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Congratulations to the 2012 recipients of the Impact Awards!

At a ceremony held at the end of April, the Student Government Association, the Community Service Center and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership celebrated students, organizations and colleagues who made an impact on co-curricular life.

Please join us in celebrating the recipients of this year’s awards:

2012 Spirit of Service Awards

Kelsey Andrade

Alicia Burgess

Zachary Cruz

Claire Dalencour

Nicole Doniger

Shannon Fernando-Cole

Neal Gaudet

Jillian Gawlik

Jennifer Haugen

Brian Kelleher-Calnan

Amanda Kennedy

Melissa Kennedy

Manara Marzuq

Danielle Paradiso

Ericka Parker

Milca Paul

Hayley Price

Christina Provencher

Maureen Ryan

Christopher Segu

Frank Theodat

Mercedees Thompson

Alyssa Valcourt

Xing Yuan

Helping Hands Award

Circle K

IMPACTful Service Award (group)

The Clothesline Project

IMPACTful Service Award (individual)

Darcy Palmer 

Innovative Service Award

Turkey Trot (Athletics Department and the Community Service Center)


Alternative Break Selfless Service Award

Winter Break: Melinda Garcia

Spring Break: Greg Dudek

 The Impact Award

Amanda Wood

Kelly Ried

Melissa Hughes

Elizabeth Jaeger

Bridgewater’s Best

Kayley Robsham

Katrina Delaney

Alexis Kay

Sebastián Patino

Unsung Hero

Mikey D.

Gabriella Diniz

Most Valuable Program

The Voices that Survived: Genocide Survivors Panel

Advisor of the Year

Richardson Pierre-Louis, Advisor to Men Integrated in Brotherhood



BSU Chopped!

by Nicole Celeste, Student Weekend Activities Team

The hit TV show on the Food Network, “Chopped”,  is making its way to the Bridgewater Campus. Teams seek to compete for the coveted title of Top Chef here at Bridgewater. Sodexo chefs beware; there may be some competition for your job! Ok…that may be a stretch; so the students may not be working in a Bobby Flay Restaurant any time soon. But that doesn’t mean Student Weekend Activities Team won’t challenge these teams.

Here’s the deal. We invited six teams and six teams only to register for the contest. The teams are set up in two’s. The premise of the “Chopped” show and for this game is as follows:

“Their challenge is to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that is judged on their creativity , presentation, and taste with minimal time to plan and execute. The show is divided into three rounds: “Appetizer“, “Entrée“, and “Dessert“. In each round, the chefs are given a basket containing between three and five ingredients, and the dish each competitor prepares must contain each of those ingredients. The ingredients are often ones which are not commonly prepared together.”


Alright, now that we have the main idea let’s talk  all the details. These teams of two will be competing for a pair of Sox tickets baby! And not just any Red Sox Game tickets; nay nay I say. We are having these teams compete for Red Sox vs. New York Yankees tickets. Talk about the Hunger Games! Although, I don’t know how hungry our judges will be…

 Our judges will hopefully be delighted with the visual, creative, tasty dishes our contestants create. But let’s be honest, the pairing of the food are certainly not complementary. So what are in the baskets? My lips are sealed friends! But I can tell some examples that have been showcased in an older show date; this included:  watermelon, canned sardines, pepper jack cheese, and zucchini. Mmmmmm that sounds yummy, doesn’t it? Don’t worry- viewers aren’t required to eat the food.

But we do have cuisine that will make your mouth water. Student Weekend Activities Team is pulling out all the stops. Ok, I will give you one item on the menu for our viewers to enjoy: scallops wrapped in bacon. Told you, we are going all out.

So, at this event you get to view food, taste food; and play with food? Yes, your parents always said never play with your food; however SWAT is going around this rule with some fun games. We are talking food trivia, taste buds challenge, name that culture and more! Major prizes will be given away too! The biggest of them all? A pair of Red Sox tickets for you!

The weekends aren’t just about sleeping in and watching TV. Its Springfest weekend and Chopped is coming to the large ball room near you. So stop on by, enjoy free food and win cool prizes! I bet the teams would love the support. Hope to see you Saturday April 21st at 5pm in the Large Ball room.

Men’s Leadership Retreat Team Profile: Robert Brock

Q1: Why do you think this event is important to BSU?

