“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” –Warren
The University of Arkansas- Fort Smith is home to a super group of leaders. On Saturday, September 27th, a portion of the leaders on campus joined forces to tackle the Leading Lions Leadership Conference. During the conference, they gained even more valuable skills that would help them along the way on their Leadership Journey.
The conference opened up with a few words of advice from our university’s chancellor, Dr. Paul
Beran. He spoke about how to be a successful leader, gave valuable tips and even told some great stories. Students were writing briskly to make sure they noted each and every piece of advice he was offering!
Our leaders were able to pick different areas they wanted to focus on during the conference. They broke into groups and sharpened their leadership skills! There were many different areas including a marshmallow challenge, the ABCs of Leadership, Step Up training and others as well! Each session had valuable information and unfortunately students could only attend two, but everyone divided and conquered then reported back with what they had learned.
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” - Warren Bennis
UAFS is filled with leaders that translate their visions into reality on campus. The different events, philanthropies and organizations on our campus prove this.
Now, I challenge you, UAFS. Are you all making your visions a reality? Go, Go, Leading Lions!
The Wild, Wild West, Jail Breaks and a Super…Cowboy? Is there a new Sheriff in town?
The Reynolds Room has been home to many events here on campus, even Wild West ones. Howdy Dance made its way to the UAFS campus for the 11th year in a row! The Campus Activities Board hosted the event on September 9th, from 7pm-10pm. There were 239 students there! WOAH! Now that is a SUPER turnout. Were you there?
Students were able to dance the night away, enjoy BBQ sandwiches, become horse jockeys,
participate in a shootout and some students even ended up in the slammer! CLANK.
The jail was in good spirits though! It was used during the #umatter portion of the event to educate students on hazing, which is something everyone should be aware of.
Students got to pick a poster up that they felt had a correct fact on it! It is time to knock out hazing once and for all! KA-POW!
Speaking of “knock out”, which dance blew you away from the Cub Camp groups? Red, Gold, Green, Blue and Orange camp Chairs, Counselors and Campers all rocked the dance floor! Those were some Super moves, guys. *claps* I couldn’t even choose a favorite! WOW!
It is no stretch to say that Howdy Dance was a success this year. The Reynolds Room is no longer a saloon and sadly the BBQ is but a distant memory, but students will surely be talking about this event for some time. As for the new sheriff in town, I think he will keep spreading the word about hazing awareness, hosting nerf shootouts and attend the horse races every now and again. The question is, will you? -B
The week the Neon Superhero delivered sweets,
burgers, poker chips and a magician to the unsuspecting students of UAFS.
To start off Welcome Week, students got to enjoy Sugar ~n~ Citrus, which was free donuts and juice provided by Dunkin’ Donuts! All students had to do was walk to the Bell Tower and grab a delicious, sugary treat and grab their very own cup of orange juice! No driving or paying required! Now that is the life.
There was also a BCM cookout that afternoon where students were served FREE hamburgers and chips along with water bottles. The night was closed by the Campus Activities Board with Peter Boie: Magician for Non-Believers! Students were asked to enter though one of two doors. One door was for “Believers” of magic and the other door was marked “Non-Believers” of magic! Which door do you think had the most users?
Sugar ~n~ Citrus and the BCM cookout were both a success the second day as well! Students were hyped up and ready for the day. Then, the SGA hosted its first t-shirt swap! Students got to exchange their old high school/university t-shirts in exchange for a brand new Game Day shirt! All the t-shirts traded in were donated as well, so it was a win-win on both sides!
Ending Tuesday night on a super high note,
the Campus Activities Board presented the first movie in their Film Series, The Amazing Spider-Man 2!
SGA, Greek Life and CAB all worked together and hosted about 400
students! Can we keep all the movie
nights this large? I sure hope so!
Wednesday was home to Wii Wednesday in the Welcome Center and the Greek Life Office and LIONS R.O.A.R. also hosted their first Blacklight dance! There was a DJ, Trash Can Punch, a lot of glow sticks and even more dancing! Everyone also learned about effects of tobacco and alcohol, which is a big deal. It goes to show that you can be informative AND have a great event all at the same time.
Students will definitely be talking about how much fun they had for a long time.
Thursday was a day filled with art and the cheers of UAFS students. SGA opened up the day with Letter Art in their office for the first 100 students! It was a terrific event and bedrooms across campus (and off campus) now have more beautiful decorations thanks to our Student Government! What a great idea. :D Did you get there in time to make yours? Is this an activity you would like to see here again?
