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How to Survive Exam Week
Fall 2017 is drawing to a close here at Southern, but students are not quite feeling the holiday spirit just yet. There is one last hurdle to get through, and that is FINALS WEEK. The accumulation of a semester’s worth of knowledge will be tested this very week. Midterm and final exams are a part of college students’ lives as French fries and ketchup. See if you are ready for finals with our list of dos and don’ts below!
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How General Education Works
A common misconception people have of college is that you will only take classes in your major. While it is true for the greater part of your college career, you still have to complete a little thing called general education, or gen ed. According to Southern Adventist University’s 2017-2018 Catalog, “The general education program develops scholarship from a variety of perspectives to prepare students for leadership in their churches, families, and in society."
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Two Birds with One Stone: Gen Ed Classes
Gen ed classes fall into three categories: R. Spiritual Development, IN. Intellectual Development, and P. Physical Development. To make your life easier and more interesting, Southern designed certain classes to fulfill more than one gen ed requirement, meaning you learn multiple skill sets at the same time in addition to completing your requirements quicker. Here’s a list of cool classes that help you move along through your gen eds.

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5 Pro Tips for Good Grades
You have probably heard a million and two tips about college. Some work for you; others do not. Here are five more tips to getting good grades in college. There is a difference between these tips and the others though... These are the pro tips.
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Southern Scholars
Graduating senior and four-year honors student Michael gives us his take on the Southern Scholars honors program.
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Personalized Major
Kari Nelson has a major in Media Ministry, but you won't find that on the list of traditional programs at Southern. Here she lets us know how she made that happen through Southern's interdisciplinary study program.
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English
Professor Marcus Sheffield is a renowned English professor here at Southern. The love students have for him translates to the fact that he almost always has a long waiting list of students hoping to get into his classes. Professor Sheffield teaches Survey of American Literature, C.S. Lewis, and Critical Thinking in Academic Reading & Writing (Composition 101/102), among others.
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Journalism
Professor Stephen Ruf entered the Southern scene after 12 years working as an award-winning broadcast journalist in radio and TV. He just finished his semester-long sabbatical, where he used that time to report on the 2016 Louisiana floodings. He teaches Broadcast News Writing, TV News Reporting and Performance, and Introduction to Photography, among others.
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Social Work
Professor Annette Heck, DSW, LCSW graduated with her Bachelor of Science from Southern's School of Social Work back in 2001. Since then, Professor Heck went on to get her master's at Andrews University and worked as an individual and family therapist and counselor. In 2010, she moved back to Collegedale... this time as a professor. Professor Heck teaches Intro to Social Work and Interviewing Skill this upcoming Fall 2017 semester.
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Nursing

Sylvia Mayer grew up a few minutes away from Southern. Her mom taught nursing and her dad taught math and science at Collegedale Academy. She herself graduated with an AS and BS in Nursing when Southern was still called Southern Missionary College. Professor Mayer then got her Master of Science in Nursing with two specialties: Community Health and Nursing Education.
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Physical education professor

Physical Education
Professor Judy Sloan was born and raised in Washington state before she went to the center of the United States, Nebraska, for her undergraduate in physical education and history. She then worked in several Adventist Academies before getting her master's from Central Washington University and her doctorate from the University of Nebraska. In 2001, Professor Sloan responded to a call from Southern to fill a brand new position in the School of Physical Education, Health, and Wellness. She has been a part of the Southern family since then.
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Marketing professor

Marketing
Professor Lisa Kuhlman graduated from with a BBA in international business from the acclaimed George Washington University. She went on to get her MBA in marketing from Southern before becoming a full-time faculty in June of 2016. In addition to teaching marketing classes, Professor Kuhlman is in charge of Meet the Firms, a networking opportunity Southern offers twice a year where students get the chance to meet with prospective employers.
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Religion
Professor Barry Tryon has been a professor of applied theology (practical part of theological training) at Southern’s School of Religion for the past seven years. He is a graduate of the department back when Southern was still Southern Missionary College. While at SMC, he reunited with a high school friend and married her. He then went to Andrews to master's and doctorate. He currently teaches Life and Teachings of Jesus, Intro to Ministry, Intro to Christian Leadership, Interpersonal Ministry, and Christian Spirituality.
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SVAD's Feature Film
Southern’s School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) kicked off production this past July of its latest feature film titled Belly of the Whale. This feature is a joint venture between current film students, SVAD alumni, and professors and features Mark Ashworth, a professional Atlanta-based actor. The release is scheduled for Summer 2018.
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Job Hunt Tips
Every semester, Southern hosts Meet the Firms, a job fair for any students looking for internships or future employment. Meet the Firms is an important event to attend, even if graduation is still far away, because it provides the opportunity to make important connections and become familiar with local companies. At this year’s job fair, several recruiters from different industries shared their simple recommendations for a successful job hunt and interview. 
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