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Project Graduation Results!

Posted by alphachinu on June 13, 2006

We collected 81 books for Project Graduation. However, they had an interesting journey to us. 

On the Saturday morning of Commencement, May 20, the chapter had collected 30 books in the boxes under the Student Activities board in the Campus Center. By Monday morning , the books were missing!

While heartbroken that the books were missing, never to return, the chapter banded together and decided to ask the campus community to reopen their bookcases to the children of the schools affected by the flooding in York County. 

The generosity of the campus is amazing! We not only collected enough books to replace the ones that were missing, we more than doubled our collection. 

Thank you to the entire community of SMCC and South Portland!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
Vice President of Scholarship

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Relay for Life Results!

Posted by alphachinu on June 5, 2006

We raised over $400 to go towards cancer education and research. We had a great team including Heather Huntley, Anne-Marie Hawkes, Aimee Michaud, Jennifer Cragen, and Heather's family members.

Aimee won the box race for our team and was a great sport to carry the egg in the spoon!

Thank you to all who supported our team and to our team for doing so much walking!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
VP of Scholarship

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March of Dimes Results!

Posted by alphachinu on June 5, 2006

We were very active in gathering funds for the March of Dimes, Walk America event. We had 6 registered walkers who raised over $1,000 for the babies.

The wonderful walkers include Samantha Arnold-McLaughlin, Jennifer Cragen, Anne-Marie Hawkes, Anna Patkus, Brenda Patkus, and Ben Shane.

Thank you to all who sponsored our walkers by donating money! And, thank you to the walkers for getting blisters and enjoying the sun!

 Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
VP of Scholarship

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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

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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

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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

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Upcoming Convention Plans

Posted by alphachinu on April 3, 2006

The available presentations are grouped into five rounds spaced throughout the convention. Let's try to attend as many as we can. Please comment on the post to indicate which you are interested in.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary

For Round One, Thursday, April 20, 10:30am-11:45am

The educational forums include: Relay for Life, Honors Topic Overview, Reaching Pinnacle, Five Star Program, Project Graduation.
The chapter success forums cover recruitment and the Personal Assistant Program (PAM) for advisors.
The beyond the chapter forums include: resolving conflict, scholar dollars, speaking with confidence.

For Round Two, Thursday, April 20, 1:30pm-2:45pm

The educational forums include: Operation Green, Satellite Seminars, Civic Engagement.
The chapter success forums include: increasing membership, basic website building, voting delegates, and PAM.
The beyone the chapter forums include: Leadership in the Half-Blood Prince, Chartering and Growing Regional and Community Clumni Associations, and Competing for Nationally Competitive Scholarships.
The advisor roundtables include: Benefits and Opportunities, Officer Development, and Building an Advisor Team.
The career forums include: Federal employment, Leadership Compass, and Peace Corps.

For Round Three, Friday, April 21, 8:15am-9:30am

The educational forums include: Operation Green, Better World Books, Five Star, Honors Institute, and Community College Readership Program.
The chapter success forums include: Gaining Administrative Support, Fundraising Success, Chapter Involvement, and PAM for advisors.
The beyond the chapter forums include: Nonverbal Group Communication, Senior Institution Alumni Associations, Running for Regional/International Offices.
The advisor roundtables include: Success as a Solo Advisor, Developing Advisor Teams, and Motiviating Members.
The career forums include: Ethics, Taxes for Starting a Small Business, and Website Design.

For Round Four, Friday, April 21, 4:30pm-5:45pm

The educational forums include: Relay for Life, Case Study Challenge 101, Hallmarks Awards Program, and th Politically Engaged Chapter.
The chapter success forums include: Chapter Public Relations, Managing Membership Acceptance with PAM, and Benefits of Phi Theta Kappa for College Administrators.
The beyond the chapter forums include:Personal Leadership Philosophy, Transistion from CC to University, Alumni Associations, Hosting a Regional Meeting, and Scholar Dollars.
The advisor forums include: Banishing Burnout, Organization Tips, and Manageing Conflict.
The career forums include: Federal Employment process, and Insurance.

For Round Five, Saturday, April 22, 8:15am-9:30am

The educational forums include: Operation Green and Honors Study Topic.
The chapter success forums include: Fundraising, Motivating Members, Hallmarks, Increasing Membership Acceptance, Increasing Membership Acceptance for Non-Transfer Students, and PAM for advisors.
The beyond the chapter forums include: Winning Scholarship Application, Alumni Business Meeting, Leadership Development.
The advisor forums include: Benefits and Opportunities, Officer Development, and Motivationg Members.
The career forums include: A Career in Insurance and Ethics in Engineering.

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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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