Classapalooza: Elements 2013

It’s back this year!  The fun, the crazy, the awesome, and the mysterious adventures of Classapalooza!  It’s just around the corner, and closing in fast!  On Saturday, May 11th, 2013, the memories shall begin shaping.  From freshman taking on the green of earth, to sophomores embracing the cool blue waters, to juniors dancing silver among the wind and air, finishing with the fire-red of seniors, the elements will accumulate and meet their matches.  Which element will rise victorious?  Only time can tell.

Events for students will all begin at 3pm ,and much like last year, there will be a chalk art competition, body painting, a volleyball tournament, a dunk tank, the warrior challenge,  music, dancing, food, friends, craziness, and more!  Team competitions will be held, and sign-ups will be in the student center soon!  Lunch will be available in the cafeteria, but dinner will be served at the event.  Prepare for yum and keep on the alert for more information to come!!  It is going to be nothing short of spectacular!

Excitement Building on Campus!

Well, TFC, if you haven’t heard talk of the excitement, here it is: ROPES COURSE ON CAMPUS!  No lie.  After speaking with Professor Ernie DeWitt, instructor of Outdoor Leadership and Wilderness Medicine, here is the info you may be interested in that we can leak to your ears and eyes! DeWitt has answered a series of questions as follows below:

From where has the ropes course been acquired? The ropes course was donated by Shane Sullards, one of the adjunct Professors for OLE.

Where will it be located? It will be located in the flood plains, opposite the end that leads to the married student housing.

How will it get there? We have a class this semester called Adventure Based Education that teaches students how to design, construct, and facilitate experientially based learning initiatives.  For part of this class the students will help with the design and construction of the course.

What purpose will it serve?  The course will be used to develop and enhance skills that may be weak or lacking within a group. In addition, it can highlight the positive aspects of a group.  Most of the initiatives will require a group to work together to complete.  Within this process can come many thoughts and emotions that can be beneficial or detrimental to the group. Ropes courses like these can help bring all these issues out and allow the group to process them thus allowing the group to be better equipped in life to deal with challenges that may arise in the future. This is called transference of learning and can be very beneficial to the individual as well as the group.

Who will have access to it? It will be open to groups on and off the campus, but will require an OLE trained facilitator to use it.  This is simply for consistency and safety.

How will it be assembled? The Adventure Based Class will walk through the process of how to build a ropes course including supplies needed, engineering principles, safety issues and other considerations.  After this the class will be divided to work as groups on specific sections of the course. Once the course is completed they will have a chance to facilitate a group using the course.

How much time goes into assembling and strategically placing a ropes course? It depends on how large and complex the course.  If I were to take a guess at how much time we will have in this course I would guess about 1000 person hours.

Who will be responsible for tending to the care of it?  The instructors of the OLE program will be responsible for safety checks and keeping up the equipment.

If it is not accessible for all students, will there be fines or some sort of negative outcome for using it aside from adequate supervised activity? This is an issue that I could not fully address because I do not deal with fines or disciplinary action.  I can say that the course will have signs indicating no one is allowed on the course without permission from administration and/or the OLE professors and can only be used with trained facilitators. Many people assume that because it is a low ropes course it is not dangerous, but this is a misconception.

When can TFC expect the entire course to be up and running? The goal is to have it up and functioning by summer of 2013.

What kind of ropes course is it? This course will be a low ropes course. All elements will be under three feet high.  It will be designed in a three triangle configuration with each triangle being more challenging than the other. This will allow a group to choose their challenge, which opens the group up to many additional experiential learning issues related to challenge.

In addition to the low ropes course, the Adventure Based Education class will be constructing a bouldering/rock wall with a three part low elements course for preparation beside it.  This will be located next to the Christian Education Building, where you may have seen a lot of cement and rubble torn up recently. The excitement on campus is building; literally!

MAC Attack: Back in Full Swing, errr…Kick?

Everybody was kung fu fighting!  Those kids were fast as lightning.  In fact it was a little bit frightening, but they fought with expert timing…

 Perhaps they aren’t kung fu fighting, but they’d like to think the rest of that phrase is pretty accurate!  Toccoa Falls College, whether you knew it or not, has a Martial Arts Club!  Headed up by president Cheyenne Capin and Vice President Matthew Sanders, this group of students is a pretty close-knit family.  They had the privilege last semester of welcoming the newly acquired president, Dr. Bob Myers, to the team as their faculty advisor.  Since then, the group has only grown tighter.  Currently, they are meeting every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday through the end of spring 2013 semester.

