Relay for life!

Relay for life!

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This past weekend Mount Union hosted Relay for Life, which is a nationwide program to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Mount Union students, their families and their friends raised money in support of cancer all weekend long. It was a great cause and a great time because it is a nationwide event. I’d say that most high school and even elementary students have participated in the event in someway or another. I remember as a child I participated in “Jump Rope For Heart.”

One of the great things about Mount is how active the students are with the community and charity events. I know I’ve talked about that before but I wish to talk about it again as it is something that really makes Mount special and sets us apart from other schools. It’s the students and people you meet here that change your life.

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!

Great Weekend!0

Great Weekend!0

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Relay for Life was a success! The Black Student Union (BSU) won best banner at Relay. I’m super excited about it because my friend and I designed it!

My Favorite Job-Umpiring

My Favorite Job-Umpiring

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The most common question when you’re getting to know someone is: “What’s one unique thing most people don’t know about you?” My answer always is: I am a certified baseball umpire.

It is pretty obvious by now that baseball is my passion, and when I was a freshmen in high school I decided that my summer job would be umpiring youth league baseball games. I have been an OHSAA certified umpire for six years, and for the last two, I have earned Class 1 rank, which is the highest umpire classification in Ohio. Most people ask why in the world I would ever consider such a job, but I feel like it is not even a job. I get paid to be involved with baseball.

I was only 15 when I umpired my first game … and yes I was nervous, but the key is to be confident. Some coaches now will even try to test me when they see a young umpire behind the plate. But, I am only young in age, as I have more umpire experience than umpires twice my age. Last summer, I umpired 75 baseball games that ranged from high school games to eight-year-old travel baseball games. I have even had the honor to umpire in Cooperstown, New York twice for weeklong national baseball tournaments. I would suggest that anyone who has a passion for baseball consider becoming an umpire.

Because of umpiring I have a lot of life experiences that I am able to draw upon later in life, and the major life skill I have learned is to be confident. I have not been able to umpire a lot of high school baseball games so far this year due to my internships, but this Tuesday I will be umpiring my first game of the season – a JV baseball game in the Canton area. I have always considered attempting to become a MLB umpire but this is an even more daunting task than attempting to become a MLB player. This summer, I will have the honor of being able to meet a MLB umpire who I have been connected with through a mutual friend. Since MLB does not disclose where umpires will be stationed prior to the beginning of each series, I unfortunately do not know when this opportunity will occur. However, I make sure to check out the umpires for every game at Progressive Field.

Opportunities to give back

Opportunities to give back

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When I was in high school, I was highly involved in community service.  I was in my school’s Key Club for four years and was the president of the club my senior year.  We rang the bell to raise money for Salvation Army around Christmas time, cooked and served food to those in need at a local soup, held various canned food drives, had a clothes drive for people in the wintertime and so much more.

It’s a little sad to think that since I’ve came to Mount Union, I haven’t volunteered a whole lot in the community.  I have certainly tried to as much as I can but it is just time that always seems to get in my way.  The past few years I have volunteered with WRMU to hand out candy at Trunk-or-Treat.  This is an event where kids from all over Alliance can come to receive candy on Halloween but it’s in the middle of the day so it’s light outside.  This is just safer for kids than going door-to-door in the dark (although I bet a lot of kids do both!).

I have done a few more things here and there but nothing close to what I was doing in high school.  Recently, for a class project, I visited the Alliance Community Pantry.  This pantry serves so many people from the community every single day.  Families can go receive food to make it through their week.  The owner of the pantry said, “This food that our clients receive from us is ‘emergency food.’ It’s not going to be enough for them to survive on but it is enough to get them through.”  This means that if they are having a rough week with money they can go to the pantry to receive food for their family until they get their next paycheck and are able to go to the grocery store themselves.

Volunteers at the pantry help the clients go through and pick up the food.  Clients are only allowed a certain number of food items depending on the size of their family, so the volunteer also keeps track of that.  Next semester, it is my goal to volunteer more and specifically to volunteer at the Community Pantry once a week.

Another volunteer opportunity that I’m excited (and a tiny bit scared) about is giving blood.  I have never given blood in my life but have always wanted to.  Both my mom and dad have given blood for as long as I can remember and I really look up to them for that.  Giving blood is something that takes a half hour to an hour and helps save the lives of so many people across the world.  I’m nervous about giving because it’s my first time but I think a friend of mine who has given blood before and I are going to go together, so hopefully that will make it a little better. :]

If you’re someone who’s really interested in volunteer work, Alpha Phi Omega is the service fraternity on campus.  Although it’s called a fraternity, it is open to both males and females of all class ranks.  These students focus heavily on community service and volunteer work in the community and also have social events to bring the group together.  They seem like a great group of people and that is one thing I’d get involved with if I had more time.

Opportunities for volunteering are plentiful in the city and on campus. You just have to be willing to ask people if you can help.  Most people would love to receive extra help, and it makes me really happy to think that I can at least be making a tiny bit of a difference.

