• Committed to Being Better

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    Written by: Megan Brown

    The Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS) is a group of exceptional students recognized for a combination of high academic achievement and personal leadership abilities. BLCS members continue to achieve academic success while utilizing their past leadership abilities to continue to grow, motivate, organize, inspire and create opportunities for themselves, the University and the surrounding community. Each year, members of the BLCS organize and participate in initiatives as a society. Some of these initiatives include the annual Flora Broley Memorial Ball Hockey Tournament- Play For Memories which has raised over $33000 for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, hosting a Valentines Prom for senior citizens, and the creation of a new initiative called Breaking Barriers which encourages students to develop empathy towards individuals with disabilities, reducing bullying and exclusion while promoting friendship & inclusion in elementary schools.

    16486867136_e792e9ffe9_kThroughout the summer, many of our leaders continue their dedication to academics, leadership and service. One of our newest members, Mary Lapp, has been organizing a triathlon for participants of all ages set to take place on Saturday August 15th for her track club. Communications officer, Rachel Easterbrook has been doing research with the Child and Youth Studies department focused on youth and their work experiences. Member Liaison, John Mikhaeil has had a busy summer doing research and studying for the MCAT.

    “This summer has been mostly dedicated to academics. I’ve been working on summer research at Brock (NSERC), taught the Princeton MCAT chemistry course and have been working on my I-EQUIP project. I also collected textbooks to donate to Pathways to Education and have continued to volunteer at Distress Centre Niagara. Shanice and I also had a great time participating in the BUSAC retreat!” –David Nguyen, BLCS Events Coordinator

    “The BUSAC retreat, planning club events for Roots ACS, fundraising for Brock’s Walk of Life on September 26th and participating in Residence Life Staff Training are a few things I’ve been doing this summer. I’ve also been working at Canadian Mental Health Association as their Activities Coordinator facilitating wellness activities for clients at their short term residential facility. I’ve really enjoyed my placement at Brock Niagara Health and Wellness Centre facilitating exercise routines one on one with stroke victims.” –Shanice Stewart, BLCS President

    “I got to take part in a really cool bootcamp run by American Express and Ashoka, being only one of 20 people across Canada selected to take part! That was super cool, and really helped me pinpoint how I can take my leadership experience and make it into a viable, sustainable career while creating social impact.” – Aniqah Zowmi, BLCS Member and former VP

    In 2015, through the combined efforts of all of our members, the society collectively completed a total of 5214 volunteer hours. We are proud of the accomplishments of all of our members and look forward to “Leading the Change” in 2016!

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  • Pre-Grad Career Preparation To-Do List

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    Written by: Olivia Hubert

    My first three years at Brock have been amazing — so amazing, that it doesn’t seem possible that my time at Brock will be over this April. As September approaches, I am trying to transition into career preparation mode. My “pre-grad to do” list keeps getting longer every time I think about it. Between building a professional resume, debating whether to do a Master’s degree, and researching whether my “dream job” will truly be a dream, this year is going to be full of new challenges and stressors.

    Spending so much time on campus this summer with staff from different departments has made me aware of all the awesome services Brock offers to help students in my situation.

    Creating a professional resume?
    Trying to summarize four or more years of your life into a two page document is a daunting task. An awesome resource is the sample resume section of the Online Career Resource Centre on CareerZone. The sample resumes are sorted by faculty and program, so I can find a nursing-specific resume to guide me in creating my own. When I am finished, I can bring it in to the Career Resource Centre and someone will go through it with me and offer suggestions to improve it.

    Questioning your envisioned career path?
    I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I change my mind at least once a month. It’s easy to read or hear about a cool job, and decide that is what my career goal will be. A really cool program through Mentorship Plus is “Café Connect.” You basically get to search through a huge list of professionals who have indicated that they are willing to talk to senior students. Get advice and learn about a true day in a life of someone who already works in a job similar to what you are looking at.

    Graduating may be scary, but Brock has you covered!

    Be sure to visit Career Services in the Learning Commons (main floor of the library) for more tips and tricks on how to be career-ready.

