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04Mar 14

Tell it like it is – Ash Wednesday and Lent

We are entering the time of year when a lot of folks on campus are looking for jobs. Seniors are looking for work out in the real world as you approach the end of your years of college. And others of you are looking for summer jobs to help you save a little to pay the bills or get some experience on your resume. As you look for a job you will almost certainly have to go to at least one interview. Despite the fact that interviews have been proven to not be the most effective predictors of success in the workplace, almost every employer out there will conduct interviews of potential candidates. Resumes, applications, and interviews are stress-inducing prospects for most people. You have to put yourself out there and make the case for why you should be chosen among the hundreds or thousands of other people also looking…

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27Feb 14

Recent Alumni Survey Summary

Here is a brief overview of the Recent Alumni Survey. We have included the top three percentages in each area along with some quotes from each area.  Many thanks to the alumni that participated in the survey. When did you graduate/leave UW-Madison? 25% graduated in 2013 18.75% graduated in 2010 18.75% graduated in 2008 What is one (or more) of your favorite memories of your time as a student at UW-Madison? “Going to Devil’s Lake for the first time with other first year grad students.” “Break With A Purpose, Fall Retreat.” “All the time I spent at Pres House.” What aspects of being a student at UW-Madison did you learn the most from? The top three reasons given in average were: 56.25% - Involvement at Pres House 37.50% - Leadership Opportunities 18.75%  - Living on your own for the first time How were you involved at Pres House? 100% -Worship…

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19Jan 14

Hi recent alumni!

To all recent alum: Hello from Pres House! It is hard to believe, but almost 10 years have passed since Erica and I started as pastors at Pres House and the "modern era" of ministry began here. We are reaching out to alumni who were involved at Pres House in the past decade in order to stay connected with you. You were an instrumental part of rebuilding Pres House and helping the ministry get to where it is today. We are contacting you for two reasons: 1. We want to hear back from you. What have you been doing since leaving campus? What could Pres House have done to better prepare you for living, working, and following God after leaving campus? How would you like to stay connected to Pres House in the future? Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey with your thoughts. 2. We want to…

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08Dec 13

Lessons from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Each year, per tradition, my family watches Charles Schulz’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. And even though the special originally aired almost 50 years ago, I am continually surprised by how salient and relevant its messages still are today. In case you haven’t seen the special, the story features a disheartened Charlie Brown who is trying to find the true meaning of Christmas. He is surrounded by selfish desires and rampant commercialism. In hopes of finding meaning, Charlie Brown becomes the director of the Christmas play. After having a rough time as director, he goes to get a Christmas tree for the play. Out of all of the metallic, shiny and strong Christmas trees, Charlie Brown picks one that is nothing more than a weak, young sapling. Inevitably, when Charlie presents the tree to the cast of the play, they all ridicule him. But Linus sees something different in the tree.…

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31Oct 13

One year after Sandy

One year ago this week Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast of the United States. Sandy has been the second most costly hurricane in U.S. history and was the deadliest Atlantic hurricane of 2012. One year later, staff of the Episcopal Service Corp on Staten Island (including Erin Stumbras, UW-Madison and Pres House alum) share reflections below about where things are today. Pres House will be traveling to Staten Island and New York City this coming Spring Break to assist in relief efforts. Visit here for more information about our trip.  After Hurricane Sandy ripped through Staten Island, destroying about a quarter of the Island, there was an enormous outpouring of kindness and compassion from the community.  Thousands of people whose homes were spared the destruction of Sandy came to the aid of their neighbors who lost everything. Young and old showed up to help clean streets, homes, beaches…

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27Sep 13

How to put together a micro-community

Interested in living with a group of friends in the PH Apartments next year (2014-15)? Want to learn about something new or participate in some kind of project? Want to get a scholarship towards rent and fund for your program ideas? The Micro-Community Grant Program at PH Apartments gives you all these opportunities. Applications are due October 15. Not sure how to put one together? Current student and micro-community member, Cece Olin, describes the process below to help you out: The best way to connect with people for a micro-community is to find a group of like-minded people who connect intellectually.  It is key that these are people who you are willing to talk to openly and honestly with, so before you put a group together or join one, make sure everyone meets and is comfortable with each other. Then comes the hard part, deciding what to focus on.  It has…

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26Sep 13

Why should you go on fall retreat????!

The Pres House Fall Retreat is one of the best weekends of fall semester. You don't want to miss it! Register online today. Check out these frequently asked questions and click here for more information. And be sure to watch this great little promo video! When and where are we going? We will leave Friday late afternoon/evening (there will be different cars leaving based on when people are done with class/work) and return on Sunday by noon. We'll be staying at the Green Lake Conference Center (www.glcc.org) again this year in dorm like lodging. It has great facilities and beautiful scenery. Who is the Fall Retreat for? Undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and post-grad folks, anyone who wants to come and have a great weekend away!  What's there to do at the center? Hike in the hills, sit on the beach by the lake, play ultimate frisbee or other sports (golf, basketball, etc.), arts and crafts, shop for fair…

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09Sep 13

Natalie in Kenya

Natalie Strait, one of the student members and leaders from Pres House is living and studying in Nairobi, Kenya this semester. While we miss her we are excited that she is learning new things and we have the opportunity to hear about her adventures through her blog. Today she wrote about missing being at worship at Pres House but about how she has found a new church family for the time being in Nairobi. Last week she described a crazy story about traveling in Kenya that you won't want to miss! Bookmark her blog and learn from her experiences vicariously. Pray for her adventures on mopeds when you are taking the 80 bus on campus. Think about where you might want to go someday or remember fondly the places that you've been. Let her stories inspire you. Note: Do you or someone you know have a blog that you'd like…

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