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Fall 2010 SAA Newsletter University of Northern Iowa Composed by: Brady Fritz Brad McLaury Anne Rhode Derek Boeding Lindsey Aldrich There’s No Place Like Home? Stephanie Erenberger On August 5th, 2010 Executive board members; Nick Sibenal- ler, Nicholas Kavanaugh, Jenny Gibbs, Brad McLaury, and Darion Watson, along with Fearless leader and advisor, Paul Sapp traveled to Dorothy’s homeland of Kansas; Kansas City to be exact. The mission; attend the CASE ASAP Confer- ence. This mission was a suc- cess, there was great informa- tion exchanged between the schools in attendance. Presen- tations were given on imple- menting and maintaining a exec team was able to interact standing Advisor. This proves that we mentor program within an with other organizations much are a part of something great, every- organization, which benefited like SAA and develop new ideas day our organization maintains its our newly implemented Big to keep pushing all of us to be mission to invite, inform, and inspire. Inside this issue: Purple Little Purple mentoring outstanding. Of course it wasn’t The conference ended but the ideas program. Also, marketing ideas, all learning and presentations, were only beginning, many of the new There’s No Place Like 1 fun retreat games and training the Student Admission Ambas- programs implemented this semester Home? concepts, and keeping the gen- sadors and Advisor Paul Sapp came from the exec board working eral spirit of the organization were both honored the last together and discussing ways that COMMendable Students 2 at max capacity were among night of the conference. SAA SAA can be tweaked to be one step the attended presentations. The obtained the award for Out- greater. Look forward to more fun Panthers of the Month 2-3 standing Organization, a very activities throughout spring semester! prestigious honor, while Paul received the award for Out- By: Brad McLaury Let the Good Times 4 Roar Invite, Inform, Inspire Retreat Squared 5 Senior Tribute 6-7 Epic Fall Formal 8 Page 2 COMMendable Students Not only do these students promote UNI daily love a good haunted house? SAA was there with to visitors and newcomers on campus, but their spooky masks and scares working the whole they also take the time to reach out to the night through; one October weekend. community to volunteer and help out in a Students have also participated in area-wide ser- variety of places! vices including Habitat for Humanity and the Our ambassadors have volunteered in sev- Northeast Iowa Food Bank. We were also able to eral areas this semester, right here in the help build and provide houses for those without a Cedar Valley, and throughout the state of home, and volunteer our time and talents distrib- Iowa. To start the year off right, our ambas- uting food to those in need in the Cedar Valley. For sadors spent time at the Iowa State Fair the fast approaching Christmas season, SAA will manning the UNI booth. They put on hundreds be caroling at a local nursing home, singing all our of Panther tattoos, handed out posters and favorite carols. UNIam wristbands. SAA's also gotten their We could mention so much more about this out- hands dirty a number of times, adopting a standing group of volunteers. They commit so highway, and cleaning up trash on campus much time already to this group - to see how after major events like homecoming. We do much they do on top of their campus activities what we can to keep the city and campus we shows just how dedicated they are to making a love looking neat and clean! difference and helping others around them. So many of us love kids, so we chose to help By: Anne Rohde out Hansen Elementary at their fall carnival; running games, painting faces, and playing with all those who attended. And who doesn't Panthers of the Month: Derek and Mariah The title of Panther of the Month is a very count on. He has stepped prestigious honor, given to those members up as a new member and who truly exemplify an outstanding perform- has gotten really in- ance. SAA members write about a particular volved. He is super fun to member they feel deserves this honor, and be around, and when submit their nominations to the VP of Commu- something needs to be nity Outreach. Once a POM is selected, they done, he is one of the are featured on the SAA homepage and con- first to be willing to help. gratulated at a meeting, in which they are He is involved in so much, revealed. The following were the nominations and in so many activities, written for Mr. Derek Boeding and Miss Mariah but to see him give to SAA Lockie. as much as he does is really something. He has a By: Brad McLaury phenomenal way of connecting with people. Every lunch bunch he does, he sits with the families and Derek, September POM: just talks with them. I see him rocking the purps & “This new ambassador is really someone I khakis quite often, and his tours sound fabulous. He value and consider very special. For the very is super-amazing! Thanks for all of your hard work short time that I've known him, he's been a this semester! “ wonderful friend and someone I can really Page 3 SAA Newsletter Mariah, October POM: the-scenes parts and she deserves to be recognized. Thank you for typing up the list of Homecoming events for each SAA “I would like to nominate Mariah for her member, sorting through the Admissions cages, spending time contributions to the Pride Committee and catching people up on the Pride Cry routine, organizing notes this organization, especially over the from mandatory University-wide Homecoming meetings, and past few weeks. As the Pride Chair, she the numerous other things you helped with. Also, thank you for ensured everything ran smoothly and all of the work you put into the Panther Festival. SAA Home- each member of the committee was able coming would not have been what it was without your dedica- to have a lead role. She acted as a great tion and efforts towards it.” resource and did so many of the behind- Page 4 Let the Good