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Communication Majors Unite!

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

I am a communication-Public Relations here at Greenville College. I am a Junior and it’s hard to believe that I will be graduating in approximately 3 semesters, 67.44 weeks, or 427.09 hours. I love my department and working with the people in it daily. Here are my few reasons why I LOVE being a Comm Major.



  1. We watch movies like The Breakfast Club, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Little Manhattan and it is still VERY educational
  2. It’s acceptable for us to talk out of turn in class. Chill and relaxed atmospheres are always present in my Comm classes.
  3. We put our desks in a circle and sit through a class that way instead of the typical rows every day.
  4. We pray before every single class. This allows us to focus on the tasks for that class period and leave our burdens and worries to God.
  5. We take a class picture at the beginning of every semester.
  6. Communication can not only help in your selected careers anywhere around the world, but also any relationship too! We use it daily, why not be a pro at it!?
  7. Group projects are always involved in Comm classes, if you love them then your happy, if you hate them this helps you prepare for the real world!:)



Music Madness

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012

On Wednesday Decemeber 7th Fusion and Jazz ensembles held a concert in the Blackroom on the Greenville College campus. The Fusion Ensemble group is a class that can be taken the illustrates the funk and Latin influences of music today. Also added to this mix is a little bit of pop and rock. Instruments that are apart of this collaboration are bass, drums, piano, guitars, percussion as well as two lead singers.

The Jazz ensemble is a group with more of  rhythm sections, vocals, and horns. This group works on classic jazz numbers as well as contemporary to accommodate to a variety of different audiences.

At the end of the year both groups but on a showcase concert to show what that have been working on all semester. Concert credit was offered to students who needed it and it was a very entertaining concert! if you are ever on campus when a showcase like this is being held make sure not to miss out!!


Winter Wonderland

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012

This past weekend a Christmas show was held in the Blackroom on campus. This show had everything you could want during the holiday season. Filled with ugly Christmas sweaters, Christmas lights strung around the stage, lit up reindeer, and of course a room full of Christmas tunes. The musical talents consisted of Aleena Korell, The Bow Tie Trio, Mobile Mic, and Isles of North. This was a great night just to get away from all the worries and stresses of what the last few weeks of school brings to us. Below you can find a few of the links of the bands that played. Check them out!



Greenville College Music

Posted Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Greenville College is very well known for all of the campus bands we house. If you’re looking to get involved with this crowd, there are 3 places i recommend for you.

  • The Blackroom
  • Whitlock Music Center
  • The DC

We have a large number of bands on campus, too. These musical talents are so incredibly diverse. We have our choral music which huge. We also have lab bands who take a class for credit and in return get critiqued by professors, free practice space and  time, and they are guaranteed an end of the year showcase slot.

Below you will find the link to the Music Departments page. There is so much information ranging from classes, to blogs, to majors and minors. Check it out if your at all interested in getting connected with the Greenville College Music scene!



Flee or Final

Posted Thursday, December 8th, 2011

This time of year is always the most grueling portion of the entire year. It’s the end of the first semester, finals are coming, group projects are announced, Christmas is so close we can smell it, and  we just never feel like we have enough gas to keep going. It’s hard to find time for yourself to recharge and chug through the next 2 weeks. Here on campus there are actually a great number of ways to get a little juice back in your battery.

  • Drive the back roads of Greenville and just drive. It’s really refreshing.
  • Watch a Christmas movie in the upper union with your closest friends.
  • Have a baking party with friends. Nothing screams happiness more than fresh baked cookies.
  • Write. Writing out all your anxious worries and frustrations can help you so much when feeling all the end semester pressures.
  • Go to a show in the Blackroom. There’s is always a fun Christmas show going on towards the end of the year.
  • Climb something you shouldn’t, but TAKE EXTRA CAUTION.
  • Girls, we love having spa days, so give yourself one! Not only will you look incredible, but you will FEEL better too!
  • Go for a quick run or walk. It’s a great thing to get some fresh air in your lungs.

