Want to know how? It’s called Sweat for Clean Water.
For those out there who don’t know, I write for another blog called Southern Utah Hiking. It is about hiking here in Southern Utah (seems to match the name, right). I recently wanted to make a difference in the world so I came up with this event and now I need your help.
Instead of retyping everthing here is the info.
Welcome everyone to the first annual “Go out and Explore” Day put on by me here at Southern Utah Hiking and Trails360.com. I hope you are all excited because I am! What we are doing is going out and hiking Calf Creek Falls out in Escalante Utah.
Along with this we are going to do a fundraiser for a charity group called Charity: Water. All those who donate will get a free T-Shirt. We are trying to raise 1000 dollars which will put upwards of 50 new wells so that people can have fresh drinking water.
Location- Calf Creek Falls, Escalante Utah
Date: June 29th, 2013
In order to for proper registration I need everyone to go the site, and follow the registration instructions
This past week, SUU was able to put on the very 1st Festival of Excellence! This was a campus wide conference where students and professors alike where able to present their ideas or things that they had done in school with the rest of the student body. Classes where suspended and every student was encouraged to go and see what was offered. We had many seniors present their Cap Stone projects for SUU’s Edge projects and we had professors present on topics that they had written on.
The morning stated off early with a performance by our Cheerleaders and an introduction to the things that were provided for the rest of the day. Along with other single presenters, such as the students and professors, a Poster Session was held where many people or groups of students where able to present their findings on research projects they did, whether for Psychology or other things. I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to present with 2 other students on a Psychology research project that we conducted for more than a month. It was nice to be able to talk to students about what I had learned and share my findings.
The idea behind the Festival was to get students more engaged in the academics, as well as open other student’s eyes to things that they may not have know before and give them ideas to do more with their education. Which is actually what SUU is all about. We want students to take control of their education and do what they want with it and experience many different things.
Chelsea Kimptom, a junior History/Anthropology major, said that she really enjoyed having the Festival on campus and she was happy that we were able to have it and hopes that it will become an annual thing.
So when you think about where to attend, keep in mind that you’ll only find the best form of excellence at Southern Utah University
Life lessons come in the most interesting places some times. We often think they should come from our hard classes, our teachers, our parents, but I recently have been getting mine from horses. Let me explain.
So I take a Horsemanship class here at SUU, and I love it. I first began taking this class because I wanted experience working with large animals and for fun, but the more I go the more I gain in new ways. I remember what the teacher said at the beginning Horsemanship 1
“The things you learn here will help you in more then horse back riding. It will help you in your school, your relationships, your family, and dealing with your children.”
I did not get that statement at first. It was foreign. I could not see how riding horses could effect every aspect of my life. I of course was only beginning a relationship at that time and was not far into it like I am now. I also was a good student, how could this class help me there besides boosting job potential and adding another credit, I did not know. And I definitely did not have a family and kids to take care of, so I felt like it was a cool statement but nothing more then that.
But now that it has been a few months I am beginning to see things in a new light and it all began a few weeks ago. I was trying to ride with proper technique , (Poorly might I add) and in the process I got beat up… badly. I came home from horsemanship sore. My butt hurt, I had rubbed the inside of my legs raw, and I was stiff for days. Later as I was speaking with the teacher he said that we sometimes have to beat ourselves into submission before we realize that what we are doing is wrong.
Lesson 1- Life hurts sometimes and its usually caused by our own mistakes. Recognize them and change.
Lesson two came from an incident when trying to catch the horse. Catching the horse means going out into the pasture and “catching” it. Well I went out there and made some mistakes when it comes to body language and let the horse become confident in that he was the boss and I was not. Well that is not good. When working with horses there is always the relationship of who is boss and who is taking orders.
When the horse is boss, he does what he wants and you have a miserable time. When you are boss, the horse is happy and so are you. Well I did not come across as boss, and it was a ruff start of a day. After the teacher had some one on one with the horse, the horse began acting like he should and it went smooth from that point out.
Lesson 2- Be the boss of your situations. If you are in a study group and no one is taking charge, step up. Be the leader, be the one to spear head activities. It takes a leader to ride a horse, it takes a leader to survive in this world today.
