MYMOM

MYMOM - Make Your Mark on Madison

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2015 Participant Application

What Is MYMOM?

MAKE YOUR MARK ON MADISON is a semester long Leadership Program led by upper-class leadership counselors focusing on helping Freshman and Sophomore students develop leadership skills and find their place at JMU. By providing insight and exploration into personal values, diversity, communication, and general leadership skills necessary for positive involvement on campus, participants are able to make well-thought out choices about their involvement on campus.

It is the goal of the program to help you connect with people and activities that meet your hopes, values and expectations during your time here and allow you to “Make Your Mark” at JMU.

Questions? Email Adam Parker or Lauren McParland at jmumymom2015@gmail.com

 

Meet the MYMOM Leadership Counselors:

2015 MYMOM STAFF
Curated by studentactivities
Adam Parker
Adam Parker

Year: Senior
Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
Major: Criminal Justice and Business
Favorite Quote: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ol’ days before you’ve actually left them.” – Andy Bernard
Spirit Animal: Fox

Lauren McParland
Lauren McParland

Year: Senior
Hometown: Easton, Massachusetts
Major: Business Management
Favorite Quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver
Spirit Animal: Moose

Hannah Pellgrino
Hannah Pellgrino

Year: Junior
Hometown: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Major: Psychology
Favorite Quote: “I will live my life in widening circles that reach across the world.”- Rainer Maria Rilke
Spirit Animal: Koala Bear

Abigail McGinty
Abigail McGinty

Year: Senior
Hometown: Framingham, Massachusetts
Major: Sociology and Interdisciplinary Religion
Favorite Quote: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Spirit Animal: Duck

Alec Ostapovicz
Alec Ostapovicz

Year: Senior
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Major: Hospitality Management
Favorite Quote: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”-Charlie Chaplin
Spirit Animal: An online quiz gave me a butterfly

Bryan Elliot
Bryan Elliot

Year: Senior
Hometown: Mechanicsville, Virginia
Major: Computer Science
Favorite Quote: “Everyone is born right-handed, but only the greatest overcome it.”
Spirit Animal: Lion

Christina Brown
Christina Brown

Year: Junior
Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut
Major: Communication Studies
Favorite Quote: “Give time, it’s the greatest gift and the only thing we have in life we can never get back.”
Spirit Animal: Dolphturtle

Christopher Spencer
Christopher Spencer

Year: Junior
Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia
Major: Finance
Favorite Quote: “Strength does not come from physical
capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Spirit Animal: Chameleon

Corey Thompson
Corey Thompson

Year: Junior
Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia
Major: International Affairs
Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss
Spirit Animal: Llama

Greg Kozlowski
Greg Kozlowski

Year: Senior
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, New York
Major: Marketing
Favorite Quote: “Sting like a bee. Do not float like a butterfly. That’s ridiculous.” -Ron Swanson
Spirit Animal: Parrot

Jon Gellings
Jon Gellings

Year: Senior
Hometown: New Kent, Virginia
Major: Integrated Science and Technology
Favorite Quote: “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
Spirit Animal: Golden Retriever Puppy

Kiersten Schierenbeck
Kiersten Schierenbeck

Year: Junior
Hometown: Hudson, Ohio
Major: Business Management and Hospitality Management
Favorite Quote: “Hakuna Matata”
Spirit Animal: Elephant.. I think.. This question always trips me up

Laura Mack
Laura Mack

Year: Senior
Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
Major: Media Arts and Design, Communications
Favorite Quote: “There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food” – Ron Swanson
Spirit Animal: Golden Doodle

Logan Claybrook
Logan Claybrook

Year: Junior
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Major: Accounting
Favorite Quote: “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
Spirit Animal: Penguin

Mike Martin
Mike Martin

Year: Senior
Hometown: Bedford, New Hampshire
Major: Modern Foreign Language
Favorite Quote: “Go Dukes”
Spirit Animal: Tyrannosaurus Rex

Patrick Moulton
Patrick Moulton

Year: Junior
Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Major: Communications
Favorite Quote: “Life begins when you step out of your comfort zone.”
Spirit Animal: Coyote

Rachel Harding
Rachel Harding

Year: Senior
Hometown: Culpeper, Virginia
Major: Psychology
Favorite Quote: “I have no idea what I’m doing, but I know I’m doing it really, really well.” – Andy Dwyer
Spirit Animal: Missy Elliott

