8 Gettysburg Great things every first-year student needs to know

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 Servo cookies really are as amazing as everyone makes them sound. Trust us. We know. There will be people who try to tell you that they’re overrated, and these people are not your friends. We recommend getting up early and often at lunch to get the freshest batch available!

2. Stine Lake is not ACTUALLY a lake. Don’t bother walking all the way to Quarry for your first-year hall social event because that’s the only lake that came to mind….although it is a nice spot for a walk.

3. No, you’re not living in Manhattan; however, sometimes the ominous and random “Gettysburg wind tunnel” will give you that impression. Don’t ask why it happens: just bundle up in your windbreaker, keep your head down, and get to class. Unfortunately, in the spring the wind tunnel smells like manure. Don’t worry–it will pass.

4. Sometimes your roommate WILL bother you, and that’s okay. When you’re spending that much time together in a small space with no air conditioning, things are bound to get a little tricky.

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5. It will take a good month or so to adjust to the “acronym capital of the world”: aka Gettysburg College. Between the CUB, CAB, GLC, CPS, and GRAB, we can’t blame you if your head is spinning. Just promise us you’ll learn the most important one of all; JMR is not a building, student group or dining hall—it’s short for President Janet Morgan Riggs! Can you blame us for giving her a nickname? We all want to be her friend!

6. Always, always, always take your parents to the nicest places when they come to visit. Whether it’s the Blue Parrot or The Dobbin House, suggest going where you can’t afford to go with your friends!

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7. Midnight Madness is awesome. Servo theme-nights are equally awesome. Servo Thanksgiving is on a whole other level. Put them on your schedules early and don’t miss the opportunity for great food amongst even better friends.

8. Fifty-seven percent of students in the graduating Class of 2012 studied off-campus for a semester or longer, ranking Gettysburg College 5th in the nation for liberal arts colleges according to the Institute of International Education. Nearly 100 percent get involved in some kind of public service. This makes you part of a very special student body. You only have 4 years—don’t waste it!

Article by the BOLD Council Communications Committee

BOLD alum Anthony Angelini ’06 receives Educator of the Year award

Anthony Angelini, a New Oxford Middle School social studies and language arts teacher, is the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce 2014 Educator of the Year.

Angelini was recognized during the chamber’s annual Education Breakfast on May 22 at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center in Gettysburg.

“Mr. Angelini is an exceptional educator who inspires the love of learning in his students,” said Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Stuart. “We thank him for his commitment to developing the potential of students and strengthening the local community.”

SONY DSCAngelini started his career at the New Oxford Middle School in 2008 as a social studies teacher. He later volunteered to help reduce class size and raise student achievement by also teaching language arts. In his dual role, he led the revision of a 7th grade social studies course, integrating technology and writing to create engaging lessons. He also created a school-wide system to track student achievement and is reforming grading procedures to better communicate those achievements.

Committed to service, he is teacher union president, member of faculty committees and has been a student council facilitator. He is a Gettysburg Presbyterian Church youth leader, guest lecturer and adjutant instructor at area colleges, and volunteer at the Historic Round Barn in Biglerville and Crestfield Camp and Conference Center in Slippery Rock.

“Mr. Angelini is one of the top educators I’ve worked with and is deserving of this recognition,” said Dr. Gretchen Gates, the middle school principal who nominated Angelini. “He is full of enthusiasm and always goes above and beyond his professional duty to see that all students have access to a quality education and life-enhancing social, emotional and physical opportunities in and out of the classroom.”

Past honorees are Dr. Eric Eshbach, Upper Adams School District former superintendent; Alecia Kraus, New Oxford High School Spanish teacher; Matthew McFarland, Conewago Township Elementary School second grade teacher; and Amy Beckman, New Oxford Middle School special education teacher.

The chamber supports the Adams County business community by promoting diverse economic opportunities through advocacy, networking and information. More than 500 local businesses and organizations are members. For more information, visit http://www.gettysburg-chamber.org.

Article by The Evening Sun. Photo courtesy of Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce.

Learn. Grow. YALP.

I remember sitting at my desk this time last year and seeing an email pop up from Gettysburg saying that the Young Alumni Leadership Program (YALP) was accepting applications. I thought to myself, am I too young to apply for something like this? And, I don’t manage anyone, so do I really need to be taking a leadership course? Ultimately I decided that 1) I wouldn’t be receiving this email if I was “too young” (and—newsflash—I’ve been out longer than I care to admit) and 2) professional development opportunities are never something you should pass up. So, I asked my boss if he would be willing to pay the $250 participation fee and my travel expenses, which he was more than willing to do (seriously, $250 is a steal—I’ve seen hour-long webinars that cost more than that) and sent in my application.

WeitzmannWhen I first heard I’d been accepted, I was excited and a little confused. At least on paper, my mentor and I had nothing in common. How was she supposed to advise me? We introduced ourselves via email and then decided to meet for dinner at The Pub the night before the first workshop in Gettysburg (for anyone who gets accepted, I’d highly recommend trying to make this work. It helped break the ice before Erin, Jen, and Andy really kick things off).

The workshops are great because you get to meet new people with the common Gettysburg connection, but everyone hails from across the country, they work in a variety of professions, and there’s a range of class years. Of course all the young alums are new, but some of the mentors are veterans, showing their dedication to the program. It’s energizing to be in that room of people, all wanting to better themselves and each other. But, while the formal workshops are terrific, building a relationship with my mentor is what really made my experience worthwhile.

