End of the Term!

Happy Friday, BPSers and Happy End of the Term!

You’ve done a great job this term and now you get to look forward to a week of relaxing and clearing your mind for the next BPS term.

Got some ideas of what you want to do for your Spring Break? Here are a few that we’ve cooked up:

Saturday, March 17 (tomorrow) is St. Patrick’s Day. Throw on some green duds and head to the pub. Or stay at home and make some Guinness Stew with Irish Soda Bread.

Hopefully you’ve filled out your brackets for March Madness. Catch a few of the Third Round games and maybe cheer on your favorites. I’ve got Ohio State winning the whole shebang. Who have you got?

If you’re more into reading, March 23 is Tolkien Reading Day. Pick up The Hobbit or The Fellowship of the Ring and get immersed in Frodo’s travels through Middle Earth.

Or, just stare at the wall for 10 days, you’ve done some hard work and you deserve it!


Happy Pi Day!

Today is March 14, or 3/14, or 3.14 = π. Enjoy the day with a slice of apple, cherry, blueberry, or make up a new flavor to enjoy!

Don’t forget pi approximation day is July 22 (22/7=3.14).

Spring Breakitis

Yeah, yeah, spring break is just days away (not to mention my birthday, WHEE!) and so that should mean everything else in life doesn’t matter. Not the case. I know. I’m sulking right along there with you all. Can’t homework wait til after?

The answer is obviously ‘no’ but I will continue to whine all the way until break. And grudgingly do homework. So while we’re all way too excited about the upcoming break from insanity, we still have to do real people things.

Like work.

And school.

And feeding the things that depend on us for life. Pets, kids, whatever you take care of.

So if it helps you get through your lessons and homework this week, just imagine how amazing your break will be without the emails and notifications from your program. Without deadlines. Without worries. Stay focused for your own sanity!

Okay, that’s all. I’m on a beach in my head. Excuse me while I get a mental tan.

Best Value

I love a sale.  I love getting a high quality item that won’t break my wallet.  I just bought some killer Gucci sandals at T.J.Maxx for only $30.  It may not be sandal weather yet, but that didn’t stop me from taking a picture of my sandals, along with the price tag, and sending it to all my friends.

When it comes to education, this is hard to do.  School is expensive.  Wouldn’t you love a high quality school without the high price tag?  Well, according to Princeton Review’s 2012 ‘Best Value Colleges’ list, that is exactly what you are getting at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire was recognized on the 2012 ‘Best Value Colleges’ list based on academics, costs, and financial aid.  The Princeton Review profile stated that UW Eau Claire “scholarships and grants are numerous, and often considerable, too”.

Read what UW-Eau Claire Students had to say:

  • “a great all-around school while still being affordable”
  • “a very good education for a very reasonable price”
  • “makes a high quality education accessible to those who could not typically afford one”
  • “scholarships offered secured my decision to attend”

So go ahead and brag.

Source: http://www.uwec.edu/News/releases/12/02/0210Princeton.htm

Dear Weekend…Never leave me…Sincerely, Life

Okay, so it’s Friday, and I have some advice.

Get the most out of your weekend! Like many of you, my week is completely swallowed up by work, more work, classes, and a personal life (shockingly). I don’t know about the rest of you, but I actually value my weekends. Starting Monday of every week of my life, I begin planning my weekend. What movies are out? Are any of them worth the money (seriously, January and February are where movies go to die)? Can I eat enough for three people between Friday and Sunday? Do I have time to both sleep in and get some amount of homework done?

By Friday, I have an excellent idea of how I’m spending my weekend. This two day break from insanity shall include some homework (unless someone would like to do it for me), morning yoga, dinner with great friends, a going-away party that will include ample amounts of dancing and snack foods, and a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the dog park with the spoiled mutt.

I repeat. USE your weekends. Recollect your sanity and focus. Start your next week with purpose and focus and a clear mind. Loosen up! I won’t judge.

Your school is famous…well the city is

Eau Claire, WI was put on the map February 12th 2012, when hometown hero Justin Vernon of the band Bon Iver, accepted the Grammy for the best new artist.  He also won the Grammy for best alternative music album.

Justin Vernon was clearly nervous accepting the award.  But he remembered to thank his hometown of Eau Claire, WI and his parents, just in time as the Grammy producers rolled the “your time is up” music.

Interestingly, Bon Iver was asked to perform at the awards show, but not on their own terms.

“We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn’t play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else…they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.”

Have no fear!  If you have never heard them play, as I had not, here is your chance to hear them play, and to be proud of the talent coming out of your university’s hometown, the city of Eau Claire.


Source: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/entertainment/bon-iver-grammys-justin-vernon-speech-feb-13-2012

You are the expert

As the BPS student services coordinator it is my job to connect with students, to help identify any roadblocks, as well as document factors that bolster academic success.  Student input is what helps us refine and direct BPS programming and supports.  It is essential to the success of BPS, and I enjoy checking in with students more than any other aspect of my job.

This past week I spoke with several BPSers about how classes were going.  Their insights proved to me just how important their voice is and how potentially powerful the blog forum would be to share these insights with all BPS students.

For example, I spoke with two students who, in my opinion, gave an excellent overview of e Books, including: their experience with them, the pros and cons, and their recommendations for use.  Their insights were just as meaningful as any I’ve read, and because they were unique to our program, they became more relevant to me than other more generic applications that I have read on-line.  I am still hoping one of them will write a blog…hint, hint.

When confronted with the task to write, most students say “I don’t blog” or “I don’t know how to blog”.  It couldn’t be easier.  Send an email to professionalstudies@uwec.edu with a couple of paragraphs you would like to share.  It doesn’t have to be written like a newspaper article.  Write like you speak, like I am doing now.  If you share something cool that you have read somewhere, write down where you found it, so we can look it up as well.

Then just cut and paste whatever you wrote into the body of an email, or attach it in a Word document.  Not interested in writing, but wanting to pose a topic for discussion on the blog, email me that as well.  We will do the research and begin the conversation.  Chime in at any time by clicking on “comment” which is located directly below the post.

That’s all there is to it.  You can do it.