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The *Almost* Final Step: Grad Fair

Mar 11, 2015 | Author: Karita Rawlins

Graduation is down right terrifying. After a long four year journey, you will be starting a new chapter in your life. I do not like change, in fact most people do not like change.

To help students prepare for graduation and life after college, the many offices at Utica College came together to host a “one stop shop”. The fair featured, the Class Gift Committee, the Bookstore, the and the Registrar just to name a few. There was a very stress-free chill environment, WPNR DJ’d the fair.

Set up for the fair on March 10

My first stop at the fair was the Class Gift table. As a very active member of the UC community I want to make sure my class leaves behind our mark. We all see gifts given by previous classes, the Bronze Moose outside of the Athletic Center (2005), the doors to the Strebel Auditorium (2013) and the clock in Strebel Lounge to name a few (2014) and I know I want to come back and feel the same pride. Students who donated at least $1 received a “Class of 2015″ t-shirt, the same one we received during our First-Year Orientation, which was great because after a few years its not the most form fitting shirt in my closet. For anyone interested in donating to the 2015 Class Gift, you can visit the website here.

A photo from Convocation in 2011!

A photo from Convocation in 2011!

I stopped by the Student Activites Table to get more information on Senior Week and what is planned. Besides graduation, I look most forward to Senior Ball with my friends.

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Elaine Paravati ’15 and Justin Hubman ’15 speaking with Steve Olivera ’15 about Senior Week!

Elaine and I stopped by Alumni Relations where we picked up a copy of the Pioneer, a magazine of Utica College, which I try to catch up on quickly. We learned all about the events to once we are UC Alum. I even joked about the new dome that is being built and how one day it will be nicknamed “The Hut” in honor of it’s namesakes.

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After two bags of popcorn, a few half moons and a minor anxiety attack… I applied for my degree. In that very moment I almost cried. After all this time in college it has finally set it that I will be closing one chapter of my life and moving on to another.

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I can honestly say I feel much more prepared and ready for graduation!

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Spring Farm CARES 3rd Annual Run & Walk For The Animals!

Mar 9, 2015 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Alright folks, the time has come once again to blog about an event that is so near and dear to my heart, The 3rd annual Spring Farm CARES Run and Walk for the animals!

Anyone who knows me, knows my love for animals. Every project I do, every paper I write, and every organization I research are somehow all animal related. I am a huge advocate and often volunteer at the local shelters in the area.

*Side note: I’m working closely with Angels of Fur K-9 Rescue in Rome, NY – an organization dedicated to adopting, rescuing and fostering our canine friends – to establish a blogging website to help spread awareness about adoption and Angels of Fur itself. This is my love.*

Anyway, one of my favorite places to volunteer at is Spring Farm CARES located in Clinton, NY. Spring Farm CARES is a non-kill animal sanctuary fully committed to saving the lives of animals. For more in-depth information about Spring Farm CARES feel free to check out their website here or take a peek at my previous blogs about this organization Running and Walking for our Furry Friends and Spring Farm CARES Run/Walk Reminder

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Thanks to my friends at SFC for the picture!

This 5k run and 1 mile walk is a charitable event to benefit SFC which is currently home to over 250 animals. This year, the event takes place on Saturday, May 2 in the Village of Clinton, NY from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration is NOW OPEN & the cost for the run or walk is only $20 until March 30. After that the price increases to $22 until the race day. (Not bad at all!)

How this works is quite simple: Runners will line up at 7:45 a.m. and start the run promptly at 8:00 a.m. Walkers will line up at 8:00 a.m. then begin their part at 8:15 a.m. Once the run/walk is completed, participants can enjoy themselves by feasting on delicious food, listening to some rockin’ music which includes live bands, visit various vendors, and of course, my favorite, see all of the adoptable animals!

Can’t participate in the event, but still want to contribute? Here’s how:

  • DONATIONS: Since Spring Farm CARES is a non-profit organization, they rely heavily on donations. Any amount is appreciated and is always put to good use to benefit the animals! I have seen firsthand how well each and every single one of those animals are loved and cared for.
  • SPONSORSHIP: While Spring Farm CARES hosts many adoptions, they also house many permanent residents. Some of the precious animals that have been brought to there need special attention and care. Unfortunately, due to those conditions, those animals are not able to be adopted. YOU CAN still make a difference! Last Christmas, my parents and I sponsored an adorable cat, Moxie, who had many medical issues. That was one of the best things we could have done for that sweetie. We would frequently receive updates on her, pictures of her, and newsletters regarding her and the rest of the special needs animals.

