About Rick Upchurch

Married in 1976, with three grown children. Have served as Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 18 years and still hold ordination credentials in the Church of the Nazarene. Led and taught in Adult Degree Completion programs in Christian Higher Education since 1998. Published four books available on Amazon: Discipleship with James, Guidebook for Curriculum Development and Assessment, Spiritual Warfare, and The Principles of Life.

Grammarly

I LOVE Grammarly.  I installed it on my computer some time ago and I wouldn’t want to try to write without it!  It automatically highlights problems in my writing and gives me suggestions to correct them.  There are so many things that Grammarly does I’ve included a link to an article which reviews them HERE. I cannot overstate the importance of getting hooked up with Grammarly as soon as possible – ESPECIALLY SINCE IT IS FREE TO YOU AS A BELHAVEN STUDENT!!!!!

Here is how to get connected. Go to Blazenet, Click on the hamburger menu, then Academics, then Adult and Graduate. From the next screen scroll down and click on APA Assistance under Quick Links. The link for Grammarly will be on the right – just follow the directions.  This could be a game changer!

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

This is called the Golden Rule and those who practice this in every part of their life are worth their weight in Gold!  Let’s go one step farther; do unto others as you would like others to do unto your mother, daughter, or other loved one.  When we treat others as we would like to be treated not only do they love it, but there is an inner affirmation that we’ve done the right thing.  Check out the short video below:

 

Don’t react defensively . . .

Eventually, someone will confront you about some action you’ve taken or something you’ve said.  In your mind this may or may not seem be to fair.  Let me clairify something: your perception at this point is meaningless. Until you understand the perspective of the one confronting you, it will be impossible to move to a resolution.  Check out the short video below:

 

Why Google Slides works great for group projects

Many times you are assigned a group or team project that will result in a presentation. In many cases, the work is divided up by having one person create the presentation, typically in PowerPoint while others are assigned other parts of the project. The problem with this is that it is usually the same person who creates the PowerPoint and the other students have little or no input into the final presentation, nor do they become familiar with creating presentations.

Google slides is GREAT for team projects because it allows multiple people the opportunity to work on the presentation from different locations AT THE SAME TIME. So, each person in the group could be assigned to create 2-? slides relative to their portion of the content, and everyone can see and comment on each other’s work as the project progresses.  I’ve included a tutorial below from Youtube.  One person would create the project and then share it with the others in the group so everyone can access it and add their portion.

Presenting in class is a snap, just log into your Google Drive account (be sure to open an incognito window in your browser to avoid accidentally leaving your login information) and run the presentation.  You could even add the Instructor to the project so they can see what’s happening.  Even better, it is possible to see who created what, so there is no question about some team members slacking while others do all the work!

The Sweetest Sound

Dale Carnegie said that the sweetest sound to a person is the sound of their own name. One thing is sure: people who discipline themselves to learn and use the names of others in conversation give themselves an edge in dealing with people.  The ability to remember names is often discounted but it is probably one of the most important skills a leader can develop, particularly for those who understand the importance of relationships.  Check out the short video below:

 

Listen more than you talk

Listening more than talking is especially hard for some.  I want to encourage you to not merely listen, but to intensely listen, fiercely listen.  Listen not just to the words being said, but to the emotions behind them, and to the choice of the words used. Ask questions to clarify, and DON’T assume anything.  Really listen until you have heard and then listen some more.

 

Student Handbook Updates

The Student Handbook for Belhaven University Adult Studies has been updated. The most recent version can be found on Blazenet at this LINK

I wanted to draw your attention specifically to two additions to the handbook:

First: A statement has been added which affects those who would sell or contribute content specific information to websites for student’s to use in plagiarizing, or taking an unfair advantage, e.g. papers and/or quiz or test questions.  I know we are all attempting to be people of integrity, but we have found Belhaven material on some of these sites.  While this might be portrayed as “helping” other students, the bottom line is that it is academic cheating.  Here is the addition to the Student Handbook:

“Enabling academic dishonesty (contract cheating), i.e. helping another student violate the standards on Academic Integrity, is unacceptable and could result in censure or dis-enrollment. Examples include: allowing one’s work to be copied, working together on an assignment where collaboration is not allowed (such as a quiz or exam, etc.), doing work for another student, or submitting work for a course to an internet site which other students can use to violate these standards.”

Second: While it seems rational to assume that we would all work with, and treat each other with respect, lately there have been some instances where that has not been the case. Since this trend seems to be expanding across our society it was felt that a statement should be included in the Student Handbook which reinforces appropriate behavior and speech when dealing with other students and with faculty:

“All communication between students and other students, or between students and faculty, must be conducted in a manner that is respectful, using language that is professional.”

Please let me or one of your Student Services personnel know if you have any questions.

Blessings,

Dr. Upchurch,
AVP Regional Campuses

 

Honest is the best policy

Honesty is the best policy!  In fact, it is the ONLY policy! Honesty is the most identified trait of Leaders that others want to follow. It may not be the trait which gets you promoted but it is definitely the trait that, if not practiced, will get you fired, lead to divorce, and see you alone with no friends.  Honesty does take courage, but it really is the best (and only) policy.

 

How to Increase Your Influence Using 5 Simple Words

This post comes from an article by Lolly Daskal by the same title:

Words have the power to build people up, hold people back, and break people down. The words you speak as a leader are especially influential, with the ability to empower or disempower others.

Of all the words you can say, five are especially meaningful in terms of influence:

How can I help you?

With those five words you communicate some important principles. Offering to help positions you as a servant leader, and asking how you can help shows respect and gives the other person ownership of their own future. The simple question “How can I help?” is at the core of the most influential things leaders do:  READ MORE

Suspect that the one you are talking to may be smarter than you are

Suspect that the one you are talking to may be smarter than you are. Always assume the person to whom you are talking is smarter than you are, or has access to more resources, or both. This is a good rule of thumb for eve3ry interaction and guarantees you won’t start the conversation by underestimating or demeaning others. Even if it is not true you might learn something that you didn’t know that will help you make better decisions.