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Classapalooza Goes Tribal

This Saturday, April 30th, is Toccoa Falls College’s annual Classapalooza! This annual event is put on by Student Government Association and is a great way to celebrate the end of another year.

Each class bands together and competes against the other three classes in a series of different activities. Imagine tons of college students running around, competing, and fighting to the very end to be dubbed the best class. This year is sure to be an exciting year because Classapalooza has partnered with The Cherokee Challenge and transformed Classapalooza into Tribe-A-Palooza.

Each of the classes has been assigned a different Native American tribe. Each of these tribes is local and rich in history, with some dating back centuries.

Freshman: Catawba

Sophomore:Oconee

Junior: Apalachee

Senior: Cherokee

Some students will recall the crazy games from last year. Students will be happy to know that one or two of their favorites will be making an appearance while there have also been additional games added to the schedule.

The activities of the day include The Cherokee Challenge, which is a two-mile race course filled with challenges sure to test even the toughest warrior. The cost to participate in the Cherokee Challenge is $25 and all proceeds go to The Outdoor Club. The Cherokee Challenge begins at 10:00am.

The next event of the day begins at 1:30pm and it is the Chalk Art Competition. Then there is a Volleyball Tournament starting at 1:45pm, the Canoe Catch at 2:00pm, the Tomahawk Throw at 2:15pm, Buck Buck at 2:30pm, and the Canoe Relay at 3:00pm. The day’s last activity, the Fish and Egg Game, will begin at 3:45pm. Sign-ups for all activities are in the Student Center. Students can stop by to see if their tribe has any spots that still need to be filled!

This wonderful event is something people do not  want to miss! All students are encouraged to come down to the pond on Saturday and compete in one of the many events or support their tribe by watching and cheering. It is sure to be a day filled with excitement, laughter, and memories.

Be there and experience Tribe-A-Palooza.

 

 

*Pictured above are three Cherokee Indians on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina

*Picture retrieved from http://www.alltribes.com/kcenter/native-american-tribes/cherokee.html

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A Night of Improv and Comedy

This past Saturday and Sunday, the Toccoa Falls College Theatrical Society put on their spring production,“A Night of Comedy and Improv.”

Like the title of the show suggests, the actors and actresses performed a few short, comedic skits and entertained the crowd with some bits of hilarious improvisation. The small group of students who had committed to this production rehearsed and prepared for months. The resulting performance showed their hard work!

The skits included a two-part sketch called “Flirting Academy”, inspired by Studio C, and a zany skit called “Are you a fool?” directed by TFC Junior, Rachel Mayo.

The Theatrical Society performed a more serious play in addition to the comedies. TFC senior, Rebekah Stillwell, directed “The Lifehouse Everything Skit”. This silent skit portrayed the redemption story in a moving and beautiful way. Stillwell commented on the evening,

“This was one of the most fun performances the Theatrical Society has ever done! I loved the way almost everyone was in multiple acts. And while our scripted skits were awesome, the best parts (and the ones that got the most laughs) were the improv sessions. It made for an informal, more laid back interaction with the audience. It was a very close-knit group and I was so proud to work with them!”

The night was filled with laughter and a good time was had by actors and audience alike. One audience member said, “It was comical and interesting. I can’t compare it to anything else!”

Rebecca Colson, the leader of the improve troupe, Dead Joke Society, shared her parting thoughts about the production,

“I loved getting to hang out, goof off, and get to know the cast members. With all the stress of final assignments, acting with this group of people has been a great boost. And getting to pray for them before and after rehearsals has been a special joy for me as a director.”

 This statement from Rebecca really sums up what the Theatrical Society is about. This group of theatrically inclined students is able to come together, build each other up, and pray for one another. The group loves to have fun together and, through performing together regularly, has developed a strong bond. Their chemistry transcends from their personal lives to the stage, where they can encourage and entertain others through their passion for the Arts. Their goal is to glorify God in the talent they share with the community and the student body, and this goal has been achieved every semester.

The group loves to have fun together and, through performing together regularly, has developed a strong bond. Their chemistry transcends from their personal lives to the stage, where they can encourage and entertain others through their passion for the Arts. Their goal is to glorify God in the talent they share with the community and the student body, and this goal has been achieved every semester.

The Theatrical Society is a great facet in the student life at Toccoa Falls College. They will have more great performances and events next semester, so students can be on the lookout for their updates! For more information about the Theatrical Society contact club president, Callan Bentley at callanbentley@tfc.edu or Rebecca Colson at rebecacolson@tfc.edu.

For more information about the Theatrical Society contact club president, Callan Bentley at callanbentley@tfc.edu or Rebecca Colson at rebecacolson@tfc.edu.

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Owning A Local Business

Victoria Head gave insight into what it is like to own a local business and left advice for aspiring business owners.

Toccoa native, Victoria Head, owns local bakery, Victoria’s Sweet Treats. Started in 2013, “Victoria’s” is relatively new; however, it continues to grow. Running her own business has given Head much experience and insight. In an interview, she explained that it has been both difficult and worthwhile.