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  • This Week in Niagara…August 7, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    Can you believe it’s August already?! The summer seems to be flying and with that, it’s time to pull out the bucket list for summer and see what’s still left to do! This week try:

    • “Project Brew” Niagara College Event – Friday, August 7 from 5:00-9:00pm at the St. Catharines Market Square – Enjoy live entertainment, local food and craft beer made by the graduating class of Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program. There will be 17 unique craft beers, varying in many styles and flavors – get your tickets here!
    • Peach Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake – Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9 from 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday all along Queen St. (the main street) and Sunday at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Celebrate the peach harvest with band music, street performers, a sidewalk sale of the merchants from Queen St, lots of tasty peach delights from local bakeries and restaurants, and of course local growers selling their delicious fresh peaches!

    Have a great week and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • This Week in Niagara…July 31, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    With hot days, Niagara’s got hot events happening! Check out these must-dos for this week:

    St. Catharines Ribfest – Friday-Monday, July 31-August 3 in Montebello Park, St. Catharines

    Ribfest runs noon-11pm Friday-Sunday and Monday noon-8pmand with an awesome number of food vendors (more than just ribs…BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, cornbread, and the tartest lemonade around!) and great, continuous live music!  This is a great spot to catch some sun, hang out with friends, and have some good food and drinks!  Admission is free, but if you go Friday between noon-5pm, there is a coupon on-line for $3 off your food at any vendor!

    Canal Days – Friday-Monday, July 31-August 3 in Port Colborne

    This festival is an annual 4-day celebration of history and heritage at the Lake Erie shore city of Port Colborne. There will be the kite festival, tall ships, midway rides, good food, fireworks, classic cars, live music and lots more. Join the 300,000 people who check out this great weekend each year!

    10th Annual Art by the Lighthouse – Saturday and Sunday, August 1 &2 at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre (247 Ricadro St., Niagara-on-the-Lake). This original art show and sale happens rain or shine from 10am-5pm each day.

    Royal Canadian Henley Regatta – August 2-9 at Henley Island in St. Catharines
    Come out to see more than 2,800 men and women from over 150 rowing clubs competed for gold at this Henley tradition!

    Also, I can’t help but squeeze this is in, although it’s not in Niagara but nearby in Buffalo (I’m a bit of a “band geek” at heart!):

    Drum Corps International Tour of Champions – Sunday, August 2 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo

    This event brings an exciting, non-traditional audience experience to a marching band-like show. With special pre-show entertainment, large corps performances, and more talented youth than you can imagine, this is a great experience for just about anyone from music enthusiasts, to those who like to hear a good story. Here is a clip to wet your whistle (LOL)!


    Have a wonderful week and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • My CWC Journey: “Implement a new/improved initiative on campus or in the community”


    Written by: Kelsey Kavanagh

    Over the past month I have been working on checking off the curriculum item: “Implement a new/improved initiative on campus or in the community” under the innovation domain by re-developing the student organization BOC (Brock Off-Campus).

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    Throughout my time here at Brock I have heard many students vocalize that there is a gap when it comes to the opportunities available that help off-campus students get involved and make connections. This is why I have received support from the Student Life & Community Experience team to re-implement BOC, a pre-existing student organization that aimed to foster a community of involved off-campus students.

    Looking forward, the aim of BOC will be to facilitate opportunities for off-campus students to create connections with one another as well as to facilitate these students’ involvement on and off-campus. This will be accomplished by hosting a variety of events throughout the year as well as running a number of online and in-person workshops related to living off-campus such as grocery shopping, cooking, doing laundry etc. To learn more about BOC I encourage you to check out our organization page on ExperienceBU and Facebook!

    To hear about what’s in store for me on this journey to completing the CWC, look out for my next blog post coming soon!

    Keep experiencing BU & beyond!

    If you or any other student you know is living off-campus, be sure to connect with others that are in the same boat as you! Join the Brock Off-Campus club by connecting with us on ExperienceBU or Facebook.

