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Leadership Weekend 2014

Oct 1, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past weekend I was given the opportunity to attend Student Senate’s annual Leadership Weekend. The purpose of the event was for student leaders to develop leadership skills within themselves and when working with other people. The weekend was held up on Raquette Lake at Camp Huntington, which is a secluded property owned by SUNY Cortland.We left from Strebel at 2:00 on Friday and returned at 3:00 on Sunday.

    (Camp Huntington is so secluded that you have to take a pontoon boat to get there!)

(Camp Huntington is so secluded that you have to take a pontoon boat to get there!)

The biggest attraction of the weekend were the high and low ropes courses which were done Saturday afternoon. Individuals were split into two groups, and then went through a series of obstacles designed to test a multitude of skills associated with leadership ability. On the low course, the main take back was that of teamwork; people had to help out their team, and had to be encouraging if someone was having difficulties. The high ropes course was more about challenging yourself, and overcoming any personal hesitations you might have had.

(One of the low ropes course obstacles was being led around while wearing a blindfold...while your teammates also had on blindfolds.)

(One of the low ropes course obstacles was being led around while wearing a blindfold…while your teammates also had on blindfolds.)

 

(I was terrified of going up on the ropes, but I was proud of myself that I did it.)

(I was terrified of going up on the ropes, but I was proud of myself that I did it.)

Throughout the weekend there was also free time to kayak, canoe, swim, and even paddle board. The weather was beautiful (not a rain cloud in sight!!) so everyone took full advantage.

(My friend, Elaine, and I loved kayaking with everyone else.)

(My friend, Elaine, and I loved kayaking with everyone else.)

The other main focus of leadership weekend is for the students to think of ideas which may better the school, prepare presentations on them, and then present their proposals to various Utica College dignitaries of whom were invited up to the camp on Sunday afternoon. Several ideas were thrown around but eventually three ideas became the prevalent ones, and were presented by the groups on Sunday afternoon. The proposals were:

1.) Better Handicap accessibility on campus. (Including shoveling snow more thoroughly in the winter, fixing the elevators in the academic and residential buildings so they break down less often, and allowing for better handicap seating in classrooms.)

2.) Updating IITS issues. (Printers placed in every residential hall, schedules put up outside of computer labs when they are in use, and the Strebel computer lab getting a bit of a “face-lift.”)

3.) Helping to integrate commuter students more easily. (More programming for commuters, and a lounge which contains lockers, a refrigerator, seating areas, etc. so they have somewhere to go on campus.)

(A group presenting their proposal on how to improve Utica College.)

(A group presenting their proposal on how to improve Utica College.)

The ideas were all good ideas, and presented very thoroughly. The various Utica College officials took notes, and will try to implement some of the students’ suggestions.

 

(I love love love loved Leadership Weekend 2014.)

(I love love love loved Leadership Weekend 2014.)

Leadership weekend was probably one of my favorite things to have done on campus, and to quote my friend Elaine, “I’ve done a lot.” It is a beautiful place to go and spend a weekend, and I highly encourage it. Even if the ropes course freaks you out (like it did me!) think to yourself, “when am I ever going to get this opportunity again?” A completely free weekend spent in the Adriondacks challenging yourself, and thinking of ways to make your school better? I can’t think of anything better.

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Hockey at the Dome

Oct 1, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

As I’m sure many of you are already aware, the Utica College hockey team will be playing at the Frozen Dome Classic, featuring the Utica Comets and Syracuse Crunch.

Here’s more info on the event:

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For only $10, you’ll have the chance to support your Utica College hockey team against Oswego at the Carrier Dome, and you’ll also have the opportunity to watch the Comets take on the Crunch.

The Utica Comets (35-32 during the ’13-14 AHL regular season) had a very solid inaugural season this past year, while the Syracuse Crunch (31-32 during the ’13-14 AHL regular season) will look to bounce back after a rough year.

How great would it be to see both Utica teams get W’s in Syracuse? If this sounds like something you’d be interested in attending, make sure to visit the Office of Student Activities on October 7th.

The Script

Sep 29, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Have you ever wondered what there is to do off campus? Well, look no further than some of the events that are happening around town in Utica that are aimed towards college students.

While some of the events are solely for entertainment, Utica College has hosted a few performances that are entertaining, yet present a positive image for the students to carry throughout their career at the school. The Script will be taking place at the public library and should garner some interest around town.

The Script–”an award winning one man show”–will give students a chance to learn about sexual assault prevention.

script2Tim Collins’ “The Script” is an award winning educational show that offers insight on how to prevent sexual assault.

More on the show via Tim Collins Online:

In the course of this 50-minute, eye-opening play, the four characters grapple with their attitudes and beliefs about men, women, and relationships, and make dramatic choices that forever change their friendships and lives.

This “must see” play will be taking place on October 6th at 6pm.

SORRY!!!!!!!

