What a crazy semester it has been- I don’t think I can say I’ve had crazier!
A few things I won’t miss about Fall 2012.
No Shave November. (featured: Jordan Dages)
Studying and working on projects like… a cute metaphor that is not coming to my mind at the moment. (featured: Rachel Boan)
Cramming my brain with an infinite amount of ways to market products..
What’s interesting is that, all the things above are truly the things I enjoy the most about MNU as well. Any university will have No Shave November contests. Anywhere you go, you’ll spend long hours studying and writing papers and being creative. Any marketing classroom you enter, you’ll learn about the newest, the best, the coolest way to market products or services.
The difference between anywhere else and MNU: the community. The relationships. The fun!
Sure No Shave November is disgusting. But you know who isn’t? Jordan Dages. For all prospective students out there- meet Jordan. He’s hilarious and has Duck Dynasty quotes for days.
Studying is no fun. But you know who is? Rachel Boan. This girl has a heart for people, a mind of wisdom, and the moves like Jagger. She is everything I could hope to be and she kills it on the basketball court! It’s people like Rachel that will make you want to study, not because it’s fun, but because studying together somehow miraculously makes it a good time.
And the love/hate relationship of my life: marketing. I’m a marketing major. Clearly, I love Marketing. The hatred? I will never be able to mindlessly shop again. The picture above are buttons from JCP’s newest campaign. Just by walking into the store, you get these cute little buttons that have codes on the back. Everyone’s a winner- you enter them in online and get free JCP cash. What the heck?! Why didn’t I think of this!? And sure, maybe learning about all the different ways to successfully market products, services, businesses, and people will make me want to vomit at times, but at least the person who is teaching me all of this is cute and does not make me want to vomit!
For the official record, Prof Wallentine would hate to know that I took her picture during class and posted it not only on instagram, but now on this blog, but this woman deserves so much recognition! She makes learning fun, and cares about my entire being- how I am academically. How I am spiritually. How I am physically. How I am emotionally. I’m blessed to go to a university with professors like her. If I could grow up and be half the person she is, then this world would be blessed like none other. Lisa Wallentine, I love you for everything you are, stand for, and all you do. You push me (and the rest of your students) to be the best we can be and beyond. Your self sacrifice and willingness to go out of your way for your students is appreciated and we cannot express thank you in the written word!
From complaining to mush and everything in between- Coming at you from Spindle Lobby-
A few weeks ago I blogged about my Promotion Management class project.
For those of you just tuning in, our Promotion Management class was given the assignment of creating an Integrated Marketing Communications campaign for Blue Springs Harley Davidson.
After 3 months of slaving away at creating the perfect project to present to our client and about 7 all nighters later, I present to you:
“There is truly nothing more exciting than the sound of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the highway. Whether that bike be the highlight of a long car ride across the Midwest or a short trip across town, there is something to be said about the tradition and patriotism of a Harley.
At an early age, people adopt the idea of owning a motorcycle quickly. It is every young boy’s desire to own a Harley. Somewhere along the lines, reservations cloud the childhood dream of riding down the highway on a Hog. Some of these set backs create unanswered questions. Questions of safety. Comfort. Space. Association.
“Leave it to Harley!”
If it’s comfort you want, then leave it to Harley. If it’s safety you’re after, leave it to Harley. If you want a luxury bike with room for your everyday needs, leave it to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson to have you covered.
This campaign will break down the stereotype of bikers by using the influential and iconic Cleaver family of “Leave it to Beaver,” a popular television show the target market grew up loving and respecting. Overcoming the reservation of bad association will be the focus of this “Leave it to Harley” campaign. Because, after all, reserved, conservative families like to have fun too. The family friendly advertisements will use nostalgia to bring the target (and the target’s biggest influencers,) to an acceptance of motorcycles from Blue Springs Harley-Davidson. The interior of the all new store will be masculine enough for the man’s man, but nostalgic to bring out the child at heart. The customer lounge and service will leave wives and significant others longing for a trip to Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for their own escape from reality.
