February/Volume 32/Issue No. 6
The newsletter of The Florida State University’s Alumni Village
Boosting our service programs
Residents can help improve the lifestyle in Alumni Village
t’s been a chilly start to the Spring Parent Hour, left,
semester, but the Alumni Village provides caregivers
community staff is gearing up for a of the youngest
season of hot events – we will be add- Alumni Village resi-
dents with a break
ing more service oriented programs to
from their routine,
help you have a healthier and, hopefully, social time, and the
less stressful semester. Many residents opportunity to par-
responded to our last programming survey ticipate in new ac-
with requests for classes, workshops, and tivities or to learn
seminars that would help them get healthy, about parenting in
settle into life in Tallahassee (and for the community.
many, the U.S.), and decrease their stress.
Starting this semester, Shoko Letton The Village Closet,
below, is one of
will be incorporating a “wellness” seg-
the projects that
ment into the Tango classes. She says she helps residents
will incorporate stretching tips, relaxation reuse items while
techniques, and other forms of exercise also helping with
that are beneficial to anyone whether they FSU’s sustainable
are dancers or not. campus efforts.
Our Cooking Classes and monthly
ize and expose babies and toddlers to new
cooking article in the Village Gram are
activities. Parent Hour provides a break
often designed with the idea of making
in the routine for the caregivers of very
healthy food that is fast and inexpensive.
young children in the village who do not
Eating well will help you maintain focus
yet go to preschool. Over the past semes-
as you study and will give you the energy
ter we’ve tried to incorporate information
you need to balance school, work, and
about American culture for the parents and
family. Our Cooking Class also features
grandparents who are new to the U.S. We
different cuisines from around the world,
plan to continue that and bring in other
so you can get a little taste of our vibrant
kinds of information about local resources
community’s home specialties such as
available to families in Tallahassee.
Chinese Fried Rice and American Potato
Weekly English Conversation Classes
began last semester and will continue this
Many of the families already take ad-
semester. Our instructors are native speak-
vantage of Parent Hour as a way to social-
Continued on page 13
Starting Babies Check AV Blackboard Site Holiday History
Why do we celebrate
on Solid Food The Alumni Village Blackboard site is the
As babies develop the muscles place to keep up with the community. You Valentine’s Day? Who is
to sit and crawl, they are usu- can get news, post items for sale, see pic- Punxsutawney Phil?
ally ready to try new food. tures from the community. Log on soon!
See Pages 8-9 See Page 15
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Reminders & Maintenance Updates Page 2
Use a drain board or in-sink Gardening Policies Stray Animals
Gardening is permitted up to 18 Please, for safety and health
Do not drain dishes on the inches from the building, in both reasons, do not feed any stray
counter tops. You may be charged front and back, in Areas II (build- animals that roam the grounds.
for damages that occur such as ings 171-190) and III (buildings If you see any stray animals notify
replacing counter tops, cabinet 301 and above). Climbing vines or Animal Control at (850)891-6790
doors, and cabinet boxes. Using any plants that may damage any or beeper (850)599-7480.
a dish drainer with a drain board university property may not be
that drains into the sink or placing planted. Plants found growing on Bicycles
the dish drainer in one compart- apartment screens or any other
ment of your sink will help prevent part of the building will be re- Any bicycles that are in disre-
damage. moved by grounds staff members. pair (missing parts, rusted, etc.)
Gardening is not allowed in area I and chained to the lock bars at
Gas Pilots for Space Heaters (buildings 150-167). the buildings will be removed
and Oven/Stove (Ranges) and stored for a brief time until
How To Reroute Mail claimed. Any bicycles that are not
Please do not attempt to adjust claimed will be disposed of.
or manipulate any part of the gas If you are receiving mail for the
control valves (internal mecha- previous resident, please do not Heaters
nism of the heater) other than the place the mail on top of the mail-
thermostat and on/off pilot valve. boxes. This may ruin the items Please keep combustible mate-
If you have any problem with any that could be forwarded to the rial away from the sides and fronts
gas appliances, please report it to previous resident, not to mention of the heaters in your apartment.
the Alumni Villagemaintenance of- become an eye sore to your area. poses a fire hazard and places you
fice.The staff will provide you with Simply writing “No Longer At This and your family at risk.
specific information concerning Address” and pushing the mail to
the use and care of the equipment. the very back of your mailbox will
Light Bulbs and Fire Safety
Also, do not store any flammable let the mail carrier know to re-
items, i.e. boxes, toys, papers or move the mail.