This event is important to as it is intended to engage current and future male leaders of BSU to become self-aware, aware of other’s similarities and differences in relation to the topic of leadership.  Building a team and a sense of community is an integral part in accomplishing tasks and goals in all facets of a man’s life whether in sports, work, family or community. 
Q2: What motivated you to sign up to be a retreat leader?
Working with students and seeing their growth and development over time is hands-down the favorite part of my position here at BSU.  It is truly rewarding when you can help a student learn new skills and help them become a professional.  This was a great opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge as well as learn from others. 
Q3: Why do you think students should sign up for this?
This retreat will be a great opportunity for students to learn about themselves and use that knowledge to improve their leadership talents.  This will be a great resume builder and will allow students to create new friendships and coalitions over the BSU landscape that they may not have been able to form otherwise. 
Q4: What is one little known fact about you that we should know?

I have a truly eclectic taste in music and my Ipod is filled with over 12,000 songs.  Some artist include Outkast, Tyga, Al Green, Patsy Cline, the Deftones, Coldplay and Incubus.  I usually throw my Ipod on shuffle and enjoy the ride!  


Men’s Leadership Retreat Team Profile: Richardson PierreLouis

Q1:      Why do you think this event is important to BSU?

” I think that so many of our existing and future student leaders need “formal” leadership training in order to avoid the mistakes of past student leaders.  Usually by the time our student leaders find their way, they are usually getting ready to graduate and don’t have the time to share what they have learned through the process.”

Q2:      What motivated you to sign up to be a retreat leader?

“My interests in this area originated from from an ongoing frustration with the cycle of failed leadership that I have experienced with the student organizations that I have advised in the last 5 years at BSU.”

Q3:      Why do you think students should sign up for this?

” If for no other reason, the opportunity to have a discussion about what it means to be a leader, with some of the brightest and motivated minds at BSU.”


Men’s Leadership Retreat Team Profile: Ed Cabellon

by Cindy Kane, Director of Student Involvement and Leadership

This post is the first in a series of a few where we share information from those facilitators who will be leading the Men’s Leadership Retreat.

For more information about the retreat, please visit our office or check out information on the Involvement Network here:

Q1:    Why do you think this event is important to BSU?
“To give male leaders on campus an opportunity to develop and grow their skills and to create a network of support for each other.”

Q2:     What motivated you to sign up to be a retreat leader?
“To help our male students find their voice, raise their confidence levels, and be a visible support person in their BSU lives.”

Q3:     Why do you think students should sign up for this?
“To challenge themselves to become better men and better leaders. They may think they know their strengths and how to apply them post-graduation, but this experience will really test them.”

Q4:     What is one little known fact about you that we should know?
“Even though I’m ‘vertically challenged’, I love to play basketball.  When people play with or against me for the first time, they underestimate what I can do.  Its always fun to see the looks on their faces when their initial assumptions are transformed by my actions on the court.”

Lessons from Sorority Recruitment

by Cindy Kane, Director of Student Involvement and Leadership

(originally posted to The SA Blog at

I have recently confronted the realization that it has been twenty years since I participated in sorority recruitment as a student at Lafayette College.  Given most of the readers on this blog probably assume I am 24, you know my secret of graduating from college at 5 years old.

Our campus is buzzing with Spring recruitment plans and just being with our student leaders helped me to recall some great memories with my sisters in Alpha Gamma Delta.  When I was in college I spent a lot of time on recruitment activities with the chapter through various leadership roles, so sorority recruitment time always reminds me of the good, bad and YIKES! times we spent together.  As a sorority member it’s easy to understand the recruitment process after it happens once, but I can only imagine the experience of those not connected with sorority life to observe these events in action.  What in the world could all that clapping, singing, intense discussion and matching clothing have to do with student learning?

When I reflect on my co-curricular learning as a college student, I realize now that the preparation and implementation of recruitment programs had a huge impact.  I wanted to share some of my learning lessons:

