I have heard great things about the Dueling Pianos event from other students. I had never been to any event like this kind, but I had the night free to attend. DSAC had an inviting feeling, the lights were off except a few on the stage, chairs and tables faced the stage, and of course there was food. There were two pianos on the stage with microphones. There were maybe twenty to thirty students there, so it was a good size and they seemed to be excited for the performance. I sat with my friends and was in for a treat.
Anyone could request any song, if the pianists knew it then they played. There were rules, sing along or clap, and have fun. They played a lot of Disney and popular songs of today. I requested “Twist & Shout” by The Beatles, one of my favorite bands. They did play it and everyone sung at the chorus. There were songs that I heard of and hadn’t heard before. There was great crowd participation which made it a blast. I enjoyed going to this event, I am glad that Fontbonne hosted this event.
Done with one year and on to planning the next. That’s how my summer started. I went on a four-day retreat with the exec team on the Fontbonne Activities Board. It was a time to complete some deep planning for events for the next school year and also a great time for team bonding. This is so important because making special connections with our coworkers will help us be more cohesive and excited about the event programming we do.
The retreat was at Innsbrook Resort in Wright City, Missouri. We stayed in a cozy chalet, which is similar to a condo setup. There were nine students and one advisor. We fit fairly comfortably though. Within the private resort, there were multiple lakes, woods to explore, tennis courts, golf courses, horseback riding, and more. Most of our free time was spent in the woods and lakes. And inside playing Just Dance on the Wii and Disney karaoke. Not to brag, but we are a pretty fun (and goofy) group. A majority of our planning sessions occurred outside on the back deck. We had a nice bonfire going out there in the evenings.
Although we had a lot of fun and silly moments, we were very productive as well. Myself and the rest of the board are very excited for the upcoming events for the ’14-’15 school year. The Fontbonne community is about to experience some great performers, spirit weeks, and off campus events (which is just the tip of the iceberg). I’m already really looking forward to the next school year. But before that, I’ve got a whole summer to experience!
The FAB '14-'15 exec board with our advisor
This past week was an exhausting, but fabulous one! For five days, I was in Boston for a conference called NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). This opportunity came up because my position next year on the Fontbonne Activities Board will be the Live Performance Chair. The FAB president for next school year (Brooke Stochl) and my advisor (Joel Hermann) went as well.
The conference primarily consisted of teaser shows, presented by performers that travel to college campuses with their acts (i.e. musicians, magicians, and comedians.). After each showcase, there was a marketplace lined with booths, where performers and their agents are set up. I walked around there exchanging contact information and spoke with them about their schedule, budget, act, etc. Next year, it will be my job to book any live performers that come to Fontbonne’s campus, so this conference was very beneficial. I spoke with many cool and talented people, and am very excited to meet some of them again when they come to Fontbonne.
In addition to seeing shows, there were some informational workshops that I attended. These were great for leadership development and learning more about what other schools do for their events and marketing. I like talking to students that come from all areas of the U.S. Another exciting part of the conference was meeting Princess Anna and Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen. I love anything Disney, so this was a major highlight of the trip for me. Joel, Brooke, and I also had a little time to explore the city. We went to Boston College, Harvard, and ate some amazing seafood at local restaurants. While Boston is obviously a big city, it was still very quaint. I really liked this about Boston. This trip was definitely an amazing experience.
Brooke, Joel, and I with the "Frozen" characters, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa!
Tomorrow is the first day for GSOPC Trivia this spring semester! As I have mentioned previously, as the chair of daytime activities in the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), I host trivia competitions every other Monday. They are called the Griffin Series of Pop Culture, or GSOPC for short. Each week is a different theme, but pop culture is always incorporated.
The theme for tomorrow is called “Meet Me in St. Louis.” There will be questions about celebrities from St. Louis, movies that have been filmed here, and famous landmarks. The next trivia is right before Valentine’s Day and is called “All You Need is Love.” Some other themes this semester include and will celebrate Black History Month, National Nutrition Month, and Spring Finale. A GSOPC will also kick off Spirit Week in April.
“Write trivia questions” is constantly something on my list of things to do. It may seem monotonous, but I have fun doing it. I like to spend my time researching the media anyway, so it works perfect that I get to do that for homework. However, after doing it for a third semester now, this will be the last semester that I will be hosting GSOPC as a part of FAB. Next school year, I will have a new position in FAB. Therefore, daytime trivia events will not be listed under my job description anymore. My new role will be the live performance chair. As much as I love my position now, I am excited for the change that will come in the future. But for now, I will just “go out with a bang.”
I hope to see many people in the DSAC every other Monday at 11:30 starting tomorrow! There will be prizes for the winning team!