“Forever Mount”

“Forever Mount”

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Last weekend was one of excitement and craziness here on Mount Union’s campus. It is a weekend that all Purple Raiders and even community members look forward to each year. It is a weekend that can be found marked on the calendars of Mount Union alumni, written in many students, faculty and staff members planners and even scribbled down on a note on the refrigerators of many community members. So you may be wondering what this so called special weekend is… am I right? Well, the weekend I am referring to is Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. This weekend is special all around at Mount Union as there are many fun and exciting events that take place all throughout the weekend for everyone.

The theme this year for the weekend was “Forever Mount.” The weekend kicked off Friday night with the Mr. UMU pageant. This is an annual event attended mostly by students, and in simple terms, is basically a male beauty pageant. Different organizations on campus select one male to represent them in the pageant. At the pageant, the men participate in events similar to that of the Miss America pageant such as a talent portion, a question/answer session, formal wear and Raider gear. The judges were faculty and staff members. The pageant has a humorous tone and is not serious in any way. This year’s winner was senior Josh Jones, who was representing Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. Additional events that took place on Friday were the Mount Union Board of Trustees meeting and the Department of Theatre’s presentation of the comedy Bus Stop.

 

Saturday is the day that holds the most events and the most excitement of the weekend. This past Saturday there was an Alumni Brunch in which different alumni were honored, multiple class reunions, the annual Run-A-MUC race, the Homecoming parade and a Raider pep rally as well as tailgating before the annual Homecoming football game. This year at the Homecoming game, the Raider football team beat Marietta with a 62-0 win. During halftime of the game, this year’s Homecoming King Marcus Williams and Queen Kaitlin Petrilli were revealed and crowned. On Saturday, different organizations also held events such as the Alpha Delta Pi sorority silent auction, the Delta Sigma Tau sorority alumni tea and the Sigma Nu fraternity reception honoring Jim Williams.

Compared to Saturday of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, Sunday is more of a laid back day that in a way wraps up the weekend. Sunday was not too crazy of a day or full of commotion. This year, the Class of 1976 held a breakfast on Sunday and there was an alumni baseball game and cookout.

This weekend is so very special to all Purple Raiders and many look forward to it each year as the campus is crowded with alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members. And when I say crowded, I mean packed! – prayers are said to find a parking spot. Not only do people in the area attend all of these events, but also people come from all over the country just for this weekend. The high population of people that come to campus for this weekend and the distances they travel says a lot about Mount Union. It shows that people are proud to be a Raider and truly enjoyed the time they spent at the University of Mount Union.

Saving Lives, It’s Their Job

Saving Lives, It’s Their Job

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Have you ever had to call 911 and you were relaxed about it? It’s not something the average person can do. In a medical emergency though, some of the calmest people are the paramedics. Their job is to expect the worst and to be able to help whoever may be injured. They are the every day heroes that most people forget about. For me, I was supposed to go on an ambulance during an emergency for class! We would have to go to the ambulance house in Alliance and wait for an emergency to happen. Now most people would say “You’re waiting on someone to get hurt so you can learn?” Well yes, experience is key in the medical field and injuries are happening every day. Whenever you watch the news, you always see an ambulance at some tragic accident, but with me, this wasn’t the case. Thank goodness.

The first time I went to the ambulance, I didn’t know what to expect. I was expecting everything you hear on television, and I was nervous and excited. I was there for 3 hours, and I simply watched television because there was no emergency. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to be able to experience what the EMT’s experience as a part of every day life. The next time I went, within 5 minutes there was a call. I wasn’t completely sure that we were leaving because the two paramedics I was with, just walked at a quick pace. They weren’t running like there was a fire. I just followed them, got in and heard the sirens.

I wasn’t nervous at all because I’m around athletes when they get injured so I know what an emergency situation is like. It’s not that I am becoming numb from it being an emergency, it’s just that I know that being calm is the best idea. Sometimes if you get overworked about it, you make a big deal out of something that really isn’t that bad. You have to be able to remain calm and deal with a serious injury when you have a job such as an athletic trainer or paramedic.

So what happened on that first emergency? An elderly woman fell off her wheel chair and hit her head. Before we arrived there were two fire and rescue men there already assisting the lady. She didn’t need any transportation and she would end up being OK. After I studied for an hour at the ambulance house, I decided it was time to go. But right before I walked out the door, there was another call. I didn’t mind riding along. We heard over the radio that a woman drove into Rite Aid. When we arrived, there was already firefighters and police officers on scene. The first thing I saw was a large dent in the brick wall of Rite Aid. She didn’t drive through, but she definitely hit it hard. Thankfully, the elderly woman would be OK and nobody was harmed. This was something that the paramedics and I laughed about. Nobody was harmed and there was a hole in the wall, but how can you not laugh?

