Archive | Uncategorized RSS for this section

Get to know some of the women behind the Women’s Leadership Retreat!

“We all stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us.”

Tomorrow is the big day a lot of us have been waiting for! The first ever Women’s Leadership Retreat kicks off at 7 am tomorrow morning. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the faculty and staff who have volunteered their time and knowledge to make this weekend a success. Here’s a quick introduction to a few of them!

Maribeth Johnson-Flakes (@maribethjflakes)

What is your role on the BSU Campus? Associate Director, Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

What are your top five themes from the StrengthsQuest assessment?

  • Woo, Empathy, Communication, Individualization, Discipline

What drew you to become a facilitator for this event?

Advising and volunteering for women’s organizations is not only a passion of mine but a labor of love. Empowering young women to follow their dreams and aspirations is every woman’s responsibility.

What are you most excited about in regards to this event?

I’m hoping we can create a culture of women who feel empowered to accomplish great things on campus and beyond!

 If you could only pack two items (besides the basics) in your overnight bag, what would they be and why?

1) My dog, Radar- he would be sticking his head out so he could breath.
2) Food for Radar 🙂

What is your main hobby outside of work?

Working out

 What is one fun fact that you would like to share with the attendees?

I wear my watch on the hand I write with. 

 Sandy Neargarder

What is your role on the BSU Campus?  Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department

What are your top five strengths from the StrengthsQuest assessment?

  • Achiever, Learner, Discipline, Positivity, Harmony

 What drew you to become a facilitator for this event?

I want to encourage young women to realize that they have the potential to become active leaders in their lives. I feel as both a leader and a woman that I have learned a great deal about leadership through various situations and positions I have been involved with and I am interested in sharing this knowledge with other women so that they too can find success in various types of leadership roles.

What are you most excited about in regards to this event?

Spending an entire weekend with a great group of female students and facilitators!!

If you could only pack two items (besides the basics) in your overnight bag, what would they be and why?

Oh my……this is a tough one. One would be my cell phone. I would pack it in case of an emergency and of course for the flashlight feature in case I need to use the restroom in the middle of the night! The other thing I would pack would be my own pillow. Sleeping on my own pillow is a bonus!

What is your main hobby outside of work?

My main hobby is bike riding. I enjoy taking long rides with my friends and training for long distance rides like 50 to 100 miles.

What is one fun fact that you would like to share with the attendees?

I love cats! In fact, I have been actively involved in rescuing cats. I have some interesting stories to tell – all you need to do is ask me!

  Julie Hayes (@j_e_hayes)

What is your role on the BSU Campus?Resident Director

What are your top five strengths from the StrengthsQuest assessment?

  • Input, Individualization, Ideation, Restorative, Strategic

What drew you to become a facilitator for this event?

I have been privileged to have some fantastic female mentors in my leadership development, and I would like to pay it forward. We all stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us.

What are you most excited about in regards to this event?

Working with students and helping develop more female leadership!

If you could only pack two items (besides the basics) in your overnight bag, what would they be and why?

A hoodie, because I am always cold and a good book!

What is your main hobby outside of work?

I do a lot of fiber work, mostly crochet.

What is one fun fact that you would like to share with the attendees?

I’ve lived in over 21 different places in my life. The longest I’ve lived in one place in my adult life is 3 years.

 Jessica Birthisel

What is your role on the BSU Campus? Faculty member in the Communication Studies department

What are your top five strengths from the StrengthsQuest assessment?

  • Achiever, Communication, Woo, Futuristic, Strategic

What drew you to become a facilitator for this event?

Three things: 1.) a passion for gender studies and feminism; 2.) positive experiences as a student leader in college and excitement about giving back in that capacity; 3.) a desire to meet new students and other faculty and staff members since I just started here at BSU last semester.

What are you most excited about in regards to this event?

I’m looking forward to the workshop elements of the weekend (when participants will take the ideas we’re presenting and apply them to activities, reflections, discussions, etc.) Also just the social time to get to know the student participants and my facilitator colleagues.

If you could only pack two items (besides the basics) in your overnight bag, what would they be and why?

