Central Arkansas Student-Athletes Sweep McCarty Awards Again

first_imgThe UCA student-athletes’ recognition is the second time in as many years that the Bears have claimed both the women’s and men’s awards after tennis player Marli Van Heerden and basketball player Otas Iyekekpolor won in 2018.“Being awarded both McCarty Awards in consecutive years is quite a testament to the type of men and women our coaches bring on campus,” said UCA Athletics Director Dr. Brad Teague. “We are very proud of our students and this recognition for citizenship is one of the highest honors a student can receive.”The award recognizes both male and female student-athletes who exhibit outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. The honor is named for the former Stephen F. Austin athletic director, who served at the school for 21 years, including 15 as athletic director. McCarty was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2006. FRISCO, Texas –The 2019 Southland Conference Steve McCarty Citizenship Award winners are University of Central Arkansas softball player Oakley Sisemore and football player Breylin Smith. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Tuesday. The Conway native is the incoming president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and coaches a seventh- and eighth-grade girls AAU basketball team. Sisemore, a fifth-year senior from Farmington, Ark., and Smith, a junior from Conway, Ark., will be honored Tuesday, May 21, at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco. Locally, she volunteers with Community Connections – a program for special needs children. She has joined with teammates to help raise funds for “Light the Night Walk,” benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A health education major, Smith is involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Read to Succeed, and UCA Student Mobilization. Along with his teammates, he volunteers his time by going to elementary schools and reading with children and is a frequent speaker at meetings for Conway High School’s Fields of Faith program. Sisemore holds a 3.93 grade point average and is expected to graduate summa cum laude in May with a degree in health sciences. Sisemore, a member of the UCA Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society, plans to pursue a master’s degree in sustainability and environmental science next fall, and then attend medical school in the fall of 2020. Smith is a champion roper and is involved with the Arkansas Rodeo Association. Oakley Sisemore, Softball, Central ArkansasThe outfielder’s leadership extends far beyond the softball field and across the world. Sisemore has spent three of the past four summers in Uganda serving the impoverished nation as a community volunteer. This past summer, she convinced teammates Cheyenne Kuhn and Rachel Haberman to join her working at an orphanage and assisting with other community endeavors. Sisemore’s efforts include giving her time at clinics and hospitals in the northern part of Uganda and teaching youth to read. Additionally, Sisemore speaks to Special Olympics athletes about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and is one of just five UCA students participating medical internship rotation – a role normally reserved for third-year medical students.Breylin Smith, Football, Central ArkansasSmith, the starting quarterback last fall before suffering a broken ankle in the fourth game of the season, is involved in a myriad of activities beyond the classroom and football field. His mother Dandra Thomas was all-conference in both volleyball and basketball at UCA. She passed away when Smith was a child and he was raised by his grandparents.last_img read more

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By CARP Romania On the 5th of September 2016 Roma

first_imgBy CARP RomaniaOn the 5th of September 2016, Romania CARP started the 10th 40 day JeongSeong Condition for JeonDo. As part of the activities, on the 9th of September we organized in the Peace Center in Bucharest, the weekly HoonDokHae meeting. This week’s discussion topic was: “How to find life’s beauty”. The focus of the activity was set on finding value in our life and ways to be happier.As HoonDok material we used passages from True Father’s Words that emphasized the ideas that we can find joy in our relationships with the others and that our self-centeredness is blocking us from realizing the true joys in life. “Nothing exists for its own sake. All created beings in this world exist for the sake of their counterparts. Happiness is possible only in a relationship with a partner. When we realize that our life is not ours alone but is meant to be for the sake of the other, we begin to follow a path different from the one we were on. To live well means to live a life that has meaning.” True Father’s autobiography is always an amazing source of inspiration and essential guiding line to understand the Principle from his life example.Also we used small passages from the books “Zorba the Greek” and “Tuesday with Morrie” in order to reach out to the participants through materials that they have already heard about before. In the first book there were mentioned Confucius words: “Many seek happiness higher than man, others beneath him.But happiness is the same height as man.” Adding that “the soul of man is transformed according to the climate, the silence, the solitude or the company in which it lives.” The second book takes a more emotional perspective about life “The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. ..the big things – how we think, what we value – those you must choose yourself. And one more thing: there is no such thing as “too late” in life.”To understand deeply the words of True Father and in order to share our thoughts on the topic, we separated in three teams and we discussed the topic centered two different questions:Do you think that happiness lies within you or does it depend upon other people and external things?What is there to be happy about in the world today?After everybody shared their opinion with the other members of the team we gathered together for the conclusions. From each team a representative offered the final points.Even though the opinions were different, a common point was that happiness is coming first of all from the spiritual part of life and less from the material one, and nobody said we can find happiness only in material things.Because we are unique individuals, the way we can find joy and beauty in life is not the same; some find joy in their relationship with God or with others. One of the guests said that in order to receive we have to give first, and even if we think we don’t have what to offer, because of the give and take that is happening between us, joy appears and we become happier. Another opinion was that happiness depends on others until we reach a certain point where we can be happy without depending on others and this is a state that cannot be destroyed by anyone.A final idea was that we live in a blessed era when we have many freedoms and benefits: we can interact with people around the world, the medicine developed very much, and we can learn by ourselves from the internet.We had a good time together and we were happy to be able to meet again with our old guests and also with some new ones, in order to spread the teachings of True Parents. We received a good feedback and the guests said they will return to the center with other occasions. Hopefully we can meet them again next week for an introduction concerning the CARP vision and the Divine Principle.We pray that we can always transform the Peace Center into a cradle of positive spiritual atmosphere, of inspiration and brotherly affection.Thank you so much our Heavenly Parent and True Parents!last_img read more

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