• My CWC Journey: “Implement a new/improved initiative on campus or in the community”

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    Written by: Kelsey Kavanagh

    Over the past month I have been working on checking off the curriculum item: “Implement a new/improved initiative on campus or in the community” under the innovation domain by re-developing the student organization BOC (Brock Off-Campus).

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    Throughout my time here at Brock I have heard many students vocalize that there is a gap when it comes to the opportunities available that help off-campus students get involved and make connections. This is why I have received support from the Student Life & Community Experience team to re-implement BOC, a pre-existing student organization that aimed to foster a community of involved off-campus students.

    Looking forward, the aim of BOC will be to facilitate opportunities for off-campus students to create connections with one another as well as to facilitate these students’ involvement on and off-campus. This will be accomplished by hosting a variety of events throughout the year as well as running a number of online and in-person workshops related to living off-campus such as grocery shopping, cooking, doing laundry etc. To learn more about BOC I encourage you to check out our organization page on ExperienceBU and Facebook!

    To hear about what’s in store for me on this journey to completing the CWC, look out for my next blog post coming soon!

    Keep experiencing BU & beyond!

    If you or any other student you know is living off-campus, be sure to connect with others that are in the same boat as you! Join the Brock Off-Campus club by connecting with us on ExperienceBU or Facebook.

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  • This Week in Niagara…July 24, 2015

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    This week holds a cool, diverse list of things happening here in Niagara:

     

    • Livestock Niagara 2015 Music Festival – Friday, July 24 at Taps Brewery (Free! 4680 Queen St., Niagara Falls). Livestock Niagara 2015 is Niagara Falls’ first annual music festival showcasing some of the best new talent from the area. Check out 18 in total on 2 outdoor stages and visit the website for more info.
    • Niagara Jazz Festival – Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, July 26 at various locations across the region. The TD Niagara Jazz Festival celebrates music, life and art. Join in and check out this great mix of free and ticketed events. Visit the website for the schedule of musicians, locations and prices.
    • Food Truck Fest at Mike Weir Winery – Saturday, July 25 from 12:00-8:00pm (at Mike Weir Winery, 4041 Locust Lane, Beamsville).  Get your $5 ticket for 20+ food trucks (listing on the website) as well as commemorative wine glass.
    • Mike Weir 5km Bench Run – feeling motivated on Saturday, July 25 at 10:30am, raise a glass for a great cause and join in the run benefiting the Mike Weir Foundation for Children’s Charities, then spend the rest of your day enjoying Food Truck Fest (complimentary admission with race registration) and The Underdog BBQ Bar!
    • The Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow – Saturday & Sunday, Jul 25 & 26. This pow wow is a multicultural event held annually to promote the rich arts heritage of local Aboriginal peoples by showcasing it in their music, dance, arts, and crafts. There is a dance competition where participants dress in their traditional regalia while local cultural musicians play songs of social gatherings. There are food and craft vendors from numerous Native American nations that come and present their works. $10.

     

    Have a great week and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • Big, Messy & A Metric Ton of Purple

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    Written by: Sarah Salt

    Hey Badgers,

    If you’re looking for something to do over Homecoming weekend 2015 (September 18-20) look no further! One of the traditions at Brock is a really fun and messy event – Grape Stomp! Grape Stomp is hosted by Student Life and takes place in Jubliee Court and last year we had almost 1000 students participating! Approximately 1 metric ton (which is equivalent to the weight of a car!) of grapes was used for students to stomp on, throw and slide in! It is a great event to add to your Brock bucket list and I think that everyone should participate or at least watch because it is very entertaining!

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    For first year students it is an appropriate way learn about the wine culture in Niagara while having a great time! Brock is located in the Grape and Wine Region so what better way to celebrate this than by spending a fun filled day with friends and campus partners stomping on grapes! Student Life also encourages participants to bring canned food with them which will be donated to United Way.

    I participated in Grape Stomp last September and it was the highlight of my first year. My team, The Grape Gatsby (Get it? The Grape Gatsby instead of The Great Gatsby, clever right?), and I all had a lot of fun dressing up and then getting covered in sticky grapes. At first participants started stomping on the grapes and throwing the grapes at others but then once the plastic sheets were slick enough it became a giant slip and slide! How cool is that?! The atmosphere was great and the energy was incredible! There were local vendors and live music which made the whole afternoon one to remember. The messiest event on campus lived up to all of my expectations and I am already counting down the days until Friday, September 18th!