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  • This Week in Niagara…July 24, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    This week holds a cool, diverse list of things happening here in Niagara:


    • Livestock Niagara 2015 Music Festival – Friday, July 24 at Taps Brewery (Free! 4680 Queen St., Niagara Falls). Livestock Niagara 2015 is Niagara Falls’ first annual music festival showcasing some of the best new talent from the area. Check out 18 in total on 2 outdoor stages and visit the website for more info.
    • Niagara Jazz Festival – Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, July 26 at various locations across the region. The TD Niagara Jazz Festival celebrates music, life and art. Join in and check out this great mix of free and ticketed events. Visit the website for the schedule of musicians, locations and prices.
    • Food Truck Fest at Mike Weir Winery – Saturday, July 25 from 12:00-8:00pm (at Mike Weir Winery, 4041 Locust Lane, Beamsville).  Get your $5 ticket for 20+ food trucks (listing on the website) as well as commemorative wine glass.
    • Mike Weir 5km Bench Run – feeling motivated on Saturday, July 25 at 10:30am, raise a glass for a great cause and join in the run benefiting the Mike Weir Foundation for Children’s Charities, then spend the rest of your day enjoying Food Truck Fest (complimentary admission with race registration) and The Underdog BBQ Bar!
    • The Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow – Saturday & Sunday, Jul 25 & 26. This pow wow is a multicultural event held annually to promote the rich arts heritage of local Aboriginal peoples by showcasing it in their music, dance, arts, and crafts. There is a dance competition where participants dress in their traditional regalia while local cultural musicians play songs of social gatherings. There are food and craft vendors from numerous Native American nations that come and present their works. $10.


    Have a great week and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • Big, Messy & A Metric Ton of Purple


    Written by: Sarah Salt

    Hey Badgers,

    If you’re looking for something to do over Homecoming weekend 2015 (September 18-20) look no further! One of the traditions at Brock is a really fun and messy event – Grape Stomp! Grape Stomp is hosted by Student Life and takes place in Jubliee Court and last year we had almost 1000 students participating! Approximately 1 metric ton (which is equivalent to the weight of a car!) of grapes was used for students to stomp on, throw and slide in! It is a great event to add to your Brock bucket list and I think that everyone should participate or at least watch because it is very entertaining!

    Grape Stomp

    For first year students it is an appropriate way learn about the wine culture in Niagara while having a great time! Brock is located in the Grape and Wine Region so what better way to celebrate this than by spending a fun filled day with friends and campus partners stomping on grapes! Student Life also encourages participants to bring canned food with them which will be donated to United Way.

    I participated in Grape Stomp last September and it was the highlight of my first year. My team, The Grape Gatsby (Get it? The Grape Gatsby instead of The Great Gatsby, clever right?), and I all had a lot of fun dressing up and then getting covered in sticky grapes. At first participants started stomping on the grapes and throwing the grapes at others but then once the plastic sheets were slick enough it became a giant slip and slide! How cool is that?! The atmosphere was great and the energy was incredible! There were local vendors and live music which made the whole afternoon one to remember. The messiest event on campus lived up to all of my expectations and I am already counting down the days until Friday, September 18th!

    If you haven’t participated in the Grape Stomp I highly recommend it! It is something that I believe all Brock students should do at least once before they graduate. It is very messy but it is definitely worth it! I wouldn’t recommend wearing clothes that you want to keep because the grape stains don’t come out to easily but you could have an awesome t-shirt covered in stains to help you remember the messiest event of the year! I can’t wait to do it again this year and make some more memories at Brock. See you there!

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  • This Week in Niagara…July 17, 2015


    Written by: Sandy Howe

    Happy Friday! Today kicks off another great line-up of things happening in our great region:

    • Shakespeare’s Hamlet– tonight, Friday, July 17 “Hamlet” at 7:30pm in the St. Catharines Market Square presented by Driftwood Theatre.  Pay what you can upon arrival.
    • Try Downtown Thorold – Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18 – Have you discovered Albert and Front Streets yet? Pick up your passport filled with great incentives and explore the fine boutiques and eateries that line the streets of historic downtown Thorold. Restored buildings, colourful flower baskets and music are part of the sights and sounds of the revitalized core from 10am-7pm.
    • International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration – Friday – Sunday, July 17-19 at various locations across Niagara. Join wine-making friends from around the world to taste some of the best chardonnays out there! Visit the website for the schedule and check out events at every price point.
    • Art in the Park – Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19 check out over 20 local artists as they feature their designs in Montebello Park.
    • Pelham Summerfest 2015 – Friday – Monday, July 17-20. Join over 20,000 people dropping in to enjoy the park, outdoor patios and street closed to pedestrians for this great weekend. Find live music & entertainment for all ages, children’s activities, retail & food vendors, arts, crafts, beer and wine garden, and more (most on Pelham Street and over the bridge to the Peace Park, Fonthill).
    • Priceless Auction – Thursday, July 23 at 6:30pm @ Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery  “Bid with your time, not your dime”: Throughout the night, check out various not-for-profits that you might want to lend a hand to – pick the right one and the bidding begins!  The person who pledges the most hours wins the art!