Sep 29, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

HOW ARE YOU GUYS DOING !!! I know it’s been a while since I posted a blog and I’m sorry schools and football has just been so crazy. I just want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us this past sat at the game and helping us go 4-0 we play for you guys and the whole city of Utica.  Today’s blog is about managing time over this past week I found out that I wasn’t doing my best job of managing my time I was so stressed and I never want to feel like that again because it really  screws up a lot of other things just like a domino effect. So make sure you’re using your Sundays wisely to get all homework done make sure that you have your week plan out and maybe even get a nice jump start on some later projects.

Networking Nights

Sep 27, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

I’ve written a bit about the importance of gaining work experience, and luckily for students at Utica College, there are a number of awesome opportunities that could potentially help you meet your future employer!

Utica College is hosting a number of “networking nights” for their students, giving them a chance to meet alumni and employers. You’ll have the chance to interact with people who’ve graduated from Utica College, but more importantly, they’re familiar with your major and possible career paths once you finally graduate.

Accounting Networking Night will be taking place very soon. Here’s more information about the event–via the Day Sheet:

Career Services is inviting all accounting students and faculty to the first of our fall semester networking nights on Monday, September 29th from 5:30 until 7:00 pm in the Carbone Auditorium. UC alumni from the Bonadio Group, D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP, and Dannible & McKee, LLP and more will be attending. Light refreshments will be served.

Future networking events are as follows: Tuesday, October 7th - Communication Arts, PR, & Journalism, Tuesday, October 28th - Biology & Chemistry, and Tuesday, November 4th - Non Clinical Health.

If you’re interested in these events and want to get a head start in finding a career, check out the Career Services center to get more information. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with employers and possibly even land an internship, which could lead to even greater things.

 

Try New Things! No, Seriously. Try Them.

Sep 26, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Everyone says college is about trying new things, and leaving your comfort zone…well, listen to them; it’s a cliche for a reason. My first semester on campus I was the typical commuter, I went to class, and went home. I joined one organization and prayed their meetings weren’t later at night so I wouldn’t have to drive back to campus. Now, I rarely leave campus…which may be considered not so good, looking at my sleep schedule. But, looking at it from my own perspective, sleep aside, I enjoy college much more now, and *bonus* know all of the places to get coffee on campus. Plus, I feel more at ease with my surroundings, and love all of the organizations of which I am a part of.

I credit my current involvement with the personal philosophy I adopted my second semester freshman year, and even more so when I studied abroad the fall of my sophomore year. If I see something that looks interesting to me, I do it…or join it. I don’t let my own fears hold me back from doing something I want. So, you shouldn’t either!

(Mentors involved with the Transitions play during my first year of orientation, Summer 2013.)

I joined Orientation the summer after my first year and learned so many useful techniques about interacting with people. I even made friends I consider to be friends for life. When I was applying for the position I was unsure, and a little nervous about joining in with a group of people I had never really met before, now I know every single mentor and wouldn’t hesitate to say hi if I saw any of them in the hall between classes.

(The Dublin Zoo was so fun to visit, it was definitely worth the hour walk.)

My fall semester I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. I had planned on going abroad since I applied to UC! However, I had never lived away from home for more than a few weeks, let alone many months! Plus, the only foreign country I had ever been to was Canada! While I lived in Ireland I told myself that I would not let a day go by where I did not do a single thing. Luckily, one of my housemates had the same philosophy, and we made sure to do at least a little thing every day. We went to museums, little shops, parks, and the zoo; really, we went anywhere we could. However, this philosophy doesn’t have to be used in a different country. Do it here! Do something different everyday. Whether it be as small as trying a new sandwich for lunch, or as big as going to the next town over and exploring, just try new things.

(The first pic I ever took in the radio station. This was taken from the Divaa Hour’s first show.)

The spring of my sophomore year I randomly decided I wanted a radio show, so one of my friends, Karita, and I created The Diva Hour. We would play music from all of the great divas, classic to modern. It was fun, and we even got our other friend, Elaine, on board with it. Then this year we decided to make a new show, and titled it “3BL.” It’s fun to do, and fun to listen to (at least according to our mom’s it is…) Our show is even going to be featured during the upcoming college radio day, which we’re super excited about! So, if making a radio show is one of the new things you want to try, go talk to the staff at wpnr!

Utica College is a diverse campus with loads of activities and things to do. So, go out there and try some new things, it’ll make your college experience that much more exciting. Trust me.

 

 

We’ve Got Spirit!

Sep 23, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past Saturday was the first home football game of the season. There were numerous flyers around campus advertising a new student section and a guaranteed good time. The game started at noon with the National Anthem being sung by the Utica College Choir.

The game was against Frostburg, a college in Maryland, with Utica coming out triumphant. The last minute of the game was filled with screaming fans and clapping as people cheered on the football players to victory.

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(The choir singing at a hockey game my freshman year.)

If football isn’t your thing, then Utica College is home to multiple sports which suit anyone’s needs – player wise and spectator wise. Most sports are played right here on campus. The hockey games, which are played at the Utica Auditorium, have shuttles that take students to and from the game. Go to the sports website and check out when a game you want to see is!

