May 15 2019

EMU School of Social Work Provides a Captivating Study Abroad Experience for Social Work Students

by blogemu

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One love. The motto of Jamaica is the briefest way to describe my study abroad trip in this beautiful country. Through the School of Social Work, I was able to study abroad in Bluefields, Jamaica for the week of spring break 2019. The community we stayed in felt like a whole new world, with lush green mountains, clear blue waves, and a hidden “off the beaten path” kind of atmosphere. Bluefields is a community that prides itself on supporting small businesses and embodying the ‘one love’ motto. Wolde Kristos, our tour guide, and his team at Reliable Adventures Jamaica greatly exemplify these ideals.  

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                   The house that we stayed at for the week
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                                                 Wolde, Tour Guide

                                                     (photo by Caitlin Reed)

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Wolde was our tour guide for the week, and he and his team of tour guides, chefs, and security kept us safe, well-fed, and happy for our entire trip there. During our visit, we were able to visit multiple local business-people. I met two artists in the area: Jerry, a woodcarver, and Jah Calo, an artist. Their work was absolutely stunning and they took so much pride in the items they created. We ate at local restaurants including Dor’s, where I ordered the well-known fried chicken. Our chef, Veda, also cooked us stunning and delicious dinners each night which allowed us to try the local cuisine. I was most excited to try the national fruit, ackee.

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Jah Calo’s outstanding artwork: photo by Ariel Roberts

 

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.This class served as the social work elective “International Service Learning”, and in Jamaica, our objective was to provide knowledge on various topics through service projects in the community. We were split into five groups, each of which worked in different capacities to serve the Bluefields area. Two groups worked at the community center, one focusing on the intersections of teen pregnancy and confidence and the other educating the community on human trafficking. Another group worked at the Basic School, which is their local elementary school, assisting teachers in their classrooms. The final two groups worked at the Belmont Academy, a high school in the area, with one group educating parents and students on how family involvement impacts success and the other group teaching how to do peer mediation to a group of students. I was in the peer mediation group and we had a great time educating fifteen students about what peer mediation is and how they can implement a peer mediation program in their school. They had so much fun learning and participating in the role plays and were so proud to receive their certificates of completion at the end of our program.

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Belmont Academy (photo by Pallas Schuster)

 

While the work was important, we didn’t forget to have some fun too. We went on multiple adventures over the course of the trip. The first was a community tour where we trekked up the mountain to see the most beautiful view I have ever witnessed. On our way up we learned about the community and the nature that inhabits it. We saw banana trees, allspice plants, and goats grazing on grass. We were also able to see an allspice factory and learn about how the natural allspice is used and produced. Another adventure included going to YS Falls. The waterfall park was beautiful, and the pictures speak for themselves. We had so much fun swinging on the rope swings and splashing through the water. We also had the opportunity to tour the fish sanctuary in Bluefields. It was once a huge fishing destination, but fishing is now banned in hopes of preserving the natural environment in that area.

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Some of our group members at the beach (photo by Faith Salsbury)

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.Studying abroad was one of the best experiences I have had, and I am so thankful for the EMU Study Abroad Office for their help through the process and for the School of Social Work for creating such an educational, fun, and meaningful experience. I learned so much in a week and gained so many new friendships. If you ever get the chance to participate in a study abroad here at EMU, I highly recommend you find all the scholarships available and go for it. You won’t regret it.

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#truEMU (photo by Angela Davis)

 


About the Writer:

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Hi! My name is Pallas Schuster and I am from Cadillac, Michigan. I just finished my junior year at EMU and I am double majoring in social work and psychology. I am a member of Active Minds and the Social Welfare Action Alliance and I work as a Certified Tour Guide in the admissions office as well as a student assistant for Donor Relations!

 

 

 

 

Apr 24 2019

What’s Up With The Rec?

by blogemu

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what is going on with the Rec these days! What’s with all of that construction, anyway?
Well, it turns out EMU’s Rec/IM facility is getting a major facelift! There will be a lot of exciting changes coming with its renovation. In the meantime, students can still access the Rec in its current building until the official move date. The Rec will be closed from Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, May 2 in order to move all of the equipment and get ready to reopen. Wesley Howell, Director of the Rec/IM stated, “The Rec is currently in phase one of the renovation”.

