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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!

21 Kindergartners, 1 great experience!

21 Kindergartners, 1 great experience!

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This week, I finished my observation hours for my education class, and much to my surprise I became fairly upset when I realized that I wouldn’t be coming back anymore. I have been spending my time observing in the same kindergarten classroom at the Early Learning Center here in Alliance since the beginning of last semester. I have spent almost one whole school year with 21 kindergartners and really got a chance to see them grow. The time that I have spent with the kids at the Early Learning Center has really helped me to understand more of the kind of teacher I would like to be one day. I had such a great experience working with this class! The class consisted of nine boys and 11 girls, who were, for the most part, really well behaved. The cooperating teacher that I worked with could not have been a better mentor for me. Right away, I picked up on certain cues and methods she used in teaching the students and was able to also use them myself when working with the students. This gave the students more respect for me and helped me to establish a great relationship with them.

The day before my last day of observation, the students and teacher presented me with a gift. The gift was a book with a picture of the class on the front, and inside each child completed a page with a sentence entitled “Miss Farmerie and (their name)” as well as drawing of a picture of us together. They also gave me a travel coffee mug that they had each signed and drew on (the teacher caught on to my obsession with coffee)! The moment they gave me these gifts, I was speechless. I was so touched and thankful that they would think of me. I believe that, in that moment, I truly realized why I wanted to be a teacher so much. Not because of the gifts or any of that, but because I knew that I had impacted them, and helped them in some way because they were thanking me for it. I had established a bond with those 21 kindergartners as my first observation class, and I will never be able to replace that. As soon as I drove away from the school on that final day, reflecting upon everything I have done there, I realized how happy I am to be going into the field of education, and how excited I am to be a teacher!

New Members!

New Members!

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Last week was super busy for the new sisters of Alpha Chi Omega who received open bids from the chapter this semester. Last week was “Initiation Week,” which consists of a number of different ceremonies, ending with the initiation of the new members. While last week was chaotic and very busy, it was also really fun. The new girls finally got their bigs, which is one of the most exciting things about being in a sorority! A big is a kind of like your “mom” in the sorority. The new girls get to preference girls who they might want to have as their bigs. And, the older girls who want to be a big, preference girls they might want as their littles. Once they are matched up, there is a reveal night for the bigs and littles. This was an awesome thing for me last semester when I received my big.

The week before you find out who your big is, she will send you clues and leave fun stuff in your mailbox to try and give you a hint on who your big might be. But, in most cases, they just trick you more than actually helping you figure out who it is. That is exactly what my big did. She had me thinking she got another girl for her little, and was giving me all of this false information that really led me to believe it wasn’t her. So, on my big/little reveal night, when I found out it was her, I was really shocked and it was awesome! Big/ little reveal is a great night! It’s really something special for the new girls, because they are finally a part of the “family,” and it’s the start of great friendships!

Congratulations to Jenna Balasz, Casey Bauman, Ashlee Brim, Gina Bonnett, Megan Saunders and Lauren Zimmerman, who finally received their bigs this week and are officially members of Alpha Chi Omega!

A night to remember

A night to remember

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What was even better about initiation week was what happened at the very end of the week. Last night, Alpha Chi Omega hosted their formal at the Quarry, a golf course in Canton, Ohio. Since my big is the social chair and was in charge of planning this event, I got to see exactly what all goes into planning an event like this. A formal event for a sorority is similar to a prom in high school. Preparation for something like this happens months before the event. The social chair is in charge of finding and reserving the location to host the event, booking the DJ, figuring out the means of transportation, planning meals, decorations, etc. As you can imagine, there is a lot of hard work and time that is put into making something like this run smoothly. After last night, seeing how it all came together, I don’t think that it could have been any better than it was.  I would like to make a shout out to my big, miss Carolyn Bondra, for all of her hard work, time and dedication that she put into making formal for the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega amazing! This was the last formal for 19 of our sisters who will be graduating in almost one month, and I know they would all agree with me in saying that it was definitely a night to remember!

“It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right. I hope you had the time of your life.” ~Green Day

Letters Today… Leaders Tomorrow

Letters Today… Leaders Tomorrow

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Being a part of a sorority is something that you can never understand until you are a part of it. I am so proud to be a sister of Alpha Chi Omega here at Mount Union. Tonight, all the Greeks in the Mount Union community came together to celebrate the 18th Annual Greek Awards in the Mount Union Theatre, which was put on by the Order of Omega. The sister’s of Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta and Delta Sigma Tau were all in attendance along with the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Nu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

The Greek Awards were developed in honor of all accomplishments the fraternity men and women have made here on Mount Union’s campus in the past year, whether it be for their own philanthropy, the community or the campus in general.