(I got a picture with Trax my freshman year at an event.)

At the various sporting events you attend, you’ll probably run into the Utica College mascot, “Trax.” He’s always up for pictures, so go find him! Once, at a hockey game, I even caught a free shirt that Trax was throwing!

(My friend Elaine and I at the  football game this weekend, reppin' UC swag.)

(My friend Elaine and I at the football game this weekend, reppin’ UC swag.)

You don’t have to be super into the sport; sometimes it is just fun to go and people watch. Also, going to a game ensures that you can eat concession food and just soak up the atmosphere.  They always play songs in between quarters, so go grab some nachos and dance along!

Games are a great atmosphere and are a way to show your pride for your school. Wear your school apparel, grab your friends and get ready to cheer on your fellow Pioneers.

Award Winning Comedy At UC

Sep 21, 2014 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

For those who check the Daysheet, I’m sure this announcement sounds familiar, but to those who don’t, here’s an event that might catch your interest:

Here’s a description of the event: “2013 Tony Award-Winning Comedy! A dysfunctional family’s reunion you won’t soon forget. This raucous comedy smashes together Chekhov’s classic themes of loss and longing with really impressive abs, Disney’s Snow White, and a prophetic housekeeper. Sonia and Vanya have frittered their lives away in the family farmhouse. Enter their sister, self-absorbed movie star Masha, with her 20-something boy toy Spike, and the stage is set for a weekend of hilarity.” — Syracuse Stage

The play is on October 4th and if you’re a fan of comedy, you won’t want to miss it.

 

Gone Farming

Sep 18, 2014 | Author: Laura Holmes

This semester I joined Asa Gray here on campus. Honestly I mostly joined because one of my good friends, MaryEllen, is a member and their meetings are really short which is fantastic for someone who is always busy like me. This pat Sunday I took part in my first event as a member…I went farming.

I’m definitely not what anyone would call a girly-girl but to be honest I left my days of digging in the dirt behind well before I finished middle school.  When I told my family about my farming adventure the general response was “but you don’t like thing like that…”  which is not necessarily false.  I’m not much for yard work or anything like that at home.  However, I have recently become really interested in the environment and sustainable living so naturally the idea of farming has grown (see what I did there?) on me.

We went to a family owned farm in Chittenango called Hartwood Farm.  The owners were extremely friendly and gave us a tour of the property and explained everything.  We even got to see their pigs and chickens! After the tour we helped them pick some of the produce (Swiss Chard to be exact) and then brought it back to Utica with us to donate to the food pantry and Hope House.  I learned a lot about sustainability and the difficulties of farming ( a lot can go wrong very easily) and I got to spend time with people I didn’t know before.

I held a chicken!

I held a chicken!

Overall I had a great time.  Farming is definitely hard work, I was tired after just 3 hours so I have no clue how people do that all day everyday! But at the same time that’s definitely something I am interested in learning more about.  One of the owners talked with me about this program called WWOOF.  It stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and is basically a network of organic farms around the world that invite people to come and live and work on their farms for different periods of time.  The idea is to provide the farms with the needed manpower during busy seasons and help people learn about sustainability and farming at the same time.  This is definitely something that I am going to look into more in the future.

Fall in Upstate NY

Sep 13, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

With Fall fast approaching it’s time to say goodbye to the warm Summer sun, and say hello to the cool, crisp Autumn air. This doesn’t mean that our fun is over though!

Most people don’t realize that New York is one of the best places to be during Fall! For those of us that have lived here all of our lives know of the activities to do around here, but for those who don’t, here’s a list of some one of a kind things that New York has to offer during this season :)

1) Fall Foliage 

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Autumn in the Adirondacks – 2013

Fall Foliage in New York is absolutely breathtaking! In fact, today, Upstate NY was voted the #1 spot to view the foliage. The Adirondacks are one of my favorite places to be all year round, but especially during Fall. The colors are so unbelievably vibrant! It’s a perfect spot to just sit, relax, and channel my inner photographer!

2) Adirondack Saddle Tours

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This is something that happens all year, but it is especially beautiful during the Fall. The Adirondacks have been offering horseback riding tours for 30 years and will hopefully continue! The tour guides take you through the gorgeous mountains, around the sparkling lakes, and even stop and barbecue! For more information, click here!

3) Fly Creek Cider Mill

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Located in Fly Creek, NY – approximately an hour and a half away from Utica, this is a great place to really get into the Autumn spirit! Not only do they make cider (hence the name), but they make jams, jellies & a whole array of delicious treats. Check it out :)

4) Twin Orchards

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Want to know the absolute BEST place to get everything apple? Twin Orchards in New Hartford is where it’s at! Apples, Apple Cider, Apple Cider Slushies, and Apple Donuts, are just a few of the amazing goodies this place offers, and at fairly reasonable prices.

Honestly, these 4 items are what I look forward to most about Fall. I hate the cold weather, I hate breaking out the jackets, boots & jeans, but I try to put that all aside & focus on the beauty that the changing leaves bring & of course, the yummy treats!