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FeelGood Raffle Extravaganza

FeelGood is raffling off ten amazing baskets to anyone who is smart enough to buy tickets! These baskets are filled with a range of exciting things, from tasty treats to gift cards. Sponsors such as Jules Thin Crust, Allways Cafe, Huntingdon Valley Crossfit, the Trenton Thunder, and All Aboard Cafe have generously donated to the cause, and the BAC FeelGood chapter is excited to give these prizes to the lucky winners on Tuesday evening, May 23rd.

Buy your tickets online or in person at the Bounty Farmers Market on Saturday, May 20th, or at the Residence Life BBQ on Tuesday, May 23rd, where the drawing will take place (you do not have to be present at the raffle drawing in order to win).

When you buy a raffle ticket, what does your money go toward? Ending poverty and hunger on a global scale through an inspiring and community-building mechanism called FeelGood!

FeelGood is a youth-led movement turning students’ college years into a time of effective global action. On campuses across the country, students run a successful social enterprise—a grilled cheese deli— to raise money and build public support for the end of extreme hunger and poverty. In the process students gain critical business, leadership, and teamwork skills that serve them throughout their lives.

Chloe Kund, co-founder of the FeelGood BAC chapter, is proud to say that to date $19,000 has been raised on the BAC campus. An avid supporter of the FeelGood initiative, Chloe has been a student volunteer, a counselor at the FeelGood summer conference, and for the past two years she has served as a FeelGood “changemaker ignitor.” Years ago Chloe fell in love with the FeelGood mission and didn’t want to stop being a part of it after graduating in 2014. She says, “It’s something that fuels me– it’s a very bright spot in my life that connects me to a movement I believe in.” Chloe will be serving as the BAC “changemaker ignitor” next year as well, helping more students help others.

Maia Wyncoll is the marketing and PR chair for the BAC FeelGood chapter. She volunteers her time and talent because she wants to make a difference. She says, “It’s easy to get caught up in the mentality that as a college student I can’t make an impression on the world…but FeelGood has helped me see that each person can have a good impact, and as a team working toward a common goal we can have an incredible impact.” Maia’s work with FeelGood has brought her out of her comfort zone and helped  her make good friends both on the BAC campus and across the US and Canada through the FeelGood network. She’s also found an internship through this experience that she is very excited about!

To learn more about FeelGood, go here.  Remember to buy your raffle tickets!

 

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BAC Goes to the MA-ESA Annual Conference

On Saturday, April 22, a group of Bryn Athyn College professors and students traveled to Stockton University for the annual conference of the mid-Atlantic chapter of the Ecological Society of America (MA-ESA). Five posters from Bryn Athyn College were presented, setting a BAC record for most posters presented at a single conference. Professors Fredrik Bryntesson, Ph.D., Eugene Potapov, Ph.D., and Ed Higgins, M.D., led the group at the conference, and were joined by alumnus Michael Rodgers (BS ’13), and current students Justin Ball, Derek Buss, Elizabeth Snyder, and Eric Rossi.

This was the tenth consecutive year that the deer study has presented posters at the MA-ESA conference, providing many BAC students with the opportunity to experience academic presentation in a recognized public forum. In addition to the professors and students in attendance this year, there were six more authors on the papers that were presented: current students Laura Clymer and Ryan Landels, alumnus Joe Kadelock (BS ’16), alumnus and lab instructor Grace McMackin (BS ’12), and two Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust employees, Brad Nyholm and Kevin Roth, who is also an alumnus (BS ’15).

 

Professor Bryntesson says the deer study has enabled investigators to learn many new features of suburban white-tailed deer movement and behavior, and this knowledge is useful for deer management. He adds, “Presenting work at scientific conferences, or being co-authors on publications, is unusual for undergraduate students, and is excellent for their education, experience, and resumes.”

Learn more about the Bryn Athyn College Deer Study.

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President’s Corner

Each month President Blair will be posting on the blog to recap what’s been going on and talk about what’s on the horizon. Here’s his first post, covering the month of April and looking ahead to May!


April has been a busy month at Bryn Athyn College. The academic year is steaming ahead toward completion, and excitement is building toward graduation. A number of events have punctuated the calendar recently, including the Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP), the first annual Parents and Family Day, NCAA Division III week, the Academic Achievement Awards, and Diversity Day.

I am proud of the hard work our students put in throughout the year, but it’s especially fun to see the community of learning that is formed in the library during LNAP. Over the three LNAPs this year, 922 scholarly hours were logged by our students, and many personal academic goals were reached.

Parents and Family Day was held on April 8, and saw about 65 guests enjoying the event which included a welcome brunch, tours of campus, Cairnwood Estate, and Glencairn, an opportunity to cheer on the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, and a BBQ on the terrace where the local band Hillbillies of Cohesion played a delightful set.

