Author Archives: Shannon Brys and Samantha Severo

About Shannon Brys and Samantha Severo

Shannon Brys and Samantha Severo are the authors of this blog. We are both juniors and communication majors at the University of Mount Union with concentrations in public relations and media studies.

Back at Mount for the last time

Back at Mount for the last time

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This is definitely quite different from when I wrote my last post.. I’m now moved back into Mount!  I moved in last Thursday and had the day to get a bunch of work done at the radio station and unpack.

Friday was our retreat at the radio station that we have each year as the fall semester begins.  Since I’m the new Program Director, I was in charge of planning and organizing the retreat.  Basically the idea behind having that event is to get all of the newly hired directors together for a bonding experience, get ideas out in the air for the semester, start planning certain aspects of the radio station for the semester and to go off campus for a learning experience.

Every year that I’ve done the retreat since I’ve been at Mount, we always visit a big commercial radio station.  While this is usually educational, I feel like most of us have either visited a big radio station already or it’s just hard for us to relate to them.  These big radio stations have large budgets and people in their staff that have been working in the field for 20-30 years while we are all new to the field and trying to use this as a learning experience.

My idea this year was to visit another college radio station.  That way, their directors as well as ours could share ideas with one another and maybe ask some questions that we wanted answered and improve each of our stations based on the meeting.  We went to Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.  We had lunch with their directors first and then spent the rest of the time chatting about our stations.

I love WRMU, I’m sure you can tell from my blog so far, and I am always so happy to share with anyone all of the cool things we do throughout the year at the radio station.  I think for both stations, the day went well.  We had conversations flowing and I think we all learned a lot.  They even said they want to come to Alliance and visit our radio station sometime this semester! So I will probably be setting that up and we are all excited to have them as our guests and show them where we work.

So far, classes are going well too.  I’ve been through 3 days of school and I’m pretty sure I like all of my classes this semester :]  I love school and I love learning new things so I’m happy to be back in the classroom.  Also, it’s my last semester so it’s a little bittersweet.  I’m very excited to graduate and get a job but I love Mount, classes and my friends so I’ll definitely be sad to leave.  I guess that just means I’ll have to make the most of my last semester!

Hope everyone is having a great start to their new school year.  Have a good week!

-Shannon

Whirlwind week of work

Whirlwind week of work

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I’m back from my week-long work trip in Kansas City, Missouri!  I spent a week there helping out a sports management company that I interned with last summer.  The company called me again this summer to help out with a few events here and there, and this time I helped out with a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Kansas City.

I really enjoyed being with the company again and helping out in such a beautiful city. We spent 10 hours everyday for 6 days straight working in a different part of Kansas City in a Dick’s Sporting Goods store. While at the store, Komen was holding registration signups and packet pick-up for the race. What I did all week was basically customer service. If an individual said that he or she had registered but the volunteers could not find his or her number in the huge stack of bibs (running numbers), I would go into the registration database and try to figure out why it was missing. Mistakes like this happen because names are somehow misspelled, individuals never actually registered or that a donation was made instead of registering for the actual race. I would also help to reassign new bibs for runners if they couldn’t find them, and I would also transfer some participants if they were in the walking race and wanted to be switched to the timed-running race.

After our workdays were over, we were able to go out, eat dinner and explore the city. I didn’t do too much exploring because I was typically so tired after work. I did get to try some really good food and I found a great shopping mall one night! Sunday morning was the race and we had to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to start preparing for the day. We ended up having around 23,000 people in the race and it was just such an amazing sight to see.

All the of the people who are breast cancer survivors wore pink so it was easy to tell who they were, and it was such an emotional event for everyone. The purpose of this event/charity is to raise money for breast cancer research so hopefully someday there will be a cure for it.

Now I’m back in Ohio and I just have a few more days of work at my other two jobs!!

Have a good week everyone! :]

-Shannon

 

7 + 7 = 14 inning stretch

7 + 7 = 14 inning stretch

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Confused about the title of this post? Well here, let me explain. Last night’s Tribe game against the Detroit Tigers went a whopping 14 innings. FOURTEEN! Towards, oh, about 1:30 a.m.! The great fans who stayed all night started to get a little restless – this is part thanks to the two-hour rain delay that caused a slight push back to game play. Well, in the 14th inning, the announcer comes over the loudspeakers and says, “Fans, get up on your feet for the 14th inning stretch!” … get it? Everyone got a kick out of this concept and, sure enough, everyone was up on their feet singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for the second time that night.

This past week or so has gone by so unbelievably fast! It has been filled with zoo trips, boyfriend visits, Put In Bay trips, etc. I swear this ALWAYS happens when it gets to be August. Come August 1, it feels like a race to get to the end of the month for school to start.