Chapter awards included:

  • -Highest New Member Class GPA
  • -Highest Chapter GPA
  • -Most Improved GPA
  • -Excellence in Scholarship Programming
  • -Excellence in Campus and Community Service
  • -Excellence in Campus Involvement and Leadership
  • -Excellence in Chapter Programs
  • -Excellence in Recruitment
  • -Improvement in Risk Management
  • -Excellence in Alumni/ae and Parent Relations
  • -Most Improved Chapter
  • -Chapter of Excellence Awards

There were also several other awards that were presented to Greeks involved in different organizations such as Infraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, recruitment counselors, GAMMA, Up ’til Dawn, New Member Academy and Order of Omega.

One particular award that was very meaningful to a lot of the brothers and sisters was the brotherhood and sisterhood awards that were given to one person in each chapter. This award is given to a brother and sister who has shown years of dedication, participation, involvement and commitment to their respective chapters, while taking on many different leadership roles and positions and constantly showing what it means to be a sister and a brother.

The awards did not stop there though. Other individual awards included Outstanding Faculty Award, Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Governing Board Officer, Outstanding Chapter President, Fraternal Values Award, Outstanding Senior Sorority Woman and Outstanding Senior Fraternity Man. All of these awards were given to the best of the best in the Greek community here on campus. These amazing young men and women are great examples of the leaders that every student should aspire to be. I have been in Alpha Chi Omega for almost two semesters now, and I have already learned so much about myself and the kind of person that I want to be. Being a part of Alpha Chi has guided me through many obstacles and struggles, while teaching me what it means to be a sister and a leader. The Greek community here at Mount Union is truly amazing and an honor to be a part of!

From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it.”

And so the madness begins

And so the madness begins

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Well it’s the time again … March Madness … A time when students everywhere are talking about who they think the next champion of the NCAA 2011 Tournament will be! Well, I filled my bracket out just the other day and entered into one poll, having high hopes that NC will take away the victory this year as the champion! It’s interesting how much goes into filling these brackets out. Last year, I did one just for fun and based it solely on which teams uniforms I liked more…great theory I know.

Well … it just so happened that picking Duke as the champion helped me to place 3rd in the pole I entered, and I received a grand total of $20! Yes I know $20 is not a lot, but to college students, every bit counts. I was thrilled to be $20 richer from the madness! I can only hope that the luck of the Irish will stay with me and I can come away with just as much luck … if not more this year as March Madness continues!

Top of the morning to ya…

Top of the morning to ya…

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Hello everyone! With the shock of beautiful weather we were blessed with yesterday, spirits were high on campus as the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day started fairly early in the morning. The majority of campus showed their appreciation for the Irish by wearing green! I also decided to pull out one of the only green shirts that I own from my closet, and indulged in  ‘ShamMUC’ shake from the B&B  in Campus Grounds to celebrate my Irish heritage! I must say this Saint Patrick’s Day mint chocolate chip shake was one of the best I’ve ever had!

I started my Saint Patrick’s Day off by going to the Early Learning Center in Alliance for my observation for one of my education classes. When you are an education major, some of the required courses that you have to take also require you to be placed at a local school for observation in your particular area of licensure. For example, I am majoring in early childhood education and am currently taking CE 250 with Dr. Watters, which requires my to complete 30 hours of observation in a classroom for early childhood which is grades k-3.

I complete my field observation every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10:30 a.m. and I really enjoy it! I am currently in a kindergarten class, and not only do I love it because that is the grade that I want to teach, but more so because of what I can do for the kids when I am there. Yesterday I assisted a little girl in reading a new book all by herself! I was so excited for her! It was so great to see how happy she was after she finished the last page and went over to tell her teacher what she had done! It’s moments like that, that really get me excited to be a teacher!

After heading back to Mount’s campus from my observation, I had some lunch in the lovely HPCC and attended my two classes that I have every Tuesday and Thursday. My second and last class of the day was stage make-up. This class is probably one of the coolest classes I think that Mount has to offer! In stage make-up, we learn how to use make up to create different characters and illusions on our faces that would be good for those performing on stage. Yesterday was bruises and abrasions. After we applied latex, fake blood and scar wax to our faces, the majority of the class truly looked severely injured! How neat right? I really do suggest taking this class for anyone who doesn’t have any ideas on how to fulfill one of their fine arts requirements!

