With winter fast approaching and the air becoming crisper, jingle bells whisper in the wind as vibrant red and green colors begin to appear, meaning it must be getting close to Christmas time. This holiday season, MBU has put on a variety of activities and events throughout December leading up to Christmas break. Students had a blast participating in all the fun activities. Students who are a part of MBU’s Opinion Writing class also shared their favorite winter season foods as they look forward to spending time with friends and family during Christmas.
Every Christmas season, MBU’s Hanging of the Green takes place on the Quad. Each attendee is given a candle, which signifies the light of Jesus being born into the world and serves as a reminder for members of the MBU community to continue to “shine on” during the holidays as we are always reminded of the light of God that shines through us each day. All photos by Jessica Kunkel
This year Missouri Baptist University’s International Education Week took place Nov. 14-18. There are currently 45+ countries represented in the MBU community. This includes traditional F-1 student visa holders (international students) and people born outside of the U.S. who have other visa types or now have permanent residency or citizenship. The purpose of the week was to showcase the wide range of diversity to which MBU caters. With opportunities to try different international foods, play unique sports from other countries and partake in international festivities, International Education Week is a great way for the MBU community to learn new aspects about food, culture and traditions from all around the world. Many MBU students, staff and faculty showed up each day and engaged in the events hosted by the Office of International Experiences, showing their appreciation for the different countries represented at Missouri Baptist University.
With the International Festival being the staple of International Education Week, there is always an assortment of booths to partake in. One table in particular had Korean calligraphy. Junior Jacob Simmons watches Dr. John Han translate his name into Korean during the International Festival. All photos by Jessica Kunkel
As a Christian who doesn’t celebrate Halloween, I have found different ways to celebrate fall with events that glorify God instead of participating in a traditionally demonic holiday.
As fall is filled with different color-changing leaves, pumpkin spice and apple picking, happy feelings arise as we spend time with family and friends in the cool autumn temperatures. Photo by Jessica Kunkel
Despite the coaching changes the men’s JV volleyball team at Missouri Baptist University has experienced this school year, they have been able to play well together during their spring 2022 season while continuing to grow as a cohesive unit.
Before every game and after every timeout as they break out onto the court, men’s JV volleyball players put their hands up in the air signifying unity and fellowship among the team. This was the last time during the team’s last home against William Penn Academy that they rallied together during their competitive 2022 spring season. Photo by Jessica Kunkel
Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate blessings and experience fun activities with friends and family. There are some standard traditions associated with each gathering, however many families add their own unique traditions to these already fun-filled holidays, resulting in joyous and long-lasting memories.
Everyone celebrates Thanksgiving in their own special way, but regardless, there’s always a variety of delicious foods to choose from. Photo by Jessica Kunkel