J. Dylan White
June Marks Scleroderma Awareness Month
Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune disease that hardens and tightens skin and connective tissue, affecting 0.1% of people in the United States, or just one out of every 1,000 people. There is no known cure for the disease, and while many patients live full lives with scleroderma, it can be fatal. Ashley White is an MBU regional learning student in Jefferson County, Missouri, working toward a degree in middle school education in science, and in addition to her schoolwork, she must deal with the complications of being one of the few afflicted by scleroderma. Here is her story.
MBU’s Service Day is dedicated to bringing together faculty, staff and students to demonstrate the grace and mercy of Christ by serving others. The MBU community had the opportunity to package meals for Meals for a Million to feed families in need throughout Missouri, stuff bears for hospitalized children with Sharing Smiles and donate their lightly used shoes to the less fortunate in Haiti.
Lindsey Peters, founder of the charity Sharing Smiles, talks to fellow MBU students while making a stuffed bear. Peters began Sharing Smiles in 2008 when she was 8 years old to spread the joy of God to children in local hospitals. Click on the photos in the gallery to see larger images.
When students enter college, they often have a vision for their lives and a plan for the path they want to take. However, their experiences and interests may change over time, leading them to a place they never imagined. MBU Timeline field reporter Dylan White interviewed MBU students who found their plans changed since they’ve been in college and learned you don’t need to have all the answers when you enter college.
The Missouri Baptist University Jazz Band has grown exponentially under the direction of Shane Williams, who leads the bands at MBU and teaches in the Fine Arts Division. For this band of talented student musicians, the sky is the limit.
Photos by Peter Lee
The MBU Jazz Band rehearses for an upcoming concert. The Jazz Band performs Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Perk following the Hanging of the Green festivities, and again Friday, Dec. 7, in the Mabee Great Hall, during a private show for donors that precedes the annual Christmas Concert.