Please do not hang cloth or
cooking oil in front of or even near paper over the wall lights in your
the heaters. Food and Grease in Drains apartments.heat generated by the
light bulbs can ignite the material
Heater Safety Please do not pour grease and poses an extreme fire hazard.
or food down the drains in the
Before leaving your apartment kitchen or bathrooms. The plumb-
Storage of personal items
for any extended period of time, ing is not equipped to handle this
make sure you adjust the ther- type of matter, and it causes clogs
At Alumni Village , no household
mostat on your heater(s) to a low and overflow in the sewer system.
or personal property (including
setting. Leaving the thermostats Be advised that residents will be
children’s toys) may be stored out-
on high during the day, especially charged for drain and sewage
side of dwelling units. Residents
for those apartments with West clogs caused by improper disposal
shall not store items on stairwell
facing apartment windows, can of food and grease. These charges
breezeways or in screened venti-
result in very high temperatures in can cost up to $250. Please dispose
lation areas. A charge of $25 will
the apartment, which set off fire of food and grease in your garbage
be assessed until the items are
alarms and put the apartment at and transfer to the dumpster.
risk of fire.
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Monthly Events Page 3
English Classes 2/4/11 Social and support
group for children,
Every Sunday Friday parents, grandparents
4:00-6:00 PM and caregivers.
Rec Hall Parent Hour Monthly activities are
English Classes are “Valentine’s Day” themed and generally include music and
offered to any resi- movement, arts and crafts, games and light
dent, regardless of
10:30-11:30 AM refreshments
student status, who wishes to improve their Eng- Rec Hall
lish. A native English speaking instructor leads First Step: Having
the group through conversation, activities and 2/10/11
a Learner’s Permit
“How to become a legal
driver in the U. S.?”
Relaxation US Life
“Where do I go to
Class “Driving” learn driving?”
First Tuesday of 7:00-8:00 PM If you have questions
each Month Rec Hall about driving,
7:00-8:00 PM come to our Driving Education Program.
Rec Hall Guest Speakers from professional services
Guest Instruc- will be on site.
tor: Pam Light- 2/12/11 Celebrate
Meditation and motion focusing on breath, proper
Saturday Day with breakfast
forms of postures. It begins with 10 minutes on us.
opening meditation. Then move on to Pranayama Valentine’s Brunch
(breathing exercises), Sun Salutations (warm-up 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
exercises), Traditional Hatha yoga asana
(postures). The class ends with 10 minutes of Rec Hall
integrative relaxation All fitness levels.
2/19/11 “What to cook tonight?.
Tango Class “I have no idea….”
Every Tuesday Saturday “I have to make a quick
7:00-9:00 PM dinner.”
Rec Hall Cooking Class “I have a test tomorrow”
You don't need a partner. “Twice Baked Potatoes”
The class is designed so that Join us to learn a fast
11:00 AM-12:00 PM easy dish
each person dances with dif-
ferent person, interchangea- Rec Hall
bly. Both woman and man
will experience leader and
following roles in order to have a better communi- 2/20/11 Event especially for
cation through dance. Please come with com- women. Monthly activities
fortable shoes but not flipflop.
Sunday are themed to groups
If you don't have dance shoes, please come needs and interests
with tennis shoes. Flip flop and sandals will Women’s Club from beauty to tips
not help you move. Regular participation is en- to resources.
couraged. Improvement requires continuation.
Please come regularly. Rec Hall
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Community Events Page 4
Dean of Students
The Food Bank is FREE
to any student in need (no
questions asked, no need to
prove need). If a student needs
food assistance, they just visit
Dean of Students Department,
Suite 4100 UCA; Monday-
Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We also accept food donations
(nonperishable items) or
financial donations to keep the
program going. Call 644-2428
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Community News Page 5
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Village Gram Feb. 2011 From the Editor’s Desk Page 6
Saying good-bye to boyhood
y oldest son turns 12 this month.
This is his last official year as
a child; next year he will be a
teenager, and if he were Jewish, it would
be considered the year he enters man- After the ritual
hood — not only gaining the rights of a burying in hay,
man, but also the obligations and respon- we will banish
sibilities of adulthood. There is no rite of the Boy and
passage — religious or social — in our
family. Most sociologists describing the
rites of passage that happen worldwide the Man.
list three elements: separation, transition,
and inclusion. In the past, a boy might Photo by
have been taken to a remote area and Kevin Karnisky
dumped off with a few meager supplies.
He would have to survive on his own for
a set number of days as he contemplated
the new stage of life he was about to enter.
plenty of thinking time for the 21st century has to give up boyish feelings and think of
If the elements and wild animals didn’t
child used to devouring the world in 1410 the betterment of the group. My son would
kill him, he might have come to some new
kbps. Part of the separation could be sym- have to put away his feelings of irritation,
knowledge about himself and his abilities
bolic. I could simply flip the breakers and anger, gall, animosity, annoyance, displea-
during his time alone. On the appointed
cut off electricity in our home for a day. sure, enmity, fury, indignation, and general
day, he would reenter the tribe or group as
No computer, no game system, limited ill humor, vexation, and temptations of
a man, an accepted and valued member of
battery life on the cell phone … It almost violence and tantrums toward his younger
seems cruel. brother. Older son would have to make
Some of the rituals males had to endure
Transition. This is the part of the ritual younger son a Symbolic Sandwich of
as they left boyhood behind were quite
where most young males endure some Conciliation. There — in bread and meat
painful: scarification, branding, tattooing,
kind of hardship to prove that they are form — would be a treaty, a truce, and
having some teeth knocked out, being sent
tough enough to be called MEN. A hun- end to the war of the siblings. He would
into battle, etc.
