Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sabrina's Guide to Becoming a Campus Ambassador

My name is Sabrina Churchill and I am a Sophomore BIS major on the Miami Middletown Campus. I have a full-time school schedule. I founded and run my own student organization (SAFARI). I am a member of MMSG, and I even planned this year's Veteran's Day ceremony. Do I have free time? Very little, but I would have it no other way. I never knew about the value of becoming involved until I became a  campus ambassador. After being opened up to the aspect of becoming involved on campus and the leadership, friendship, networking, and joy that it brought to my college life, I was addicted.

Spring of last year, I was sitting in Hawk Haven doing my botany homework when I noticed a flyer on the table about campus jobs. I had never considered getting a job on campus, but at the time a little extra shopping money could be useful. So, I applied online and met with the student activities coordinator (Carrie) about open positions. She told me about a year old program where current students introduce incoming students to the campus. To be considered for this position you needed to be outgoing, charismatic, and punctual. Those three words pretty much summed me up to a tee. I was in.
Working as a campus ambassador introduced me to some of my very best friends on campus. It helped me to appreciate being a Miami Middletown student more and to discover that college is what you make of it. I loved interacting with incoming students and having a job that was laid-back and fun.
Campus Ambassadors are more than just tour guides. We develop different interactive stations to take each of our student groups to in order for them to learn more about campus life and becoming a college student. We are the first impression that many of these students have about MUM.
We work weeks before each New Student Orientation to plan each station and become more comfortable with interacting with each other and new students. As corny as it sounds, we bond with each other, and this has become an important reason as to why our NSO's go so well. You will lead groups that range in sizes from  this

to this

This year, I was promoted to NSO coordinator. With my partner, Jon Downing, I will be planning each Campus Ambassador meeting and the activities and jobs we work on. We will be deciding how to run the NSO's and what changes we would like made. We decide how the NSO's are designed, ran, and coordinated. The NSO's are completely student designed. This means that we control what the new students coming in experience. This way, they get a better understanding of what they need to know from other student's point of view.
Why should you apply? Campus Ambassadors have flexible schedules with small meeting times during the summer followed by the New Student Orientations. You will gain leadership quality from being in charge of an event that most students will never receive. You WILL make new friends and become closer to your campus. This job is not filing papers or answering phones. Being a campus ambassador is having fun while you work.

Please consider becoming a campus ambassador and working with Jon and I this summer. Below is a link to apply as well as the dates for the New Student Orientations.

NSO 2012 #1 Tues 20-Jun 12-5p
NSO 2012 #2 Wed 18-Jul 9-2p
NSO 2012 # 3 Thurs 9-Aug 4-9p
NSO 2012 #4 Fri 17-Aug 12-5p

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Money, Money, MONEY!

Yesterday, CAB hosted its first Money Mania Game Show and it was a huge success!

Students were able to get in the game by swiping their Miami ID to get a ticket. Then, at the begining of each of 4 rounds, 4 numbers were called.

Ashley, our lovely host.

Trying to get ping pong balls out of tissue boxes during "Junk in the Trunk"

Working hard to get pillows into cases, while wearing oven mits.

Balloon race!

Balancing game.

Could you transfer 3 empty popcans and 3 full popcans to the opposite hand without dropping them?


Stacking pyramids.

Stacking building blocks on top of their heads.

Finding bubble gum in whipped cream, and then blowing a bubble (MUCH harder than it looks!)

Don't believe their faces, they loved this game!

We had so much fun, and so did the crowd! We gave away $200 to these people! These are just some of the people that won:

This fall is going really well for the OSA and CAB! Next week is "Do Something Nice Week".

In the vein of "Pay It Forward", we are giving you the opportunity to do something nice for someone else, in the hopes that they'll do something nice for another person.

Post your stories/pictures/videos of what you did nice for someone else on our facebook page ( The best post will win a $20 bookstore gift card.

Cupcake Decorating
We will provide the cupcakes and supplies for you to decorate a cupcake to take to a classmate, loved one, or friend.

Carnation Sale
Buy a carnation and write a note to brighten up someone's day!

Craft Crazy
Choose from a plethora of crafts to make for someone. Craft things like a birdhouse, bobble head, canvas bag, or even just a card!

Story Contest
Post your story to our facebook page ( by 4pm. The best story about doing something nice for someone will win a $20 bookstore gift card.

We can't wait to help you do something nice for someone all next week!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Remembering 9-11-2001

Miami University's regional campus are unique in their diversity. This is especially the case when it comes to the age range of our students. Many of our students can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on 9-11-2001; and to many of our students, 9-11-2001 is just a blurr because they were only 7-10 years old.