    If you haven’t participated in the Grape Stomp I highly recommend it! It is something that I believe all Brock students should do at least once before they graduate. It is very messy but it is definitely worth it! I wouldn’t recommend wearing clothes that you want to keep because the grape stains don’t come out to easily but you could have an awesome t-shirt covered in stains to help you remember the messiest event of the year! I can’t wait to do it again this year and make some more memories at Brock. See you there!

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  • This Week in Niagara…July 17, 2015

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    Happy Friday! Today kicks off another great line-up of things happening in our great region:

    • Shakespeare’s Hamlet– tonight, Friday, July 17 “Hamlet” at 7:30pm in the St. Catharines Market Square presented by Driftwood Theatre.  Pay what you can upon arrival.
    • Try Downtown Thorold – Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18 – Have you discovered Albert and Front Streets yet? Pick up your passport filled with great incentives and explore the fine boutiques and eateries that line the streets of historic downtown Thorold. Restored buildings, colourful flower baskets and music are part of the sights and sounds of the revitalized core from 10am-7pm.
    • International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration – Friday – Sunday, July 17-19 at various locations across Niagara. Join wine-making friends from around the world to taste some of the best chardonnays out there! Visit the website for the schedule and check out events at every price point.
    • Art in the Park – Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19 check out over 20 local artists as they feature their designs in Montebello Park.
    • Pelham Summerfest 2015 – Friday – Monday, July 17-20. Join over 20,000 people dropping in to enjoy the park, outdoor patios and street closed to pedestrians for this great weekend. Find live music & entertainment for all ages, children’s activities, retail & food vendors, arts, crafts, beer and wine garden, and more (most on Pelham Street and over the bridge to the Peace Park, Fonthill).
    • Priceless Auction – Thursday, July 23 at 6:30pm @ Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery  “Bid with your time, not your dime”: Throughout the night, check out various not-for-profits that you might want to lend a hand to – pick the right one and the bidding begins!  The person who pledges the most hours wins the art!

     

    Have a great week, enjoy the sunshine, and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • Top 5 Most Helpful Smart Phone and Tablet Apps

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    Written by: Megan Brown

    Considering we have an immense amount of information at our finger tips at any given moment, mobile apps can make life more organized and manageable. Here is my top five most helpful apps that will help you with the day-to-day tasks of a university student:

    1. St Catharines Transit

    STCIf you want to know when the next bus to the mall is departing or what bus to take to get downtown, this app is your one stop shop to the St. Catharines transit system. You can also use the trip planner feature to enter your current location and desired destination to find out which bus to take, where to catch it and how long it will take to arrive. It will also let you know what time you should leave to ensure that you’ll get to the stop on time, so you won’t have to worry about missing the bus or arriving too early in those cold winter months!

    2. Brock University Campus Store Buyback App
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    If you’re ever stuck with a textbook that you don’t need any more and want a fast way to get some cash in your wallet, the Brock Campus Store has an app to help you! All you have to do is scan the barcode on your book or type in the ISBN number and you’ll instantly be able to see if the bookstore is buying your book back and how much money they’ll give you for it.

    3. Notability

    NotabilityIf you’re trying to save money on printer ink and paper, this app is only about $5 and allows you to do everything and more on your phone or tablet that you could do with a pen, paper and highlighter. Notability allows you to download your course notes and save them to separate folders to stay organized. You are able to highlight, type, or hand write on your saved notes, as well as create blank notes that you can edit yourself. There is also a recording feature so that you can create voice notes or record lectures for future playback. This app is by far, the best and most user-friendly note taking app I’ve ever used and is definitely worth every penny!

    4. 1Password

    1password-app-storeRemembering all of your passwords and log in information can tedious and confusing, especially trying to recall passwords that expire after just a couple of months! This app allows you to save all of your passwords so you’ll never have to remember all of them again. All you have to do is create 1 password that you’ll remember to gain access to all of the passwords you saved to the app!

    5. Yood!

    YoodIf you’re feeling hangry after a long day of studying, all you have to do is choose what type of food you’re in the mood for and you’ll get instant recommendations of restaurants in your area. This app is also very useful if you’re visiting a new area or are on vacation and want to know what closest and best restaurants are worth visiting. The app provides you with a map, directions, phone number and the restaurant’s rating as well as the ability to save your favourites!

