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Archive for March, 2006

Sorry for the break in posts

Posted by alphachinu on March 31, 2006

Hi all,

I have been up to far Northern Maine to visit my mother-in-law in Presque Isle. My family is going through a bit of a crazy time, even though many have gone through this situation in the past. I hope to get back on track to make daily posts soon. I will let you all know as I find out more information if there will be a break in blogging. Hopefully, you won’t get that notification for a long while.

With much care,

Jennifer Cragen 
Public Relations Secretary

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Leadership Presentation at Regional Convention

Posted by alphachinu on March 23, 2006

I had the chance to sit with Vi and find out what the Leadership Presentation was all about at the New England Regional Convention.

First, thank you for your time and for sharing the information Vi.

The leadership presentation was really more of a discussion about the various aspects of leadership. The most important point was being honest with yourself. If you are honest about your strengths and weaknesses you will be better able to delegate activities to your members. For example, I am good at publicity, but terrible at cooking. If I were to try making items for the bake sale, we'd have to pay the customers to eat the food and therefore lose money.  🙂
Servant leadership is a buzzword that is strong in the business and retail communities. However, when actively applied means understanding the importance of sharing activities and responsibility with others. In addition, servant leaders understand that they do not own anything or anyone. Servant leaders try to figure out how to make it easy for their members and employees to be involved. For example, instead of saying, "Turn to page 233, in Thinking, and tell me what you think about the persuasive speech outline. " My teacher had the class develop an outline on our own, incorporating the ideas of all members of the class, and then compared what we produced to what was shown on page 233. We did a pretty good job and the teacher was a servant leader by not owning the subject of the speech, the order of items, or any part of the process.

Again, thank you Vi for sharing with me about what you learned in the Leadership Presentation at Regional Convention.

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Saturday Convention Adventures

Posted by alphachinu on March 21, 2006

After the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 18, we had some free time while dancing was scheduled. There was a small crowd to begin with; so, I went downstairs to the lobby. There I hooked up with Kristen and her chapter’s delegates. They were going to watch a friend’s band play at The Middle East in Boston.

We got on the T just outside the hotel. We went to the next stop and walked for miles to the club where their friend was playing. We went in one door and had to go out the building and around to the side entrance. When we got there, the door was locked and a sign listed the bands playing. Their friend’s band was not on the list. 😦 But, we had fun going through the town.

Usually, I don’t like to do new things. However, I enjoyed myself and met new, great people. Melissa, Nina Marie, Johana, Greg, Carly and Kumar, thank you for the wonderful adventure. 😉 If I misspelled any names, I do apologize.

When we got back to the hotel, we went up to the dance area. There was still a small group dancing. This time we went in and had fun seeing the guys have a dance contest. There was an amazing guy who did the most professional looking breakdancing I’ve ever seen. Totally sweet!

After the dancing, which I loved,my chapter members showed up. The girls wanted to go get something to eat. We asked at the front desk about restuarants that were still open. The desk clerk told us about a restuarant six or seven city blocks down the road. We decided we could hike it and set out. Aimee was wearing a thin shirt and she gave Vi piggy back rides to keep warm. It was fun. My feet were tired, so I felt like a mom with three energetic children whom I was letting run wild. We got about seven blocks away from the hotel and didn’t see the restuarant. We did see a 7-11 and got food there. On the way back to the hotel, I ate my ice cream candy bar even though it was freezing. I fell behind the girls and shouted to them, “Go on to the hotel. I’ll make it, just slower.” They continued on to the hotel. I wasn’t worried as the hike was a straight shot between the hotel and the 7-11. A guy with a backpack got between us, but he looked like a student and didn’t seem to notice me. I figured I would yell at him in a crazy way if he turned around and came towards me. But, my figuring was for nothing. Aimee, Krissi, and Vi were waiting for me when I got to the hotel. They were happy to see me. 🙂

 And that is the end of my Saturday Convention Adventures. Good night to all!

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Bagel Sales Help Needed

Posted by alphachinu on March 21, 2006

Please volunteer to run the bagel sales. The bagel sales provide funds for fellowship activities and refreshments at events like Induction, the Honors Topic DVD Presentations, and at meetings. Please let us know if you can volunteer for any portion of Wednesday mornings, between 7am and 12pm. The bagel sales run from 7:30am to 11:30am; the half hour on either end is for set-up and break-down time.

Please contact Anne-Marie at regfan1@yahoo.com to let her know when you are available, or contact me at alphachinusmcc@yahoo.com.

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Members Welcome to Attend Officer Meetings

Posted by alphachinu on March 21, 2006

All members in good standing who wish to run for an officer position are welcome to attend officer meetings. The meetings are held approximately every two weeks, usually in Room 126 of the Campus Center. When we decide to host the meeting at a different location, we leave a note on the door.

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Bottles for Seattle Project!!

Posted by alphachinu on March 20, 2006

We decided to step up our bottle collecting efforts to allow our delegates to attend the International Convention today at our officers meeting. We currently have a small fund from this activity and need more funds. We are breaking the school into territories so that four of the officers can cover the entire school. We are doing this to reduce the burden on the one officer who had been collecting the bottles. Thank you, Aimee!
For those of you not in a state that redeems bottles, the process and purpose is like this. When soda, alcohol, or other drinks are purchased the state collects a five or 15 cent fee on each bottle. So, a six-pack of soda is $.30 redemption fee. And, a bottle of wine or liquor is $.15. The money is returned to the ones who turn in the collected bottles. The main purpose is to reduce litter. A secondary purpose for the state is to collect a tax/fee without really taxing the populous because the money is returned. The state, I imagine, gets interest on any money in the account, and hopes that not all bottles are redeemed. For school groups, individuals, and others, it is a great fundraising method because it is easy. Grocery stores, convenience stores and bottle redemption centers all accept empties in exchange for money. Some places even give a little incentive if you’ve pre-counted and cleaned the bottles. Sometimes grocery stores have barrels set-up for people to donate bottles and the redemption slips to schools for various field trips.

