I hope each of you had a
great break and are now ready for the stretch drive to close
out the school year. In know that it would be easier
to sit back and coast through the rest of the school year,
but I hope that you keep in mind the goals and aspirations
that you have shared with us.
I'm sure that many of
you have made New Year's resolutions.
Undoubtedly by the end of this month, most resolutions made
by people have already hit the trash bin. I think that
a better word would be commitment--New Year's commitments.
From my experience, when I make a commitment to something, I
Our hope is that every
one of our UBMS students have made a New Year's commitment
to their education. We know that the school year is
long and that spring will soon be on the way, but remember,
your education is not a sprint. It is a marathon.
A successful marathon runner commits themselves to daily
training, to taking care of their body, and to picking up
the pace of a race when they begin to fall behind. I
think you can figure out where I'm going with this.
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New Year! Most folks ring in the New Year with some
type of New Years resolution. In doing so, they
typically push that resolution to the wayside within
days, or weeks. What about each of you? What types of
resolutions did you make?
Resolution comes from the word resolute. Resolute means
marked by FIRM DETERMINATION. Look at that a little more
closely. Not only does it mean DETERMINED, but it means
a FIRM DETERMINATION. That tells me that if I am going
to be honest with myself, I need to be STEADFAST in my
resolutions. Life can beat us around sometimes. Look
at a ship in a sea. Without a rudder it cannot hold a
STEADFAST course. Without a rudder, it will be tossed
to and fro, totally at the mercy of the waves. Without
that rudder, there is no aim or direction.
sad to say, but as we prepared for our Annual
Performance Report this year, some of your former
colleagues have lost their DETERMINATION. They have
opted to drop out of college. Some of them plan on
continuing after taking some time off, but it has been
my experience to know, that when a student takes time
off, in many cases they never go back. The bills start
to accumulate, students have to work more to pay the
bills, and a vicious cycle starts, culminating in
students never returning to college.
honestly say that with each one of your colleagues that
has fallen by the wayside, at some point they were
DETERMINED to go to college and complete their
education. Or were they? Somewhere along the way they
lost that STEADFAST DETERMINATION to see their goal
through to the end. Were they as RESOLUTE as they
thought they were? Are you as RESOLUTE about pushing
through to graduation, and onward towards college, as
you think you are? My hope is that each one of you
continues to strive to better your grades, continue to
college, and receive your degree. Past experience
though tells me that some of you will not make it. Will
you be one of the ones to fall by the wayside?
the greatest things about being human is that we have
the opportunity to make choices. You control your
destiny. Will you hold fast to the goals you have set?
Will you be STEADFAST? Will you be RESOLUTE? Are you
DETERMINED, or are you merely that rudderless ship being
tossed to and fro at the whim of the ocean?
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I hope your break
went well and I am looking forward to seeing those of you
who are going on the winter retreat! It's going to be great!
Many of you still need to get a few homework assignments in
to us. Call or e-mail us if you aren't sure which
assignments you are missing. I would hate to see any of you
miss the trip to the mall because your homework is
missing!!! I hope to hear from you guys soon!
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(Remember that it is essential we
receive your assignment and that failure to complete assignments
will affect your participation status for the summer.)
Send in your grade reports/transcripts
with your current GPA !
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Your Stories & Poems
A Poem by
Kelsey Jodrey. . .
U is for Unique.
P is for no Parents.
R is for the best darn
O is for Opposites
N is for New
people and places.
D is for Dorky and
M is for Memories
we’ll always share.
A is for Adventures
to all sorts of places.
H is for Hilarious
moments every second of the day.
S is for Seventies
C is for Community
E is for Everlasting
N is for Napoleon
E is for Eating
every minute of the day.
A short story by Adam Abt . . .
The UBMS Nightmare
Once upon a time, there was a group
of students who got the chance to go to college
during the summer. Of course, at home they were
eager and excited to leave their parents for the
summer and enjoy the freedom they thought they would
have. What the students didn’t know was their ideas
of UBMS and their summer, were all wrong.
The students started arriving that
summer night. They were eager to start their
experience, but ironically, did not want to see
their parents go. They had a short meeting in the
lecture hall were they first met their counselors.
They seemed nice, what most of them thought, and
they were at ease with the fact that they would
spend their summer with these new “friends.” After
the meeting, the students waved their parents off,
when they returned to their dorms, they were
horrified by the sight they saw.
They looked into the eyes of their so
called counselors and saw the red glow. They were
scared stiff as they saw the red eyes look over each
and everyone one of them. There first movements came
from the order of the counselors to pass a hula-hoop
over each of them. The students began to silently
weep. How awful of a task this so called “game” was.
They were thrilled to see the end of it.
As they returned to their dorms,
after surviving a horrific day of “games” and
“getting to know each other,” they were relieved to
go to their rooms and finally get some sleep. They
all got ready and one by one they began to go to
bed, just to face another horrific scene, stiff and
This cycle of horrific events
continued over the summer. Each student seemed to
handle the nightmare in their own way. John would
play Halo_ and Adam would play DDR_, while Tanya and
Diana would watch Inuyasha, and Matt would sweat.
Everybody seemed to be at ease and comfortable at
night knowing that the counselors fed off the heat
and humidity of the day. The students just prayed
for the summer to end.