Times Roar! It was the week that every UNI student looks forward to each fall, Challenge Tourists” Homecoming. SAA was heavily involved with many of the week’s The annual Alumni Tailgate was another success, past festivities and even placed in each of the week’s events. ambassadors joined current members to catch up over games and Ambassadors kicked off the week with a Panther Pride cheesy potatoes. Ambassadors all headed into the Dome to watch themed meeting, where members were encouraged to come another Panther Victory, which ended Homecoming week on a high dressed to their best in purple and gold. Panther themed cup- note. cakes were provided by the Executive board, to get ready to let Homecoming Week wasn’t complete until campus was the good times roar, for Homecoming 2010. clean from the fun week of UNI activities. Ambassadors split up Ambassadors worked all week; on Maucker Murals, in which the campus and worked together to pick up trash to keep UNI beautiful. SAA mural was of TC following the yellow brick road under a dou- Overall, Homecoming 2010 was another successful year for SAA. ble rainbow, which was later tied into the theme of our skit, for They participated in activities, traditions, supported their Panthers Pride Cry. With the judging taking place at the Panther Festival, to victory, and helped to keep campus clean. SAA definitely lived up SAA took second place overall. to this year’s theme and “Let the Good Times Roar” Weeks of preparing their stomp steps, munchkin voices and sing- By: Lindsey Aldrich ing skills; were all put to the test, as SAA took the stage on top of the Union for Pride Cry Preliminaries. SAA set the bar as they were chose first to perform. With a Wizard of Oz themed skit, Dorthy and TC took off on an adventure to find TC’s Roar. Along their way, they ran into The Wicked Witch, Glenda; the Good Witch (Who brought Purple Stilettos to help UNI win), the Munchkins, and Coach Farley. Ending their skit with an energized UNI Fight Song, SAA qualified for Pride Cry Finals. As Homecoming Friday arrived, SAA prepared for Pride Cry Finals; during the annual Pep Rally. Giving an outstanding performance, SAA took second place! SAA members paired up in teams of two to participate in Panther Scramble. Wrapping themselves in toilet paper, bal- ancing pencils and trying to eat an Oreo off their face, were only a few of the unique challenges the Ambassadors had overcome to win. For the third year in a row, SAA swept the competition, taking first, second and third place! The night continued as SAA participated in the first annual Traditions Challenge Amazing Race. Ambassadors re- ceived pictures of UNI traditions and participated in a campus wide scavenger hunt. Some ambassador groups were stumped by some of the pictures, while others decided to play Frogger across Hudson Road, to beat the competition. Each group took pictures at each UNI tradition to complete the race, while also participating in the Traditions Challenge. One group of Ambassa- dors won “Best Dressed” by wearing Hawaiian shirts, fanny packs, maps of campus and even “mandals” to be the “Traditions Page 5 SAA Newsletter Retreat Squared Something old, something new, something purple and Ice cream photo and conversations among ambassadors. too? Both the Fall Retreat and Mid-Semester Retreat were a huge suc- Continuing an SAA tradition, the Fall Retreat opened the 2010-2011 cess thanks to the hard work and dedication of Executive, Darion school year. Purples and khakis flooded in front of the University Watson and the Membership Development Committee. of Northern Iowa sign, on the corner of University Avenue and By: Derek Boeding College Street. The annual group photo and individual headshots kicked off the Fall Retreat on the exceedingly beautiful day. After changing in to t-shirts and running shoes, members pre- pared for the intense and exhilarating campus wide scavenger hunt. After exhausting all leads, Ambassadors raced with photo evidence to the Alumni Suite at the McLeod Center. Pizza and cookies gave Ambassadors a second wind for the re- maining retreat activities. One group remained in the Alumni Suite for an activity that required Ambassadors to “walk” in another’s “shoes”. The activity showed differences and similarities that members have, and reminded Ambassadors to be mindful of such differences throughout the year. The second activity on the concourse of the McLeod Center “tied” members together. Purple twine, passed between Ambassadors, wove an intricate web that illustrated the bonds that the group would continue to form. After the activity, participants were en- couraged to cut a section of the web to wear as a reminder of their connection to SAA. The Fall Retreat came to a close with an entertaining skit guessing game. A sweet new addition to the SAA calendar, the Mid-Semester Re- treat, featured an all- you-could-eat ice cream buffet with all the fixing’s! After appeasing their sweet tooth Ambassadors were invited outside the McLeod Center for the first activity of the eve- ning. The “privileged walk” started with the group standing in a straight line holding hands. After a series of questions read by the amazing Deb Gray, the activity concluded with Ambassadors out-of-line, yet still holding hands. The purpose of the activity was to illustrate the diversity of the group, as well as show how privileged members are to be in such great company. After moving back indoors, Ambassadors broke into groups for a spirited group activity. The competition heated up as two groups went head to head, racing to be the first to call out a series of numbers strewn on the floor. The Mid-Semester Retreat came to a close with a group Page 6 Senior Tribute Senior Questions: 1. What are your plans for after graduation? 2. What is your favorite SAA memory? Jessica Staudt 1. I will be student-teaching in Mason City, Iowa during Spring 2011. After student-teaching I'll be looking for a job teaching! 