NCAA Division III Week gave our athletic teams the opportunity to volunteer in different ways throughout the community. The soccer, lacrosse, and basketball teams all offered clinics or helped out at the Bryn Athyn Church Elementary School practices. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee also got the student body to participate in making a mural for suicide awareness. Colorful handprints symbolized the willingness to lend a hand to those in need.

The Academic Achievement Awards are always an important moment to recognize the often-quiet work of scholars. Those on the dean’s list were honored, as were recipients of scholarships and grants connected to particular majors or initiatives. One new award was given this year to the winners of the Career Olympics. Team Djibouti was honored with gold medals and a cash prize for their excellent work creating resumes, LinkedIn profiles, attending a networking/interviewing event, and making a video for prospective employers.

Diversity Day was held indoors due to inclement weather, but that didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits! “Simple Gifts,” a talented string duo, played a variety of instruments from a range of cultural traditions while students, faculty, and staff roamed the Great Hall and sampled delicious cuisines from around the world.

It’s been a great month, and I look forward to seeing you all at upcoming events like the BAC Carnival on Saturday, April 29th; the Senior Capstone Project Presentations on May 10; the FeelGood Run and the Spring Dance Concert on Saturday, May 13; and graduation on the weekend of May 26.

Best,

President Blair

 

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Lessons From the Dutch Masters: Original Paintings by Martha Gyllenhaal

The Friends of the Swedenborg Library are pleased to announce a new exhibit of paintings by Martha Gyllenhaal, opening on Sunday, April 23.

Dr. Gyllenhaal, head of the Fine Arts Area of Bryn Athyn College, is an art historian and painter who integrates humanities and the fine arts in her teaching. She enjoys using the art collections in Glencairn Museum to enhance her classes.

An opening reception with a talk by the artist will be held at the Swedenborg Library on Sunday, April 23, from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  All are welcome.

The paintings will be on display in the Library through June 30, 2017.

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Warm Up America!

Over the past three months, students, faculty, staff, and library-goers have been knitting colorful squares to be assembled into an afghan for the charity project Warm Up America! Andi Sibley, reference and user services librarian at the Swedenborg Library, heard about the project and liked the way they encourage local involvement.

Sibley says, “Warm Up America! encourages communities to come together to knit and crochet and then donate their products to local hospitals, shelters, or charities, so we are giving it to the Bryn Athyn Cares refugee group. We love that we are able to do this fun project and give it to a local family.”

Tykah Echols, a student at Bryn Athyn College, works at the library and knitted four panels for the afghan. She says, “I had almost forgotten how much I love to knit when the knitting table appeared at the library and I got an excuse to do it again!” She has been knitting since she was about five years old, having learned by watching her mom knit for hours on end. Tykah says, “It was so wonderful rediscovering this craft that I have enjoyed all my life. Plus, the final product is not only useful, but beautiful too!”

This project was such a hit that it will likely return next winter. Sibley says that librarians are always interested in finding ways in the library to offer creative outlets for stress relief, like the coloring table that is set up on the main floor. Other ideas have come up, like doing a lego table or board games and tech toys. She adds, “Yarn arts seemed like an easy way to get started, have fun, and be creative.”

While students, staff, and other library guests benefit from the stress relief of crafting, the refugee family receiving the blanket will have a warm reminder of the goodwill and support from their local community.

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! The following work comes from Bryn Athyn College students: the first are haiku that were submitted anonymously to a BAC haiku contest; the final piece is a poem written by Bryan Martinez.

 


Stand in a meadow

You see the vastness of it

Yet the woods seem small

 


 

I sit in silence

Stars caress each leaf with light

Autumn, I thank you

 


 

You are powerful

Your dreams are attainable

Believe in yourself

 


 

 

 

Rain or Shine, We Fight

Don’t Give Up, For We Are Free

Believe In Yourself

 

 

 


 

What are Dreams Without An Imagination 

What are Dreams Without An Imagination

What is Imagination without your Dreams

Dreams are made in the far distance within clouds

Imagination is held with one simple spell

It goes up and up like a helium balloon

With fire beneath its wings

As it touches the sky; the night sky

The Stars Above

The balloon pops

And

The fire beneath becomes an ocean of waves

A flame of oceans swimming in the sky

With one attached

Sunrise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Embodied Expression: Dance at BAC

The Bryn Athyn College dance program presents stirring, evocative, and delightful performances every year. Behind the scenes in the classes, workshops, and rehearsals, amazing things happen as these shows are put together. Limits are tested, growth is nurtured, horizons expand, and lasting bonds are made.

Experience the thrill of the next dance concert on May 13th at 2pm and 8pm at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center. Let this BAC dance video inspire you in the meantime!

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