Please consider participating in this extremely enjoyable event. If you can’t, then please consider donating or sponsoring an animal. Any amount is accepted and appreciated. Even the littlest things can make a big difference. Here are some of the animals that you’d be helping:

Red Barron. A 13 year old Cocker Spaniel who is just a sweet, little teddy bear. I've spent numerous time with him and he has completely captivated my heart.

Red Barron. A 13-year-old Cocker Spaniel who is just a sweet, little teddy bear. I’ve spent numerous time with him and he has completely captivated my heart.

My sweet Moxie girl. She's blind and is filled with medical issues, but she is a total love.

My sweet Moxie girl. She’s blind and is filled with medical issues, but she is a total love.

Sweet little Tommy the cat. Thanks to SFC for the photo.

Sweet little Tommy the cat. Thanks to SFC for the photo.

The miracle dog, Charlie Brown. His story is so touching and almost too incredible for words. He is a Cocker Spaniel who was rescued and found unable to walk. Due to acupuncture, water therapy and extensive medical care, Charlie Brown is able to walk. Thanks to SFC for the photo.

The miracle dog, Charlie Brown. His story is so touching and almost too incredible for words. He is a Cocker Spaniel who was rescued and found unable to walk. Due to acupuncture, water therapy and extensive medical care, Charlie Brown is able to walk. Thanks to SFC for the photo.

To see more animals that you can help, visit their sponsor page on their website. For frequent updates on the permanent residents and adoptable animals, “like” Spring Farm CARES on Facebook. Finally, to register for this precious event, click here!

 

America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk!

Mar 8, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past Saturday was Central New York’s Heart Run and Walk. This is Utica College’s 18th consecutive year hosting the event, and what an event it was! Over a million dollars was raised by the community for heart disease research and awareness.

The walk starts with the health expo which is held in the Utica College gym. There are various local businesses and vendors all giving away little things that help encourage healthy living. I love going and just walking around to see all of the people supporting heart run weekend.

(The start line of the heart run and walk!)

(The start line of the heart run and walk!)

The walk (and runs) are the next day. There is a 30k run, a 10-mile run, a 5-mile run, a 3-mile run, as well as a 5 mile walk and 3 mile walk. This year over 9000 people participated in the walks!

One of the organizations I belong to walks every year, and this year was no different! Asa Gray donated to the cause and had 20 people who walked! We all decided to walk the 5 mile because we were feeling pretty pumped about the day…and it wasn’t too cold!

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The walk is a lot of fun the entire way through. It starts right on Burrstone Road, across from the hospital and not too far from campus. Kiss FM, a local radio station, plays music to pump up the crowd as everyone waits to walk. The walk begins at 10:30 and then everyone is on their way!

(The eboard of Asa Gray mentally-and actually-preparing for the cold and walk!)

(The eboard of Asa Gray mentally-and actually-preparing for the cold!)

WPNR played music for the walkers, and shouted out support to teams. Also along the route are various other radio stations and local businesses cheering people on. My favorite thing is that the people who live in the houses often wave at the walkers! I always try to wave back, it makes me feel much more important than I actually am.

(Sweet Frog was just one of the many businesses supporting walkers along the way!)

(Sweet Frog was just one of the many businesses supporting walkers along the way!)

(The walk was a great time.)

(The walk was a great time.)

The walk is a bunch of fun, and I cannot wait for next year. Actually, my friend and I are planning to run one of the runs next year! It’s a great event that brings together the Utica College Community as well as the local community. Plus, it all goes toward a great cause.

(Our team all went out to lunch after the walk! ...We were starving. After this I took a long-and well deserved-nap!)

(Our team all went out to lunch after the walk! …We were starving. After this I took a long-and well deserved-nap!)

Colleges Against Cancer at Utica College: Relay For Life!

Mar 8, 2015 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Cancer.

Just the mere mention of that word sends shivers up and down my spine. Every day millions of people are affected by this horrendous disease. Children, teenagers, adults, families…..sadly, no one is exempt.

In the past 12 years, my family has gone through the loss of three awe-inspiring, heroic people. I lost my uncle and both of my grandfathers due to various forms of cancer and it has completely broken my heart. Each of these men have made incredible impacts on my life and I carry them with me every single day.

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This year, I was so excited to find out that the school approved a new organization: Colleges Against Cancer at Utica College. 

