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

 

Twitter…Not just a place to be social with friends

Twitter…Not just a place to be social with friends

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While Twitter may have been started to rival Facebook, for myself and others, Twitter has become much more useful in the professional world than Facebook could ever be. I admit I use both social media platforms but my main purpose for Facebook is to connect with friends, while I now have begun using Twitter to connect with my future profession – sport business.

You may wonder how Twitter could ever be used as such a networking tool, but I follow numerous sport business executives on Twitter. I tend to follow people that work in sales, marketing and sponsorship. I have been able to find helpful people to follow by the #sbchat that occurs every Sunday night. The #sbchat is a Q and A format talk on Twitter where sport business executives from around the world participate to learn best practices and stay current in the happenings of their profession. If you are interested in working in sports and have a Twitter account be sure to check out this chat every Sunday and be sure to use the hashtag #sbchat.

Some of my more favorite people to follow are the ones who also have a blog and tweet tips and articles that are helpful to those wanting to work in sports. I have also made a few Mount Union connections on Twitter. I follow @Flavil (vice president of sales for the Charlotte Bobcats), @JMikeMcGee (director for ANNIKA Brand), @ryanmrobbins (director of premium seating for the Oakland Raiders), @edkiernanNYC (senior vice president at GMR Marketing) and @NickVolsko (ticket sales in major league soccer). All of these former Mount Union sport business graduates are a great follow because of their success in their profession. Also Twitter gives you the ability to follow some of the brightest minds in the business of sports as numerous vice presidents and presidents of organizations actively use Twitter.

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

Another Scholarship!

Another Scholarship!

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The last thing you expect during your summer break is a phone call from a professor. Yet, that is exactly what happened to me earlier this month when the faculty advisor for the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society informed me that I was selected as a Trow Scholarship recipient. Alpha Lambda Delta, a selective honor society, in which members are chosen for membership based on their first year of college academics. The society gives out approximately 30 scholarships to college students across the nation. Not only was I one of 30 college students in the nation to win the scholarship, I was one of only 10 chosen to receive the highest award. Like I said before, when I won the SME Cleveland Scholarship, every little bit of financial aid that is received is a huge help when it comes to paying off college loans. I contribute receiving this scholarship to Mount Union. All of the professors I have had in my first two years and all the opportunities Mount Union has given me to be involved on campus are the main reasons I was chosen as a Trow Scholarship recipient.

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

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

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

Opening doors

Opening doors

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Aside from my jobs at the Winking Lizard and Bob Evans as a server, I am also employed at Hermes Sports and Events this summer. I was an intern at Hermes last summer and spent the summer waking up early on the weekends to head out to races and help with management and also helping run the sporting tournaments that were in the Cleveland Corporate Challenge. During the week, I worked 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the office in Cleveland doing prepwork for the races, running errands for the company, talking to clients, getting runners into the system as they sent in their registration forms and a bunch of other odd and end tasks.

I’m really excited because this month they emailed me and asked me if I’d work a race for them. This race was in Brecksville and they asked me if I could be there at 6:30 a.m. It is a very early morning but it’s so awesome to be out there and see everyone excited to be active and run a race. This time, I helped with registration before the race started and then results when the runners had finished coming through the finish line. I was done with work by 9:30 a.m. and then could go and have the rest of my day to get things done.

That’s one reason I would most recommend internships. They will open doors for you and if the company does want to keep you around and pay you for work, they will.

Hermes also asked me if I would go with them on a week-long trip in August to Kansas City, Missouri to help manage the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. That was one of my favorite things to do when I was an intern with them last summer and I was more than happy to say yes to go with them again. I had to take a week off of my other jobs but Hermes is paying me for that week and I love what we do. I also fell in love with Kansas City the first time I went so I’m really excited to be in the city again too. :]

Internships are rough sometimes because most are unpaid, but if they do end up asking you to help when your internship is over, you can be a paid employee and if you already love the company, it’s perfect!

Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend. We’ve got some beautiful weather coming our way!

-Shannon