Here is a wish for all of my Mount Unions friends as this fun holiday comes to an end! Happy Saint Patty’s Day!!

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Back to class we go

Back to class we go

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Spring break is nearly over and I can’t seem to understand where the week went?! One week goes by so fast (especially when you don’t want it to). Even though I wasn’t experiencing the warm sun and sandy beaches this week, I did spend some quality time with family and friends and that was just as great! I had, as always, many things on my to-do list for this week that did not get done. But, in the middle of several Starbucks trips and mall days, I did manage to find a dress for my sororities formal, which I can consider to be a great accomplishment! Formals for sorority girls are similar to the prom for high school girls. It is the biggest social event of the year and is always a great time that is greatly anticipated by all members of the Greek community! So, I would have to say with formal just a few weeks away and summer vacation only 52 days away, I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things on Monday morning at 9 a.m. for French 101 with Dr. Triplett and finishing up the rest of the semester at Mount!

Spring Break or Winter Break?

Spring Break or Winter Break?

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While it seems that most of the Mount Union community headed to Panama for spring break, there is also a good portion of students who decided to head home and either work or relax for the week with their families, just like me. From Ohio to Pennsylvania, one thing that has been impossible to escape is the bad weather. Since I have ventured back to Pittsburgh, the weather has been up and down every other day and cannot even compare to the nice weather other Mount students are enjoying currently in the sunshine state. Although, I must say that the sun did make an appearance here in the burg yesterday and made for a nice time to sit outside and enjoy a nice beverage from Starbucks with a friend! Later at night I realized that from sitting in the sun for a short amount of time, I now had a slight tint of color on my cheeks! If that doesn’t get you psyched for the summer weather, I don’t know what does! Word has it there is going to be another snow storm here in PA tomorrow night so I just hope that this is it for the winter time blues, and the nice weather gets here sooner rather than later!

Greek Unity

Greek Unity

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The Alpha Chi Omega sorority that I am a member of is just one of four different sororities here on Mount Union’s campus. Each sorority on campus has a different philanthropy, and Alpha Chi’s is Woman’s Domestic Violence Shelter in Alliance. The main fundraiser that Alpha Chi has to support our philanthropy is the wings of Alpha Chi event. This event was held this past Wednesday, March 2, in Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. The event lasted from 4-7 p.m., and was open to anyone who was hungry for wings! For the small price of only $7, your wing ticket gave you access to 12 barbecue and/or hot wings, an unlimited drink and a raffle ticket.

Some of the members of Alpha Chi Omega went around to local businesses here in Alliance and received donations to auction off in the raffle. Some of the great raffle prizes included Sun Beam Tanning gift certificates, movie/ date night basket with a Texas Roadhouse gift card and lots of Cleveland Browns sports goodies! Some of my fellow sisters also made cupcakes and other baked goods for the event. These sweets were sold for only .50 cents each and helped raise a lot of money for our philanthropy. Overall, the event turned out great! It was nice to see people from all the different sororities and fraternities there to support us! It is great when the Greek community can really come together and support each other!

The Wings of Alpha Chi Event was not the only time this week that the Greek community came together to support one another! On Monday March 1, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta put on an event at the local Applebee’s here in Alliance, called “Dine and Donate.” This event helped support the Alpha Xi Delta chapter here at Mount Union! And, all you had to do was go to Applebee between 4-9 p.m. and order your favorite Applebee’s dish, show the Dine to Donate flyer to your server, and automatically 15% of each check went to their chapter! This event brought in a lot of other men and women from the Greek community, and really showed how well the Greek Community can come together to support one another. The event received a wonderful turn out by not only the Greek Community, but the whole Mount Union community as well! That is just one of many ways the University of Mount Union shows support and unity throughout our campus.

Who is Alexa?

Who is Alexa?

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Hello! My name is Alexa Rae Farmerie, and I am currently a sophomore here at the University of Mount Union majoring in early childhood education and minoring in psychology. I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and am the oldest of three children. I have been a cheerleader for a good portion of my life and still continue to cheer on the Purple Raiders here at Mount Union! I am also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Preview and Orientation staff, Student Nation Education Association (SNEA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol. I love to hang out with my family and friends, workout, play sports and participate in all kinds of campus activities! I am in love with country music and would one day love to meet Kenny Chesney!

Here is a quote from one of my idols, Audrey Hepburn, which really inspires me:

“I believe to not to live for the day, that would be materialistic — but to treasure the day. I realize that most of us live on the skin — on the surface — without appreciating just how wonderful it is simply to be alive at all.”

Audrey Hepburn ♥