My name is Stefanie Ertel and I live in Fayetteville, NC with my husband and three children. I have been teaching in some capacity and leading in ministry roles for more than 15 years, teaching elementary through university level, leading in local churches, on international mission trips, and with various small groups. Presently, I am the Dean of Distance Education, the Director of the undergraduate School of Christian Leadership, and the Brand Director at Manna U. I received a Bachelor of Divinity from Manna University, and I completed my Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Development Consulting from Regent University. Also, I have written several articles published with academic journals with a focus on leadership. When I’m not teaching, reading, or working, you can usually find me spending time with my family, on a run, or at the beach.

Next STeps

Congratulations on your acceptance to Manna University! We are so excited to have you with us as a new student. Your next step in this process is to get you enrolled in orientation. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, orientation is mandatory for all newly accepted students. This course is self-paced and 8 weeks long. Orientation should be completed as quickly as possible in order to get you prepared for your upcoming semester.

You can enroll for orientation the same semester you begin your normal classes. This course in Populi will be open a little earlier than your other courses to allow you to get a jump start. For those of you who use FAFSA or VA benefits, don’t worry, orientation will be financially covered just as any of your other classes would be. If you are not already registered for orientation and you would like some assistance, please email or contact your advisor.

Christian Leadership Tips & Tricks

Welcome to Manna U! Here are some tips or hacks that will help you succeed at this level:
  • Tip 1: Take advantage of all the materials!

    I know it’s hard to read all of the books, but I promise you, it helps. Even skimming the chapters to find the meat of the topic you’re studying helps. 
    Pro Tip: When skimming, make sure to use a highlighter!
    Ask the professor if they have a study guide. 
    Pro Tip: Try and find a connection between the question and the answer.
  • Tip 2: Take breaks!

    Strive to commit to your actual study time.

  • Tip 3: Play to your strengths!

    Find out how you study best. Are you a visual learner, a hands-on learner, do you do better when you hear the material? Learn how you learn best and use that in your study time.
    Environment–Learn where you focus best; for example, in a quiet environment, study groups, listening to music, etc.
  • Tip 4: Chew gum or eat peppermint candy.

    It’s proven that chewing gum helps stimulate your mind, helps recall, and helps your mind stay focused.
    Pro Tip: Try chewing the same flavor gum or eating a peppermint candy while both studying and taking the test if your professor will allow it!
    A study done did show that peppermint did help students take a test to be more focused and more engaged.
    Peppermint increases the oxygen count in your blood, which in turn increases the flow of oxygen to your brain causing you to be more attentive.