimed, accredited school with a Christian focus, then William Jessup University is an excellent fit for you! Jessup provides a 100% fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. This program provides a flexible schedule for students who have family responsibilities and/or demanding work schedules. Yet students can still complete their degrees in the same amount of time as through a traditional classroom program. All courses are taught by law enforcement personnel, are seven weeks in length, and can be taken two at a time. So if you are ready to take the next step towards a fulfilling career in criminal justice, check out William Jessup University.

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Have you found your calling?

Consider a Master’s in Leadership from Jessup Are you looking for your calling? Are you searching for a meaningful, impactful role that is more of a purpose than a career? If you are inspired to serve others, a Master’s Degree in Leadership can enable you to find fulfillment in a variety of positions, from Church Administrator to Senior Pastor. At Jessup, we believe it is possible to live a life of purpose and service. Jessup offers students a comprehensive, well-rounded education with a spiritual foundation. The Master’s in Leadership program is geared toward spiritual leadership and aims to prepare students for lives of meaningful service. Graduates of Jessup’s program will be qualified for roles in Christian ministry such as congregational leadership, mission management, and non-profit work. Designed to address the need in today’s world for more reliable and trustworthy leaders, Jessup’s Master’s in Leadership program has a unique spiritual formation curriculum, designed to help students gain an understanding of the true meaning of leadership. Jessup believes leadership is centered in collaboration, rather than in personal gain. With the guidance of distinguished faculty, all of whom have both real-world experience in ministry leadership and proven subject matter expertise, Jessup students examine the fundamental principles and theories of leadership. Jessup’s Master’s in Leadership program provides a comprehensive overview of Christian leadership and how it applies to one’s emotional, mental, spiritual, and social wellness. Students learn the elements of organizational leadership, as well as how to identify and resolve conflicts and how to manage stress. The ministry concentration portion of the degree includes five courses that explore topics such as spiritual disciplines, church life and leadership. A capstone course is required of all students, in which the student is able to exhibit their research, communication, and analytical thinking skills in a workplace-related project while integrating Biblical, personal and professional aspects. Consisting of 36 credit hours in 17 total courses, the Master’s in Leadership program is completely online! Studying online has many perks; students complete their work on their own schedule, perfect for working students or those with family responsibilities. Plus, the courses take half the time to complete compared to those on campus! For more information about the Master’s Degree in Leadership with a Christian Ministry concentration at William Jessup University, or to apply, click here.

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Why Do Adults Adhere to a Social Clock?

At what age should someone get married? That’s a complex question, and it becomes even more complicated if you think about how people would have answered it 15, 30, or even 60 years ago. People are now getting married at an older age, which is affecting what people consider is a normal age to get married. Estimated Median Age at First Marriage: 1960 to present Year Men Women 2018 29.8 27.8 2010 28.2 26.1 2000 26.8 25.1 1990 26.1 23.9 1980 24.7 22.0 1970 23.2 20.8 1960 22.8 20.3 Source: U.S. Census Bureau Those factors are related to social clock theory. The concept suggests that there are appropriate times for certain life events. Meeting or failing to meet those norms can influence one’s self-esteem and overall mental health. Social Clock Theory Explained Social psychologist Bernice Neugarten identified the social clock theory in the 1960s as shared expectations of age-appropriate behavior. Members of society are told explicitly and implicitly when it’s “appropriate” to start their first job, get married, have a baby, purchase a home, and retire. Social clock examples can include virtually anything that people commonly do throughout their lives. Adhering to or diverging from the social clock can be a major source of adult personality change, according to Laura Berk in “Developing Through the Lifespan.” For instance, studies of women born in the 1930s were conducted to examine personality changes in adulthood that are linked to three social clock categories: A “feminine” clock based on marriage and parenthood in the early or mid-twenties A “masculine” clock based on entry into a high-status career and advancement by the late twenties Women who didn’t follow either of the two previous clocks Women who followed the “feminine” clock were more responsible, self-controlled, tolerant, and caring. However, as their lives progress, they declined and felt more vulnerable. Those women following the “masculine” clock were more dominant, sociable, independent, and intellectually effective. The women who weren’t married or started a career by age 30 suffered from feelings of incompetence, self-doubt, and loneliness. “The social clock revolves around age norms,” according to Chandra Mehrotra in “Aging and Diversity.” “Cultures encourage people to behave in ways that are consistent with their age, as defined by the social rules of the culture.” Social class can also have a strong influence on norms. For instance, in the United States, members of the working class often marry long before those in the middle, upper-middle, and upper-class. The age of marriage impacts the number of children, marital satisfaction, and likelihood of divorce. Why Do Adults Follow a Social Clock? A simple way to understand why people would follow a social clock is the idea of fitting in. Adults who follow a social clock can easily relate themselves to others, enhancing their understanding of their place in society. Mehrotra pointed out how culture guides, but doesn’t determine, individual behaviors. Like other social rules that members of society use, a social clock can help individuals know when it’s appropriate to perform certain…

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Can I Go Back to School?

How you can complete your degree, with Jessup’s Adult Degree Completion Are you living with a sense of unfinished business? If you started college, but weren’t able to complete your coursework and earn your degree, you might feel the urge to return to school. What are you waiting for? You can go back to school and finish your degree with Jessup’s Adult Degree Completion! With Jessup, you can pick up right where you left off, however long ago. Read on to learn more about the benefits of earning your degree, and how Jessup University can help you make it happen. When you think about returning to school, what is stopping you? Are you intimidated by the time commitment? Or nervous about the course load and homework? Maybe it’s the cost that feels overwhelming - how can you afford to go back to school while working your day job? At Jessup, we understand the challenges our students face in returning to their studies. We have designed our Adult Degree Completion (ADC) programs with the mature learner in mind. In order to accommodate busy students, many of whom juggle existing jobs as well as family responsibilities, programs are designed with a flexible, customizable schedule so students can speed up or slow down based on their needs. Some ADC courses can even be completed online. ADC courses are offered at both of Jessup’s Northern California campuses: Rocklin, in the greater Sacramento area, and San Jose, in California’s Bay Area. With Jessup’s Adult Degree Completion, students may earn up to a total of 30 units to their Bachelor’s degree requirement through the Credit for Prior Learning. Because Jessup understands that college-level learning can occur outside the walls of a college, the Credit for Prior Learning may also include experiences you have had, and non-college training you have completed. Jessup gives transfer credit for courses that meet a variety of standards from the CSU system, regionally accredited colleges, and accredited community colleges. The Criteria for Jessup’s ADC program includes: Two years or more of full-time work experience and/or be a recommended minimum of 22 years of age. Cumulative 2.00 GPA (on 4.0 scale) on all prior coursework (applicants with a lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis). Proof of high school completion and any applicable transcripts. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (If applicable). Official transcripts must arrive in an envelope sealed by the registrar of the previous institution. Official E-transcripts will also be accepted. Jessup offers several choices within the Adult Degree Completion program. Bachelor degree programs include Business Administration, Psychology, Leadership with specializations in Organizational Development or Christian Ministry (Rocklin only), and an Addiction Studies Certificate (San Jose only). Jessup’s Adult Degree Completion programs are carefully designed to help students develop the tools needed to succeed. In partnership with a caring and experienced faculty, students earn degrees based upon high academic standards and biblical principles. There are many reasons why our students choose Jessup to complete their Bachelor’s…

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M.A. in Education or Teaching?

Become a Leader in Education with WJU You are passionate about education and motivated to make a measurable difference in your world. At Jessup, we believe Educators are Leaders. We offer Master’s Degree programs in both Education and Teaching because we believe that individuals like you have the power to exhibit transformational leadership. Join us at one of our beautiful Northern California campuses to learn how you can become a leader in education, and affect real change in your community. The demand for educational leaders is growing regionally, nationally and globally, and Jessup is dedicated to keeping up with that demand, creating programs that equip generations to answer that call. Jessup offers a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Teaching, both catering to individuals who are highly motivated, passionate about education, and motivated to become leaders in the field of academia. The Master’s of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) program is offered year-round as a 20-month program with accessible classes that meet only one night a week. At Jessup, the M.A.Ed. program aims to create self-motivated leaders who can communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and affect change within the broadest context of a transformative higher education community. The objective of the program is to produce graduates who know how to effectively lead change in their chosen field and understand how to conduct and connect educational research to practice. Learning outcomes include the ability to: Make information comprehensible to others Assess learning Engage and support others in the learning process Plan and design learning experiences Create and maintain effective learning environments Serve as a scholar-practitioner Serve as a leader educator with character The M.A.Ed. program at Jessup can be completed in as few as 20 months! Classes are offered year-round, and take place one night a week. The total required 32 units can be completed in as few as 5 semesters. Jessup’s professional and experienced faculty are invested in students’ success, challenging and supporting students each step of the way. Courses focus on the foundations of education, academically, culturally, and psychologically; the development of curriculum; instructional leadership; and being a leader-educator in the global community. Research methods, data analysis and statistics are also covered. The program culminates in the Thesis course, an opportunity for students to bring together everything they have learned in the course of the program. The M.A.Ed. program cultivates individuals to be leaders in education, serving in academic institutions such as schools and universities, but also in the organizations, associations, foundations, corporations, and government agencies that constitute the broader education landscape. Some graduates of the M.A.Ed. continue into Doctoral programs, while others enter into careers in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Education Policy Development, Corporate Training and Consulting, Career Counseling, and Research and Development. Many graduates of Jessup’s M.A.Ed. program continue on into leadership roles in elementary, middle, high school, and post-secondary education. If you aspire to become a leader in education, but desire to work directly with others as an instructor, a Master’s of Arts in Teaching could be…

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Who is the Best CEO in America? Jessup Partner Pat Gelsinger of VMWare.

Longtime William Jessup University partner, donor, and friend Pat Gelsinger was just named Best CEO in America by Bloomberg. Check out the article here. Bloomberg's Best CEO rankings were facilitated through an annual survey conducted by the employment ranking website Glassdoor. Patrick Gelsinger, the chief executive officer of Silicon Valley software maker VMware Inc., came out as the best CEO of any company in the United States. While Bloomberg reported the results and Glassdoor facilitated the survey, this honor was effectively bestowed on Mr. Gelsinger by the employees of VMWare itself. Gelsinger, who has been a longtime partner, supporter and friend of William Jessup University, has spent the last seven years serving as CEO of the Palo Alto, California-based company VMware, which specializes in virtualization software. Worth noting, this is not Gelsinger's first time making the list of top 100 CEO's in America.

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Juggling School and Work: How you can earn your degree while keeping your current job

Would you like to get the education you need to start a new career or progress in your current field? If you are considering going to school to earn your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, but you’re not sure you can afford to stop working in your current job while you study, then it’s time to consider William Jessup University! At Jessup, you can earn your degree in Business, Healthcare Administration, Psychology, or Christian Leadership - among other choices- while continuing to work at your current job. Read on to learn more about Jessup, and how you can earn your degree without quitting your day job. Earning your degree is a great choice for your future. At Jessup, thousands of students just like you have earned their degrees and continued on to pursue fulfilling careers. Why not you? If you are concerned about your ability to juggle both school and work then let us assure you - You can do it! Many students at Jessup juggle their schooling with part- or full-time jobs; many of our students manage to fit their studies alongside their family and caregiving responsibilities as well. With online courses and programs, and a robust academic support system, you can find success at Jessup as well. At Jessup, we know our students are busy people, and we have designed our programs to be accessible. Over the last few years, WJU has made a concerted effort to better serve our students through online course and program offerings. We are proud of the quality and selection of our online programs. Jessup offers both undergrad and graduate programs online. Bachelor degree programs include Healthcare Administration, Criminal Justice, and Computer Science, Psychology, and Business. Master’s degree programs include Christian Ministry Leadership, Sports Management, and Kinesiology. Jessup also offers a completely online MBA program! With Jessup’s online programs, even the busiest of students can earn their degree while working or taking care of a family. To learn more, visit https://online.jessup.edu. At William Jessup University, we pride ourselves in providing the highest level of support to students each and every day. At Jessup, you’ll be known by name, and your academic and professional goals will be embraced by our professional faculty and support staff. We will be with you every step of the way as you work to fulfill your dream of a successful and promising future in a great career. From the first time you call, our friendly and helpful admissions staff will be by your side. Admissions Representatives will answer your questions about our school and our programs and will help you begin and complete the admissions process. Not sure which course of study to pursue? Our admissions reps are experts at guiding potential students towards deciding which career path is right for them. Ready to get started? Call 855-WJU-GRAD today! At WJU, student support extends much further than the admissions process, and as a Jessup student, you will have access to a vast breadth of resources. Our students are very important…

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Why Choose Jessup? Top 5 Reasons

Are you looking for a change? Are you interested in pursuing further education so you can enter into a more rewarding profession? If you are ready to take the next step towards a better life, maybe it’s time to consider William Jessup University. For 80 years, Jessup has been providing quality, Christ-centered education to students in Northern California. Whether you are interested in a career in Business, Healthcare, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Psychology, or something else, Jessup has a program for you! Read on to learn the top five reasons why you should choose William Jessup University. 1. Jessup has the program for you! William Jessup University offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students interested in pursuing Bachelor or Master’s degrees. Jessup offers a wide range of programs for students interested in careers from Business, Computer Science, Healthcare, and more. If your interest lies in Education, Counseling Psychology or Criminal Justice, Jessup has excellent programs for you too. For a complete list of undergraduate programs, visit the Undergrad Academics page; for graduate programs, visit the Graduate Academics page. Already began your studies at another school? Jessup offers Adult Degree Completion - Bachelor degree programs specifically tailored to adult learners who have already completed some of the degree requirements. Program choices include Business, Psychology, and Criminal Justice, among others. For more information, visit the ADC programs page. 2. Jessup offers small class sizes, individualized instruction, and experienced faculty. At William Jessup University, we pride ourselves on the quality of our faculty. At Jessup, every course is taught by talented industry professionals with years of experience in their field. Jessup’s instructors are passionate about their field and experienced in their profession. Jessup students benefit from their teacher’s real-world expertise and with small class sizes, every student benefits from individualized, one-on-one attention and support. At WJU, that support doesn’t end at the classroom door. Jessup offers a close, caring community, where students, teachers, and administrative staff help and support each other so that the students’ experience is as rewarding and fulfilling as possible. To learn more about the wide range of services Jessup offers our students, visit our website here. 3. Jessup offers online courses and programs. We know our students are busy people - many of you juggle school with part-time or even full-time jobs, others balance school with family and caretaking responsibilities. That’s why Jessup has designed an extensive selection of completely online programs, so you can receive a quality, Christ-centered education from the convenience of home - or wherever you may be! Offering maximum flexibility, Jessup’s online programs are designed with our busy students’ needs in mind. Jessup offers both undergrad and graduate programs online. Bachelor degree programs include Healthcare Administration, Criminal Justice, and Computer Science, Psychology, and Business. Master’s degree programs include Christian Ministry Leadership, Sports Management, and Kinesiology. Jessup also offers a completely online MBA program! To learn more, visit https://online.jessup.edu. 4. Jessup is an accredited institution. If you are going to spend your hard-earned money,…

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Jessup Theatre Nominated for the Elly’s!

"William Jessup University Theatre has garnered an astounding 10 nominations between both productions of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and TREASURE ISLAND for the upcoming 37th annual Elly Award Ceremony. Jessup Theatre has always performed well at these local theatre awards hosted by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. Last year, Jessup Theatre won 11 Elly awards which made up 1/3 of the total awards granted (9 of 12 awards given in the “Musical” Category alone). Jessup Theatre began submitting to the Elly award judges and committee in 2016 and thus far have reaped well over 40 nominations in the past 3 years as well as 17 Elly’s granted. This upcoming award season is looking promising once again for WJU. The fact that close to 90% of our theatre graduates are working in the professional theatre industry or a related field as well as our continued success in the Elly awards are proof that our program is producing quality actors and professional caliber productions. If you wish to go to the award ceremony, it will be held at The Center at 2300 in Sacramento on September 22, beginning at 7pm."

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Educational Benefits for Veterans: How you can use your GI Bill Benefits at William Jessup University

If you have served in the military, Thank You! At William Jessup University, we are thankful to you for serving our country and therefore want to serve you. We understand that completing your studies and transitioning to a career after serving in the military can be difficult. At Jessup, we take part in programs that help current active-duty military members and Veterans pursue their educational and professional goals. We offer many benefits and advantages to Veterans, and we are a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Jessup also offers the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship. If you are unsure of your benefits and how to receive them, call us at (855) WJU-GRAD, or read on to learn more!  What Types of College Military Benefits Are Available to Me? Not sure how to get started? Visit the official VA site to explore your options. There are various types of bills that the federal government offers in support of active military and veterans. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is a helpful way to determine which educational programs are available to you and allows you to compare benefits by the school. Qualifications and conditions for military benefits vary, but you don’t need to figure any of this out alone. At William Jessup University, we have dedicated Military Finance Specialists to assist you in identifying and applying to use your VA benefits. Call us at (855) WJU-GRAD at any time for help. Why Choose WJU for Using Your Military Benefits? You’ve worked hard for your military career, and there is no better way to build on your experience than to find a profession that challenges you and keeps you motivated. At WJU, we are proud of our many students who have served in the military. These Veterans come to us for their education because Jessup offers comprehensive benefits and complete support for military students.  Jessup has been rated the #2 Best College for Veterans by U.S. News and was also awarded a top 5 spot in the Best Value category. Rated the #2 Best College in Regional Colleges West, Jessup is an overall excellent choice for any student looking for a Christ-centered quality education in Northern California.  William Jessup University is also a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program. If you are a military veteran at the 100-percent benefit level, the Yellow Ribbon program will cover most, if not all, of your tuition and fees. For Veteran students who have exhausted all of their military benefits, Jessup offers tuition discounts of  $250 per credit hour for active-duty members and $335 per credit hour for Veterans. Additionally, eligible Jessup students may apply for the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship. This scholarship provides current and Veteran women soldiers and their lineal descendants grants in order to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. Eligible students may receive up to $2,500 per year.  At Jessup, we understand many of our military and Veteran students need or prefer flexible scheduling options, and so Jessup…

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Benefits of Studying Online: Earning your Degree Online, with William Jessup University

Are you considering going back to school to earn your Bachelor’s degree? Are you concerned that you do not have the time, or the resources, to dedicate to returning to school? Maybe it’s time to consider earning your degree online! With William Jessup University, you can study online, at your own pace, without quitting your day job or neglecting your other responsibilities.  Studying online instead of in the classroom has its perks, including flexibility and an accelerated format. Studying online also provides a great opportunity for students who are too far away to get the education they deserve at an affordable price. Jessup’s online degree programs are thoughtfully designed with students such as these in mind. With Jessup’s online programs, distance learners can establish their purpose and reach their professional goals.  Just like our brick-and-mortar campuses, Jessup’s online programs are rooted in a liberal arts education and a faith-based environment with individualized academic support. With online studies, students are not face-to-face with the professor or other classmates, but there are still numerous and continual opportunities for interaction. Professors are available to answer students’ questions and help as they work through different tasks. Students are also able to participate in class discussions with fellow classmates, allowing for vital opportunities to share ideas and information. Even as you study at your own pace, you will still be able to enjoy the benefits of a cohort-model and personalized support from professional faculty.   An additional benefit of online learning is an accelerated format. While on-campus courses take 14 weeks to complete, online courses will only take 7 weeks to complete. With online courses, you will be able to complete your coursework on your own schedule. You can study during your free time—as long as you have access to a computer and an internet connection. We know our students are busy people, and that’s why we have designed our online courses with this flexibility at the forefront.  Online Jessup students also have access to many of Jessup’s student resources, such as tutoring, the learning center and our library resources to assist with studies. Students enrolled in online programs enjoy access to: The Paul Nystrom Library, with hundreds of thousands of books, journals, and audiovisual materials  The Success Center, to help you receive the academic assistance you need to succeed Online tutoring sessions Online connections with the Career Planning department Online meetings with Writing Center staff Online programs at Jessup are designed to prepare students for successful careers in which they can affect real change. Jessup offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science, Healthcare Administration, Psychology and Business, and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology, Leadership, and Business. For more information or to see a complete listing of online programs and degrees offered at WJU, visit, https://online.jessup.edu/online-degrees/.  If you are ready to take the next step towards pursuing your education with online studies, then give Jessup a call at (855) WJU-GRAD. At Jessup, we can prepare you to serve your community and better…

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Career Tips from Jessup’s Career and Life Planning

Career Tip #1: In a recent article published by Merrill Edge, the author outlines some of life's most important ways to 'adult' when it comes to your first professional position. Many recent graduates say that they wish they had learned the basics of financial stewardship and debt management while still in school, as they were surprised by all the ways money could make or break their early success in life. Some quick tips in the article include: Get out from under debt Budget against your take-home pay Start building a cash reserve Understand health insurance, disability, and life insurance See if your employer sponsors a retirement savings plan Consider an individual retirement account Jessup partners with CashCourse to assist students and alumni with understanding how to make informed financial choices and start taking charge of their money. This is a free resource and we strongly encourage early adoption of financial fitness habits for lifelong success and biblical stewardship! Career Tip #2: Regularly update your resume and LinkedIn profile Have you recently taken a new class, joined a professional association, earned a certificate, learned a new tech platform or other industry-specific skill? Make sure you UPDATE your resume and LinkedIn profile each time you do! You might not be searching for new opportunities now, but you will be glad you updated these tools along the way if you want to be in a 'ready' position for what might come along! Career Tip #3: Making College Count: What Matters Most to Employers Year over year, studies say the things that matter MOST to hiring employers when they consider candidates recently out of college have nothing to do with what the student did in the classroom. So what are the most important things a student can be doing while in college to ensure they are considered for entry-level professional positions? Internships Employment during college College major Volunteer experience Extracurricular activities Relevance of coursework College GPA College reputation Four out of the top five things that hiring employers find valuable have little to do with what takes place academically. They value the experiences that are learned outside of the classroom, because these are where they know students will learn soft skills/professional competencies, such as Critical Thinking, Oral/Written Communication, Collaboration/Teamwork, Leadership, Digital Technology, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Career Management and Global/Intercultural Fluency (as defined by NACE). Jessup takes these findings seriously and requires academic internships in most majors. We also have added Career Exploration, Professional Competencies, and Career Readiness to our course offerings to offer students practical ways to engage their interests and major in a career area that is unique to each student. Those students who participate in Career & Life Planning activities and courses throughout their time at Jessup have experienced great success in launching well right out of college.

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Jessup Named 7th Best Online College in California 

Value Colleges (valuecolleges.com) recently named Jessup the 7th Best Online College in California for 2020. Value Colleges is an online resource that helps college-bound students choose financially responsible college paths. In addition to providing a library of resources related to college costs and benefits, they actively research and rank colleges based on value and affordability. We are proud of this designation and what it means for working adults, recent high school graduates, single parents, members of the armed services, and anyone looking to further their education or make a career change. An online degree is a non-traditional approach to education that helps graduates distinguish themselves in the competitive job market. Jessup currently offers seven affordable online BA/BS, MA/MS, and MBA degree programs. Our online students can learn at their own pace, network with professors and peers across the country, and start building successful and meaningful career paths. Jessup also accepts transfer credits, offers scholarship opportunities, and provides military discounts. With so many online learning benefits, it’s worth checking out for yourself. For more information, visit https://online.jessup.edu/.

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Become a Pilot at William Jessup University in Northern California

Do you know about projected airline pilot shortage? The Bureau of Labor Statistics year job outlook for U.S. pilots is expected to grow to 129,200 by 2026. Additionally, the global market for commercial pilots looks very bright as well. What are the factors contributing to the current and future shortage of commercial pilots? International market – Growth and need for pilots overseas will be robust primarily due to growing economies. The job projection (to 2036) for pilots worldwide is 637,000 jobs (Boeing and Airbus projections). Airlines in the Asian Pacific Region, and some in the Middle East will continue to recruit pilots from Europe and the U.S. Mandatory Retirement – An estimated 42% of current U.S. pilots will retire within by 2026, mostly due to mandatory retirement age of 65. This factor is creating a large pilot shortfall in the U.S. for the commercial industry. U.S. Military – Historically a source for trained and experienced pilot for commercial airlines. However, over the past decade, the military has produced fewer pilots due to downsizing and the increasing use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Supply &Demand - While the biggest needs will be in the major airlines for well- seasoned pilots, there will be a ripple effect down to regional and commercial pilots in effort to fill vacancies. Economies are growing, airline fleet numbers are expanding, at the current rate of pilots entering the profession, there will not be enough pilots to fill job openings.

