Relay for Life is music themed!

Relay for Life is music themed!

This year’s going to be really cool. They always come up with such fun themes. This year it’s Relay for Life: Battle of the Ban(d) Cancer. So it’s like, we’re banning cancer! I’m super excited it’s music themed too. We have a team from the Department of Music, and our theme is “Please Don’t Stop … Read more

This year’s going to be really cool. They always come up with such fun themes. This year it’s Relay for Life: Battle of the Ban(d) Cancer. So it’s like, we’re banning cancer!

I’m super excited it’s music themed too. We have a team from the Department of Music, and our theme is “Please Don’t Stop the Music.” Basically, people can pay us to go follow someone around and play an annoying song at them, and they have to pay us to stop playing.

I, for one, am learning “It’s a Small World After All.” Ya know, that really annoying and repetitive song from the Disney ride? Hee hee !

I think that’ll get some pretty interesting reviews.

I’m just excited for the night in general though too. Each hour is going to be a different theme of music, so that’ll be pretty cool. For example, there’s going to be 50’s at 7 p.m., and a rave at 4 a.m. There’s also going to be 80s, 90s, 2K, country, pop, R&B, line dancing—pretty much any musical genre you could ever come up with.

Did you hear that? A RAVE of techno music is going to be happening this weekend at Mount Union. I know I’m going to be there. How about you?

As the WRMU program director, I’m kind of heading up DJ-ing for the event. That’s 18 hours of music, and I am READY!

We stay up all night because “cancer doesn’t sleep.” Our goal is 18 straight hours of fundraising.

I can’t wait to have a ton of fun with my friends and raise some money to help fight cancer!

It’s this Friday (April 19) at 6 p.m. until Saturday April 20 at noon. It’ll be in the Peterson Field House in the MAAC. If you want to participate or donate, go here!

Hope to see you there!

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Oh the things you can do..

Oh the things you can do..

So I was wondering what I should blog about today, and I realized I’ve never really talked about the fine arts organizations. You don’t necessarily have to be a member of the band, choirs or plays to get involved in the arts, which I think is really great. It’s just so easy to be a … Read more

So I was wondering what I should blog about today, and I realized I’ve never really talked about the fine arts organizations.

You don’t necessarily have to be a member of the band, choirs or plays to get involved in the arts, which I think is really great. It’s just so easy to be a leader and get involved everywhere on campus!

Here are the organizations available in the arts on campus:

  • kkyKappa Kappa Psi: The national band honorary fraternity. There are tons of chapters all over the country, and we’re lucky enough to have one on this campus. It’s specifically designed for leadership within the band. We (I say “we” because I’m in this one) host music events like band dances and fun evening stuff during band camp. We also do community service that has to do with music, like instrument petting zoos at Regina Coeli, a nearby school.
  • mpeMu Phi Epsilon: The music honorary fraternity. To get in this one, you have to be a music major or minor. This group is largely involved with making the Department of Music better. We (again, I’m in this one) put on concerts, perform with music alumni in the area and do little things like decorate the music building for holidays. We actually just wrote all the music faculty valentines!
  • ocmeaOCMEA: The Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association. This organization is specifically designed for music educators, but I know MANY people who have joined just because they love and support music education. They bring speakers to campus and also go to OMEA conference in the spring.
  • kpKappa Pi: Kappa Pi is the art fraternity. Anyone interested in art can take part. They do a lot of things on campus related to art and creativity and they’re a really fun bunch of people. I tried to be in this organization, but unfortunately I have class when they meet. Ah well, still something really fun to do, and I try to go to the events they put on.
  • Alpha Psi Omega/Theatre Club: Yes! We have a theatre club on campus, and it is really fun. Check out ourapo Facebook page! We do a lot of fun things like go see shows and host a cast party after shows. We have the theatre club, which is open to anyone interested in theatre. Then, as you participate in the plays (either on stage, back stage or off stage) you accumulate points. Once you’ve accumulated enough points you can officially join the Alpha Psi Omega theatre honorary.