dred and fifty years ago, he would have have to get the younger brother to trust
I have been thinking about ways to ac-
been turned loose in the woods with a bow that he did not lick, spit on, rub snot into,
knowledge my son’s move into adulthood.
and arrow. Anything he wanted to eat, had or tamper in any way with, the Sandwich
Since I don’t have the time or money to
to be gathered or killed by his own hand. of Conciliation AND get the lad to con-
take him out to Arizona and set him loose
I figure I could stock the fridge after our sume the physical symbol of their unity.
in the desert so he can have a vision quest
journey through the wilds of Wal-Mart Once both brothers have eaten this meal
and slay a gila monster before returning to
and claim the arthritis in my hands is far representative of their love and symbiosis,
suburbia, I have considered other ways to
too bad for me to cook/wait on him. He there could be a ritual dessert like Milk
banish the boy and welcome the man.
would have to venture into the unknown and Brownies of Adulthood and Maturity
Separation. This is a tough one. Es-
world called “the kitchen” and bravely in which the whole family gathers around
pecially since Child Protective Services
open a bag of bread, wrestle open a plastic the table and welcomes the older son back
would frown upon leaving him in the
container of lunch meat, and force open into the tribe as a man with the presenta-
Osceola National Forest for a weekend
the jar of mayonnaise. Then, he’d have to tion of a stick of deodorant, mustache
with a pop-up tent, a box of matches, and
figure out how to assemble the Symbolic wax, and a bill for the groceries he has just
a Spork. I am considering dropping him
Sandwich of Metamorphosis on his own. consumed (because part of being a man is
off in the Garden/Automotive section
Extra “coup” points for finding the potato responsibility for one’s debts.)
of Wal-mart, then parking the car and
chips and getting the bag open without Omar, if you have read this, Happy
entering the store on the grocery side,
spilling them. Birthday. You don’t need to be banished
leisurely working my way toward him as
Inclusion. This is the stage where and survive hardships— real or ritual — in
he contemplates cacti, B.B. guns, fishing
former boys are welcomed back into the order for us to recognize your unquestion-
gear, transmission fluid, and potting soil.
group as men, where they show that they able value to the tribe.
It could take anywhere from 45 minutes
are valuable to the tribe. Here is where it — Ginger Riggs,
to two hours for us to be reunited. That’s
gets complicated because the young male Village Gram Editor
11 am to 1 p.m.,
Sat., Feb. 12, 2011
at the Rec Hall
Join us for brunch
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Parenting Page 8
Getting ready for baby to start solids
By Wenyang Zhai like “bah” or “goo”. Your baby can show
Community Aide emotions such as pleasure, fear and frus-
My son is four months and two weeks
old and he seems not satisfied with my eating skills
breastfeeding or some bottles added oc-
casionally. He shows great interest in what Sometime soon—between the Support-
we eat at the dinner table. And the more ed Sitter Stage and Sitter Stage—but not
perplexing thing is he wakes up more often before four months—your baby will show
in the middle of the night demanding more you that he’s ready for his first solid food
extra feedings. So I wonder what I should when he can sit with help or support. This
feed him at this stage. Should I give him physical skill is important because you
solid food or just add more formula. Here should always feed your baby when he is
are some my research results that might be sitting upright in order to keep him from
helpful to you: choking. Eating in an upright position can
At the Supported Sitter stage your baby also help reduce spitting up and get your
will show signs of becoming more social baby used to the eating position he’ll use
and interactive with others. He may enter- Once babies can sit unsupported you can put as he grows older.
tain you with his babbling, squealing and them in a feeding chair at meal times. Around this time, your baby also loses
blowing bubbles and even begin to show a the tongue thrust reflex. This reflex, which
sense of humor. You may also notice that Your baby also is getting better at us-
ing his hands to reach out for objects and all babies are born with, automatically
your baby’s motor skills are developing as causes a baby’s tongue to push against
he tries to hold objects and bring them to bring them to his mouth, including his fists
and even his toes! During this stage, he’ll a spoon (or anything else put into his
his mouth. Soon he’ll be ready to try his mouth). The reflex causes your baby to
first few bites of solid food. also learn to coordinate his senses, such as
vision, touch and hearing, with his increas- expel or spit out any food placed into his
As you watch your baby grow, remem- mouth. Once he loses this reflex, he is able
ber that babies develop on different time ing motor abilities to help develop skills
like grasping, rolling over and sitting up. to move infant cereal or pureed foods for-
schedules, so don’t worry if your little one ward and backward in his mouth with his
isn’t developing at the same time as other tongue, and, thus, eat his first solid foods.
babies of the same stage. cognitive skills Your baby also may be demanding more
frequent feedings or wake in the middle of
Physical signs During this stage, your baby’s memory the night for an extra feeding.