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6 Reasons You Should Get Your Degree Online

Did you know Jessup offers online programs and degrees? These are the same accredited programs you’d receive in a traditional classroom but without the physical classroom! While some online programs only offer a limited number of degree options, we offer seven undergraduate and graduate degrees. And we’re adding to this list all the time! The idea of getting an entire degree online may sound intimidating, complicated, and confusing. But, it’s really much easier than you think. Whether you’re trying to complete a degree you started years ago, a recent high school graduate, working adult, single parent, or member of the armed services, check out some of the benefits and advantages of getting an online education at Jessup. Flexible: This is the most obvious benefit of online education. You can keep your current job while taking classes, attend classes from virtually anywhere, and complete your coursework on your schedule. You’ll get the same award winning Jessup education online as you would in a classroom. Affordable: Jessup offers affordable tuition with a generous credit transfer policy. We also offer various federal and state financial aid options and discounts for members of the armed services. Shorter classes: Online courses at Jessup are only seven weeks as opposed to 14 weeks for on-campus courses. This means it takes less time to get your degree. We also offer six start dates for all our programs so you can begin when it’s most convenient for you. Faith-based: All our online programs are taught within a faith-based community. Our students are encouraged to critically think about how Christians engage with the world. Access to Resources: To assist in your studies, Jessup’s online students have access to tutoring sessions, the Writing Resource Center, and the campus library. Classroom and Professor Interaction: Jessup’s award-winning professors are available to answer your questions and help you with difficult assignments. Chat forums and live online discussions with classmates also help you gather ideas and information. In addition to the benefits listed above, there are other advantages worth considering. As an online student, you can work and take exams in an environment best suited for your learning style. You’ll also save money on gas and car maintenance because you won’t be driving to and from campus. Additionally, you’ll have 24/7 access to videos, course materials, and podcasts. Learn at your own pace, develop self-discipline, and network with peers across the nation and the world! Serve your community in a meaningful career by studying online at Jessup. For more information about our online programs and degrees, visit https://online.jessup.edu/

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8 Ways to Succeed in Online Learning

Enrolling in online college courses is easier than ever. Studying from the comfort of your home, office, or favorite local coffee shop is just one of the Reasons You Should Get Your Degree Online. With anything new, there’s always a learning curve. Online learning is no exception. But don’t let the challenges deter you from achieving your goals. Here are eight surefire ways that will help you succeed in online learning. Set Goals: It’s important to have an end goal as well as small milestone goals along the way. Did you go back to school to make a better life for yourself? Your family? Are you pursuing a dream or a new direction? Whatever the reason, don’t forget to remind yourself of your goals often. Goals will help you stay focused and motivated when classes are challenging or life gets busy. Treat your classes and studying like a job: It takes discipline and dedication to sit down and work. Whether it’s a lecture, group discussion, or paper, treat your courses the same way you would a traditional, in-person class or job. In order to succeed, you need to show up, work hard, and stay focused. Remember you’re paying for these classes and you want to get the most out of them. Manage your time: Time management comes easy for some people while others struggle to stick to a schedule. At a minimum, keep a calendar and maintain a basic schedule. This will ensure your work is completed on time. Don’t discount the amount of work you’ll have to do. Breaking down tasks and creating study plans are other excellent strategies for success. Create an Ideal Workspace: Everyone works and studies a little different. Think about how you work best. Are you a morning or a night person? Do you prefer studying at home or in a coffee shop or a library? Taking online classes means you can create an environment suited perfectly for you. Eliminate Distractions: Whether it’s your phone, social media, roommates, or Netflix, distractions are everywhere! You know what distracts you most. Eliminating distractions might mean you turn off your phone or sign out of your social media accounts. Do whatever it takes to eliminate distractions and create a workspace conducive to learning. Know your Technology: Success in an online class starts with getting to know the technology. You will be participating in online forums, sending emails, researching, searching databases, and possibly presenting or participating in live classes. You don’t have to be a tech genius to take online classes but you do need to know how to navigate the web and use the computer programs associated with your classes. This might go without saying, but it’s critical you also have a reliable internet source so you don’t risk losing information or accidentally disconnecting from a class or chat. It’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with the school’s technical support as well. Participate: A common misconception is thinking you can take an online class without talking…

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Jessup’s MBA Students Land in Top 1% in Business Simulation Challenge

Every semester, Jessup’s MBA students participate in a hands-on business simulation called CAPSIM (capsim.com). Students work together in teams and compete against approximately 1500 other teams from top business schools across the nation including Stanford and Penn State. In this simulation, students become executive management at a fictional multi-million dollar company where they analyze, formulate, and execute key decisions across R&D, marketing, production, and finance. Students grow their business and compete against other teams for market share. Through this experiential learning tool, students work through “real-world” scenarios and learn how to integrate classroom knowledge into the business world. In any given semester, Jessup’s MBA students finish in the top 10 percent. In Summer 2019, two teams finished in the top 96 percent and 97 percent and our Fall 2019 team placed in the top one percent. This was a huge honor and helped validate Jessup’s MBA program. The CAPSIM simulation is just one way Jessup’s School of Business prepares students for jobs in the workforce. While Jessup uses the same MBA curriculum as many other top-rated business schools, it’s the instructors’ real-world experiences that set the program apart from the rest. Jessup hires faculty with extensive field experience while other colleges often hire professors with limited work experience. Textbooks lag when it comes to current business trends but our faculty has industry-depth knowledge and understands current best practices. They bring decades of knowledge from their experience at large companies like Intel and HP.  “True success is seeing students find jobs at top companies around the world. It’s our goal to help Jessup grads land great jobs,” says Stephen Strombeck, Dean of the School of Business. Classroom projects, activities, cases, and real-world experience are other ways Jessup’s business school helps set students up for success. 

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Go Finish that College Degree

We’ve all had “what if” moments in our lives, especially when it comes to finishing our college degree. “What ifs” keep us up at night. They hinder progress and prevent us from following our dreams and achieving lifelong goals. But “what if” completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree on your time and schedule was possible? Wouldn’t it be worth checking out?  While completing a bachelor’s degree might seem like a lofty goal, it’s much more attainable than you may think. At Jessup, we want you to succeed. That’s why we develop adult completion programs specifically designed for success. Jessup offers both on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Through our adult degree completion program, you’ll work with experienced instructors who will help you develop a schedule and choose courses unique to your individual needs and goals. Students enrolled in Jessup’s adult degree completion programs have opportunities to network with colleagues and professionals in their areas of interest. They’ll earn degrees built on high academic standards and biblical principles.  Many prospective adult degree completion students have some questions about Jessup’s onsite and online degree programs. Is an adult degree completion different than a standard bachelor’s degree? Can I take all my classes online? Before you begin the application process, we recommend attending one of our informational sessions. Learn more at https://jessup.edu/academics/majors-programs/adult-degree-completion/. In these informational sessions, you’ll hear how our flexible adult completion programs can fit your schedule and learn about available scholarships, grants, and financial aid. We also invite current students to talk about our online degree programs and how they balance school and work. If you’re nervous about going back to college or would like to learn more about our onsite and online degree programs, check out our adult degree completion page.  Going back to school and completing your college degree is a personal and life-changing decision. Whether you’re hoping to start a new career, advance in your current position, or finally finish a degree you started years ago, Jessup has a degree completion program that’s right for you. 

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What can you do with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology?

Choosing a career path can daunting for many college graduate students, especially when their chosen program has a wide variety of job options. This is especially true for students in Jessup’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program.  Although Jessup’s MACP program is designed to meet California’s state requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licenses, it also prepares students for many types of professions. Students in our MACP program are not tied to one path; they have dozens of mainstream and even some out-of-the-box options. In the next blog, we’ll highlight some non-traditional career paths for MACP graduates. Some of the mainstream careers include: Marriage and family counseling: A marriage and family counselor helps couples and families resolve interpersonal issues. Counselors work in individual and group settings to achieve predetermined goals and help families become healthy. Some of these issues include: Communication Intimacy Financial Parenting and relationships with children Mental health counseling: A mental health counselor helps clients manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders. By asking questions, they help clients understand the root of their problems and give them coping strategies that will improve their day-to-day lives. A mental health counselor may work in a hospital, private practice, college, or substance abuse treatment center. Mental health counselors have a variety of tasks including: Helping clients process and manage emotional responses to life changes Diagnosing, managing and treating mental and emotional disorders Bonding with clients and giving them a place to feel safe to share their emotions and experiences Helping clients find support groups and treatment facilities that provide additional aid and relief School counseling: A school counselor helps students manage their behavior and emotional health. While the needs of each school or district vary, most school counselors do the following: Help students identify academic and career goals Work on effective study habits Collaborate with teachers and parents to help students succeed Educate students about bullying, drug abuse, and college preparation Look for cases of neglect and abuse Provide parents with outside resources and additional support Jessup’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program not only focuses on education, training, and skills, the program also helps students develop character and integrity. When a Jessup student receives a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, they are prepared and qualified for whatever path they choose. 

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Unconventional Career Paths for MACP Graduates

While marriage and family counseling, school counseling, and general clinical counseling might seem like obvious career paths for Jessup’s Master in Counseling Psychology (MACP) graduates, there are many unconventional career paths for masters in counseling graduates. Nearly every industry could use someone with a counseling background and unique psychology insight. Here are just a few outside-the-box career ideas for counseling graduates:  Pastoral counseling This unique form of counseling involves caring for the sick and walking through difficult times with those in and out of the church community. It also means empowering people to live the life God designed for them and remembering God’s grace in all circumstances. Pastoral counseling incorporates faith, spirituality, and theology into its model and guides people through prayer and scripture. Community and Social Services Graduates in these positions work with community members to identify and address public needs. Sometimes they manage budgets and fundraising, but many Masters in Counseling Psychology graduates work in shelters, hospitals, camps, and churches. In these settings, they work with people to help improve their quality of life.   Correctional facility psychologist Some Masters in Counseling Psychology graduates find jobs in correctional facilities. A correctional facility psychologist may conduct therapy sessions and assessments. This type of job typically pays well because it can be stressful and dangerous but many people thrive in this type of environment.  Teacher Teaching is another out-of-the-box career path for Jessup’s counseling psychology graduates. Many smaller colleges, technical schools, and community colleges hire graduates with a master’s degree. Many high schools offer psychology courses taught by masters in counseling psychology graduates.  Online teaching is another avenue for a counseling graduate. Nearly every college in the United States (including Jessup) offers online courses. As adjunct professors, counseling graduates can work part-time and continue pursuing alternate career paths.  Crisis hotlines Crisis hotline organizations benefit from having counseling graduates on staff. Skilled counselors have extensive knowledge about suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, and other psychological needs.  Doctoral preparation A master’s in counseling psychology graduate also has the option to continue their education and get their PsyD or PhD. A PhD is research-focused and a PsyD is clinically-focused. If a student is interested in teaching at a university, they can also get a doctorate in counseling. Although most people who graduate with a master’s degree in counseling psychology pursue careers in counseling, there are many out-of-the-box opportunities that help individuals and society. If the perfect counseling position doesn’t materialize or a counseling career isn’t the best fit, there are many other jobs for counseling graduates. With a little bit of research, a master’s in counseling psychology graduate might discover psychology-related work that not only benefits others but helps them become a well-rounded professional.

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Will a College Degree Really Help Me Get a Better Job?

Are you satisfied with your current job? Do you have nagging “what if” thoughts about going back to college?  You’re not alone.  Many adults wonder if completing their bachelor’s degree might help them get a better job, become more financially stable, or have a better work/life balance.  While more income is ideal, a “better job” doesn’t always equate to salary. It might mean more flexibility, added responsibility, more respect, work-from-home opportunities, or whatever gives you added personal satisfaction. Sometimes It’s hard to determine if the benefits of a college degree outweigh the time, commitment, and monetary costs of going back to school. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind if you’re considering going back to college and getting your degree. Income The opportunity for a higher salary is an obvious benefit of getting a college degree. Here are a few statistics: A person who holds a bachelor’s degree: Is twice as likely to be employed as a peer with only a high school diploma.1 On average, will make $1 million in additional earnings over their lifetime.1 Earns about $32,000 more each year than someone with a high school diploma.2  Career path opportunities Many high school graduates work in the service industry because it typically doesn’t require a degree. The service industry tends to be less flexible and have lower-paying jobs that don’t offer as many advancement opportunities. A college degree opens the door to many different career opportunities and advancement.  Personal development While a better job may bring a new sense of satisfaction, getting a college degree also helps your personal development. A college education helps you think analytically, communicate ideas, and understand complex subjects. Organizational skills and self-discipline are also critical life skills that help in your personal and professional life.  Stepping stone to an advanced degree If your dream job requires an advanced degree, a bachelor’s degree is the first step. Careers that call for an advanced degree include nursing, physical therapy, and social work, among others. Networking Colleges are great places to network. You can network with fellow students, professors, and other experts in your field of interest. Networking gives you a chance to ask questions, learn more about different careers, and might even connect you to that dream job.  People are happier when they’re doing something they love. This is true in a career and life.  There are even studies that suggest that those who attend college live seven years longer than those with only a high school education.2  If you feel drawn to a certain career or you’re looking for a job that will give you more flexibility, movement, or satisfaction, it’s up to you to create the path to that career. Ultimately, going back to college and finishing your degree is a personal decision only you can answer.  To learn more, check out Jessup’s adult degree completion program page.  Click here to request more information about the program. Abel and Deitz, “Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs,” Current Issues in…

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Marketing in the Real World

Jessup students in Professor Scott Alvord’s upper-division marketing classes learn how marketing aspects apply to everything from small businesses to major corporations.  His 2018 and 2019 marketing classes had a number of opportunities to take these theoretical concepts and apply them in the real world.  Marketing for the Ballet The CEO of the Sacramento Ballet approached Professor Alvord and his Fall 2018 marketing class with a unique opportunity. For many years, a well-known marketing firm handled the Sacramento Ballet’s marketing campaigns. When costs became too high, the CEO of the ballet asked Professor Alvord and his class to manage the marketing for their $1.1 million production of The Nutcracker. After a formal interview with the CEO and a board member, the class was given their marketing budget. The marketing plan included designing three intricate target avatars which were essentially psychological profiles of their target audience. They analyzed each avatar’s fears, struggles, and hopes about this performance.  They developed posters, postcards, and a highly-effective social media campaign. By applying their classroom knowledge to this marketing campaign, the class broke previous sales records for this performance.   BerryFest Campaign Professor Alvord’s Spring 2019 class repeated this success for the BerryFest, the largest Mother’s Day weekend event on the west coast. They designed posters and social media videos that reached 70,000 people with over 425,000 impressions. This campaign brought thousands to the ticket sales page of the website.  Increasing Traffic to Chamber's Website His Fall 2019 class helped the Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce draw traffic to their website. They targeted 4,000 local business owners and created postcards with carefully-selected images and phrases. They also gained a quarter of a million impressions, reached 40,000 people, and brought thousands of clicks to the chamber’s website through creative social media videos. While Professor Alvord’s classes give students a theoretical understanding of marketing concepts, it’s this knowledge coupled with unique and one-of-a-kind experiences that help prepare Jessup’s upper-division marketing students for their future marketing careers.  

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Deep Thinking with a Biblical Perspective

Every February, the Faculty of Theology hosts its annual Spring Lecture Series, featuring some of the leading thinkers of our day. Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Ph.D. founded the series in Spring 2013 to give students, faculty, and the wider Sacramento community the opportunity to listen, learn, and dialogue about topics related to biblical and theological studies.  The annual theme is decided based on cultural trends and how they relate to the current biblical landscape. The Faculty of Theology examines topics related to the Old Testament, New Testament, ethics, biblical archaeology and more. Over the past seven years, distinguished lecturers have included: Dr. Reggie Williams, Dr. Jodi Magness, Dr. Greg Boyd, Dr. N.T. Wright, Dr. Miroslav Volf, and Dr. Aren Maeir.  “The goal of this series is to encourage deep thinking about biblical topics and cultural challenges,” says Shafer-Elliott.  More than 300 people attend this event each year. It’s an opportunity to create and circulate knowledge between Jessup and the public sectors. The series encourages intelligent conversation and makes it accessible to a wider audience.  “We like to think of this series as a meeting place for the sharing of ideas and discussion. We encourage each other to stretch, grow and examine different perspectives,” says Shafer-Elliott.  This year, the Faculty of Theology welcomes Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewall to Jessup. Her presentation, Women in Leadership and Marriage: A Fresh Approach to Old Questions, will explore kingdom themes that redefine and reshape the conversation about women in leadership, ministry, and family. For more details or to register for this event, visit attend.com/jessuptheology.

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A Degree for the Digital Age

In the ever-evolving digital world, it can be intimidating for a university’s communication department to stay relevant and keep up with the accelerating pace of change. That’s not the case for Jessup’s Digital Communication and Design program. “We’ve put together a fantastically multi-purpose degree,” says Paul Robins, lead faculty of the department. “Our department was built in the digital age for the digital age.” Unlike a traditional university’s communication degree that may add a digital component or modify its curriculum to stay relevant, Jessup’s Digital Communication & Design program is built around technology. It’s not an afterthought. By intersecting creative content and contemporary media channels, students are learning how to reach the world one keystroke at a time.  The program incorporates key classes from Jessup’s Business and Visual and Fine Arts departments, offering students an original, contemporary degree. Students analyze core subjects with a Christian worldview filter while utilizing the technical language of our culture. As the only Christ-centered digital communication and design program in Northern California, the opportunities for growth are limitless. Students in the program have the distinct advantage of collaborating in small, specialized groups with direct access to industry experts. They examine the ways technology impacts sharing their faith and how to use communication tools to help redeem world culture. A newly formed, student-led social media team is launching this month and new media and digital communication classes help keep the content fresh and relevant. The department also has plans to send journalism students to Kings College in New York City. They will take classes at the college while working as interns for a major NYC news organization. Graduates of Jessup’s Digital Communication and Design program have a unique set of skills that make them valuable assets to virtually any industry. Robins anticipates great things from his inaugural class. “We have a wonderful core of motivated, fun, sharp, young people who are building this department with me,” says Robins.  As they uncover their God-given abilities and utilize their newly acquired knowledge, Jessup’s Digital Communication and Design students will be prepared to join a marketing firm, enter the high-paced journalism field, manage the creative department of a church, or build their brand. “I refuse to limit their careers to any category,” says Robins. “You can’t rule out any career path God might put in front of you.” For more information about Jessup's Digital Communication and Design program, click here.

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Excellence on the Course and in the Classroom

We are proud of our student-athletes and their dedication to their sport and their academics. Balancing a full class load with a rigorous sports schedule takes determination, commitment, and exceptional time management skills. “With the added requirements of a sport on top of the already very busy life of a college student, student-athletes really understand the importance of prioritizing their academics so they can then also be successful athletically,” says Jeff Magley, Jessup’s cross country coach. “As a coaching staff, we want a team culture that takes just as much pride in our academic accomplishments as we do in our athletic accomplishments.” Jessup’s men’s and women’s cross country teams have a lot to celebrate this year. In addition to a successful cross country season, they were both awarded USTFCCCA NAIA All-Academic Team awards. These awards are given to teams with an overall 3.0 GPA or higher. The women’s team ranked number one on the list with an overall GPA of 3.84. The women’s team also had the fourth-best GPA in all divisions - NCAA 1, 2, 3, and NAIA. “This a tremendous honor for both our men's and women's cross country teams to be recognized among the best in the country for their academic achievements,” says Coach Magley. “For our women's team to have the highest team GPA of any program in the NAIA across the country is a great testament to a total team effort, as every lady on the team committed to a pre-season academic goal that they set for themselves.” This is the second year in a row for both the men’s and women’s teams to receive this high honor. Additionally, Bailey Cossentine, one of Jessup’s women’s cross country athletes earned the designation of Academic All-American for the second year in a row because she not only earned a high GPA but qualified for the NAIA Cross Country Championship in Vancouver, Washington. “Our student-athletes have a very strong innate drive and motivation to be the best they can not only on the course and track but in the classroom and I think that shows in their results,” says Magley. Learn more about Jessup's Women's Cross Country Team at  jessupathletics.com.  

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A Match Made at Preview Day

Freshman Alyssa Flores dreamed of attending a Christian college where she could get involved in a theater and music program. She was encouraged to check out Jessup after a friend from church recommended it. “I came to a Preview Day and thought, ‘Wow, I really like it here,’” said Flores. “They really want us to feel community and that’s what I’m about. I wanted to fellowship with people, build up my spiritual life, and grow as a whole in the right place,” said Flores.  During her visit, she happened to pass the Digital Communication & Design program information table. She loved digital media and was excited Jessup offered this program. She was introduced to Paul Robins, the program’s lead faculty. He told her about the major and how he built the program around technology, intersecting contemporary media channels and creative content to create a unique way for students to reach the world. He explained each of the program’s concentrations - media, design, and journalism, and the potential career paths for graduates.   Ultimately, Flores chose Jessup and the Digital Communication & Design major with the media concentration. “Jessup was the last school I applied for and the first one I got into,” said Flores. “It had everything I was interested in. And the community. I love it! Everyone is just so nice.” It didn’t take long for Flores to jump right in. She helps Jessup’s marketing department with their social media and she’s also a founding member of her department’s digital communication marketing team. This team is getting ready to launch their own Instagram and Facebook pages. “We all have different roles and we’re actually doing what we’re learning,” says Flores. “Being part of the marketing team has given me the opportunity to not only gain experience but learn what it’s like to help other companies build and grow. I’m just learning a lot from it.” When she graduates, Flores hopes to work in a marketing department or somewhere she can be creative and expressive. Flores loves the freedom and creativity of the program. She credits Robins for building her confidence and helping her develop a vision for her future. “It’s just so fun when you have a teacher that’s really rooting for you,” says Flores. “You just want to do your best because he wants the best for you.” For more information about Jessup’s Digital Communication & Design program, visit their program page.

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Protecting the Environment through Hands-On Science

Jessup students have the unique privilege of working alongside scientists and scholars through Jessup’s Institute of Biodiversity and the Environment (IBE). This interdisciplinary community of scholars and scientists study and help protect biodiversity locally, regionally, and across the world. Thanks to the diligent efforts and teamwork between Jessup’s Chair of the IBE, Associate Professor Dr. Michael McGrann, and Placer County Supervisor, and IBE Advisory Board member, Robert Weygandt, the IBE was recently awarded $18,000 in grants and donations from several private foundations in the local community including the Placer Community Foundation, United Auburn Indian Community, and two other anonymous donors. An additional $18,000 match from Placer County is also forthcoming amounting to a total of $36,000 for this project. These donations and grants will be used to support IBE’s research that will help to restore the steelhead and chinook salmon populations in west Placer County’s Racoon Creek, Doty Creek, and Auburn Ravine. The money from these grants and donations will go towards equipment and compensating IBE scientists and Jessup’s undergraduate student research assistants. The IBE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Placer County to do research that helps the Placer County Conservation Program (PCCP) make informed decisions that conserve our local environment. The PCCP guides and facilitates economic development while at the same time conserving Placer County’s open spaces, ecosystems, and species of conservation concern (such as steelhead and chinook salmon). This project will begin mid-March and run through June and it is anticipated that the project will occur annually. “We hope this will be an annual monitoring and research program,” says Dr. McGrann. “The salmon population is currently in decline. It is an important resource for recreation and enjoyment. Salmon plays an essential role in the health and proper functioning of the stream ecosystems in west Placer County. We need to identify how and where we can restore populations throughout these watersheds.” McGrann has enlisted a team of scientists to help with this project, including an aquatic biologist and IBE Research Associate, Dave Thomas, Jessup environmental science alumni and graduate student at Sacramento State University, Jason Peters, and several current undergraduate student research assistants in Jessup’s Science Honors Program. Using cutting-edge technology, eDNA water samples will be taken to a lab, run through a filter, and analyzed. McGrann hopes these samples will help determine the overall distribution of these species in the watershed and the cause of their population decline. Through this salmon study and other IBE projects, Jessup students connect with professional environmental scientists in our local community and learn about the jobs available in this field. “There are great jobs, and lots of jobs, in the environment right here in Placer County. We’re connecting students with the scientists who inform our policymakers on decisions impacting our environment. They’re getting experience doing research and learning valuable skills to put on their resume,” says McGrann. Through Jessup’s IBE, students are taking classroom knowledge into the “real world”. They are raising our university’s profile by helping to impact decision-making in…

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MBA Graduate Now Technical Lead at Bay Area Start-Up

Mongolian native, Ben Mandakh had no idea how dramatically his life would change when he moved to the United States in 2014. As a new believer, he wanted to find accountability and discipleship in a church community. He found fellowship at Bayside Granite Bay and discovered Sacramento Mongolian Church where he volunteered with the youth group and worship team. While he continued learning and growing in Christ, he also got a job working as a salesman at a local car dealership. But after a short time, he felt the Holy Spirit leading him away from this industry.  Since he already had a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science, a friend suggested he check out Jessup’s one-year MBA program. Mandakh felt God’s peace and presence from the initial admissions phone call to his graduation in May 2019. Mandakh enjoyed taking classes from adjunct professors with industry experience. “I met and networked with professors who were also CEOs and company directors at companies like Oracle, HP, and Intel,” said Mandakh. “I learned so much about how businesses operate and how to manage people. The entrepreneurship classes were helpful too because they taught me how to operate and manage start-up companies.” CAPSIM, a hand-on business simulation, was another major program highlight for Mandakh.  “I recommend the MBA program for someone who’s looking for principled leadership and management skills. Jessup offers a biblical-based, structured program that teaches servant leadership with real, practical, and structured training,” said Mandakh. Mandakh now works as a Technical Lead for a technology start-up company based in Berkeley. He leads teams and supervises new technology production. “My professors at Jessup taught me project management and how to manage and lead small teams,” said Mandakh. “They also showed me how I can impact and change the world for good.”  Mandakh was recently asked to come back to Jessup as an adjunct professor. He now teaches computer programming, helping students gain the technical skills they need for careers after graduation.  Jessup’s close community was one thing Mandakh remembers most about his time at Jessup. In fact, he’s still in contact with many of his business professors and cohort members today. “My professors are still checking in and helping me after graduation. We stay in contact through LinkedIn,” said Mandakh. “After finishing the program, my professors are now mentors and friends.