    Have a great week, enjoy the sunshine, and get out to #ExploreNiagara!

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  • 5 Most Helpful Smart Phone and Tablet Apps

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    Written by: Megan Brown

    Considering we have an immense amount of information at our finger tips at any given moment, mobile apps can make life more organized and manageable. Here is my top five most helpful apps that will help you with the day-to-day tasks of a university student:

    1. St Catharines Transit

    STCIf you want to know when the next bus to the mall is departing or what bus to take to get downtown, this app is your one stop shop to the St. Catharines transit system. You can also use the trip planner feature to enter your current location and desired destination to find out which bus to take, where to catch it and how long it will take to arrive. It will also let you know what time you should leave to ensure that you’ll get to the stop on time, so you won’t have to worry about missing the bus or arriving too early in those cold winter months!

    2. Brock University Campus Store Buyback App
    If you’re ever stuck with a textbook that you don’t need any more and want a fast way to get some cash in your wallet, the Brock Campus Store has an app to help you! All you have to do is scan the barcode on your book or type in the ISBN number and you’ll instantly be able to see if the bookstore is buying your book back and how much money they’ll give you for it.

    3. Notability

    NotabilityIf you’re trying to save money on printer ink and paper, this app is only about $5 and allows you to do everything and more on your phone or tablet that you could do with a pen, paper and highlighter. Notability allows you to download your course notes and save them to separate folders to stay organized. You are able to highlight, type, or hand write on your saved notes, as well as create blank notes that you can edit yourself. There is also a recording feature so that you can create voice notes or record lectures for future playback. This app is by far, the best and most user-friendly note taking app I’ve ever used and is definitely worth every penny!

    4. 1Password

    1password-app-storeRemembering all of your passwords and log in information can tedious and confusing, especially trying to recall passwords that expire after just a couple of months! This app allows you to save all of your passwords so you’ll never have to remember all of them again. All you have to do is create 1 password that you’ll remember to gain access to all of the passwords you saved to the app!

    5. Yood!

    YoodIf you’re feeling hangry after a long day of studying, all you have to do is choose what type of food you’re in the mood for and you’ll get instant recommendations of restaurants in your area. This app is also very useful if you’re visiting a new area or are on vacation and want to know what closest and best restaurants are worth visiting. The app provides you with a map, directions, phone number and the restaurant’s rating as well as the ability to save your favourites!

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  • Using your Talents & Interests in Community Service

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    Written by: Olivia Hubert

    Brock facilitated service projects are incredible – they help make Badgers more aware of the needs in the Niagara community and give them a chance to make a difference in a great way! Brock Cares, Alternative Reading Week, Trick or Eat…all amazing chances for Badgers to give back to Niagara.

    These projects are not your only chance to be involved! Maybe you are looking for a way to get relevant experience in your field, or have a passion that you want to share with others. There are so many opportunities in Niagara to find a volunteer project that you are excited about, that will utilize your unique talents, and will give your resume that boost that employers are looking for.

    Personally, my university experience has become so much better since I found a couple volunteer placements that I love. As a nursing student, I am passionate about healthy lifestyle and working with individuals from all walks of life to achieve their highest level of health. I have started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Go Girls mentor, where I spend one hour a week with a group of Grade 5-9 girls. We talk about healthy choices, positive relationships and active lifestyles. Not only do I get to be a positive influence in these girls’ life, but I also get to apply what I learn in the classroom in a meaningful way to get experience in health teaching.

    There are hundreds of different ways to get involved with organizations in Niagara who need your help. I am 100% sure that there is a volunteer placement in our region that will give you the chance to explore your interests, showcase your talents, make a difference and gain valuable experience. Even just one hour a week can make a huge difference in the lives of others and your own! If you are interested in finding a great volunteer placement, come talk to me in the Involvement Commons (MCA204) or check out our community partners on ExperienceBU at https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/Organizations.

    (Once you achieve 40 community service hours, you will receive credit for your Campus-Wide CoCurriculum – just track it on Experience Plus!)

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