Head said that the most difficult aspect of owning and running a local business is the management of both time and resources. While Victoria’s is rapidly increasing in popularity, it has a very limited staff.

“As the business has grown, it has been challenging to keep up with the demand in the space I am currently in with the staff I currently have. It requires long hours just to keep up with the orders and then on top of that, there is the ongoing need to manage the business’s finances and supplies to be able to continue operations.”

Head compared owning a business to having a child in the sense that “the work is never really done.” She said that the list of things needing to be prepared or accomplished seems endless.

Owning and running a local business has been rewarding for Head. “Knowing that a product or service you provide brings joy and happiness to someone else is a great feeling.” While encouraging those who aspire to own a business, she reminded them that it is a commitment. One must be willing to give one hundred percent effort.

Head also advised future business owners to become very familiar with their community and customers. She said, “If you do that, your customers will keep coming back and that is what keeps a business going.” Connections are crucial to businesses, especially in small areas.

Head believes she has followed her calling by opening her own bakery. While owning a small business is not easy, she has found it very gratifying.

 

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My Journey at TFC: Katelyn Kohoutek

In an interview, Katelyn Kohoutek, a senior from Loganville Georgia, explained how Toccoa Falls College has framed her identity in Christ through educational and spiritual aspects. Having studied all four years at TFC, she shared her journey, as well as her experiences that contributed to her spiritual growth. Katelyn said that TFC has impacted her relationship with Christ as she was nurtured in the Christ-centered community and provided a strong educational background.

One of Toccoa Falls College’s many positives, said Katelyn, was the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Having a love for the mountains and nature, she was glad to find a school that was not too close, yet not too far from her home. Sensing a peace from the Lord, and with TFC offered counseling program, Katelyn was encouraged to find a school that would support her throughout the chapters of her life.

“You can dislike, resent, or even resist change, no matter what… it is inevitable and it’s important to savor relationships, places, passions, and seasons while you have them because the Lord knows what you need for the next one and is faithful in helping you adjust in the change.”

At Toccoa Falls, Katelyn believes that she grew in her faith even when feeling like she could not hear the Lord’s voice. While growing up in the church, Katelyn clarified that she had plenty of heart knowledge, but a lack of biblical knowledge. After she gained a clearer understanding of the Bible, she came to see and explore and see Christ through all things. The most important point Katelyn made is her discovery of Christ, not only in the church, but also through the surrounded non-religious culture.

When asked to give advice to younger students, Katelyn strongly suggested avoiding a narrow-minded point of view. “There is a reason one is in the community God has placed that person”, she continues. Furthermore, she encouraged students to take full advantage of social activities. Katelyn loves TFC because building relationships allowed her to fulfill God’s plan to be in community with one another.

As a senior, her time was spent around people her own age. As she prepares to be thrown into the career world, she realizes the importance of studying different passions. Therefore, her second word of advice is to take classes offered in other majors. Katelyn explained that understanding the perspective of other majors is humbling. Katelyn exclaimed, “Each major has a different flavor in the way it views life.”

After her long-awaited graduation, Katelyn is preparing for her wedding in October. Currently, she and her fiancé plan on expanding and growing the ministry at Camp Grace in North Carolina. As a newlywed, Katelyn wishes to work with teens, build relationships, and aid in the camps needs. Katelyn believes being a student at Toccoa Falls College has prepared her spiritually and intellectually for her future career.

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A Magical Night on the Lake

Toccoa Falls College’s Student Government Association will be hosting the annual Junior/Senior Banquet on April 16, 2016.

This year, Junior/Senior will be located at Lanier Islands Resort. It is beautiful and rests on the bank of Lake Lanier. The lake can be seen from the tables. Those attending are encouraged to take advantage of the many photo opportunities. It is also conveniently located near Gainesville and Buford. This opens up many fun options for post-banquet activities.

The event was originally announced to start at 5:30pm. However, it has been moved to 6:00pm. Dinner will begin at 7:00pm and senior gifts, superlatives, stories, and dancing will follow.

The Junior/Senior Banquet is a tradition at TFC that holds great sentimental value. Gabrielle Mueller, a senior at TFC and the SGA Campus Life Chair, said, “This night is a neat way for people to really have focused time together in the midst of deadlines, plans for the future and the ever anticipated finish line that is graduation.” She explained that the banquet is a celebration of seniors and an opportunity to relax from school, fellowship with friends, reminisce memories, and anticipate the future.

Faith Champion Newey, TFC alumna, Director of Leadership and Service, and Staff Advisor of SGA, has attended seven of the past Junior/Senior banquets. She shared why she believes this event is important to the community at TFC,

“In my opinion, the Junior/Senior Banquet is a graduation present to the senior class. Our hope is that those in attendance find more than just a pretty setting and an entertaining night, but also a night of connection and appreciation. The number one reason we (SGA) put so much heart, creativity and resources into this banquet is to give the senior class a beautiful signpost. This Banquet serves as a tribute to the Class of 2016 and a celebration at the end of a journey.”