Colleges Against Cancer is a nationwide community of college students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to finding ways to eliminate cancer through programs and keeping the mission of the American Cancer Society.

CAC has hundreds of chapters all over the country and has made a tremendous impact on young people. Perhaps my favorite part of this organization is the fact that our generation is showing the world that WE care and that WE want to make a difference in raising awareness against all forms of this disease.


The most popular event created by the American Cancer Society is the Relay For Life walk. At these events, communities come together as one to honor every battle won, remember each battle lost, and to support those who are still fighting. The common goal is to raise money to help find a cure and to promote ways to reduce your cancer risk.

Relay For Life teams spend the overnight hours taking turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, college, etc. Throughout the night there are several ceremonies to join in on as well as several fun and exciting activities for the teams and participants. For more information on what to expect at a Relay event, click here!

From April 17-18, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. UC will host its first Relay For Life event right on campus. So far, there are 23 teams and 85 participants who raised a total of $5,755. To keep up to date with the latest information on this event, consider liking the official “Colleges Against Cancer at Utica College” page on Facebook, or follow the organization on Twitter (@UC_CAC)


Please consider participating or donating to this wonderful cause. If you can’t attend the event, but would like to contribute, you can do so by clicking here. You will immediately see a sign up and donate button.

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. There are truly no words to describe what losing a family member to that disease feels like. It’s heartbreaking, and it’s something no one should have to endure. A simple donation can truly make a difference in the fight against cancer and make a significant step in finding a cure.

Apollo Night !

Mar 7, 2015 | Author: Jayson Bretton

BSU’s Amateur night at the Apollo

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DJ M-Fresh (Morgan Bello) & the crowd

Black Student Union (BSU) had a successful night yesterday, hosting “Amateur Night at the Apollo” in Strebel Auditorium. This was BSU’s first Apollo Night and it was a great turnout. Sophomore Alfonzo Whitehurst hosted the show, which incorporated UC students to display their talents for the school to see. Everyone had a chance to win a cash prize of $100 depending on how the crowd reacted to the performances. Simulating the original Amateur Night at the Apollo, the crowd was able to boo a performer off stage if they weren’t good. Sophomore, Kathleen Grand-Pierre won the cash prize with a stunning contemporary dance to an Adele song, Don’t You Remember.


With all of the great performances yesterday, BSU wanted to end the show on a good note. For the first time in UC history, Prestige Step Team & Africa In Motion Dance Team switched things up and collaborated together. Instead of A.I.M just dancing like usual they surprised the crowd with a step taught to them by Prestige. As well as Prestige, they came out with a dance taught to them by A.I.M. The performance by A.I.M yesterday was just a little showing before their annual Extravaganza coming up in March. This show also gave both groups the opportunity to let new members from recent tryout’s to finally step out. Shout out to BSU for having an overall good show!

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Aim & Prestige ending Apollo Night with a BANG!

Till next time,

Jayson

The Spring Play!

Feb 28, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Every semester Utica College puts on a play. This year the theater department and individuals involved decided to produce two one-act plays. I attended Friday night and was entertained the entire way through.

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The first play entitled, “Chamber Music” told the story of a diverse set of individuals plotting to attack others, and avoid being eaten by cannibals. The plot lines twists and storylines go off until the individuals forget what they were plotting in the first place. It is a wild ride from start to finish, with entertaining characters to keep you company.

The second play was “The Actor’s Nightmare” and it tells the tale of a man thrust into a play which he has no recollection of even being a part of. This one was my personal favorite of the two, because it really did seem like a nightmare an actor would have. The plot follows the main character’s struggles to learn his lines and participate in the play. However, the twist is that once he finally starts to understand what is happening, the scenes of the play shift to a new plot. It was very funny.

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Both were thoroughly interesting plot lines, and I applaud the decision to perform two one-act productions. It was a nice change of pace to have a fresh story after intermission. The change of characters was also entertaining, because the actors had to create entirely new personas for these new characters they were portraying. Both pieces were executed well by the actors, and I loved both plays.

The hard work the performers (and all others involved) invested in the productions was obvious. If you didn’t get the chance to check out the plays this year, I recommend scoping out when the play is next year! It’s always so fun to see your peers perform, and produce work which they are proud of.

Glitter, owls, and more glitter (HOMW 2)

Feb 11, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Hi, everyone!