and attention span increase, and you’ll see
• Sits with help or support his concentration improving. He may look how to feed your
• On tummy, pushes up on arms at an object for longer periods of time and
turn to unseen sounds. An important con- suPPorted sitter:
with straight elbows
Every developmental stage your baby cept that your baby will learn is cause and
effect. When he drops things on the floor, Always use a spoon to feed your baby
is experiencing now—and in the months food unless your pediatrician has instruct-
ahead—is geared toward learning to he’ll learn that it starts a chain of respons-
es from people around him. He’ll also start ed otherwise. You may be tempted to put
walk. Your baby’s first step during this cereal in his bottle, but, unless your pedia-
adventure is gaining control of his head, to understand about object permanence—
the idea that things exist even when out of trician has instructed otherwise, do not—
which is required for sitting, crawling and this can drastically increase the amount of
walking. You’ll see your little one learn- sight.
food your baby eats and cause excessive
ing to hold his head up when lying on his weight gain and could pose a choking
tummy. Next he’ll push up on his arms social skills hazard. Your baby needs to get used to the
and arch his back to raise his chest. When process of eating—sitting up, eating bites
he is developmentally ready, you can Your Supported Sitter communicates from a spoon, and stopping when he’s had
help him learn to balance his upper body through sounds and crying, but he com- enough. These early eating experiences
by supporting his back with pillows in a municates in nonverbal ways, too. For can help set the foundation for good eating
sitting position. As he learns to sit without example, he may turn his head away when habits for the rest of his life.
support, he may try the “tripod” position he’s had enough or doesn’t like something,
where he leans forward with his arms or cling to you when you try to put him
extended for balance. down. He’ll start to babble and imitate Continued on page 8
your sentences by making simple sounds
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Parenting Page 9
what foods to start with: • Have full head control when
pulled into the sitting position
Single-grain cereals like rice cereal are • Follow moving objects with his
typically the first solid food introduced eyes
to baby. Iron-rich cereal is recommended • Explore toys with his eyes, hands
by most pediatricians. Mixing cereal with and mouth
something familiar—like breastmilk or • Recognize and enjoy familiar
formula—can help your baby accept the routines like feeding or bath time
new food. • Use a “raking” grasp to pick up
when to try solid foods: • Like to imitate you
• Make noise to get your attention
For baby’s first adventure into solids, it’s • Turn his head away if he dislikes
best to do it at a time when your baby is something
happy and cooperative—midday is often •
a good time to start. Start with giving him One of the major milestones for your baby Things you can do:
some breastmilk or formula—then try a at this stage is being able to push up on his
few bites of solid food and follow with or her arms and support the weight of their • Read to your baby—it’s never too
more breastmilk or formula. Don’t be upper body for short periods. You can help early to start
surprised if much of the food ends up on encourage this development by placing him • Give him objects to hold and look
his bib or face; this is normal as your baby on his tummy on the floor and giving him age at, which uses both his brain and
appropriate toys to reach for. Pushing up will developing finger skills
gets used to swallowing foods. Encourage
help your baby’s back muscles develop and get
your baby to suck on the spoon of cereal • Play hiding games—like peeka-
him ready for sitting up on his own and, soon,
or pureed food, utilizing a previously ac- crawling and walking. boo—to teach your baby about
quired skill to assist with this new experi- object permanence. Hide a block
ence. Or allow your baby to lick food off your child’s actual length and weight are under a blanket or a toy behind
the spoon rather than wipe the spoon on not as important as the steady, appropri- you and then reveal them to him.
his upper lip, which will cause the tongue ate rate of his growth. It is important to • Make frequent eye contact and
thrust reflex to re-engage. track your child’s length and weight over exaggerate your facial expres-
time as this is one of the key indicators of sions and gestures.
Hunger and fullness cues healthy growth and development. So keep • Imitate your baby’s sounds,
plotting your child’s growth on a growth changing the pitch and volume
You’ll be less likely to under or overfeed chart and discuss with your pediatrician at • Show him cause and effect. Have
your baby if you understand his hunger each visit, including if your child begins him shake a toy or tambourine
and fullness cues. following a different curve on the chart or to show him that he is making a
At the Supported Sitter stage, you’ll know gaining weight or length slowly. noise when he rattles it.
your baby is hungry when he: • Use a mirror to play games. Help
• is crying or fussing him pat “mom” or “baby” in the
what you can do to helP your mirror
• opens his mouth and leans toward
baby’s develoPment • Talk to your baby as often as pos-
You’ll know your baby is full when he: sible. Point out interesting things
As a parent you can play an active role in when you’re out together—
• turns his head away from the
every stage of your baby’s development. describe what you’re doing, what
Here’s a recap of what your baby might be you’re seeing in the car, or at the
• spits out a familiar food
doing at this stage, plus some things you store.
