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Organizations, Activities & Events

I have been at Fontbonne for all 4 years of college. What I learned during my time is the importance of getting involved on campus. It is necessary to make friends, get work experience, and keep busy. Saturday was the award ceremony. I received a participation award for being a member of the student government. I was not expecting this and felt very accomplished when I received it. There were times when I did not feel like attending events for certain organizations. I even questioned why was apart of them. After this ceremony, I felt that all my hard work had paid off!

That wasn’t the end. The next day I attended the ODK annual banquet. If you were graduating that year, you were called up to the stage and received your cords to wear at graduation. I was also proud that I earned my place in ODK, and that I would get to wear these cords at graduation. I had done community service with this group. Again, all my hard work paid off! When I go to grad school, I will spend most of my time on campus and do what I did at Fontbonne.

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Hi everyone!  I can’t believe this is our last week of classes! Are you ready for summer? I know I am! This semester went by so quickly.  I enjoyed meeting new people, having new professors, and learning more about my area of study (dietetics).  This semester contained a lot of big semester long projects that I learned a lot from.  Next semester I will be President of SAFCS (Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) and I am so ready to get started on planning more events and activities for this club.  Anyone is able to join so if you are interested in food, nutrition, and volunteering, you should definitely join!  I hope you all have a fantastic summer break!!

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As Junior year is coming to a close, there are things that need to be taken care of. It is all about submitting that last assignment, taking that last test, and getting ready for the Summer – depending on whether you have summer classes, a job, or an internship lined up. Personally for me, I have a handful of things to take care of. Class work is a given. Enactus will be hosting a BBQ this coming Monday (24th) in the Golden Meadow. Hopefully the weather isn’t terrible. Oh, and I also have an internship lined up for the summer with Charter Communications. You know…the company that many of us are paying for cable, phone, and/or internet service.

I am grateful to receive this opportunity. But I am also very excited! Charter just recently acquired Bright House Networks & Time Warner Cable (2nd largest Cable Provider in the Nation – behind Comcast)!

The acquisition was worth over a whopping $65 Billion!!! Plus I get an employee badge! No, but seriously.. Junior year has been fantastic! I have created a program over winter break and now my colleague in a class are transitioning it into a web application, I have an internship lined up, I have moved the entire Enactus team away from email (we are Slackers now), in Android Dev. – my team and I are creating an app that has huge potential to be used by hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, and things are only going to get better! Until next time guys, stay classy!

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Hello, my name is Yuri and I am a Slacker!

I know what you are thinking: You think I am the type of person that does not set tasks, objectives, or goals and then shatters them. On the contrary! I have been using Slack for about a month and a half now, and I can honestly say that it has improved team communication, 10-fold (in my short-term personal experience)!

It starts with one Email (Generic Scenario)

Picture this for a second: You create an initial email that you plan to send to your development, marketing, finance, or whatever team you are a part of. You get a response from your colleague(s). Your team creates a chain of responses. This results in hundreds of email threads, mind you. To complicate things, you might also send a file or two back and forth. Or even a hyperlink that leads to a .zip folder containing the financial projections for the next 2-3 fiscal quarters. If revisions have been made to any document, folder, etc.: expect your email threads to be in the thousands at this point. This email conversation has been days, weeks, months in the making. This is all well and good, until…

The Aftermath

Now, it is time to have one if not several copies of those projections in your hand. The meeting in which you present these at, commences in 20 minutes. Since email was used, it is now time to go through your emails and find that conversation. You first let some expletives fly followed by sweat (profusely). Once found, you have a sense of relief for a moment until you realize that you now need to go through each & every thread with a fine-tooth comb in order to find the exact email that holds those documents (the golden ticket). You stop sweating and start having a heart attack. If you are lucky and you find those documents immediately, you feel like a Super Bowl Champion because you have just saved yourself a monumental amount of time in which otherwise would have been wasted on scavenger hunting. You feel fervidly relieved.