The last week of UBMS arrived. All
the students were filled with jubilation and all the
alley cats were excited about the Jellicle Ball. The
days past faster the last week, and before the
students knew it, the last day of UBMS arrived.
There was a banquet for the parents to see what the
students had done all summer. Before the slide show
started, the students were excited; they wanted
their parents to see all the horrific things they
had to do this summer. The slide show started and
the students were aghast. The pictures of the summer
had been changed to make it look like the students
had a wonderful time. The students were angry; they
wanted their parents to see the torture they had to
put up with this summer.
With the conclusion of the banquet,
the students showed some cheer when they were
finally able to go home, but, not all the students
were happy. A select few students had a look of fear
on heir faces. I quietly approached one of the said
students and asked what was wrong. To my horrific
surprise, several of the students had yet another
week of torture to face. They had to endure a final
week of UBMS, in Washington. As I walked out of the
banquet doors, I felt a rush of tranquility spread
throughout my body. I was finally able to go home.
Once their, overly delighted with the end of UBMS, a
letters came in the mail for me. I grabbed the
letter and saw that it was unaddressed except for
small print that read my name. I opened the letter
and screamed in fear and ran as fast as I could away
from my house. My mom later picked up the letter and
placed it on the fridge. The Letter Said:
“Band Camp starts Monday”
poem by Jennifer Vulhop . . .
Just like the glue.
There was no way we could
break in two.
We went our own paths in the
But we are still bonded and
will see each other again.
sure to keep watching this section
in the upcoming months for your
story or poem! We received
some wonderful responses to this
homework assignment and we look
forward to publishing them all!
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College Goal Sunday
Don't let money stand between
you and a higher education
Tackle the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) on February 12, 2006 at 12:00 P.M.!
Financial Aid professionals from Ohio colleges and
universities will be available at sites throughout the
State of Ohio to assist you with your questions.
Visit the official website to register at the location
nearest you. Click the link located at the
left-hand side of this page under the "Financial Aid
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of the Month:
For more than 35
years, Liberty University has produced graduates with
the values, knowledge, and skills required to impact the
world. Founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell in 1971, Liberty
University is a private, coeducational, undergraduate
and graduate institution. The University offers 38
undergraduate and 15 graduate programs.
Liberty's 4,400-acre campus serves over 20,000 resident
and external students. Individuals from all 50 states
and more than 70 nations make up their diverse student
Liberty University is nestled in the foothills of the
beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and located on the south
bank of the historic James River, in a region rich in
history, culture, and outdoor recreational
For everything you need to know about Liberty
University, check out the University's catalogue by
clicking on the link below:
https://www.liberty.edu/media/1241/Resident Magazine 05
is a list of all
fees applicable to
Fall 2005 and Spring
Please feel free to
Financial Aid office
at (434) 582-2270,
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looking forward to seeing you at the following school
January 9, 2006
January 11, 2006
January 18, 2006
January 19, 2006
January 20, 2006
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UBMS Photo Page
came up with the idea of sharing summer photos with one another
through the internet. She has setup a webpage through
photobucket.com in which UBMS participants can share their photos
and order a CD of photos if they desire. The following are
directions and a link so that you can view and upload your own
save your pictures to a folder on your computer
put in these two items:
sign in name:
click on browse and find the folder your pictures
double click on the picture (it will bring you back
to the main page) then click submit
it’ll take some time
depending on how fast or slow your computer is, but your picture
will load up there.
keep adding pictures from the summer, the final
trip, anything to do with UBMS
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looking forward to getting together with all of you again
for a fun-filled weekend in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of
January 13! Be sure to return any paperwork you may have
received in the mail as soon as possible! You don't
want to be left out of all the fun! Following is the
tentative schedule of our activities. Warning!
The following agenda can (and probably will) change!
Friday, January 13th
Depart SSU (Adams, Brown, Lawrence Co. OH students; and
Lewis, Greenup, Boyd Co. KY students)
Pickup Pike County students @ Piketon High School
Pickup Ross, Logan county students @ McDonalds in
Chillicothe (Main St. exit)
All other students
should meet us @ Capital University admissions office @
Tour Capital University
Check into Hotel (Drury Inn 614-798-8802
Tuttle Crossing Mall/Supper in Food Court
Return to Hotel
10:00 pm- Everyone in their own rooms-noise to remain down
12:00 am- Lights Out
10:00 am- Tour OSU
12:00 pm- Lunch on the way to the zoo
Leave Zoo for dinner at Tuttle Crossing Mall
6:00 pm-12:00am- TBA
Sunday, January 15th
10:30 am- Head home
(Zanesville students must be
picked up at the hotel at this time)
11:15 am- Parents pickup students getting off @ Chillicothe McDonalds
(Main St. exit)
11:45 am- Parents pickup Piketon students @ Piketon High School
12:15 pm- Parents pickup students @ SSU
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2005-2006 SAT Test Dates
January 28, 2006
December 22, 2005
January 4, 2006
April 1, 2006
February 24, 2006
March 8, 2006
May 6, 2006
April 3, 2006
April 12, 2006
June 3, 2006
April 28, 2006
May 10, 2006
2005-2006 ACT Test Dates
Late fee Required
February 11, 2006
January 6, 2006
January 7-20, 2006
April 8, 2006
March 3, 2006
March 4-17, 2006
June 10, 2006
May 5, 2006
May 6-19, 2006
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