Later on in the evening, Casino Night, hosted by the Campus Activities Board, called upon students to come test their luck on slot machines, blackjack tables and many more games that they could play to win prizes such as lamps, movie packages and a Swiffer! Students also got to play bingo and win groceries! It was truly an event for everyone.
Friday wrapped up Welcome Week 2014 with a Greek Life cookout at the Bell tower and a film screening of Miss Representation, a documentary that speaks about how women are portrayed in today’s society, hosted by the Young Democrats!
That night, the Non-Trad kickoff party was held for the Non-Traditional students and their families and Midland Bowl had Rock ‘n Bowl for just $6/person with a Student ID card!
There you have it, friends. Welcome Week in a nut shell! So, maybe a Neon superhero didn’t deliver super cool things to the UAFS community.
Or maybe he/she did. Who said the Superhero had to be one person? What if
that Superhero was each and every one of our RSOs? Or maybe, the superhero is each and every attendee of the events here on campus. -B
I had a wonderful time and got so much out of the trip. Before the leaving New York, I got to live out every macaron fanatic's dream and eat macarons from one of the three U.S. Ladurée stores. Returning home was bittersweet. I was getting homesick, but I didn't want the trip to be over. The trip was so much more than about the auditing standard-setting process for me. Taking this opportunity to travel outside of class allowed me to get to know my fellow classmates and to have actually visited the places I'd read about in accounting books was an engaging active learning experience.
Ladurée Paris on Madison Avenue, a macaron lover's dream.
View from the plane, leaving New York. Until next time!
I was very happy that we got a free day to take in the big city of New York. There is so much to see and do! From shopping, strolling in Central Park, and visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), our time in the Big Apple was well spent.
MoMA has a beautiful garden area (above).
Horse drawn carriages outside of Central Park!
Today was about a half day in the city, and then we headed home! I've now walked enough that I can't even tell I had shin splints earlier in the week. This morning was all about wrapping up the sights we hadn't seen and going after the food and gifts to take back home. For me it was Central Park. It was so refreshing to see that green patch in the middle of the city, but it really made me homesick too so I was glad to be heading that way shortly. I think we all got a little worried when it took the bus far too long to come pick us up and head to the airport.
On Thursday, day five, we went to visit one of the big four firms, KPMG. They spoke to us about revenue recognition and how it is changing. Also, we learned what to do if we want to get an internship there and to always keep our GPA up.
That day we also went to see the Statue of Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry. Some of us visited the Empire State Building at night as well. That was defnitely worth the money for the view.
On Friday, day six, Kabee, Michele, and I went to visit the Moma Art Museum where we saw great modern art. We also went through an obstacle course that challenges your claustrophobia a bit. We tried our first piece of Carnegie Deli Cheesecake which was super delicious. We then met up with Siedra at the Soho area mall where we walked and shopped, which is always fun! This night I stayed up packing most my things.
On Saturday, I finished packing and went to central park with some others of the group. We stopped by Cargenie Deli again to get some cheesecake for our family members. After that, we walked through Central Park to get some macaroons that were good, kinda small, but good. I was very happy to finally get to come home to my family and pets. I also saw a squirrel :)
I had a wonderful time in both D.C. and NYC and learned a lot about the audit standard setting process; however, I am very happy to be home with my hubby and my kitties! :) The Empire State Building was AMAZING and one of my favorite things that we did. My favorite site visit was by far the SEC. I feel like I have a better knowledge of the auditing standards. It really helps to hear what the standard setting boards have to say about the process. The textbooks do not go into as much detail as they did. The trip went very well. We had a great group and Dr. Hayes did a fantastic job of keeping up with all 12 of us women. Thank you Dr. Hayes for being so involved and such a wonderful professor.
Home sweet home!
It's been quite a journey, but after 9.5 total travel hours today I'm glad to say I'm home with my babies.
I think she missed me too!
Going home today!!! I can't wait! We got up early this morning and I attempted to get breakfast but they were out of bananas. The breakfast area at our hotel is so small and there are so many people it took me over 10 minutes to catch an elevator and even then I forced my way in. We went to Central Park which was kind of nice. We walked a journey for Kabee's macaroons but it was worth it. They were pretty good. Now we're waiting to leave our hotel and head to the airport. See you soon Arkansas!