• becomes distracted or notices sur-
can do to support his healthy development • Play with your baby—this is how
along the way. he learns.
your baby’s growth During this stage, your baby may:
Your baby continues to grow rapidly
• Smile at his reflection in a mirror, Stages/growth_and_development/sup-
and may gain about 1 to 1.25 pounds a
even though he doesn’t recognize ported_sitter_article.aspx
month. The height and weight ranges
who it is
provided in the charts below are represen-
• Nuzzle and stroke your face Pictures:
tative of the majority of children at the age
• Rock on his stomach, kick his http://www.babyfoodchart.com/
specified. Of course, healthy babies can
legs, and move his arms in a feeding/healthy-eating-as-your-baby-
also be outside this range. Remember that
swimming motion grows/
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Food Page 10
Bhindi Do Piaza: A spicy Okra dish
Vegetable is popular in many world cuisines, has several healthy benefits
By MehnaZ gul At left, Okra, onions, and tomatoes
AV Community Aide are central to Bhindi Do Piaza, a
spicy and filling dish. Okra, below,
I know it is a difficult name to pro- is available fresh or frozen at most
grocery stores and farmers’ markets
nounce for non-Urdu speakers, but this
in the U.S.
also a wonderful traditional way to cook
okra. Okra in Urdu is called Bhindi and
onion is called piaz. Okra is one of the
common vegetables cooked in South Asian
countries. Though people all around the
world have their own recipes, in the south
Asian region people like it spicy. This
recipe for okra is spicy but can be made
milder by cutting down on some of the
chili powder and green chilies. In the U.S.
okra is served in many Southern dishes
where it is fried or stewed and served as
• Diabetes: Okra may help in prevent-
a side dish. In Pakistan, this okra dish can
ing diabetes as it is beneficial in normaliz- Bhindi Do Piaza
also be the main meal when it is served
ing blood sugar and cholesterol level in the
with bread and some of the yogurt sauce Ingredients:
human body. The mucilage and fiber found Okra ................................1pack frozen
in okra helps adjust blood sugar by regu- Onion.........1/2 chopped in big Pieces
We cooked it in our cooking class on
lating its absorption in the small intestine. Tomatos........1-2 medium (chopped
December 17. Though we had few people
• Gastro-intestinal tract: Okra has into very small pieces)
in attendance, those who came really en-
fiber which keeps the gastro-intestinal tract Salt..........1/2 tsp
joyed the taste and were excited about the Red chilli powder....1/2 tsp (more or
healthy. It has mucin that is soothing to ir-
recipe. Before getting to the recipe, I want less according to taste)
ritated membranes of the intestinal tract.
to share some amazing health benefits and Shan Vegetable Curry Powder.........1-2
• Cancer prevention: Okra is believed
nutritional values of okra. tsp (this brand is recommended if you
to protect against some forms of cancer
want spicy, and is available in many
expansion, especially colorectal cancer. Indian grocery stores)
nutritional and health • Complexion: The vitamins and nu- Green Chillies........2 chopped in big
Benefits of eating okra: trients in Okra may also protect skin from pieces
ailments like pimples and acne. Carom seeds...........1/2 tsp
Note: This information is from informal (http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/ Cooking oil.......4-5 Tbsp
research and should not be taken as medi- benefits-of-okra-8104.html)
cal advice. Heat up oil in a pan, add the frozen
Wow……. I have been eating okra for
okra and fry it on high heat until the
Okra is rich in vitamin A, thiamin, so long, and I never realized how healthy
water in it completely dries. Add all
vitamin B6, vitamin C, folic acid, ribofla- it is for our bodies. After knowing the the spices, onion, tomatoes, and green
vin, calcium, zinc and dietary fiber. It is importance of okra, it is time to cook it chilies. Cover the pan and cook it for
also enriched with amino acids. Its vast in less time but in tasty way. This recipe 10 minutes on low heat. Stir it once or
nutritional values make it very beneficial just takes 15 to 20 minutes, and is very twice in between. If you think that the
for health and for body in various ways: delicious. okra needs to be cooked a little more,
keep it on low heat for 5 more minutes.
• During Pregnancy: Okra is very It is ready now; serve it hot with naan
rich in folic acid, which plays vital role in or pita bread with raita.
the fetus formation. Therefore eating okra Photos: http://fastindianrecipes.com/
Raita: Take ½ cup plain yogurt; add
is highly recommended between 4th and wp-content/uploads/2008/09/bhindi-do-
salt, some thinly chopped cilantro and
12th week of pregnancy. pyaazaa3.jpg 2-3 green chilies. Mix it well and serve it
• Asthma Patients: Eating okra may with bhindi do piaza.
help to relieve asthma symptoms as it has Shimla Hills Offerings Pvt Ltd
vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant and
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Around the Area Page 11
Magic Kingdom Theme Park
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando
By Jingyong su
AV Community Staff
Magic Kingdom theme park is one of
four theme parks in Walt Disney World
Resort; it captures the enchantment of
fairy tales with exciting entertainment,
classic attractions, backstage tours and
beloved Disney Characters.
Designed like a wheel with the hub
in front of Cinderella Castle, pathways
spoke out across the 107 acres of Magic Photos by Jingyong Su
Kingdom theme park and lead to these six At left, a crowd of visitors makes their way
whimsical lands: toward Cinderella’s iconic castle. The towers
and spires rising in blue Orlando sky are one of
• Main Street, U.S.A.
the instantly recognizable symbols of Disney
• Adventureland World.
