Despite name change, CCF is doing great

CCF, a.k.a. Cooperative Collegiate Fellowship, has proved to be a success for its first year running.

On CCF’s growth as a club and people’s discovery of it, CCF president Duncan Jerrett said, “It’s great and it’s also kind of scary because I don’t think it should be this easy.”

Part of CCF’s success Jerrett credits to the week to week events. These events include free lunch on Tuesdays from 12-1:15, Vespers on Thursdays at 6:15, and Free Pancakes on Fridays from 10:00-11:00, which all take place in Allen Hall. “We also have weekly small group meetings that anyone can join,” said Vice President Jessica Allen.

A yearly event CCF organizes is the mission trip. As Jerrett describes it, “It’s amazing…so humbling in [so] many ways…seeing people come out of their shell is really rewarding.” This year, the mission trip may take place in New York where CCF will work with homeless people.

CCF was originally called BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) and was around for about 50 years. Stetson’s director for BCM, Margie Duncan (also Jerrett Duncan’s grandmother), retired and SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) did not have the money to maintain and afford the club anymore. To avoid copy write issues, the members of the club changed their name to CCF and are now sponsored and funded by CBF (Corporate Baptist Fellowship). Although CBF is smaller than SBC, CBF is described by Jerrett as a “good and strong” organization that supports CCF well.

Despite the name change, Jerrett says that nothing has changed. “[It] feels normal,” said Jerrett. “It feels as if it was BCM.” Jerrett also describes the new director, Ben Collins, as being a “really great guy” who spent time with members last year. The change from last year to this year was a “seamless transition” and “still kinda feels like home” to Jerrett.

When asked if old members wanted the old name back, Jerrett stated that the only issue with the new name is the confusion people may have as a result of the change. Yet, Jerrett is optimistic: “Once you get in and once you hang out with us, the name doesn’t matter.” Later on, Jerrett added, “Just show up…it’s not anything where you have to sign up or pay money or anything…if no one introduces themselves to you, shame on them, but I promise someone will.”

23rd Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest open to college participants

College students are encouraged to examine pressing ethical issues through the 23rd  Elie Weisel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest.

Essays that rouse reflection, target problems and are realistic debates for ethical action are strongly encouraged. For instance, a suggested essay topic is “Articulate with clarity an ethical issue you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.”

Full time undergraduate junior or senior college students registered for the Fall 2011 semester are eligible to participate permitting they are enrolled at attributed four-year colleges or universities in the United States.

In order to submit the essays, students must apply and submit their essays online at http://eliewieselfoundation.org/prizeinethics.aspx. In addition to this, their Faculty Advisor must grant them online verification (any professor can be a Faculty Advisor). Lastly, it is mandatory that students verify enrollment by uploading a letter from the Registrar or National Student Clearinghouse.

There will be five placement awards for winners.  The first place winner will receive $5,000 while the second place winner will receive $2, 500. Third place will earn $1,500 while both honorable mentions receive $500 each.

Essay applicants are due by December 5 at 5 pm and are to be 3,000 to 4,000 words long.

Stetson University Cohosts Family Business Conference

Stetson University’s Family Enterprise Center joined forces with Family Business Magazine for the third time to host Transitions West 2011.

Transitions West 2011 is a Family Business conference that took place in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, California on November 1-3. The goal of this conference, according to Dr.Greg McCann, academic director of the Family Enterprise Center, was to provide a “safe harbor where family owned business can get together and talk with their peers and not be solicited”. Although McCann said that it was a “challenge” to do so, it was something that succeeded.

The three half-day sessions had focal points directed towards conveying knowledge as well as ideas one can use towards one’s family corporation. The first session was titled “Succession Planning: What Works and What Doesn’t” while the second session was called “Wealth Transfer, Estate Planning and How to Find and Use Expert Advice”. The last and final session was named “Family Company Governance: The Nuts & Bolts”.

Regarding the number of those who attended, there were about 120 attendees, most being families who had businesses or family offices. The speakers and moderators were no exception – they too were part of family businesses, and prestigious ones at that. Ross J. Born, one of the moderators for the second session, is the CEO of Just Born Inc., a family-owned candy business. Just Born Inc. has produced brand names such as MIKE & IKE™, Hot Tamales™, Peanut Chews™ and marshmallow Peeps™. Preston Root, a speaker at the third session, is President of the Root Family Board of Directors, a job position that has always been held by a family member for 110 years. The Root Glass Company “designed, patented and manufactured” the earliest 6 1/2 ounce Coca-cola bottle in 1916.