If it’s your wife’s approval you want, leave it to Harley. If it’s a safe, family-friendly environment you’re after, leave it to Harley.
For anything you want, you can rest in the reliability and comfort that you’re in the hands of Blue Springs Harley-Davidson. When you’re here, you’re family. So take a load off and just leave it to Harley!”
no semester long project would be complete without a photoshoot at 3am, right?
My project partner, Colin Starr, and me:
It’s a good thing we clean up nicely for GAME DAY.
A special shout out to Amanda Nigus who designed all of our materials and brought the campaign to life through the visual arts!
After presenting once to our classmates and professors, I am excited to share that our campaign made it into the top 3, presented to our awesome client Lori of Vibe Marketing, and we will find out on Friday if we were chosen!
I wish I could describe the excitement that comes with this title! Allow me to try.
For the first 3 weeks of my past summer I spent in a classroom learning business statistics. One of the nice things about MNU is the summer courses- you can take a class for a few hours a day and in 3 weeks you’re done with a gen-ed requirement! I digress…
I was in the business office on a break one day getting coffee and a professor asked me if I would be interested in starting “some national leadership organization,” and included that there was a scholarship offered for doing it. Uh… yes please? As an entrepreneur at heart, I loved the idea of starting something while I’m at MNU that would be continued even after I’m gone. So long story short, I went through an extensive interview process, got accepted and then boarded a plane for training. I met 25 other wonderful interns there for training from all over the country. We had a blast and learned about what it means to start a chapter on campus.
When I got back to school, I began seeking out executive board members and advisers.
Ladies and gentlemen of MNU Blogs, I introduce to you, the dream team.
Adviser Ron Jackson
Co-Adviser Dr. Yorton Clark (featured bottom right, pranking my vehicle.)
2013 President Allegra Vieux (me!)
Vice President Stephen Rowell
Secretary Madi Collins
Treasurer Savannah Hoit
….nothing boring about this crew! We are an executive board devoted to leadership and changing the world. We have various chair positions filled as well, but we’ll save those potentially embarrassing pictures for another day at another time.
A couple weekends ago I joined the ministry majors and Professor Mark Hays on a trip to Dallas, Texas, for the National Youth Workers Convention. We all got up at the crack of dawn, piled into the MNU van, and made our way to the conference where we would be joining thousands of other college students, youth pastors, and youth volunteers. In going I was hoping for some more insight and wisdom into what it looks like to be a pastor’s wife and what all to expect in being involved in full-time ministry. My fiance is a youth pastor and throughout the past year and a half I have become increasingly involved in his youth ministry, loving the relationships I have been able to establish with the junior and senior high gals. In preparation for the time ahead I want to make sure I am soaking up all I am able to now during this stage in my life so that I may be better equipped for ministry in the future.
Our retreat to Dallas was great in so many ways. I loved being able to simply explore the convention center on my own and go to whichever sessions peaked my interest. There was space for silence and solitude in our schedule, allowing for time to process and be still, and of course there were all kinds of speakers covering a wide range of topics. Some of my favorite speakers included Doug & Cathy Fields, Bob Goff, and Tony Campolo. I loved hearing Doug and Cathy’s take on how they have developed and maintained a healthy marriage in the midst of ministry–something that, in looking at those involved in full-time ministry, is seemingly quite rare. Bob Goff, the author of Love Does, was extremely inspirational, having experienced the most amazing adventures all across the globe. Tony Campolo, who is a speaker, author, pastor, social activist, and professor of sociology, was so intriguing to listen to. His phenomenal, world-reknown book, Red Letter Christians, simply focuses on taking seriously the counter-cultural teachings of Jesus and, more specifically, embracing the lifestyle Jesus describes in the Sermon on the Mount. This man who speaks in countries all throughout the world is coming to MNU this spring and I am so unbelievably stoked to hear him speak again! When Campolo spoke at the conference, it was so neat seeing just how humble this man is in how he speaks of others and himself. His book is extremely challenging to believers and is very intentional in making us re-evaluate our lives and our hearts. However, at the same time, he was completely honest and transparent in that many of those who have studied under him, such as Shane Claiborne, have far outdone him in living the life that Jesus spoke of in the Scriptures. I love how self-aware he was in talking about his own life and how honest and genuine he was so share that with all of us. How quickly people want to follow someone who admits his own failure in following the call God has placed on his heart. It is then that we are able to believe, if only for a moment, that perhaps our imperfections and brokenness could actually be used for God’s glory.