One would be a journal (these sorts of retreats and conferences always get me inspired to think/write/dream and I need a place to jot them down before the thoughts slip away.) The other would be hiking/walking shoes. I hope to get to go explore the grounds and walk around a bit. I love to check out a new space and this is my first time in the Cape Cod area.

What is your main hobby outside of work?

I moonlight as a novelist and when I have free time I love to work on writing fiction. I also bake a lot, make upcycled crafts, and spend a lot of time with my three awesome little boys.

What is one fun fact that you would like to share with the attendees?

I am a Beatles fanatic and one of the best days of my life was when I met Paul McCartney at a movie theater in Brighton, England, where I worked one summer in college through a work abroad program.

Teresa King (@teresaking)

What is your role on the BSU Campus? Director if the Honors Program & Associate Professor of Psychology

What are your top five strengths from the StrengthsQuest assessment?

  • Relator, Strategic, Learner, Input, Individualization

What drew you to become a facilitator for this event?

I want to do whatever I can to help young women feel empowered to make positive changes in their lives and communities.

What are you most excited about in regards to this event?

The chance to learn from the other facilitators and the students.

If you could only pack two items (besides the basics) in your overnight bag, what would they be and why?

A novel and my dog. There are not many experiences better than snuggling with my dog and getting lost in a good book.

What is your main hobby outside of work?   Bike riding and gardening

What is one fun fact that you would like to share with the attendees?

I have served as a wedding officiant and this June I will be officiating the wedding ceremony for a BSU alum.

Sarah Wiggins

What is your role on the BSU Campus? Associate Professor. History/Assistant Director, Honors Program

What are your top five strengths from the StrengthsQuest assessment?

  • Context, Learner, Achiever, Intellection, Responsibility

What drew you to become a facilitator for this event?

I have always been engaged with gender issues/studies and wanted to get involved, and I knew that this event would be a positive experience for everyone.

What are you most excited about in regards to this event?

I look forward to meeting students, sharing ideas, and building more community networks at BSU.

If you could only pack two items (besides the basics) in your overnight bag, what would they be and why?

I would bring my cat, Fate, because she actually enjoys travel.  She has traveled cross-country with my partner and me on many occasions.  I would also bring a Jane Austen novel to read in my cabin with a flashlight.

What is your main hobby outside of work?

I enjoy a number of activities:  hiking, reading, hunting for antiques, being outdoors in general.

Diane Bell (@dianebell424)

What is your role on the BSU Campus? Director, Community Service Center

What are your top five strengths from the StrengthsQuest assessment?

  • Adaptability, Developer, Connectedness, Positivity, Relator 

What drew you to become a facilitator for this event?

I’ve never done anything like this before so for me, this was a way for me to challenge myself.  I’m not sure what made me do this, other than the idea that I might be able to part a little bit of knowledge about leadership to the young women participating in this retreat.

What are you most excited about in regards to this event?

I’m excited to learn from the women attending this retreat – from the facilitators and from the young women participants.  I don’t always see myself as a leader yet I’m going to be surrounded by so many women who I totally see as leaders on this campus.

If you could only pack two items (besides the basics) in your overnight bag, what would they be and why?

I would pack my iPad so I can listen to music. I would also pack my camera as I love to take photos.

What is your main hobby outside of work?

I love to travel by train because I don’t like to fly.  My goal is to see all 50 states and I’m almost there with the exception of about 5 states.  Of course, Hawaii and Alaska will be challenging but I’ve already figured out a way to see them without flying!

I also LOVE sports and am an avid baseball and football fan.

What is one fun fact that you would like to share with the attendees?

In addition to traveling to all 50 states, I also want to volunteer in all 50 states.  For some states, that merely means donating to a local cause by giving money or sending items.  For other states, that means physically volunteering.  My job makes this an attainable goal but I’ve got to volunteer while vacationing in other states.  Some day, I want to produce a photo book of all the places I’ve volunteered across the country.

Advertisements

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!  

Image

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: http://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/organization/OSIL/news/details/8957?fromCampus=True

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.”

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

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: 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/