Singles Survival Guide

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
It’s February, and I find myself stranded in a sea of singleness. I’ve concocted a list of ways for fellow singles to survive the onslaught of flowers and frustration, cards and consternation, sweethearts, and bitter memories. Enjoy! Save Yourself First When a turbulent airplane deploys the oxygen masks, the mantra goes “put your mask on first” to ensure you don’t lose consciousness at 30,000 feet trying to help others. Before looking for that ­­special someone who you think will “save”…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Dorothy Yan

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Dorothy Yan graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance, and also received her master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from UTSA in 2012. During her time on campus, Dorothy served for four years as a small group leader in the university’s Chi Alpha ministry. She is currently a piano instructor at Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, and an adjunct professor of music at UTSA. In…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Susan Ricketts

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Susan Ricketts graduated from The University of Alabama in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Following a campus ministry internship at Western Washington University, she returned to her alma mater where she served as a Chi Alpha missionary until 1999. It was at that point when she sensed God leading her to the Land of the Rising Sun to reach students on Japan’s universities for His Risen Son. Susan currently serves as an Assemblies of God World…

December Reflections

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
The end of the year is upon us, and I thought I’d share with you some musings I had a while back about the importance of our Savior’s Birth. We gather together in this Christmas season and look back on the faithfulness of God. I clearly see His hand at work through the growth of the National Chi Alpha Alumni Association, and I can’t wait to see the expansion we anticipate in 2018. I encourage you to think of friends…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Andy Dong

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Seattle native Andy Dong graduated in 2015 from Rice University in Houston, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. After graduation, Andy planned to attend medical school, but he recognized a passion and call for vocational ministry. He is now a pastoral intern at Houston’s The Bridge Montrose, and is working towards a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. When not studying or working, Andy spends his time cycling, playing guitar, and watching his hometown Seahawks. He…

Alumni in The Marketplace Spotlight: Aisha Loya

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
In 2013, Aisha Loya graduated from the University of Texas Pan American (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Although there were no Chi Alpha groups on campus during her time in college, Aisha became actively involved in the process to bring Chi Alpha and a Chi Alpha missionary team to her campus. Following graduation, she began teaching English III and IV at PSJA Southwest Early College High School in Pharr, Texas.…

Thankful

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
This month, tragedy struck a small community forty miles from my house. Through all of this turmoil, insecurity, and unrest, I have pressed in to discover a strange peace in God’s presence. I am still heartbroken, angry, and wondering how mankind could exhibit such depravity, but as I hide myself under the shadow of the Almighty I find His peace. I’m thankful for that. I had planned this month to share wonderful news with you about growth and graphics, facts…

The Harvest

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
If you know anything about small-town Texas autumn, we love our festivals. Young and old scurry around in preparation of carnivals, parades, and the celebration of some local crop or landmark. I remember growing up and perching on the side of the main street, eagerly anticipating the school bands, bikers, and beautiful horses prancing their way down the promenade. When I grew a bit older and got to ride a float with the local football team, I remember the spectacle…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Josh Meyers

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Josh Meyers graduated in 2011 from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration on Management Information Systems. Josh was actively involved in the Chi Alpha ministry at UMD. He currently lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area as an IT business partner for Honeywell’s thermostat product division. When he’s not at his job or working with the media team at his church, Josh finds time for his ongoing house-flipping projects at his home.   Josh…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Crystal Villalobos-Lewis

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Crystal Villalobos-Lewis was part of the first Chi Alpha group at Loyola University in New Orleans, which was pioneered by Matt and Jen DeGier. After graduating in 2005, Crystal worked the next 11 years in Human Resources for a local hospital in Baton Rouge. Along the way, she met her husband Aaron, who is a Chi Alpha alum from Kansas State University. They married in 2011, and they now have two beautiful daughters, Katelyn and Kayleigh. Recently, Crystal stepped away…

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