After Campolo spoke and the masses surrounded him for questions, pictures, and signatures I noticed his wife sitting in a row to the side on her own, making small-talk with a couple people as they left. There is something so intriguing to me about leaders’ wives. I often wonder what it looks like to be in these ladies’ shoes, being married to and supporting a husband whom is responsible for leading countless people. So often these women fade into the background despite the prominent role they have in the life of their husband and thus in the people he’s leading. In seeing Campolo‘s wife I had to go talk to her and hear her story. In doing so, I got to sit with this lovely lady, Peggy, for 30 minutes before they had to take off for their flight, and got to hear her journey from accepting Christ in her young adult years all the way to now. It was so neat getting to hear her perspective on her and Tony’s life together in which she was extremely honest and transparent about. I am so thankful for having experienced this moment with her and getting to peek into her life story.
All in all, I loved the opportunity to join the ministry majors in going to this conference and am so thankful for all the insight gained through such amazing people. That’s all folks!
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the first installment of a revolutionary idea called “That’s Why We’re Friends.” This will be an inside look of, what I feel, defines MNU: Community.
I am a Freshman in Lanpher. Without going into too much graphic detail, let’s just say it can get CRAZY! I mean come on, we’re dudes from all over the place, living under one roof, what’d you expect?
The picture above is my room which I share with my DAWG Josh Woodward. Josh looks like the complete opposite of me, but only until you put us in the same room and especially compare our senses of humor.
Today we’re going to take a deeper look into what makes a hall, a hall. It’s kind of like the church in how it it less dependent on the structure, even though it is very nice mind you, and focuses more on who resides there. There are around 25 guys on each hall. This gives way for growth, discussions and lots of diversity.
The diversity lies in where we come from, the personalities we have all developed and are now clashing. Some transitions go smoothly and others are like using your car key to open your garage or maybe a safe. But when it’s good, it’s awesome. You find people who, like Josh and I, who starting bonding on day one. We went to Se7en E11even bought some Hot Pockets, bananas, and milk to make cookie milk shakes with some meal-shake-yummy-formula I brought from home. Needless to say, that’s a bond never to be broken!
The discussions are a very special thing! They can be had between people whose faith is sound and thus creates growth or with people who are hurting, lost, and confused. I almost prefer the latter; it creates bonds that I believe God set forth to happen. Take for example a sonic trip. I took a guy on the hall who was relatively opposed to Campus Center and didn’t have a car. My view on this young man was once somewhat negative, ticked me off a bit, and hurt my heart to see him make the choices he was. He then blew all of that away. With a tiny piece of his past, his choices, his struggle. I obtained a view on a once God filled-fearing-and-praising young man whose priorities got mixed up. This made my heart smile because I began to see a need in him and a God who fit perfectly.
The growth is the best part. From the butting heads to the deep theological discussion it is produced. Accountability is established, encouragement is given, and love is displayed. For all this to happen a helpful verse is Proverbs 28:1, “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as BOLD as a lion.” I believe to make community work you have to be bold. That’s where growth begins. This is my hall. Not the white cement walls, but the people that reside within them and the talks that bring those same people together.
From the sitting and planning out starting a revolutionary idea to having conversations about some weird, but bonding topics, I would not trade the community I have. It is molding me into someone who realizes more than he did before. It’s all a part of God’s plan. I pray that you would seek community around you, because community is the backbone of any meant-to-be-broken-yet-redeemed individual.
