National Catholic Schools Week

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One of the most important things that helps make Madonna University such a warm and strong community is its roots in the Catholic faith. This University is one with values and tradition that are strongly tied to a religious background. National Catholic Schools week is a celebration of the effective integration of the teachings of the Catholic faith with traditional education. This Celebration usually takes place starting the last Sunday of January and this year the celebration is from January 25- January 31. To celebrate this event, students attend prayer services and self-reflect on the values and morals they have learned with their Catholic religion.

Why is this something to celebrate? Unlike public universities, private Catholic colleges not only give students the knowledge they need to be prepared for life after college but also give them important values that will make them mentally and spiritually able to take on anything the real world throws at them. There is more to a successful life after college than just pure knowledge in one’s respected field. The Catholic religion helps teach students that one’s morals should not be compromised by the temptations and pressures that society imposes on them. Having experienced both a public and Catholic school setting, I can say I have seen the success that Catholic schools have at nurturing and preparing their students for more than just their career. Life is so much more than a job and one needs to live it to the best that they can in every aspect of it.

 

Source: http://www.ncea.org/events/national-catholic-schools-week-2015

From Stats to Snacks: Everything You Need To Know For Super Bowl XLIX

With Super Bowl XLIX approaching this Sunday, February 1st you may be the casual fan, the person who only watches for the halftime performance or commercials, or even the die-hard fan. Whomever you are, here is a play by play of what is going down.

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Who is playing?: In sunny Arizona, the Seattle Seahawks (14-4) will be versing the New England Patriots (14-4), both teams finishing first in their divisions. Looking for back to back victories, the Seahawks are led by quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch, and safety Kam Chancellor. And hoping to put the “deflate gate” behind them, the Patriots are counting on quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, and defensive end Chandler Jones to lead them to victory.

Who is going to win?: Analysts are divided in their predictions. Despite who wins, the general consensus is: it is going to be a close game. Actors Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy)  have a fun friendly feud between the two with Evans for the Patriots and Pratt for the Seahawks. The following words were exchanged:

Who is performing?: The National Anthem will be sung by Frozen’s Queen Elsa, Idina Menzel and the halftime show will feature Katy Perry in a 12 minute “girl empowering” performance of all her hits with special guest, Lenny Kravitz.

Anticipated commercials:

  • NFL’s “No more.” An ad to speak out against domestic violence
  • Bud Light with a “Real Life Pacman”
  • Nationwide featuring Mindy Kaling
  • Budweiser with a missing puppy
  • Danny Trejo as Marcia Brady for Snickers
  • Victoria’s Secret featuring Lily Aldridge and the song, “I’m in the Mood for Love”
  • GoDaddy.com had to pull their commercial because of controversy as the ad poked fun at puppy mills, upsetting many animal rights activists. There is reportedly a back up commercial. Will they resort back to their sexy women tactics?

Healthy Snack Ideas:

  • Fresh veggies: You can never go wrong with carrots, celery, peppers, and broccoli with some ranch dip. Easy to eat and most trays are only 50 calories a cup compared to the 150 calories per cup for potato chips. Want an even healthier veggie tray? Substitute the ranch dip for Greek yogurt!
  • Buffalo chicken strips: Coat boneless chicken strips with hot buffalo sauce and bake or grill to your liking.
  • Guacamole: Give into the fad of avocados with some homemade guacamole dip. Made up of monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fats), one tablespoon only contains 30 calories.
  • One bite desserts: Looking for something sweet? Drizzle some dark chocolate on almonds or have one bite brownies. Not exactly the healthiest, but healthier than other options!
  • For more ideas, click here.

 

All in all, have fun! Kick back, relax, and enjoy the final 2014-2015 Sunday night football.

