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Six Tips to Help Students Choose a Major

   Music or biology, journalism or math? Whether you are an incoming freshman or a returning student, choosing a major and career path can be daunting, but employing a few key strategies can help. Students are often allowed to enter college under the designation “undecided,” but they should try to declare a major sooner rather than later in order to graduate on time, said Amy Ames, assistant director of professional development in Baylor University’s Office of Career and Professional Development. To help students stay on track to graduate, Ames offered six tips to consider when deciding on a major. –1. Consider your interests and skills Students should examine what they enjoy and how they like to spend their time, but they should also think about their personal strengths and where they are likely to be successful, Ames said. “I would usually encourage a student first to think about what interests them, considering what courses they enjoyed in high school, things they’ve enjoyed about previous work experiences, volunteer experiences, or anything like that — do some self-reflection on what they enjoy,” Ames said. “Of course, that’s not the only thing. We want students to think about where their skills are, since those two aren’t always the exact same thing, and what are areas where they’re successful, whether that’s academics or something they’ve done through a hobby or elsewhere.” –2. Investigate...

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Pet Talk: Activity-Health Monitors for Dogs

Fitness and activity monitors have become a useful way for humans to meet their daily health goals. At the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), veterinarians are using activity trackers in the form of a collar, to help keep dogs healthy. The activity monitors the CVM uses contain technology that can accurately monitor canine patients’ key vital signs and health indicators, such as resting heart rate, resting respiratory rate, quality of rest, amount and level of activity, and expended calories. The trackers can also help identify early indicators of some diseases, such as heart failure and osteoarthritis by alerting the dog’s owner and veterinarian when vital signs and health indicators are abnormal. They can also be used to help monitor disease progression and evaluate the efficacy of therapy in a variety of conditions, such as pain management and weight loss management in obese patients. “The monitors can provide objective data while the dog is at home, meaning the veterinarian can review data from the dog’s status in its normal habitat, where they are less stressed than when they visit the veterinarian’s office,” said Caitlin Conner, DVM student who is involved in a work-study project with activity monitors. “The monitors are incorporated into a comfortable collar that collect data and display it online via a Wi-Fi connection. Based on the dog’s previous monitor data and the...

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New Healthy Texas Women Program Offers Expanded Healthcare Coverage and Services

  Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith joined state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, recently to announce an extensive outreach campaign to focus awareness on the state’s new Healthy Texas Women program which will deliver more care to more Texas women statewide. “State funding for women’s health services has reached an all-time high,” said Sen. Nelson. “We have expanded our provider network to the largest it has ever been and will continue working to make sure women all over the state can access family planning and other preventative health services.” Recognizing the importance and need for women to have access to comprehensive healthcare services at little or no cost, the Healthy Texas Women program offers enhanced health services and expanded eligibility for women who qualify. The program combines and streamlines two of the state’s previous women’s health programs to provide a full-range of women’s health services, including: –Pregnancy testing and counseling; –Family planning; –Immunizations; –Breast and cervical cancer screenings; and, –Screenings and treatment for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol; and more. “We place a high priority on helping all Texas women access the comprehensive healthcare services they need, and we’re committed to helping ensure more women know what benefits are available to help them take charge of their health,” Commissioner Smith said. To access services, Texans can visit Through a concerted recruitment effort, the Health and...

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It Seems to Me – Dealing With Anger

Anger is a problem for many of us.  We often embarrass ourselves because of anger. Anger causes us to say things we may not mean and certainly should not have verbalized even if we did mean them. Anger is the catalyst for many crimes causing many people to do things they never would have done except for anger. Ephesians 4 instructs new Christians to put off the old man and put on the new man. Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us to put off anger, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” (NASU) Verse 26 indicates that not all anger is wrong and that it is possible to be angry and not sin. Deuteronomy 9:8 speaks of God getting angry at His people. Many other Old Testament passages speak of that as well. Multiple passages in the New Testament tell us about Jesus being angry at religious leaders deriving exorbitant profits in conjunction with Temple sacrifices. Mark 3:5 tells us that Jesus got angry at religious leaders who were trying to trap Him and misusing the Sabbath in the process.  Certainly God is not guilty of sin in His anger. Shall I remind you that you and I must be very careful in this area? You and I are not totally holy and...

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Home Country

  The evening was one of those that come back to you time after time, year after long year. It comes back and whispers of how good life can be when you’re well fed, enjoying life, and a good friend shares the front porch with you on a summer’s evening. It was that way with Doc and Steve the other night. Doc thought he might have to do a scientific paper on the soporific effects of ice tea, fried chicken, and corn on the cob. As long as it didn’t take any effort. So when this huge meal had been bull-snaked down, the two grinning friends came out to the porch to watch the sun go down behind the trees along Lewis Creek. The air had that orange and russet glow, and the breeze, that little one that caresses the neck, came slowly down from the hills and made their shirt collars wiggle ever so slightly. It was like taking a dry bath in paradise. Doc sidled up to one of the porch posts and gently tested it to see if it could hold the extra weight he was carrying with that meal. It stood fine, so he leaned against it seriously and looked out on the evening’s warmth. Steve, who was enjoying having a fine meal that someone else cooked for a change, leaned against the post on...

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