Nice to meet you :)

Nice to meet you :)

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Well, hello there.  My name is Shannon and I am one of the authors of this blog.  I’m really excited to be blogging about Mount Union and my experiences here because I really have had some cool moments and I love to write.

First of all, I’ll start with a little bit about myself.  I am from Concord, Ohio, which is a town in Northeast Ohio.  It is in between Mentor and Painesville.  I really enjoy going to Mount Union because home is only a hour and a half away.  When looking at schools I considered Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Baldwin Wallace in Berea, Ohio.  Miami was about five hours away from home and I did not want to be that far in case I wanted to drive home for the weekend.  On the other side of the spectrum, Baldwin Wallace was about 40 minutes away from home and that was just a little too close.  I wanted to feel like I was going away, while still feeling close enough to home, so Mount seemed perfect.

I visited campus my junior year in high school and absolutely fell in love with it.  Now, if you’ve ever been on the campus, you know what I’m talking about.  Everything is so green here and the buildings are really nice.  Aside from that, the people at this school are incredible.  When I came for a visit, I heard a statistic about the ratio of students to professors and was very impressed.  This was another deciding factor in why I wanted to come to Mount.  I didn’t want to go to a large public university and just be another statistic, another number, in a classroom or giant lecture hall.  Here, the professors will meet with you outside of class any day to discuss class work or anything else that you are concerned with or interested in.  Well, that’s a little bit about why I came to Mount Union, now I’d like to tell you a little bit about my life since I’ve been here…

I am currently in my third year of school here and have been really involved each year.  I will probably go further in depth with these positions at a later date, but for now, here are the organizations that I have been involved with.  I am currently the assistant editor of our school newspaper, The Dynamo, and have been the commentary editor, student life editor, writer and photographer.  I still write and take pictures for the paper on a weekly basis, because as I said before, I have a strong passion for writing.

I am also involved with the radio station here on campus, WRMU 91.1 FM, and I have held the position of news director for the past two years.  I am also a member of Student Senate, the Association of Women Students (AWS), our school’s television station which is called Studio M, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and a few honor societies on campus.  I have loved being at a small, private school because there are so many opportunities to become involved in and you can really dip into whatever it is that you are interested in.

My major here at Mount Union is communication.  Within the major, we have what we call “concentrations” and those are basically just areas to specialize in.  My concentrations are media studies and public relations.  I also have two minors which are English and psychology.

So, that’s a snapshot of who I am and what I do here at Mount Union, I hope you continue to check out the blog to see what else is going on campus, in my life and in the communication department.  :}

How Does a Student Manage Time?

How Does a Student Manage Time?

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Time management is a very complicated thing when it comes to being a college student. Having free time and not have any parents around to make sure that you are doing your work allows you to make your own decisions. Friends ask you to go out and you have to find time to get all of your homework done. It all gets thrown into a giant mess of time and it’s a lot of stress.

Being a music major is very difficult because there are many parts to our day and lots of extra work that everyone has to put in. There is also the fact that most students have to take lessons and practicing for those takes an hour or more a day. I am taking 23 credit hours this semester as a freshman and have lots of work that I am always trying to get done to keep my grades up. I have worked very hard to make sure that I keep my grades up as well as manage my own time. Since I play bassoon I am in many ensembles and that takes up quite a bit of my time, even though it was originally difficult to figure out when I would get homework and social time in. But, I have worked at it and my grades are as good as they were in high school.

Other students have this problem too since every major is difficult and takes a very large amount of time. In the end, everyone figures it out. There are some rough patches and then students find out what works best for them. If you go to Mount Union and need help with time management I would suggest talking to your teachers and see what they did as a student. My advice to incoming Mount Union students would be to try and see if you can do work and homework without your parents. I know that managing two jobs and doing school work had really prepared me for college.

Spring Break!

Spring Break!

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Spring break starts now! It definitely feels good to be home for a much needed break! And, I just found out that Mount Union’s women’s basketball team defeated White Water earlier today! That’s a big win … a little payback from the Stagg Bowl! Lol

-Janaye’

I’m Janaye’

I’m Janaye’

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Hello. My name is Janaye’ and I am a senior sport business major and a business administration minor at Mount Union. I’m currently in my last semester here and I couldn’t be more excited!

