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11Mar/150

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...

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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.

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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.

18Feb/150

Courtwarming Games 2015

 

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This years Courtwarming logo designed by the one and only, Alaina Leverenz.

Come one, come all to the Sixth Annual Courtwarming Games at William Woods University! Presented by Student Alumni Council. Every year in anticipation for a final home stand during basketball season, WWU hosts a Courtwarming celebration. All week long we showcase our William Woods spirit by wearing Kelly Green and Burgundy, going to LEAD events, and attending sporting events to cheer our teams to victory! This year's Courtwarming theme is based off of the wildly popular series of novels turned movies, The Hunger Games. Our Courtwarming weeks events started off last night with the LEAD event "No Hunger in Our Games". Students brought non-perishable food items for donation to the local food pantry and watched The Hunger Games. Today, my fellow Student Alumni Council member Matt Underwood and I handed out tee shirts and collected ballots from those voting to elect this year's Courtwarming King and Queen.

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Matt and I collecting ballots and handing out tee shirts to ambitious WWU students.

On Friday, Student Alumni Council will host the Courtwarming Games Pep Rally! A night of games, fun, great prizes and school spirit! Students will support our basketball teams as they prepare for the Courtwarming Game on Saturday, February 21st. All of this support, action, and opportunity is another reason that being an Owl is the only way to be! Finally, may the odds be ever in your favor!

Peace and blessings, friends!

Dakota

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4Feb/150

Fortune Favors the Bold

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When was the last time you went up to someone you admired and told them that you are happy to have them in your life? I'm not talking about that girl who you are secretly in love with from your business class, or the guy with all the snide remarks in your language class. What I'm talking about is approaching someone that you have a relationship with, friendly or otherwise, and telling them exactly what it is that you like about them and that you are fortunate to have them in your life.

See, we live in a society where telling someone that you like the photo they put up on their Facebook last night earns you "creeper status," being nice to someone of the opposite sex makes you "flirty," and it's way easier to hide behind your phone as opposed to actually walking up and interacting with someone.

I am asking you to go out and be different. In a good way. Get your face out of that smart phone of yours, and smile at the person walking past you. Talk to your professors in class. Make a new friend, or ask that special someone out on a date! Be bold! I don't want you to live another second wishing you had the courage to do something that you want to do in this life because sometimes you only get one chance.

My entrepreneurship professor here at William Woods, David Forster, taught me something my freshman year. He said, "The three most pointless emotions are guilt, worry, and fear of failure." Fear of failure is the one I would like to focus on. Let me put this into perspective for you - lets say that you walk up to someone and ask them to grab coffee with you sometime, the worst thing that could possibly happen is that they say no. In that situation, you have lost absolutely nothing, you're still in the same shoes you had on before you asked, and the only thing that has changed is that you did what you've always wanted to do. You may get shot down, but you were brave! That's what really matters.

Allow me to proclaim my everlasting distaste for all that is pessimistic. You don't have time for negativity. While the rest of the world tries to bring you down, you'll be soaring through life accomplishing all of your wildest dreams. All because you took that first step, that one small leap of faith that let you know that you could accomplish all of your wildest dreams and goals. Anything is possible for you!

Life is full of beautiful moments. Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day. Always remember: things always happen for a reason, it's your job to find out what that reason is.

Peace and blessings, friends.

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8Oct/140

Go Cardinals!

It's October and that means playoff baseball is here! There is nothing better than getting together with my friends and teammates to watch the greatest players in the world play the greatest game on planet Earth. The playoffs mean throwing pizzas in the oven, getting up to speed on the latest game day predictions, and then battening down the hatches for 9 innings of Cardinal baseball. Last night the St. Cardinals beat the LA Dodgers 3 to 2 after a home run by Matt Adams off of Clayton Kershaw in the 7th inning. Our apartment went bananas when the Cardinals took the lead! Year in and year out you can find fans of all types cheering their team to victory here at William Woods! As for right now, it's time for playoff baseball. I wish it was always October. We are Cardinal Nation!20141007_191558-1