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  • Using your Talents & Interests in Community Service

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    Written by: Olivia Hubert

    Brock facilitated service projects are incredible – they help make Badgers more aware of the needs in the Niagara community and give them a chance to make a difference in a great way! Brock Cares, Alternative Reading Week, Trick or Eat…all amazing chances for Badgers to give back to Niagara.

    These projects are not your only chance to be involved! Maybe you are looking for a way to get relevant experience in your field, or have a passion that you want to share with others. There are so many opportunities in Niagara to find a volunteer project that you are excited about, that will utilize your unique talents, and will give your resume that boost that employers are looking for.

    Personally, my university experience has become so much better since I found a couple volunteer placements that I love. As a nursing student, I am passionate about healthy lifestyle and working with individuals from all walks of life to achieve their highest level of health. I have started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Go Girls mentor, where I spend one hour a week with a group of Grade 5-9 girls. We talk about healthy choices, positive relationships and active lifestyles. Not only do I get to be a positive influence in these girls’ life, but I also get to apply what I learn in the classroom in a meaningful way to get experience in health teaching.

    There are hundreds of different ways to get involved with organizations in Niagara who need your help. I am 100% sure that there is a volunteer placement in our region that will give you the chance to explore your interests, showcase your talents, make a difference and gain valuable experience. Even just one hour a week can make a huge difference in the lives of others and your own! If you are interested in finding a great volunteer placement, come talk to me in the Involvement Commons (MCA204) or check out our community partners on ExperienceBU at https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/Organizations.

    (Once you achieve 40 community service hours, you will receive credit for your Campus-Wide CoCurriculum – just track it on Experience Plus!)

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  • This Week in Niagara…July 10, 2015

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    Summer has arrived and with that, so have the Toronto 2015 Pan Am games! Check the list below for great things coming up in Niagara:

    • Lavender Festival – Saturday and Sunday, July 11 & 12 from 10am-5pm (758 Niagara Stone Rd., NOTL).  A day of everything lavender – check out lavender rootbeer, lemonade, pizza, etc. in the tasting tent, tour the facility and see how essential oils are made, roam the fields and pick your own lavender, shop unique vendors and see cooking/baking demos.  $5 tickets (which includes a tour and tasting ticket) available on-line.
    • Moonlight Movies on Fridays all summer long – catch an outdoor movie at dusk at Lakeside Park (July dates) or Montebello Park (August dates). Bring your blanket or chair, grab concessions and bring a non-perishable food donation for Community Care in lieu of admission, and catch Despicable Me this week!
    • Welland Ribfest – Friday – Sunday, July 10-12 at the Niagara Regional Exhibition at 1100 Niagara St. in Welland. Come on out for some live music, beer and plenty of good food!
    • This week, also drop in for the Catharines Opening Ceremony Celebration for the Pan Am Games on Friday, July 10 from 3:30-9:00pm (followed by the Moonlight Movie).   Live music and entertainment, sports demos, crafts and games for kids. Closing Ceremonies Celebration also at Lakeside Park Wednesday, July 15 from 11am-3:30pm featuring Canada’s Pan Am Games rowing team.
    • Pan Am Events in Niagara:
      • Rowing: July 11-15 at the Henley Island Rowing Course in St. Catharines
      • Canoe/Kayak Sprint: July 11-14 at the Welland Flatwater Centre

    Tickets are limited and going fast for Niagara events so move quickly or check out events in other cities and be part of the #TO2015 experience!

    • Battle of Fort George, War of 1812 Re-enactment – Saturday and Sunday, July 11 & 12 from 10am-5pm (Niagara-on-the-Lake) Re-enactors from all over North America come together to re-enact one of the pivotal events in Niagara during the War of 1812. Check it out for battle re-enactments, musket firings, artillery demonstrations, music presentations and more.

     

    Have a great week and #ExploreNiagara!

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  • This Week in Niagara…July 8, 2015

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    Written by: Sandy Howe

    Riding on the coattails of a beautiful Canada Day, here is what’s coming up in our great region this week:

    $15 admission gets you into the unique outdoor theatre, a glass of wine with souvenir glass, and a large bag of popcorn!  Gates open at 8:30pm with the movie at 9:30.