-Shannon

 

Latest happenings

Latest happenings

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Ok, first of all, how ’bout them Indians? A sweep against the Red Sox followed by a 12-3 W over the Mariners… The boys are on an awesome winning streak — let’s just hope they keep it up!

I finally worked my first game of the season on Wednesday against the BoSox. Gonna be honest, the Sox are second to the Tribe in my heart — always been a fan of both (shh!). The game was amazing… sure, the weather wasn’t the best baseball weather but hey, it was still fun. It gave me a little preview of what the summer is going to be like … let’s just say I can’t wait.

Relay For Life was last night here on campus. WRMU DJed the event and had a pretty good time doing so. Relay is such a great cause. At Mount Union, a bunch of campus organizations set up tables and had different ways of raising money. My favorite was the Sigma Nu Fraternity table — they raised money by waxing — yes, waxing — brothers. It was a funny, entertaining way to bring in the donations. A community organization also had put-put set up and my boyfriend and I gave it a shot (we tied). We stopped back around midnight and listened to some students sing karaoke. Overall, the event seemed to be a success. Everyone was having fun while helping the cause.

This morning was the debut of the documentary I mentioned a few blogs earlier. For our public relations class we were told to make a video about the city to be shown at a Poverty Summit… Well, the summit was today and we went up for the premiere! Everyone loved it!

Word on the street is that it is supposed to be 70 degrees tomorrow! Fingers crossed it continues and spring is here to stay!

-samantha

Finding treasures in Alliance

Finding treasures in Alliance

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I feel like a lot of people that go to Mount think negatively about the city that we live in, Alliance.  The city is pretty small and there isn’t a huge shopping mall here.  We have a mall called “Carnation Mall” that has about seven stores inside of it.  We have very few chain restaurants (and no coffee shops).  However, I think that also makes the city very interesting.  It definitely gives the city character and makes this college town different than a lot of others.  I mean, obviously it’d be fun if we had huge shopping areas and tons of fancy dinner options, but I think it leaves us to explore the smaller places more.

There are so many cute little family-owned places in Alliance, and I have made it my mission to check out a majority of these before I graduate in December.  For a class project last semester, we all had to go to a small business and do a presentation on how we would help the company in from a public relations perspective.  I got assigned a small Italian restaurant called Anthony’s.  It really is adorable and it is located on Main Street.  They have really good food (try the sweet potato fries!!).

On Tuesday, the directors of WRMU had our monthly dinner at a place called Andrea’s Garden.  Ohhhh my goodness is this place is sweet.  It is on Union Avenue just right down the street from campus and it is all organic food.  I had heard of the restaurant before but never tried it because … well, I’m not sure why. I guess I just assumed all of the food would be tofu.  Complete misconception.  Organic does not mean vegetarian or vegan.  It simply means that all of their food products are made without chemicals and preservatives.  They have sandwiches, salads, amazing smoothies, teas and so much more.

I had a chicken fajita, which was delicious. It came with a side of sea salt chips and I also had a strawberry banana smoothie. YUUM!  The food all seems healthy (even if it really isn’t) and it’s not too pricy, so I want to tell everyone to check it out! On the dessert menu they had “Dominique’s Chocolate Chunk Cookie (and not one calorie!!).”  And I know I’m very gullible, but I was like, “hey, this is an organic restaurant. And they do make pop without calories so maybe it’s possible??”

Even our station manager was intrigued, so he asked the server and she said that it is just a joke with the owner of the restaurant and of courrrssseee there are calories in it, and lots of them!  So, my dreams were crushed because that would have made my life to know that there were cookies without calories :]

But all in all, Andrea’s Garden was delightful and you should check it out if you’re in the area.  Try the other little places around here too.  There’s Chive’s, Jalisco, Alliance Family Restaurant, Anthony’s, Burger Hut, Blue Fig, Tailgater’s and a bunch more!  Happy exploring!! :]

-Shannon

 

Dorm Room Essentials

Dorm Room Essentials

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A big challenge when preparing for college is deciding the necessities of a dorm room. The best way to decide what you need to buy for your dorm room is to contact your future roommate and come up with a plan of everything you already have and what you’re going to need. Splitting the cost of everything is what everyone usually does. While it’s difficult to know exactly what you’re going to need in your dorm and what your dorm can actually hold, there are two things every dorm room needs. Here are the dorm room essentials.

Futon – All of the dorm’s at Mount have enough room to hold a futon and this extra seating is a must have! Some of my friends have even found ways to have two futons in one room. A futon in the room makes your room more comfortable and gives you space to relax. Otherwise, without a futon the only place to sit is at your desk chair, which you will be spending enough time at. Last year, I lived in Cunningham and we had a futon. But this year with a little more room in Shields, we are able to have a futon and a recliner.

TV – This should actually be TVs. Having two televisions is a must. College is all about being able to multi-task and learning time management so being able to play my PS3 on one TV and watch SportsCenter on the other helps me conserve my time. Having two TVs is also helpful come March Madness and the NFL season so my friends and I can hang out and watch two games at once.

Relay for life…

Relay for life…

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Just finished helping create the sign for the Black Student Union’s section of Relay for Life! Please come out and show your support in the fight against cancer.

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!