Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review - Advising Student Groups and Organizations

Advising Student Groups and Organizations
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About the Book
The only manual for faculty and staff who work directly with student organizations

Advising Student Groups and Organizations is a one-of-a-kind book that equips faculty members and administrators to competently and confidently serve as advisers to clubs and other student groups. The second edition is here to help colleges and universities keep up with the skyrocketing number of student groups and shifts in the legal landscape. New chapters on crucial topics, updated case studies, and a full suite of practical resources simplify the process of navigating student organizations.

With Advising Student Groups and Organizations, educators can turn the chore of advising into a rewarding activity that benefits everyone. Challenges like student apathy, university politics, and budgetary restrictions can be overcome with the ideas and activities presented here. And in this fully updated edition, new chapters contain everything you need to know about:

Advising fraternities and sororities
Navigating laws such as FERPA, Title IX, and the Clery Act
Working with online distance students and using social media as an advising tool
Conflict mediation and training student advisors

You'll want to keep this guide handy so you can take advantage of tools like reflection questions, activities, checklists, and sample forms. Advising Student Groups and Organizations even covers the use of assessments such as True Colors and StrengthsFinder. Now you'll be able to cut through bureaucracy to make the student advising experience truly transformative.




My Take on the Book
For anyone that advises student organizations, this is a valuable resource that walks you through every step of the advising process. I love how thorough this book was and how willing the authors were to hold nothing back from the reader. The book was practical and easy to read, and I found myself marking pages as there was so much that I could practically put to use immediately. That is one of the best things about this book. This is a book you can easily pick up and just start using. One of the other things that was powerful about this book was how well it addresses some of the legal concerns that sometimes impact student groups. As any advisor knows, most times you are thrown into this role with no training or no idea what you are getting yourself into. This book aims at providing any advisor with the tools, resources and training needed to be an effective advocate for student organizations on campus!


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Book Review - Thrive: Student Edition

Thrive: Student Edition

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About the Book
You've probably heard the words 'Live out your faith' dozens, if not hundreds, of times, but what does that phrase really mean? And how do you really follow Jesus in today's world? In this student adaptation of his book Thrive, Casting Crowns' Mark Hall explores exactly what it means when your faith and your life collide, and how you can take the next steps in making that faith real and evident to those around you. Using relatable stories, applications you can use, as well as some life lessons, Hall shows how you can root yourself in the truth and grow strong in your beliefs as you become the person God designed you to be.



My Take on the Book
I am a BIG Casting Crowns fan and I have read the adult version of this book too so I was interested to see how the student version would compare. That being said I will tell you that this version is just as powerful as the adult version, but they bring forth their message in a way that young people will enjoy and connect to. At the same time, the book allows young readers to see a purpose and a focus for themselves and how this ties into the mission that God has for them. One of the things that was nice in this version was at the end of every chapter there was a wrapping up of points which really brought together the overall message for the reader to understand. This book provides that stepping stone for any student to be able to know God and themselves better. At the same time it gives the reader the ability and the motivation to take the next step in their own spiritual journey which is something that I have to say, I want for my own kids!


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Creating a photo book just got a lot easier with Collage.com ( @collagedotcom ) @usfg


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Berocca Offers A Fizzy, Refreshing, Infusion of Nutrients


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About the Product
Berocca –the brand long-loved by our friends abroad for years – is introducing a special formula and a new flavor made just for the U.S. It’s powered with key vitamins and minerals, including B-vitamins to support physical energy by helping convert food to energy and both Guarana and caffeine to support mental sharpness.

My Take on the Product
I like drinking water. I have read enough to know how good it is for you, but sometimes water alone is a bit bland and it would be nice to have a little flavor. At the same time, having a product that can not only give you flavor but also nutrients is a great thing to have on the go.

I was a bit worried that it would not taste good, but was pleasantly surprised to how well it did taste. There also are a mix of different flavors to choose from. Right now I have to say that the mixed berry flavor is currently my favorite.

All-in-all I loved how portable this product was and the added nutrients that this provides too. As someone that is constantly on the go having a product like this to keep my immunity strong and nutrients up just makes sense!

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Get Energized with Energy and More With Electric Blue & Pink!


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About the Drink
School is back in session and the holiday season is right around the corner, meaning it's time to build up your energy reservoirs with help from the natural dietary supplement known as the Energy and More! Drink.

Tired of sour tastes, jittery aftereffects, and questionable ingredients? Then it's time to ditch the usual caffeine laden beverages and try a brand new approach to seizing the day. The Energy and More! Drink is a carefully formulated powerhouse filled with a high-quality proprietary blend of herbs chosen for their ability to enhance one's drive, desire, strength and more.

As the year starts to wind down, schedules are gearing up, leaving folks on the hunt for something to give them the boost they need. Unlike their competition, the Energy and More! Drink is made in the USA with no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Available in thirst quenching Electric Blue™ andElectric Pink™ flavors, it offers everyone from college students to soccer mo ms a healthy way to get through their busiest days.



