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Name Amount Deadline
Negative Population Growth Scholarship Essay Contest $2,500 April 24
School Pride Scholarship $1,000 May 11
National SMART Grant $4,000 Varies
Virginia Undergraduate Student Financial Assistance (Last Dollar) Program Tuition Varies

LEAD Learns about Korea
by Anthony Lopez, Associate Director

This past Monday, the LEAD fellows and guests learned about Korea. Korea is the third largest country represented at Liberty University. 이승희 (Seung-hee Cindy Rhe) and her husband, 이정도 (Jeongdoo Rhe) who both attend Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke about their native country and Cindy’s missionary experience. It is our hope that this workshop will help our students better understand the Korean population living right here on campus.

Wrapping Up the School Year!
by Joy Jefferson, Associate Director

On Friday, April 13, the Center4ME hosted our last festival for this school year. The Sunrise Festival showcased Asian culture with foods, live entertainment, and Henna tattoos. The Henna tattoos were a big hit with our guests at this event! We even had one zealous employee (Tony Lopez) give himself a Henna tattoo. On another note, we would like your feedback on our heritage month events that took place during the month of April. A focus group will be held on April 26 from 3-7 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Contact the Center4ME if you are willing to participate in the Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month focus group.

Resource of the Week
35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say
Media: Book
Author: Dr. Maura Cullen
Profile: Even well-intended people can cause harm. Have you ever heard yourself or someone else say: "Some of my best friends are... (Black, White, Asian, etc.)", "I don't think of you as... (Disabled, Jewish, etc.)", or "I don't see color, I'm colorblind"? These statements and dozens like them can build a divide between us and the people we interact with. Though well-intended, they often widen the diversity gap, sometimes causing irreparable harm personally and professionally. If you've ever wanted to be more effective in your communication with others, or have been afraid of saying the wrong thing, then this concise guide is essential to becoming more inclusive and diversity-smart.

This resource and more are available in our Multicultural Resource Room located in Green Hall 1878.


17th Annual Achievement Awards
Saturday, April 21, 7– 9 p.m.
Williams Stadium Pavilion

DVD Series: Seoul Train
April 23-27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LaHaye Expansion, Admission: $1

Unity Fest
Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
New Schilling Center

Finals Begin
Friday, May 4
All Liberty University Students

Anthony Lopez
Name: Anthony Lopez
Long Island, NY
Position In Center4ME: Associate Director (LEAD Fellowship)
Life Verse: 1 Timothy 1:15 "This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" —and I am the worst of them."
Semester Goals: "Lead students to new horizons in their walk with Christ. Be used as a vessel for YHWH's glory!"
Connect with Anthony on Facebook.

Unity Fest Next Week
by Melany Pearl, Director

Do you know Jerry Griffin or Christine Darby? Well, if not…you should. These are two student staff members from the Band of Leaders who are “on the ball” for Jesus and their campus community. They are organizing Liberty University’s first ever Unity Fest. Here in the Center4ME we are all about unity among God’s people, hence our tag line, “promoting unity and celebrating cultural diversity!” Join Jerry and Christine for this FREE event for food, music, art, prizes, and fun as Liberty's clubs and artists showcase what makes them Champions for Christ. Unity Fest will also feature Humble Tip and serve to benefit the Godparent Home. Unity Fest’s fundamental principle is to set aside a day in the semester that would serve as a chance for clubs and organizations to come together and display how they are working to make a difference in the world, on our campus, and within our community. Unity Fest 2012 will be held on Saturday, April 28 in Liberty’s New Schilling Center from 3 -7 p.m. You can find more information on Facebook .

Beautiful Scars by David H. Roper at
A number of years ago I was hiking along the Salmon River and came across a grove of pine trees that had been partially stripped of their bark. I knew from a friend who is a forester that the Native Americans who hunted this area long ago had peeled the outer bark and harvested the underlying layer for chewing gum. Some of the scars were disfiguring, but others, filled with crystallized sap and burnished by wind and weather, had been transformed into patterns of rare beauty.

So it is with our transgressions. We may be scarred by the sins of the past. But those sins, repented of and brought to Jesus for His forgiveness, can leave behind marks of beauty. [Continue]

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