With three black belts involved, classes are an impactful experience of acquiring practical skills involved with mixed martial arts, particularly in the styles of: Tang Soo Do, taught every Tuesday from 6-7pm by sensei Conor Van Vranken, third degree black belt; Tae Kwon Do, taught every Wednesday from 5-6pm by sensei James Priest, first degree black belt; and American Karate, taught every Thursday by sensei Micah Brewer, first degree black belt.  Together, these three form the crew the club has dubbed the Blackberries, with the help of autocorrect.  On Saturdays from 2-4pm, Matthew Sanders will be teaching grappling and submissions alongside Peter Sfragidas, who will be working with proper strength and conditioning techniques.  Students and staff are encouraged to sit in on a class to see if it is something they may be interested in.

Current members of the club are as follows:

Scott Arnold, junior.

*Micah Brewer; freshman.

*Cheyenne Capin; sophomore.

Cheryl Gaughan; junior.

Jake Harmon; sophomore.

Tiffany Hartis; senior.

Galwyn Hill; sophomore.

Travis Jones; junior.

Jason Kohl; TFC alumni.

Nehemiah McAmis; sophomore.

Brandon Owen; freshman.

*James Priest; freshman.

*Matt Sanders; sophomore.

*Peter Sfragidas; freshman.

Jose Trinidad; freshman.

*Conor Van Vranken; freshman.

Donovan Walker; sophomore.

*Dr. Bob Myers; faculty advisor.

[Note: those with a * by their name hold a current leadership position]

Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7pm, Wednesdays from 5-6pm, and Saturdays from 2-4pm.  The club currently meets in the gym lobby, and will have practices outside in the intramural field as the weather reaches a more bearable temperature on a regular basis.

While the club has already begun for the spring semester, they have only just begun, and are very interested in gaining new members who share their interests still!  They say the reason to join is as follows: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30, NIV.  We are called to balance our heart, mind, strength, and soul in loving Christ; while we exercise our minds academically, our hearts and souls spiritually through Chapel, worship, Barnabas Group, etc.,  we can exercise our physical strength to God through our bodies, strengthening ourselves in the skills of self-defense.  Not only that, but learning the skills of self-defense is important in protecting oneself, and a valuable skill in the event of a crisis situation.  Our goal is to equip you with these skills in a safe environment, in hopes that you would in turn use them for the glorification of God, in a safe manner.”

They invite anyone with an interest to sit in on any of the classes to see if it may actually be a fit for them.  For any further comments, questions, or concerns, you may direct them to Capin at or Sanders at  Whether you have had previous experience, training, or none at all, the Martial Arts Club will warmly welcome you to their family.

In short, their club motto seems to sum up MAC in a nutshell: “it is not about how much more you can take, but how much more you can give”


Costume Tag? You’re It!

The fun and festivities have drawn to a close as fall festivities wind down.  Of the many activities held by TFC’s SGA, as students and staff participate, an eye-catching event is always Tag Week.  Tag Week has a select number of rules. 1. Ladies, find a guy you like and tag him! 2.  Design his “costume” so he can wear it all week long!  3. Gentlemen, if you’re tagged, be a good sport and wear the outfit! 4. Keep it “Toccoppriate.”  5. Have fun!  Of the many tags, there was a whole crew from Mario; characters and Yoshi, included, Disney characters, animals, TV characters, band members, and themed outfits, among others.

This year, a handful of TFC’s gentlemen were asked a series of questions about Tag Week, and here are their responses:

Who were you tagged by?
Matthew Thorpe responded: Renee Stoute.
Brandon Owen responded: DeAnna Cottingham.
Josh Gailer responded: Cory Buterbaugh.
Travis Jones responded: Andrea Gonzalez.

What/who were you tagged as?
Thorpe: Waluigi.
Owen: Superman.
Gailer: Aladdin.
Jones: A bear.

On which day were you tagged, and how many days did you wear your tag?
Thorpe: Monday. I wore the costume Tuesday-Saturday.
Owen: Monday, three days.
Gailer: Monday, and wore it Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Jones: I wore my tag four of 5 days, because Andrea was sick one day, and not able to paint my face.  However, I went all out for the fall festival, and it was such a great night!