Speaking of school… I took a trip down to Mount Union’s campus on Monday to take a look at the new townhouses. You know how it is; you need to see something to start getting excited about it. Well that worked! After seeing the new additions to campus, I am more excited to go live there than I ever was. These new townhouses are phenomenal – I couldn’t believe it! The rest of campus is looking gorgeous as always. Flowers are in bloom, there is a new patio and hangout area by the library and so much more.

Monday, August 29 (the first day of school) is going to be here before we know it. Here is to starting another great year at Mount Union!

T is for Traveling

T is for Traveling

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Aaahh it’s been a crazy week! Earlier this week, my boyfriend and I went on a mini-vacation to Presque Isle in Erie, PA.  It was so great to get away from work and everything for a few days and just have time to relax and have fun.  We went to the Erie Zoo, visited the beaches at Presque Isle, spent a little bit of time (and money) at the casino, swam in our beautiful pool at the hotel and enjoyed delicious meals at local restaurants.  After vacation, it was back to work for a few days and now I’m about to leave again!

I leave tomorrow on a flight to Kansas City, Missouri.  There I will be working to help manage the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  I’ve mentioned this in my blog before but just as a little refresher, I’m going with the company that I interned with last summer and they hired me back this summer to help out here and there.  I’m so excited to go back to Kansas City and very excited to work this event.

It’s may be a week of very long workdays but it’s also fun seeing the city and I love the work we do.  I gain such great experience on each and every event I help with and I really can’t complain about anything on these trips. :]

I better get going because I have to finish packing my suitcase!  It’s so hard packing; I always feel like I’m going to forget something … oh well.  I will definitely write again when I get back … just a few more weeks until school starts!

-Shannon

Bills, Books and Boxes

Bills, Books and Boxes

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As summer is coming to a close and the new school year is almost here, there are so many things that are left to be done.  I just started looking up my books that I need for the new semester and that is definitely time consuming.  My method for looking up books begins by going to our bookstore website (this is how we find out what books we need for each class).

I look at how much the price of the books are at the bookstore, and also write down the ISBN # so I’ll be able to look the books up on other sites.  Then I log onto Amazon.com and Half.com to look up my books and I write down the cheapest copy of the book that I can find.  Then, usually I’ll buy the cheapest one out of the three websites that I looked at.  As you can see, it is a pretty long process.

I was surprised to find out for one of my classes that I need not one, not five, but TEN books.  For one class.  I was a little bit shocked, but I emailed my teacher to make sure this was correct and she said that we will indeed be reading all ten of the books throughout the semester.

I really do love getting new books.  I’ve always been a reader so I really don’t mind buying the books if we’re going to use them.  It just upsets me when some teachers tell you on the first day that it is absolutely necessary that you have the book and then they do not reference it once throughout the semester and you sit there wondering why exactly it was so important to throw away $50-$100 on a book.

Along with the book buying process, I’m going to need to start packing sometime within these next couple weeks.  I need to figure out what I want to take with me this semester and then pack the rest of the stuff away.

I’m going on vacation next week with my boyfriend and I’m so excited to get away from all the work for a few days! :]

5 weeks until school starts! Are you ready?

Have a good one!

-Shannon

What’s the fuss with Google Plus?

What’s the fuss with Google Plus?

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If you know me at all, you know I adore social media. If you don’t know me, well, now you know :]

I find the whole aspect of “social networking” absolutely fascinating – when used correctly of course.

I believe that each social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) all have different pros and cons. These sites also have different groups of people who use them (in both the right and wrong ways).

Think back to the days of Myspace.com. I first made my Myspace profile when I was in middle school — way before every middle school-aged teen had a cell phone or one with a camera. This was way before the days of digital cameras in every family as well. I remember I didn’t even have a default profile picture on my Myspace page — for a while it was tennis-star Andy Roddick because, at the time, that was my favorite picture. Myspace came and went pretty fast, never really taking advantage of “networking.” It was mostly younger kids who had profiles and they just used it and abused it for keeping up with gossip and friends.

Facebook was still quiet around this point, and towards the middle/end of high school I found myself making a Facebook account. I don’t even have to go into explanation as to how quickly and successful the site became. I will say, however, that it is used to make new friends, get to know new friends better, creep on … EVERYONE and keep in touch with old friends. As you know, almost everyone and their mother (literally) has a Facebook account and everyone is sharing pretty much everything. It spread like wildfire, almost to the point where many people are beginning to hate the site because of the amount of ridicule the people on the site produce — that will happen anywhere though. Then of course there are the rumors and stories about how businesses can pay Facebook some big $$ to gain access to someone’s private accounts for hiring purposes, etc.