Keep chugging everyone!! We are almost there, then we can all go home and spend time sleeping in our OWN BEDS!!



Fond Greenville College Memories – Part One

Posted Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 Tagged:

It’s nearly December of my Senior year of college, which has made me hearken back to memories of old. The first one I’m going to post is a fairly recent memory of the first concert my friends and I were able to put on last year with some great musicians Andy Shauf, Lauris Vidal and a former Greenville College student Zach Strout.

To make a long story short, our budget for this concert fell through at the last minute and I had to email these guys and let them know that the funding wouldn’t be there and we would have to cancel the show. They told me that they had planned on coming regardless of whether they were paid and they were going to put on a killer show. This just inspired us even more and we came up with the idea of doing a bake sale with coffee where all of the funds would go towards Andy and Lauris. Doing this we raised over $100 for them. It was really cool to see a crowd of 70+ people come to the Blackroom to see two artists they have never heard of before and see them walk out smiling ear to ear. Here is a video from Zach, Andy and Lauris performing a song from that night.

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Top 10 Classes I’ve taken at Greenville College

The other day in my Fencing class, a fellow student was telling me how that class was in his top 25 classes of all time. I let out a little laugh, thinking to myself, “Who makes a list of their top 25 classes?”, and then realized I should totally make a list. While I have most definitely enjoyed my time at Greenville, I think it would be a stretch for me to pick 25 courses. Instead, I will choose a top 10.

10. CIS 105: Computer Fundamentals
I have always loved computers. In high school, I took as many computer classes as I could. So when I had to this course for my (then) major, I was pumped. I had the choice of taking it with some old dude, or with some young guy from IT. I chose the IT guy. Good choice. Instead of writing summaries from some outdated book, we learned about Google Reader and ManBabies.

9. PHL 201: Major Issues Philosophy
I’m currently enrolled in this course with Dr. Christina Smerick. Now many people will tell you that you HAVE to take this with Dr. Kent Dunnington. And trust me, Dr. Dunnington is a phenomenal teacher. But if you are clueless about the ideas behind philosophy and need someone to spell it out like alphabet soup for you, then Dr. Smerick is your professor. Dr. Smerick has been really great at helping to decipher these difficult concepts and has made Philosophy a class that I have very much enjoyed.

8. HPRA 256: Fencing
Ok, let’s just think about this. Fencing just looks insanely awesome. (Video) This class has just been a barrel of laughs. Love it.

7. MGT 321: Management of Organizations
This was my first class with Dr. Ivan Filby. If you are not familiar with Dr. Filby, he is the head of the Management Department at Greenville College as well as the faculty adviser for AgapeFest. Dr. Filby is one of those teachers who can just relate to students on any level, and does a great job of showing leadership. In a class that has potential to be slightly boring like an upper division Management class, he provides ample opportunities to spice up the class and even make a final project based on the movie The Devil Wears Prada.

6. PHY 105: Planets and Stars
I needed a lab science to graduate. I thought, “Hey, Planets and Stars sounds fun.” And it was. Our professor was actually a science teacher at the Bond County High School, so it gave the class a much more laid back feel. He had a great sense of humor, and the class was just really enjoyable.

5. MUEN 165: Rock Ensemble
Once upon a time, I was a CCM major. And in my first semester here, I was enrolled in the Rock Ensemble class. In this class, you are put in a band with 2-4 other people who play different instruments, and you perform a new cover song every week. While the song was often assigned to you, there were weeks occasionally that you were able to pick your cover song. We had the most rag-tag band out of them all; out of the 6 members, none of us were really singers. I  kind of took over the role as singer out of necessity, so when it came time for us to pick our song, I chose a Tom Petty song that I knew very well. This class definitely made me a better musician and made me appreciate playing 6 different instruments over the semester. Our Tom Petty cover: YouTube

Sidenote – Two members of my Rock Ensemble band dropped out of college that year to go play as musicians in touring bands. I felt pretty legit.