The following blog posts will simply be a way for me to express my experiences, creativity and interests. This site will include numerous music updates, poetry excerpts and event information, etc. Please feel free to post and /or leave comments!-Janaye’

I am Cresslyn DiRosa

I am Cresslyn DiRosa

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My name is Cresslyn DiRosa, and yes my name is made up. It is based off a story book my mom had read as a child, and in it there was a character whose name was Cress. So, my mom added her middle name to it.

I am in love with music. It is my life and one of the biggest reasons I get up in the morning. This is my freshman spring semester and going for a degree in music education. My primary instrument is the bassoon. Now I know you’re asking yourself “What is a bassoon?” Well, I have answered your question with a picture of a bassoon.

Being at Mount Union has brought me great friends and great experiences, as I have lived my entire life in Chardon, Ohio. I was not the most popular subject since I loved music and not sports (like the rest of the city). At Mount Union, I have seen people who are like me and love the same things I do, and seeing this has let me expand my personality and become who I want to be. Now, Mount Union has become like my home and I feel very comfortable. I hope that it is the same for other students and incoming students see the same home that I do.

Meet Samantha

Meet Samantha

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Hi : ) I’m Samantha and I am a junior communication major concentrating in both public relations and media studies with a minor in sport business.

To give you a little preview of who I am, I’ll start with what I’m involved in here at Mount Union. I am the president of our fairly new (and growing) Public Relations Student Society of America (aka PRSSA) chapter as well as the front page editor of our student-run newspaper, The Dynamo. I am the public relations director of our campus radio station, WRMU 91.1 FM, where I also have a radio show called “Late Night Jams.” I’m also involved with our campus TV station, Studio M, where I do some PR tasks as well as work in front of the cameras. As you can tell, I have a strong passion for communication, especially public relations. The more I get involved in what this school has to offer, the more I fall in love with the field.

My involvement here at school has really opened up new doors for me. My hard work earned me an awesome internship with the Cleveland Indians last summer where I had the time of my life … I was able to be on the field for batting practice, met all the front office employees and even interacted with many players. Aside from those great opportunities, I attended press conferences and was able to work game-day photography. I’ve also met some really great people from the trips we’ve taken and have had some fabulous opportunities. Once, we took a trip to Fox 8 News in Cleveland where we met Mount Union graduate Stefani Schaefer and I was able to read a story live on the morning news!

I was born and raised in Cleveland and I could not be more proud. I am a huge Tribe fan (could ya tell?) whether they win or lose. Some of my hobbies include reading, writing and social networking. Lately, however, I’ve fallen in love with kickboxing and Zumba thanks to the classes offered here on campus. I also have a strong passion for traveling!

To learn more about life here at Mount, check back to our blogs; they’re going to be pretty awesome!

-samantha

Greek Unity

Greek Unity

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The Alpha Chi Omega sorority that I am a member of is just one of four different sororities here on Mount Union’s campus. Each sorority on campus has a different philanthropy, and Alpha Chi’s is Woman’s Domestic Violence Shelter in Alliance. The main fundraiser that Alpha Chi has to support our philanthropy is the wings of Alpha Chi event. This event was held this past Wednesday, March 2, in Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. The event lasted from 4-7 p.m., and was open to anyone who was hungry for wings! For the small price of only $7, your wing ticket gave you access to 12 barbecue and/or hot wings, an unlimited drink and a raffle ticket.

Some of the members of Alpha Chi Omega went around to local businesses here in Alliance and received donations to auction off in the raffle. Some of the great raffle prizes included Sun Beam Tanning gift certificates, movie/ date night basket with a Texas Roadhouse gift card and lots of Cleveland Browns sports goodies! Some of my fellow sisters also made cupcakes and other baked goods for the event. These sweets were sold for only .50 cents each and helped raise a lot of money for our philanthropy. Overall, the event turned out great! It was nice to see people from all the different sororities and fraternities there to support us! It is great when the Greek community can really come together and support each other!

