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Phired Up at William Woods!

Last Friday, as a part of the President's Concert and Lecture Series, the William Woods community welcomed guest speaker Tina VanSteenbergen from Phired Up. Tina gave an inspiring motivational speech to the community at large and brought us closer with one another through a series of interactive tasks throughout the presentation. The entire goal of the event was to pull our community nearer to the idea of Social Excellence...


My favorite piece of advice from the presentation. Great tip for incoming college students. "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."

Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others. Being authentic and living everyday with integrity as the best version of oneself. Being confident and vulnerable. Being fun and compassionate. Being open, kind, and bold. The highest level of societal participation and contribution.


I got my very own picture with the VIP Guest Speaker Tina VanSteenbergen!

Tina had everyone rise from their seats and go meet someone new. Once we met our new person, we sat with them throughout the entire presentation. Taking breaks to have conversations on random topics with our newly found friends. By the end of the presentation, I had made a new friend who I new a lot of new details about, such as the people he idolized, his likes and dislikes, and his family. Tina encouraged us to adopt several new principles of social excellence including generosity and authenticity, and how to build masterful social skills and how to push one's social comfort zones to the max. Social Excellence increases social confidence and prepares individuals for success in college, business, relationships, and life. In today's technological world, human connections remain vital to professional and personal success and must remain an integral part of everyday life.

This LEAD event helped me to understand the importance of face to face interaction and make a new friend. For that, I am grateful.


#TBT to me at the zoo

I love throw back Thursday! I did my first official #TBT on the SWAT Facebook Page and it inspired me for my blog. I went back through my personal Facebook and found an old picture to throw back to. My mom always posts throw back photos in albums for my birthday, so it was not hard to find a photo.

My brother, me and my dad at the zoo circa some time ago when I was adorable.

My brother, me and my dad at the zoo circa some time ago when I was adorable.

This one is apparently from a trip to the zoo. Seeing this photo makes me miss my brother and sister a lot. My sister, Linzi, isn't in this photo because she was not born until I was 8. I am not really sure what year this was but I am thinking it is for sure the 90's because of the outfit my brother, Lance, is wearing.

Lance is a senior in high school and will be attending William Woods next year. I am really excited to have him on campus. I have already purchased a "diamond doll" tshirt to wear when I support him at WWU baseball games.

I hope that you enjoyed my blast from the past. I am feeling 100 percent better since my last post. This means that I can be picture ready for more fun photos to share with you.




Antibiotics in Action

This semester I'm taking a new class offered by Dr. Keller in the Biology Department, Microbial Diseases and the Human Body. As you can imagine, lecture is quite interesting because we learn about different diseases that affect people, and even things I've had in the past for instance strep throat! There is also a lab associated with the course, and after taking Microbiology my sophomore year, I knew I'd like working in the lab with different microorganisms.

Recently we learned about the mechanisms behind different antimicrobials. In lab, we got to see how antibiotics really work. We set up plates by covering them with bacteria (two different kinds) and then placed small disks soaked in different antibiotics on the surface of the plate. About a day later, we could actually see which antibiotics worked on the different bacteria! The soaked disks caused different zones of inhibition where the bacteria couldn't grow because of the antibiotic presence, and the two different bacteria were affected by different antibiotics.

This is the plate after we streaked it and added the antibiotic discs.

This is the plate after we streaked it and added the antibiotic discs.

After incubation, you can see the clear circular spots around the discs where the antibiotic kept the bacteria from growing.

After incubation, you can see the clear circular spots around the discs where the antibiotic kept the bacteria from growing.

It was really interesting to actually see it work! I've been sick and taken antibiotics several times, and I always knew that they function by killing the bacteria and not your own human cells, but to actually physically see the results was pretty cool! We've also been talking about the importance of not taking antibiotics unless your doctor says it is necessary because if you have say a virus then you're not killing the actual problem and instead you reduce the number of healthy microorganisms (which is also why a lot of people have the side effect of nausea when they take antibiotics!). You also have to take the full course of antibiotics and not stop when you feel better because if there are a few bacteria hanging around they can cause a secondary infection, or you could contribute to antibiotic resistance which is no good! I'd heard all these things before, but until learning about it in lecture and lab I didn't know why people said it. Now it all makes sense!

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The Benefits of Assessment Days

Hey everyone!

This week William Woods had assessment days, and honestly, these are my two favorite days of the year. Before I get into anything more, let me explain what assessment days are. WWU devotes 2 full days to academic assessment and program development, and in doing so, students don't have classes and instead spend the two days working with the other students and their professors. These assessment days are unique to William Woods and allow for each major to get feedback, find issues, and allow for students to develop bonds that don't form through classes.

For the Social Work assessment days, we spent all day Tuesday working together to answer the basics of case studies, learn more about field placement, having lunch together, and then finally learning about the licencing procedures both here in the state of Missouri and nation wide. The day started out with an intro and a small icebreaker to make sure everyone in the room was familiar with each other and get a feeling of where everyone was hopefully headed post-WWU. From there, Professor Wilson reviewed the new edition of the Social Work major handbook and updated us on the progress of the re-accreditation. Next came the small group activities, where we divided up and worked alongside our peers to sort out and build fictional plans for cases that we might run into in the field. This was my favorite part due to the fact that we got to work alongside the seniors, who are actually out in the field dealing with these things, to build a plan that could have been used by professionals. We presented these plans to the entire group and had lunch. Finally, we got to meet with Tom Reichard, who did an amazing job explaining the licencing process within the state of Missouri; something we all have to work towards in-order to work in the field legally.

These two days are my favorite of the year due to how it gives an amazing cross section of the major as a whole, and in doing so, we are able to voice our opinions on what works, what doesn't work, and what we would like to see happen in the future. This allows our professors to get a great look at the fine tuning of the major and that definitely aids them when it comes to providing the data needed to remain an accredited major here at William Woods.

On an end note, I would love to wish everyone a great Social Work Month from the department as a whole!


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