These definitely aren’t the typical calls you expect to hear about but they happen nearly every day for the paramedics. Tragedies do happen and paramedics along with athletic trainers are trained for those scenarios. For me, I like that small rush of adrenaline when there is an emergency. Not knowing what you are going to see or if you are going to have to help save someone’s life is a nerve-wracking feeling, but if you do your part and do everything that you are capable of doing, then it is worth it. I remember saying to myself before I was even a teenager that if I stay out of everyone’s business, nothing bad will happen to me. That’s not the case anymore, I want to be able to help the injured and make them feel like better than they did before the injury.

Have you ever been in an ambulance? Leave a comment and tell me about it.

Who’s that New Girl?

Who’s that New Girl?

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Hello everyone! My name is Alyssa Greenwell.  I am so glad that you decided to read my blog as I think that overtime it will provide you with a pretty good picture of what it is like here at the wonderful place called Mount Union.  But first, I think I should tell you a little bit about myself, so you can hopefully come to understand my love for Mount and true pride of being a Purple Raider.

I am from Canton, which is pretty much Alliance’s neighbor as Canton is only about 20 minutes away.  I graduated from GlenOak High School at the top of my class, taking part in varsity volleyball as well as many extracurricular activities.  I have one younger brother who is a senior this year and is currently in the process of making one of the most difficult decisions in the early years of life – where to go to college.  Like him, many of you reading this blog, are facing that choice as well.  I only hope this blog will play a role in your decision.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being active, watching movies, reading and volunteering.

Getting involved and helping others has been two major standards in my life.  I enjoy taking part in all sorts of volunteer activities, helping out whenever needed and giving back to the community in any way possible.  I believe that kindness and a helping hand are two of the greatest gifts you can give to another.  I love to know that I am making a difference.

Here at Mount Union, I am currently a sophomore majoring in biochemistry with a minor in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.  Since stepping foot on campus, I have involved myself in many different clubs and organizations on campus including Delta Sigma Tau sorority, Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed service fraternity), American Chemical Society, Sophomore Service Honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta, student worker in the Office of the President and I most recently joined the Relay for Life executive committee. I am sure there will be many blogs to come about the organizations I am involved in!

I have met many new people here on campus as well as developed good relationships with faculty and staff members.  In my opinion, Mount Union is the best place to spend your college experience.  I truly love it here, as you will see in my future blogs, so stay tuned for more!  I only hope you will continue to read as I will be writing on a variety of topics which I am sure will catch your interest.

Remember what I said about opportunities?!

Remember what I said about opportunities?!

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So in most of my previous blog posts, I have mentioned that “Wow, Mount hooked me up with this internship,” or “Hey, I was on Fox 8 news all because of Mount,” and so on and so forth …

Well, those opportunities did not stop there!!!

This past weekend, Friday afternoon in fact, I checked my email and had a message from one of my favorite professors, Harry Paidas. He told me that they needed someone to do some sideline reporting for the homecoming football game… better yet, it was going to be broadcasted on SPORTS TIME OHIO (STO)!!!

If you have read my posts before, you know how I love sports, Cleveland sports, media, etc. This was right up my alley and SUCH A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

I called him right away and told him I was more than willing.

So, after going on a nice little shopping spree to find the right outfit (of course), I prepared myself for my STO debut. (Ignoring the couple of times I made it on there over the summer through my Indians job… I made a fool of myself every time!)

Saturday morning started out like any home football game morning. I got some things ready for WRMU and worked the pregame festivities that WRMU puts on every game. As it became closer and closer to game time, I became more and more nervous.

Soon I was in the media van, getting my interview questions ready as well as learning all the quick and easy-to-learn rules for the day. I was given my STO microphone as well as my headset and was off to do my sideline reporting.

My first time on camera I was so nervous! I probably spoke faster than I ever have before, and I would be shocked if someone told me that he or she couldn’t tell I was shaking…

After the first quarter, I interviewed President Dr. Richard Giese, and at halftime I interviewed Anne Graffice (the director of alumni relations and university activities). After the third quarter I interviewed Mount Union’s wrestling coaches, and at the end of the game I interviewed the star of the game, Jasper Collins.

While it was beyond obvious that I was only a beginner, it was so much fun and so very exciting. I would definitely do it again.

I think about it and I would not have this opportunity anywhere else. I owe it all to my professors (especially Harry Paidas, for thinking of me for that opportunity) and the Office of Sports Information here at Mount. If I had never been involved at our TV studio here on campus, where I have conducted several interviews in the past (including one with Pierre Garcon, while he was here during the off season from the Colts), I would have never been presented with this opportunity.

