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About Alexa Farmerie

My name is Alexa Farmerie and I am from Pittsburgh, PA. I am a sophomore here at the University of Mount Union, majoring in Early Childhood Education. I am also a cheerleader for the purple raiders and a member of Alpha Chi Omega!

Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family

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Hello everyone!

Preview sessions one and two went great last week! This was my first time being a preview guide and I had the best time! It was great to meet so many new smiling faces of excited freshmen and their parents! I have to say that my fellow preview guides and coordinators, did a great job of making all of the freshmen feel welcomed into the Mount Union community. With the help of Kate Carnell and Jesse Douglas, preview went smoothly without any problems.

While at preview, we took some short interviews of parents and students as they were awaiting the start of their preview experience and also during preview itself. In the video attached to my blog, Mrs. Bondra, wife of alumnus James Bondra, mother of alumnus Christopher Bondra and current senior and preview guide, Carolyn Bondra, states that what she loves the most about Mount Union is the great family atmosphere. This is exactly what we strive to show the incoming students and their families at preview! Mount Union is truly one of the best universities out there and the preview and orientation staff could not be more excited to welcome all of the new freshmen and their families to the Mount Union family!

Go Raiders!

-Alexa

It’s Preview Time!!

It’s Preview Time!!

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We are at the start of day two of Preview and Orientation at Mount Union! Day one went great for the students and parents. It was filled with lots of cool guide group activities for parents and students, language and math placement tests and of course an awesome play put on by the guides! The play really helped the students learn valuable lessons on what experiences and difficulties they might experience in college. The night ended with an awesome mixer in Campus Grounds where the students and guides danced the night away!

Today, Preview is going to be filled with lots of valuable information for the freshman including a technology session, academic advising and the academic resource fair in Bracy Hall. I think all of the parents and students will find today very useful.

-Alexa

PS. The Preview and Orientation staff is currently using Twitter as another means of social communication between guides and students. You can check out what’s going on at Preview by logging into Twitter and searching for the hashtag #umupreview. Be sure to follow all of the guides too!!!

Where did the time go?!?

Where did the time go?!?

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Well, it’s hard to believe that another year at Mount Union is over. After tomorrow, exams will be over, and the rest of campus will be finally heading home for the summer. If you read my last post, you will remember that I actually have a couple more days after exams until I get to head home for summer. As a Preview and Orientation guide, we have our last retreat this Wednesday until Friday, and then after that it’s back to Pittsburgh for me!

In this past year, I feel like I have accomplished a lot as a student and person. At the beginning of the semester, I received my open bid from Alpha Chi Omega, was initiated into the sorority and even became vice president of risk management. Sorority is something that has meant a lot to me this year and really helped me to grow as a person and excel as a student. It is certainly something that I encourage everyone to look into! This year has also been a big year for student involvement on my part. I knew that I wanted to get more involved this year, and I certainly accomplished that goal! I have been accepted into positions such as Preview and Orientation, Residence Life and Up til’ Dawn committee and was also initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor fraternity. All of these accomplishments have meant so much to me and are really going to be important parts of my college experiences.

If there were one piece of advice that I would give incoming freshman, it would be to GET INVOLVED! You meet so many different kinds of people and have amazing opportunities when you join different organizations and clubs. These organizations and the people you meet and work with while being involved become your family at Mount and really help you to enjoy every moment you spend here.

I feel like time goes by way too fast, and the past two years of my college career have really flown by. As I started packing up my room today, I was shocked that I was actually going to be leaving for the summer because I felt as If I was just unpacking to put pictures up and make me room feel “homey.” All I can say is … I will be sure to make the most of my last two years at Mount because you don’t have time to sit around and say “I should have done this, or I should have done that.” You just have to do it.

I hope everyone has a safe a great summer!

- Alexa

 

Royal Wedding!

Royal Wedding!

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william and kate

Well for those of you who love romance and weddings, it’s going to be great end to the week! As everyone knows, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is just hours away and I couldn’t be more excited. After a hard week of finals and still one more to go tomorrow, I made sure all of my studying was done so I can wake up extra early tomorrow before my exam and tune into watch the “Wedding of the Century!”

Schedule of events for the wedding

I hope everyone’s finals are going great! Don’t forget to tune in to watch the Royal Wedding tomorrow! Coverage starts at approximately 4 a.m. :)

 

Senior Goodbyes

Senior Goodbyes

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It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by and in two weeks students on campus will be packing up and heading home to their families for the summer. Last week, we had our “senior wills,” for the seniors in Alpha Chi Omega. Seniors wills is basically a time where we all get together to say goodbye to the seniors and they say goodbye or maybe just “see ya later” to the rest of the sorority. At the senior wills banquet, the seniors’ littles will read letters to them that the seniors’ parents have written. This usually gets very emotional, but is always nice to hear. Then, the seniors will respond by reading a letter to the entire chapter.

