KME Math Club

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 4.20.13 PMJoining Kappa Mu Epsilon (CMU’s undergraduate math honor society) has been one of the best decisions I’ve made as a student. As a mathematics education major, I was involved in a teaching student organization for all future educators, however, I wanted to join an organization that would further my math knowledge as well.

I learned about KME through some friends in my Abstract Algebra class. They were looking to have more members join KME and I wanted to join a math organization so it was a perfect fit.

As KME members, we offer professional development by having professors come in and present workshops or talks. Additionally, we also do fun math game nights in the form of Jeopardy or Kahoot to sharpen up our math skills. One of my favorite parts of KME is the volunteer tutoring workshop we put on. The Math Assistance Center is always closed during the Friday before final exam week. As KME members, we volunteer our time during that day and put on a free tutoring workshop to help students with their last-minute math questions.

I’ve really loved being part of KME and I will definitely miss this organization when I graduate.

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Senior Leadership Role- KME PR Chair

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 3.56.25 PMDuring the last semester of my undergraduate career, I had the opportunity to serve as Kappa Mu Epsilon’s Public Relations Chair. Kappa Mu Epsilon is CMU’s Mathematics Honor Society. Prior to last semester, KME had never had a public relations chair. As a result, KME didn’t have a social media presence and had a hard time promoting their events.

As KME public relations chair, this semester I increased the advertisement for our club. I made colorful, eye-appealing posters for all of our meetings and events. Then, I emailed the posters to the math department secretary and she printed out color copies to be printed around the department and added the flyer to the department TV.

Additionally, as PR chair I created a facebook page for KME where I post meeting reminders and pictures of our events.

It has been a pleasure serving as KME public relations chair. I will definitely miss creating posters for our math events and being part of a devoted, passionate executive board.

Lead Team: LAS in The D

 

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A sign inside CASS Community Services, where LAS students volunteer during the trip.

This year I had the opportunity to serve on the LAS in The D Lead Team. This lead team, a committee of upperclassmen-Leader Advancement Scholars, is responsible for planning the annual service trip in Detroit that LAS Freshmen attend each year. The LAS Freshmen attend this trip as part of their LDR 200 course to learn about the city of Detroit and to put leadership practices, like servant leadership, to action.

Unfortunately, the due to an impending snowstorm, the trip was canceled this year. However, being on this lead team and planning this trip for the freshmen was a very growing experience. For the past 3 years, I have been involved with the LAS in The D Service Trip. My freshman year I was a participant, and my sophomore and junior years I was on the lead team.

What I learned most from this experience was the importance of synergy when working together in a group setting to plan an event like the LAS in The D Trip. Each member of the lead team brought with them different experiences they had on their trip or experiences they had previously as facilitators. While we each had our own experiences with the trip in the past, we were able to come together and compile a list of strong aspects of the trip as well as aspects that could be improved on in order for the freshmen to get as much out of the trip as possible.

Additionally, our lead team worked together to have one overarching goal for the 2018 trip. Many lead team members brought up that it would be beneficial to make the discussions and the reflection guides more intentional. During our meetings, we sat down and looked through each reflection question and found ways to make those questions more introspective and thought-provoking. Having intentionality as our overall goal allowed our team to brainstorm many ways to make this trip more intentional for the freshmen.

Overall, the LAS in The D Lead Team was a growing experience and allowed us to come together and work toward putting an impactful service trip together for this year’s freshmen.

 

MASC/MAHS Student Leadership Camp 2015

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As a member of the College Volunteer Facilitator Corps, this summer I had the opportunity to return to what I like to call the happiest place on earth. MASC/MAHS’s Summer Student Leadership Camp is an experience unlike any other summer camp. For just one week, student leaders from high schools all across Michigan come together at Albion College to learn more about leadership, step outside their comfort zones, and create new bonds and friendships with other student leaders. Camp creates a warm, friendly atmosphere where everyone is valued, accepted, and cared for, no matter what. 

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Level one JC staff

There are three levels of camp: level one, level two, and level three (creative names, I know, right). Each level has a different leadership curriculum for students based on their camp experiences. Level one is for students who are attending camp for the first time, level two is for students who are attending camp for the second time, and level three is for students who are attending camp for the third and final year.

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Past and present CMU students at camp representing Central on college day.

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My wonderful campers along with my SC

Each camper is placed into what we call a council. This council is comprised of 15-20 student leaders from all over Michigan, typically every student being from a different school. Also, each council has two staff members, a Junior Counselor (aka JC) who is a college student and member of CVFC and a Senior Counselor (aka SC) who is an adult with a college degree who is passionate about student leadership among adolescents.

It’s hard to believe that just a year ago I was a camper myself, having no idea that this camp would absolutely help me find my purpose, develop goals, and shape me into who I’d always wanted to be.

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Me with my campers after defining what leadership truly is

When I found out that I was selected to be a level one JC at camp this summer, I couldn’t contain my happiness. My heart was filled with love, and my passion for leadership was like rays of sunshine beaming off my face. I was going to have my own campers. I couldn’t wait to inspire them and watch them grow.

As soon as I found out that my council color was yellow, I went Pinterest crazy with ideas. I planned cute yellow outfits and decorations for my council room. I couldn’t wait for the day that my campers arrived at Albion to experience one of the most life-changing weeks that they’ll ever have.

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My council room; the room where our council met daily and completed activities and reflections.

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The very first time all my campers were together as a group was heartwarming. They were all complete strangers and were able to connect with each other by working together to create a council name, mascot, cheer, and chant. My campers named our council the Beyellonces, making Beyonce our mascot and adding in the “yello” for yellow torches. I knew at the end of day one that I had an incredible group of student leaders I was going to spend the rest of the week with.

As the week continued, I challenged my campers more and more. I challenged them to think outside the box, leap outside of their comfort zones, and put their passions to action.

My favorite part about camp was connecting with my 17 campers. Every single one of them was filled with love, passion, and a desire to change the world. I enjoyed listening to their experiences at school and their aspirations to continue to grow and BE better everyday.

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My campers right before the level one sound off and olympics

My Beyellonces will always hold a special place in my heart and I’m so proud of the leaders they are and the difference they make in their schools and community. MASC/MAHS Leadership Camp changes lives and I’m grateful to be part of CVFC and the entire MASC/MAHS community.