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Breaking Free

Josh Garcia thought he had it all together - a fulfilling job, a beautiful fiance, and a baby on the way. He was living his best life. Then one day, his “perfect” world came to a screeching halt.
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An Unconventional Calling with Unexpected Blessings

Lorie McCann is no stranger to hard work. She started her own business, worked as a campus supervisor, substitute taught middle school and taught adult education at Heald College - all while raising three children! So, when she decided to go back to school for her Master of Arts in Teaching, she was prepared for the challenge.  “Teaching wasn’t always my dream,” said McCann. “I graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona with my undergrad in Communications with an emphasis on TV and film. I dreamt of becoming a movie director and producer.” Her dream changed after teaching six years at Heald. She worked with many students who were given “second chances” to finish or build on their education and enjoyed the challenge of teaching at Heald.  After research and prayer, McCann chose to finish her education at Jessup because she knew she would receive a quality education and the personal support, prayer, and guidance she needed to finish strong. “My favorite thing about Jessup is that it is a God-led university with a faith-based program,” said McCann. The interpersonal relationships between fellow students and staff were immeasurable. The leadership inspired me to keep going and to know it was worth the struggles.”  McCann was particularly inspired by Jessup’s education department and their support as she earned her teaching credential and master’s degree. “I felt guided and nurtured throughout the whole process,” said McCann. “I was prayed over, high-fived, met with, tutored, and encouraged on a daily and weekly basis.” So when McCann told her professors she felt God was calling her to teach in a prison, they were initially surprised but extremely supportive. “Every single one of them told me they were going to support me all the way,” said McCann. “They confirmed that yes, this was God’s calling and they were going to stand by me.”  McCann now works for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Solano Men’s Prison in Vacaville, California. She teaches “Adult Basic Education Two” which is classes and curriculum geared toward adult male inmates with 4-7th grade academic knowledge. There are three, two-hour mandatory classes each day. “I felt God leading me to teach these men and make a difference in their lives. I love encouraging them to do better,” said McCann. “It’s a gift. I love seeing the outcome.”  Working in a correctional facility is not a typical path for someone with a teaching credential but McCann is passionate about educating other teachers about the opportunities in the prison system. “Most of my cohort thought I was crazy when I stood up on that very first day of classes and introduced myself and where I wanted to end up teaching,” said McCann. “It’s an opportunity people don’t know about. They are hiring teachers all the time.” McCann is excited about the future and knows she’s exactly where she’s supposed to be. “The Lord has blessed me and it is through grace that I can give back after following His lead and calling for my…

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Ministry in the Media

Growing up in South Carolina, Digital Communication and Design major Julia Findley dreamed of a career in media. As a child, she was obsessed with news and politics, hoping one day to become a journalist or a news anchor.  When Julia was fourteen, her father joined the military and became a chaplain. He moved their family to Rocklin, just across the street from Jessup! Throughout high school, Julia excelled at speech and debate. She first learned about the communication major when her oldest brother chose it as his major in college. He told her all about the “cool” careers in the field and everything she could do with the degree.  Julia started researching universities during a gap year after high school. Attending a Christian university was her top priority. She also wanted to attend a college with an exciting communication department that had classes in her areas of interest. During that time, Julia prayed and asked God for direction. Ironically, Jessup ads started flooding her YouTube page. They continued for six straight months. Julia laughs about it now, but she believed it was one of the ways God spoke to her. “Choosing Jessup was an easy decision,” said Julia. As a Digitial Communication and Design major, Julia has opportunities to explore her media interests and refine her dreams and goals. She credits Paul Robins, the program’s lead faculty, for helping her discover her career potential. “Paul’s been in the industry for years. He knows how to prepare me for the real world,” said Julia. Julia loves the program’s classes and hands-on learning in each class. Since it’s a newer program, Julia also has the opportunity to be a part of the groundwork, reviewing courses and offering suggestions for future classes.  She’s currently planning for a semester in New York City through Jessup’s partnership with The King’s College. She hopes to secure an internship at one of the major news outlets. “Professor Robins is helping me make sure my portfolio is built for internships. He’s helping me apply and build up newsreels and gain professional experience,” said Julia.   Community is one of Julia’s favorite parts of life at Jessup. “I love getting to know people in my building. Everyone is there for you when you’re struggling,” said Julia. “Professors are there for you too. They really help you understand what you’re going to be doing in the real world.” Julia is excited about the future. Whether she’s a journalist for the New York Times, an editor on Buzzfeed, or a news anchor for the national news, Julia will be prepared to minister in the media.

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Virtual Art Show

Experience a new way to enjoy Jessup Arts. This year's art show will be hosted virtually. Get a "Glimpse into the Past" as you view the artwork created by our Visual & Fine Arts students.

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It’s Never too Late to Pursue your Dreams

Senior Ashley White was passionate about the theater. But she also loved teaching. After earning a BA in English and MA in Education, she taught high school English and theater. Three years into her career, she still felt the tug of the professional theater industry. So she made a brave decision to follow her lifelong dream. This May, she will graduate from Jessup with a BA in Theater. Ashley was recently accepted into the University of Alabama’s MFA Directing program, a program that has an acceptance rate of one per year! Ashley is thrilled to use the skills and education she gained at Jessup as she continues following her theater dreams to the University of Alabama (UA).  We got the opportunity to ask Ashley a little about her journey, her time at Jessup, the UA Directing program, and her future plans.  Why did you choose Jessup Theater? Before applying to Jessup, I had a meeting on campus with Derek Martin (Theater Program Advisor and Associate Professor). Derek was supportive and understanding. He welcomed me into the program and school with open arms. When I got home from that meeting, I immediately applied for admission as I knew I wanted to be in such a caring environment and be a part of Jessup Theatre. What was your favorite part of life at Jessup? My favorite aspect of Jessup is the people - the students, the staff, the faculty. Everyone is so welcoming, kind, and hardworking. My professors were fantastic - caring and inspiring. Jessup is such a positive environment! What role did student scholarships play in your Jessup education? I received a theatre department scholarship and an academic scholarship. The scholarships were integral in helping me pay for tuition. I appreciate the university’s generosity with giving scholarships to students. Tell me a little about the University of Alabama's theater program and what you would like to do after you graduate from the program. In November 2019, I attended a conference called SETC LiNK in Atlanta. At this event, I created a table display about my current directing work and then graduate programs could interview me. I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by every graduate program in attendance. The University of Alabama was one of the programs I interviewed with. The interview went really well and I was excited about UA! In February, I received an email from The University of Alabama saying that I was one of the top two candidates. I had a second interview with the directing faculty. A couple of weeks later, I received a formal offer. UA has an acceptance rate of one MFA Directing candidate per year, so I was beyond excited. It’s a three-year program. During the first year, I’ll assistant direct productions and will TA in classes. During the second and third years, I’ll direct four fully-supported productions and will be an instructor on record. Tuition is covered, plus a stipend and healthcare. After I graduate, I intend to be a freelance director…

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A Calling to Teach with Mark Moore, Ph.D.

Theology professor Mark Moore’s passion for university-level teaching began in his college years. Inspired by his professors’ authentic faith, depth of knowledge, and unique personalities and teaching styles, Mark decided to follow his true calling to teach. He never looked back.  Not one to shy away from a challenge, Mark recently adapted his teaching style for 100% online learning. He graciously took some time out of his busy schedule to tell us a little about his path to teaching, how he’s utilizing the online platform, and a few fun facts most people don’t know about him.   How many years have you been at Jessup? 10 years What classes do you teach at Jessup?  I am a member of the Faculty of Theology and regularly teach New Testament, Christian Theology, Contemporary Discipleship, Scripture & Pop Culture, Contemporary Theology, Practical Theology, and Theology and Spiritual Formation. Describe your path to teaching The desire to teach at the university level began my first year in college. I was inspired by my professors' authentic faith, depth of knowledge, and how they were able to bring their own unique personalities to their teaching styles. I also loved the old books, tweed suit jackets, and Indiana-Jones-styled leather messenger bags. While I initially worked in full-time ministry upon completing my undergraduate degree, I knew that teaching was my true calling and immediately pursued graduate school. A couple of master’s degrees and two cross-country moves later, I was introduced to a small Christian university in Northern California, William Jessup University to be exact. In the Fall of 2010 (exactly 14 years after first feeling the call to teach at the university level), I stepped into the classroom and I have never looked back. I have been at Jessup for a decade now and completed my Ph.D. in 2017. What's unique about your online teaching style? I like to make supplemental videos that go along with the prerecorded lectures that add further explanation and bring my personality to the online classroom. I also try to take the time to connect with each student individually so that they feel like more than just a name in a discussion room. What do you like most about the online learning mode at Jessup? I love the flexibility it provides both the student and the instructor while still creating a sense of community and connection. How can a student get the most out of an online learning experience? Approach the class like you would an in-person class. Dive into the readings, engage in thoughtful discussions and do your best on all of the assignments. There is one clear principle in all education: you get out what you put in. How do you integrate faith into an online learning environment? Any chance I get, I stress the overarching biblical narrative which teaches us a Gospel-worldview with which to approach life. I also reference my own faith journey quite often. How are you successfully transitioning your traditional classes to online classes during this quarantine period?…

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A Lifetime of Learning with Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Ph.D.

Teaching is so much more than a job for Associate Dean and Professor Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Ph.D. She’s passionate about learning and eager to share that passion with her students. As a field archaeologist, she has the unique opportunity to bring “real-world” knowledge into the classroom and beyond. We had a chance to ask Cynthia a little about her background, the way she incorporates experiential learning into her teaching, and how she’s taking advantage of the online education platform.  Describe your path to teaching My path to teaching at the university level was one I never planned on having until I went to college and was inspired by my own professors. I just couldn't imagine a life not studying the Bible and wanted to be a perpetual student - so I became a professor! Now I’m always learning and hopefully passing that passion on to others. How many years have you been at Jessup? 9 years What classes do you teach at Jessup?  I am the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Archaeology. I regularly teach courses on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the archaeology of ancient Israel. I love all my classes, but some of my favorites are: "Women in Scripture", "Biblical World: Hebrew Bible", and experiential learning classes in Israel like my "Bible and Field Archaeology" class (where students come on my dig with me) and our "Biblical Journeys" class (where we travel to Israel and see the Bible in its physical setting). I love the land as our classroom! What's unique about your online teaching style? In my online class on the book of Jeremiah, I use the concept of reading Jeremiah as "survival literature" put forward by Kathleen O'Conner. This concept then serves as a thread in the rest of the class where we not only learn about the book of Jeremiah but how it can be used as a source of hope for others who have experienced some sort of global crisis. What do you like most about the online learning mode at Jessup? Students today have to juggle jobs, families, and other responsibilities that make attending traditional on-ground classes a challenge. Online learning is a great way to further one's education but in a more flexible manner. How can a student get the most out of an online learning experience? I think most students don't realize that Jessup's online classes are only seven weeks long. That means it is important to organize one's time wisely. Also, the forum discussions are a great way to engage with the professor and other students in the class. In addition to teaching at Jessup, do you (did you) have another career? I am also a field archaeologist. I am on staff at a couple of archaeological excavations in Israel and spend nearly every summer living and working in Israel. I also like to make a positive contribution to my fields of Biblical Studies and Archaeology by researching, writing and publishing, and…

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Laughing and Learning with Michael Obermire, MBA

Most people dream of golf, vacations, and relaxation when they retire. When business professor and academic business manager Michael Obermire retired from the manufacturing sector after 30 years in the industry, he wrote a book and began a teaching career. He jumped right into his new adventure, bringing his “real-life” experiences right into the classroom. Michael loves making his students laugh and have fun, all while incorporating academic theory and practical knowledge into his lectures. It’s a pleasure to welcome Michael to our Q&A discussion today.  How many years have you been at Jessup? 4 years What classes do you teach at Jessup?  I teach in the School of Business. I regularly teach Operations Management, Strategic Management, Marketing Research, and Sales and Negotiation Strategies in our undergraduate program. I also teach Global Operations and Supply Chain Management in our Rocklin campus MBA program. Describe your path to teaching I was in the industry for 30 years prior to teaching, working in the manufacturing sector with experience in operations management, planning and strategy, supply chain, sales, and marketing. About 10 years before I retired I asked myself what I would do for free, no money would need to change hands, something I would do just because I loved it. My plan was to do those things I loved in retirement. My answer, after sufficient prayer, was writing and teaching. So after I finished my MBA in 2007, I wrote a book. Four years before retirement I began teaching as an adjunct at CSU, Sacramento. In 2016, Jessup asked me to teach for them. I've never looked back. What's unique about your online teaching style? I think all teachers try to have fun. In my classroom, we don't just try to have fun and learn at the same time, we definitely have fun. Jessup keeps their class size small, so I typically know every student, their background, and many of their families. During class, I ask them about sports, teams, jobs, and a number of things I know they are interested in. It keeps the class moving. We begin each class with a devotional and prayer. To make it more fun online, I pick a song from the ‘50s or ‘60s and tell the class it was requested by one of their classmates. I name the person whom I am saying requested the song. They vigorously deny my accusation and everyone gets a big laugh. Learning can be fun. What do you like most about the current remote learning mode at Jessup? Learning online exposes the student and me to the future of communication in business. When we are back to "normal" there will be more business conducted via Skype, Zoom and other channels than ever before. They are learning the way business, and life will be conducted. We will still have mostly face to face communication, but our students will be able to adapt to any form of business necessary to have a competitive advantage moving forward. How can a student…

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Transformational Leadership with Daniel Gluck, Ph.D.

After experiencing his own life transformation in college, Professor Daniel Gluck knew he wanted to help other students experience it too. After more than a decade serving as the Campus Ministries Director, Daniel now teaches full time in Jessup’s School of Christian Leadership. It’s a pleasure to welcome Daniel to our Q&A discussion today. How many years have you been at Jessup? 16 years What classes do you teach at Jessup? I teach in the School of Christian Leadership. I teach the following classes: Self Leadership, Leading in Organizations, Innovation & Leadership, Leadership in Global Society, Intercultural Communication, Leadership & Justice, Poverty & Development, Managing Organizational Change (ADC), Organizational Leadership (MAL), Organizational Communication (MAL), among others. Describe your path to teaching I started out as a worship leader. I began leading worship at a Christian university and fell in love with the college environment and student development. I was transformed in college and LOVED being a part of other students' transformation. After serving 11 years as a Campus Ministries director, adjunct teaching, etc, I completed my Ph.D. and had an opportunity to transition to a full-time faculty role in Ministry/Leadership. I love it!! What's unique about your online teaching style? Online classes can sometimes feel stodgy and awkward. As an online professor, I do my best to keep things as casual as possible. I try to create a culture in which students can interrupt during "LIVE" sessions and work to make things as personal as possible through emails, humor, etc. What do you like most about the online learning mode at Jessup? It's wonderful for students and faculty to have the flexibility to study during preferred times and at their preferred locations. Additionally, students who don't always speak up in a classroom environment feel more empowered to chime into online discussions, etc. I love grading papers or contributing to conversations from various locations - traveling abroad, a hammock in my backyard, or my "formal" office. How can a student get the most out of an online learning experience? It's sometimes easier in an online environment to "lay low" and just meet the minimum requirements. Students who thrive the most take advantage of connecting with professors outside of class through virtual meetings, face-to-face meet-ups, and so forth. They stay on top of discussions and interact with their classmates in a specific and personal way! In addition to teaching at Jessup, do you (did you) have another career? While I serve in a number of other ministries, I do not have a formal career outside of Jessup. How are you using your "real-world" experience to help students in your program? I have had the privilege of serving with a number of nonprofits and ministries in over 30 countries. I constantly work to incorporate "real-world" experiences into discussions about culture, globalization, nonprofit leadership, etc. I believe that these passions breathe life into my teaching and passion breeds engagement. How do you integrate faith into an online learning environment? During "synchronous" classes (live and…

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Following God’s Lead

Trey Quinn was on the path to a successful career in the dance industry. When he transferred to Jessup, he felt God pulling his heart in a different direction. As a youth ministry major, Trey now realizes he doesn’t have to push to be seen and that God can use his gifts for service in the youth community. We had the opportunity to ask Trey a little about his path to Jessup and how God is moving in his life. What is your major? Youth Ministry What year are you? Junior What's your favorite part of Jessup's remote learning experience? Zoom classes seem to provide a more intimate interaction with your peers and classmates. It gives you the chance to interact virtually with people you may not normally interact with in class. How have your professors made your remote learning experience valuable and enjoyable? Each professor treats the classes the same as they would if they were in person. This is a comforting aspect for me when learning remotely because it lets me know that I haven't lost connection with anybody. Is there something distinctive or unique about your educational journey? When I transferred to Jessup, I was training in dance while also working professionally in the dance industry. I completely changed my route and goals in life according to God's calling. It shows me every day how magnificent God's plan truly is. Being a Christian in your future career/field might be difficult. How will you use the knowledge and experience you've gained at Jessup to stand up for what you believe/reach the unreached? Even though my future career involves ministry, it is easy to lose sight of God's plan for you and others amidst the chaos of a ministry career. It is important for me and others to always remember to love God first and not to fall in love with the ministry itself. Why did you choose Jessup? I chose Jessup because of its unique campus layout, the friendly faculty and staff, and because it allows me to pursue God's calling for me closer to home. What's one thing most people don't know about you? Even though my voice is low, I can sing incredibly high! What role, if any, do student scholarships play in your Jessup education? I have both a theater scholarship and a music scholarship. They give me artistic outlets while I'm pursuing ministry. How has your education at Jessup impacted or changed how you see the world? My education at Jessup, thankfully contrary to my prior education, reminds me that I don't always have to push to be seen because God desires for us to use our gifts prayerfully and humbly. When you have a free day without homework or school, how do you spend it? Either hanging out with youth or doing something that involves music or virtual reality games! For more information about Jessup’s Youth Ministry program, please visit their page.

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Running the Race with Perseverance

The road to Jessup wasn’t easy for junior Michelle Flint. But her fierce determination to follow God’s call and her success in track & field helped pave the way. Michelle is thriving in Jessup’s Youth Ministry program and is excited to use what she has learned to reach today’s students, especially those who seem unreachable. Please welcome Michelle to our Q&A discussion today.  What is your major? Youth Ministry What year are you? Junior What's your favorite part of Jessup's remote learning experience? I love the interactions and relationships that both the students and professors strive to build. How have your professors made your remote learning experience valuable and enjoyable? I really enjoy that the professors take the time to reach out to students instead of just grading things and moving on. Is there something distinctive or unique about your educational journey? I am a first-generation college student. I was able to afford Jessup because of my success in track & field. I had a lot of push back from my parents and some other family members who believed I was making a mistake, but I have some amazing grandparents who allowed me to stay with them and supported me. Being a Christian in your future career/field might be difficult. How will you use the knowledge and experience you've gained at Jessup to stand up for what you believe/reach the unreached? My future career goal is youth ministry. I might have some challenges with students who push back. I believe that my Jessup experience will help me answer their questions or arguments. My goal is to reach the students that others may see as unreachable. Why did you choose Jessup? I really felt God calling me to youth ministry. Everything lined up for me to go here. What's one thing most people don't know about you? I coach kids in cheer as well as take part in a missions dance group each summer. What role, if any, do student scholarships play in your Jessup education? I would not be able to afford to go to Jessup without my athletic scholarship. How has your education at Jessup impacted or changed how you see the world? I have learned a lot about how to interact with others who have different backgrounds and beliefs. We have discussions without allowing ignorance to take part. When you have a free day without homework or school, how do you spend it? I love playing cards with friends or working on projects at my church! For more information about Jessup’s Youth Ministry program, please visit their page.

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Leading and Teaching Youth Ministry with Fritz Moga, M.A.

Youth ministry is practically part of professor Fritz Moga’s DNA. After 20 years in church youth ministry, Fritz now teaches Jessup students about the practical issues of youth ministry and the theology needed to succeed in ministry. He recently celebrated his 20th year teaching at Jessup! It’s a pleasure to welcome Fritz to our Q&A discussion today. How many years have you taught at Jessup? Finishing my 20th year! What classes do you teach? I'm the Lead Faculty member for the Youth Ministry degree.  I teach the following classes: Foundations of Youth Ministry Youth Ministry Skills Teaching and Speaking to Youth Counseling Youth Mentorship Youth Ministry Capstone Public Speaking Contemporary Discipleship Briefly describe your path to teaching My first career was as an educator. I graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Physical Education. I went into full-time youth ministry after that period and taught teenagers for almost 20 years in the church setting. I have now been at Jessup for 20 years leading and teaching in the Youth Ministry department as well as other departments at the university. What's unique about your online teaching style? Whether you are online or in-person the student-to-student and student-to-teacher engagement is still crucial. I make sure everyone feels welcome to class and are all contributors to the curriculum that we are studying that day. What do you like most about the remote learning mode at Jessup? It allows for great student interaction. How can a student get the most out of an online learning experience? By realizing how much of a real classroom setting this is despite being online. We still talk, we process, we discuss, and we report; all from the comfort of our own homes. In addition to teaching at Jessup, do you (did you) have another career? Education & Youth Ministry How are you using your "real-world" experience to help students in your program? After 20 years in youth ministry, I feel able to share on a deep and personal level with my students about the practical issues as well as theology needed to succeed in ministry. How do you integrate faith into an online learning environment? My life is faith-filled therefore anything and everything done in a class reflects this. From opening prayers to opening our Bibles, we include our faith as part of our program. For more information about Jessup’s Youth Ministry program, please visit their page.

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Growing with God at Jessup

Matthew Szczepanski’s desire to grow in his relationship with God was the first thing that drew him to Jessup. While at Jessup, he not only developed a deeper relationship with God, he found a supportive community that encouraged his growth and helped him better love others. Matthew is excited about a future career in ministry and he graciously took time out of his schedule to reflect a bit on his time at Jessup. What is your major? Biblical Studies What year are you? Senior What's your favorite part of Jessup's remote learning experience? Being able to connect with students, even if we are not together in the same space. How have your professors made your remote learning experience valuable and enjoyable? All my professors have made the transition very smooth for me. This was helpful so that I never felt like I was falling behind. My professors also provided extra time outside of class for the students who had questions or were falling behind. Is there something distinctive or unique about your educational journey? Although everyone in my family comes from a faith background, I am the first to pursue a pastoral career. Being a Christian in your future career/field might be difficult. How will you use the knowledge and experience you've gained at Jessup to stand up for what you believe/reach the unreached? Even if I end up in a job outside of the church, I believe there are many skills I have acquired at Jessup that will help me with whichever path I take. From my time here, I have learned how to better love others as well as build my relationship with God. I’ve also noticed that as my relationship with God continues to grow, my relationship with others has also flourished. Why did you choose Jessup? I chose Jessup for the school’s first and primary goal of growing others in their relationship with God. I also love the community in and around Jessup. What's one thing most people don't know about you? I can (for the most part) read and understand Hebrew. What role, if any, do student scholarships play in your Jessup education? I have two other sisters who are in college so without scholarships, I probably wouldn’t be able to make it back to Jessup. I am very thankful for the financial aid that has been given to me. How has your education at Jessup impacted or changed how you see the world? I think Jessup has changed my worldview in so many ways. I think from the community around me as well as my experience from the school itself, I have drastically grown in my relationship with God, which has helped me grown in how I treat and love others. When you have a free day without homework or school, how do you spend it? I usually try to spend it by getting out of my house and spending time with friends. I also love playing and writing music in my free time!…

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Life, Learning, and Leadership with Derek Zahnd, Ph.D.

For over twenty-years, Derek Zahnd has served as a church-planter in Mexico and a pastor in Sacramento.  His research has focused on Globalization, Ecclesiology, and Leadership.  He brings a vibrant outlook on Christian leadership -- in the culture and the church.  Derek spent a few minutes telling us about his journey.  Please welcome him to our Q&A discussion today. How many years have you taught at Jessup? 1 year What classes do you teach? I am the Lead Faculty in the Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) Program. I teach Strategic Leadership Foundations, Leadership: Vocation and Calling, Emotional Intelligence and Leadership, and Justice and Mission. I also teach undergraduate leadership courses including Introduction to Leadership and Leading Others. Briefly describe your path to teaching. I was a cross-cultural church planter in Mexico for 10 years and then a Sacramento-area pastor for 12 years. I grew up in a family that emphasized education, and I tend to look at life through the lenses of leading and teaching. How are you successfully transitioning your traditional classes to remote classes during this COVID-19 quarantine period? My students are bright and flexible. For most, it did not seem to be a major problem to conclude our class through Zoom. What's unique about your online teaching style? There is an English class embedded in each of my classes. I think good writing requires good thinking, so I try to help my students improve as writers. What do you like most about the online learning mode at Jessup? That has to be a tie: students and course material. How can a student get the most out of an online learning experience? Students who bring their whole selves, who contribute to building a learning community, and who read, write, and ask questions tend to get the most out of our classes. In addition to teaching at Jessup, do you (did you) have another career? I am currently the interim pastor of Oak Tree Community Church in Elk Grove, CA. How are you using your "real-world" experience to help students in your program? About half of my students serve local churches, so it is natural to talk about my church leadership experience. How do you integrate faith into an online learning environment? Our classes assume a Gospel Worldview, which I emphasize in my relationships and teaching What three people (dead or alive) would you invite to a dinner party? Jesus Winston Churchill Albert Einstein For more information about Jessup’s Master of Arts in Leadership program, please visit their program page.

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Accessible, Christ-Centered Education

When Philip Wiggins decided to go back to college, he knew he needed an accessible and flexible environment where he could receive a quality education and be available to help raise his baby daughter. He chose Jessup because it fit his needs and offered the Chrisitan Leadership major he hoped would jumpstart his career in ministry. With the help of his Jessup education, Philip is pursuing his calling and reaching the world with the Good News of Christ. Please welcome Philip to our Q&A discussion today. What is your major/minor? Christian Leadership with a Bible minor What year are you? Senior What's your favorite part of Jessup's remote learning experience? The accessibility is by far the best part. Being able to learn at home while caring for my daughter is one of the best things Jessup has offered to me. How have your professors made your remote learning experience valuable and enjoyable? All of my professors have been incredibly encouraging and available. From checking in to being available well past "business hours", they have made me feel valued as a student. Is there something distinctive or unique about your educational journey? I went back to school in 2017, six years after having to drop out of school to work full time. I felt God calling me into full-time ministry and Jessup was the best place for me to prepare for that. Being a Christian in your future career/field might be difficult. How will you use the knowledge and experience you've gained at Jessup to stand up for what you believe/reach the unreached? I think the Christian Leadership route has helped me to do ministry in a way that’s not only Biblically-based but full of both IQ and EQ. I think knowing people helps to lead people better. Why did you choose Jessup? Accessibility was the first draw. Right after I went back to school, I found out my wife and I were having a daughter. Being able to be with her and learn is a huge reason I chose Jessup. The other reason was the Christian Leadership department. What's one thing most people don't know about you? I am a musician. I do not play often, but one of my greatest passions is drumming. What role, if any, do student scholarships play in your Jessup education? Scholarships are one of the things that have kept me at Jessup. I needed scholarships to make education more affordable, and the scholarships I received have helped avoid racking up student loan debt. How has your education at Jessup impacted or changed how you see the world? Jessup has helped me to see the world as more globalized than ever, which makes the potential of spreading the gospel unlimited. When you have a free day without homework or school, how do you spend it? Usually just hanging out with my daughter or playing/watching sports. For more information about Jessup’s School of Christian Leadership, please visit their page. 