• Liberty Square Above, one of the park’s colorful trains pulls
• Fantasyland into the station. The train takes visitors on a
• Tomorrowland tour around the Magic Kingdom park so you
Travel through these lands and see how can get an overview of all it has to offer.
fantasy becomes reality when you learn
how to be a pirate, match wits with funny son spaceship. Enjoy the spectacular view
monsters and conquer mountains. Get from orbit as you dip and rise ‘round the
swept up in the spectacle of splendid pa- colossal monument of orbs and spirals.
Theme Park, Adventureland
rades and fireworks shows at Magic King-
•Type:Fun for Everyone, Outdoor
dom theme park—it’s here that dreams Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
•Age Range:Kids, Pre-Teens &
come true for children of all ages. •Location:Magic Kingdom
Teens, Adults, All Ages
Florida residents can buy discounted Theme Park, Frontierland
Ride a 1930s-style safari boat through
tickets and find other deals, such as lodg- •Type:Thrill Rides, Mild but Wild
the world’s most exotic, untamed rivers.
ing, with a valid Florida ID. With Walt Rides, Outdoor
Brave wild animals and zany goings-on
Disney World Resort right in your own •Age Range:Kids, Pre-Teens &
in Asia, Africa and South America on this
backyard, you can experience Disney Teens, Adults
charming riverboat classic.
magic whenever you want. Enjoy all the Ride this rollicking runaway train that
special events, theme park and water park rushes through the gold-mining, Old West
fun, Disney dining and areas like Disney’s town of Tumbleweed in Frontierland.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
BoardWalk anytime. It’s like Walt Disney Beware when the rails go clackety-clack
World Resort is your personal playground. because your car’s about to run over
Theme Park, Fantasyland
Park Hours are 9 AM - 8 PM. treacherous terrain!
•Type:Fun for Everyone, Fun For
Little Ones, Outdoor
Some of the attractions at the Magic King- Tomorrowland Speedway
•Age Range:Pre-Schoolers, Kids,
dom Park we enjoyed include: •Location:Magic Kingdom
Pre-Teens & Teens, Adults, All Ages
Theme Park, Tomorrowland
Gently glide ‘round this genuine
Astro Orbiter •Type:Fun for Everyone, Mild but
antique carrousel on one of 90 prancing
•Location:Magic Kingdom Wild Rides, Outdoor
steeds as magical Disney music fills the
Theme Park, Tomorrowland •Age Range:Kids, Pre-Teens &
air. It’s a ride fit for royalty!
•Type:Fun for Everyone, Mild but Teens, Adults
Wild Rides, Outdoor Experience the glory of the Indianapo-
Information from: http://disneyworld.
•Age Range:Kids, Pre-Teens & lis Motor Speedway as you drive your own
Teens, Adults, All Ages Indy 500-style race car on a guided track
Spin around on this rocket ride as you all the way to the Victory Circle. Or just
soar high above Tomorrowland in a 2-per- ride along!
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Our Community Page 12
The Health Fair
with information about
nutrition, exercise, and
stress relief. Jenna Gil-
boy, from the Thagard
Student Health Center,
was part of a group
that brought informa-
tion on nutrition and
healthy eating habits.
She joked with one
of Alumni Village’s
younger residents at
the group’s informa-
tion table; Gilboy said
she is passionate about
Photo by Menaz Gul
Warm Potato Salad was the featured dish at the January
cooking class. Rebecca Peters led the class and her recipe
can be found below. In February, we’ll be learning how to
make twice-baked potatoes.
WarM potato salad
Most people think of potato salad as a
cold dish that is served at picnics and casual
gatherings. This savory recipe departs from the
hands-on standard versions made with mayonnaise or
mustard with onions and vegetables, plus it is
learning served warm, making it a good hearty side dish
when the weather is cold. The recipe below
is for 12-15 people, so if you’re making it at
tallahassee home for your family, just divide the ingredi-
ents in half. If you’re watching calories, substi-
MuseuM tute low-fat/non-fat versions of the dressing
5 lbs. Red Potatoes (quartered)
Ranch Dressing (1 small bottle)
Almost right around the corner 1/4 cup - ½ cup Bacon Bits (optional)
from Alumni Village is a place Fresh Chives (finely chopped)
where children and families can 1 cup Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
learn about Florida’s natural
environment and experience To make:
life on a pioneer farm. The
Tallahassee Museum, 3945 Boil the potatoes until they are tender when
Museum Drive, is open from pierced with a fork. Drain, but do not let the
9-5 Monday-Saturday and from
potatoes get cool. Add all the other ingredients
12:30 to 5 Sunday. Call 850-575-
8684 or visit www.tallahassee- and mix. Serve warm.
museum.org for information.