The Wings of Alpha Chi Event was not the only time this week that the Greek community came together to support one another! On Monday March 1, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta put on an event at the local Applebee’s here in Alliance, called “Dine and Donate.” This event helped support the Alpha Xi Delta chapter here at Mount Union! And, all you had to do was go to Applebee between 4-9 p.m. and order your favorite Applebee’s dish, show the Dine to Donate flyer to your server, and automatically 15% of each check went to their chapter! This event brought in a lot of other men and women from the Greek community, and really showed how well the Greek Community can come together to support one another. The event received a wonderful turn out by not only the Greek Community, but the whole Mount Union community as well! That is just one of many ways the University of Mount Union shows support and unity throughout our campus.

Who is Alexa?

Who is Alexa?

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Hello! My name is Alexa Rae Farmerie, and I am currently a sophomore here at the University of Mount Union majoring in early childhood education and minoring in psychology. I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and am the oldest of three children. I have been a cheerleader for a good portion of my life and still continue to cheer on the Purple Raiders here at Mount Union! I am also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Preview and Orientation staff, Student Nation Education Association (SNEA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol. I love to hang out with my family and friends, workout, play sports and participate in all kinds of campus activities! I am in love with country music and would one day love to meet Kenny Chesney!

Here is a quote from one of my idols, Audrey Hepburn, which really inspires me:

“I believe to not to live for the day, that would be materialistic — but to treasure the day. I realize that most of us live on the skin — on the surface — without appreciating just how wonderful it is simply to be alive at all.”

Audrey Hepburn ♥

Last Day Before Spring Break

Last Day Before Spring Break

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Today is the last day before spring break 2011. My roommate is packing his bags for Panama City AKA he has a bathing suit in a cowboy hat and his sunglasses, and is going tanning for the last time before the drive down. My other roommate is making plans to go home to Pittsburgh and probably back down to Columbus for The Arnold Classic next Friday, and my fourth roommate is incognito. I on the other hand, just got done with my fourth class of the day and finished my second throwing practice of the day. This spring break, hopefully, I’ll be competing at the Division III National Championships in Bexley, Ohio, in the shot put. I worked hard today so I ate a lot today; luckily there was some good food at the international station in the dining commons. I forget what it was called but it consisted of rice topped with a chicken breast and topped with a fried egg. I had eight of them. I also had some good beer cheese soup and a lot of ice cream.  I believe moose tracks is the most dangerous ice cream flavor of all because you go in with the intention of a scoop or two, and then you hit a chocolate vein and you start digging more and more and more and next thing you know you have had three bowls of ice cream. Well, that’s my excuse anyways for eating so much of it.My classes on Tuesday and Thursdays consist of American Family at 9 a.m., followed by HELL2 at 1:10 p.m., Critical Theory and Rhetoric at 2:30 p.m. and Forensic Psychology at 6 p.m. Only HELL and Critical Theory are required for my major, and they are probably the two toughest courses in my major and the papers are starting to pile up. American Family is a class I was just interested in learning about so I took it, and Forensic Psychology may be my favorite class this semester. It’s taught by a forensic psychologist, Dr. K., and he is really great, enthusiastic and passionate.

Sean Denard!!!

Sean Denard!!!

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My name is Sean Denard and I am a junior at the University of Mount Union. I’m an English major and psychology minor as well as a member of the men’s track and field team. On the track team, I compete in the shot put and discus where I earned All-American honors and was the MVP of the OAC Track and Field Championships.

I am originally from Naperville, a large suburb just 30 minutes southwest of Chicago. It’s the 2nd largest city in Illinois and is quite prominent in athletics and academics. My senior year I helped our football team win a state title and competed at the state championships for track and field.

Outside of school I have many hobbies which include cooking, glassblowing, writing, going on adventures and growing copious amount of body hair from my eyebrows to my toes.

Moving from a wealthy suburb of Chicago to the more rural setting of Alliance was definitely a paradigm shift that took some time to adjust to, but with this blog I hope I will be able to help others in a similar situation as mine to adapt to these new surroundings quicker than I had.

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