Happy New Year! As a great year begins, my time at Gateway has become busy and full of excitement. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day I attended and covered the MLK celebration at the Madrigrano auditorium for Connect student newspaper. Not really knowing what to expect, I was pleased to say I was inspired and moved by the entire event! Listening to music and messages that represented MLK’s dream was amazing. It was also a huge reminder of how important Gateway is to the futures of so many lives. My year began at the Gateway Foundation Scholarship Awards, where I was honored with the General Business and Marketing scholarship. These two events have pushed me to strive for more.
I have been involved in many activities/events lately and have taken on a workload larger than ever. Our Kenosha BPA chapter has partnered with the Racine chapter and Sustainable Living Club to begin a Denim Drive and have barrels set out in the commons of all 3 campuses. The drive will continue until the end of February. The denim will be re-purposed as insulation in an effort to help the world become more sustainable.
Our chapter is also partnered with the Special Olympics and plan on helping them with two of their Polar Plunge events in the next month (the first being on February 9th at the Brat Stop in Kenosha). I also plan on “taking the Plunge” if I can raise the $75 required to be “Freezin’ For A Reason.”
We are selling raffle tickets for our BPA chapter to raise club funds to help us with our trip to the State Leadership Conference/Competition in late February. It has been a lot of work to try to sell all 1,000 raffle tickets, but with a great group of members I have faith we will come close to our goal before our drawing on Jan. 31 at the Sustainable Living Center.
Our group of Global Scholars is getting closer to our trip to Germany and will be hosting an amazing Craft/Vendor fair this Sat. February 2nd from 9am-2pm in the Racine Building on the Racine campus. We have booked a very large number of crafters/vendors and plan on a great turnout of eager shoppers as we continue to advertise as much as possible! The fair is free to attend. Please stop in to find great deals on many different unique and handmade items being sold to help us with our trip to study abroad.
I’m pleased to find out today what host family I will be staying with during my 16-day travel in March! To learn how you can study abroad and become a Global Scholar keep an eye out at: http://www.gtc.edu/international-education. Also, there’s an opportunity to become more aware of the environment and be recognized during graduation as a Green Scholar. Find out how to make this possible here: Gateway Green Scholar.
I’m also hoping for a great turnout for the “Be the MatchSM Bone Marrow Registry” on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 11-7 p.m. in the Kenosha student commons. The event is sponsored by Gateway’s National Society of Leadership and Success. To help by donating your time or for more information, please contact NSLS Vice President Jamy Koepke at email@example.com. The bone marrow registry is as simple as filling out a health history form and having a cheek swabbed. If you’re a match you could save a life!!!
I had a great time writing about the new Veterans Club that will be meeting district-wide this Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. I think the forming of this club is important for students at Gateway that are active military or vets. I also would like to say the BPA club and GAAP Accounting club are currently looking for new members and if interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I’m sad my year as the Kenosha & District Star Ambassador is coming to an end, but I’m intrigued knowing a few deserving students will receive the opportunity I have had over the past year. I hope as many deserving students as possible are nominated before the Jan. 31st deadline. I was nervous filming the promotional video, but felt I did fine with the help of videographer Jim Steinmetz. Check out the video here: 2013 Star Ambassador Nomination.
Enrolled in 18 credits, I thought I had “over-filled my plate.” However, staying focused and receiving reminders from others to take a step back sometimes, I’ve been able to manage everything. I’m grateful for all of the help from others during this time and look forward to a brilliant semester this spring! Let’s be realistic, inspired, and great!!!