Happy Holidays from OSIL!

We hope you’ll vote in our Ugly Sweater Contest!  “Like” our Facebook page and vote here:

http://facebook.com/BSUInvolved

Organization Spotlight: Dance Company

This week’s organization spotlight focuses on Bridgewater State University’s Dance Company!

“Dance Company is  chance for all students of various levels to perform together. It provides dance experiences at both credit and non credit levels  and also gives students a chance to explore all areas of dance in a collegiate setting. Dance Company is the social arm of the Dance Department’s two shows, “Winterdance” which is performed in the fall and “Dance Kaleidoscope” in the spring. These two productions are by audition only experiences. Lastly, in the spring we have a fun, student directed show called ” Dance Pops!”. This show is open to everyone on campus by a first come first, first served basis.” – IN Network

For those who are interested in joining Bridgewater State University’s Dance Company, email the Dance Company at bscdanceco@bridgew.edu The next opening for new students to join is the first week of Spring Semester at the Pops! Auditions.

Winterdance, one of Dance Company’s biggest shows, takes place on December 8th, 9th, and 11th!

Want to know more about Dance Company? Connect with them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/128036317245941/ !

Organization Spotlight: 65 Roses Gala

Last night Delta Phi Epsilon held their first EVER 65 Roses Gala! Check out pictures from the event:

After the event, Delta Phi Epsilon received feedback from it’s attendee’s on what an amazing event it turned out to be!

“Wonderful event last night!! So important to raise awareness…you should all be very proud!” – Robin Kolbeck

Organization Spotlight: Delta Phi Epsilon!

This week, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority is putting all of its efforts into raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! They are looking for support from the Bridgewater State university Community to spread the word about Cystic Fibrosis and help support their causes!

Here are some facts about Cystic Fibrosis that Delta Phi Epsilon is trying to spread awareness about!:

•Inherited chronic disease
•Affects the lungs and digestive system
•30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide).
• A defective gene cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus
•Clogs the lungs
• Leads to life-threatening lung infections
•Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
•In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school.
•Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF.Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
•About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
•More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
•More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
•The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the mid-30s.
•Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure.
•Since 1967, Delta Phi Epsilon has contributed more than $1 million to research for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis can lead to serious and life-threatening complications, such as nutritional deficiencies,diabetes, chronic lung infections, and respiratory failure.
Cystic fibrosis is a serious genetic disorder with reduced life expectancy. A common genetic disorder among Caucasian people, this disease occurs in one of every 3,200 Caucasian births.

 

This week, help Delta Phi Epsilon in being an active supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

Delta Phi Epsilon is hosting an Awareness night TONIGHT! at 5pm in Moakley 100. The first 30 people will be entered into a raffle to win 15 FLEX DOLLARS! Help them make CF Stand for Cure Found!

Tomorrow, Delta Phi Epsilon is hosting a 65 Roses Benefit Gala, tickets are $20 and include the cost of the meal, and a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! There will live entertainment, silent auctions, and guest speakers who will share their story about Cystic Fibrosis!

You can also make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation by leaving a sealed envelope in the Delta Phi Epsilon mail box located in the Office of Student involvement and Leadership in the RCC! Checks made payable to Gina Demaio will be combined with other donations and be presented to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in one lump sum donation!

For more information check out Delta Phi Epsilon on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/BSU-DPhiE/157884160908524

And on their official website: http://bridgewdphie.dphieconnect.org/

 

 

 

Organization Spotlight: La Sociedad Latina!

This week organization spotlight has turned its focus upon La Sociedad Latina!

La Sociedad Latina club is dedicated to promoting Cultural awarness to the BSU community.  La Sociedad Latina wants BSU students to learn interesting facts about Latino countries and the development of those countries. La Sociedad Latina also wants the community to take part in welcoming students of Latino descent on campus and help them feel a part of a community.

La Sociedad Latina meets Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 in RCC rm 206!

They have an event coming up TODAY! Tuesday, Nov. 8th, in RCC the large ballroom. The event is called “Homeless by Choice” with guest speaker Roy Juarez Jr. from 5pm-7pm!

They also have an event on Dec 1st from 6-9 most  in RCC  large ballroom where they will be teaching anyone how to samba, a popular brazilian dance.

 

Be sure to checkout La Sociedad Latina &  watch for updates on our twitter and facebook!

Leadership Summit Reflections

by Brooke Parsons, SGA President

On September 30, 2011, the Campus Center had a great flurry of activity. At 4:15, a bus pulled up in front of the Rondelieu Campus Center full of Stonehill College student leaders looking to gain new knowledge and joining fellow students here at BSU. I was sitting outside of the large ballroom, checking students in until the event started. This event happens once a year, and I have been involved with it for three. As a student leader, most would think that the leadership summit only offers programs for those who are looking to get into the field. This is definitely a common misconception. The summit offers a wealth of knowledge to all that attend. Not only do you learn how to become a leader, but you also learn how to hone your leadership skills, gain new knowledge to pass onto others, and learn how to organize your everyday life.

