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

A Year After

A Year After

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Remember your preview for freshman orientation? So do I. It only happened a year ago, but it was very much a turning point from a high school mentality to one of college. We set up our first schedule, took tests in both foreign language and math and got a chance to socialize with our classmates. Good times. Times which I got to revisit recently, even though I’m not a preview guide.

My brother just got back from his preview yesterday and was filling me in on all the details of the two days. Once again, the preview guides were stellar. They really do a great job of creating an environment that allows time for both structured activities and relax time to get accustomed to the campus.

As my brother was telling me about how preview had gone, I was thinking about how much I’m looking forward to returning to Mount this fall. It feels, and I’m sure many from my class can attest to this, that we have it all “figured” out. We know the campus, we know the professors in our departments and we know the daily lifestyle. I’m excited. It means more time enjoying the experience and less time trying to remember where classes are and settling in to a routine. These were all fun things to go through as a freshman, but it’s nice that each year spent at Mount will offer up something new.

Any incoming freshman read this blog? Feel free to ping me in the comments or on Twitter (@kyledreger) and we can get together. You’ll be making lots of friends over these next few weeks so keep an open mind and be outgoing. You’re going to love it here.

 

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

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

Opening a new chapter

Opening a new chapter

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The day has finally arrived. Yes, the day where a new puppy has been added to the family!

We’ve always been an animal family. Back in the day my family had dogs, cats, fish, birds, turtles, rabbits – you name it, we had it. We even had ducks at one point! Over time, our number of animals dwindled due to moving around, etc. Over the past few years, my mom and I have been tossing around the idea of getting a puppy, but never landing on an agreement. Finally, Saturday evening, my mom decided that it was time we gave in and got a new addition to the family.

Sunday morning consisted of us visiting local animal shelters, listing the pros and cons of every dog we fell in love with. If it was up to us, we would have taken them all home – but we all know that is a little difficult.

When we thought that Sunday was not our day to find a dog, we found a number in the newspaper of a breeder that lives right down the street. We took a chance and hurried over to the house to find a yard full of puppies! We spent what felt like hours trying to decide which one was right for us.

We agreed on Bella (my mom chose the name!), the little female Morkie (Maltese and Yorkie, how cute!) who stood out among all of the others. We excitedly went to the pet store and stocked up on dog food, toys and all the other fun stuff that comes along with getting a new dog.

As excited as I am that we added a new member to our family, I am getting kind of bummed that school starts in two months and pretty soon I’ll have to leave her home when it is time to go back. However, one of the greatest things about being a student at Mount Union, is that the school is only an hour away from home! How perfect is that? I can come home and visit her whenever I want. Not only that, my mom and her can come up and visit me as well! I’ll be living in the new townhouses this year, which means we’ll have a big courtyard in front of our house for her to play in.

Hope everyone else is having as great of a summer as I am!

-samantha

Back from biking!

Back from biking!

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I’m back home now from the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA). It was a long week and we had fun but I am definitely glad to be back at home and sleeping in my actual bed.

The week started out last Saturday evening in Kenton, OH and we woke up the next morning at 5:30 a.m. to head out to Marion, OH. It was a 58-mile ride that day and the morning was really foggy but the rain held out on us, which was really nice. When we arrived to Marion, we found out that we were staying the night at a fairground. They actually had a really nice set-up for us. My family put our two tents right next to an ice cream booth and we got milkshakes after we were all set up. That night, we explored Marion a little and enjoyed the entertainment that the city had provided for us.

One of the events was a game show modeled after the television show ”Minute to Win It.” My sister and I love that show so we wanted to be contestants. The host of the show picked the two of us to go head-to-head in a challenge called “Junk in the Trunk.” If you’ve never seen the show before, this challenge involves a tissue box being tied around your waist with about 8 ping pong balls inside. The point of the challenge is to get all of these balls outside of the box that is on your lower back without using your hands. Molly and I were dancing around and doing backbends until all of our ping pong balls flew all over the stage and we ended in a tie.

The next day we woke up before the sun again to ride 50 miles to Delaware, OH. We were in Delaware all day Monday and Tuesday because Tuesday was a layover day. Those days are optional for riders and the tents stay put that day. While we were in Delaware, my family and I visited a local pool, saw a movie at America’s oldest continuously running movie theatre called the Strand Theatre, did our laundry at a local laundromat and rode about 30 miles out of town to cross the long causeway over a lake.

Wednesday morning we headed to London, which was a 58-mile ride and we were there for two days because Thursday was another layover day. Wednesday night we had our first relaxing night. We spent a few hours just sitting inside the air-conditioned auditorium inside the high school where we were camping. Then after that we walked to a local church that was hosting a dinner for the GOBA riders. The meal was really good. It was $5 for a shredded chicken sandwich, a loaded baked potato, a salad and a drink.