 

Sources: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000461344/article/gridiron-breakdown-seattle-vs-new-england

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/0ap3000000462240/article/super-bowl-xlix-faq-everything-you-need-to-know

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2342008-super-bowl-commercials-2015-most-anticipated-fan-favorite-ads-and-predictions

Avoid a Case of the Mondays- January 26, 2015

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Happy Monday? Or is it not so “happy”…..As this month’s Student Health 101 points out, happiness is hard to define and what it means to be “happy” varies for everyone. Researchers have found that much of our happiness is attributed to our genes, but what about the rest? Finding out what makes you happy and taking all the steps to get there can have a huge impact on your life. Student Health 101 has suggested 8 things to consider when searching for happiness, and these are our favorites…

  1. Cherish the Ordinary: We’re probably all sick of hearing “YOLO” but there’s something to it. It’s easy to take little things for granted, but take time to do things such as exploring the city you live in, spending time with friends and family in person (instead of through social media), and taking care of your body.
  2. Get That It’s Not All About the Benjamins: Research shows that as our income falls below $75,000 a year, so does our happiness. HOWEVER, earning over that amount does not increase our happiness day to day.
  3. Use Social Media Carefully: Does the amount of followers we have really matter? Studies suggest that seeking out affirmation via social media is actually making us unhappy. Something to keep in mind: You probably aren’t posting every detail of your life, and your friends aren’t either. Just because someone’s life looks perfect on Instagram doesn’t mean it actually is.
  4. Love Your Work: Work actually makes us happier. Three out of four Americans even said that they would NOT leave their careers, even if they somehow suddenly gained enough money to not have to work another day in their life.
  5. Value What You Went Through: There’s some truth to the saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Small doses of negative experiences tend to build resiliency, and moderately stressful events increases our ability to bounce back from unwanted situations.

 

Read the full article and more: http://readsh101.com/0115/03/madonna.html

Winter Welcome Back Week

Winter Welcome Back Week took place last week, January 19th- 23rd. During the week, students participated in making giant popsicle stick snowflakes, posed in our photo booth, enjoyed some hot chocolate from our hot chocolate bar, played Just Dance in the Take 5, and sang karaoke in the Gathering Space. Students were also able to meet with members of Registered Student Organizations at the RSO Fair, and learn more about what each organization has to offer. Thursday held perhaps the most anticipated event of the year, Glow-In-The-Dark Capture the Flag. Students formed teams and searched the academic building in the dark, all while avoiding the “It Squad.” The winning team, “Softball + 2” found 6 of the twenty flags that were hidden. Only one flag was left unfound at the end of the night.


Thanks to all who participated! We’ll see you next year.

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National Have Fun at Work Day

funatworkNational Have Fun at Work Day is celebrated every year on the 28th of January. It is undeclared who created this special day, but still to this day it is celebrated by many people. Fun at Work Day is supposed to be the day that everyone truly does have fun at work. We may not all get the job we want coming out of high school or even college, but on Fun at Work Day we can be thankful for the job we do have and enjoy those around us. Ideally work should already be fun! When you look for a job, you look for one that allows you to do what you love. So for Fun at Work Day, do something fun at your workplace. Some ideas could be:

 

  • Create a wheel of prizes and have each co-worker spin it for a certain prize. It could be a 10 dollar gift card, a new company t-shirt, a coffee mug, etc.
  • Have a company picnic! Have everyone gather with a passing dish and enjoy each other’s company.  Talk about things other than work and enjoy the day.
  • Decorate the office space. To lighten the day as you work you can have a new looking space with streamers, poster and more. This can create a positive environment among co-workers.
  • But most of all is just to have fun. Whatever you are doing throughout the day, try to enjoy it and be thankful you have a job! It may stink at times and you may want to pull all of your hair out, but just be positive and go with the flow!

This day also has so many benefits. It creates a positive staff culture. It improves teamwork by boosting morale and motivation among members. It creates a better environment for all who work at the company.  So enjoy the day and Have Fun at Work!!