The leadership summit offers different breakout sessions every year. All of these sessions vary by subject. The two breakout sessions that I had attended at last week’s summit were a Roundtable about Careers in Student Affairs, and Expand your Leadership through Technology. The two breakout sessions that I attended we completely different from each other and also very different from the rest of the sessions that were also held. Some of the other sessions that were held included Team Building and Delegation: How and When to Empower People, Professionalism, Shared Visions: Collaborative Leadership at Work, and Building Buzz. These are not even half of what was held at the summit, and all provided different resources to everyone.

At about halfway through the summit, dinner was served and a keynote speaker was presented. This leader was a Bridgewater State alum and had a resonating lecture. Dr. Maura Cullen spoke about Diversity in Education and Social Justice. She talked about how everyone should be treated as an equal and what we can do to get the world thinking that way. Dr. Cullen’s speech was not only empowering but also provided that “ah-ha” moment to many in the room.  Dr. Cullen held your attention throughout the entire lecture, and kept all material fun, and was able to relate it all to each and every person in the room. This was especially noteworthy because the material was such a strong and powerful subject.

As the night neared end, the students of Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University came together one last time in the large ballroom. The closing session also resonated through the room as Kelly Burne and Joanna Darrigo, the two graduate assistants of OSIL, took the stage and presented Be the Change.  These two women stood at the entrances of the Ballroom and gave everyone a strip of paper. On this piece of paper, we were asked to write a random act of kindness that happened to them on that day. Throughout their presentation, these random acts were read aloud and related to the material being covered.

Moral: The leadership summit is a way to connect to other people just like you. It mentors you to achieve your highest standards, and find peace in helping others achieve their goals.

Already a leader?

by Dylan Shirley ’13

“The sky is the limit.”  I am sure everyone has heard that a billion times and every single time they hear it they brush it off; thinking that it’s just a corny line that people say only because they want them to push themselves.  This line could not be truer though.  When we all walked into the door to start our first day of classes or when we moved all of our stuff in and prepared to begin our first day of independence; the possibilities were endless.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into that first year.  All I knew was that I was here for one thing, academics.

While academics always does come first there was so much more to college than classes.  College offers a wide range of leadership opportunities allowing you to do what you love while gaining unique experiences from it.  Last fall was my second semester in college and it was an opportunity to embrace an opportunity that not many people get to experience, become a founding member of a fraternity at Bridgewater State University.  The leadership experience I have received from this is exponential.  I am also a Resident Assistant on-campus as well as having on campus employment.

Learning about leadership is something that even the most established leader shouldn’ t pass up and this weekend’s Leadership Summit is a perfect opportunity.  There are things to be learned by everyone.  There is no pinnacle to leadership as there are so many different types and there is always going to be another way to do what you are doing.  I have asked a few people if they were going to attend this Leadership Summit on September 30, 2011.   I have received the response of “I am already a leader.”  My response to that is simple, I challenge you to come to this event you will learn something, because even the most evolved leaders still have things to learn.  The ability to learn from others is one of the best qualities of a leader.   You can learn about what has worked for other leaders and you will have the opportunity to meet people from another campus who have a similar position to you and learn from them.  True leadership is embracing other people’s knowledge and putting it into practice for you future endeavors.  Leadership experience is the part of college that doesn’t reach out to you, you have to go and grab it.

Leadership, however, is universal. When you are walking across that stage at the end of your college career, you can look back and see all of your peers.  They all just accomplished the same incredible feat as you.  You can look back and make eye contact with the former Student Government Association president, presidents of Greek organizations, the president of the chess club, and various other leaders.  You all have the same degree.  You all are ready to step either into grad school or begin the job hunting search.   As you take that step toward the president of the university and shake his hand you may think of your legacy at the school or you may think of the things you wish you had done while you were in college.  I hope that when you finally walk off the stage and feel like you are on top of the world, you look up, and realize that the sky is in fact limitless.

Dylan Shirley
Vice President of Fraternal Development

Phi Kappa Theta, MA Zeta

Resident Assistant, Great Hill Student Apartments

Bridgewater State University

Twitter: @dylanshirley

Looking for Leadership? Look no further!

by Alexis Kay

Are you a member of a club/organization, a leadership position holder or a significant leadership position holder that may have anxiety about who is going to lead your club/organization next semester? You have great members, but they just need some more leadership training? Well, there’s a solution for that!

Each club/organization has a purpose on campus and being involved students requires a significant amount of our time. It’s hard to find additional time to build in programming for leadership development. It gets easy to fall into the routine of doing just your job but when it comes time for elections, you scramble to fill positions. Fortunately, there is an office on campus that does all this programming for us.

Student clubs and organizations fall under the oversight of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership umbrella. This hub of help is here to assist each of our clubs and organizations succeed. They provide all the necessary tools to help run successful clubs and organizations. Whether you want to start a club/organization on campus or plan a campus –wide event this office has all your needs.

