Alpha Chi Nu Chapter

Phi Theta Kappa at Southern Maine Community College

Archive for the ‘Fellowship’ Category

Walk America: Fun for all!

Posted by alphachinu on May 7, 2006

There were many members of the SMCC community at today's Walk America event for the March of Dimes. Anna and her mother from Enrollment Services were there, along with Zee and three of her relatives, and Anne-Marie, Ben, Alesha, and Jennifer and her partner.

Good fun was had by all. Zee momentarily lost her brother, nephew, and neice in the crowd but quickly found them again. Anne-Marie and Ben walked together, while Allesha rode her bike. Anna and her mother walked as a pair, as did Jennifer and her partner.

There was a good variety of ages, abilities, and history represented in the walkers. Some of the walkers couldn't yet walk and rode in strollers while others were wishing for wheelchairs by the end of the walk. For some, this was their first walk with March of Dimes, while for others there was a thirty-year history of walking for March of Dimes.

The weather was beautiful. Sunny skies, with a cool breeze off of Back Cove, kept the walkers warm, but not overheated. With plenty of water and granola bars from the walk sponsors, the walkers were never without something to eat or drink. Coffee and pastries started the day, while soda and pizza finished the day.

The walk was beautiful and left me feeling a good burn throughout my body. I realized when my ankle continued to be in pain after 6 acetaminophen tablets, just how out of shape I am. It's amazing to me how being involved in cleaning the environment or walking for preemies makes me realize stuff about myself that I want to change. Interesting, hmm?

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

Posted in Fellowship, Projects, Service | 1 Comment »

Earth Day Revisited

Posted by alphachinu on May 1, 2006

Ben, Jessica, and myself participated in the Willard Neighborhood Association, Beach Clean Up Day, along with other students from Southern Maine Community College, a few staff members of the college, and a few of our friends.

Our group collected one huge bag of trash and debris. There was a lot of cigarette butts and bits of styrofoam. Neither of which are nice on the beach. The styrofoam was hard to pickup because it kept breaking into littler pieces, making it hard to grab and hard to see. There was also a lot of broken plastic toys. The bits of red, blue, and yellow were easy to see against the soft tan of the sand.

I saw my first skeleton that was in its natural setting. Other skeletons I'v seen have all been made-up, either in a museum or on tv. I was amazed at how the bones were still connected and were easily identifyable as a particular animal. A bird had died; and, the bones were bleached and brittle, lying in the grass above the high tideline.

I vowed to use less styrofoam than I already do. I know that styrofoam won't go away; and, I don't want others cleaning up after me in ten or twenty years.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

Posted in Fellowship, Projects, Service | 1 Comment »

Earth Day, A Week Late

Posted by alphachinu on April 12, 2006

As the 2006-2008 International Service Project is "Operation Green", I think it would be great if we can assist in this great cause.

Lila Jones, the Americorps*VISTA and Civic Engagement Coordinator, is the campus contact person for the beach cleanup project at Willard Beach. The neighborhood group for residents from the college community organized the event and Lila is trying to get SMCC students involved as well.

Please bring pruning supplies if you have them anddesire to help remove the invasive plants. We will be picking up trash and removing invasive plants at the Willard and Willow Street beach entrances. Bags and gloves are going to be provided. If there are enough volunteers we will clean the beach and the path up to Spring Point Light and Fisherman's Point.

Please met in the Campus Center if you are interested in helping at 8:45 am, Satrday, April 29. We will head out from there.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

Posted in Fellowship, Projects, Service | Leave a Comment »

We are gearing up for the trip to Seattle!

Posted by alphachinu on April 9, 2006

Hi all,

The members who are going to convention are getting ready to go to Seattle! Yeah! We hope to not experience any turbulence in the air and will likely have a great time sleeping on the plane.

We will be leaving Easter night to do some sight seeing on our own before the convention starts. I know I want to see the world famous Pike Place Fish Market. They are the ones written about in the book, FISH! The authors noted that the fishmongers have four primary beliefs about making anyplace to work less work: Play!, Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day, and Be Present. It's also the place with the flying fish. The book and my friends say it is a must see.  

We've all talked about Mt. Reiner, the Space Needle, and Marie Callender's Restuarant. I can't wait to see all the wonderful things in Seattle!!

Then, we get to represent the school at the Phi Theta Kappa, International Convention. Yippee! It will be a blast! We'll learn so much, get to fellowship with other chapters, and have a great time in the process. What could be better!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

Posted in Conventions, Fellowship, Musings | Leave a Comment »

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

Posted in Conventions, Fellowship, Musings | Leave a Comment »

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

Posted in Basic Information, Fellowship, Projects | Leave a Comment »

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

Posted in Basic Information, Fellowship, Projects | Leave a Comment »