Shalom Furst
Shalom Furst

Year: Senior
Hometown: Poquoson, Virginia
Favorite Quote: “Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone. And do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”
Spirit Animal: Capuchin Monkey

Wells Bridgforth
Wells Bridgforth

Year: Senior
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Major: Media Arts and Design, Studio Art
Favorite Quote: “Your aura is purple, it’s purple!”
Spirit Animal: Macy Gray

William Casler
William Casler

Year: Junior
Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia
Major: Marketing
Favorite Quote: “learn like you’ll live forever, live like you’ll die tomorrow”
Spirit Animal: Honey Badger

Michelle Logan
Michelle Logan

Year: Senior
Hometown: Crofton, Maryland
Major: Media Arts and Design
Favorite Quote: “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” -Michael Scott
Spirit Animal: Dog

Maddie Cairns
Maddie Cairns

Year: Senior
Hometown: Hopkinton, New Hampshire
Major: Political Science and Cultural Anthropology
Favorite Quote: “There’s unbelievable power in telling stories.” -Wendy Davis
Spirit Animal: Meryl Streep

 

Frequently Asked Questions About MYMOM:

Who can be involved in the Program?

  • Any freshman or sophomore student who is looking to enhance their JMU experience through extracurricular involvement can apply to be part of the program. The program is also open to juniors or seniors looking for an excellent leadership opportunity to mentor an underclassmen council.

When are the meetings?

  • Participants meet every Monday night from 7:00PM-9:15PM in the Highlands Room in Festival, beginning in the end of September and ending with a final banquet early December before finals week. Attendance on Monday evenings is a requirement of the program.

Apply to be a Participant

  • All students interested in participating in the Fall 2015 MYMOM Program, must submit an application, the link is below, to the Office of Student Activities & Involvement by 5pm on September 16th. Applications will be reviewed by the staff and selected students will be contacted to set up an interview for the following week.

When would I hear if I was accepted?

  • Selected applicants will be asked to participate in group interviews from September 17th-22nd. A final group of Participants will be chosen and notified no later than September 22nd. If you are applying to be a participant, please save the date Sunday September 26th, as we want full attendance to our retreat! (Please apply even if you are unable to attend retreat due to a prior commitment!)

What are some other fun things that I would have to look forward to in the MYMOM program?

  • You will attend a motivating and interactive retreat to kick off the program! This will be an opportunity to meet the other participants in your council along with your two upper class Leadership Counselors and begin to form friendships that will span your time here at JMU and beyond.
  • You have the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff at JMU through weekly sessions on some of the most important issues facing student leaders and our University.
  • You will participate in a community service project where the link between leadership and service will be experienced firsthand. Additionally, this service experience allows you to explore opportunities to volunteer in the Harrisonburg community.

How is MYMOM different from Kijiji?

Let’s start with MYMOM:

  • MYMOM is offered only in the fall semester. Every participant is assigned to a Leadership Council, led by two upper-class facilitators with a wide range of experience and involvement on campus, as well as a lot of training for this position!
  • It is the goal of the program to help you connect with people and activities on campus that assist you in developing and finding your ideal involvement during your time here and allow you to “Make Your Mark” at JMU. MYMOM meets every Monday night from 7:00pm-9:15pm, beginning Sept. 28th, through the week before finals. The first hour is a formal program, followed by time spent in your “council” reflecting and discussing the program from that evening.

Now, about Kijiji:

  • It’s a three-year program that meets once a week during both the fall and spring semesters. Each week there will be a “knock-your-socks-off” learning experience to help students become more familiar with who they are, what their passions are, and how they can be a citizen of influence. Focusing first on being a leader of one – themselves – students will then learn effective interpersonal skills for building teams and getting others involved. They’ll also learn and apply core leadership skills and experience opportunities to solve real-world problems both on the JMU campus and in the surrounding communities.. Kijiji program involvement begins with Sophomore students.

2015 Participant Application & Schedule:

Due: Wednesday, September 16th by 5pm at Student Activities and Involvement (Warren 320).

2015 Program Schedule:

Saturday, September 26 Kick-Off Retreat
Monday, September 28 Colors of Leadership
Monday, October 5 Personal Values
Monday, October 12 Organizational Values
Monday, October 19 Service In Leadership
Monday, October 26 Difficult Conversations
Monday, November 2 Diversity
Monday, November 9 How Others Perceive You
Monday, November 16 Alcohol
Monday, November 23 Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 30 Encouraging the Heart
Monday, December 7 End of the Program Banquet