Monday, March 21, 2016

Winter is gone and Spring Break is (almost) here!



Spring break is an exciting and refreshing time of the year for most students. After sitting through weeks of classes following winter break, it’s about time that students, and teachers, should get to enjoy the spring air. The notorious question may begin to stew in one’s head… What am I going to do over break? After reading this post perhaps ones question could be answered. This spring break maybe you could pledge to do something new and stay active both mentally and physically. 

2016 Spring Break Idea List: 
  • To exercise your inner creativeness, look on Pinterest and find a project to accomplish. If you already have something in mind, such as creating your own fishing pole or making homemade cupcakes, look up Youtube tutorials to help you begin your new adventure.
  • To exercise your physical needs, take your bike out of the garage and pump up those tires. Try and go on a 30 minute bike ride everyday- maybe this could be a family activity. If you don’t have a bike, or you can’t find yours, go on a two mile walk or pick up a new pastime like running.
  • To exercise your social needs, put your phone down- of course after you make your plans. Ask your friends if they want to meet up at the park and have a picnic, to try out your cooking skills, or go to the movies on Tuesday- $5 days.
  • To exercise your mind, get an app to keep your brain working. After all you do want to keep your brain sharp so you seem like the smartest person at school the following week. Some brain game ideas are Lumosity Mobile, Elevate – Brain Training, and Fit Brains Trainer- Guess what they are all FREE on your smartphone or tablet!
  • Finally, get all your assigned homework done the first couple days of break. Once you finish, you will be able to enjoy the break and not think about school. (Except for maybe reading a book, or two, and playing some brain games)
 A week off of school does not seem like a long time but in reality it is 305 hours. Before it gets too late and you keep questioning what to do, think of a new idea and stay active too.

TRIO Day Celebration

Marian TRIO Programs Celebrate National TRIO Day

On February 18th, 2016 Marian University’s TRIO Program celebrated National TRIO Day. Faculty, staff, parents and students of TRIO SSS and UBMS gathered to discuss the impact of TRIO, a federally-funded college-based education opportunity outreach program, on their lives. Vice President of Student Engagement, Kate Candee, began the night by welcoming everyone and introducing guest speakers. Four students both current and Alumna gave their testimonies as to why TRIO works. Cece Fairbanks, current high school senior, and Aracely Torres, freshman at UW-Oshkosh spoke on behalf of UBMS. Courtney Clark, current Marian Student, and Reginald Parson, program Alum, spoke on behalf of SSS. Following the testimonies, Thomas Petri, former Republican U.S. Representative for Wisconsin spoke on the importance education. While serving in the House of Representative, 34% of his sponsored bills were related to education, including TRIO Education Access Act of 2002. After the keynote speaker Tracy Abler introduced the table talk question, “How do you see yourself contributing to the Fond du Lac community, the State, the Country, and/or the World as a result of your TRIO experience?” Students, parents and staff then shared their opinions about the how their lives have been impacted through their TRIO experiences.