After all the emotional stuff is over with, it’s time to hand down presents :] The seniors usually like to “will” down a bunch of their sorority stuff to the younger girls in the chapter. This is mainly because they won’t be using/or wearing it as much after they graduate. It is also because through the years of being in Alpha Chi, the amount of t-shirts and other clothing that you accumulate is insane! I have only been a part of the sorority for two semesters and I already have way too many t-shirts! I feel like before I know it, I’ll be at senior wills giving all of my Alpha Chi stuff away to new girls in the chapter … but I think I’d rather not think about that :]

One piece of advice that was told from all of the seniors was this: “Live it up, and have fun.” So as I end my sophomore year, I’m going to always remember that, because time doesn’t stop for anyone and it goes by way too fast!

Preview and Orientation!!!

Preview and Orientation!!!

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It seems that we can not get enough of all of the April showers … but I have just one question, are they really going to bring May flowers? Well, I’m really hoping so, because May is my favorite month … and it just happens to be when my birthday is! Even through all of these April showers, it’s still good to know that summer is almost here! Summer is THE BEST time of the year for me. Not because I’m not in school, but just because of what it means to me and all of the great opportunities and things I have to look forward to.

To me, summer means vacations on the beach, spending time with family and old and new friends, country concerts, babysitting, PREVIEW AND ORIENTATION and a bunch of other really cool stuff I plan on doing! Preview and Orientation is something I am super excited about for this summer! I was just hired this year and will be working as a Preview and Orientation guide for the new freshmen coming to Mount Union next year! Preview was something I had so much fun at as an incoming freshman and I’m so ready to make it just as fun for all of the new students Mount is welcoming next fall! I think what I liked most about Preview was the fact that we were placed in a group on the first day and stayed with the same group the whole time, playing different games outside and doing different stuff to help us get to know each other.

Coming to college is a big transition, and by attending Preview and Orientation at Mount Union it makes it so easy for all of the students to smoothly start this new chapter in their lives! Preview is not only good for the students, but the parents have a blast too! There are guides who will also have groups of parents and take them around to learn everything about Mount Union and what college life will be like for their sons and daughters.

Next week, as Preview and Orientation guides, we have our final retreat together at Camp Fred. I’ve heard this last retreat is really fun and helps all of the guides to become even closer and really get to know each other well before we start our first Preview session for the freshman in the end of June! Overall, Preview is a really great experience and I can’t wait to see how it goes on the other end of things this summer!

State Day

State Day

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Last Sunday, a few sisters and I ventured to The Ohio State University to celebrate “State Day” for all sisters of Alpha Chi Omega in the State of Ohio. I was super excited because we were going to meet all the different sisters from the different Alpha Chi Omega chapters in Ohio! The chapters that were there included: Beta Phi Chapter from Bowling Green State University, Beta Omega Chapter from the University of Toledo, Beta Tau Chapter from Miami University, the Zeta Upsilon Chapter from Case Western and our wonderful hosts from The Ohio State University, the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega.

State Day, was put on by our providence chair Angela Dudek, who is an alumnae of Alpha Chi Omega. Angela, along with other alumnae and advisors of the different chapters, gave motivational and inspiring speeches of how Alpha Chi Omega impacted their life and what we as chapters can do to make the best out of our experiences with Alpha Chi Omega. The presidents from all the different chapters also gave speeches to update everyone at the conference on what their chapter was currently doing for our philanthropy and different accomplishments we have made within the past year. It was really exciting to hear of all the different philanthropy events and activities that the chapters in which participated.

One of the most enjoyable things about the whole conference was interacting with the sisters from the different chapters. We were all placed randomly at the different tables and intermixed with members who were not in our chapter. This gave all of us an opportunity to talk one on one at lunch with other sisters from other schools and learn about them and their chapter. It is amazing to me how different, but the same, each chapter really was.

After the lunch and conference was over, we were given a tour of the Alpha Chi Omega house that the girls from Ohio State live in! The house was great and it definitely made me just a little jealous!  State Day overall was just an awesome experience for my sisters and I, and it really helped me to appreciate sisterhood and everything It can do for you!

Smile as Big as the Moon

Smile as Big as the Moon

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This past Thursday, all students in the Department of Education at Mount Union and students in the Alliance City Schools, had the honor of hearing author Mike Kersejes speak about his book, Smile as Big as the Moon. Mike is a special education teacher who wrote a book on his experiences with his special education class and their adventure to space camp! While discussing special education, Mike talked a lot about how we as future educators need to remember many things when working with these children. One important point that he made right at the beginning of his speech really spoke to me – “We need to start asking what the child does know, instead of what he or she doesn’t know.” Mike emphasized how important it was that we encourage students with special needs and focus strictly on the positives.