Then came Twitter (my personal favorite). During my freshman year of college I went to a communication seminar up at Progressive Field where public relations professionals spoke to a large group of us about the importance and positive direction of social media. They absolutely ADORED Twitter and could not stop talking it up. At the time, maybe only two of the people in the entire room had an account and they highly encouraged us all to go home and make one immediately. They stressed the importance of staying professional, showing some personality and meeting new people on this network. This all is why it has become my favorite; you don’t have to personally know somebody to follow them or even to converse through Twitter. Better yet, it is so easy to find local professionals in the field you want to pursue. It works as such a plus (and THIS is why I love social networking); you get to become acquainted with people whom you may end up meeting, working with and needing down the road.

OK, so back to the title of my post: What’s the fuss with Google Plus? (G+)

Think about Google.com … powerful, the best and most used search engine online, growing in talent and abilities, right? OK, now mix that with all of the traits of social media – status updates, picture posting, blog posting, friends and networking.

Google Plus is synced with your Google (gmail) account, which means on your homepage (think Facebook’s homepage), you can access your gmail email account, your calendar, your G+ profile, your G+ account and Google’s search features all while interacting with your friends, or as G+ calls it, your circles and seeing their status updates.

Instead of just accepting or denying every friend request sent, you can pick and choose what “circle” you want each person to go to. The strength of this concept? Hiding stuff you don’t want certain people to see. For instance, your mom gets a G+, simply put her in your “family” circle and when you post your status update about what you did last night, you don’t have to share it with that circle. There are also circles for friends, acquaintances and the option to create your own (i.e. sorority sisters, coworkers, people I hate, etc.) This way, you can pick and choose who can see what on your profile.

Some critics are saying our lives are on social media overload, while this is correct, old ones fade out (example: Myspace) and new ones perfect flaws and step in.

Right now, G+ is on a trial. It is invite-only when it comes to making a profile. Solution? Ask around, find a friend who already has a profile and ask them to send you an invite.

It will definitely be interesting to see where this goes. Google is so powerful and such a smart and capable engine that there can be many great things that come from this new line of social media.

Hope I helped somewhat illustrate this new trend!

Keep cool in this weather! :]

-samantha

Where is the time going?!

Where is the time going?!

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Holy heatwave. This weather is a little ridiculous. It used to be such a treat to work outside at the restaurant but now I dread it! I was scheduled to work on the patio on Monday and I was expecting a very slow night out there. I went in at 4:30 p.m., and at 5:45 p.m., I still had no tables so my manager told me it was fine if I went home. I didn’t really mind it though because I just went home and my sister and I ran a bunch of errands and went to work out! I would have preferred that anyway instead of standing in the heat for no reason :]

This past Sunday was the Johnnycake Jog 5-mile run in Mentor. In my last post I wrote that I was pretty nervous for that because it was my first race of the year. I went out that morning with a personal goal in mind. I really just wanted to make sure my time was under an hour and I would’ve loved to beat my time from the previous year as well. It was really hot Sunday morning but the humidity wasn’t too bad, and I also had a wonderful surprise waiting for me at the finish line. My boyfriend, who lives an hour away, decided to surprise me and wait at the finish line to see me when I got done with the race. My time this year for the race ended up being 48 minutes, which was five minutes less than my time last year! :]

I was really happy to have completed the race and also cut some time off my record. My sister and my dad were there too to cheer my mom and I on during the race, so after we were done, we all went to lunch together. I always get nervous right before the race but after I’m always excited to do it again next year!

On another note, I cannot believe that July is almost over and we have just about one month left of summer. Where did the time go?! There’s still so much I’d like to do this summer so it’s going to be a packed next couple of weeks. I really wanted to visit the beach a few more times this summer, but not while it’s still this hot outside!!

Hope everyone is keeping cool in their air conditioning. :] Have a good week!

-Shannon

Experience(s) of a lifetime.

Experience(s) of a lifetime.

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Can you believe it is already the middle of July?! Where is this summer going? Perhaps it is my busy schedule that is making the days FLY BY!

As I mentioned in my previous post, last week was the Katy Perry concert! One word – AMAZING! Katy is such an inspirational and talented person and her performance definitely illustrated that. She put on a great show that kept fans entertained from the beginning to the end.

The Cleveland Indians had a pretty long homestand and I was there for every game except the night I was at the concert. If you’re wondering if I was there for Travis Hafner’s walk-off grand slam… yes, yes I was. It was an unbelievable experience, let me tell you. The game was very slow at first, (as in the first 8 innings!) and by the time the 9th inning rolled around, my coworkers and I were getting tired. We were about to head downstairs to end the night when we decided to just wait a few more minutes. We were standing out in the right field seats, Slider The Mascot had joined us, and we were getting excited as the bases became loaded. Just then, I looked over Slider’s head and saw the ball coming right over the wall! GRAND SLAM! It was so beyond exciting! We all jumped up on the right field wall, as part of our job, and cheered with the crowd as the Tribe celebrated on the field.