So! Those are all the organizations in a nutshell. They’re really fun and do a lot of good for the campus. And you can be involved in as many of them as you like—as you can see, I’m in all but two of them.

See something missing? If you want a club, it’s really easy to do. Just find enough people who want the club to exist and sign up with the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. I’ve seen a bowling club happen, a lacrosse club, a philosophy club…all you have to do is ask!

The reason I started talking about organizations is we’re having a music team for Relay for Life this year. (If you feel so inclined to donate, our team is called Kappa Kappa Psi.) If you can come to Mount Union’s Relay for Life (April 19-20 in The MAAC) watch out for the music team playing Aerosmith’s Dream On over and over. We’ll raise money by having people pay us to stop playing. Heehee:)

Join A Cause

Join A Cause

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The University of Mount Union is a unique campus. It strives do all it can do to support other people and organizations. The University holds many on campus events as well as attends outside events, and over the years, the campus has raised a significant amount of money for different groups and organizations.

One event special to Mount Union is the annual Relay for Life event, which raises money for cancer awareness. Many students, faculty, staff and community members come out to relay for the cause. This event occurs over a two-day span as people stay up an entire night to walk and raise money. Mount Union also holds it’s annual Up ’til Dawn event, which raises money to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each year, there is a letter writing competition in the fall where letters are written to friends, family members and neighbors in hopes of receiving donations. In the spring, there is a party where the total amount raised is announced. Additionally, annually Mount Union sponsors an event called Take Back the Night, which raises awareness about domestic violence. Each year a speaker comes to campus and presents a firsthand account of a domestic violence situation and educates people on this matter. After the speaker, there is a candle light walk around campus.

Those are just a few of the large events that occur on campus, but there are also many smaller ones. Mount Union participates in many local walks such as the walk for Breast Cancer, Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. The Breast Cancer walk actually occurred this past Sunday at McKinley High School in Canton, which I attended along with many other Purple Raiders. It was a wonderful feeling knowing that the 3.2 miles we walked were for a cause and for someone fighting Breast Cancer today. Different organizations also hold many events and fundraisers in support of projects and groups they are part of such as the group Raider Relief and the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

No matter what, at Mount Union, there is always a cause to join, a way to make a difference and a way to help fight.

Stay tuned as there will be more blogs to come about each of these events as well as many more!

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!

Celebrate. REMEMBER. Fight Back.

Celebrate. REMEMBER. Fight Back.

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Starting at 4 p.m. yesterday until 12 p.m. today, students from the University of Mount Union and other members from the Alliance community, came together to start setting up for the Relay For Life and fight back against cancer! Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. The University of Mount Union hosts a Relay for Life event and all the different on campus organizations as well as other places and businesses from Alliance come together to help in the fight against cancer. Each different organization and business sets up a table with different activities and games that help raise money for the Relay. The members from these groups and businesses will walk every hour around the track to raise money for cancer. Some of the fun games and activities they had to keep participants up and moving and awake all through the night were cornhole, water pong, Frisbee and zumba as well as awesome music put on by the great people from WRMU!

One really great parts of Relay for Life, is the Luminaria ceremony that takes place. This ceremony is a moving event that gives all people the chance to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those who have won the battle. Throughout the Peterson Field House, lining the track, were illuminated bags, which bears the name of someone who had battled cancer. Some students and community members will write names of cancer survivors, while some will write the names of those who have passed away from cancer. The Luminaria is a great way to represent someone special who has been affected by cancer and the family and friends who are there to support and fight back in honor of them.

This was the first year I participated in Relay, and it was truly an amazing experience. Just being there, whether it was walking with friends on the track, participating in different games and activities or selling Alpha Chi Omega animal cupcakes, it was great knowing that I could be making a difference for the millions of people who fight through this disease. It was also great to see all of the survivors who came out to support the fight for those people who are currently struggling with the disease. Relay this year consisted 550 participants and 36 teams. This year, the community of Alliance and the University of Mount Union raised $36,000 for the fight against cancer. That is truly something to proud of! Also, congratulations to Alpha Phi Omega, for winning most valuable student organization this year!

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.

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!

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

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.