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Jessup’s MACP Program is now in San Jose

Mary Jean Walton, LMFT is the Director of Jessup's Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program in San Jose. This is a popular program at our Rocklin campus and we're thrilled it's now offered at our San Jose location as well. The MACP leadership team graciously sat down with us to tell us more about the program and why it's so important to Jessup and our fundamental mission to educate transformational leaders for the glory of God. Please enjoy this Q&A discussion about the program. Please tell me a little about the San Jose campus MACP program. The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program is currently offered at the Rocklin campus, which is launching its 6th cohort this fall. For some time the San Jose Administration has been asking us to offer the same program in their area, so after approval by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and WASC, we are launching our first cohort this Fall 2020. The courses are selected based on competencies outlined by the BBS and they form the core of this 63 unit program. We cap the cohorts at about 20 so we don’t compromise student-to-faculty contact. Can working adults/stay-at-home parents successfully complete this program? The program was designed to meet the best possible combination between BBS expectations, rigor, and time off for students to recuperate. We tried to keep it close to a 2-year commitment (2 years, 8 weeks). We spaced large breaks at Christmas and Spring Break. We have 8-week summer classes and a 5-week break around July/August before beginning the Fall semester again. We wanted an extended time in the summer for students to take a long break with family. Classes are two nights a week with no classes on weekends. The time commitment for classroom preparation is difficult to predict because each student is different. This is a rigorous program and it requires focus, but the vast majority of students successfully handle the course load. Why does Jessup have a MACP program? How does it fit into Jessup’s overall mission? Jessup has a MACP program because it bridges the gap between our core biblical beliefs and state requirements for counseling. Our philosophy is to offer everything that the secular community needs to become competent and licensed with the state while integrating core Christian principles into every aspect of the program. This program fits directly into the mission of Jessup - partnering with the church and with the community to offer transformational learning.  What makes this program unique to other MACP programs?  This program is unique for many reasons. It was carefully crafted after reviewing multiple programs, drawing the best practices from each. It is efficient and competence-based, allowing students to learn from seasoned clinicians in the profession. Faith-based integration challenges people from all aspects of theology and psychology by creating an environment that is open to dialogue about complex aspects of human nature. We do not shy away from controversy. What are some of the unique…

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Teaching from a Biblical Worldview with Andrew Carico, Ph.D.

Andrew Carico, Ph.D. is passionate about public policy and teaching students about law, history, and politics through a biblical worldview lens. After a brief season as a political journalist, Andrew now focuses his attention on helping students see how their participation in the political process can help address real-world issues and positively contribute to human flourishing. It’s a pleasure to welcome Andrew to our Q&A discussion today. How many years have you taught at Jessup? 4 years What classes do you teach? I teach in the Public Policy program and I routinely teach core courses such as American Government, Political Philosophy, Political Process, and Constitution and Civil Rights. Briefly describe your path to teaching. When I graduated from college, I had a desire to pursue law and go into politics. This had been a dream of mine since I was six years old as I was enamored by the 1992 presidential election (yes, I was that child). However, God used some incredible graduate school professors to help me find my true purpose in academia. In 2011, I began my Ph.D. in political science at Claremont Graduate University. During that time, I had the opportunity to teach at multiple universities in Southern California as an adjunct instructor (both at Christian and public universities). God used that season to allow me to grow as an academic and to hone my craft in the classroom. In 2017, I completed my Ph.D. and joined the Jessup faculty full-time. There’s nothing like working with students, helping them explore great ideas in service of the great commission. For me, teaching is not a profession, it’s a calling. How are you successfully transitioning your traditional classes to remote classes during this COVID-19 quarantine period? I was taught many years ago that a teacher must be a chemist, always studying the chemistry and makeup of his class. That mindset has benefited me in this season, where agility in teaching is a premium. I moved my traditional courses to Zoom, using that platform to engage students and communicate in an, albeit superficial, still face-to-face setting. We were able to successfully continue classes, having fascinating class discussions throughout. I’ve found that a proper “mindset” is helpful during this period of time. I’ve embraced this season as an opportunity to sharpen my virtual communication skills and help students learn to communicate in a modality that will be increasingly important for them in their future careers (pandemic or not). What's unique about your online teaching style? I would say four things. First, my online classes are nearly as personalized as my in-class sessions. This involves engaging with students individually during our class sessions and discussions or connecting with students individually via email at various points in the class (or in the discussion forum if it’s a fully-online course). Students really benefit from individualized connections, especially online. Second, I try to bring a sense of enthusiasm about the content into the online world that generates momentum amongst my students. In a good classroom…

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Owl Nesting Success Using Artificial Burrows

William Jessup University’s Institute for Biodiversity and the Environment (IBE) is pleased to announce the birth of fledgling burrowing owls at one of the IBE’s artificial nest study sites on Placer Land Trust’s Swainson’s Preserve, just outside of Lincoln, California. Swainson's Preserve is part of a network of preserve lands in Placer County. In addition to demonstrating nesting success by the owls with the use of artificial burrows, this study is helping recover this species locally in Placer County.  “Burrowing Owls have been experiencing population declines throughout California and are of conservation interest to the State of California and to the County of Placer. They are a "covered species" in the Placer County Conservation Program,” says Dr. Michael McGrann, Chairman of Jessup’s IBE.  The above-ground burrowing owl artificial nest study project, overseen by IBE Advisor and field biologist, Ed Pandolfino and Jessup undergraduate research assistant and science honor student, Tyler Rehrer documented, with the use of camera “traps”, at least five fledgling burrowing owls at this location. Tyler continues to closely monitor the burrows weekly, making observations and servicing the camera “traps”. “While nesting success with above-ground artificial burrows often has negative results, one advantage of this type of burrow is that it can be used on vernal pool grasslands,” says Pandolfino. “These habitats often include state and federally-listed plants and animals so they are more likely to be preserved than other types of grassland.” In addition to a $5,300 grant awarded to the IBE earlier this year from the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society, IBE has received another $5,580 grant from SFAS to continue the research on the use of artificial burrows into next field season. IBE hopes to expand with additional study sites at Doty Preserve and Placer Land Trust lands. The IBE is also collaborating with the Placer County Conservation Program on a number of projects.

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Jessup Partners with Convoy of Hope to Help Feed and Empower our Local Community

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that helps empower others to live with greater independence and freedom from poverty, disease, and hunger. Since 1994, 132 million people around the world have been fed and served. In the United States alone, they provide disaster response, facilitate community events, and direct nutritional programs and sustainability projects. Internationally, they bring help and hope to more than 127 countries.  Jessup’s relationship with Convoy of Hope began in 2018 in response to the Carr Fire in Redding, CA. Since then, Jessup has continued this relationship through food and supply distribution in Placer County. Convoy of Hope and Jessup share the same belief that the heart of the community is the church. Like Jessup, their ministry is kingdom-oriented. Most recently, through their Crisis Relief Fund, Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 50 million meals to those affected by COVID-19. Jessup has teamed up with Convoy of Hope, becoming a food and supply warehouse and distribution site, and serving the needs of our local community. Jessup’s long-standing relationships with many local churches has allowed us to serve as a hub for this ministry. Pastors of our local small, rural churches have asked Jessup and Convoy of Hope for help with during this crisis and we’ve answered the call. Jessup staff and volunteers have packed nearly 850 bags of groceries for distribution.  “As needs arise in the region, Jessup and Convoy of Hope will continue their partnership, engage with churches, and distribute much-needed supplies,” says Eddie Rentz, National Church Spokesperson from the Office of the President and National Hispanic Director.  If you’re looking for ways to help fight hunger, consider participating in their FeedONE program. For $10/month, you can feed a child in their program. Convoy of Hope also hosts week-long trips to countries around the world where you can get involved in ministry, feeding, and building projects. “When we look at hunger around the world, our goal is to break the cycle of poverty,” says Renz. “You can’t do everything but everyone can do something.”

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Following God Down an Unconventional Road with Michael Granchukoff, Ph.D.

Michael Granchukoff, Ph.D.’s road to Jessup was anything but ordinary. As a successful restaurant manager, he helped usher Boudin SF into the Sacramento area. But after a few years, Michael felt God telling him he could make a greater eternal impact as an educator. Today, Michael mentors and oversees graduate students as they pursue careers in teaching and school administration. It’s a pleasure to welcome Michael to our Q&A discussion today. How many years have you taught at Jessup?  3 years What classes do you teach? I am a Research Coordinator in the School of Education. I oversee the capstone thesis and research projects including thesis defense and symposium. I am also a Master of Arts in Education Coordinator in the School of Education. I oversee the Masters in Education program and Administrative Services credential for future principals, directors, superintendents, etc. Briefly describe your path to teaching. I didn't start out in education. I received my bachelor's degree in Business Administration and worked as a restaurant manager. However, I realized that I could make a greater eternal impact as an educator and followed God's calling into teaching. Four years later, I was in a Ph.D. program. I became the mathematics department chair at my school and shortly thereafter, the lead mathematics instructor for an adult education program. I am thankful God led me down this unconventional road. I am now the Master of Arts in Education Program Coordinator and Research Coordinator at Jessup. How have you successfully transitioned your traditional classes to remote classes during COVID? A lot of people think you can just take your content/lectures and easily reformat them online. However, if we want to have an interactive and engaging class, we have to change our approach. I love the quick features in Zoom, especially breakout rooms. It allows the students to break up into random or assigned groups quickly that I can briefly join. To increase engagement, I also put a lot of emphasis on participation. Zoom allows me a variety of creative ways to encourage participation. I tell my students, "Be prepared to volunteer, be randomly selected, or called on multiple times each class." What's unique about your online teaching style? I try to minimize PowerPoint and limit screen share time. I want to see my students' faces as we discuss important topics. There are some classes like Data Analysis and Research Statistics & Analytical Inquiry where this is more difficult, but breaking out of PowerPoint for even a few minutes to discuss what we just went over can make a huge difference! It is my goal to have, as much as possible, a personal learning experience. What do you like most about the online learning mode at Jessup? Just like anywhere in life, we have to adjust and remain flexible. Instead of focusing on how online learning is unlike face-to-face classes, I prefer to look at the advantages that online learning allows. Breaking into and back out of groups for a large class discussion now…

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Pioneering a New Theatre Experience

Jessup’s theatre department has a solid reputation for producing some of the best theatre productions in Northern California. Due to the COVID pandemic, they had to cut their productions short last spring. Even though they couldn’t finish the season, they still received six Elly award nominations for their production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” This production was directed by former Disney cast member, Brance Cornelius and was the largest dance show ever performed at Jessup. The theatre department also won 11 Outstanding Achievement Awards for their fall production of “PICNIC” by William Inge and directed by Jennifer Martin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Visual and Performing Arts Division. “PICNIC”, a second-stage production was produced in the performance lab and only used upcycled items they had on hand. “My favorite memory of rehearsal was when we took the entire cast to an outdoor amphitheater and they performed their rehearsal outside with cell phone flashlights lighting the stage and the sound of crickets in the background,” said Martin. “As most of PICNIC” is set outdoors and it was thrilling to discover how the sensations of the outdoors played upon the characters.” Although they couldn’t meet face-to-face during the spring semester, theatre students showed up online and gave 100%. “My favorite moment was in Acting II when one of my students “showed up” to perform and had created a scenic design by rearranging her parent’s furniture and even hanging different pictures on her wall for a background. Her period-appropriate skirt was a tablecloth secured with a bobby pin,” said Martin. This fall, students are meeting face-to-face (socially distanced) with an online option for those who prefer distance learning. The goal is to continue classes in a safe and healthy manner. This means the performance lab is taped out for social distance purposes and students use special clear masks so they can see each other’s faces. As the theatre department reflects on the challenges ahead, they’re not giving up. Instead, they are confronting the situation head-on. “We, as a department, are going to engage in an exercise in resiliency,” said Martin. She recently reached out to Jessup’s theatre students with a personal letter and invitation to join them as they pioneer this new theatre experience. She encouraged them with these words. “There will be things that hunt you, haunt you, or try to stop you. You can try to outrun them, but there might be a time where you may need to turn around and confront them head-on…We want to create and learn together in a flexible and safe space. We will need to come together, six feet apart, in a way that hasn’t really been done before.” Jessup theatre has proven once again that setbacks are only opportunities to showcase resiliency, adaptability, and creativity. “Nothing, not even a global pandemic, can take away the need to tell stories and gather together in the act of empathetic listening,” said Martin. We can’t wait to see what they have in…

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Optimal Learning Both Online and in the Classroom with Scott Roberts, Ph.D.

Scott Roberts, Ph.D. fell in love with the idea of teaching while pursuing his undergraduate degree. After working for several years in the medical field, his passion for teaching never waned. He received his Ph.D., became a professor, and never looked back. Scott is now part of Jessup’s Faculty of Health, Applied, and Natural Sciences and serves as the Associate Dean and professor. He’s not only passionate about teaching but committed to creating an optimal learning environment for students, both online and in person. It’s a pleasure to welcome Scott to our Q&A discussion today.  How many years have you taught at Jessup?  5 years What classes do you teach? I teach Clinical Exercise Physiology, Exercise for Chronic Disease and Disabilities, and Exercise Testing and Prescription within the Kinesiology major. Briefly describe your path to teaching. While pursuing my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I was fortunate to be able and work as either a teaching and\or research assistant. I immediately fell in love with the idea of teaching. I enjoy helping others and sharing my knowledge of health and fitness with students. After finishing my master’s degree, I worked for several years in the medical field before deciding to pursue my Ph.D. and become a college professor. I have never once regretted my decision or path to becoming a college professor. I absolutely love being a college professor. How are you successfully transitioning your traditional classes to remote classes during this COVID-19 quarantine period? The transition last semester was rather seamless. The IT office at Jessup helped immensely with preparing courses ahead of time to transition to zoom. Because I have taught online courses in the past, the transition was really quite easy. Having previous experience with teaching online helped. What's unique about your online teaching style? I’m passionate, devoted, and committed to creating an optimal learning environment for students, whether the course is in person or via zoom. I believe I exhibit the same level of passion, energy, and dedication to teaching whether online or in person. I'm energetic and engaging and I believe I am able to keep the students’ attention both online and in person. What do you like most about the online learning mode at Jessup? I love being able to see all of the students’ faces and reactions on the screen at once. I feel that I am more effective, organized, and less distracted when teaching online than in a classroom. Although I really miss seeing my students in person, online learning has been for the most part an enjoyable experience for me personally. How can a student get the most out of an online learning experience? It’s the same as in a traditional classroom. Students should be organized, prepared, and engaged in the learning process. They should ask for help when needed and not be shy about opening up in class and asking questions. Be an engaged learner\participant! In addition to teaching at Jessup, do you (did you) have another career? I write quite…

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Jessup’s Enrollment Up 6.5% Amid Global Pandemic

William Jessup University continues to fulfill its mission of growing and equipping tomorrow’s leaders despite the unforeseen obstacles and challenges they’ve faced this year. Fall 2020 has become an unprecedented semester with the university seeing their overall student enrollment grow by 6.5% for a total of 1843 students becoming world-changers and transformational leaders. "Fall 2020 has demonstrated again that our students and families value the Jessup experience and promise,” said President Dr. John Jackson. “This increase in enrollment, in the face of state and national declining trends in higher education, suggests that the future is bright and full of hope for the Jessup community and our region." Jessup saw the strongest enrollment increase from their online programs which grew by 49.4% to 150 students. Their graduate programs grew 14.9% to 554 students and Jessup’s inaugural partnership program with Bethel brought in 150 students in the first four months of the program.   Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jessup’s dedication to their students and community hasn’t wavered. Their highly-skilled faculty and staff responded quickly and appropriately to unforeseen challenges, allowing Jessup to continue offering robust Christ-centered academic and career-driven programs. Jessup continues to educate and prepare the whole person, offering a forward-moving and future-focused community both online and in person. Through God’s faithful provision and the ongoing efforts of Jessup’s dedicated staff and faculty, students are safely pursuing their academic goals, growing in their relationships, and becoming transformational leaders for the glory of God.

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Jessup Provides Social Lift to Students

William Jessup University was recently awarded the No. 1 Top Performer in the Regional West for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report. In their 2021 “Best Colleges” rankings, they also identified Jessup as a stand-out school in several other categories, including Regional Colleges West (No. 2), Best Colleges for Veterans (No. 2), and Best Value Schools (No. 4) because they offer affordable education and exceptional life impact opportunity. Jessup has worked hard to achieve these rankings and is proud to partner with all students looking for a Christ-centered and career-ready education.  “We are grateful for these awards and recognitions because they help to honor the amazing faculty, staff, and student body that are assembled here at Jessup,” said Jessup President, Dr. John Jackson. “I believe our students are not only being prepared for future success, they are being shaped and encouraged to be women and men of faith who will bring hope to our culture. The diversity and unity experienced here at Jessup as a faith-based institution helps bring strength and encouragement to our entire region.” College affordability is one of the greatest challenges lower-income and first-generation students face when they pursue higher education. Jessup values diversity and giving every student the opportunity to earn a college degree. With the help of Pell Grants, eligible low-income students can receive federal aid that they typically do not have to pay back. They use this funding to pay for tuition, fees, room and board, and other college expenses. Jessup also offers students a number of scholarships and grants to help with tuition and college expenses. College admission isn’t the only hurdle students face. Jessup is committed to supporting students throughout their entire educational journey. Before students are enrolled, they provide comprehensive enrollment services and personalized staff who are invested in each student’s whole future. As a Jessup student, they have access to a wide range of career services, including internships and job preparedness information. They also have access to a network of specialized staff and faculty who will help them become career-ready. Jessup’s No. 4 “Best Value” school in the Regional West distinction highlights their financial aid department’s commitment to providing a wide variety of financial aid options, including institutional, federal, and state aid. By providing affordable higher education, they help eliminate the hurdles many students face when deciding if college is possible.  Jessup’s mission to educate transformational leaders for the glory of God is only realized when access to faith-integrated, transformative education is available to everyone. They are proud of their “Best Colleges” designations and the ways they are raising up Christ-honoring transformational leaders from all backgrounds. Jessup remains steadfast in their commitment to finding ways to increase affordability and social mobility efforts, making higher education accessible and attainable for all students. If a student can move from one socioeconomic class to another, they not only increase their earning potential and financial security, they have the tools and resources they need to positively impact their neighborhoods, communities, and future…

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Jessup Theatre Announces an Innovative and Unique Theatre Experience

William Jessup University’s award-winning theatre department proudly announces its first-ever, socially-distanced live theatre show with a simultaneous drive-in theatre experience. While most live theatre venues are currently dark, Jessup is hard at work producing "Bethlehem," an original, full-length rock opera about the nativity story. Written by Jessup Theatre Department Chair, Derek Martin, this story centers around Christ as the anchor of hope in turbulent times.   In order to entertain as many patrons as possible, especially during the holiday season, they decided to produce a full-length professional media experience (similar to Hamilton on Disney Plus). The production will utilize both staff and students, allowing students to learn alongside their professional mentors. It will be delivered drive-in movie theatre style on the Jessup campus. The unique drive-in experience will give patrons the opportunity to attend an event and connect with others safely from their cars. Churches and households will also have access to the movie through online links. “There is something powerful when we experience the same story, in one place, at a single moment in time. It binds us together and that is the power of theatre,” said Jennifer Martin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences-Visual and Performing Arts Division. “We are trying to facilitate a much-needed sense of community, while safely apart, in a new way, for a new time, with a new beat, on a familiar story.” Students will learn how to produce and deliver new work in an innovative format. By doing a live show, a drive-in movie theatre experience, and delivering "Bethlehem" to local churches and households, theatre students will not only practice their theatre skills, but they will also deliver the story of Emmanuel, God with us, to the community. 

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Preparing Administrative Educators for Exceptional Leadership

Jessup’s School of Education prepares educators for leadership roles so they can reach with compassion, teach with excellence, and learn for lifelong impact. For 16 years, we have offered an exceptional teaching credential program through our School of Education. We are excited to announce that the School of Education will begin offering a leadership option to the community.  After two years of dreaming and preparing, students now have the option to receive a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This credential, coupled with the MAEd, equips graduates to become administrators in schools and districts and to work in public and private educational organizations. “Public and private school administrators have significant influence and impact on the educational environment,” said Nathan Herzog, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education. “It is critical that we have ethical leaders in our schools to maintain healthy and safe environments.”  The program is designed to emphasize the importance of both research and practice. Graduate students participate in the field and through scenarios. The program also equips graduate students with the knowledge and skills they need to become both servant leaders and transformational leaders. As a faith-based institution, Jessup is in a unique position to speak into all aspects of leadership development and produce effective administrators in educational environments.  “We believe effective leaders are servant-leaders and they must understand the human condition to be able to effectively meet the needs of those they serve,” said Herzog.  Mentorship is a critical aspect of this program. The mentorship, academic preparation, and leadership development within this program provides credential candidates with knowledge, skills, and character needed to become effective transformational leaders within an educational context.   “The small class sizes at Jessup ensure that candidates will receive incredible access and support from the faculty they work with,” said Patrick McDougall, MAEd Administrative Credential Program Chair. “The average cohort within the MAEd program has 12 students and this creates a powerful context for teaching and learning.” The program also provides field experience and scenarios that produce graduates who are practitioners. We want administrative credential graduates to be able to ask good questions and conduct sound research that is informed by scholarship and reliable data. The administrative credential program is designed to place candidates in authentic situations similar to what they might face in the field. The program helps students develop the skills, professional dispositions, and competencies they will need to provide exceptional leadership for the students and staff they will serve. Jessup firmly believes MAEd Administrative credential graduates will significantly influence the leadership and thought culture within the administration of educational organizations. Through the scholar/practitioner model, students will be uniquely prepared for the challenges they will face when they assume leadership roles within the school system. 

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An Inside Peek into Jessup’s New MAEd Administrative Credential

Jessup is equipping graduates to become administrators in schools and districts and to work in public and private educational organizations through their new administrative credential program. Students in Jessup’s School of Education (SOE) can add a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to their Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree. I had the opportunity to interview three key educators in this program and learn a little more about their journeys to Jessup and this exciting new credential.  David Bills, MAEd serves as the Associate Dean in the School of Education. He spent 18 years as a public school teacher before becoming the principal at Rocklin High School. He finished his public school experience (31 years) as an Assistant Superintendent in the Yuba City School District. Prior to joining the faculty at Jessup’s School of Education, he served on the SOE Advisory Board.  David, could you tell me a little bit about the new administrative credential and your role within this program?  The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) is for educators looking to serve in leadership roles within their schools, district, and state. My role is to oversee the field experience part of the credentialing experience.  How does servant leadership and ethics play a role in this credential? Leaders are always ones who must make ethical decisions. It’s important they look at all sides of an issue, listen well, and have empathy before deciding the next steps in any situation. In these classes, students wrestle with real-life issues that have multiple paths forward and learn how to navigate the most difficult situations. We use the model of Christ. We come to serve, not to be served. Our candidates learn they are alone at the bottom of an upside-down pyramid. They’re supporting the school, not at the top being served. Mary Rountree, Ed.D. is the Chair of the Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential programs. She taught at the K-6 level for 15 years and served as a TK-6 site principal for 16 years. She also served as the Director of Professional Learning at the district K-12 level and as a Consultant for the California Department of Education in the Curriculum Frameworks and Standards division. For the past seven years, she has worked with the Sacramento County Office of Education through Jessup’s SOE and coordinates the Masters in Applied Leadership program. Mary, what makes your teaching style/this credential program different from other credential programs? My teaching style integrates the practical application of ideas and theories and focuses on ethics and Christian principles in a public school setting. What types of careers do students with this credential typically pursue? Many students become vice-principals and principals, and some become curriculum specialists at the district level. Tell me a little about the mentoring aspect of this program. Why is mentoring so important? New leaders are sometimes too eager and too hesitant when placed in a new position and a mentor provides valuable feedback, guidance, and support. Patrick…

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Training Future Fitness Professionals

Jessup’s kinesiology program has teamed with the National Academy of Sports Medicine to provide elite fitness training and certification. Jessup’s kinesiology program is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Through this partnership, students have the opportunity to obtain a certification in personal training that’s aligned with one of Jessup’s kinesiology courses, Exercise Leadership and Personal Training. This course and certification integrate Jessup’s cutting-edge curriculum with NASM’s state-of-the-art training methodology, preparing future fitness professionals for careers in the exercise, sports, and health industries. “Our mission is to improve global fitness and wellness by empowering students with the knowledge and tools to transform lives,” said Laurie McCartney, president of NASM. “Through this exciting collaboration with William Jessup University’s kinesiology program, we’re making our highly sought-after programs much more accessible, and we’re creating a long-term career path for health and fitness professionals looking to advance their education.” Students who complete the personal training certification program can conduct accurate fitness assessments, recruit and retain clients, develop evidence-based exercise programs, teach and demonstrate proper techniques, and challenge clients to improve their overall fitness and quality of life. “Our goal is to create a fitness training experience like no other,” said Parker Daniells, Lead Faculty of Kinesiology. “That’s why we aligned ourselves with NASM. They’re the industry leaders, setting the bar around the world for fitness certification. We knew they would best prepare our students for successful careers as fitness professionals.” This certification is also open to Jessup students who are part of other university programs or departments. Any Jessup student seeking to obtain a personal training certificate has the opportunity to take the course and sit for the exam pending they have the prerequisites for the course. They can receive this certification in addition to their chosen undergraduate degree. For more information about the personal training certificate or Jessup’s kinesiology program, contact Parker Daniells (pdaniells@jessup.edu).