Photos by Ginger RIggs
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Page 13
in one of the
looking for a
from the cold
froM page 1 ways to make Alumni Village a nice place Finally, the Alumni Village blackboard
to live. For more information about the site is up and running. This is a great
ers of English and they work with people Village Closet, see page 5. place to find updated information about
of all levels. Come practice your English We are looking into other “green” the Village and the events and services
in a friendly, supportive environment. This programs and ideas to help enhance the we offer. Residents can find pictures from
is also a good place to meet other inter- life here in Alumni Village such as ways the monthly events online and links to the
national students and exchange questions to better handle transportation, boosting Village Gram and other information. You
about the English you encounter around recycling efforts, and access to healthier can also post items for sale and commu-
town and in your studies. food; our Go Green Group needs volun- nity news.
We have other events in planning stag- teers to help make some of these things If you have news to share with the
es to serve the needs of different members happen and to bring in their experience community, we’d love to hear from you.
of Alumni Village’s population. and fresh ideas. If you are interested in One of the goals for the Village Gram is
Some of our efforts to make life a little volunteering for the Go Green Group, to reflect the community voice by having
better in the Village also help FSU in please send an email to tkarnisky@admin. more contributors. Recently more of our
its efforts to become a model of campus fsu.edu and include your preferred contact community staff have contributed articles
sustainability. Last semester we put the information. and residents Omar Assadi and Ian Ber-
finishing touches on The Village Closet. In addition to service programs, we’ll nander have shared game reviews. We’d
This provides a place for residents to re- always have our social events to look love to see your photographs and hear
cycle their unwanted clothes, books, toys, forward to each month. These events are your stories. All material must be your
and small household items like dishes, a great way to meet your neighbors and original work. We accept articles in Micro-
cookware, and decorative items. Residents to mingle with students from a variety soft Word and photos in JPEG format.
can also pick up items they need from the of departments. It’s also a good way for If you have an item for the AV black-
Closet, using their Village Bucks. When your family members to get involved in board or for the Village Gram, please
you donate items, you receive Village the community by meeting other spouses, contact us at email@example.com.
Bucks, which can be spent at the Village children, and extended family members
Closet. Other ways to earn Village Bucks who are here lending support to a graduate
are volunteering time and helping in other student or scholar.
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Health Page 14
Maintaining health & wellness in 2011
ave you been successful in main-
taining your New Year’s resolu-
tion thus far? If so, good job! If
not, then don’t be discouraged – consider
reviewing your goal(s) to identify if they
are too unrealistic to attain. An example
of this would be the popular resolution
to lose weight which is often achieved
through drastic, “quick fix”, and unsus-
tainable means such as fad diets, colon-
ics, and diet pills. These strategies may
result in a short term weight loss that is
not maintained over time, weight regain,
and can be potentially dangerous to your
Achieving and maintaining a healthy
weight requires a life-long commitment
to adopting positive behaviors. This
includes a balanced diet, mindful eating,
and regular and enjoyable physical activ-
ity. If you wish to continue with your new
found goals, then consider the tips below:
1. Make a pledge to improve your
health and wellness this year. Share your
plan with friends and family so they can
join you in your efforts or simply be there ment to obtain one-on-one instruction utilizing the tools and resources at www.
for support and accountability. from a personal trainer. Another idea is to mypyramid.com. This website can help
2. Set one small (realistic and achiev- schedule “exercise time” into your planner you achieve your goal(s) and provide extra
able) nutrition goal every one to two – this will make it a priority and provide a information on your diet and how you can
weeks. For instance, add fruit to your visual queue to help you remember to do track it.
lunch, add a vegetable to your lunch or it. If it is simply not convenient for you 5. When was the last time you had a
dinner – ultimately aim to include five to go to the gym, then consider: take the doctor evaluate your “numbers”? In other
a day (2 fruits and 3 vegetables). Avoid stairs instead of the elevator; park your words, do you know your blood pres-
skipping breakfast – skipping meals may car further away and walk to your destina- sure, cholesterol levels, and overall blood
cause you to crave and/or overeat less tion; playing with kids, doing yard work profile? If not, then consider making an
healthy foods later in the day with your and household chores count! Every bit of appointment at Thagard Student Health
next meal. Decrease your sweetened movement counts. Start slow and aim for Center – especially if you have a family
beverages such as juice, fruit punch, soda, 30 minutes, at least 3 times per week. history of nutrition related health issues
coffee drinks, etc. – aim to drink more 4. If you are struggling with achieving such as high blood pressure, high choles-
water. Eat a balanced meal every four or maintaining a healthy eating plan, emo- terol, or diabetes.
hours; include a balanced snack between tional eating, or weight concerns then con- Jump start your wellness in the New
your meals as needed – aim to listen ver- sider seeking the guidance of a Registered Year by making an appointment at
sus ignore your hunger. Eating when you Dietitian (RD). An RD is uniquely quali- Thagard: for a “well check” (a physical
are hungry will help promote an efficient fied to assess your individual nutrition with blood work) - call (850) 644-4567
metabolism (the rate at which you burn needs and instruct you on a healthy eating and/or for a nutrition evaluation call (850)
calories for energy). plan. Utilize the dietitians on staff here at 644-8871.