Seeing “Old” Friends

Seeing “Old” Friends

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Friends come and go. It’s the way life is.  The connections you make can last for a moment, a school year or even a lifetime.  You can go years without seeing a friend from high school and the next time you see them, it’s like you didn’t miss a beat and left off right where you were all those years ago.  Seeing friends from college is a little different since you’ve only known these people for a few months or a few years. But since you live with them, have class with them and see them around every day, it feels as if you grew up with them and it was meant to be.  I mean, we all chose the same school, right?

I have a friend from elementary school that moved to Florida in the sixth grade.  We never talked again until we were in high school.  My sophomore year in high school he was able to talk me into visiting him in Florida for a week.  I went the summer before my senior year and the year after that.  When I visited him and his family, there were obviously the “I missed you” hugs, but after that, it was as if we’ve seen each other every day.  We were able to talk and act as if we’ve seen each other every day although we haven’t seen each other in years.  This summer he moved to Los Angeles and I visited him with two of my friends that he never met before, and all of them immediately became best friends.  In the picture to the right is Ethan, Tyler (Me), Charbel and Tony.  Ethan and Charbel had never met Tony before this vacation, and now they are great friends. Friendship is able to travel far whether it is in distance or through time.

Today I saw someone I truly missed.  Her name is Caroline and she transferred after the first semester of our freshmen year.  She was easily one of my best friends during that time last year and when she transferred, it was sad seeing someone I wanted to know so much better just leave.  When I saw her today, I immediately was able to smell her large dose of perfume, which is something I weirdly missed, but it seemed as if I just saw her the other day.  I forgot I hadn’t seen her in nearly a year and I had so much to say but I just didn’t know what to say.  I was just caught up in the moment of seeing her.  I only knew her for a semester of college and I’m better friends with her than I am with some of my friends from high school.

For me and probably for everyone, friendships can begin so quickly and yet they feel like you’ve known them forever.  The point of this blog is to let everyone know that friendships can come and go, and some will never die.  I prefer to not let them get distant, although it does happen.  If you miss someone from home or even someone who transferred, give him or her a call, don’t text.  A call will truly say on its own that you wanted to talk and you want to stay in contact for a lot longer than just a few days.

Internships… Do ‘em!

Internships… Do ‘em!

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Walking through the Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC) sometime in September my freshman year I noticed there were a lot of tables set-up outside the cafeteria and noticed it was a job and internship fair. It didn’t really interest me too much and I was really pretty excited it was nacho bar day at lunch and I wanted to keep my eye on the prize, but ya know what pulled me in? Free pens. I can directly link the best experience of my life thus far to my obsession with deals. What experience is that you ask? No it wasn’t the free pen as I’m sure I lost that the same day. Coming upon the table for autism internships was the most beautiful coincidence of my life. A free pen, a table, an information sheet, an online application and a short email later… I had an interview. And, soon after that, I had an offer to take one of the summer classroom intern positions at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (CCCA).

The CCCA summer internship program was set up due in large part to the work of Dr. Turko of the Department of Psychology and is made up of three separate internships – classroom, research and social spies. Both the classroom and research internships take place at the center in Shaker Heights. The research interns collect and record data for center-wide research. Social spies work as camp counselors at one of two camps for typical kids that kids with Asperger disorder attend and work on their social skills without being separated from their peers. These interns are assigned to one or two campers and help them with anything they need.

The classroom internship, I obviously know a bit more about, since I was able to take part in it. These interns basically are given the opportunity, in most cases, to be taking on a role as a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT), which are easily described as teachers. Each intern is put in one classroom and he or she stay there for the two months of the internship. As an intern in Intermediate 1B, which is students from about 11 to 16 years old, I worked with getting materials ready for the day, recording behavior data, implementing behavior plans, implemented curriculum/working one-on-one or one-on-two with students. It is impossible to describe how amazing an experience it is without experiencing it for yourself, so I urge anyone with an interest to at least apply… this year, next year or three years down the road, just do it sometime. Since the summer after my freshman year (2010), I have been able to volunteer there intermittently. I completed one semester of placement for an education class there, volunteered two days a week last summer and will volunteer one day a week next semester to fulfill my psychology internship requirement. I have made professional connections that will be indispensable in the future and hope that the CCCA will be a future place of employment.

Even if you’re not interested for this coming summer’s program, get familiar with it so you can apply in the future. Below is a flier, much like the one I picked up that fateful day in HPCC, so you can look it over and get to know the program!

New Kid on the Block

New Kid on the Block

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Hello! My name is Kaitlin Jeffreys and I’d like to introduce myself so you can get to know who’s helping you get to know the world of Mount Union! Before we get to where I am now, let’s start with from where I’m from.