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Navigating Uncharted Territory with Professor Allan Erselius

Allan Erselius’ first year as an adjunct business professor at Jessup has been anything but “normal.” As professors across the campus planned for the unpredictable Fall 2020 semester, Allan jumped right in, preparing to teach Consumer Marketing, Business Management Principles, and Biblical Foundations of Personal Finance to undergraduate and adult degree completion students. Allan was ready for this new challenge after spending more than 40 years in the corporate business world.  Allan graciously took the time out of his busy semester to tell us a little about his journey to Jessup, his vision for the business program, and what he hopes his students will walk away with when they graduate. It’s a pleasure to welcome Allan to our Q&A discussion today. Briefly describe your path to teaching. I graduated from Biola University in 1977 with a degree in History, hoping to teach at a Christian high school. However, after graduation, I was offered a marketing position for a hotel company.  I have continuously used teaching skills throughout my corporate career in developing leaders.  I retired from corporate life in December 2019 and sought to mentor Jessup students entering the business world. The leadership asked me to teach traditional classes and offer advice to those students. What's unique about your teaching style? How have you adapted this to an online platform? My teaching style is conversational which might be unorthodox. I desire that our students know the academic material presented and apply that knowledge to current situations that face us. If we want transformational leaders in business, we must provide them the platform to express their opinions. The classroom is the starting point for the discussions that hopefully will continue in the workplace. With online courses, the course material is essentially the same but there are more online discussions of topics between classmates and between instructors and students. As online students can access the materials in the early morning or late at night, the need for immediate responses to questions is imperative. Those “teaching moments” where a student is exercising critical thinking and developing an idea or question can come at any time. As an online instructor, I have to be flexible with my time and be ready to text discussions at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning and 10 p.m. on weeknights. Those teaching moments are memorable for both the instructor and the student. In addition to teaching at Jessup, did you have another career? My career started in consumer marketing for theme parks like SeaWorld and Six Flags. I developed national promotions and corporate sponsorships for those organizations. Later I worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball club as the Director of Ticket Marketing. I transitioned from the entertainment industry to executive management positions for various hotel management companies and senior housing companies. I found that many of my general managers/executive directors needed help in leadership development. We intentionally developed a culture to empower employees and set a positive example of servant leadership.  How are you using your "real-world" experience…

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Jessup Announces Partnership with Blues FC and Plans for New On-Campus Soccer Complex

Jessup Athletics just announced a new 15-year partnership with the local competitive club soccer program Blues FC. The partnership will begin with the construction of a brand new soccer complex on the Rocklin campus.  “I believe that this partnership and agreement with Blues FC, the gift they are giving us, is monumental for our university and will appropriately benefit their club as well. Beyond Jessup and the Blues FC this is a win for our community as it will also serve the youth of our community in such a positive, impactful way,” said Athletic Director Lance Von Vogt. This more than $2 million includes construction costs and overall upkeep of the soccer facility. “This partnership with the good people at William Jessup University signifies both a new beginning and an unbelievable opportunity for the Blues FC,” said Dominick DeRosa, a representative of Blues FC. “Our members have been saving, fundraising, and donating since 2009, waiting for an opportunity such as we are announcing today.” Jessup President John Jackson added that this partnership allows for the dream of William Jessup University to grow even larger, as this new chapter of Jessup begins. “We are pleased to partner with Blues FC for a new soccer complex on the Jessup campus,” said Jackson. “The benefits to the Jessup community and the region in bringing this level of excellence to our area are outstanding.” Discussions between Jessup and Blues FC have been ongoing for approximately 18-months and have been led by Von Vogt after an introduction by head men’s soccer coach Greg Lazaga. “Since the day I stepped on campus, I have been dreaming of this day, and it is now a reality,” says Lazaga, who is in his fifth season as head coach. “In a year of so much uncertainty and trial, how great is it to receive such a blessing for our campus and our student-athletes. God is good!" “Our values of providing an environment that encourages our players to grow into responsible, accountable, and exceptional young men and women parallels William Jessup University’s vision for their graduates and will provide not only soccer opportunities but personal growth opportunities we could not provide on our own,” added DeRosa on the partnership. Blues FC will be working directly with the selected field turf company to contract the installation of the field.  Jessup will coordinate directly with the field turf company to execute the project management of the installation of the field. After the first 18-months of the field’s operation, the Blues will contribute $3,000 a month for continued field maintenance and improvements. To begin construction, Jessup is providing the land, grading, and five inches of crushed rock for the base. The Blues will then provide an NFL grade turf surface, measuring 180 yards by 80 yards. The turf surface will be large enough for 1.5 regular sized fields vertically or four practice fields horizontally, allowing for both Jessup men’s and women’s soccer teams to practice simultaneously. “The all-weather turf field will provide our…

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Preparing Students for the Real World with Professor Scott Alvord

Business development and marketing are part of professor Scott Alvord’s DNA. For more than 30 years, Scott has built and run companies, consulted, taught, and sat on numerous committees and boards. He currently serves nearly full-time as a Roseville City Councilmember. Scott enjoys teaching students of all ages and has been an adjunct professor in Jessup’s business department since Spring 2017. It’s a pleasure to welcome Scott to our Q&A discussion today. Briefly describe your path to teaching. I taught computer programming to 7th and 8th graders as a guest teacher for many years and always enjoyed watching lightbulbs come on in my students. I've always been involved in coaching, instructing, and training in the business world, and when I was asked to teach at Jessup, it felt like it was the right thing to do. What's unique about your teaching style and how have you adapted this style to an online platform? When I look back over my college education in both bachelor's and master's programs, the most valuable courses I can remember are the ones where the instructor gave us a taste of what the real world was like. Theory is good but working on projects that helped me learn how to function on a team or with a customer still stick with me to this day. When I teach, I try to help the students learn what it's like in a real-world situation. I think it helps the book theory stick better and make more sense. I also try to be vulnerable and share personal experiences and examples including a few, "ask me anything" moments where I've taught techniques to make passive money on the side as a student and even business dinner etiquette. In addition to teaching at Jessup, do you have another career? Yes, I'm a Roseville City Councilmember and it's nearly a full-time job by choice. I also run some small companies that do business consulting, software development, author services and publishing, and a business roundtable. I have designed my professional life to keep myself busy but with enough flexibility to enjoy my family. How are you using your "real-world" experience to help students in your program? In our marketing class, we always take on a real-world client project with at least a $5,000 budget they provide for us. After some in-depth training, the class becomes a real marketing company. We interview the client, design target avatars, and a marketing approach. Then we do some incredible things. In our history, we broke ticket sales records for the Sacramento Ballet's “The Nutcracker”, set sales records for the Strawberry Festival over Mother's Day weekend, sent large amounts of highly-targeted traffic to the Roseville Chamber of Commerce's website, and helped Little Bear Tree Farm sell out of their allotted Christmas trees only two weeks into their season. Each class also breaks into teams and creates a full-blown marketing plan for a fictitious product they select.  As an integral part of Jessup's business department, what's your vision for…

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Living Out Their Calling

As the eldest of six children in a single-parent household, Lanisha Grider was a natural leader. She worked hard in school, set a positive example, and helped her mother take care of her siblings. When Lanisha was a sophomore in high school, her mother passed away. “All I knew at that point was that I had Jesus and that my siblings needed to know they could still live out their dreams,” said Lanisha. She always dreamed of furthering her education but also knew she wanted to devote the first four years of her adult life to shaping and building Christ-like character. She decided to apply to Jessup after she had a Jessup alumna as a high school substitute teacher, ultimately choosing the school because of the responsive, attentive, and kind admissions counselors. “Being a first-generation college student, I needed that kindness.” Witnessing the strong character and leadership qualities of the professors in the classroom and watching them worship God at chapel made Lanisha’s Jessup experience powerful. “When (Jessup) leaders have the character of Christ and honor God with their lives, the Spirit of God touches the hearts of everyone who comes to Jessup,” said Lanisha.   Lanisha’s younger sister Ambriana joined her at Jessup a year later. As a public policy major, Ambriana wanted to learn as much as she could about public service. After experiencing an academic “rough patch” and unsure about graduate school, Ambriana turned to Jessup’s Career & Life Planning department. “I am thankful for all the resume edits and encouragement, as it helped build my professionalism in college and helped me get an awesome internship with the Housing Authority of Roseville,” said Ambriana. “I was also able to pursue my dream of graduate school despite the setbacks, which I credit to the support I received from this department.”  Lanisha and Ambriana graduated from Jessup in 2019 and 2020, respectively. They both work as housing coordinators for a non-profit in the Bay Area, finding housing for people with developmental disabilities. “We chose this organization because we have three siblings with developmental disabilities,” said Lanisha. “It’s comforting to know that our siblings can live independently should they ever want to. Adults with disabilities need a strong advocacy network to be their voice. We are proud to be a part of that network.”  Ambriana is also part of CSU East Bay’s Public Administration graduate program and hopes to work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) after graduation. She’s thankful for how her public policy degree prepared her for her master’s program and the ways Jessup’s Career and Life Planning department guided her along her career path. “It is important for me to understand the different housing laws and public programs that my organization works closely with,” said Ambriana. “I would say the foundation my degree gave me was so important, and I think it was the perfect fit for me, as it has given me confidence in the opportunities I have now.”  For more information about…

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Applying Experiences Towards A Degree

Miguel Cervantes’ “learning experiences” started well before he enrolled at Jessup. He served 18 years in the US Marines, working in special operations and counterintelligence and visiting more than 10 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. When his service was over, he began working in the safety field and now works as a safety director.  After many years of on-the-job experience, Miguel dreamed of completing his bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. “When I first heard about Jessup, I was attending another university,” said Miguel. “During my first course, I just did not feel right attending. However, as soon as I set foot on Jessup’s Rocklin campus, I felt like it was exactly where I needed to be. Overall, I felt it was God's calling.” When Miguel learned about Jessup’s Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program, he contacted the academics department, completed a CPL portfolio, and found out his military experience would apply toward his degree and help him graduate in less time. “My military experience included lessons learned from growing as a person and developing into a leader,” said Miguel. “Specifically, some of these were honesty, integrity, confidence, inspiring others, communicating, public speaking, decision-making, accountability, delegation, empowerment, resilience, courage, humility, transparency, vision, and faith.”  While Miguel continues to work toward his degree, he’s also utilizing some of Jessup’s other exceptional learning resources. When he was between jobs, he reached out to the Office of Career and Life Planning. The staff provided invaluable feedback that helped him improve his resume and discover potential career paths during his job search. They also provided numerous resources including hiring events and websites with job postings.  Miguel is excited to use his organizational leadership degree in his current job and in his spiritual life. “Sometimes I feel maybe God placed me in my position to aid others to get through tough times. I am definitely developing into a more compassionate leader,” said Miguel.  About the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program CPL allows Jessup students the opportunity to earn credit for learning experiences that take place outside the classroom and are equivalent to college-level work. Using their CPL, students can streamline their education, avoid redundant or unnecessary courses, and save on their overall tuition. Students can apply a maximum of 30 units toward their bachelor’s degree requirements. For more information about this program, please visit their program page. 

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Crime Scene Investigator?

Jessup’s Criminal Justice degree program is excited to announce they are developing a new Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) introductory course for students. The proposed course includes a forensic science overview, specifically focusing on the field aspect of crime scene investigations. It will also include crime scene documentation methods, equipment used for evidence detection, fingerprint evidence, crime scene processing techniques, courtroom testimony, and more. The Criminal Justice Department has teamed up with Krisha Lovitto, a Supervising Forensic Investigator who works with the Sacramento Police Department to develop the course curriculum. Krisha graciously took some time to tell us a little more about her background, how she learned about Jessup, and what students can expect from this new course. It’s a pleasure to welcome Krisha to our Q&A discussion today.  Please tell me a little about your background, specifically your involvement with CSI and the Sacramento PD. I started my career as a field Crime Scene Investigator with the Sacramento PD in 2005. In 2007, I was assigned to our Investigations Division as a Lead Forensic Investigator, responding primarily to major crimes such as homicides, officer-involved shootings and cold cases. In 2011, I moved into a supervisor role where I currently oversee the crime scene investigation unit, evidence lab, forensic training, and the CSI Academy. My prior work experience includes working as an Evidence Specialist for the Napa County Sheriff’s Department and as a Deputy Coroner with the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office. I hold a BS in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University and a MS in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven. How did you learn about Jessup and our criminal justice department? In Fall 2019, I received an email from the director of Jessup’s career and life planning department asking for volunteers to be on a criminal justice career panel. I wasn’t sure what to expect but thought it might be a great networking opportunity for students interested in a field I am very passionate about. So I said yes! That evening, I had the opportunity to meet a handful of students and Keith Bolte. Mr. Bolte had mentioned a strong student interest in the field of forensics and I passed along my contact information to him as a resource. We kept in contact and now I am very excited to assist Jessup in this new course.  What's unique about the new CSI course and why should students consider taking this course? This course, and hopefully future courses, will focus on the field aspect of forensics. There are two main disciplines within the forensics field. The first is criminalistics. It focuses on the laboratory setting where different types of evidence is analyzed. Criminalists are usually employed by accredited labs and have backgrounds in biology or chemistry. The second is field services/crime scene investigation, which is the aspect of forensic science that addresses the identification, collection, preservation, transportation, and preliminary evaluation of evidence. Crime scene investigators are usually employed by local city or county law enforcement and have backgrounds in…

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Jessup’s Aviation Program Receives Generous Scholarship Gift

The Jessup Aviation program is excited to announce they recently received gifts totaling $50,000, which endow a scholarship fund for the aviation program. The George W. Towers, Jr. Memorial Endowment Fund for Aviation will provide scholarships for Jessup’s aviation students beginning in Fall 2022.  Jessup’s aviation program produces highly-skilled, industry-ready, principled aviation professionals. Even amidst pandemic restrictions, several students earned their private pilot’s licenses. Patrick Marquina was one of these students. “I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to fly,” said Marquina. He is currently an AFROTC Cadet and hopes to serve as an Air Force pilot when he graduates. As the son of a pilot, Brett Bickerstaff has flying in his blood. He also earned his private pilot’s license this past year. “This is my dream career. I love a challenge as well as the complexity and dedication this degree program requires,” said Bickerstaff.  Jessup’s aviation instructors are dedicated to helping their students build character and achieve their aviation goals. For more information about Jessup endowment scholarships, click here. If you’re interested in learning more about Jessup’s aviation program, check out their program page. About George W. Towers, Jr.  George W. Towers, Jr. was born in 1933. He became an Air Force ROTC cadet at Fresno State and graduated first in his flight class in 1955. He began his career as a lieutenant and spent his service years flying officers and their families between California, Hawaii, and Japan. After completing his tour of duty, George entered the insurance business in San Francisco. He passed away in 2018 and was survived by his wife of 59 years, their four children, and four grandchildren. Whether in flying, insurance, or family, George always had a passion for serving others. Bradley Towers founded the endowment fund this year in memory of his father, George W. Towers, Jr.

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Jessup’s School of Business Graduates First MAcc Class

Jessup’s School of Business recently graduated its first Master of Accountancy (MAcc) class from the newly launched MAcc program on the Rocklin campus. This one-year graduate degree program includes relevant courses in taxation, audit, and financial reporting. It also covers data analytics, cloud-based industry systems, finance trends, management decision making, and professional ethics. The MAcc curriculum meets the state’s educational requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and prepares students for public, private, and government accounting positions.  “The MAcc program has helped me bring new insight to my workplace. It has allowed me to understand more about forecasting, analysis, and even taxation. These are key elements that allow me to better fill my role in my current career,” said Mary H. (‘20). “It has allowed other job opportunities to open up to me that would not have been possible without the MAcc program.” The Jessup MAcc coursework embeds a top-tier commercial CPA prep course for all four portions of the exam. The curriculum emphasizes professional ethics throughout and is taught primarily by industry practitioners and industry leaders. For example, the adjunct specialist teaching Accounting Information Systems oversees accounting in North America for Oracle Corporation and the auditing course practitioner was a senior audit partner at Deloitte, the largest CPA firm in the world. He also served as the Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.   “MAcc professors provide life experiences and have first-hand knowledge of the subject matter,” said Mary H. “But what stands out to me is the fact that the courses not only consist of the textbook and professor experience, they’re also a CPA prep course.” In Fall 2021, Jessup’s School of Business will offer the MAcc on the main Rocklin campus and is exploring expanding to the Silicon Valley (San Jose) campus and online. The live online classes would be offered one evening a week and students would be able to complete the program in under two years. “We are thrilled to be exploring additional options/locations for those desiring to earn a relevant graduate degree in accounting and advancing their careers,” said MAcc Director Dr. Manuel Salazar. “I expect we’ll begin enrolling next month for our exciting fall semester.”  For more information about Jessup’s MAcc program, please visit their program page.

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Natural Help from a Supernatural God

Deciding to ask for help isn’t easy for anyone, but for Jessup alumna Leilua Linboe, asking for help wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity. Growing up in Washington, Leilua’s single-parent family lived on welfare. While her mom worked hard to provide for her family, it wasn’t enough to make ends meet. That’s when Leilua realized she needed to seek out help. God strategically placed people in her life who came alongside her, providing practical support and spiritual guidance. This support and guidance came in all forms - taking her to basketball practice, having her over for dinner, paying for her SAT test, helping her apply to college, and even helping her buy college supplies. At a friend’s suggestion, she enrolled at Yakima Valley Community College in Washington and played on their basketball team for two years. Unsure where to go next, God met her again through a family who had helped take care of her in high school. They recently moved to Rocklin and suggested she send her basketball film to Jessup and live with them to save money. Jessup’s basketball coach welcomed her to the team and she played at Jessup for three years.  With money still tight, Leilua decided to join the National Guard. Working with Jessup and the Guard, she was able to go to basic training and continue attending college. “I was activated a couple of different times while going to school at Jessup. One was for the Oroville Dam and another for the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa in 2017,” said Leilua. Professor Scott Roberts was always supportive and very understanding. I couldn’t have graduated without his guidance and support.” In 2018, Leilua graduated with a Kinesiology degree. Not only was she a first-generation college graduate, but she was also the only one of her siblings to graduate high school.  Leilua is now full-time active duty with the National Guard. While she’s not using her kinesiology degree in her current position, she’s still using skills she learned at Jessup. “I am working in retention. It’s a lot like a counselor. You have to listen to what the soldier might need and what they don’t like about the National Guard so that you can fix it or help get them somewhere they might be more comfortable,” said Leilua. “The care and support my teachers at Jessup showed me is how I try to be with the soldiers. I love to serve and help.” Recently, Leilua was asked to be in a National Guard commercial. “It was all God again just opening doors,” said Leilua. “They needed someone who had been on a fire mission so I sent in pictures and a week later I was on a flight to LA along with 20 others from around the country. I think everyone was most excited and proud that it was actual soldiers in the commercial.” The commercial took two weeks to shoot. “They were long days and there was a lot of “hurry up and wait”…

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One Brave Step at a Time

Lizzy Whitling was no stranger to life in ministry. Her parents served in full-time ministry throughout her childhood and continue to serve in ministry today. She knew college was something she wanted to do but wasn’t sure how it would all come together. As the oldest of four children, Lizzy grew up in a rural area with limited internet and no grocery stores or cell phone service. “Going to college was more than moving out of my parent’s house and away from my community,” said Lizzy. “It was my first time facing the “normal” things of society. That was more overwhelming than I even realized at the time.” When she found Jessup, she knew that God was asking her to be brave and take the next step. “I chose Jessup because I knew a Christ-centered education would not only prepare me for my future career but would be one of the most valuable things I could do with my college years,” said Lizzy. “I also chose Jessup because of the generosity of the institution and donors. I received multiple scholarships, lifting the financial burden of attending college from me and my family.”  With dreams of becoming a healthcare professional, Lizzy chose Jessup’s psychology program because it had nearly every pre-requisite class she needed to get accepted into a number of prestigious graduate programs. “Because of Jessup’s small class sizes and catalyst-minded faculty, I was able to adjust things as necessary to accommodate what I personally needed to reach my goals and pursue my dreams,” said Lizzy.  When it was time to look for an internship, Lizzy turned to Jessup’s Career and Life Planning (CLP) department. “The CLP department allowed me to use what I was learning in the classroom out in the local community. They also prepared me for graduate school,” said Lizzy. “The outstanding staff helped me build my resume so that I could attain multiple jobs during my time at Jessup and connected me to local internship opportunities.”  Throughout her time at Jessup, Lizzy had occupational therapy (OT) internships at Sutter’s Rehabilitation Institute, Ride to Walk, and Baby Steps Therapy Clinic. These internships required emails, interviews, background checks, live scans, drug tests, and paperwork. The CLP team helped Lizzy with each step of the process. Through these internships, God awakened her passion for occupational therapy and helping others. She was also able to include all her internships in her graduate school applications. Lizzy ultimately chose Loma Linda University Health in Southern California for graduate school. The internships impacted her acceptance into graduate school and played a vital role in her ability to follow her dreams and serve her local community. “The most important thing I learned from these internships was that I loved the career I was pursuing. My confidence grew exponentially,” said Lizzy. “Occupational therapy was a career that God brought to my attention through different dreams and experiences. I was walking in faith and my confidence was in God’s faithfulness.” Lizzy was quick to point out…

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Embracing New Opportunities with Confidence

As our world becomes more interconnected, there is a greater need for transformational leaders in the digital arena. Jessup’s Digital Communication and Design program addresses this critical need by strategically combining a traditional communication studies degree and a digital design degree, producing graduates who have the tools they need to design and deliver messages in an interconnected world. Students are taught by industry leaders who mentor and train them to become indispensable to organizations, businesses, and ministry. Alyssa Flores is a sophomore in the Digital Communication and Design program. The program’s versatile curriculum allows her to explore her career interests and discover her passions. “The program helps me narrow down my career interests by providing hands-on experiences,” said Alyssa. In less than two years, Alyssa has worked with both marketing and social media teams on campus. “It’s cool using everything I am learning in my classes for my job,” said Alyssa. “I recently took a class called "Writing for the Media" where I learned what effective branding looked like. It was such an effective course. Understanding how to communicate through writing, especially in a digital age, is important. I am blessed I can learn these skills and bring them to my job.” Through her classes and on-campus jobs, Alyssa has narrowed down her career path options. In the last year, Alyssa also co-hosted two of Jessup’s “Preview Day” events. “My favorite part about hosting these productions was showing prospective students how Jessup is making an impact in my life. The community, the classes, everything about Jessup is wonderful. I am so glad that I can tell prospective students about my experiences here,” said Alyssa. “Preview Day was a blast. I loved working with everyone behind the scenes. They were humble and graceful and it made this experience a memorable one - so memorable that I am now interested in broadcast journalism!” Alyssa now has the opportunity to apply for the New York City Semester in Journalism at The King’s College. Through this program, she’ll complete her journalism concentration and intern at a news station, talk show, or even a media outlet like Buzzfeed. “I hope to use this as a stepping stone in my career. Digital Communication and Design majors have so many career options. I am branching out to see which thing I like the best,” said Alyssa. “Wherever I’m placed, I know God will use me.” Mentoring is another important part of student life at Jessup, especially in the Digital Communication and Design program. Professor Paul Robins heads up the program and comes alongside Alyssa, helping her navigate career paths and college life. “Paul is always up for a conversation about anything and tells us what we should hear, not what we want to hear. I think having healthy relationships with professors here on campus is great,” said Alyssa. “Paul is such a supportive professor. Whenever digital communication students have an issue with anything, Paul is our go-to. He is just full of wisdom.”  Alyssa is excited to be…

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Making Waves in the Insurance Field

Jessup alumni are transforming the workplace, building their careers, strengthening relationships, and reaching the world for Christ. Kyle Smith is an alumnus who’s making waves in the insurance field. Kyle graduated in 2008 with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Bible and Theology. He was recently named a member of the 2020 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Company. Only 18% of New York Life’s 12,000 licensed agents are given this designation for their sales achievement. Kyle graciously took some time to reflect on his journey and experiences at Jessup and tell us a little bit about his recent career highlights. It’s a pleasure to welcome Kyle to our Q&A discussion today.  What was your journey to Jessup like? I started going to a Christian school in 3rd grade and graduated from Forest Lake Christian School in 2003. I played varsity soccer for three years and competitive soccer year-round. I went to American River College and played soccer there as well. After one year, I decided to take a break from soccer and focus on school. Halfway through that next semester, I knew I still wanted to play. I was invited to an open tryout at Jessup. I accepted a scholarship to play at Jessup and played for three years. Why did you choose Jessup?  Soccer brought me to Jessup, but the friendships and teachers made my years there so amazing. Why did you choose your specific major/career path?  Growing up, my best friend and I had a landscape company. It started out as weed eating and cleaning up yards, then quickly turned into full maintenance and installation of new yards. I loved being my own boss and seeing my hard work pay off. I did not know what kind of business I wanted to run or own, but I knew I wanted it to be mine. That is why I chose a business administration degree. How did Jessup support your academic goals? Honestly, I was never a student who loved school. I kept grades so that I could play soccer. However, once I got into my business classes, I really enjoyed the real-world application. I learned how to write a business plan, how to read and understand profit and loss statements for business, and the power of compounding interest and dollar-cost averaging. I still use these skills today in my financial advising practice. You were recently named a member of the 2020 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Company. Can you tell me a little more about this prestigious designation? I started my financial advising practice in November 2010 when I partnered with New York Life. New York Life recognizes their advisors on their fiscal year growth with new and current clients. I have achieved Quality Council every year since 2013. Last year, we achieved new heights by qualifying for Executive Council and we’re currently on track to meet the same goal this year. To me, this achievement is a direct reflection of the…

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Professor Spotlight – Ed Rice

Professor Ed Rice brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Jessup’s School of Business. For many years, he managed a $2.4B net revenue portfolio providing services to many Fortune 100 companies like HP, SalesForce, P&G, Samsung, Nestle, and Nokia. He ran a mergers and acquisitions startup company hosted by HP to $240M in net revenue in one year and was one of the architects of the World Wide Web (W3C technical architect).  Students in Professor Rice’s Business Strategy, Project Management, and Global Operations and Supply Chain courses participate in class discussions, regularly pitch ideas and present them to the class, analyze weekly news, and walk through current “real-world” events, contacting leaders and learning from them. “I share what I know and explain why it's so important to understand (not just learn). I love explaining how all these 'parts' connect in a way that the whole is greater than the sum, said Professor Rice. “If you take my classes you'll be able to take on any business challenge.” We had the opportunity to sit down with Professor Rice and learn a little more about his background, how he’s helping students become transformational leaders, and what he hopes his business students will take with them when they leave his classroom.  How long have you taught at Jessup? I started teaching at Jessup in 2016. What specific job/life experiences do you bring to the classroom? Managed a $2.4B net revenue portfolio providing services to most of the Fortune 100 companies with 180,000 employees Managed the HPE/HPI technology operations center (splitting the 16th largest company in the world into two fortune 50 companies in 9 months, over 300 countries) Ran a startup to $240M in net revenue in one year Managed more than 90 mergers and acquisitions globally Managed operations for HP Networking with double-digit growth every quarter that I managed them Responsible for digital marketing at Hewlett Packard (VP) One of the architects of the worldwide web (W3C technical architect) Ordained in 2006 VP of Technology at Educational Media Foundation (1000+ radio stations, 10th largest streamer globally) Built seven successful startups Husband and Dad What’s a prominent business issue/challenge our world is facing today and how are you preparing your students to face this challenge? The world is largely managed by large corporations. They impact our lives more than our state or federal governments at times. How different would the world be if we had Christian leadership leading the Fortune 100 companies? How are you helping students become transformational leaders in the workforce and in life? I emphasize the role of leadership. Being a good leader is so important. Being a good leader who knows how a balance sheet works, can manage any project, and always thinks strategically will not only change the student but whatever tasks they take on. Complete the following sentence: “Every Jessup business student should leave my classroom knowing…” How important it is to bring Christian values to the workplace, how to maintain those values, and how to…

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Why Employers Love Hiring Math Majors

Many students enjoy math but wonder if a math degree translates into a sustainable and fulfilling career. They question its relevance in today’s business world and if they have the skills employers look for in an employee. Bradley Wagner, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Applied Sciences assures us that math is still very relevant in today’s society. “Mathematics is fundamental in the development of the modern discipline of computer science and continues to be relevant in cutting edge areas of that field including machine learning, cryptography, and quantum computing,” says Wagner. “Both pure and applied mathematics are relevant to these areas of research and others across all STEM fields.” Employers love hiring math majors because they possess exceptional analytical thinking skills, pay close attention to details, and can problem-solve through rigorous and methodical processes. “In every job, there will be obstacles to overcome, problems to solve, challenges to face,” says Wagner. “The skills learned as a math major focus on approaching each such situation in a methodical manner to make sure all possible solutions are explored and that the chosen solution is fully fleshed out before being implemented to minimize unintended consequences.” Whatever career they choose, students who graduate from Jessup’s math program walk into the next chapter of their lives with the problem-solving skills they need to face challenges in the workplace and in life. “An employer who hires a graduate of Jessup’s math program will get a hard-working employee who’s ready to face and successfully overcome the challenges that are presented,” says Wagner. “They do so while demonstrating a good work ethic and high moral character.” Interested in learning more about Jessup’s exceptional math program, please visit their program page. 