3. Check out the health and wellness Thagard, Heather Fisher MS, RD, LD/N
resources available to you on campus. If and Amy Magnuson PhD, RD, LD/N. An Article written by Heather Fisher, MS,
you haven’t been to the Campus Recre- initial nutrition assessment is $50 and fol- RD, LD/N, Registered Dietitian, Health
ation Center (the Leach Center), then now low up sessions are $35. Or, if your goal Promotion Department of Thagard.
is the perfect time to do so. Make a date is to eat healthier in general then you can http://healthytips-diettips.blogspot.
to go with a friend or coworker to a group obtain nutrition education and guidance com/2010/07/nutritious-and-healthy-food.
exercise class and/or schedule an appoint- as well as track your nutrition progress by html
Village Gram Feb. 2011 Holiday History Page 15
Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 Lincoln when this holiday is celebrated as carnival season which begins on Jan. 6.
it falls by design between their birthdays. The custom was brought to the U.S.
Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day. It originated Many, however, look at President’s day by the French who had paraded a fat ox
in 5th Century Rome as a tribute to St. as a tribute to each and every person who through Paris. The honor of the oldest
Valentine, a Catholic bishop. For eight has ever served in the office as President Mardi Gras celebration in the U.S. belongs
hundred years of the United States of America. It is a to Mobile, AL., which first observed
prior to the national holiday, although most businesses the holiday in 1703. However, the city
establishment and industry do not recognize it as a paid most associated with Mardi Gras is New
of Valen- holiday. Orleans, LA. Secret societies known as
tine’s Day, Source:http://www.holidayinsights.com/ krewes arrange and finance the activities.
the Romans other/president.htm The oldest krewe is Comus, which made
had prac- its first appearance in 1857. The Krewe
ticed a pagan Groundhog Day, Feb. 2 of Rex first appeared in 1872. A different
celebration krewe holds a parade on each night during
in mid-February commemorating young According to tradition, “Punxsutaw- the two weeks leading up to Lent. The
men’s rite of passage to the god Lupercus. ney Phil,” a groundhog with renowned krewes also hold masked balls at which
The celebration featured a lottery in which weather-predicting abilities, will forecast the king and queen of the krewe are pre-
young men would draw the names of teen- whether spring will be early each year. It sented to the society.
age girls from a box. The girl assigned to is the day that the Source: http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/
each young man in that manner would be Groundhog comes other/mardigra.html
his companion during the remaining year. out of his hole after a
In an effort to do away with the pagan long winter sleep to
festival, Pope Gelasius ordered a slight Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17
look for his shadow.
change in the lottery. Instead of the names If he sees it, he
of young women, the box would contain Ash Wednesday is the first day of the
regards it as an omen Christian season of Lent, during which
the names of saints. Both men and women of six more weeks
were allowed to draw from the box, and some denominations of Christians must
of bad weather and fast and give up
the game was to emulate the ways of the returns to his hole.
saint they drew during the rest of the year. things they like. The
If the day is cloudy, Lenten season lasts
Instead of the pagan god Lupercus, the and hence his is shadow less, he takes it as
Church looked for a suitable patron saint for 40 days. On Ash
a sign of spring and stays above ground. Wednesday, Chris-
of love to take his place and they found an The Groundhog’s Day tradition traveled
appropriate choice in Valentine. Valentine tians who observe
a long way. German immigrants brought the holiday go to
was later jailed for an unrelated charge, the tradition to the U.S. from Germany.
and it’s said he fell in love with the blind mass and receive
As they settled in the hills of Pennsylva- ashes on their fore-
daughter of his jailer. Before he was taken nia, they began the tradition of using the
to his death, he signed a farewell message heads in the sign of
groundhog to predict the arrival of Spring. the cross.
to her, “From your Valentine.” It then be- The tradition is based upon Candlemas,
came a tradition for men to give those they Originally, the
the day that is the midpoint between Win- first day of Lent
admired messages of affection, containing ter and Spring.
Valentine’s name. was the day on which public penitents at
Source: in part by http:// Rome began their penance. They were
htm sprinkled with ashes, dressed in sackcloth,
and required to remain apart from the
Mardi Gras, Feb. 16 community until Maundy Thursday (the
President’s Day, Feb. 15 Thursday before Easter). As this practice
fell into disuse between the 8th and 10th
President’s Day is celebrated on the Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is a boister- centuries, it was replaced by the general
third Monday in February. It is a day set ous celebration held annually on Shrove penance of the entire congregation. From
aside to honor all of the U.S. presidents. Tuesday, the day before the season of at least as early as the 8th century, this day
One often Lent begins in the Western was known as dies cinerum (day of ashes).
thinks of Christian liturgical calen- This reflects the central ritual of this holi-
two great dar. The actual date varies day, the placing of ashes on the forehead
presidents from year to year since to symbolize mourning and penitence.
, George it depends on the date Sources: http://www.religionfacts.com/
Washing- of Easter. Mardi Gras is christianity/ h o l i d a y s / a s h _ w e d n
ton and the culmination of a long e s d a y . h t m ; h t t p : / / www.holiday-
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