Here is what my email looked like before Slack:

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Here is what my email looks like currently (theoretically speaking):

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The reason why I say theoretically is because as a college student, here are the emails that I receive, regardless:

  • University Newsletters
  • Messages from the University President
  • IT emails regarding server maintenance or system shut downs & reboots
  • Professors posting new assignments, grades, or documentation from lectures
  • Other student organizations that are advertising their upcoming events

I receive those emails whether I want them or not, they are out of my jurisdiction of control. But what I can control is the communication between my organizational Board Members, colleagues on group projects, etc.

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If I need to communicate with my teams about something, Channels are used to talk about certain topics or to certain teams – only those involved in those channels will be notified and can collaborate with me. Do I want to make a general organizational announcement, event announcement, or scheduled meeting announcement to my entire team? I jump into the ‘general’ channel. Do I want to discuss and collaborate on the financial projections for the next 2-3 fiscal quarters? I jump into the ‘finances’ channel. Do I want to discuss a private matter to only my Executive Board? I jump into the ‘executives’ channel, and so on.
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Furthermore, if I want to talk one-on-one with someone, I jump into a Direct Message with that person. The reason why I believe it holds a higher retention rate among its users (compared to email) is its universal User Interface across the three platforms: web, mobile, and desktop. It looks like an SMS text message conversation (one-on-one and group). Not to mention the fact that you could also conduct voice & video conference (VoIP) calls!

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The thing that increases Slack’s usefulness and functionality are Integrations!

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There are over 1,000 different integrations that can be made! Do you have a document in Google Drive that you need to include into the conversation? Connect Google Drive to Slack! Do you have a software development project that is going to be deploying next month? Connect GitHub to Slack! Do you use Salesforce to analyze customer data by utilizing their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) products or services? Connect Salesforce to Slack!

Going back to the original scenario of finding these files that you need for the meeting in 20 minutes:

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Slack has a unique way of searching for the files and documents that you need – recent or relevant! You could even filter your search by file type, file size, etc.

Moral of the Article: Eliminate email for internal communication & collaboration purposes among your office, company, division, or team, use Slack instead! And use email for external purposes. Become a Slacker (like these major companies already have)!

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So, let me introduce myself: My name is Yuri and I am a Slacker! Are you?

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Service Day the ODK Way

by Carly April 10, 2017

It’s that time of year again for Fontbonne Service Day! For those of you that aren’t aware yet, this is a day very unique and special to Fontbonne. One of the university’s values is to serve our dear neighbor. So, the university cancels all classes for a day in the spring to give students and […]

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Networking Opportunities-Tips

by Candance April 4, 2017

What do you do to network with others? How are you preparing to transition from college to the workplace? Do you attend any networking events? Have you joined any clubs or organizations? Here’s some tips I found from Forbes: 1. Use part-time jobs and internships to your advantage Warren Buffett started as a paperboy, Madonna […]

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22 Days: A Recap on My Last Blog Post

by Mari March 16, 2017

It is still bewildering for me to comprehend that it has only been 22 days since I wrote, “My Message to White Students at FBU.” I vividly remember the night I wrote that blog around two in the morning. My roommate was fast asleep and I was trying not to wake her up with my […]

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Black History Month and What It Means to Me

by Morgan February 27, 2017

Black History Month means to me appreciating those who are African American. I do think that there shouldn’t just be one month associated with appreciating African Americans because they deserve so much more than a month of appreciation, especially the shortest month of the year. I definitely think that it is important to indulge in […]

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My Message to White Students at FBU

by Mari February 22, 2017

On Tuesday, February 21st I attended the Black Student Union’s showing of the Netflix documentary called 13th. The thought provoking documentary dove into the problematic issues of racial injustices affecting African Americans within the U.S. prison system. I would highly encourage everyone at Fontbonne to view this documentary. While watching this documentary with only about […]

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What I am Excited For

by Claire February 20, 2017

As Spring Semester is in full swing, I wanted to share a few things I am excited about in this coming year. I am so excited to have the opportunity to be spending my summer abroad this summer studying Photography at Regent’s University in London. I am thankful for Fontbonne for giving me this opportunity […]

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