To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9-11, Miami University Middletown organized events to involve the whole campus.

Students, faculty, and staff decorated a memory quilt in honor of those lost. The quilt will be displayed the week of September 12th in Hawk Haven. Then, Jenny Haley (from Business Services) will take the quilt home to stitch it together so that it may go on permanent display on the Middletown campus.

Carrie, Members of Vets 4 Vets - Tony Walters & Susan Bates - & Dean Pratt

On Thursday, September 8, the Vets 4 Vets student organization organized a ceremony to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9-11-2001. Tony Walters & Susan Bates worked all summer to put this event together.

The Combined Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 218 posted the colors.

Speakers and organizers of the ceremony.

Kellie Longworth preparing to sing the National Anthem.
Scott Trammell, President of Grace @ Miami, leading the crowd in a moment of silence.

Dr. Bob Rusbosin introducing Dean Pratt.

CAB presenting the quilt to Dean Pratt and the Middletown Campus.

Michele Teegarden, MMSG Present, delivering a reading.

Anne Carson, Nursing Professor and Red Cross Disaster Volunteer shared memories from responding to 9-11-2001.

Carol Caudill shared her memories of the campus' reaction on 9-11-2001.
Vets 4 Vets collected donations for the American Red Cross.

Students, faculty, and staff sharing their stories.

Kellie Longworth singing "Amazing Grace" to close out the program.

We had a great turn out for the ceremony. Thank you to Vets 4 Vets for organizing the event, to all of those who participated and shared, and to everyone who attended. Look for the quilt on display in Hawk Haven next week.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What a (Welcome) Week!

Today ends the first 2 weeks of the semester. Where did the time go?

Oh, that's right! It went here:

The theme of this fall's welcome week was, "Make your own Miami...". Overall, it went really well and we ran out of supplies for all of our activities!

Student organizations used the first week of school to try to recruit new members and let people know who they are.

S.E.R.V.E. (Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Efforts)

GAM (Grace @ Miami)

On Monday, we did "Make your own Miami... CANVAS BAG". Students could iron on, draw, paint, bedazzle their bag with whatever they like and CAB provided #2 pencils to start the year off right.

Waiting in line to get things ironed-on.

The iron-on-ers.

Finished product.
Tuesday brought the highly anticipated "Make your own Miami... TANK TOP". We ran out of tank tops in about 30 minutes! We used iron-ons, again. As well as ribbon, buttons, markers, paint, etc. We were able to find men's and women's tank tops (typically we are only able to get various sizes of men's) for affordable prices.

 On Wednesday, we tried "Make your own Miami... BUMPER STICKER" for the first time. The nice thing about the stickers is that they are nylon. So, they can be applied to a bumper, a notebook, or to a painted surface.

We made stickers to put on the bumper stickers.

We also had lots of popsicles left over from New Student Orientation.

The last activity of the "Welcome Week" was "Make your own Miami... TRAVEL MUG". Like the tank tops, these went FAST!

We made stencils for this event using cardstock.

The mugs have paper that you pull out to decorate. So, they can be changed over-and-over again!

The Coordinator of Student Activities may be a cat lady...

MMSG also gave away pizza on Thursday. (Pictured: Michele Teegarden - President & Sabrina Churchill - Senator)
While we provided some fun activities the second week of school, our main focus was on the Fall Picnic & Volunteer Fair. We were determined to have the picnic in the quad this year. The quad is so nice and welcoming. It's surrounded by academic buildings and accented by sculptures, green grass, and lush trees. However, Mother Nature was having none of it and decided to rain on us! We were outside in the rain at 9:30am with physical facilities folding up tables and chairs to bring into Hawk Haven (we really didn't think it would rain).

CAB made signs to direct people from the parking lot... instead we used these inside to direct people through the hallways.

Giving out tickets and drinks to anyone with their Miami ID.

CAB provided air brushed "tie dye" t-shirts to the first 100 students (once it stopped raining!).

Everyone got a free Gold Star coney.

And free ice cream, courtesy of the Dean's office.

The Dean's office also brought in a caricature artist.

We brought back Todd Carey (not pictured) to perform. He is gathering quite the following on the regional campuses!

More signage courtesy of Mike McVey, Theater instructor.

This picnic also included a volunteer fair, coordinated by the Office of Civic Engagement, showcasing around 20 volunteer opportunities in the area.

The OSA, CAB, MMSG, the Dean's Office, the Office of Civic Engagement, and Physical Facilities worked very hard to make welcome week and the fall picnic fun for everyone. Remember to say "Thank You" if you see any one from these organizations in the hallways!