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Jessup Launches School of Psychology

William Jessup University is proud to announce the launch of the School of Psychology. The Department of Psychology has been expanding its program offerings for a number of years, launching multiple new delivery models at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. The School of Psychology was launched in August 2020 in accordance with this expansion. The mission of this new entity is to recognize that psychology, integrated with a seasoned, mature faith and anchored to sound Christian principles, can influence and guide the university, community, culture, and those who are preparing for the helping professions. “We recognize that each student carries a vision into the future, beyond what they may even know, and it is the mission of this school to tap that potential and help them direct it toward a fulfilled life where they have the capacity to help others,” said Jeff Stone, Ph.D., Dean, School of Psychology. “We seek to model careful faith integration, where core beliefs confront the confounding and often confusing aspects of life. We consider this a privilege and a calling.” “I am a completely different person since beginning this program 26 months ago,” said a current MACP graduate psychology student. “Thinking of myself as a therapist is amazing and such a privilege. I have grown personally so much. I see people and the world vastly different than before." The faculty in Jessup’s School of Psychology possess solid scholarship in their field, and each member brings a unique capacity to help round out the academic experience for students. Some of these unique contributions include expertise in the blending of biology and psychology, blending Biblical and psychological principles, sensitive attunement to evolving issues of cultural diversity, and sound clinical wisdom in the counseling professions. Each faculty member wrestles with the psychological complexities of life in light of God’s revelations and each carries this vision into the mentoring relationship with students. This unique blend of faith integration and scholarship sets the William Jessup University School of Psychology apart from similar university programs. "My professors have helped me learn more about myself, which in turn has given me new insights into others,” said a current psychology undergraduate student. “No matter what career I pursue with my psychology degree, I will be bringing deeper interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.” For more information about Jessup’s School of Psychology, visit their program page.

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Leading by Example

Daniel Mota is a Jessup business major who’s already on his way to becoming a leader, change-maker, and entrepreneur. He’s articulate, passionate about making a difference, and loves helping others succeed. Daniel was recently accepted into the Amazon Web Services University Scout Program (AWS USP). This is a scouting program that trains university students to become a pipeline between venture capital firms/angel investors and startup founders. Daniel is already using his education and experiences within the Jessup community and finding ways to spark positive change out in the world. I’m honored to welcome Daniel to our Q&A discussion today. Tell me a little about your background. Have you always been an entrepreneur?  I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is known as the “business hub” of South America. I am a missionary kid who grew up in a non-profit environment and was blessed to attend an international Christian school through scholarships. Within the international schools, I was exposed to families with extreme wealth and influence. Through my parent’s non-profit, Restoration Ministries, I was exposed to extreme poverty in the slums. An entrepreneur is about solving problems, and all I saw in the slums were social problems such as a lack of education, extreme violence, and sanitation problems. My first idea was not for profit, but for a social initiative to take the wealthy students from the international schools to the slums to provoke a change of heart and inspire change. Thankfully, it worked! It started with one student, then five, then twenty students, who all wanted to connect and build relationships with the teenagers from the slums. This broke down walls of discrimination and prejudice when they realized they were more similar to one another than they thought.  Why did you choose Jessup? I didn’t choose Jessup, God did. In the search for my next destination after high school, I was given an amazing opportunity to attend a prestigious international business school. However, I felt anxious and unsure when I considered pursuing that school. But when I considered Jessup, I felt peace and a sense of assurance, even though it didn’t make financial sense for me. I took a leap of faith and God has been faithful with what he started. I am currently in my junior year and am pursuing a business major with a concentration in finance and management. I will graduate in the Spring of 2022. What business idea are you most proud of? As of right now, it is the Peace Project Initiative. The reason behind it is because the results are immediate. The Peace Project helps a selected small business or non-profit that has been affected by the pandemic with free and professional digital marketing services. Recruiting, training, and providing resources to my team members has been a blast. I was able to develop a direct relationship with a Hubspot representative to provide us tools and resources to train and develop students who are involved in the Peace Project. This initiative will…

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More than a Major

Math is the foundation of logic and science, yet many students shy away from the math major. While many students enjoy math, some fear it may become too difficult and others don’t know how a math major translates into a successful career.  Growing up in a small agricultural town in Northern California, Jessup alumna Maryn Weightman (‘19) always loved math and knew she wanted to be a math major. Leaving her hometown was a huge step out of her comfort zone but Jessup’s supportive atmosphere was why she ultimately chose the university for her undergraduate math degree. “The math program was full of professors who invested in their students’ success in and out of the classroom. They were not just my professors, they were mentors and friends,” said Maryn. This support continued throughout her time at Jessup. “There were several times in which life became complicated for me, as a military wife to an active-duty United States Marine,” said Maryn. “My professors were not only flexible with helping me come up with different ways to complete my degree, but they were also a constant force of encouragement and support. Being a part of the Jessup math family was the best thing I took away from Jessup.” Today, Maryn makes it her mission to help other students see that struggling with math is not a reflection of their success. “As I help more individuals in math education, I realize it is a stumbling block for many,” said Maryn. While not every student wants to be a math major, she encourages them to take a math class at Jessup and reach out to professors when they need extra help. “Professors will make it a personal mission to help you,” said Maryn. She also points out the importance of math majors in the workforce. “Math majors provide businesses and organizations with alternative perspectives to their decision-making processes. Their experiences in critical thinking, foundations of logic, and math literacy make them important analytical members of any team.”  Maryn is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Data Science and will graduate in August 2021. She is fielding offers from several government agencies and consulting firms for data analyst positions. For more information about Jessup’s math program, please visit their undergraduate program page.

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Track & Field Win the GSAC

For the first time in program history, Jessup Track & Field are champions of the Golden State Athletic Conference. Backed by a dozen placements on the all-conference team Saturday, the Warriors have ended Westmont College's streak of four consecutive GSAC titles.
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Let’s Talk Success with Jessup’s Director of Success Coaching, Denise Wolf, Ed.D.

Building upon our mission to educate transformational leaders, Jessup now has a team of Success Coaches who come alongside students, guiding them as they pursue their educational and career goals. Denise Wolf, Ed.D. is Jessup’s Director of Success Coaching. She leads a team of eight Success Coaches, providing the support and guidance they need to help students navigate the nuances of the university and successfully reach graduation and beyond. I had the opportunity to talk with Denise about the importance of success coaches and her path to Jessup. It’s a pleasure to welcome Denise to our Q&A discussion today. What is Success Coaching? Success Coaching is a model designed to help the whole student from start to finish. Success Coaches guide, support, teach and mentor students through their course registration and degree planning process. Additionally, they build rapport and relationships with students, helping them feel comfortable and gain a greater sense of community. Success Coaches weave spiritual formation into their practice and often pray with students. Finally, coaches partner with Career and Life Planning to ensure students are ready to smoothly transition from college to career. Through a relationship with their Success Coach, we hope students gain a sense of empowerment and ownership over their degree pursuit journey. Why did you decide to become a success coach? I am the director and lead a team of eight Success Coaches. I began my career in higher education as an academic advisor and I quickly learned how to provide a more meaningful experience for my students through the use of counseling skills. As a first-generation college student, I had to navigate college blindly. I had to fight much harder than some of my peers to find answers, but it was worth it in the end. My own collegiate experience fueled my passion and desire to help students achieve their educational dreams. Today I realize that the work I get to do every day is not work at all, but my God-given purpose in this world. What was your journey to Jessup like? God led me to Jessup. I started working at Jessup in October 2020. It was an answered prayer that I began during my doctoral program in 2017. After I finished my doctorate in 2019, I was anxious about my next career move. As I became closer to God, I felt more out of place and uncomfortable at the secular university I had worked at prior. I learned to wait on God. I shed many tears praying to God about his purpose for me. In October 2020, He revealed this opportunity at Jessup to me, and it is clear I am in His will for me. What does a day in the life of a Jessup success coach look like? Being the Director, my role is much different than a success coach but I can speak to what a theoretical "day-in-the-life" of a success coach looks like. Most of a coach's time is spent meeting (in-person and virtually) with students. Student/Coach…

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Professor Spotlight – Ray Bryant

Jessup’s School of Business has no shortage of seasoned business professors who invest their time and talents into undergraduate and graduate students. Professor Ray Bryant is one of these outstanding professors. After many years as a management consultant, private equity fund manager, entrepreneur, and banker, he now teaches and mentors students using his diverse background as a foundation for his classes.  Professor Bryant has been educating students at Jessup for four years and teaches Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Digital Marketing, New Venture Finance, and Social Entrepreneurship. We had the opportunity to talk with Professor Bryant about his teaching style and how he’s preparing his business students for careers and life beyond college. It’s a pleasure to welcome Professor Bryant to our Q&A discussion today.  What’s a prominent business issue/challenge our world is facing today and how are you preparing your students to face this challenge?  I believe the speed of change and the requirement to be lifelong learners are challenges students are facing today. It took about 90 years for the telephone to reach market saturation. Social media accomplished that in less than 10 years. If our students are not prepared for change by being lifelong learners, they will get left behind. Which unique teaching methods and strategies do you use in the classroom to help students grasp important business concepts and apply them in the “real world”?  Every one of my classes is project-based. In the business world, they don’t give you tests. They expect you to be part of project teams. Learning how to work with others to create clear, meaningful presentations is critical. It’s about as "real world" as we can get in a classroom setting. How are you helping students become transformational leaders in the workforce and in life? In my class, we often discuss the difference between a job and a calling and the importance of each. We also discuss how the concepts we learn in the classroom (marketing, entrepreneurship, etc.) are biblical and why it’s important it is to take a biblical mindset to the workplace. Complete the following sentence: “Every Jessup business student should leave my classroom knowing…”  ...how to effectively create and present solutions to business problems. When you’re not teaching at Jessup, how do you like to spend your free time?  When I’m not teaching at Jessup, I love spending time with my family. For more information about Jessup’s School of Business, visit their page.

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Up-close and Candid with Professor Jim Crain

Professor Jim Crain has been a part of the William Jessup University family for nearly 60 years and has taught at the school for the last 48 years. He has dedicated his life to teaching, guiding, and mentoring thousands of students throughout the decades, encouraging them to lead transformational lives for Christ in the workforce and within their churches and families. Jim has watched generations of students, each with their own set of challenges, walk through Jessup’s doors and have their lives transformed by God’s saving grace. His perspective and wisdom are priceless. We had the privilege of sitting down with Jim to talk about his journey with Jessup, his early years at the school, and his hopes for the future. Please join me in warmly welcoming Jim to this very special Q&A discussion. Could you tell me a little about your background and why you chose Jessup (previously San Jose Bible College) for your undergraduate degree? My first impression of what’s now Jessup was through a 19-year-old freshman at San Jose Bible College (SJBC) named Bryce Jessup and his girlfriend, Shirley-Jo Hulburt. It was 1954. I was ten years old. Bryce was the newly hired weekend youth minister at First Christian Church in Healdsburg, California. Jo was my Sunday school teacher. In those days, it was common for young people to be encouraged by pastors, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, and parents to go to Bible college for a year before deciding on a permanent career path. Thanks to Bryce and Jo, that was an easy decision for me. In 1962, I enrolled at San Jose Bible College.  In 1966, I was one of the thirteen young men to graduate from SJBC. Soon thereafter, I was hired as the youth pastor at Central Christian Church in Portland, Oregon, where I also enrolled at Western Seminary. Before long, the youth group at Central was happily caught up in what has come to be called “The Jesus Movement”. The same spiritual revolution was happening up and down the West Coast, including at San Jose Bible College. Since it looked like a natural fit, I was invited to come back to the school as Professor of Practical Ministries. In 1971, my wife and I, and our four little kids returned to California. At 27, I was the youngest full-time professor ever employed by the school.  Do you believe Jessup’s mission and goal have remained the same throughout the decades? Our mission and ultimate goal remains the same. William Jessup himself would be proud of the institution that bears his name. I sometimes wonder how concerned he would be about some of the changes that have been made since the Bible college era of our history, but I think he would be cheering us on, thrilled at the multiplied numbers of students and graduates who are helping to transform culture for Christ around the world in increasing arenas of human endeavor.  Every Jessup graduate should leave the university knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and…

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Soaring to New Heights

Andrew Butler came to Jessup with a unique background and an eagerness to further his education through a biblical lens. As a child, he was fascinated with aviation. When he started learning about video production in high school, he began making videos of aircraft, eventually creating promotional videos for airlines. This experience helped him develop a professional network and learn about airline operations. Andrew graduated with honors from Westminster College in Salt Lake City with a Bachelor of Science in education. He also earned his pilot ratings, including his Certified Flight Instructor rating. After graduation, he returned to Sacramento and began teaching students at a local flight school.  While he was familiar with Jessup through his local church, it wasn’t until he decided to pursue an MBA that he started researching Jessup’s business program. “Jessup stood out because of its focus on integrating biblical principles into the program,” said Andrew.  In light of the current attack of biblically-based principles and ethics in corporate America, it was important for Andrew to study in an MBA program that had a sound biblical foundation. Andrew added, “My choice was clear when I compared the Jessup MBA program against MBA programs offered at other local colleges and universities.” Andrew credits his professors for making his learning and life experiences at Jessup rewarding and enlightening. Through their real-world experiences, mentoring, and guidance, Andrew was able to take abstract business concepts and make them more tangible and applicable. “This transfer of information and experience became especially critical when it came time to apply the concepts we learned into real-life team projects and simulations,” said Andrew. “I learned and applied many different concepts that will be valuable in my future career.” Andrew enjoyed many aspects of his time at Jessup, including getting to know his professors, being part of a cohort of MBA students, and working with students from different backgrounds and work experiences.  In Spring 2021, Andrew graduated from Jessup with an MBA. He is excited about planning a future where he can apply both his aviation experience and business knowledge. He also loves telling future Jessup students about his experiences in the MBA program. While he admits the program is challenging, he also believes the experience was highly rewarding. “Most anything that is valuable requires hard work and dedication. The value a student receives from Jessup’s MBA program is a direct function of the work and dedication put into the effort,” said Andrew. “Put the effort in and you can realize a great reward.” To learn more about Jessup’s School of Business, please visit their page.

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From Student to Professor

Last time we visited with Jessup MBA graduate Ben Mandakh, he was working as the technical lead for a Bay Area start-up company and had just accepted a part-time adjunct professor position in Jessup’s School of Business. Ben was excited about the future and relished the business relationships he created through his professors and colleagues. We had the opportunity to catch up with Ben and learn about where his life has taken him over the last 15 months and about his new full-time assistant professor position at Jessup. It’s a pleasure to welcome Ben to our Q&A discussion. What skills did you gain from Jessup’s MBA program that you used in your role at the start-up tech company?  The servant-leadership skills I learned through the MBA program were so helpful in managing tech teams and serving engineers. I received lots of good feedback and reports on my managerial skills. Tell me about your new role. What classes do you teach? I am a full-time assistant professor at Jessup. I teach Full Stack Web Application Development, Python programming language, Data Structures and Algorithm, and Programming. How do you apply your industry knowledge in the classroom? In my classes, I teach the fundamentals but also have the students practice industry-demanding skills. For example, they learn teamwork, communication skills, clean and healthy coding practice, problem-solving skills, applying algorithms to real practices, and solving technical problems. What is your teaching style? In my classroom, we have an 80/20 rule. This means 80% practice and 20% reading. In other words, we focus on practicing a lot! Practicing and working with real projects is key to learning coding skills. We also learn specific programming languages to solve technical problems and write algorithms with data structures. I also have the following rule in my classroom:  Practice, practice, practice! Learn to work with technical reading docs individually. Be humble and ask for help, then help others. Don’t skip the fundamental learning objectives. What's your favorite thing about teaching Jessup students? I like to think that I am not only teaching at Jessup, I’m also serving others and God. I love guiding my students on their career paths and watching them grow. What would you tell a potential graduate student who was interested in Jessup's MBA program? Choosing Jessup’s MBA program was one of the best decisions in my life. I really liked the mentorship program, internship support, industry-experienced professors, and well-structured courses. Where do you see yourself in five years? I’d love for teaching to be my long-term career. Over the next five years, I would like to help Jessup build the top computer science program in Northern California. When you're not working, what do you like to do in your free time? I have three kids, ages 6, 4, and 1. I love to spend time with my family. I also serve as a deacon for media service and youth leader at my church.

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Leading by Example

Daniel Mota is a Jessup business major who’s already on his way to becoming a leader, change-maker, and entrepreneur. He’s articulate, passionate about making a difference, and loves helping others succeed. Daniel was recently accepted into the Amazon Web Services University Scout Program (AWS USP). This is a scouting program that trains university students to become a pipeline between venture capital firms/angel investors and startup founders. Daniel is already using his education and experiences within the Jessup community and finding ways to spark positive change out in the world. I’m honored to welcome Daniel to our Q&A discussion today.  https://youtu.be/DSru7CosuFk 1. Tell me a little about your background. Have you always been an entrepreneur?  I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is known as the “business hub” of South America. I am a missionary kid who grew up in a non-profit environment and was blessed to attend an international Christian school through scholarships. Within the international schools, I was exposed to families with extreme wealth and influence. Through my parent’s non-profit, Restoration Ministries, I was exposed to extreme poverty in the slums. An entrepreneur is about solving problems, and all I saw in the slums were social problems such as a lack of education, extreme violence, and sanitation problems. My first idea was not for profit, but for a social initiative to take the wealthy students from the international schools to the slums to provoke a change of heart and inspire change. Thankfully, it worked! It started with one student, then five, then twenty students, who all wanted to connect and build relationships with the teenagers from the slums. This broke down walls of discrimination and prejudice when they realized they were more similar to one another than they thought.  2. Why did you choose Jessup? I didn’t choose Jessup, God did. In the search for my next destination after high school, I was given an amazing opportunity to attend a prestigious international business school. However, I felt anxious and unsure when I considered pursuing that school. But when I considered Jessup, I felt peace and a sense of assurance, even though it didn’t make financial sense for me. I took a leap of faith and God has been faithful with what he started. I am currently in my junior year and am pursuing a business major with a concentration in finance and management. I will graduate in the Spring of 2022. 3. What business idea are you most proud of? As of right now, it is the Peace Project Initiative. The reason behind it is because the results are immediate. The Peace Project helps a selected small business or non-profit that has been affected by the pandemic with free and professional digital marketing services. Recruiting, training, and providing resources to my team members has been a blast. I was able to develop a direct relationship with a Hubspot representative to provide us tools and resources to train and develop students who are involved in the Peace…

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A Journey of Discovery with Kristin Ball

Kristin Ball is a Jessup alumni working on her Ph.D. while living in Scotland and attending the University of Aberdeen. During her days at Jessup, she tutored Bible students in study skills and later taught New Testament after receiving her master’s degree from the University of St Andrews. She is a woman characterized by wisdom and grace dedicated to following God’s path for her life, even when that path takes a few unexpected turns. It’s a pleasure to welcome Kristin to our Q&A discussion today. First, tell us a little about your background. Before landing at Jessup to finish my degree in Bible and Theology, I had quite the journey. I’d originally set out to be a vocal performance major in the hopes of pursuing opportunities in the music industry, along with pursuing a position as a worship leader. After a pretty severe family crisis, I was unable to go back to the university I had been attending which eventually made me realize that I did not want to complete my degree in vocal performance. Needless to say, I found myself floundering a bit. This floundering eventually opened the doors for God to lead me to live in India and teach English for a time. It was a beautifully rich and enriching experience, and my life is forever changed from having met and lived among the people of Chillakallu.  After returning home from India, I had a deep desire to go into a field that would be able to tangibly address the needs of people—at which point I decided that pursuing a nursing degree would be the next best step. After pursuing this for a time, and encountering some pretty severe personal health issues, I came to a point where I had to withdraw from my program. I was overwhelmed and so sad, once again, to not know what it was I was ‘supposed to be doing’ with my life. It was in this space that the Lord spoke to me about pursuing a degree in Bible and Theology at Jessup, and I’ve been on this journey of discovery with him ever since.  At what point did you decide you wanted to study overseas? Since I’d lived overseas numerous times before Jessup (Germany, India, Scotland), I was pretty open to the idea. When it came to pursuing grad school, however, I had anticipated staying in California and putting some ‘roots’ down within the community since I was in a ministry leadership position at a local church. It wasn’t until I learned that N.T. Wright was lecturing within Logos at St Andrews that I really felt the desire to pursue graduate studies outside of the United States.  Give us a little glimpse into your academic life at Aberdeen. The program I pursued in St Andrews was in Analytic and Exegetical Theology, and what I’m doing now is vastly different. My time in St Andrews was immensely helpful in revealing what I’m passionate about and where my gifts are (and where they…

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NOV. 28 | 1st Sunday of Advent – Resilience

November 28, 2021

Some folk are describing this era in American history as “The Great Resignation.” The workforce in America is undergoing a tectonic shift, with so many people exhausted, discouraged, and ready to quit. Cultural isolation and polarization have worn us down. COVID-19 has taken an enormous toll over the past 20 months. Over 700,000 people have died from the virus, while millions of others have been plunged into unemployment, financial hardship, depression, and despair. Darkness has established itself in many hearts and across every community. Mental health conversations have become common and necessary. In first-century Israel, the same darkness prevailed. Roman occupation, family disruption and dislocation, poverty, and anxiety prevailed in all but the most elite circles. People then, as now, asked “How can we survive?” “Who will save us?” They were desperate times. For many of us, resilience has never been more needed nor in less supply. Like the Psalmist of old, we feel that our hearts melt within us like wax (Psalm 22:14). Or worse, that God has forsaken us (Psalm 22:1).  How can we stand in the face of such uncertainty, heartache, and hardship? That’s why for centuries the Church has observed this season called Advent. People of all ages and all cultures have faced similar crises. The season declares our profound inadequacy and need, and points to God’s profound solution and gift. At William Jessup University, we regularly see despair turn to hope among our students. We see aimless wandering turn into missional calling. We see fear move toward faith. We see wounds healed. We see broken lives restored and parched young souls renewed. We see darkness give way to light – THE Light. In this season of Advent, which starts today, we invite you to journey with us. Perhaps this has been a particularly challenging year for you. If so, then this Advent season might serve as a pathway back to hope. Over the next four weeks of Advent, we will ponder how the coming of Christ can bring resilience, restoration, and renewal to each of our souls. A prayer for the season: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, light the way through the darkness and grant me the resilience and endurance to trust You when I cannot see, to lean on You when I cannot stand, and to follow You when I am afraid. Amen. David Timms

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NOV. 29 | Resilience Through Loss

November 29, 2021

My uncle called: “Paradise is on fire.” The inferno we had feared barreled across our dry, small town killing dozens of people, destroying thousands of buildings, and marking the lives of all who lived there. My step-mom narrowly escaped with the little she could carry. The home her parents thoughtfully designed and built, her car, her way of life—all lost. Then last summer the Caldor fire took a student’s home, car, and community. He escaped. To a greater degree than we sometimes admit, life involves loss. Maybe you or someone you love has lost an opportunity or a job, the sense of taste or smell, or the confidence that life would be “normal.” Two millennia ago, Israel suffered loss: 400 years without a word from God; conflict between Pharisees and Sadducees; persecution and, for some, resettlement in foreign lands; the grinding indignity of Roman occupation. But then, a teen girl got pregnant. A good man did not divorce her. A relative said this child would be special. Then the poor, young couple set out on a journey. And along the way, on a cold, dark night under the soft indifferent gaze of cattle, a baby was born. It didn’t seem like much unless you looked closely to see, amid the loss, a gift: The Word became a human being and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Staggering. Our words reveal our hearts. The Word, Jesus, reveals God’s heart. Words come from letters. Jesus is the A-to-Z of what Frederich Buechner might call God’s alphabet of grace. He became like us in human frailty, lived among us in a fallen culture, and understands us, even when we struggle to understand ourselves. He is for us, come what may. Jesus’ arrival that night did not suspend human loss, but it does remind us: In adversity when we reel from loss, he can arrive anew in each of our lives. He is doing that for my step-mom and my student. He can do it for you. So this Advent, whether you are experiencing lack or plenty, look closely for the Word who became human, who by his Spirit, dwells among us today. Derek Zahnd

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Christ-Centered Environmental Science 

William Jessup University’s Institute for Biodiversity and the Environment (IBE) received a $20,000 donation from an IBE Advisory Board member supportive of the Institute building and providing a rigorous environmental curriculum in Christian higher-education, which will go toward the purchase of a qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction) instrument, an essential piece of lab equipment for eDNA salmon research in Placer County. The qPCR instrument will allow Jessup students to detect salmon by the presence of the DNA these fish leave in their aquatic environment, enabling students to complete the salmon DNA analysis in our labs, rather than contracting with an outside lab. This new instrument will support Jessup’s ongoing work to provide Christian higher-education that equips students for leadership in the field of environmental science and offers both faculty and their students hands-on opportunities for field research.  Dave Thomas, an IBE Research Associate and senior aquatic biologist with ECORP environmental consulting in Rocklin, is the lead research associate on this project. An additional Research Associate assigned to this project is Jason Peters, an environmental science Jessup alum and current graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology at Sacramento State University. Also assigned to the project is Matthew Todd, a current Jessup biology major who has worked closely with Peters.  “Students will directly benefit from doing this work and gain valuable skills for their own academic and professional development,” said Dr. Michael McGrann, Chair for the Institute for Biodiversity and the Environment. Next week, McGrann will present to the Placer County Board of Supervisors in support of funding the Placer Legacy Fund, including research done in the IBE.  Jessup’s Institute for Biodiversity and the Environment exists to inform and motivate the conservation, preservation, and restoration of biodiversity, and the environment upon which it depends, through research, education, and the dissemination of knowledge. For more information on IBE, visit this page.