As I mentioned last week, I am making time each week of this semester to reflect and share a moment that was a highlight of that week. In my previous blog post, I told you all about the great time I had at Crystal Ball on Saturday. That was definitely a highlight, but the highlight of my week actually happened prior to Saturday night…

HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK (HOMW) #2: GLITTER, OWLS, AND MORE GLITTER

I had an RA Event last Thursday in North Hall. For those of you who may not know, I am a Resident Assistant here at UC, and part of my job includes planning fun events for my residents. Sometimes they are educational events, like when we visited the Clinton Cider Mill and learned how apple cider is made. Other times, they are social events, like last Thursday, which was a make-your-own Valentines event.

This was the flier advertised on the Utica College First Year Village Instagram account. FYI, you can follow the account to be in-the-know about upcoming RA events in North and South Hall! It's named uc_firstyearvillage

This was the flier advertised on the Utica College First Year Village Instagram account. FYI, you can follow the account to be in-the-know about upcoming RA events in North and South Hall! It’s named uc_firstyearvillage

I have had many RA events before, but had never had one that included my love for crafting. However, I talked to some of my residents earlier in the semester and discovered that many of them also loved arts and crafts and liked the idea of having a time we could all decorate Valentines together. I immediately began planning the event and was extremely excited to pick up glitter, construction paper, the CUTEST owl stickers of all time, and all sorts of other art goodies for my residents to use. By Thursday night, many of the students who lived on my floor as well as other floors were looking forward to the event as much as me, and met me downstairs right at 8 pm when it began. The basement lounge was soon filled with students drawing, glueing, and glittering to their hearts’ content.

This is just one of the many groups of students who were making Valentines at the event last week. We put newspaper on the floor to minimize the amount of glitter mess- it's a tricky hazard of crafting!

This is just one of the many groups of students who were making Valentines at the event last week. We put newspaper on the floor to minimize the amount of glitter mess- it’s a tricky hazard of crafting!

Over thirty students attended my event. It was scheduled to only go until 9 pm, but we ended up crafting past 10:30 in the evening! I had a great time watching other students make beautiful cards for their friends and family, and of course I enjoyed making some Valentines myself! I was so happy that the students who attended had as much fun as I did crafting. One of my residents told me it was the best event she had been to yet this year!

Here is a glimpse of the Valentines I crafted!

Here is a glimpse of the Valentines I crafted, featuring the cutest owl sticker of all time.

Sometimes in the business of college life (especially during your first year, which is a huge transitional phase of your life), you can lose sight of special little traditions from your home life. I really missed making Valentines for my friends when I began college, so I was happy that my event allowed students an opportunity to be festive, creative, and do something that may have reminded them of old traditions in their lives.

Events like these remind me of how great it is to go to a school that has such a tight-knit student body. I love celebrating holidays in fun ways with my UC family. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Have a great week!

 

Imaging Place – Creating an Identity through Architecture

Feb 5, 2015 | Author: Joseph Fryc

This past weekend the gallery held the opening reception for their first exhibit of the semester “Imaging Place”.  This exhibit has a special place in my heart, since I not only oversaw the research conducted for the exhibit, but I am also one of the featured writers. It has become a recent tradition in the gallery, that every first exhibit each spring is a student researched exhibit. This may mean an individual student employee, or as was the case this year and last year, the entirety of the staff plays a role in researching the exhibit.

Offical e-vite for the exhibit. Created by: Carolynne Whitefeather

Offical e-vite for the exhibit. Created by: Carolynne Whitefeather

“Imaging Place” is an idea, concept and exhibit based in visual art. The exhibit addresses and asks about the relationship of architecture reflective of its makers mind and the relationship of places and how we see the Place and Space before us. The architecture of a place develops a character that distinguishes each place from another, in this way it becomes a form of human culture and expression. The best way I’ve found to explain it is to have someone picture the skyline in New York City, that skyline is iconic and instantly recognizable for most people. I then have them picture their hometown and their favorite hangout, for them the place that they choose is just as iconic and recognizable as the New York City Skyline. In this way, locations begin to take on a human-like quality, and you begin to create emotional connections to those places. The exhibit also expands beyond locations with architecture and discusses natural landscapes. These natural landscapes are often just as iconic and recognizable to those familiar with the area. Each of the pieces in the show depicts a location that potentially holds significance to someone, whether it is significant to a single person or an entire country, we can get a sense of how important having a place to identify with becomes to creating and shaping ones identity. In essence, where one is from becomes a piece of their identity.