The Indians are keeping me busy outside of just home games; last night, some coworkers and I headed down to Eastwood Field to join the Mahoning Valley Scrappers during Affiliate Day — all of the Indians’ minor league teams sent representatives to the game to meet the fans and cheer on the game!

The school year is quickly approaching and it is definitely bittersweet. I am so excited to start my senior year but, at the same time, I don’t want this great summer to end!

-samantha

Take caution on the roads

Take caution on the roads

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The temperature outside keeps rising but that hasn’t stopped me from doing things outside :] I’m running in a 5-mile race this upcoming Sunday and I’m excited about it, but also a little nervous too.  I haven’t participated in a race yet this year so it’ll be a little tough, but I’m definitely eager to get back out there and run with hundreds of people.  The race is called the “Johnnycake Jog” and we run through the streets of Mentor, including the busiest street in the city, Mentor Avenue.  I’m going to be trying to get as many miles on my tennis shoes as I can this week in order to prepare myself for Sunday.  Wish me luck!

Also, we had a little bit of excitement this past week as my sister, my mom and I were out on a bicycle ride.  On Thursday, we had a bunch of errands that we had to get done and we figured that instead of driving around in our car, we might as well ride our bikes around town to get some exercise too.  After riding around for about a half hour, we stopped at Arby’s to get a little milkshake for a snack.  We enjoyed those, and then continued down the street towards our next stop.  We were riding on the sidewalk when we saw a small SUV-type vehicle about to turn into the driveway that we were about to cross. My sister was first and she made eye-contact with the driver.  He clearly saw us and was waving us to go through.  I went past him next, and my mom followed a few seconds behind me, and then we heard a huge CRASH.

My sister and I immediately looked back to make sure that my mom was okay since she was behind us and she was fine.  However, the car that was waiting to let us through the driveway was not.  A jeep had come up behind him driving at full speed (and clearly she wasn’t watching the road) and slammed into the back of his vehicle.

The jeep that had slammed into this SUV was completely totaled.  The woman driver was really shaken up and upset but she admitted right away that she looked away from the road for a second so she hadn’t noticed that traffic was stopped.  The two people in the vehicles were okay but it was just a sad situation because the man was super nice and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I guess he normally works at the Verizon Wireless in Mayfield, but he was called in to help out at the Mentor store that day so he said he’d help out.  Also, he was driving a new car.

He was so nice and told us that it definitely wasn’t our fault.  He said that he is a bicyclist as well and he is always cautious to bike riders when he sees them riding around town.  There were also a couple police officers on the scene as well and they also told us that this wasn’t our fault.

I think this is an important lesson to everyone though: If you’re on a bike, always make sure you make eye-contact with motorists so you know for sure that they are aware of you.  And if you are in a car, always make sure you are aware of pedestrians, bicyclists and surrounding traffic.  Things can happen so fast and it is just ignorant to take your eyes of the road to use your iPod, look at the scenery, change the CD player or to text.

I know this was a pretty serious blog post but it’s just so scary out on the roads sometimes and everyone needs to remember to be careful!  I hope everyone is enjoying their week and staying out of this humid, hot weather!

-Shannon

Summer keeps getting better and better!

Summer keeps getting better and better!

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Sometimes I have such a good week that I am way too excited to blog and share it with you :]

This past week has been great! As I told you before, my mom and I got a puppy, so a lot of our time has been spent with her. Aside from that, I’ve been here and there, running around, spending time with friends and enjoying this beautiful weather.

On Friday night, I took a couple of hours off from puppy duty to meet some friends from Mount in downtown Cleveland. What is nice about having friends from all over the place is the fact that meeting up in the summer is always exciting. Downtown Cleveland is kind of a halfway point for all of us, so we fit a little meet up in our busy schedules.

On Saturday, my mom and I went to the West Side Market in Cleveland. Visiting the market is one of my favorite things to do! The market’s features have been shown on the Food Network multiple times and it is easy to see why. Mount Union is only about an hour away from Cleveland so it’s easy for me to visit the market during the year when I want fresh food. I actually went down by Mount to visit my boyfriend on Saturday night for the 4th of July weekend. After he graduated in May, he was hired as an assistant professional at a golf club right down the road from the school. The club held a firework show for the holiday this past weekend. It has been a while since I’ve been around Alliance, but I was able to drive through the city on my way down! Even just seeing all of the signs for the university made me so excited!

Fast forward to Monday night – The 4th of July … Tribe vs. Yankees. Working down at the game was an absolute blast. We all were decked out in our patriotic pride as we cheered the team on in front of a SOLD OUT crowd down at Progressive Field. Words can’t even describe what a great experience it was!

Tomorrow, I am going to see Katy Perry, my favorite singer, in concert! I am SO excited! Check back next week to hear all about the show and about the rest of the Tribe’s homestand!

Until next time,

-samantha