4. MKT 201: Marketing
This was a cool class. My favorite part of the class was that we had to take a real life event and market it. This was very easy for me, because I was working on putting on a concert on-campus. It was just a very useful class for me and I really enjoyed my professor and getting to do real life work in a class.

3. MGT 327: Entrepreneurship
This was a very interesting class for me. Essentially the idea behind this class was to create a new product, business, or service, write a business plan, and then present your idea to the class. It was very challenging because we were pretty much on our own for all the information, but it was great because we had to be very resourceful. My service was called “Streamlined Events” and the premise for my service was to create a professional grade online streaming service for showing events. The pitch went very well, and I ended up with a pretty good grade in the class. It not only made me a better student, but it really encouraged me to pursue a career in entrepreneurship.

2. COR 302: Science & Christianity
This was such a cool class.  It was a great learning experience for me, because our professor, Dr. Darrell Iler, simply laid out the facts and left it up to the students to decide what they thought of all the different ideas. Dr. Iler made it a point to not influence our opinions by giving his, which I thought was both very difficult and very wise of him. One of my favorite/least favorite  parts of the trip was our trip to the Creation Museum. At the end of the course, we were required to write a paper on a subject related to the class, and I wrote mine about my feelings about the Creation Museum. If you have the opportunity to take this class during Interterm, do so. (Creation Museum paper link.)

1. COR 101: Jesus of the Media
My first course I ever took at Greenville College still stands as my favorite. This was by far the best class I ever took. I loved how much it challenged me, and it was exactly what I needed coming into college. In this course, we watched mainstream films that talked about religion, dieties,  love, relationships, and everything in between. We watched films like Saved!, Dogma, Lars and the Real Girl, Unbreakable, Magnolia, Jesus Camp, and my personal favorite Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This class made me a very critical thinker and definitely set the tone for the rest of my collegiate career.

So there you have it folks, my top 10. I have to say, I do have a pretty awesome schedule for next semester, so stay tuned in to see if any of those classes make the new and improved top 10!



World Series Champs!

Posted Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 Tagged:

This Friday night, I had over 15 people in my living room in the Blankenship “Tower” Apartments for an evening of family dinner, caramel apple smoothies, Ro-tel dip, and a great World Series Game 7!

You hear the word “community” thrown around so frequently, but it is evenings like this one when you realize how important the concept of community really is. Thanks to all who came and hung out and congratulations Cardinals!


(Photo Credit – Photo 1 & 3: Carli Marlowe via Instagram. Photo 2: Matthew Moore via Instagram)


Trick Or Treat Time

Posted Friday, October 28th, 2011

During the Halloween season here on campus, there stands a long lasting tradition of inviting the community into Burrit Hall and letting kids trick-or-treat through the halls. Students decorate the halls around one central theme. Last year Burrit was decorated around a Disney theme. One hall was themed like the movie Finding Nemo, including of course Nemo, Dori, and all the other characters from the movie. This year GC is expanding the trick-or-treating area to a number of different halls! Not only will Burrit get to decorate the halls but also Janssen, Joy, West Oak, and Mannoia. It will be interesting to see what the boys in Janssen, Joy, and West Oak come up with, considering they are all boys and generally not so creative in the decorating aspect of life! :) This event will be happening on October 31st from 5:30 to 8 pm. I encourage everyone if you are in the area come out and experience GC at it’s weirdest!





Successful Film Screening for Broke*!

Posted Friday, October 28th, 2011 Tagged:

For the last 10 days, I have been working fervently to market and promote the screening for the film Broke*. It was a tiresome and exhausting several days, but it was very rewarding to see 3 theaters filled with Greenville College students anxious to see the film.  With more than 50 students helping and around 20 GC Faculty/Staff/Alumni involved in creating Broke*, this screening was a great opportunity to showcase Greenville College.

I think my favorite part of the evening was the After-Party. We opened up the old City Hall building, decorated it, put in a Cereal Bar, and had well over 40 people at the event, including Director Will Gray and Tyler Pittman, VP Sales & Marketing Sony Music Entertainment.

What were your thoughts on the film? Did you attend the after-party? Give me your feedback!

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