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SAGU kicks off Spring 2013 semesterWaxahachie, Texas — January 23, 2013 — On Saturday, Jan. 12, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) kicked off the Spring 2013 semester as new Lions began arriving for New Student Orientation (NSO). On-campus classes began on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

SAGU requires all new students to attend and participate in New Student Orientation (NSO) and the Strategies for Student Success (S3) course during their first semester at SAGU. NSO prepares students for academic success and connects them to other students, faculty and staff. Students participate in activities such as Orientation Kickoff, group breakouts and the Lion's Fair. S3 helps new students acclimate to the university environment, teaches study skills, and informs students of operations and resources.

On Saturday, January 19, SAGU Student Congress hosted their semi-annual All School Fellowship in McCafferty Hall. There were 225 students in attendance. The sci-fi- themed event had Doctor Who, Transformers, and Star Trek characters as well as other recognizable robot characters. Refreshments such as "kryptonite rice krispies," "catastrophic coffee cake," and "wookie cookies" were served with "black hole coffee" and "hanz (hot) chocolate." Many participated in the sci-fi rap battle, the time capsule that will not be opened until 2020, and pin the bowtie on the Doctor Who.

SAGU Social Studies department is hosting "A House Divided: Life & Thought in the American Civil War Era" seminar in the Barnes Student Center Jan. 22 - Jan. 24. The seminar will take place during chapel hour. Students will receive chapel credit for attending the seminar.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, SAGU professor Gary McElhany will begin the seminar with "An Introduction to Life and Thought in the American Civil War Era." SAGU adjunct faculty member David Onyon will follow with "Johnny Reb and Billy Yank: A Soldier's Life in the American Civil War." On Wednesday, Jan. 23, SAGU professor Diane Lewis will present "Through the Lens of Civil War Literature: Glimpses of the House Divided" and SAGU professor Tyrone Block will present, "Union and Confederate Music in the Civil War." On Thursday, Jan. 24, SAGU professor Jeff Magruder will lecture on "Slavery and the Pulpit: The Use of the Bible in Sermons that Justified and Condemned Slavery During the American Civil War," and SAGU professor Loyd Uglow will present "The Civil War in Ellis County."

Southwestern Missions Association (SMA) is holding its semi-annual missions convention on Tuesday Jan. 22 - Thursday, Jan. 24. SMA's 21 Days of Prayer begins on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The spring semester usually begins with a week of prayer. This semester, SMA has expanded the week of prayer to 21 days of 24/7 intercessory prayer for the seven regions of the world (North America, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America/Caribbean, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Northern Asia). SMA is asking students to sign up for prayer shifts during the day and for dorm halls to sign up for overnight shifts. The goal is to have every student participate and have five students covering each shift.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.