Lesson three came over a period of time but took me two consecutive classes of being beat up by my horses to begin to understand it. When exercising one of the most important things you can do is be consistent. In school it is important to be consistent. In dating someone it is important to be consistent. It dealing with those around you it is important to be consistent especially your kids (if you have them or soon to have them).
When riding horses it is important to be consistent.
I have been too inconsistent when riding my horses. I was not giving the animal consistent cue’s, I was not sitting properly and moving in time consistently. Thus I got beat up… really badly.
Lesson 3- Be consistent. We all have been back and forth in our lives, and that can be good, but be consistent on how you interact with those around you. Why? Because it can end up hurting you.
Till next week, have a great life, and use these lessons.
My oldest nephew’s first grade class is learning about maps, map-making, cities, towns, and all things of that sort. In order to help the class learn, they read a book called Flat Stanley. My awesome nephew has his own “Flat Stanley” and sent Stanley to visit SUU and Cedar City. After showing Flat Stanley around for a bit, I’m proud to report that he’s a proud member of Tbirdnation and he’s a little sad to be sent back to my nephew on Monday. Here are some pictures of what Flat Stanley did while he was here and some of the things you might want to see next time you’re around these parts.
Thanks for visiting SUU, Flat Stanley! We hope you enjoyed your stay and when it comes time for you to choose your college, please consider SUU!
A college education will likely lead to a better career.
And so sometimes, being at college leads to career fairs.
Like last week. Lots of future employers and future employees shaking hands and swapping informational materials. It’s a pretty awesome use of the SUU ballroom.
See? I wasn’t kidding.
College education + career & internship fair = a much happier world for everyone
There are a few advantages of going to school here in Cedar City. One, it is awesome and has some great programs. Two, the people are great and the girl to guy ratio is something like 2:1, so guys you have choices. Three, you are in the heartland of outdoor activities. SUU has two national parks withing an hour and half of campus. There are two or three state parks in about the same distance and we have one of the coolest national monuments within 20 minutes, and that is what I am going to talk about today.
About a week ago my fiance and I had the opportunity to go to Cedar Breaks on a snowshoeing excursion. Every winter during the months of January and February they have free (yes I said free) snowshoeing up at Cedar Breaks that is guided by their park rangers. There is a local meet up spot, usually in the Cedar City Visitor Center where everyone gathers in the morning and then carpools up the mountain.
After a bit of a drive and a stop at Brian Head Ski Resort, we headed up the road until we could go no farther. Here we hopped out of the vehicles and strapped the snowshoes onto our feet and began our adventure.
I feel like pictures right now would do this story more justice then me just telling you. So here we go.
This is the beginning of the hike. Walking down hill is much easier then anything else. Also remember, you cannot really walk backwards so to make any type of technical turn is a guaranteed way to end up falling.
After going and exploring a little on our own, we took a rest on a snow bank. All that walking and shuffling over heats you. It was 24 degrees up there but we were walking around in just our long sleeve shirts.
We headed into the woods after our stop and saw some cool things. Also take note, don’t walk to close to trees, especially little ones like this. The snow builds up around them and creates big open pockets that you can sink down into and is difficult to get out of.
After stopping at the ranger outpost and enjoying lunch we headed back and took some pictures along the ridge. We had a lot of fun that day and the great part of it all was that it was free for both of us to go! Check it out when you guys come down.
I work on campus as a SANS mentor… Which means I tutor students, but we share an office with another organization here on campus called REAL Peer Mentors. They are the organization here at SUU that is responsible for educating students about healthy life styles. They cover a whole range of stuff like drug and alcohol awareness, tobacco use, sex education and healthy bodies. Well this past week was healthy bodies and so they were throwing a talent show so people could show off what they could do with their bodies. (I know that sounds strange but they had it worded better then me so stop by their place for more details)
Anyways, so here I was walking out of the office and I was stopped by one of the ladies handing out hot coco and she said I should sign up for the talent show. I thought about it, then decided to go for it. Like I said, this is the first time I have ever done one of these in my life, so I was a little nervous, but luckily for me I do have a talent, photography.
I picked up photography my first year in college and have enjoyed taking nature photo’s the most, so I had a decent collection of images. That evening I went home and edited them and added some touch ups to make them look as natural as they could and then headed off to campus to do my first ever photography presentation.