It’s that time of year isn’t it? The moment the weather begins to get colder, the coughing and stuffy noses begin to increase rapidly. Thats right, the sickness is coming back and the cold season is here, as expected. Many of us here at MNU have fallen victim to this evil health factor. I being one of them.
This has been enough of a stressful week already, and now this!? The aches and the pains, the sneezing and the sniffling, the coughing and the hacking, it’s all part of the endless circle of reasons we continually have to struggle to just get by. With finals just around the corner, and winter break immediately after that (WOO), our health is the last thing we need to be worrying about right now. We should be studying, doing homework, and psyching ourselves up for this big tests. HA who am I kidding? We would be procrastinating, hanging out with friends, and just simply being college students. Most of us can’t even focus on anything but winter break! But NOO! No we are stuck in bed, too achey to do anything, too sick to be around people for an extended period of time. These are the times when you say to yourself life sucks sometimes
But amidst all of the illness and all of the sorrow there is hope! There is a light that shines in this tunnel of sore throats and swollen sinus cavities! There is good in every negative and the good is plain to see once you look. Before we were all sick zombies we lived life as aimless procrastinators: Kings and Queens of wasting time and goofing off! We were lazy without cause, did stupid things for no reason, and there was simply no excuse. So remember you’re not alone friends! I am with you, and many others like myself. Just keep your heads up and look at the bright side: at least now you have a legitimate reason not to do your homework!
And this is one of my favorite poems by Shel Silverstein that I added just for fun:
Well this past week I was in ROME! So here is a recap of all that I got to do.
Day ONE: We arrived. Got checked in to the cutest B&B I have ever seen. Then we went out and ran into Auralian’s wall and then ate at a pizzeria. Each of us got a massive full sized pizza for only 5 euros!
Day TWO: We got up. Bought our Roma passes for transportation and discounts to all the places we wanted to go. Headed to the area of the Roman forums and passed Capitoline hill and Trajon’s column on the way. We got our first glimpse of the Colosseum and had our first gelato! Then in front of the forum we were approached and offered a tour. The girl was from England and the guy from North Carolina. We went with a guide named Fabio! On the tour we met this couple that was on a four month journey across the globe! They were from Australia and had been through Asia and now were in Europe. We saw the Imperial Forum, Palentine hill, and the Colosseum. Everything was so amazing. Later we picked a restaurant to have our Thanksgiving dinner at called ‘Wanted.’
Day THREE: We saw the Baths of Caracalla this day. They were massive! It was actually a complex and was more for social swimming…without swimsuits. Also we went through the Capitoline hill museums and that was really cool. There were beautiful paintings and sculptures and murals. Then we went to the Piazza Novana where the artists district was and bought some paintings. The Pantheon was next. It is one of the most well preserved buildings and you can definitely tell when you see it. After the Pantheon we went to the Trevi fountain! I threw in a coin and can only hope that the saying is true- that when you throw a coin in the Trevi you will return to Rome. For some reason I have had this attachment to the Trevi and I had looked forward to seeing it the whole time. And let me say- it was everything I had hyped it up to be. I was not disappointed. I loved it! We went to the Trevi multiple times during the week. That night we went to the Hard Rock Cafe Rome and had an American meal for the first time in three months! IT WAS FANTASTIC! I have a bacon cheese burger and french fries and a hot fudge brownie sundae. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
DAY FOUR: This was the Catacombs which was pretty cool but not my favorite place. The history and stories behind it is amazing though. We walked done some roads out on the Catacombs and that was absolutely beautiful. We were more out of the city so the landscape was incredible. We also went through an open market which was a lot of fun but very hectic as well. There were vendors trying to get you to look at their stuff and bargaining was kinda crazy. We ate a basement restaurant that night and witnessed a lady translate in three languages at the same time within ten minutes! It was so cool to experience that.