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership will help develop your members into strong leaders through a variety of programming that you don’t have to pay for and you don’t have to program yourself.  So why not take advantage of these amazing opportunities? There are two happening RIGHT NOW that your club/organization can take advantage of.

The first opportunity is the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is a program dedicated to developing personal leadership skills for Bridgewater State University students.  Whether you are currently involved on campus or planning future involvement at BSU, this program offers the chance to focus on topics relating to individual, group and community leadership. Having personally gone through this amazing program I know that I gained a lot from this experience. I learned about my personal leadership style, what challenges were holding me back as a leader and what I excelled in. With the help of my mentor I was able to set a solid foundation as a leader before I decided to run for higher positions in my current involvements. The semester long commitment is set at your own pace by being held online and the ability to select your tiers for how much time you want to dedicate to the program was more than helpful when planning out my semester.  Want to learn more? Join the group on the Involvement Network NOW! The program starts next week!

If you are someone who can not commit to a semester long program then we have a great opportunity that will only require 4.5 hours of your time! The Leadership Summit is a collaborative program designed with representatives from Stonehill College. The Summit offers a wide variety of sessions for the more experienced leader as well as focus on group and individual leadership. This year we are fortunate enough to host this event right on campus! No travelling? No expenses? No way! I look forward to the summit every year to see what types of sessions will be brought from both campuses. It is also a great event to connect with other leaders both on and off the Bridgewater State University campus. This smaller time commitment for your club/organization could hold big benefits. The best part is you can register today at: https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/form/start/4726.

I hope to see you there!

Got questions?

by Cindy Kane, Director of Student Involvement and Leadership

Leading a student organization is no simple task.  Aside from all of the personalities involved with any group, you also have to learn the policies, procedures and ways of doing business as an organization at BSU.  In OSIL, we focus on two major methods of preliminary outreach to student leaders of recognized student organizations to try to answer your questions and help you to guide your planning.

Nuts and Bolts training has to be completed by four officers from each student organization.  This is a video-based training program that can give you the foundation you need to complete some basic tasks on behalf of your organization.  Please note that many organizations choose to have ALL of their officers complete the program to aid the group in planning.  Thanks to those of you who went a step further to assure that the people planning events in your organization are best prepared.

If your group still needs to finish the training, start here:  http://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/organization/OSIL/news/details/2823?fromCampus=True

Our second piece is the  OSIL Student Organization Handbook.  This is your 24/7 resource to this information and expands the information you learned in the Nuts and Bolts training.  We are constantly updating the site and would love your feedback on items that need to be added.  Please share this link with everyone in your group (including your advisor!) that wants to know a bit more about how business is done on campus for student organizations.

The handbook link is here:  http://bscsil.pbworks.com/w/page/12533866/FrontPage

 

Happy planning!

Involvement Fair 101: Is Your Group Ready?

by Joanne Darrigo, Graduate Assistant

As many of you know the Involvement Fair is an extraordinary opportunity to help promote BSU’s clubs and organizations. It can be a bit overwhelming pulling together a display of  what it is you want others to know about your club. Here are my top 5 helpful hints on making the most of the Involvement Fair!

1. Membership

Use your table at the fair as a recruitment tool. Everyone who stops to inquire is a potential member of your club, and this is your opportunity to reel them in. Have an email list where students can sign up for more information about meeting times, open eboard positions, and upcoming events that your club is putting on.  Here’s the crucial part though… You have to follow up with every student who signs up! Follow up with more information, whether it be with your first meeting time or your open house. It may even be a good idea to pass out business cards with your clubs email address on it so students have a way to follow up with your club if they have questions.

2. Advertise

This is your time to entice students with all of the events your club is busy planning for the year. Have giveaways from previous events, have photos, music, and videos of upcoming events. The more visual you can be the more interested students are going to become, and the more likely they are to attend your events.

3. Excite

If you are excited about the work your club is doing it is inevitable others will feed off of your excitement. Be proud about what your club has to offer and share that with students who are passing by. Have your clubs logo or banner at the table, show unity and where your club t-shirts. Have an interactive table where students can play a game or win a prize.

4. Showcase

Your club has worked hard to get where it is today so don’t be afraid to show off everything you have done! Talk up previous events, or any work your club is doing at the school or in the community. Have visuals or event tangibles for students to really get a feel for your work. This is also the time for you to celebrate everything your club has accomplished. It is ok to brag sometimes about how great your organization is!

5.  Educate

If you want to gain buy-in from students you need them to know what it is your club does. Have an FAQ sheet at the table for members working, this way everyone is on the same page and has up to date correct information. You could also have a list of conversation starters for members working the table, so no matter who is at the table there will always be something to talk about! Make sure all members know what your clubs mission is, the events you plan, the work you do around the school, and in the community.

The involvement fair is the perfect opportunity for all clubs and organizations to really show students everything you have to offer, not to mention there will be chances to win 200$ in fundraising money for your organization! This year’s involvement fair theme is a birthday party in honor of the campus centers 40th year of being open! For more information on the involvement fair stop by OSIL!

Hope to see you there!

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