Mike told the story of how he wanted to try and teach the kids in his class what it meant to be on a team and the concept of teamwork. “Teamwork makes the dream work,” he said. And, for the kids in his class, he wanted to show them that they could reach their dreams by working together as a team. He had an idea, and a crazy one at that. He wanted to take his special needs class to space camp. Everyone in the school thought he was crazy and no one wanted to help him raise money for them to go. Mike’s class finally did receive a sponsor  (The Burger King Corporation), and from there they ventured off to space camp. At space camp, the kids ended up doing very well. They took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in different events and really learned how to work through different obstacles and challenges that may have been easier for the other teams at the camp. To me, this showed that nothing is impossible with teamwork. While it may seem that children with special needs have some set backs, we as teachers can teach them to work hard together, so they can do anything they set their minds to.

Mike still takes his special education class to space camp every year and they never place anything less than 3rd in the different events. I was truly inspired by Mike and everything he had to say to us. He truly taught his students how to conquer their fears, by simply just believing in them and pushing them to work together. I highly suggest everyone read his book, Smile as Big as the Moon. I know it’s going to be first on my summer reading list!

Circle of Sisterhood

Circle of Sisterhood

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This past Monday, all sorority women on campus had the pleasure of going to listen to a very special someone speak. Michelle Marchand Rebholz , an alumnus of Mount Union and member of Alpha Xi Delta, spoke about something very special she is doing now with her life. She’s a Greek life coordinator at Lehigh University. Michelle dedicates her time and talents to being a fraternity and sorority professional who has a passion for traveling, food, running and advocating for those in need.

Michelle came to Mount Union to introduce us to something called the “Circle of Sisterhood Foundation.” The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation was founded by a lady named Jennie Caroll. Jennie wanted to start this organization to bring all sorority women all over the world together in an effort to “pay it forward” and help the less fortunate and uneducated women of the world. Sororities help women every day by supporting their educational experiences and teaching them to give back to the campus and community through service and philanthropy. When Jennie started this foundation nearly a year ago (April 19, 2010), she had no idea how it would take off. “Educating girls is one of the most effective ways to get rid of poverty,” Michelle stated. Through this foundation, sorority women from all over are given the chance to make a difference in the lives of all women. Michelle told a story of a young girl names Sri Raff, who is a confident Cambodian teenager who was handed over to gangsters and sold into a brothel. A social worker eventually helped to save Sri and helped to give her an education so she could start her life over. If every sorority women contributes and does something, we could do things like that for women who suffer from oppression and poverty all over the world. After almost year of assistance, the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation has raised $20,000 and already approved several grants.Learn more about Michelle and what she is doing to support to the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. As Michelle wrapped up her speech to the sorority women of Mount Union, all she asked was that we try and do something and pay it forward. So as a sister of one the sororities here on campus, I know I will continue to give back and try and make a difference however I can because that’s what being in a sorority is all about. Michelle ended with a very famous quote and statement for all of us to reflect on: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” So I say to anyone, in sorority or not, make a change and pay it forward somehow.

Celebrate. REMEMBER. Fight Back.

Celebrate. REMEMBER. Fight Back.

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Starting at 4 p.m. yesterday until 12 p.m. today, students from the University of Mount Union and other members from the Alliance community, came together to start setting up for the Relay For Life and fight back against cancer! Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. The University of Mount Union hosts a Relay for Life event and all the different on campus organizations as well as other places and businesses from Alliance come together to help in the fight against cancer. Each different organization and business sets up a table with different activities and games that help raise money for the Relay. The members from these groups and businesses will walk every hour around the track to raise money for cancer. Some of the fun games and activities they had to keep participants up and moving and awake all through the night were cornhole, water pong, Frisbee and zumba as well as awesome music put on by the great people from WRMU!

One really great parts of Relay for Life, is the Luminaria ceremony that takes place. This ceremony is a moving event that gives all people the chance to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those who have won the battle. Throughout the Peterson Field House, lining the track, were illuminated bags, which bears the name of someone who had battled cancer. Some students and community members will write names of cancer survivors, while some will write the names of those who have passed away from cancer. The Luminaria is a great way to represent someone special who has been affected by cancer and the family and friends who are there to support and fight back in honor of them.

This was the first year I participated in Relay, and it was truly an amazing experience. Just being there, whether it was walking with friends on the track, participating in different games and activities or selling Alpha Chi Omega animal cupcakes, it was great knowing that I could be making a difference for the millions of people who fight through this disease. It was also great to see all of the survivors who came out to support the fight for those people who are currently struggling with the disease. Relay this year consisted 550 participants and 36 teams. This year, the community of Alliance and the University of Mount Union raised $36,000 for the fight against cancer. That is truly something to proud of! Also, congratulations to Alpha Phi Omega, for winning most valuable student organization this year!