Sooooo all of last week was full of Holiday concerts, shindigs, parades, and whootenanny’s. Monday through Saturday I managed to re-live my days of undergrad and stay on top of the social scene and make a couple of celebrity appearances here and there.
I attended the Holiday Spectacular hosted by the UT Jazz Ensemble (check out my previous blog for some great clips). What I didn’t share was my picture with THE Jon Hendricks. He was very open to helping me out.
Jon Hendricks and I
This particular day was much needed. I went to Mulvaney’s Bunker with my former roomates, and current students, Matthew Hinkle and Luc Blazejewski. Every now and then, it’s important to catch up with people you haven’t talked to in a while. They’ve been busy with preparing for finals and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions keeps me busy , but we were able to squeeze in some flashback time.
Left to Right: Matt Hinkle (Accounting), Me, Luc Blazejewski (Pharmacy)
Some UT Colleagues and myself joined the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and a local group, EPIC (Engaging People, Inspiring Change), in a holiday event in downtown Toledo. EPIC offers several social networking opportunities to connect with other young professionals in the city. So, being the socialites that we are, some of my UT colleagues and I joined in the festivities.The appetizers were great! We even ran into some friends from the Health Science Campus. For more info on joining this organization for Toledo Yuppies, please visit here.
Left to Right: Shumiala Kinnear (Volunteer Services, HSC), Emily Creamer (Judith Herb Collge of Education), Ben Ciesinski (Residence Life), Whitney Walker (Orientation), Carlos Gooden (Admission), Angela DeAngelo (Health Science and Human Services)
Left to Right: Sam Giles (Patent Technology, HSC), Angela DeAngelo, Carlos Gooden, Whitney Walker, Emily Creamer.
If you were in Rocket Hall on Thursday, you probably witnessed the Pet Parade for “take your dog to work day.” The place was packed with water bowls spilling, barking chiuahuas, and saint bernards with reindeer antlers. There’s never a dull moment in our office!
Part of the Pet Parade
Mojo after taking a nap under my desk
This was our official Holiday Whootenanny for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Headed by our Admission Ambassador Task Force, this gives the staff the chance to hang out with the student workers and interact on a more personal level. Aside from the amazing dishes and dessert, we watched Charlie Brown Christmas and played a few “get to know you” ice breakers. It was well needed as we ended a work week and the students prepared for finals.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission Official Tree
Students and staff digging into the deliciousness
Tour Guide, Meredith Kincaid’s T-shirt (Classic Holiday Movie)
As a newly accepted student into the Higher Education program in the Judith Herb College of Education, I was invited to the Annual Higher Education Holiday party hosted by Dr. Ron Opp and Dr. Penny Poplin Gosetti (or Pop and Opp as the grad students call them). Not only did they have a lovely home, but it was great conversation. While grad school sounds scary, I am convinced I can handle it. I even got a little heads up on what a doctoral program experience would entail. Oh dear! Lastly, Saturday was the 13th, so I met up with my Blue Key brothers to celebrate and catch up. While we’re only 22 and 23, we all felt old. This change from undergrad to grad school and 8-5 thing is new to all of us, but we are all enjoying our experiences.
Finally, on Sunday…I rested (Sigh)
Happy Chrismahannakwanzakuh from mine to yours.
Until next time,