Please donate to us when you see a bottle collection box for Phi Theta Kappa or Alpha Chi Nu on campus. I will post a list of the collection locations within a week. We really appreciate your help. Thank you!

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Dr. D and Seduce Me Presentation

Posted by alphachinu on March 20, 2006

Dr. D is a former advertiser and presented on the way media influences our lives. He likened the physical black hole from our eyes to the mental black hole. Our brains have been trained to fill in the missing information from the spot where the optic nerve enters the retina. Our brains also fill in missing data from the media.

Take a few minutes and close your eyes then use your imagination to picture a man walking on the moon. I will come back to this later.

In pictures from various media, Dr. D drew our attention to many things. The changes in Betty Boop were remarkable. In the 1920s, Betty had huge eyes, a huge head, and huge hips. Today, she still has a large head and eyes, however they are slightly smaller. More amazingly, her hips have shrunk. In parts of a presentation from one of the glamor magazines, Dr. D showed how the media changes the dimensions of a woman, Cindy Crawford, by thining her thighs, waist, and arms. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think she has anything to worry about. Both Betty Boop and Cindy Crawford examples show that the media is constantly sending us messages. Currently, those messages are along the lines of: “You are unworthy. You don’t deserve love/belonging. But, if you use this product you will be loved/worthy/belong.” The thing is that is a lie. Anyone who has bought a product believing the lies and then not received the miraclous change implied in the message will tell you the advertising was a money scam and participation left them depressed more than before.

Now back to the man walking on the moon. Do you remembered what you pictured? What did you see? If it was anything other than the original moon landing walk, then you did not use your memory to fill in the missing information. Congratulations! For the rest of you, there is hope. You can learn to imagine by recognizing and analyzing what the media is telling you, then deciding if the message is one you want to remember. If there is less stuff filling your head with messages, you have more space to imagine something you haven’t seen or done before.

I hope you learned a little from the sharing of this information and remember to question what the media is telling you, and why. I include this blog in that reminder. 🙂

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Christina Tedesco Presentation

Posted by alphachinu on March 20, 2006

Ms. Tedesco presented her work at the awards banquet Saturday night. The visula presentation played in the background as a slide show, while the spoken presentation regarded her challenges and successes as a person with many abilities and a few disabilities. Ms. Tedesco was diagnosed with dyslexia in high school and has had cerebal palsy since birth. She graduated from high school in New Jersey and wanted to go to Landmark College in Vermont. Her parents were at first hesitant, but she explained to them that they had reaised her to be independent and confident in her abilities. Ms. Tedesco has a great sense of humor and is a wonderful photographer. Her pictures defy definition, but I will attempt to describe them for those of you who were not present.

The photographs are of human forms made from what looks like aluminum flashing painted various colors and slightly to greatly crumpled. The bodies are set in a natural environment that looks like my Maine backyard, but could be almost any forest. They are simply amazing. Ms. Tedesco describes her work as “the colors are the pain I deal with everyday.” After her presentation she answered questions from the audience.

A gentleman who is a transplant from Texas to New England said he had experienced discrimination as a Latino and wanted her perspective on overcoming adversity. She replied, “As you can see, I am white. However, I have experienced discrimination.” She continued by talking about working hard and not letting others tell you no. She related her experience in school as an example of discrimination. Her parents are educators and were advised to put her in easy classes. Her mother said, “No, let her be challenged. She will learn more that way.” I had spoke earlier with a friend about learning more from stuff that is hard for us, compared to learning little from easy situations. I was amazed at Ms. Tedesco relating the same idea that evening.

Another person asked her if she had written her story, and if not, why not. Ms. Tedesco replied, “My father asks the same question. But, I am not special. I am only just working with the hand I was dealt. My story is not interesting or unique.” The gentleman who asked the question disagreed with her, as did most of the attendees.

Then, I asked Ms. Tedesco what drew her to photography. She replied, “It is a long story. I was an English major and it was the summer break. My advisor called to tell me that the English class I wanted was unavailable and that they’d put me in photography. I said ‘WHAT!’ I took the class anyway, and the rest is history.”

Ms. Tedesco has reminded me of the strength that we sometimes do not realize we have until we look back on what we have experienced. At an early age, I had to take care of my mom because she has multiple physical disabilities that seemed to have developed overnight and the doctors called premature aging syndrome. I don’t think they really knew what had happened to my mom. I did what I needed to do, as Ms. Tedesco has done what she needed to do. It took many years and many friends to convince me that I had shown great strength and courage, even, in taking care of my mom and by default, my family. Looking back, I agree. At the time, I was just surviving. I have come to recognize that many people feel the same way: they are just surviving and doing what anyone else would do with the same situation, so what they are doing is not special. But, it is special.

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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Regional Convention 2006 a Blast!!

Posted by alphachinu on March 20, 2006

Our chapter got back from the 2006 New England Regional Convention in Boston. Can you imagine a better place to be on St. Patrick’s Day?! Anyway, it was great. There were good speakers and presentations. The fellowship with other chapters was amazing! And, the whole experience is something we will all remember for a long time.

Thank you to the chapter for allowing us to represent you.

We will be uploading information from the presentations soon.

We were introduced to the 2006-2008 Honors Topic, The Global Dynamics of Power: Gods, Gold, and Glory. It promises to be a great topic for the coming year.

Have a great day! Please check back often for updates on the chapter. We hope to post at least one message per day!

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

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