  • There’s nothing quite like a sincere welcome to a group.  Since my sorority days, I have been part of enough meetings and committees where I have felt like an outsider or “new person” and haven’t been brought in.  I don’t care how old you are.  It’s so valuable to have someone willing to “bring you in” and educate you about the standards, history and culture of a group. I appreciate those who have mastered it and use it to bring others into the fold.
  • Remembering names is a skill you can work on.  When you are meeting hundreds of women at lightning speed, you have to learn to remember names and details about people.  Tricks for remembering names have paid off immensely in my work life and in my personal life as well. Even though I’m an extrovert by nature, sorority recruitment taught me to focus on the individuals just one at a time and the value of remembering names and details for the next conversation.
  • Tasks and vision must connect. Motivating peers to do most anything is tough as a student leader, but experience as recruitment chair taught me how to clarify the “big picture” and help groups to work with the vision at the forefront.  Writing hundreds of names on index cards (old school!) wasn’t all that much fun, but I learned how to help others focus on the fact that each step along that process would bring us closer to a great group of new women for our organization.  I think this experience gave me great preparation for supervision roles today.
  • Diversity is a pay-it-forward value.  Our advisors and chapter leaders taught us the impact that diversity has on a group.  They made this intentional membership education so that our voting decisions would be as open as possible to allow for the broadest possible diversity in our organization.  Their teaching set a great example of how important it is to have open conversations and diversity education.  Today, I am better equipped to teach where it rather than losing patience with people who may lack information or who may still be searching for positive role modeling.
  • We all answer to someone. Back then, we were given recruitment rules from the Panhellenic, rules from our national organization, instructions from our faculty advisor, tips from our alumni and directives from any traveling consultants that may have visited campus. It seemed then as if everyone was telling us what to do and that we answered to about twelve different “bosses.”  Life is still that way, as I’m taking direction from just as many places with even more “high stakes” involved.  I remember thinking it would get easier “in the real world.”  Now I realize that accountability is everywhere and that everyone answers to someone.

Sorority recruitment was a whirlwind, but when I think back on all of the life lessons I gained from that experience these are among my most used today.  When I was a potential new member back then, sorority life looked like all kinds of fun that might pay off in some way in the end.  Today, I look back and realize that the 18-year-old woman who made the decision to get involved during all that craziness made one of the best educational decisions for life and leadership in the future.

I’d love to hear from both sorority members and everyone else too.  Let’s talk about recruitment!

Communicate like a pro!

by Kelly Burne, Graduate Assistant

Student leaders are often presented with the unique opportunity of exploring the professional world while still gaining knowledge and skills through the traditional student experience. In choosing to seek a leadership position, you’ve already proven that you’ve got what it takes to make a positive impact on your community. Here are some handy professional communication hints to help you make the best possible impression.

1) Thnk Me L8er

Text message lingo and emoticons are quick and cute ways to get your thoughts across to family and friends, but leave the smiley faces and text abbreviations to your BFF and your G-ma. They have absolutely no place in professional communication. If you want to be taken seriously by the professional community, present yourself as a serious and capable in any form of written communication.

2) Consider the Voice of your Department or Organization

Be careful when using the BSU name or the names of specific university departments or organizations in the content of written communication or even your email signature. By including these names, you’re suggesting that the content of your communication reflects the position of the respective organization or department.

3) Play it Safe

If you’re questioning whether your language is crossing the lines of professionalism, it probably is. Consider other ways to get your thoughts across in a more professional manner. If you’re not sure how to make this happen, solicit the advice of a professional mentor.  There’s nothing wrong with asking questions. You’ll gain a great learning experience and you’ll know what to do when similar situations arise in the future.

4) Learn from Mistakes

Chances are you’ll end up putting your foot in your mouth at some point. We’ve all been there. So whether you address the president of the university as “dude” or send a smiley face to your new boss, just remember that you’re only human. You’re bound to make mistakes. The signs of a true leader and professional are owning up to those faux pas, learning from them, and keeping the big picture in mind. Ultimately, what matters most is not the LOL you included in your email, but the contributions you make to your community as a whole.

Set SMART goals in 2012!

by Joanne Darrigo. Graduate Assistant

Looking for a SMART way to set goals? Need an effective way to set and follow through with both small and large goals! When setting goals you must imagine the future. Understand where you are right now and where you would like to be. By following the SMART model you can begin to put your dreams into action.!

 “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

SPECIFIC: Be concise with exactly what you are looking to achieve. The more specific your goal the easier it is to attain. You must answer the six “W” questions:

  • Who:      Who is involved?
  • What:     What do I want to accomplish?
  • Where:    Identify a location.
  • When:     Establish a time frame.
  • Which:    Identify requirements and constraints.
  • Why:      Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

MEASURABLE: Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that encourages you on to reach your goal. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

AGREED UPON: There must be agreement with all the stakeholders on what the goals should be. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them.

REALISTIC: To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort! Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too low sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!

TIME ACTIVATED: A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. A time-bound goal will usually answer the question:

  • When?
  • What can I do 6 months from now?
  • What can I do 6 weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?

It is important to remember that life happens, and when achieving your goal does not go as planned it is not your failures, but how you decide to react to them.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Theresa

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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.