    • Annual Downtown Classic Car Show – Saturday, July 4th downtown St. See over 400 fantastic classic and custom cars on display along St. Paul Street and other downtown streets, along with live entertainment and family friendly activities.
    • Cherry Festival & Artistry by the Lake – Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th (Cherry Festival Saturday only) in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Visit St. Mark’s Anglican Church (Byron St. at the end of the Queen St. main strip) 9am-3pm for all things cherry! Find baked goods and pies, silent auction items, jewelry, clothing and more and then walk right around the corner to find many artisans selling their original, high quality hand-crafted goods at the end of King St. by the water. Beautiful scenery included. J
    • Port Dalhousie Supper Market – this brand new event kicks off on Tuesday, July 7th from 4:30pm-dusk for eight consecutive Tuesday nights. Catch live music, food trucks, Niagara beer and wine along with that great community vibe! Join in and help this popular event in other Niagara communities catch on in St. Catharines. Parking is free and the Lakeside Park Carousel will be open until 8:00pm. Note: Niagara on the Lake supper market on Wednesday evenings beside the Garrison Pub, Font Hill on Thursday evenings at the band shell, etc.

    Have a great week and enjoy getting out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • My CWC Journey: “Participate in an international volunteer or service program”

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    Written by: Kelsey Kavanagh

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    This spring I had the opportunity to check off the curriculum item: “Participate in an international volunteer or service program” by teaching English to underprivileged children in Lima, Peru. Working with the children in this town was a truly humbling experience; these kids were so eager to learn and had such a love for life despite their less than desirable living conditions. Their resiliency continues to inspire me whenever I find myself in times of difficulty.

    Throughout this trip I had the opportunity not only to learn about another culture and way of life but also learn about myself and my own capabilities. The people I met in Peru as well as the amazing experiences I gained are things I will never forget.

    To hear about my experiences completing this item of the CWC and learn about what’s next for me on this journey, look out for my next blog post coming soon!

    Keep experiencing BU & beyond!

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  • 5 Tips for a Successful Course Registration

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    Written by: Laura Sebben

    Course registration is often one of the most stressful times in the school year, with panic setting in over what courses you have to take, and if/when you’ll get them. In anticipation for what is sure to be another exciting year, here are 5 tips for a successful (and hopefully easy) course registration:

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    1. Registration Dates
    Pay close attention to registration dates. If you mix up your days, you might miss out on having first pick of the classes you wish to take, leaving you to settle for alternates. Brock bases their registration dates by the number of credits a student has, so if you’re unsure check out your program status in your Brock portal. The list of registration dates can be found here: http://www.brocku.ca/registrar/guides-and-timetable/returning-students/whentoregister

    2. Look at the Undergraduate/Graduate Calendar
    Brock’s program specific undergraduate/graduate calendars are designed to help students fulfill all their program requirements with ease, so use them! They offer a detailed list of which courses to take in which year, and also come with a list of potential courses in your program along with a description (however, don’t rely too heavily on these as they may not all be offered year to year). The undergraduate calendar can be found here: http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/undergrad/, graduate calendar here: https://www.brocku.ca/webcal/current/graduate

    3. Course Planning/Timetable Worksheets
    Brock offers a course planning option in your Brock portal that allows you to see which courses are being offered in your program, along with their section and time. Choosing your courses from here will lower the risk of accidentally picking ones that aren’t available come registration day. As well, while you use course planning, create a makeshift schedule using one of the worksheets Brock provides online, found here: https://brocku.ca/registrar/guides-and-timetable/returning-students/resources. This will lower the risk of course conflicts, and help with visualizing where you can and cannot fit courses.

    4. Have backups!
    Choosing backup courses is one of the most important things you can do when planning for course registration, especially Years 3 and on. No matter how much advanced planning you do, one cannot always predict if someone else will beat you to a course during registration. Having backup options preselected will prevent a panicked scramble if one of your main courses fills up before you get to it. This way, you can see where/if something else fits based on your list of backups.

    5. Get a good night sleep
    And finally, make sure you get a good night sleep so you can wakeup prepared. Set your alarm about half an hour before 6am (course registration time), and with a good sleep you won’t have to worry about oversleeping or hitting snooze one too many times.

    Brock’s registration system isn’t difficult to use, and with proper planning and preparation, any Badger can guarantee themselves a successful course registration!

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