Soon after I arrived I found out that I was going to go first, which is OK for me, but was still unexpected. I have given plenty of presentations in my life so I am confident with doing this type of stuff. A few minutes later the show began and I kicked off the event. I feel like I did a great job a had a lot of fun presenting. Here are some pictures from the event and some of my photography that I showed everyone.
It seems unreal that I’ve reached the end of my time at SUU. And how do I sum up years of experiences, memories, and lessons learned in a simple blog post? As I prepared to write this final entry, I tried to find photos from the past 3.5 years that documented the finest moments. Thumbing through nearly 10,000 photos on my laptop, it was impossible to end up with fewer than a hundred.
This post allowed me to reflect on my time spent as a Southern Utah University student. What did I find? Well, I’d like to show you.
…that even as a high school senior, I knew SUU was where I belonged.
…that, because of supportive friends, I participated in SUU Idol, open mic nights, and Miss SUU.
…that it’s fun to take different classes (like radio. and horsemanship. rock climbing. and graphic design).
…that I can do hard things like write, edit, and design for a newspaper (sometimes with the help of a fake mustache or 44 oz. Dr. Pepper), take a challenging class, or get an A in my Comm Theory capstone course.
…that I can be a part of an organization (Presidential Ambassadors) & take silly photos in vacuumed-packed trash bags at summer retreats.
…and this in my backyard.
…that coworkers can also become great friends.
…that I could feel like a princess in the Homecoming Parade.
…that having 53 roommates (I lived in big houses!) throughout the years can be serious fun.
…that I can make best friends who I still talk to weekly, even halfway across the country.
And overall, I’ve learned that there are people who will be my friends much longer than the years I’ve been here, that the most important lessons learned didn’t result from theories, equations, or keyboard shortcuts … but from challenging times I endured, hard decisions made, unexpected friendships, and spontaneous adventures.
So, my dear SUU, thank you.
Thank you for the friends. The memories. The education. The laughter. The tears. The experiences.
I also posted on my personal blog with more words in place of pictures. You can read it here.
As a student of communication, I’m probably way too excited about my program of study. I’m completely okay with this. For heaven’s sake, I love communication studies enough to be earning a graduate degree in the discipline. And I certainly love it enough to justify my recent travels to Orlando, Florida for the National Communication Association convention (NCA). I joined 8,000 of my closest communication-loving friends for a weekend of all-things-communication. (All my closest friends except Sam. He wasn’t there. Insert sad face here). Education opens doors…like the doors to NCA.
SUU’s Tbirdnation was represented at the conference by four professors, two graduate students, and two SUU Communication-graduate-alumni who are currently pursuing their PhDs at other institutions. Enjoy the photo documentation below, because, as we say in communication, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.”
Education opens doors. As nerdy as it sounds, the three/four days I spent at this conference were incredibly enlightening to me. It really helped open my mind to some of the future possibilities within the realm of communication. I’ll never claim to be anything but a nerd, and honestly, NCA just solidified this part of who I am. A major key to success in college is finding something you love and running with it. I highly suggest communication.
College is a time for life lessons, growing up, learning what’s right, and living the good life. Part of the educational processes of college includes taking classes that will help you learn and grow. In my college career (associates, bachelor’s, and now working on my master’s) I figure I’ve taken roughly 30+ classes. And now, at almost the conclusion of my master’s course work here at Southern Utah University, I’m taking a death class. Not so much a class I want to die in (because trust me, I’ve taken many of those in my educational career), but specifically just a class about death. More exactly, it’s a course called “Persuasive Message Design Utilizing Existential Awareness.” I swear I didn’t make that up. In a seminar format, we fellow TbirdNation-ers discuss elements of mortality salience, existential anxiety, and terror management theory. I won’t make you take this class, but I’ll promise you its pretty interesting. The class was offered to undergrad psychology and communication students as well as graduate communication students. There are ten of us in there (all of us pictured below), and believe you me, this is a wild bunch.
I can honestly say I know more about death than I ever thought possible before taking this class. While the subject matter isn’t exactly within my preferred course(s) of study, it has led to an increased understanding of persuasion and message design logic within the field of communication. But more so, since college is a time for life lessons, growing up, learning what’s right, and living the good life, I can honestly say that I’ve learned many of those lessons in class this semester. College is awesome.