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NOV. 30 | Resilience Through Discouragement

November 30, 2021

Building resiliency through discouragement really comes down to a simple choice and one’s destiny could very well be in the balance. In Matthew 1:19-24, Joseph, the one chosen by God to raise His son, looked discouragement right in the face and the decision he was about to make would affect history. When Joseph discovered his betrothed Mary was pregnant, he faced discouragement realizing his perfect marriage and life were not working out as planned. Reflect on this for a moment. If Joseph allowed his discouragement to dictate his decision (whether to stay with Mary or not), he would have missed out on being a major player in the greatest story ever told! Who else can say that they were the earthly father of the Savior of the world? Joseph helped Jesus learn how to walk, swing a hammer, and set Him up for His ministry on earth. If we let discouragement dictate our decisions, it could very well keep us from the destiny God has planned for us. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a discouraging moment in our day. Resilience helps us to reset our hearts and minds. So how do Christians develop the ability to bounce back when discouraged? How did Joseph bounce back from discouragement to step into his destiny? He listened to God. God sent an angel to tell Joseph the truth about Mary and by listening to God, Joseph stayed the course. Listen to God, read His Word, and know that He is for us not against us; a present help in trouble. Joseph then saw the bigger picture of his life; he was to help raise the Son of God who would save mankind from their sins! Many times, discouragement takes our minds off the big picture of our life, and we forget that God has a planned destiny for us all. Finally, Joseph decided to trust the God of his people. He found resilience by sailing in faith through the rough waters of discouragement to reach his divine destination. By deciding to listen to the words of God, seeing the bigger picture, and having faith in God, Joseph was able to resiliently bounce back. How might Joseph's experience and example guide you to greater resilience this week as you face discouragement? Des Nelson

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DEC. 1 | Resilience Through Change

December 1, 2021

We look forward to some seasons more than others. The Christmas season is a time eagerly anticipated by most. The people and traditions of this particular season somehow refocus the year and remind followers of Jesus Christ that God himself dons the name Immanuel, God with us (Isaiah 7:14). The great hope of God with us throughout every calendar year and season of the soul is precisely why “the weary world rejoices!” Ours is an anxious and increasingly polarized world. Nowhere is this more felt than navigating the inherent stress of being an undergraduate student during a convergence of COVID-19, racial injustice, and politics. Professors see the fatigue in the eyes and empty chairs of their students during the run-up to Christmas break. However, one of the greatest joys is seeing those same students persevere through each semester. One student told me recently that they continually recall God is with them when they are anxious and close to giving up. They shared this was not always the case. The first years of university were full of failure and feeling overwhelmed. Now in their senior year, this student shared God’s faithful presence has brought them through every season, despite their anxiety. Parker J. Palmer writes that “seasons are a wise metaphor for the movement of life—suggesting that life is neither a battlefield nor a game of chance but something infinitely richer, more promising, more real.” Hence, Immanuel in every season (God with us when we may feel otherwise and close to giving up) is worth remembering. The beauty of autumn with the dying leaves is also a time of casting seeds for new life. The deep and quiet rest of cold winter is followed by the thaw, and the ensuing riot of spring bloom. Summer yields warm abundance and is a time to linger in the long hours of daylight. Each changing season is replete with God’s presence and full of purpose. All seasons have a beginning, middle, and end. Most experiences—even pandemics—do not last forever, despite how long and draining they may feel. God was intentional in the Genesis creation account to include seasonal rhythms. And it is Immanuel—God now with us in the person of Jesus Christ, born in a feeding trough in a first-century Bethlehem back alley—who journeys with us through every season of the soul. Dave Heitman

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DEC. 2 | Resilience Through Injustice

December 2, 2021

“Genuine hope is not blind optimism. It is hope with open eyes, which sees the suffering and yet believes in the future.” Jurgen Moltmann The Bible tells us that humanity was created to reflect the image of God (Genesis 1:26). One of the ways we reflect God’s image on earth is by representing what God considers good and what God considers evil. However, from the time sin entered the human heart, we have been redefining what God sees as good and evil to our own advantage, at the expense of others. As a result, individuals, communities, and entire civilizations have created power struggles that oppress the weak and the vulnerable. For this reason, the Son of God bore the injustices of this world and became the sacrifice that brings justice to the world (Matthew 12:18). God invites us to share in Christ’s gift of redemption and restoration (2 Corinthians 5:17). While this world’s inequities are too heavy for us to individually or corporately bear, Christ invites us to receive His sacrifice as a payment for evil done against us, and the injustices around us. The faith in Christ that leads us to forgiveness of our sins, is the same faith we must claim to receive healing and restoration from the sins done against us, and the injustices done against our neighbor. The gift of Christ is not only freedom from our sins, but freedom from the sins done against us and to those around us. This is true resilience. The season of Advent reminds us of the full gift of Christ. “For by His wounds, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Christ came to forgive our sins and to bring justice to the world. God calls His people to embrace redemption and restoration through Christ’s work on the cross. Even as we claim forgiveness of our sins through Christ’s sacrifice, the justice Christ accomplished for us is to be lived out as a reality in this unjust world. What would it look like for God’s people to live out the redemption and the restoration Christ has accomplished for us? Our hearts would become more resilient to the evil done against us; and we would become God’s agents of justice in the world. Marilyn Williams

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DEC. 3 | Resilience Through Suffering

December 3, 2021

I’ve yet to meet anyone who welcomes suffering into their life, much less prefers pain to physical, mental, and relational well-being. Personally, I typically pray that God will spare me as much difficulty as He can. And then, if it does come, I plead with Him to take away the tribulation ASAP. My guess is that I’m not the only one who feels and acts this way. But when we do, we forget the blunt warning of Jesus Himself when He plainly predicted that “in this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Notice, He didn’t say we might have trouble, but that we will. “Trouble” is the English translation of the original Greek word that describes a situation of increasingly and seemingly unbearable pressure, or some kind of crushing burden. It has several synonyms in the New Testament: affliction, trials, hardship, and suffering. It’s a wonderful thing when devoted Christians long to be increasingly like Christ. But, our aspirations are often selective. We want to be more loving, patient, gracious, forgiving, kind, and committed to God’s Word and will. But oddly enough, we don’t want to share our Lord’s prophesied destiny as “a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering” (Isaiah 53:3). What is God up to by not protecting us from such desperate discomfort? Well, a lot more than we can anticipate or appreciate. But one thing stands out as a Christ-like attribute that should characterize our lives too--resilience. When someone is resilient they have the capacity to withstand or recover from difficult conditions. Like a substance or object, able to spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed. In this world we are bound to be bent, stretched and compressed. Suffering is unavoidable, inescapable, and inevitable. At Advent we reflect on and rejoice in the coming of Jesus, bringing light into the individual and collective darkness of our world created by sin. His incarnation inspires us to endure hardship and strengthens our resolve to bounce back from the trials that God allows to come our way. Let’s always remember the rest of John 16:33. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” With His example and help we will be resilient. Jim Crain

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DEC. 4 | Resilience Through Broken Relationships

December 4, 2021

I love the Advent season! I love the sights, smells, sounds, and excitement in the days leading up to the celebration of our Savior’s birth. I love that for a small window of time, people are kind to each other, we wish each other Merry Christmas, and there is hope in the air. People are making plans to connect with family and friends; loved ones are sharing stories of holidays past; cookies and cards are exchanged; the Hallmark channel is in full court press; and Christmas carols are being played 24/7. What’s not to love?  But for some, the Advent season is a painful reminder of hopes dashed. It can be a sorrowful time with feelings of confusion and despair. When relationships end, they can leave a wake of isolation and self-doubt. The grief of a broken relationship may last even longer than the relationship did. While the feeling of loneliness can happen at any time, it can feel even heavier during a holiday season.  Thinking about these Advent feelings brings to mind the first Christmas and wondering how it was for Mary who must have felt the scorn of judgment, the fear of an unknown future, and the weight of responsibility. I wonder what Joseph felt as he faced the other men in his community, standing up for Mary might have meant losing friends. See Matthew 1:18-25. It hurts to lose friends. It’s hard to feel the loss of someone who promised not to leave. Society puts a lot of emphasis on looking a certain way and appearing happy all the time, especially during the holidays, but God never does. With our Creator we can be real, hurting, and broken. He doesn’t need us to pretend. He doesn’t want us to. In our times of pain and sorrow, God is there waiting. See Psalm 34:18. While broken relationships can leave behind a myriad of difficult feelings, they can also prompt incredible growth. I think about the strength and resilience that grows when we let go of a relationship only to grasp with a firmer grip the hand that can hold us through it all. See Psalm 63:8.  If this Advent season is a joyous one for you, I celebrate with you! But if this time of year finds you confused, lonely, or hurting, I mourn with you. Please know you will grow; you will get stronger. God longs to carry you through it and build you up. Erin Ambrose

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DEC. 5 | 2nd Sunday of Advent – Restoration

December 5, 2021

Tucked in the corner of my grandparents turn of the century barn sat a dust-covered motorbike. The shine of the original ruby red paint had faded. The chrome exhaust and handlebars were corroded with rust. Chunks of foam had broken through the tired seams of the seat. The engine had long seized. As a child I would sit on it and envision riding down the tarred gravel roads surrounding their farm, the motorbike fully restored to its original glory. One summer I attempted to restore it. I delicately removed each part, scrubbed off the dirt and rust, and repainted the frame. Those parts still hang in my parent’s shed, waiting to be fully restored. The theme of restoration saturates the Bible. The pain of paradise lost is soothed with the hope of a savior. An olive leaf carried by a dove gave evidence of dry land. In light of the devastation of the Babylonian invasion and subsequent exile of the people of Israel, God proclaimed, “I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, creating praise on their lips” (Isaiah 57:18-19a). Matthew found echoes of this proclamation in the birth of Jesus, our Immanuel, inaugurating the fulfillment of this promised restoration. God has come to restore creation and bring the kingdom of God near. Yet we and the world await this restoration. The earth sits dust-covered, corroded by the rust of broken ways and broken hearts. Restoration takes time. Dust is wiped away. Parts are removed and cleaned. Repainted and polished. Put back together. Christ comes to restore hope in hopeless times, to reconcile broken relationships, to sow peace and joy where there is war and strife, to give dignity to the marginalized and oppressed. During Advent, our need for restoration is laid bare. This season of waiting for the promised restoration of God makes us keenly aware of the present brokenness. Peter encourages us, “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10). The birth of the Christ-child inspires the hope of restoration and during this Advent season, we expectantly wait for it. Mark Moore

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DEC. 6 | Restoring Our Hope

December 6, 2021

In 586 BCE, the Neo-Babylonian Empire destroyed the city of Jerusalem, its temple to YHWH, and the Davidic dynasty, as well as taking the elite of the city into exile in distant Babylon. This traumatic experience had a long-lasting impact on the people of Israel, effects that can be seen throughout both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. For those in exile, I can visualize how confusing it must have been for them, asking, “How could God let this happen to us? How long are we going to be here as prisoners of war? Will we ever get to go home?” The prophet Jeremiah sent a message to that first group of Jerusalemites taken into exile in Babylon. He told them to get comfortable in Babylon because they weren’t going anywhere for quite some time and to seek the welfare of the enemy city in which they were imprisoned (Jeremiah 29: 5-7). However, with these harsh words of reality, Jeremiah also offered these words of hope: For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:10-13). Jeremiah encourages those in exile that there is always hope; that with true repentance Israel will be restored both physically and spiritually. The physical restoration is a return to their homeland, the one God had promised their ancestors, while the spiritual restoration is a return to the true covenant relationship with YHWH. Our circumstances may not be as dire as those of the ancient Israelites in exile, but we have all battled hopelessness at one time or another. The past year and a half has tested the resolve of us all. But as the Hebrew Bible shows us over and over again, God is a God of hope. Let’s place our hope in the perfect triune Godhead who is ultimately in control and wants nothing more than “to give us a future with hope.” Cynthia Shafer-Elliot

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DEC. 7 | Restoring Our Families

December 7, 2021

It was July 2012. My family had just returned from a summer road trip. After a long day driving, I collapsed on the couch for a late-afternoon nap. Little did I know my life was about to change. “DANIEL! DANIEL!! DANIEL!!!” I woke up with a start to my wife’s intense cries. After lighting our backyard barbecue to grill some chicken, fire leapt from the grill to our propane tank valve. As I rushed through the back sliding door, 4-foot flames arose from the tank, licking the eaves of our house above. One thought immediately struck me: “Get away from the tank NOW, before it explodes!” We rushed across the street, our three small children in tow, and watched as black smoke began to rise from our home. Surely, the fire department would arrive quickly and all would be well. Trucks arrived. Firefighters rushed in. It seemed like an eternity. Not 30 minutes later, a fire chief led me back through our damaged dwelling. Fire had crept into the attic, wreaking havoc throughout. Water, broken drywall and insulation carpeted the home’s footprint. Ceilings had been broken to fight the flames. While not a total loss, our house was devastated. For the following five months we lived in a hotel, then a rental, sifting through the ashes, and anticipating renewal. The waiting proved agonizing, like navigating through a thick fog. During Advent, we reflect on God’s people longing for restoration. In the first century, their villages had been pillaged by the Roman Empire, families jarred and displaced. “O come, O come, Emmanuel” was their cry. Perhaps one of Advent’s hallmarks is Christ’s restoration of broken families. The apostle John prophesied, “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. ‘I am making everything new!’” (Rev. 21:4-5). In retrospect, I can’t recall a time when our family was closer. My wife and kids needed me, and I rose to the occasion. God showed up in mysterious ways: overwhelming financial provision, free trauma counseling, new friendships and perspectives. The day before Thanksgiving, we moved back home! It was a brand new house, built on the same foundation. As we celebrated around the Thanksgiving table, our hearts overflowed with fresh gratitude for the restoration our Savior brings. How has Christ restored you or your family? Where might you still need restoration? Daniel Gluck

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DEC. 8 | Restoring Our Joy

December 8, 2021

Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Before my wife and I got married, I deployed with the United States Marine Corps a number of times. I loved serving my country, but waiting to return home was always on my mind. My third deployment was the hardest wait however, because I was returning after eight months to marry my fiancée, my beautiful bride-to-be. All deployment long, I dreamed of starting our new life together and moving to Chicago for grad school. This event would be a turning point in my life.  As my unit arrived home, and I walked to the greeting area, I spotted her. My heart swelled. There she was. Our eyes met, and we both ran as fast as we could toward each other. We embraced each other tightly, bursting with joy. Waiting for eight months was worth the joy I felt in that moment! My homecoming joy was only a fraction of the inexpressible joy God’s people felt when Jesus, the Promised Messiah, arrived! In Luke 2, we see two people who had devoted their lives to waiting for the Messiah: Simeon and Anna. Both of them in their old age, were still anticipating the Chosen One who would be the “redemption of Israel” (Luke 2:38). Then, when they finally see Jesus, their joy abounds!  Waiting is hard. Watching for God to bring His promises to fruition can be exhausting. But, when God fulfills His promise, the joy is sweeter because of the wait. As we are moving through the dark months of winter and the lingering effects of COVID-19, we can feel the anticipation that Simeon and Anna felt. But, God is always working in the waiting, and oh what joy we will feel when we see Jesus face-to-face! Has something robbed you of your joy in recent times? Have you been distracted or dragged down by life’s challenges or a seemingly endless wait? Do you feel far from home and quite alone? The Psalmist songwriter wrote: “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Advent reminds us that no matter how hard or difficult this moment may feel, the morning is close. Jesus is our redemption and joy! Scott Bayer

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DEC. 9 | Restoring Our Peace

December 9, 2021

Today’s world is filled with many threats against one’s personal experience of peace. It might seem for many people that progress through life consists of protecting, upholding, and even striving toward maintaining our experience of peace. One of the great honors I get to have in the classroom with students, is simply to ask for prayer requests at the beginning of each class session. It doesn’t take very long as hands slowly rise in an act of brave vulnerability for students to share their requests as others hear that some of their peers are experiencing nothing close to peace. It’s not uncommon for those prayer requests to consist of intercession for broken relationships in need of reconciliation, unique burdensome life circumstances in need of relief, and various conflicts in need of a restored shalom. These prayer requests echo the human heart’s cry for Christ to restore our peace. The Apostle Paul was no stranger to external conflict yet remained internally peaceful and content through Christ who gave him the strength to do so. In his letter to the Philippians, he urged his readers to center their lives in the example that Christ Jesus sets. Paul shows us that by living our lives after Christ, we might experience the joy and peace of serving Him (Philippians 4:7) thus getting to know Him more deeply. Knowing Jesus is a personal and transformative experience. Likewise, experiencing peace is a matter of inner transformation rather than a manipulation of outward circumstance. The holiday season is usually a time in which our peace is challenged twice as much. However let’s remember these are only external matters and real peace comes from God in us, and God with us. Restoring our peace is a work of God’s spirit of peace in us as we center our lives on Him. The prophet Isaiah speaks of Christ as the Prince of Peace. As we look forward to enjoying this season of gift giving and receiving, let’s not forget the greatest gift of the Prince of Peace Himself, who’s birth we now celebrate. Let’s remind ourselves of His words found in John 14:27 (NIV): “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ROENZ BALANGUE

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DEC. 10 | Restoring Our Dignity

December 10, 2021

During this time of year our thoughts focus on love, hope, and peace. Yet alongside stories of the virgin birth, shepherds worshipping the baby in the barn, and Magi following a star with gifts for the Savior and King of Kings we read, “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two-years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi” (Matthew 2:16).  Why include this?   This sentence encapsulates realities about the world God wants to change: schemes, rage, and power jealously guarded at the expense of human dignity.  After all, who cares about the lives of some children in a little town compared to the significant workings of imperial governance? Or about grieving families, compared to Herod’s thirst for power and being king of the hill?  Matthew’s sentence expresses the need to take human dignity seriously and his gospel tells how Jesus accomplishes the restoration of dignity. First, God in Jesus enters our space and time, even when we were his enemies (Romans 5:10). What does it look like for you to enter the space and time of your enemy to restore their dignity? Do you value all people as created in God’s image and see the whole person, not making them one dimensional by labeling them with derogatory names? Do you actively listen and honestly attempt to understand, even if you cannot agree? Second, Jesus includes social outcasts and the vulnerable. His life and ministry included surprising choices. What would it mean for you to include those of lesser social status and the vulnerable? What would look different about your life if your circle expanded to include people you formerly excluded? Third, Jesus exposes injustice and reverses unjust social orders. Jesus upset people at the top of the social structure by exposing the ways in which their power was self-serving rather than helping the weak and vulnerable. What might your care for weak and vulnerable people reveal about your gospel priorities? It is always my prayer that students learn to value all people as God’s image bearers, care for the weak and oppressed, and live in ways that shine the light of Jesus thereby exposing areas in society that need change for the better. Dan Burks

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DEC. 11 | Restoring Our Spiritual intimacy

December 11, 2021

It’s been a long year, yeah? I’m sure you could answer yes, no matter what events you’ve experienced personally this year or as part of the larger human race. There have been highs and lows and there have probably been even more “meh” days. A “meh” day is a code word between my wife and I when one asks the other “How was your day?” When it was one of those days you didn’t really have anything to report its “meh.” Perhaps this year itself was “meh”; full of seemingly inconsequential days that as you have entered this Advent season you are simply wondering, “What was so good about this year or even today?” Specifically, in your relationship with God you may be thinking, “Where have you been God? It doesn’t seem like we’ve had the same intimacy as before. It’s just kind of ‘meh’”. There is an intriguing Advent story in the gospel according to Luke, about Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth. When Elizabeth sets eyes upon Mary carrying Jesus in her womb, Elizabeth’s own baby, John the Baptist, leapt with joy. This leads to Elizabeth blessing Mary and to Mary blessing God for the gift of Jesus and the privilege she has of mothering the Son of God despite her life being just “meh” before these past months (Luke 1:39-45). The arrival of Jesus on the scene, even in prenatal form within Mary’s womb, leads to joy, to blessing and to praise. It leads to the growth of intimacy between all four characters mentioned in the story – Elizabeth, John, Mary, and Jesus.  Is it possible that, like Elizabeth, we are already carrying something within us that yearns for the presence of Jesus? That as bearers of the Holy Spirit, every moment is one in which we can experience that same intimacy and joy as we meditate on Jesus who is even now God with us? A spiritual practice I have taken up this past year—a year that has felt pretty “meh”—is the Ignatian Examen. It asks us to reflect on our day, or even our year, and ask (among other questions), “God where were you present today?” Perhaps this question, especially during the Advent season, can give us eyes to see that God is with us, and that God has been with us, and restore a sense of intimacy between our spirit and the Spirit of Jesus. Brandon Kerston

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DEC. 12 | 3rd Sunday of Advent – Renewal

December 12, 2021

They had been known as the people of God, the children of Abraham who had witnessed firsthand the mighty acts of God. They had walked through the Red Sea on dry land, followed the pillar of smoke by day, and the pillar of fire by night. Their enemies had been defeated by the power of God’s hand. God had given them the law to guide their communal life. The great prophets of old spoke to them the very words of God. The temple where His presence dwelled sat within their borders.  But that was a long time ago; a distant memory fading like a dream. The newly rebuilt temple more resembled a shopping mall than the sacred place their ancestors knew. There was no word from God. They had been defeated, occupied, and oppressed. They had become, in the words of the prophet Isaiah, “a people living in darkness…in the land of the shadow of death” (Isaiah 9:2). These days, the world languishes under the oppression of a pandemic and its related tensions. Our minds feel burdened by the various threats to our lives and relationships. Our souls are wearied by the disruptions to our spiritual routines and community, not to mention the stress of school and grades and the future dangling before us. It’s not hard to imagine being “a people living in darkness.” It might even be tempting to think that the days of God’s blessing are gone forever.  Fortunately, the prophecy doesn’t end there. The promise of Advent is that the “people living in darkness...have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death… a light has dawned.” While recent days may have been dry and lonely, the future dark and foreboding, the good news is that Jesus has come. His agenda is renewal; renewal of life, of hope, of relationship, of God’s presence with humankind. We don’t have to live deserted or desolate lives. The oppressor has been defeated. We are the visited people. God is with us, Emmanuel. He is making all things new. In this third week of Advent, allow the truth of Immanuel bring renewal to the various aspects of life: your body, your mind, your heart, your soul, and your love for others. Let the coming of the Messiah bring light to you and through you to the world around you. DAVID HOLCOMB

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DEC. 13 | Renewed Strength

December 13, 2021

I lived near a lake for about 14 years. My summer activities were almost all in or on the water. I would swim, waterski, kayak, paddleboard and spend time with the family on our pontoon boat! But sometimes I just liked to lay in a tube and float, without a care in the world. One day, as I was doing just that, I saw an eagle soaring high above me. All of a sudden, his wings turned inward, in attack mode, and he dived right for me! I thought maybe from high above I looked like a favorite fishy meal of his. Eagles can dive at over 30 miles an hour, so I had a quick moment of panic as he headed my way! I watched as he soared down toward me, then over me in my tube, and plunged into the water behind me. He came out of the water with a large bass clutched in his talons, and soared away ready for dinner. The focus, grace, and strength that eagle displayed was inspiring. There are times when floating on the water is exactly what we need. Other times, when life seems to be overwhelming, we need to have the strength of an eagle to get us up and moving, right? Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength; they will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” One of my students at Jessup loves to mountain bike. I’ve been with him on some pretty treacherous single-track trails. His power is amazing, but the change Jesus has made in his life is far more impressive. From drug user to Jesus Follower to powerful evangelist. It is truly a life changing story. He found his trust and then strength in Jesus and now soars like an eagle in all areas of his life. This Advent season, as you wait expectantly for the birth (and eventual second coming of Christ), may you be filled with a new strength. As you consider the worries and troubles of your life may you find a way to soar with the wind of the Holy Spirit beneath you. When you are weary, may you pick yourself up and run toward the goal without failing or falling. Jesus is coming, trust this and find your strength in Him! Fritz Moga

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Friendship is an important part of many people’s college experience. At Jessup, students not only meet new people, but make lifelong friends. Friends that support you in your career and relationships as you move through life. This is true for Carolin Gardner and Angelique Bailey, two Jessup alumni who became close friends while earning their graduate degrees in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program. Friendship wasn’t just a benefit of their Jessup education. It was vital to their success and overall well-being.  While navigating classes together, the women served as each others’ cheerleaders. At one point in the program, Angelique grew concerned over managing her course load coupled with her everyday responsibilities. “I was a full time student, working full time, full-time mom, and managing my own non-profit,” she said. She considered dropping her classes, but after one of her professors came alongside her, Angelique’s resilience was also strengthened by the support from her classmate, Carolin. “She lifted me up when I got discouraged and wasn’t sure I could finish the program.”  The two share a big heart for service. Through internship placements, they began working as therapists at the same company in Rancho Cordova, caring for the homeless population and families who are in transition. “I could not have imagined how rewarding and challenging this position would be,” said Carolin. “I have developed a great passion for this clientele and the need there is for compassion and empathy.” Both Carolin and Angelique are beyond grateful that God is allowing them to be part of their clients’ healing process, thus helping them change the narrative they are living from.  Carolin and Angelique are now pursuing a Ph.D. through Regent University. Angelique plans to open up facilities across the nation to help the aging out population and victims facing domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. Carolin wants to expand her ability to serve clients and possibly teach at the collegiate level. And they’re continuing their journey of service together, deeply grateful for their Jessup education and how it prepared them.  “My experience in the MACP program was amazing,” said Angelique. “The program is designed for each student to succeed, not only within their academics but in their career and future endeavors.” The women’s cohort became their extended family, and Angelique’s friendship with Carolin only enriched this learning experience. “We worked on assignments together in our courses, presentations, and now we are working together with the population that we both absolutely love. I believe God places people in your life for a reason, and we are just two puzzle pieces in his remarkable plan.” To learn more about the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Jessup, visit this page.