Planning the Junior/Senior Banquet has been bittersweet for Gabrielle Mueller. The event’s personal significance has reflected in the time she has invested. It has been a creative outlet for her to process her experience at TFC and upcoming graduation. When asked about her favorite part of preparation, she explained that she enjoyed all of it. She said, “I really love the idea of creating an atmosphere in which everyone gets to enjoy each other and make memories together, and I get to participate in those last memories too.”

She gave much credit to the Campus Life Committee. They have worked hard and she could not accomplish the event without them.

The theme is Masquerade Ball. The Campus Life Committee has been planning for a night that is both classy and fun. There will be valet parking and the resort’s very own chef will prepare dinner. Those attending are encouraged to wear masks. The best mask competition may serve as motivation for participation and creativity. Superlatives have also been given entertaining categories and prizes. The diverting personalities of the students guarantee that it will be a night full of laughter.

Those attending can look forward to celebrating the seniors at this unforgettable black-tie affair!

 

*Picture taken from http://www.lakelanierfun.com/

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Getting to Know God

One’s personal relationship with God is critical to maintain. Christians are called to grow in faith, and to become deeper with the Father. John 15:4 says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” A Christian cannot grow and bear fruit of he or she is not abiding in the Lord. Without having this deep relationship, one cannot hope to develop in faith. Maintaining this kind of deep relationship with God does not come easily. In the hustle and bustle of today’s world it can be easy to get distracted from spending time with God. How can one begin to strengthen this relationship? The following are three practical steps towards a healthy relationship with God:

1. Discipline
Form the habit of regularly reading Scripture and spending time in prayer. Friendships cannot survive without conversation, and spending time listening to what the other has to say. Hearing what the Bible says from others is excellent, but not sufficient for one’s personal relationship with God. Getting to know God by oneself by studying the Word and praying is critical to the relationship.
2. Structure
It can be difficult to know where to start when one sits down to spend some time in prayer. When one doesn’t know what to pray, one can pray Scripture. Psalms, for example, is good to pray back to God because many of the Psalms were written as prayers. Keeping a prayer journal can also be helpful. Listing and writing out prayers can keep one focused and clear-headed.
3. Accountability
Having the good intention to do all these things is great, but what is going to make or break the relationship is actually following through on all this or not. Have a trusted friend or mentor keeps a person to his or her commitment to grow in a relationship with the Lord through personal devotion. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Christians are called to come alongside one another and keep each other from falling away. Accountability is one way they do so.

Just as a person needs to put effort and time into a relationship with a friend, one needs to do the same thing in one’s relationship with God. It is the most important relationship one will ever have, and therefore needs to be taken seriously. Be encouraged! It is God’s desire to be close to his children. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” God will quicken anyone who comes to him for discernment. While one works to grow close to God, God will draw near to them.

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Let’s JaM

The students at Toccoa Falls College have elected the next President and Vice President of Student Government Association. John Thar (President) and Mandy Sullivan (Vice President) will lead SGA in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. They are extremely excited to serve in the next year and have plenty of plans in store to better TFC as a whole.

John Thar is a West African-raised lover of root beer. His character has been shaped by the influences of the Bible, Disney, Veggie Tales, and Calvin and Hobbs, but mainly the Bible. As the Resident Assistant of the famous Forrest 2A hall, John is no stranger to leadership roles. When asked what motivated him to run for President John replied, “Starting out the year, it wasn’t even on the radar. Charlie [Herrera] encouraged me to run; that’s where the idea started.” After several weeks of praying and seeking counsel, John said he felt a feeling of, “Just go for it.” In the next year, he plans to put most of his focus in 3 main areas: community outreach, the student body, and SGA, itself.

Of course, the combination is not complete without the upcoming Vice President, Mandy Sullivan. Mandy is a wearer of many hats. Outside of the scholastic context (and being the Editor in Chief of the Talon!), she is a diehard University of Alabama fan who enjoys hobbies such as photography, writing, and anything that involves people. After running into several “closed doors,” Mandy found herself seeking and praying for what to do next. She said, “When John approached me, I saw it as an awesome opportunity and a potential answer to prayer. John is an outstanding leader and man of God. I knew him well enough to know that our personalities would work well together.” Devoted to service, Mandy is looking forward to aiding a large variety of people associated with both the college and the community of Toccoa.

Together, their campaign was appropriately titled, “Forward & Focused.” They want to see an increase in communal activity within the student body at TFC that eventually spins a web reaching beyond 107 Kincaid. John mentioned not only getting involved with school administration and local pastors, but even working with local Toccoa government to open new opportunities for ministry.

One  may wonder how Thar and Sullivan plan to achieve all these things. Thar strongly emphasized the power of prayer and asking, “What does God want us to do?”, as well as being available and authentic. If someone wants to start making a difference in SGA, the college, and the city of Toccoa, what should they do? Get involved! Joining a club or committee is a great way to have the most direct effect on what goes on here at school.

The student body is encouraged pray for these two amazing people as they prepare for leadership in the upcoming school year.

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NASB)

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

 

 

*Photo taken by Mark Westlund.