I just got back from a conference in Minneapolis called NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). I attended this last year as well in Boston and have been looking forward to it again ever since then. This is a conference in which there are a variety of teaser shows and market places in which you can visit with the performers and their agents. The point of this is to see what performers you want to bring back to your campus. There are a variety of singers, DJs, comedians, poets, acrobats, and more. There are also educational sessions to attend. I presented at one of them. It was titled “Dealing with Divas: How to Handle Difficult Performers.” I spoke about my experience as the live performance chair on the Fontbonne Activities Board and as an entertainment agent at TalentPlus.
My experience was so amazing; I don’t even know where to begin. I saw so much talent that I am so excited to see perform at Fontbonne. I will definitely come back. I am a huge fangirl and follower now for some of my favorites, such as Two Worlds, Matt Beilis, and Josh Vietti. In addition, I learned a lot of valuable information at the educational sessions. There were five of us from the activities board that attended. We all bonded tremendously and met many new people at the conference that hosted about 1,500 students. We also enjoyed taking some time to see what Minneapolis has to offer. For example, we ate some cool restaurants and visited the Mall of America. Because my career is in the entertainment industry, this setting is definitely my forte. I didn’t want the show-watching and critiquing to end. NACA has provided me so many amazing opportunities, memories, and friends. This is priceless and something I will never forget.
Have you been looking for an group to get involved with? Try out Griffin Gang! Our group is all about getting students to the games to support our teams. Every week our executive team gathers to discuss ways in which we could get more involvement from the crowd. Of course, our sports teams are not as big as D1 schools because we are only D3, but our athletes work just as hard and deserve their friends and colleagues at these games just as much.
Griffin Gang has specific sponsored games for each sport. They are always home games that we sponsor, and they always have a theme so our crowd can be just as involved! Our next game is the Women’s and Men’s Basketball Senior Night. These games will be played this Saturday at 1 and 3 PM in the gymnasium. The theme for these games are dressing as “Senior Citizens” for Senior Night. Fans can dress in their grandpa’s coat or whatever they see fit for the theme. It is all in a matter of fun to have everyone included!
When we sponsor games, Griffin Gang has a table that is placed at the entrance of the field or at the bottom of the bleachers when fans walk in. You really can’t miss us! We are there to welcome you to the game, tell you about the upcoming games and themes, and put a star in your punch card. If you don’t know what a punch card is then you should come to our table more often! Griffin Gang gives a prize to students if they receive 10 punches in their punch card just by coming to the games and stopping by our table. The prize is a free t-shirt! Next year for the school year ’15-’16 Griffin Gang will be ordering new shirts since so many students have filled out their cards, which is great! Hold on to your cards in the summer if it is not yet completed. These cards do roll over to the next year, and who wouldn’t want another Fonty Tee?!
If you have any questions about getting involved with Griffin Gang or want more information about what we do, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go Griffins!
Over the weekend, I participated in what is known as the Leadership and Service Academy. This was a leadership conference for St. Louis area schools, and was hosted at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. The day started with a motivational speaker, and then everyone broke off into groups to attend various seminars relating to different leadership topics. After that, everyone ate lunch in McKendree’s cafeteria and got the chance to mingle with student leaders from other schools. The day ended with another seminar and closing remarks from the opening guest speaker. I feel like I gained a lot of helpful advice on how to be a better leader in just a short amount of time. Some words of wisdom that stuck out to me the most are the following.
-Leadership is not a position, but a state of mind.
-There’s no such thing as a perfectionist (it’s called being a control freak).
-As a society, we’ve turned the definition of leadership into something much bigger than it needs to be.
-If someone has impacted your life, don’t let them walk around not knowing that.
-When teaching something new, it must connect to something already known by the person.
-Creativity is a choice.
-Admit when you are wrong.
-Leadership is not just about acquiring information, but figuring out how to apply it.
This type of conference is an annual tradition. Being a senior, this was my last one to attend. And what a good one to end on!
My 15 seconds of fame on stage at the opening
One campus organization that I am involved in and really enjoy is the Student Alumni Association here at Fontbonne. Student Alumni Association (SAA) gives students the opportunity to reach out to Fontbonne graduates of many different majors and discuss life after graduation. SAA puts on many different events such as Dinner with 12 Strangers, which is when six students of the same major enjoy a provided dinner with six Fontbonne alumni in the same field. They learn tips and tricks and interview pointers, and it is a great opportunity to network.
Also, SAA works closely with other Student Alumni Associations at schools in the surrounding area like Webster University and Washington University. This allows Fontbonne students to get to know others in the same group and get ideas for their own organization. I would highly recommend joining the Student Alumni Association here because it gives students an insider’s perspective on what to do in order to succeed after graduation. This organization gives students the skills and strategies they need to move forward with their specific majors. This organization also has something called a “Speaker Series” where a Fontbonne graduate comes in to speak with us about their own life since they left Fontbonne and how Fontbonne shaped and guided that transition. We have had speakers come in to talk about business, education, and marketing. Soon there will be a speaker about financial aid and savings after graduation. Student Alumni Association has so many amazing opportunities for students — I would suggest it for any current and incoming students!
· Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. We are meeting in the Stroble room for our first Speaker Series of the semester! James Vincent from Financial Aid will be coming in, he is going to be talking about what to do with financial aid after graduation.
· Feb. 11 is the Battle of Big Bend, so come and root for our teams. The women’s game is at 6 p.m. and the men’s game is at 8 p.m. SAA will sponsor an alumni raffle drawing. There will be a FREE nacho bar and prizes!
· Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. We are meeting in the Stroble Room once again for our Speaker Series! Sara Hermann ’09 will be coming in to speak about Education and moving from Student to Alumni!
Reminder: Speaker series aren’t just about the major they are speaking about. The speakers coming in and talk about life after graduation from Fontbonne. It gives students a connection to start networking, and it also gives some tips on how to succeed in life after graduation.