As you can see by the title of this blog, the last month for me has been full of excitement at Gateway! I’ve been able to accomplish more tasks in the last month than I have in any other month that I can remember in my life. I’ve been inspired by many events I’ve covered for the November Connect, and also have learned how important working as team is in clubs such as the BPA, GAAP, and NSLS.
On top of that I’ve been able to nearly get hacked by a chain-saw at a haunted house with my mom, watch my daughter trick-or-treat with my family, meet the Milwaukee Bucks players at a luncheon in Milwaukee, and even see the President and Katy Perry with my niece. I think one of the most enjoyable memories of the past month was spending time with the German students as part of the Study Abroad program.
The International Biz Squad class that I’m in for the Study Abroad program has allowed me and 5 fellow classmates to work alongside German students on a business project for two Gateway students beginning a start-up business. We’ve also been able to spend time with the students from Germany outside of class. I enjoyed getting to know them better at a dinner hosted by Gateway’s Executive Vice President/Provost Zina Haywood at her home. I have to say Zina and her family put together a beautiful home-cooked meal for all of us. I look forward to seeing the students again when we head overseas in March.
We will be selling different food items during International Week on Monday, Nov. 12 through Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at select campuses to raise money for our Global Scholar trip to Germany (see photo below). We will also be hosting a Vendor/Craft Fair on the Racine Campus on Feb. 2nd from 9-2p.m. to raise money for the trip. Anyone interested in reserving a space or for more information, please contact Jill Buchmann at email@example.com.
The Health Care Career Fair held at Gateway’s Madrigrano Auditorium was an awesome event to report on. I was able to see the auditorium filled with current students and Gateway graduates as they spoke with different employers from colleges, hospitals, and companies about jobs that are available. I interviewed a few students and others about the importance of the fair, and they all were glad to be there.
Another event I covered recently was the Artist in Residence event on Nov. 7th at the recently remodeled Pike Creek Horticulture Center at the Kenosha campus. This was one of my favorite events I’ve covered for Connect student newspaper to date. I was able to speak and work with great floral artist Dan Kotecki, floral instructors Jane Edwards and Mike Lewis, and students from Gateway’s Floral Design I and III courses. I didn’t plan on staying for the entire three hour event, but I was able to participate in the demonstration and ended up staying for four hours. I was able to conduct interviews, create a beautiful holiday centerpiece (see photo below), help clean up the room, and learn more about Gateway’s SAIFD floral club and the AIFD. It’s amazing how great the floral design business has developed over time and how it’s opened up doors for many inspiring Gateway students.
Creating a Holiday centerpiece during my Artist in Residence event coverage for Connect student newspaper at Pike Creek Horticulture Center at Kenosha Campus
I have had a great time continuing towards my goals with my SNT group members in the NSLS, as well as encouraging them to stay focused and positive even when times become stressful. We’ve been able to hear from speakers such as actress/singer Hilary Duff about leadership and success, and I look forward to improving my leadership skills at the Leadership Training Day later this month.
The BPA Club in Kenosha, which I’m proudly the Vice President of, has finally began to take off due to President Mark Short, Advisor Manoj Babu, and a great group of motivated members. We will be helping out at the Holiday House in the near future and will be preparing to compete at a statewide competition, which will be held in Green Bay next semester. I would like to say thank you to BPA Secretary Annie Fahy for creating a bulletin for the club for the month of November (see photo below).
Kenosha BPA Club’s November Bulletin Post by Annie Fahy
I’m excited and look forward to “ringing the bell” for the Salvation Army as our inspired GAAP Club will be donating our time to help out the community next month.
If anyone in any type of Business/IT related program at Gateway is interested in joining either the BPA Club in Kenosha or the district-wide GAAP Accounting Club, please email President Mark Short at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come join us at our next BPA Club meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14th at 3 p.m. in the Bioscience building on the Kenosha campus, or our next GAAP Club meeting in Racine, Elkhorn, or Kenosha on Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 4 p.m.
I would like to say thank you to all the members of the USG for their great efforts to help the Gateway community in many ways, and I look forward to attending the next meeting on Dec. 14th at noon. Please attend the meeting with me or contact USG at email@example.com for more information. All students are encouraged to attend any USG meeting.