Senior CLASS Award Nominee Aubrey Mable

Aubrey Mable

Senior Communication major, Aubrey Mable, has left a mark on the Bryant campus that is sure to stay even after she graduates this May. She has been a part of the Senior Advisory Council, Bulldog Leaders, and a Student Ambassador, and on February 20, 2014, she was nominated for the Senior CLASS award, a national award that honors the attributes of NCAA Division 1 senior student-athletes in the arenas of community, classroom, character, and competition. Every year, thirty students from all NCAA Division 1 schools are nominated, and Aubrey’s balance of play on the field and work in the classroom has earned her to be one of the thirty.

Aubrey was nominated by Aaron Horlbogen, Assistant Direct of Athletic Communications at Bryant, and it’s clear why. With a 3.65 GPA, she managed to obtain three minors in Marketing, Business Administration, and Psychology, as well as being a member of the Honors Program. Aubrey is the Bryant Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Co-Chair and the Volunteers Core Chair for Special Olympics of RI, where she recruits members in the community to volunteer for Special Olympics RI. On top of this, her character and leadership is shown on the field as the captain of the softball team, and is a student blogger for Undergraduate Admission to promote Bryant University and student life on campus.

The Senior CLASS award isn’t the first award Aubrey had contended for—last year, she was the recipient of the 2013 Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Award, again nominated for her excellence in the classroom and community. When it comes to her performance on the field, she became one of the top players in Bryant’s five year history of Division 1 athletics. In 2013, Aubrey achieved a .396 batting average, second in Bryant’s Division 1 history to herself, where she bat a .419 average freshmen year. She holds the Division 1 Bryant record in almost every major offensive statistic, and her .396 career batting average, 151 career hits, 92 RBI, and 19 homeruns all rank top five in Bryant’s softball history.

A NCAA selection committee chooses the 30 finalists, and they then narrow the pool down to 10 nominees before opening up to nationwide voting. Wish Aubrey luck in this nomination—we’ll certainly be rooting for her to be a top 10 finalist and go on to add this award to her success. Bryant’s next home game is March 26 at 4:00pm, so be sure to see her and Bryant’s softball team play this season. Congratulations, Aubrey!

 

 

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Alexandria’s Irish Jig Internship

998718_399216803522599_1653264905_nName: Alexandria Clyburn

Major/Minor: Communication, LCS

Year: Senior

Company Interned For/Project Completed: Jig: The Story of Irish Dance

Hometown: Cartersville GA

 

AC: If you could sum up your internship in five words, what would they be?

Alexandria: Best experience I could have.

 

AC: How did you come across your internship?

Alexandria: The Amica Center sends a group to Ireland for a summer to intern, I went with them!  If you want to learn more about it I suggest you stop into Amica or email them.  It was an amazing opportunity and I received class credit for it.

 

AC: What were your day-to-day activities?

Alexandria: I worked to increase promotions of the Irish Dance show that I worked for.  The days were so much fun and the team I worked with was incredible.

 

AC: Are you maintaining a connection with your co-workers from your internship? If so, how?

Alexandria: YES!! It is SO important to stay connected, especially if you want opportunities in the future. I am friends with them on Facebook and we keep in touch!

 

AC: Why do you think it was important to complete an internship?

Alexandria: I learned the responsibility of going into work every day, working towards a deadline, and working as part of a team.  It’s really going to prove beneficial when I have to start working every day.

 

AC: Any plans for after graduation?

Alexandria: Graduate school here at Bryant!

 

AC: Any advice for underclassmen?

Alexandria: Get involved, and network, also, get an internship!


Alisheya’s Special Events Internship With Bryant

DSP_0473Name: Alisheya Luthman

Major/Minor: Double Concentration in Marketing and Sociology

Year: Senior

Company Interned For: Bryant University; Conferences and Special Events Office

Hometown: Worcester, MA

AC: What was it like interning for Bryant, rather than just being the typical student?

AL: SO DIFFERENT! Literally campus is SO different in the summer and what I was doing has completely changed my view of Bryant. I would see teachers around, but it’s nothing like the academic year. Hours are different, there’s no saying “hi!”to that random friend you run into, or anything like that. PLUS, the Fisher Center was closed for renovations, so there was no Dunks. I think what also made it really differant was the people who were on campus were now my guests and clients…not peers.  I wasn’t just hanging out at school; I had tasks, had to dress professionally, met with clients daily, and had to be able to handle situations every second of the day. I wasn’t in class, so when I wasn’t working, I was just getting ready for the next day. But working in the Conference Office is a 24/7 job! It gave me a new respect for Bryant, I can tell you that!

AC: How did you come across your internship?

AL: I was sitting in Salmo one day, and was reading something in the napkin holders about The Conference and Special Events office hiring for the Summer. I had wanted to do it the previous year, but because I was an orientation leader and was studying abroad, I didn’t have the chance. I applied that day. Best decision I ever made.

AC: What were your day-to-day duties?1526348_799015130124898_1087669503_n

AL: They always varied. Some days I would be doing signange for a conference, guest management, tackling a crises or two that came in. Others I would be working in the office taking care of tasks for upcoming conferences, like housing assigments or keys. At night I would be on duty and would handle lockouts/ various situations that arose in the middle of the night. Some days I was planning receptions, others I would be making sure a check-in for a conference was going smoothly. My phone was ringing all the time, because I would give my number to guests in case they needed anything. I wanted to give them the best experaince at Bryant, like Bryant has given me. Some days I would be going through over 400 keys that needed to get put away, or digging through our storage unit for something we needed! I handled A/V, logistics, food services, room assignements, etc…There is no normal day in event planning, ESPECIALLY in my office!

AC: Why do you think it was important to complete an internship?

AL: I think its important because it’s a.) experiance and b.) you never know how much you love or hate something until you do it and complete it. It’s like a class. You can try different classes out, sometimes you have to drop them because you don’t like it at all, but sometimes you just really love a class and can’t get enough of it.  I think its a similar feeling with an internship! The experiance too, because you learn so much. I was fortunate enough that my bosses asked me to continue my internship through the school year, and I never stop learning and experiancing. The event industry is crazy, so everyday is a new day for me! The more you learn, the better you are off in the future is how I feel!

AC: Any plans for after graduation?

AL: As of right now, I have nothing definitively lined up! However I have been in contact with a few places to be working with event management. Fingers crossed something works!

AC: How can other students learn about internships that take place in Bryant?Fisher_Center_dedication_664

AL: Ask people, read the marketing material and be active in your search. You cannot expect things to just happen. Networking on campus, about on-campus internships is the best thing you can do. I reguarly tell people about the conference office because it is such a unique positon and requires a passion and love for the industry and learning. There are emails that go out all the time. Or, just walk into an office that you have an interest in and ask! Asking never hurt anyone! A lot of students like to go home, but honestly, Bryant Offers just as unique of an experiance than I would have gotten anywhere else, plus the friends I have made are awesome!