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DEC. 14 | Renewed Faith

December 14, 2021

One year I received a humorous Christmas card that read, “There are four stages of Christmas. The first stage: You believe in Santa Claus. Second stage: You don’t believe in Santa Claus. Third stage: You realize that you ARE Santa Claus. Fourth stage: You begin to LOOK like Santa Claus! This card got me thinking about the “stages” of my faith in God over the years and how He has renewed me in different seasons of life. I do remember a time when I was about seven years old and my mother was kneeling by my bed praying for me just before tucking me in. As I watched her pray, I wondered who is this God she talked to like a best friend? I wondered if He really existed and I began to ask questions. Something new was beginning in my life. Then a few years later, I watched some older friends in our church make a confession of their faith in Christ and later be baptized. I realized that maybe I was ready to do that too in order to enter into a new life in Christ. As a sophomore in high school, I was at a summer camp and the speaker was calling for decisions to be made about our future service to God. It was then I realized that I was to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Much has happened in my life as I am sure is the same for you. For me, it has involved marriage, kids, grandkids, job, ministry, loss of loved ones, and many stages of renewal of my faith in God. Today at age 57, I am entering a stage of gratitude as I reflect on all that God has done. With my hair graying, I do look more like Santa Claus, but my heart’s desire is to look more like my Lord and Savior, Jesus. In Romans 12:2, Paul urges us to “….be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Continually. Maybe this Advent and Christmas will be the beginning of a new stage in your faith. My prayer is that we would all seek renewal in Christ in order to look more like Him. Jim Jessup

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DEC. 15 | Renewed Love

December 15, 2021

Lisa (not her real name) was born in a foreign country and immediately placed in an orphanage. She spent the first three years of her life there. She only remembers bits and pieces, but most of those are not pleasant memories. She was eventually adopted by a single-mom from California. I’d like to say that her story just got better and better, but it didn’t. Lisa had no idea how real love was to be demonstrated by anyone. She needed new and renewed love. The definition of renewed is “having been resumed, re-established, or revived.” Lisa cannot claim a renewed love for anyone, since she never had true love in the first place…or can she? Ephesians 2:1 tells us we were all once dead (spiritually) because of our disobedience. We lived in sin, as all of the world does, and we were under the influence of the devil (2:3). I’m sure glad our story doesn’t end there! The chapter continues…because of God’s mercy and how much He loved us, Jesus came to earth, was crucified, and was raised from the dead to cover our sins. Can I get a hallelujah? The New Life Version says, “He loved us with such a great love” (2:4). Like Lisa I grew up in a chaotic home, trying to figure out what real love was supposed to look like. I found Jesus at the age of 16 and finally understood this renewed love from God was not dependent on my good or bad decisions in life. It was unconditional. God is Love. Lisa, because of her human nature (according to Ephesians) was separated or disconnected from God. But she also found Jesus in her life journey and now, finally, she has “resumed, re-established and revived” a personal relationship with our Lord. And what a difference it has made! She is attending Jessup and pursuing a degree in ministry. She wants to share this renewed love with other, less fortunate, kids around the globe! Advent is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Take a moment to realize exactly what His birth means for you. You were separated from God by sin, but now Jesus has come and you have a renewed ability to love and be loved by our unconditional God. Lean into that love this season. Fritz Moga

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2022 Faculty of Theology Spring Lecture

Thursday, February 10 at 7:00pm

Drawing on biblical traditions of hospitality and his own experience as a parent of an adult child with disabilities, Dr. Tom Reynolds will explore how a theology of disability can offer resources for reimagining the Church as a vulnerable community that both gives and receives from those with disabilities and their families.

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DEC. 16 | Renewing Our Vision

December 16, 2021

One of my favorite pieces of religious art is “Simeon’s Moment,” which depicts a scene from Luke 2:25–32. In it Simeon, wizened and white-bearded, clutches a frail, tiny bundle to his chest. There is a profound mix of emotions on the man’s ancient face. Pain, decades tense with waiting and watching. No doubt he thought from time to time, “What if this all yet comes to nothing?” But, the pain is not primary. He is overcome with joy in this moment, all his hopes fulfilled. It had been revealed to [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. When the parents brought in the child Jesus, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel” Luke 2: 26-32. What did Simeon see? Think of the thousands of eyes flitting across that tiny child. They do not see what Simeon sees. Why? Yet, “My eyes have seen your salvation,” Simeon says. In this fragile bundle, Simeon rightly perceives the world’s long-awaited remedy. How did he come to see it? First, he was eagerly expecting the comfort, the restoration, and the good of God’s people. What we desire, what we hope for, will determine what and how we see, for better or worse. Second, Simeon only comes to see God’s salvation in this most unexpected way because the Holy Spirit guides him. In Christian circles there is much talk about “where God is at work.” There are many expectations about how God will “show up” and what He will do. How are we to discern or see such things? I want to suggest that what we eagerly hope for and desire may be the most determinative thing about us and where we’re heading. Like Simeon, we need the Holy Spirit to perceive Jesus in our midst. For Jesus is likely to show up in the most unexpected of ways. Prayer: Lord, search us and sift what we eagerly hope for. Reconfigure our desires. Transform our vision. Move us to that moment where we can see that everything we long for is hidden in Thee. Richard Rohlfing

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DEC. 17 | Renewed Minds

December 17, 2021

I took up knitting many years ago. It’s a fun, rhythmic, soothing activity which can produce beautiful results as long as you follow the pattern. Patterns can be extremely complex or exceedingly simple, but one thing all knitting patterns have in common is the first step (casting on) where the initial stitches are made. It can sometimes be a pain to get right, but without casting on, there can be no scarf, no hat, no socks. The end goal, the finished product, depends on the first step being taken. This is true with anything in life. The first step needs to be taken in order to reach a goal. Life would be simpler if we could snap our fingers and have a finished product appear, but the reality is every pattern has a beginning. In Matthew 1:19, Joseph is described to us: Joseph had in mind to divorce Mary quietly because he was a righteous man and didn’t desire to expose her to public disgrace. Righteousness was a pattern Joseph had already established in his life before any of these events took place, and this is the first adjective used to describe him. If you have wondered how Joseph could so quickly trust and follow God’s leading, the answer is this was not the first time. Rather, Joseph had already established a pattern of righteous living. So when an angel appeared to him in a dream, the very first thing he did when he woke up was to obey. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 to stop conforming to the patterns of this world and to instead be transformed by the renewal of our minds. In other words, stop focusing on what we can accomplish ourselves and instead focus on Jesus and his desires for our lives. This Advent none of us will have our plans thrown off the same way Joseph’s were, yet there will be times our plans don’t go quite as expected. In those times we can either react like the rest of the world and attempt to force circumstances to obey us, or we can look to our Savior and seek to learn what He desires from us. This might not be easy, especially if we’ve never tried it before. But every pattern has a beginning—a first step. And a life patterned by righteousness produces a beautiful masterpiece to the glory of God. Jordan Brown

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DEC. 18 | Renewed Compassion

December 18, 2020

It had been over 400 years. Four centuries of injustice: forced labor, racism, poverty, and abuse. Forty decades of living as “the other,” “the foreigner,” “the threat.” Ten generations of struggling to remember the God who had appeared to their ancestors with promises of blessing, land, and purpose. So, it is no wonder that when Moses came to them in the name of their God, they would ask, “Who is this God? What is his name?” When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, he declared, “I have seen the oppression of my people, I have heard their cries because of their slave masters, I know their suffering, and I have come down to rescue them” (Exodus 3:7-8). Yahweh identified himself as the God who sees the oppressed, hears their cries, knows their suffering, and comes down to rescue them. The forgotten God had not forgotten his people. Not only was He aware of their oppression (“see” and “hear”), but He fully empathized with them (“know”) and committed to acting for their good (“come down”). Our God is a compassionate God—a God who identifies with the oppressed, the foreigner, the vulnerable, and the victim. And He acts for their good: “Woe to those who pronounce wicked decrees and keep writing oppressive laws which deprive the needy of their rights, rob the poor among my people of justice, make widows their loot, and steal from the orphans” (Isaiah 10:1-2). And time and again the Scriptures emphasize God’s compassionate nature: “Yahweh, Yahweh, a God who is compassionate . . .” (Exod. 34:6; see also Deut. 4:31; 2 Chron. 30:9; Neh. 9:17, 31; Pss. 78:38; 103:8). The coming of Christ is the fullest expression of God’s compassionate nature. God has seen our oppression, heard our cries, knows our suffering, and has become human to “rescue his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). This rescue includes freedom from our slavery to sin’s power, and freedom from our own sinful ways of living that lead to the mistreatment of the foreigner, the vulnerable, the victim, and the powerless in our own society and world. This Advent, as we celebrate our own rescue from sin, let’s also pray that our compassionate God would continue to make us compassionate people who, like Him, see the oppressed, listen to their cries, empathize with their suffering, and act on their behalf. Matthew Godshall

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DEC. 19 | 4th Sunday of Advent – God With Us

December 19, 2020

“The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah... This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord: I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:31,33). Can you imagine how God’s people must have felt as they languished in captivity in Babylon? They weren’t supposed to be there! But there they were, far from home in a strange land. They must have felt that God abandoned them and no longer cared for them. However, in the midst of their despair and disillusionment, God declared to them He was right there with them and  Babylon would not be the last word. His promise reminded them they were not alone and that He had an amazing future plan to be even closer to them, to be with His people in a way beyond their imagination. Advent season reminds us that, in Jesus, God fulfilled His amazing promise to be with us in the midst of the messy and difficult times of our lives. This week’s devotional readings will remind us that, as we observe Jesus’ life on earth, we see that He prefers to be present with those who are suffering and in pain. He is a light for those in darkness (John 8:12); hope for those in despair (Mark 5:25-34); peace for those afraid (Matthew 8:23-27), comfort for the brokenhearted (Luke 4:18-19); and forgiving to those who fail and fall short (John 21:15-19). A student recently told me about the powerful Advent promise of Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, in the most painful moments in our lives. After the painful loss of a close high school friend, he shared with me how the only way he got through this time was the comfort and peace he felt from God’s daily presence. The greatest gift we can receive during this Advent season is not something that can be bought in a store or ordered online, but the powerful presence of Jesus, who promises to be with us in the difficult and painful times of our lives. Let’s invite Him into whatever suffering or pain we are experiencing today. John Gallegos II

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DEC. 20 | With Us In Darkness

December 20, 2020

Dark clouds come when we least expect them.  Our skies are clear. The rays of the sun warm our skin. All seems well in sight, sense, and soul. Then clouds roll in. Before we realize it, our skies fade from blue to grey. Our hearts grow discouraged when we see the light slip away and suddenly darkness is at the doorsteps of our hearts. We ask questions as we struggle to understand what is happening. Is it really this dark? Is the light all but gone? When the darkness rolls in like sea billows, we run to the One whose light presses back on the darkness and calms our troubled waters. We take refuge in our God who is filled with refulgent light. The Apostle John writes in his first letter, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). What a comforting truth this is for those of us who are currently living under dark clouds. The radiant light of God pierces through our darkness with his deep mercy and brings us through our trials and troubles. This is our steadfast hope. The dawning of the light has come, and his name is Jesus. The gospel according to Matthew draws this from the prophet Isaiah when he writes, “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16).  Take heart dear friend. God does not waste dark clouds. He is at work despite them and will drive them back. The darkness that lingers over your head is conquered under Jesus’ feet.  We have hope this Advent season. Jesus is our light. He is the light of the world. Draw near to him. He is your strong confidence. Let the promise that God is at work in all things for your good (Romans 8:28) bring you into His marvelous light. This is what we call to mind, and therefore we have hope.  We are not alone. The Light has come into the world. The Light is with us in darkness. Tyler Withers

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Certificate in Healthcare Administration

William Jessup University’s School of Natural and Applied Sciences launches their Undergraduate Healthcare Administration Certificate Program in January 2022. This program is designed to deliver students with practical training and specialized preparation for a variety of healthcare professional certifications, including Certified Medical Manager (CMM).   Students who enroll in Jessup’s fully online HCAD Certificate Program will be introduced to a wide array of healthcare policies, trends, and technologies, an understanding of the basics of managing medical staff, appraising patient outcomes, directing the operations of hospitals, understanding the dynamic of healthcare systems, and other healthcare outcomes. This certificate allows students to flexibly complete the program within six months. The courses are for credit and can be applied to the Bachelor of Science in HCAD or transferred.  The complexities of the Healthcare industry contribute to an urgent need for health administration, including the number of Medi-Cal enrollees. In California, healthcare administration is in the top 4% of industries with highest growth. Jessup’s HCAD Certificate Program is one solution to this growing need. It will provides students with a Christ-centered education that prepares them professionally and spiritually so they can lead with biblical integrity.  “This certificate program is competitively positioned from a pricing, quality, accreditation, and accessibility/access standpoint,” said Dr. Scott Roberts, Associate Dean. “Whether you are a senior healthcare leader looking to refine your skills or an early to intermediate healthcare professional aspiring to a leadership position, this certificate will prepare students for careers in various healthcare arenas.”  To learn more about Jessup’s Undergraduate Certificate Program in Healthcare Administration, visit this page.

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DEC. 21 | With Us In Despair

December 21, 2020

In all areas of our lives, God is not only with us but he is also for us and desires the best for us.   I have many friends who have experienced immense pain and sorrow. At times, they have fallen into despair and blamed God or questioned why He did not intervene. You may have found yourself in a similar situation. In those moments we can choose to grow closer to the Lord or move farther away.   Have you ever been in that pit? Ever felt discouraged or bereft of all hope? Ever given in to misery, pain, or sorrow? A few years ago my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. While I’m glad we caught this critical need for my son, it was difficult to accept our new reality as a family. My wife and I were broken and losing hope with regard to a normal lifestyle. You might be able to relate to the helplessness that sinks in when something happens to one of your children. Just a few short days after this life changing moment, my son was able to rescue me from despair. I asked him how he was doing emotionally with the reality of being diabetic. He said, “Dad, if the Lord has chosen this for me, then I am going to use it to get closer to him.” That perspective instilled the hope and realization that the future is bright. This perspective helped me to recover from despair and grow closer to the Lord as my son did. You see, my son, while diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, kept his hope in the Lord. “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you” (Psalm 39:7). I had a good friend suggest there are three types of support for someone that is in the pit of despair. Person #1 walks by and comments about the person and recognizes they need help. Person #2 puts a ladder into the pit to help the person climb out on their own. Person #3 climbs down into the pit with the person and stays with them until they are ready to climb out and then helps them get out as well.   Advent reminds us that Christ came into our pit of despair to be with us. Despair cannot conquer us. Take His hand this Advent and start the climb out. Nathan Herzog

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DEC. 22 | With Us In Fear

December 22, 2020

“Do not fear, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10). Fear, anxiety, dread, unease, panic, and alarm. Most of us have experienced at least one of these unwelcome feelings. We’ve felt the sweating palms, racing heart and, butterflies in our stomach. While fear may be a protective internal warning system, it can also become mentally, emotionally, and physically detrimental when it dominates our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.  The Christmas story includes moments of fear. Mary was afraid. “And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” (Luke 1:30). Joseph was afraid. “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife” (Matthew 1:20). The shepherds were afraid. “And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood near them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And so the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people” (Luke 2:9-10). They all experienced fear, and likely a few “what-if’s”, as they took their places in the unfolding story of God’s love.  The angel encouraged Joseph, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means ‘God with us’)” (Matthew 1:23). In the middle of their fear and every moment before and after, God was with them. For a short time, they experienced the incredible miracle of Him being with them in the flesh (John 1:14).  While fear can be based on truth, we often find it lurking in the “what-if’s” of our minds.  As believers and followers of Jesus Christ we don’t have to set up camp in the anxiety-ridden land of fear and “what-if’s”. We can choose to reside in the kingdom of “Who is”! God is our loving, almighty, unchanging, faithful, and ever-present Father. His Word is truth (John 17:17), and He promises to be with us (Matthew 28:20). He was not just Immanuel for Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. He is our strength and inspiration as well! God with us, what a fear-taming, comforting, and peace-filled truth.  Whatever fears you face this Advent season, you can be confident that God is with you. He was, is, and will forever be our Immanuel. Dawn Pickering

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DEC. 23 | With Us In Heartache

December 23, 2020

Last Monday morning…    I remember it because of its sound. A Jessup student had come into my classroom humming a well-loved Christmas carol that lingered with her from the previous evening’s Christmas cantata rehearsal. The lovely contagion would linger with me for the better part of that Monday.   “What Child is This?” was penned by 29-year-old William Chatterton Dix. The hymn was born out of the months of depression and heartache that had stemmed from a near-fatal illness. Further heartache from his childhood revisited him often. Dix credited the re-ignition of his faith to his heartache experiences during his convalescence. It was said that Dix later remarked, “Most of my hymns were written when I was suffering from some ailment.”  Thinking more about William’s rhetorical question, “What Child is This?”, I looked to the carol’s offered conclusions. Not only is the child identified as “The Babe, the Son of Mary”, but also as the heart of worship via “Christ the King” and “King of Kings”. Certainly, the carol tells of the sweet birth of our Savior. Just as certainly, it tells of our Savior’s sufferings and heartaches in His near future.   Merriam-Webster defines heartache as “anguish of the mind, sorrow.” “This Child”, this “King of Kings” is as familiar with heartache as we are. “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not “(Isaiah 53:3). When we find ourselves having to endure inevitable and seemingly unbearable heartache, He promises to be right there with us. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2). It is “This Child” on whom we can cast all our cares. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). So here we have it. All tied up in a Christmas bow. “Christ the King” has promised to go with us. We will never face floods or fires without His provision and guidance necessary to go forward. He knows the way through our individual heartaches, and He leads us one step at a time. Melanie Trowbridge

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DEC. 24 | With Us In Failure

December 24, 2020

At some points in redemptive history, God was with His people in spite of their failure. In other points—actually at a very key point—God was with His people because of their failure.  King Ahaz was a failure. I’m not talking about what the world would call a “failure.” I’m not even talking about the constructive kind of failure that is sometimes necessary along the pathway to innovation and resilience. I am talking about moral failure, what the Bible calls sin.  Ahaz’s sins were no small things, either. They included relentless and unrepentant idolatry, and even sacrificing his own son on the flames of the altar (2 Kings 16:3).  In spite of his failure, God promised to be with him, and at probably the most crucial moment in his life. Two neighboring nations allied against him, and not much farther away the mighty empire of Assyria destroyed anyone who dared to oppose it. Ahaz was scrambling to choose the right side when the prophet Isaiah assured him God had it all under control and could be trusted above any earthly kingdom.  When Ahaz refused to ask for a sign to validate Isaiah’s prophetic message, God gave him one anyway: “Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).  When this first “Immanuel” child was born, 700 years before Christ, it was to serve as validation of God’s promise that His people’s political adversaries would be defeated by the time this child was weaned. This Immanuel sign echoed the same promise heard throughout Scripture, that God was with His people in the hardest of times and when they least deserved it. He was Immanuel, even in spite of their failure. Seven hundred years later, God fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy in an even more radical way—He became God with us by becoming one of us. At this pivotal moment in redemptive history, God was Immanuel not just in spite of our failure, but even because of our failure. It was because of our failure that He took on flesh to bear the consequences we deserved. It was because of our failure that He bore our feeble frame so as to be faithful in every way that we cannot. And it was because of our failure that He “came to save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Libby Backfish

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Lifelong Learning with Brian Lucas

Brian Lucas is “an institutional treasure,” according to Cameron Wilson, Chair of the English Department at Jessup. With a rich background in everything from pastoral ministry to bookstore ownership to teaching college, Brian embodies much of Jessup’s history and values. One of Jessup’s aims is to educate lifelong learners—women and men who have curious minds and a hunger to discover more of God’s Word and world. Brian is one of these people.  For thirteen years, Brian taught in the English, History, and Theology and Leadership departments at Jessup, including classes on Greek and C. S. Lewis. Besides teaching, he contributed to other parts of Jessup culture: running the bookstore (now known as the Campus Store) and reading “Jeeves & the Yuletide Spirit” for the annual Story Time in the Library. He also still speaks as a guest lecturer in Cameron Wilson’s Children’s Literature class, where he enjoys dialoguing about his favorite George MacDonald children’s stories.  Brian studied Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Michigan, followed by a year of graduate study in Munich, Germany. He subsequently earned his Master of Divinity degree in Theology at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. He and his wife Marsha are Midwesterners—Michiganders—who, after graduating from Michigan and then getting married, have lived everywhere but Michigan. “For me, this was a time of redirection with the Lord,” said Brian, “leading to theological study and prep for pastoral ministry.” He later served as Pastor for a small church in the Dixon/Vacaville area, then subsequently as Associate Pastor in a Presbyterian church in San Diego.  Brian loved working in the University bookstore. At the time, there were around 300 students on campus. Because of the location of the store, and the way materials were still sold then, there was an opportunity for him to get to know nearly everyone who passed. And, of course, the bookstore housed a cat named Zenobia—more affectionately known as Nobby. “As small as the store was,” Brian explained, “we still maintained a small part of it to sell other used books, not class related. So, you could pick up some great literature—poetry, fiction, history, some philosophy, etc., mostly for just a few bucks or less!”  This gig was a very natural connection to his earlier bookstore management in San Diego. He and his wife owned and operated Adams Avenue Book Store for 32 years, not too far from USD and San Diego State University. The bookstore was in business since the mid 1950s and housed over 60,000 titles, including scholarly works in literature, history, art, music, philosophy, theology, and biblical studies. Several rounds of reading groups began there, with one still going into its thirty-first year. “We still give the new guy a hard time for his book recommendations,” said Brian with a chuckle. The new guy has now been part of the group for nineteen years.   “The years at Jessup and interactions with students all served as a reminder that the learning process encompasses much more than we realize…

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Ice Island: The Wait for Shackleton

February 11-13, 2022

Based on the 1914 Shackleton expedition to the South Pole, the play lyrically retells this thrilling adventure while exploring the themes of heroism, brotherhood, and dignity. Set against the haunting beauty of the ice, the play chronicles the ship’s journey and the harrowing wait for rescue as the men left behind use humor and Shakespeare to survive. Tickets available for purchase soon!

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