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Renovations for the Rec/IM will take place through the summer of 2020.

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“The 3rd-5th floors are being worked on, which we expect to be completed in August of 2019. In late April, we will begin phase two. This includes the 1st and 2nd floor. We anticipate this phase to be completed in August of 2020.” He also stressed that the Rec facilities will remain available during this process. Starting May 3, head over to the Warner building and follow the signs to find your destination. You’ll still be able to lift weights, play basketball, and attend classes. Of course the pools will also remain open, but you’ll have to access them from a different route. Another change that’s coming with the reopening of the Rec is the unfortunate closing of the Competitive Edge Pro Shop. For years, the staff at the Pro Shop has been delighted to serve EMU athletes and students with a variety of healthy snacks and lots of protein options. Here is a statement from management at the Rec/IM regarding the Pro Shop closure:

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“The Competitive Edge Pro Shop has been honored to serve you for 28 years. Shopping with us has impacted us in many positive ways. Student employees learned skills outside the classroom and all profits were used to support the facility. Throughout this journey, we established great friendships, offered a variety of nutritional options, apparel, and basic necessities. We closed our doors on April 15, 2019. Thank you EMU community. We have loved serving you!”

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.We’re fortunate at Eastern Michigan University to have such an amazing facility to use! If you’re not sure about how to use the equipment at the Rec or what kind of workout plans are best for you, stop by their front counter today to get some advice and sign up for training sessions. You can also locate their class schedule here https://www.emich.edu/recim/.

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Working out is a great way to stay healthy, make friends, and spend some downtime between classes. The Rec is also open over the summer, just check their website for updated hours of operation. If you’re not currently attending any classes at the Rec, I encourage you to come and check them out. There’s literally something for everyone. 

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Starting May 3, the Olds/Robb building entrance will be closed and patrons can access the Rec’s facilities from the Warner Building.

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About The Writer:

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Hi! I’m Pamela, a senior studying Communication Technology. I’ll be starting the graduate program for Creative Writing this fall. You can usually find me around campus covering events for the Eastern Echo or working at the Rec/IM. I’m passionate about health, music, happiness, reading, wine, and cats.

Apr 03 2019

Understanding the UACDC

by blogemu

The University Advising and Career Development Center (UACDC) is located in 200 McKenny Hall. Students can be seen in the UACDC getting assistance from both Academic Advisors and career service professionals. There is also a satellite Career Service office located in the College of Business for those students that are not on main campus.

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Academic Advisors specialize in working with exploratory students, but they’re ready and able to assist any undergraduate student with questions about the General Education program and their program requirements. Advisors meet with students to discuss upcoming and current courses, academic standing concerns, transfer course equivalencies, general education questions, and more. They assist students in understanding program progression and academic requirements. Some advisors in the UACDC also work with specialized groups of students, such as Military/Veteran students, International students, Individualized Studies Program (ISP) students, Second Bachelor’s students, and Dual-Enrolled students.

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The UACDC provides career coaching and corporate relation management, which are two types of career development services. Career Coaches meet with students to help with major and minor exploration, resume assistance, and to discuss grad school options. Career Coaches assist students in exploring possible career paths through career assessments such as MBTI, StrengthsQuest, and Values/Motivated Card Sorts. These assessments help build a foundation for students to identify their top interest areas. Corporate Relations Managers meet with students for resume and cover letter assistance, interviewing skills, job search strategies, networking, job fairs/on-campus recruiting, and internship assistance. Career development staff work with current students, EMU alumni, prospective students, and employers.

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The UACDC offers many programs during the fall and winter semesters to help students in their success at EMU. These programs include career fairs, Fast Track, group advising for Exploratory students, Eagle Expo, Registration Blitz, and First-Year Experience events.

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“WeSupportYourGoals” is the mission statement shared by the UACDC and the five college advising offices. It means that staff will welcome any questions and concerns and will work with you to find the appropriate solution and resources to help solve your problem. The UACDC staff is here to help and want to see to it that you are successful here at EMU.

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About the Writer:

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My name is Kaleyn Rice and I am currently in the Educational Leadership for Higher Education/Student Affairs Master’s Program. I have been at EMU for Six and a half years now since the start of my undergraduate program. I am currently an Academic Advisor in the UACDC.