Pertaining to McCann’s final thoughts of the conference, he stated that the Transitions Conference is an opportunity to aid families in business and also “a powerful opportunity to showcase our students and our brand: the world’s best development program for the next generation in family enterprises.” Peter Begalla, the outreach director and program manager of the conference, agrees. “Stetson University students participated in the panel…[it was] a great way…to showcase themselves and their understanding of family business issues.”

The Transitions Conference for the East will take place in Orlando at the Grand Bohemian Hotel from April 21-23. For more information on Transitions Conferences, visit http://www.familybusinessmagazine.com/.

Resources:

http://www.familybusinessmagazine.com/index.php?/conferences/transitions
https://www.stetson.edu/secure/apps/wordpress/?p=17276
Greg McCann
Peter Begalla

 

Summer classes at Stetson University

Summer classes will begin May 10th and will end June 3rd for this year.

Summer school is divided into three sessions. The first two sessions are each four weeks long while the third is seven weeks that overlie the two shorter ones. Students can take two courses at once, which is equal to eight credit hours. However, the max amount of classes a student can during the duration of the summer is three courses, the counterpart of 12 credit hours.

The cost of each credit hour for undergraduates is $725 while a unit course, which is worth four credits per unit, is $2,468. Regarding audit fees, there is a cost of $230 per credit hour or $78- per unit course. If one is taking private music lessons, additional fees will be applied.

Regarding graduates, each credit hour for students taking courses in the College of Arts and Sciences will cost $640. However, discounts do apply for students who work as full-time teachers, administrators or counselors with non-profit organizations or those who are contracted members of the clergy, reducing the price to $384 per credit hour.

For those in the business school, it gets a bit pricey. Based on the program and campus, each credit hour will range from $725 to $1,110.

Worried about payment? Don’t be. Pell Grants have federal regulations that make it feasible for students to obtain Pell Grants for summer classes. Of course, students who meet the criteria for federal financial aid may also be able to receive financial aid. This includes “scholarships, loans, work-study grants or student employment” (FOUND THIS ON THE WEBSITE: http://www.stetson.edu/summer/money.php).

Megan Davis, a junior, is taking Reading Narrative and Elementary French as summer classes for the first session. Regarding living accommodations, she is moving into her Fall Semester UVA apartment early in order to have it for the 2011-2012 school year. For meals, Davis won’t be getting any sort of meal plan. “I’m not getting a meal plan because I prefer cooking my meals,” she says.  “So I’m going to probably just shop for supplies at Publix and Wal-Mart.”

When asked if she thought summer classes were a good investment, Davis was all for it. “I am much more focused when I have less stress from clubs and Greek life during the summer and the classes are smaller so you get a much better feel for them,” she says.  “I’ve always gotten A’s in my summer classes in the past as opposed to B’s and C’s during the regular school year. Most of the time it’s because there’s less action on campus and I’m more inclined to hang out with my suitemates/roommates and just chill in the apartments.”

If you are interested, go to http://www.stetson.edu/summer/. Here, financial as well as time information is available.

ACLU is made successfully for the first time ever on campus

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been successfully made for the first time on Stetson Campus. ACLU was started after OSAPE (cant find what the acronym stands for- just emailed my source again) dissolved off campus. Chelsea Whalley, the president of the club, credits most of the success of the club to Mr. Griffin and the Volusia/ Flagler Chapter of ACLU. “[ACLU] plans to bring awareness to campus about individual rights and highlight key topics that are extremely relevant and prevalent in the contemporary American society. For example, last night [February 22? Asked her again too] we hosted a discussion on Internet Privacy Rights” said Whalley. When asked what ACLU’s duties are, Whalley replied that ALCU protects the liberties of individuals that are guaranteed by the Constitution.

This can clearly be seen by the key issues that are listed on ACLU’s Facebook page. These issues are prisoner’s rights, LGBT rights, human rights, religion and belief, reproductive freedom, capital punishment, drug law reform, free speech, technology and liberty, women’s rights, National Security, voting Rights, immigrants rights and HIV/AIDS.

ACLU is not only at Stetson, but is nation wide as well. In fact, there is over 17,600 members and supporters in Florida alone. Regarding those nationwide who support ALCU, there are over 400,000 followers. ACLU is non-profit and non-partisan and, as stated on the fan page on Facebook, is made to “defend freedom, liberty, equality and justice for all within the United States”. It is also written that ACLU’S positions often set a standard and occasionally cause controversy due to the fact that it is complicated to defend and safeguard minorities’ rights in society.