I’m from Amherst, a pretty small city (about half the size of Alliance) just west of Cleveland. I’ve lived there my entire life and if you ask my mom, she’ll tell you that I’ll live there the rest of my life (which may or may not be true). It’s as close to Utopia as I’ve ever found. My family is a major part of my life. My brother is in the Air Force, so it’s just my mom, dad and me, and it has been that way for quite a few years now. In high school … well, all throughout my life for that matter, I was a swimmer. I lived, breathed, ate and drank swimming. If you had told me that I would go to college and NOT continue to swim, I would’ve told you that you were crazy.

I came to Mount Union on a rainy fall day during my junior year because I was looking at the swim team. Instead of falling for swimming, as I had planned, I fell for the beauty of this campus. The way it made me feel was like I’d lived here for years, but it was the first time I had set foot on the campus. I was weak in the knees for Chapman Hall. I was left fluttering over the quad and my heart beat faster when I first glanced at the Campus Lakes. Since then, my relationship with the campus has only grown.

Now, a little bit about myself and my life at this beautiful place… I’m a psychology major and have minors in intervention specialist (which I know, doesn’t sound like proper English, but it is) and sociology. I actually just switched most of that around last year as I previously was majoring in intervention specialist (special education) and had just one minor in psychology. I realized having a psychology degree would open up more doors into the field I actually want to pursue. Off of that, you should know that I have a deep passion for working with individuals with autism. I had an internship at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism the summer after my freshman year and my interest has continued to grow. I’ll talk more about that in a future blog, so stay tuned.

I’m also involved in a few organizations on campus. Alpha Phi Omega (which we call APO) was my first love when I came here. APO is a co-ed service fraternity that offers wonderful opportunities to serve the campus, community and even wider areas. I’m also a member of Delta Sigma Tau, one of the sororities on campus, and have found yet another family. The final major thing I do, aside from going to class of course, is help with planning Relay for Life on campus. I served on the planning committee as the team development co-chair. I’m sure there will be a blog in the future about this too!

I think that’s it for me. I hope that you will come back and read again in the future and get to know me better. I’ll be writing about a wide range of things that hopefully you will find interesting!

The New Guy

The New Guy

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If you are reading this, thanks! I appreciate anyone that takes the time to read my blog and everyone’s blog. If you don’t already know, I am an athletic training major, wrestler, student ambassador, Preview and Orientation guide, member of SAAC and the Athletic Training Club and I still get the recommended 8 hours sleep (usually). Oh yeah, and I play intramurals.

I was born and raised in Lyndhurst, which is about 25 minutes east of Cleveland. I have 3 siblings – Kanani is 31, Derek is 25 and Layla is 17. I also have 2 nephews named Juni and TJ. Although I’ve lived in the same city my entire life, I still travel nearly every year.  I have family in Florida, California, Hawaii, New York and Oregon.  I visit them when it is convenient, and my friend just got a job in Los Angeles, where he works for Joke Productions. I actually visited him this summer. I love to travel, yet I continue to stay in Ohio and at Mount Union.  I don’t what it is about Mount Union, but it’s my kind of place. It is welcoming and nature loving, which is good since I was born on Earth Day (April 22).

I went to Charles F. Brush High School, where I played trombone in the band, soccer, wrestling and I even played rugby during my senior year. Sports have always been a part of my life and they continue to be at Mount Union. Poetry and writing make their way into my life occasionally too. For more than a year, I wrote a poem every day.  It was a new way for me to express myself that I’ve never felt before.  It’s probably the same with blogging as I am still having a conversation with myself except I let people read this and not my poems.

Now that you know nearly every major thing about my life, continue on with your life until my next blog.  I will make my blogs as interesting, random and easy to read as I can.  One last thing… if you see me on campus, say “Hi.” It always makes my day better and hopefully my giant smile will make yours better too.

On the grind

On the grind

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Hello readers :]

I haven’t posted a blog since July, which seems like just yesterday! I can’t believe this Saturday is already October 1.

School started and got rolling as quickly as usual with tests, papers, projects and meetings.

The year is going quite well (as expected). I’ve been keeping myself busy with the school newspaper, The Dynamo, the campus radio station, WRMU and our chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), among other things.

While all of that sounds like a huge workload — especially on top of classes — it really is not. I enjoy being involved in these great organizations on campus. They all have given me great hands-on experiences that I can include on my resume. With graduation coming so soon (in 8 months to be exact), all of these experiences are really helping me prepare for the job search and the real world. Mount Union does a great job helping students find and pursue their interests.

Throughout this semester, I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on the organizations I am involved with and what we do!

 

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!