Week of Service and Remembrance

The week of January 19th, 2015 is when Americans remember an amazing man who played a key role in the American civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. led peaceful protests for African Americans who sought equality. This week you are able to do numerous things around Michigan to help out the community. Here are a few volunteer opportunities around Michigan this week and year round:

1. MLK Day of Service 2015:

  • Rochester Michigan 48309 United States
  • January 24, 2015: 9am – 1pm
  • Oakland University-Leadership and Volunteer Center

You will be given a free t-shirt and lunch! You will have to provide your own transportation. If you are interested, here is more information about the service project: click here.

2. Volunteer to Tutor Children After School

  • Jan 5, 2015 – May 14, 2015
  • St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center
  • 16800 Trinity St., Detroit, MI 48219

This is one-on-one tutoring for first to fifth graders on math and reading. They are seeking people with energetic and encouraging attitudes to help the children.  If you are interested, here is more information: click here.

3. Marketing and Public Relations Volunteer

  • Jan 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015
  • Southfield Youth Assistance
  • 16299 Mt. Vernon, Southfield, MI 48075

You will need experience with public relations, marketing or communications. You will need to help expand knowledge of the company and volunteer base for Southfield Youth Assistance. If you are interested, here is more information: click here.

You can find out about more service opportunities around Livonia right here.

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MLK Day Facts

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015 being celebrated on Monday January 19th, here are 19 facts about the influential man himself and the day dedicated to him:

  1. At the age of 15, King entered college after skipping 9th and 11th grade. This led him to receive a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the age of 19.
  2. The Democrat Congressman from Michigan, John Conyers, was the first to introduce legislation for a commemorative holiday for MLK in 1968. It was not until 1983, fifteen years later, that Congress passed the legislation to create Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  3. Congress designated MLK day a federal holiday and a national day of service in 1994. He is the only non-president to have a national day in his honor.
  4. King’s autopsy revealed that though 39 at the time of his death, doctors noted he had “the heart of a 60 year old” as a result from stress.
  5. In addition to winning a Congressional Gold Medal and a Medal of Freedom, King also won a Grammy for his Best Spoken Word Album “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam” in 1971.
  6. One of his main influences was Mohandas Gandhi who taught protesting in a non-violent manner.
  7. There are over 700 streets in the United States named after King with one in almost every major city!
  8. King received his doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University.
  9. Originally named Michael, in 1931, King’s father, also named Michael, changed both their names to Martin in homage to German theologian Martin Luther.
  10. King travelled over six million miles and presented over 2,500 speeches in his lifetime.
  11. According to a 1999 Gallup poll, King is America’s second most-admired person of the 20th century right behind Mother Teresa.
  12. There was a previous assassination attempt a decade before his death. On September 20, 1958 he was approached by Izola Ware Curry and was stabbed in the chest with a letter opener by her.
  13. King’s last public speech foretold his death. He had come to Memphis in April 1968 to support the strike of the city’s black garbage workers, and in a speech on the night before his assassination, he told an audience at Mason Temple Church: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now … I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
  14. His honeymoon was spent at a funeral parlor… not because someone died, simply because a friend owned the parlor and offered to let him use it for his honeymoon.
  15. Before delivering his “I Had a Dream” speech, King told an aid that he wanted to deliver a “Gettysburg Address” type speech.
  16. King was jailed 29 times for acts of civil disobedience and trumped-up charges (i.e. in 1956 he was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama for driving 30 miles in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.)
  17. In his first major civil rights action, King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This started when Rosa Parks refused to move to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. As a result, Martin led a boycott of the public transportation system. The boycott lasted for over a year. It was very tense at times. Martin was arrested and his house was bombed, but in the end he prevailed and segregation on the Montgomery buses ended.
  18. King was assassinated on April 4. 1968 in Memphis, TN. He was shot by James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony of his hotel.
  19. In 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35 making him the youngest male to win to date.

Sources: http://abc7chicago.com/archive/9397473/http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/politics/stories/10-surprising-things-you-may-not-know-about-martin-luther-king-jr