This revolutionary product utilizes green coffee beans for all natural energy and their own specially created T-Max™ formula. This mix includes a lineup of unique herbs and energizing ingredients that offer a wide array of health benefits from increasing users' strength and endurance to enhancing their passion and focus. From the classroom to the boardroom, it encourages users to give every activity the attention it deserves without sacrificing their well-being.

Blue Vision Enterprises LLC was formed in May of 2013, and launched their flagship product, the Energy and More! Drink, the following year. As a former energy drink customer, founder Tarik Hamdan was tired of the unwanted aftereffects and unpalatable flavors that are associated with the average quick pick-me-up beverage. In answer, he has designed an energy drink based on healthy ingredients that can be indulged in every day without fear of the consequences, boosting everyone's readiness, passion, drive, and desire to the next level.


My Take on the Book
There are days in which I just need a boost of energy. Usually I have enough natural energy to make it from early in the morning until the night, but not always. I don’t like to drink a ton of caffeine so a natural supplement like this drink was intriguing.

First off, in tasting both of these the drinks were refreshing and had a great taste. They had a bit of a fizzy taste, but it did not seem too carbonated. I drank this first straight but then also decided to try mixing it with the full fruit smoothies that I drink every morning. The drink went well and though it said that it needed to be shaken before you drink it, in the smoothie I was happy to find that it mixed well and did not separate at all, even after sitting for a day or so.

The drink should definitely be served cold as it does affect the flavor and consistency of the drink itself. All-in-all though this was a refreshing drink that does give you a bit of a boost when you need it without the jitters that you can sometimes get from drinking caffeinated drinks.

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Blu-ray Review - Neighbors

Neighbors

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About the Blu-ray
By all appearances, new parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) are living the American Dream - complete with an adorable baby girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirtysomethings want to believe they have a modicum of coolness left within them. So when they discover that their new next-door neighbors are none other than dozens of Delta Psi Beta fraternity brothers led by charismatic president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), they try to make the best of an awkward situation. But when the frat’s parties grow increasingly more epic, both sides of the property line begin to fend for their turf. The neighbors’ relentless sabotage escalates into outrageous one-upmanship, beginning a Greek war for the ages. Also stars Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

http://www.neighbors-movie.com

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™.
  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

Bonus Features Exclusive to Digital HD and Blu-rayTM:
  • Alternate Opening: Uncover the mystery of how the original Delta Psi Beta house was destroyed and how the neighbors became neighbors.
  • Deleted/Alternate Scenes
  • On the Set with...: Dave Franco provides a tour around the frat's fundraiser (aka dildo sale), while Christopher Mintz-Plasse talks about and demonstrates his special “prop”.

Blu-rayTM and DVD Bonus Features:
  • Gag Reel: The entire cast contributes to these hilarious on-set flubs.
  • Line-O-Rama: The laughs continue take after take in this improvisational extended scene!
  • An Unlikely Pair: Take a behind-the-scenes look at the unlikely pairing of comedic veteran Seth Rogen and heartthrob Zac Efron. 
  • Partying with the Neighbors: Parties, babies and crazy friends; these three elements lead to some of the funniest moments on the screen and on set. 
  • The Frat: Learn more about Delta Psi Beta – the current frat brothers, the legends of Delta Psi that came before, and current whipping boy, Ass-Juice.


My Take on the DVD
WOW, this movie reminded me of some of the crazy experiences and things that happened while I was a member of a fraternity in my college years. While we did not have the family living next to us, we still did some crazy stuff and I cannot even imagine what a family like you see in this movie would be like with what happened in our fraternity house.

That being said let me return to the movie. The movie was hilarious. Yes, it was over the top, a bit raunchy and crude, but the interaction between Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s characters was priceless. I could completely empathize with Seth character and his wife. You can see the new parent haze that they are going through while at the same time you can see how living next to Zac Enfron and the rest of the tenants would make you lose it.

In the end, while the movie is over the top, it was also a ton of fun. While the movie is not going to win an Oscar, it is completely entertaining and will keep you laughing throughout!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book Review - Reading Adventures Sofia the First Level Pre-1 Boxed Set

Reading Adventures Sofia the First Level Pre-1 Boxed Set
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About the Book
Disney Reading Adventures is a curriculum-based, leveled reading program that offers children the support and guidance they need as they progress on the reading continuum from emergent readers to independent readers who read for meaning. Thoughtfully crafted and engaging stories contain key features that develop children's reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. The stories are highly predictable with repetitive sentence structures and easy-to-read sight words designed to inspire a sense of mastery and confidence. Includes ten, 16-page books, 86 stickers, parent letter, and achievement certificate featuring everyone's favorite preschool princess, Sofia the First!



My Take on the Book
My youngest is a big Sofia fan so this was the perfect set to continue her reading progress. While this was a bit beyond her reading level, she loved reading the books to us and your child will too. The books are leveled well and really allow the child to progress nicely and feel more-and-more confident as they get stronger and stronger in their reading abilities. The stories were also fun and you get to see many of the characters that you know from the Sofia cartoons! All-in-all this is a great set for any young reader!


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