Overall, ACLU  sounds like an organization with good intentions to protect students and those nation wide through the constitution. If you want to join this cause, clear your schedule for meetings Monday nights  at 7:00 in the Tri-C.

 

Homeless Coalition speaks of meal donations and new plans

The Student Homeless Coalition will continue to accept Commons meals this semester to donate to the homeless.

Every Thursday, students can donate up to four unwanted meals from their meal plan before students receive new meals for the upcoming week. After receiving the meals, members of the coalition serve food to the homeless the Saturday of that week as well as on Wednesday. The table for this can be found in the Commons.

“[We] help them [the homeless] identify themselves more than just a homeless person,” said President Mary Brummet, who is also a member of ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Spirit Team, College Democrats, Bonner, MSC (Multicultural Student Council), and the director of SGA’s Action Team.

With an itinerary chock full of activities, the coalition will do just that. One program that can accomplish this is L.E.T.S. (Life Empowerment Towards Success). Providing interview skills, information on how to get a G.E.D. and how to dress among other tips, L.E.T.S. can essentially be viewed as Career Services towards the homeless. Brummet spoke about plans to add in Strength Finders, a quiz that can help discover what one’s tops strengths are. These strengths can be useful in determining one’s ideal career.

In addition to aiding careers, the Homeless Coalition also helps the homeless express themselves. The Agape House holds an art exhibit every semester where the homeless submit their artistic work. From here, the art is taken down and sold on campus. The proceeds from this go to the artist.

Unfortunately, the Agape House is shutting down. Because of this, the Coalition will be attempting to get an art exhibit as “big as possible” in order to raise money through it for a new homeless shelter due to the shutting down of the Putnam, an inexpensive apartment complex for families “that are now homeless” . As Brummet stated, the shutting down of Putnam “puts people on the street” and causes the homeless to “lose resources”. Natacha Palay, vice president of the club, had some things to say. “I feel like people are overworked” said Palay. “People are tired of it and are really sad…people are homeless and you promised you’d be there.”

Regarding the goal of opening a new homeless shelter, Palay mentioned taking small measures “instead of running into it” and instead spoke of monthly, semester, annual and overall goals (these pertain to the club’s entire existence when current members graduate). Palay is also responsible for creating the calendar which is handed out every meeting. This calendar has weekly events as well as the location and time of such events. Positions of exec board as well as the objectives of the meeting are shown.

Palay has benefitted from the collation herself. “[The Homeless Coalition] has taught me how to appreciate life itself,” she said. “You can only better yourself and learn to appreciate the people around you and what you have and what more you want in life.”

Palay said that the coalition is open to the idea of working with any club and mentioned collaborating with Hatter Harvest and Circle K.

New cardio dance class offered at Hollis Center

A new dance class is offered at the Hollis Center on Tuesdays from 4-5 pm.

The dance class, titled “Cardio Dance”, is taught by Ashley Strauss, a junior with a major in Communications and a minor in Psychology, and differs every week. However, participants will “always do turns and leaps because everyone likes them and they’re fun,” says Strauss.

One of Srauss’s aspirations for the class is to increase an interest in dancing. She calls dance “another fun way to exercise” and adds “People who never danced can try it and it’s free…There’s so many things we can do here.”

With as much experience as Strauss has had, the possibilities for “many things” to happen is endless. She started off dancing with ballet and tap at the age of three and at the age of six, danced ballet, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical. She continued dancing in high school and was dancing 4-8 hours a week. Along with 18 years of dance experience came three years of teaching at local studios until her attendance at Stetson. She admits she has a passion for dance and missed doing it, hence her teaching it at the Hollis Center. After approaching the Hollis Center manager, Jessica Starke, about the idea, Strauss did trial classes last semester of ballet, jazz, and lyrical classes. Since most people showed up to the jazz class and surveys stated that students wanted a workout incorporated into dance, Strauss stuck with jazz. Yet, she states that she is open to suggestions and willing to listen to other ideas.

Although it is apparent that she has a passion for dance, Strauss says it’s not required for the class. “You don’t have to have a passion for dance to come – you just have to have an interest,” says Strauss. “People can feel comfortable coming to this class…Don’t be intimidated by it [dance]…I’m here to help you learn.”