What is ‘tag week’ from a guy’s perspective?
Thorpe: Girls dressing guys up.
Owen: A silly tradition that doesn’t seem to have much purpose.
Gailer: A chance to get to know what girl has a crush on you…
Jones: From this guy’s perspective, tag week is a week to have fun, dress up, and put a smile on your tagger’s face.  It was fun to be painted up as a bear each day, and see the medley of renditions.  I think it was a funny way to entertain that special someone.  I especially enjoyed walking into class and seeing my professor’s faces!

Should there be a tag week, when the guys are allowed to tag the ladies?
Thorpe: No, guys are not creative enough. I would not tag a girl. Haha
Owen: Yes. If a girl tags a guy, she should dress up too.
Gailer: I think that would be great.
Jones: I believe there should be a girl’s tag week to give the guys an opportunity to have the same fun the girls did.  I think it would be very interesting to see what tags the guys would pick.

What are your overall thoughts/comments about Tag Week?
Thorpe: I enjoyed it. I liked the attention I received for it.
Owen: It can be fun, but not always.
Gailer: I think tag week is great, and it would be much better if there was more participation.
Jones: I felt excited to participate in this TFC tradition.  I was excited to see what would happen during the week.

 [Our winner, Gailer, was asked two extra questions, listed below]

How does it feel to be the winner of tag week’s most creative outfit?

I think it’s pretty cool to be the winner of the most creative outfit, I gotta thank Cory and my sister, Allysa Gailer, for being the creative minds though.

Were you expecting to win?

I didn’t really think I would win ‘cause Max Miner had great outfits all week, and all the others were dressed great too, so it was a nice surprise to win.
There you have it!  Tag Week, from a guy’s perspective.  Though they may not all agree, all respondents appear to have had a great time participating in what is known as tradition, here at TFC!  This is not the end of it, however. Give us some feedback from your perspective and thoughts on Tag Week, ladies and gentlemen alike!


TFC Trustees Pay Annual Visit to Campus

When the cafeteria food begins looking more gourmet, you notice everyone stepping up their routines and looking top notch and think, “Who are they trying to impress? “   Then you catch glimpse of all the men in the fancy suits and ties, the women in dresses…  You, fellow TFC family, are looking at the trustees of TFC!  You know, those faithful stewards who work alongside Dr. Bob Myers to make our college experience phenomenal!  I had the pleasure of a small glimpse into the interaction of this group of servants, whom many people seem to just pass by without a second thought or glance.  I also had the privilege of speaking with a few of them, and getting to know them on a more personal level.  Four basic questions were posed; 1. Who are you? /What does it mean to be a trustee? 2. Why have you chosen to invest in TFC? 3. How long have you been involved? and 4. What are your goals/intentions as a trustee?  Hearing the stories these following three men told, it is hard to separate the questions and write specific answers, so with those in mind, here is what Dr. Smith, Charles Moseley, and Floyd Wheeler had to say:

Smith stated, “Being a trustee means leading alongside the president and his vice president for the purpose of accomplishing the vision and purposes of TFC.  I am an alumni, the product of this school.  My character was formed here.  My faith was shaped here.  I want to give back!  Also, my son attends here, and I want to invest so that he can experience what I experienced. I have been on the board for approximately three years now.”

Moseley said, “My wife wanted to finish her college degree so,” through a roundabout way, “we came to TFC and she went to school.”  On a side note, Moseley states, “She’s almost 60!”  Carrying on, “Being around the school, you get to be around the things you love.  Our purpose is to help any way we can.”  He adds in, “I spent a lot of time on TV and radio, and I am proud of my wife, but I believe in TFC, the professors, and staff; they are all aiming at one purpose:  to build a better education facility to tell people about Jesus (because I don’t think we have as much time as some people do)!”

Wheeler said, “Being a trustee gives me the opportunity to be more involved with the lives of students and purpose of school, our purpose, and to look at administrative working of the college to see how that can better mirror the Scriptures upon which we’re based; a Christian college whose core is the Word of God.  Being on the board helps to look at who we are, what we do, and to keep the college moving in that direction.  I feel in love with the students at TFC.  I began to engage with them about becoming short term missionaries and doing interns around the country- being a trustee keeps me involved with students.  I have recruited for six years and am in my second term, so roughly eight or nine years it’s been that I’ve been involved now.”

These are only a few of the many stories that these wise men and women have to offer, and they are among the most genuine, compassionate people I have ever met.  I would encourage every member of TFC to interact with these sweet folks as you see them sporadically around campus.  Make them feel welcomed- they are as much a part of our family as any of us.  Get to know them and hear their stories- they’d love to do the same with you.

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