2. There are so many incredible memories that have been made during my time in SAA, that it is hard to pick one as a favorite! I can say that my favorite memories are the ones where I have been stopped in my tracks by the words and actions of our members. The ambassadors I have been privileged to know, continuously inspire and amaze me. I often find myself pausing to soak up the moments when I am with other ambassadors because they each bring a spark that transforms any situation into something special. Libbe Hassenfritz 1. After graduation, I am planning on moving back to good old Mt. Pleasant to live the exciting life with the parents. I will be there until May, working at the hospital, and trying to save some money. In May, I will be taking a 3 week trip with my dad and some family friends to Peru; to hike the Andes, and explore the Incan ruins! After the trip, I will be moving to the Chicago area, in June, to begin Physician Assistant school at Midwestern University! 2. My favorite SAA memory would have to be homecoming. Not only did I love being a part of the amazing Pride Cry, but our participation and passion for UNI were evident in every event throughout the week. I will always be able to look back on those weeks and remember how much fun I had with everyone, how much the group worked together to dominate every event, and what an amazing organization SAA really is. Eva Andersen 1. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in comedy performance and producing. First, I will serve as an intern at The Colbert Report in New York City. I will be taking acting and sketch classes at People's Improv Theatre, in NY. In ten years, I want to be on Saturday Night Live. In 20 years, I want to have made a positive impact on the entertainment industry by providing intelligent critique and good, clean, hilarious entertainment--just because it's good and clean doesn't mean it has to be lame!!! 2. I think my favorite memory of SAA is just the whole notion of POW [Panther of the Week] nomina- tions. Every single person in the group is solid gold, and definitely deserves recognition for their accomplishments-- whether they are academic, personal, or just something remarkably kind that they did to help another in need. It brings me great joy to hear about the positive actions of other members. I always end up thinking--wow. How lucky I am to be Page 7 SAA Newsletter Kelsey Ternes 1. After graduation, I will be student teaching in Cedar Rapids. In June, I will get married and then move to Minneapolis with my fiancé (new husband, I guess!). I plan to search for a music teaching job in the Minneapolis area while student teaching. 2. My favorite SAA memory is homecoming. I love seeing the whole student body come together, with alumni, and sup- port the Panthers. But being part of a group so devoted to our school has made it mean even more! Kelsey Staudacher 1. I am student teaching in Music Education, then I am going to Grad School for Student Affairs for Administation in Higher Educa- tion 2. My favorite memory of SAA, is the simple thing we do each week: the Studs and Duds. I am just am amazed that we have so many fantastic people in one room that do so many great things and have such great hearts. Each week, it is my favorite to see how humanity has stepped up and shows that we are the good, in college students. We make a difference for the better and we don't expect anything in return, most of the time, but the little Studs are a wonderful reminder that we are a great force, if we want to be. Awesome... Bart Upah 1. So, my future plans just changed about a week or so ago. So, after Graduation, I will actually stay on campus next semester, while being the Graduate Residence Life Coordinator in Dancer Hall. After the Spring semester, I will con- tinue graduate school for student affairs elsewhere, even though UNI will always be number one in my heart! 2. I would say my favorite SAA memory would be anytime I see an SAAer on campus and they say hi! It just automati- cally brightens my day! It just reminds me about how great this group is, and how very blessed I am to be a part of such a wonderful organization, with outstanding members! Kyle Woiwood 1. I will be moving to Minneapolis, after graduation, to start Full-Time with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a public account- ing firm. 2. My favorite SAA memory was during a retreat, we had to act out a scenario with props and eventually a twist was thrown at you. Our twist was to have someone be our arms for us. I, luckily, had Nick Sibenaller as my arms. It made me laugh pretty hard, along with the whole group! Page 8 SAA Newsletter Fall 2010 Epic Fall Formal On Friday November 19th, the entire UNI campus After dinner, the traditional SAA group picture was was fueled with excitement. While the majority of stu- taken. Then the dancing was officially underway! After a good dents were simply excited for Thanksgiving break to offi- four hours of crazy dancing, raving and rapping, the night was cially begin, the members of the Student Admissions Am- ready to end. It had been a wonderful evening of bonding, pic- bassadors had a second reason to be excited - fall for- tures, and amazing memories. This one will go down mal 2010 was finally here! Formal was held at Fox Ridge in history, as one of the best! in Dike, Iowa. By: Stephanie Erenberger This year, SAA’s own Leah Fischer, who was also the night’s Birthday Girl, took the liberty of plan- ning a bus, to drive members from campus to Fox Ridge; and then home again, after the festivities were over. The bus began picking people up at 4pm and returned at 5 and 5:30, to pick up more riders. It was a fun way to start the night! Socializing officially began at Fox Ridge at 6pm and dinner was served shortly after. Everyone truly enjoyed dinner, which was an array of mashed potatoes, chicken, lasagna, salad, and rolls, that ironically got many people’s high remarks! However, the crowd favorite was definitely the deli- cious cheesecake, which was served for dessert.
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