The next night in London was the London Strawberry Festival that they have each year and it was really neat to be there to be a part of it. They had a pageant for the locals and we stayed to watch that for a few hours. There were about eight categories of both girls and boys starting with 20 month-olds. The young kids were so cute and they basically just had to walk on stage, spin around, and answer what their name was, how old they were and what their favorite thing was. The older kids had more difficult questions to answer but it was really entertaining to watch. Molly and I split some fried strawberries since it was the strawberry festival and it was only appropriate. :]

Friday was our trip to Bellefontaine, which was 56 miles. It rained for about the first hour and was mostly up hill so I’d say that was the hardest day so far. We were all soaked by the time we got to the first snack stop but we dried out by the time we arrived to Bellefontaine. Here, we had dinner at Bob Evans and then headed into downtown to enjoy the block party and the annual GOBA song contest. The song contest consists of GOBA riders singing comical parodies of songs that they created about the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. It’s fun every year and it really brings everyone together to celebrate the last night of the trip.

Saturday we rode 42 miles back to Kenton, which was where our car was parked and our journey had began a week before. It was a really great trip overall, the snack stops along the way each day were so great and all of the small towns were extremely welcoming to this large group. My sister, mom and I wore matching outfits for most of the rides and a lot of riders really got a kick out of that and commented on how we looked like triplets.

Throughout the week, we rode 310 miles. It was a great experience again, as it was last year. I’m excited to travel to a bunch of new places throughout my life and hopefully continue bike riding in the future. :]

-Shannon

Cavs Draft Party

Cavs Draft Party

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Being a die-hard Cleveland sports fan means having hope that eventually that pass or bounce will go your way. Well luckily, for Clevelanders, a few ping-pong balls bounced our way landing us the #1 and #4 picks in this year’s NBA draft. In 2003, the Cavs got lucky landing the number one pick. And, in hopes that the Cavs would fare even better in this year’s draft, I attended the free draft party held at Quicken Loans Arena.

There was a sense of excitement and anticipation in the building, which was not hard to have with all the rumored trades and deals leading up to the draft. While the Cavs never officially announced who they would select as the #1 pick, most people knew all along it would be Kyrie Irving. I was extremely happy with this selection and by the cheers from the crowd when the Irving was announced as the #1 pick, I would say most of Cleveland was too. Unfortunately, the Cavs were unable to land the one of the two people (Derrick Williams/Enes Kanter) I wanted with the #4 pick, but I feel Tristian Thompson will be a solid player for years to come. While no actual basketball was being played (besides young Cavs fans getting the opportunity to shoot free throws on the court), there was definitely excitement in the air and the everlasting hope that this is the first step toward bringing a championship to Cleveland.

Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland Scholarship

Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland Scholarship

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Besides studying for finals, the only other task on my to-do list at the end of this semester was to apply for the Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland Scholarship. After getting a few recommendation letters from my managers at both the Cavaliers and Indians, I sent in my application and a few weeks later I was lucky enough to receive a phone call congratulating me on being the scholarship recipient. In addition to winning the scholarship, I also was invited to attend a luncheon where I would be recognized along with the other scholarship recipient from Lake Erie College. The guest speaker at the luncheon was the chief marketing officer (CMO) at the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic is one of the most respected hospital systems in the world so hearing the CMO speak about brand management through social media and its new sports health sponsorships with the Indians, Browns and Cavs was a great opportunity. At the luncheon were members of the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers along with representatives from numerous organizations and small and large businesses in the area. I made sure I spoke and networked with some of the members of SME Cleveland. The scholarship will definitely come in handy when it comes time to start paying off college, and the free SME membership I received as part of being a scholarship recipient also will help in building my network for when it comes time to apply for full-time jobs. SME Cleveland holds numerous luncheons throughout the year with an array of speakers and I plan to take full advantage of these unique opportunities.

It’s Preview Time!!

It’s Preview Time!!

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We are at the start of day two of Preview and Orientation at Mount Union! Day one went great for the students and parents. It was filled with lots of cool guide group activities for parents and students, language and math placement tests and of course an awesome play put on by the guides! The play really helped the students learn valuable lessons on what experiences and difficulties they might experience in college. The night ended with an awesome mixer in Campus Grounds where the students and guides danced the night away!

Today, Preview is going to be filled with lots of valuable information for the freshman including a technology session, academic advising and the academic resource fair in Bracy Hall. I think all of the parents and students will find today very useful.

-Alexa

PS. The Preview and Orientation staff is currently using Twitter as another means of social communication between guides and students. You can check out what’s going on at Preview by logging into Twitter and searching for the hashtag #umupreview. Be sure to follow all of the guides too!!!

Cleveland is HOT

Cleveland is HOT

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As I mentioned last week, the stars of the TV Land sitcom, “Hot in Cleveland” were coming to Cleveland to promote their new show.

I went down to Tower City this past Thursday to see Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick take part in a ceremony where they received the keys to the city. It was a great experience! During the ceremony, stars also expressed their love for Cleveland.

The next night was another home game with the Tribe, and star Valerie Bertinelli was to be throwing out the first pitch! I was able to escort Bertinelli out to the mound while she threw the first pitch to Sandy Alomar Jr.! What another great experience!

Working down at the ballpark is still just as fun as ever. As I’ve mentioned many times, I’ve been seeing what seems like EVERYONE from Mount Union! I even ran into one of my favorite Mount professors on Friday – professor Harry Paidas from the Department of Communication. That was a nice surprise!

-samantha

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