Day FIVE: This day was dedicated to the Vatican City. We ended up getting a tour for this as well and getting to cut thousands of people to get in! There were people that waited in line for hours with just hopes of getting in before they closed the doors. Inside it was so packed and getting around was madness. But it was so worth seeing all of the famous sculptures and painting, especially by Michael Angelo and Rafael. We saw the School of Athens painting and the Sistine Chapel! The Sistine Chapel is truly incredible. We then later cut hundreds of people on our own to get into St. Peter’s Basilica. Waiting in lines are for squares. When in Rome right?! :) We went to a little hole in the wall pizzeria by the Vatican for lunch and it was definitely some of the best pizza I have ever had! Then we had gelato on the Spanish steps after that. On our way back to the B&B we stopped by the Colosseum one last time. Hayley and I sang the song ‘This is what dreams of made of’ from the Lizzie McGuire Movie in front of the Colosseum! Probably one of my favorite memories- it was so much fun and a perfect way to end a wonderful trip!
And as for all of the little details and inside jokes/memories…What happens in Rome stays in Rome. ;)
Learn something new today: Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere in the world there is a duck watching you.
As wonderful as Thanksgiving is, little did I know that this particular Thanksgiving would be above and beyond what I was expecting for the turkey holiday. After finishing all my classes on Tuesday, November 20, I was preparing myself for a friends-giving celebration that my roommate Kai and her twin Marshall had prepared for that day. The night before they had given both my friend Clair and I flowers, a handkerchief, and a beautiful poem they had written explaining that the following day would be a celebration of our friendships in which the whole day would be a surprise (hence the handkerchief). When the time came for our celebration, we got in our best attire and took off, ending up at Cheesecake Factory at the Plaza and then spent some good time walking down by the river after a trip to Latteland. It was beautiful out, the weather being perfect, and it was such a refreshing time getting to simply be with these good, good people. After spending some time in the Word and talking about God’s faithfulness through our community, we took off for the final destination, blindfolds on. However, unbeknownced to me, I was truly the only one without a clue.
The car stopped and Kai came around and helped me out. We began walking, her hands in mine as she led me forward, and she began talking to me about how thankful she is to God for our friendship and all that He has revealed to the both of us through us becoming so close. She then said, “But, the rest of today we are going to celebrate another relationship…”, and this was when I first realized that this day would look far different than what I could have ever hoped. She took off my blindfold and I was standing in front of two of my good friends right outside of my grandparents lovely little church where my parents had gotten married years ago. The setting was absolutely beautiful. We were standing in this beautiful garden area which was decorated with twinkling lights, picutres of Zach and I together, and mason jars with flowers hanging all around. They explained that before me was a timeline of Zach and I’s relationship separated into chapters that represented our growth together as a couple throughout time. Twine took me from chapter to chapter where there were adorable signs and pictures of us during that time dangling down from the twine. Friends and family who shared life with us during that specific chapter stood at the different stops, and upon reaching them, spent some time reminding me of that particular time in our relationship, sharing stories and talking about their experiences of us together. It was so beautiful getting to talk with some of my favorite people and reflect back on our experiences together that had brought us to this point. The twine eventually lead me inside where I found my sister and Kai, and after spending some beautiful moments with them, I followed it on through the sanctuary doors. Even though I thought that I was out of tears by this point, the waterfall came upon seeing him. I walked down the aisle of candles, finally making it to him, and he showed me a video that he had put together for me which included many of our close friends and family. He took me to the final chapter and read to me from Scripture, reminding me of his commitment to choose to love me every day throughout our lives together and that he knows my worth in the Lord. We spent some moments together there and he eventually walked me to a ring of candles, where he said some final words and got down on one knee. The rest was a blur, most likely because I said yes so fast, and before I knew it I had one amazing rock on my finger–SO SURREAL! We ran out the side door where friends and family were gathered and waiting. It so good getting to celebrate with people afterwards and be able to share those moments together.
It was wonderful having Thanksgiving that week and getting to spend good time with family celebrating all of God’s blessings. All in all, I shall never forget the day of November 20 in remembrance of the love God has revealed to me through this man. THE LORD IS GOOD!