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Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

The exhibit is truly diverse not only in the variety of artwork but also the unique perspectives brought to each piece by the student staff. While the pieces are united under a common theme, each piece has a distinct look and feel that is further conveyed through the accompanying writings by the student staff. Additionally, students have an opportunity to see the works interpreted and spoken about from the perspective of their fellow students. While we held the student staff to a high standard in their writing, each person brings their own flavor and background to their writing while maintaining the high quality standards expected in a gallery. Along that same vein, it gives students the opportunity to acknowledge and support the hard work of their peers.  The exhibit was produced, developed, and installed by the student staff under the direction of the gallery director, Carolynne Whitefeather, with the assistance of Utica College Alumni, Amanda Dummet, for editing. After the original pieces and concept were chosen, the student staff took the exhibit through the production process during a semester long research project as part of their employment at the gallery. From there, the staff installed and will now maintain the exhibit, while presenting the exhibit as docents.

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Along with the great content, we had a great reception to boot. The student staff was on hand to talk about their work, and we had a great turnout from the community and students alike. I’ll leave you with some photos of the reception. I strongly encourage everyone to stop by if they can.

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Exhibit Installation Manager, Amarildo Ceka, leads a group of international visitors around the exhibit. Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Exhibit Installation Manager, Amarildo Ceka, leads a group of international visitors around the exhibit. Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Group Photo after the tour. Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Group Photo after the tour. Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

I came out from behind the camera and ended up in a photo too. Photo Credit: Julia Mecalianos

I came out from behind the camera and ended up in a photo too. Photo Credit: Julia Mecalianos

Bookstore Bingo!

Jan 27, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Happy first full week of classes! To help students settle in to the first full week of the semester the Utica College Programming Board always puts on numerous activities. (Which numerous bloggers have already mentioned! Check out Tessa’s post about all of the upcoming events!) The event on Monday night was one of my personal favorites, Bookstore Bingo.

(Before the games started, people were  anticipating a night of bingo!)

(Before the games started, people were anticipating a night of bingo!)

It’s a typical bingo night with bingo boards, and numbers being called out. However, when someone wins they don’t shout the typical, “BINGO!” they have to shout “U-C MOOSE!” and do the corresponding hand movements. It’s funny seeing people win because they get so flustered when they remember what they have to do. Another catch is that if multiple people “U-C MOOSE!” at once then they have to have a dance off to see who will win the prize. The person with the loudest audience cheers wins.

(My friend Mary danced herself to a bookstore giftcard!)

(My friend Mary danced herself to a bookstore giftcard!)

The prizes are all from the bookstore, and are things any college student could use. This year they had various school supplies, a Utica College blanket, and gift cards to the bookstore. Even if you don’t win, it’s a lot of fun just playing along though!

(Frank, the announcer, got really into calling the numbers out.)

(Frank, the announcer, got really into calling the numbers out.)

My favorite moment was when one of the girls doing the dance off shocked everyone by doing some type of cartwheel (it was hard to see from where I was sitting) and then the other girl dancing against her did a back bend in retaliation! One of the dance offs even included some ill-timed twerking. But, props to anyone who did get up and dance, that takes a lot of guts!

Alas, I didn’t win this year and I was pretty sad about that. But, it was a lot of fun and I’m already looking forward to the next time UCPB holds Bookstore Bingo. In the meantime though I’m eagerly anticipating all of the other events this week.

 

‘Tis the Season

Dec 8, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Around this time of year, everyone looks to give back. While you should always think of those less fortunate throughout the entire year, the holidays really are a season of giving. Fortunately, loads of organizations on the Utica College campus have that very idea in mind when it comes to various events.

The Alpha Phi Omega -Petitioning Group at Utica College putting together food baskets for Thanksgiving.

Alpha Phi Omega donated Thanksgiving meals to those in need a few weeks ago. It was incredibly rewarding to see the happy faces of the families as they received the food.

The ASA Gray Biological Society making holiday cards.

The Asa Gray Biological society made holiday cards for a local nursing home and even went caroling. It was fun to be creative when making the cards, and the group even got compliments on them! The singing was also great fun for those who went.

Charitable events can be incredibly fun, while also being worthwhile. I love being creative and designing things (like cards!), but it can also be as simple as donating a toy for the holiday season.

Utica College still has several events going on that students can participate in. Plus, as the holidays come up think about what you, as a individual, can do to help out! It’s always nice to spread some holiday cheer.