I quickly learned that what differences I thought my mentor and I had on paper, really did just exist on paper. We only lived an hour apart so we decided we’d get the most out of the program by meeting half-way for lunch about every other month, and then sending supplemental email updates in-between. Having my mentor came at a crucial time for me because about two months into the program, I was faced with some challenges and unknowns at work. I was incredibly grateful to have my mentor there to help guide me through; she was someone who had a vested interest in my future, but she could also be more honest in her advice than a friend or family member could be. She was able to help me look at situations from a different perspective. The readings and assignments given to us by the YALP team were also great because they get you to truly think and reflect on your job, your career, and yourself in ways that you wouldn’t do outside of a structured program.

Whether you’re trying to advance/grow in your current position or you’re looking to change things up (I think three or four young alums got new jobs over the course of the program), it never hurts to grow your network, think in new ways, and learn about yourself. I just hope that a few years from now, when I’m eligible to serve as a mentor instead of a mentee, the program is still running so I have an opportunity to pay it forward to a new young grad.

Interested in becoming a YALP mentee this year? Make sure to apply by June 15!

Article by Leigh Weitzmann ’11, Young Alumni Leadership Program mentee

5 Great Things About Commencement Weekend at Gettysburg College

There’s no denying that Gettysburg’s campus is buzzing with energy and excitement when Commencement weekend rolls around. As the Class of 2014 prepares to graduate, let’s recap 5 great things about Commencement Weekend.

1.   The Stole of Gratitude
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The culture at Gettysburg is not one of solitude and isolation; the odds are that someone helped you along the way, whether it was a professor, advisor, roommate, parent, or mentor. Not all colleges and universities take part in the tradition of offering the stole of gratitude to one another, which is why we should be extra proud to share in giving thanks. It’s the one time during the weekend to step out of the spotlight and honor another individual who has made your Gettysburg career possible, memorable, or special.

2.   The receiving line on the way to Penn Hall
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At Gettysburg, everything seems to come full circle. Just as students, staff, and neighbors came to cheer you on and welcome you to Gettysburg on the First-Year Walk, they all come back out of the woodwork on graduation day. The workers from Servo, the CUB, the library, and health center give you well-wishes, and show you once again what a truly strong, close-knit community Gettysburg College provides.

3.   Walking through Penn Hall
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Speaking of circles, didn’t we do this before? You’re not going crazy—you did do this before. Just as you did at Convocation 4 years ago, you make the trek up the stairs and through Penn Hall—a truly iconic building at Gettysburg College. This time, however, you go the opposite way, marking the significance of your undergraduate journey. My mom still says that this was one of the most emotional parts of Commencement weekend. As BOLD member Courtney Hughes ’07 states, “It’s a visual symbol of what it means to graduate.”

4.   Seeing your class flag fly over the Cupola of Penn Hall
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It doesn’t happen often…so when it does, it gives you chills. Seeing your flag fly over Penn Hall really puts everything in perspective, and reminds you that you are a small part of an overwhelmingly amazing history.

5.   Sharing Gettysburg with family and friends
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Commencement weekend is the perfect occasion to celebrate Gettysburg, while everyone is simultaneously celebrating you! My family still talks about the fun they had over Gettysburg’s Commencement weekend, because let’s face it—your love and enthusiasm for Gettysburg is addicting! (Plus, it was like being in college again!) They got to see Gettysburg through my eyes, and they all left feeling the same way about the college as I do.

Congratulations, Class of 2014! May you look back at your graduation day with many fond memories! Be sure to follow Commencement live this weekend via #gburg2014!

Katie Eissler ’10, BOLD Council Communications Chair

Hit the links with Gettysburgians at a low price

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Registration is now open for the 22nd Annual Sara Lee/Butter Krust Baking Gettysburg College Golf Classic on May 29-30 at Hanover Country Club in Abbottstown, Pa. BOLD alums can play at a discounted rate, so REGISTER today!

The two-day event will begin with a Thursday Night Kickoff, which includes a reception at the President’s House and a dinner at Speciality Dining on the College Campus.

On Friday, the action begins early with a continental breakfast and registration for the Orange Flight beginning at 6:30 a.m. The shotgun start for the Orange Flight will be 7:30 a.m. Lunch and registration for the Blue Flight will start at 11:30 a.m. with the shotgun start for the afternoon taking place at 1:15 p.m.

You’ll also have the opportunity to bid on items in the the Connections Auction, as well as win prizes with an on-site raffle. There will be a number of competitions on the golf course, including longest drive, closest to the pin, and a putting contest. The winners of each competition and the teams with the lowest scores will receive prizes courtesy of the Orange and Blue Club and its generous sponsors.

All proceeds from the event help support Gettysburg’s 24-sport intercollegiate varsity athletic program. Learn more.

Whenever thy loyal ones gather

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April 12 was surely a busy time for Gettysburg College!  Hundreds of prospective students and their families swarmed the campus for Get Acquainted Day (Watch Video) and many groups (including the BOLD Council) held their bi-annual meetings.  It was a perfect spring weekend, as evident by the numerous GAD photos available on Flickr.

Being back in Gettysburg always makes me happy and nostalgic and I leave feeling rejuvenated.  BOLD member Brian Myers ’04 mentioned that when he visits, he feels like Gettysburg “hugs” him and I wholeheartedly agree.  There are of course physical hugs from friends I haven’t seen in awhile.  But more importantly, there is a feeling of being welcomed back to the place where I learned, grew, and lived for four years.  I know that I can rely on the Gettysburg network for so many things – inspiration, career advice, building a social network in a new city – just to name a few.  Gettysburg is a place that I can always call home.

Our alumni community is vibrant, influential, and constantly growing.  Choosing to attend Gettysburg has influenced all of us and changed our lives at least in a small way.  We are always welcome in the Gettysburg community and invited to return “home” in order to feel re-connected and refreshed.  There are many opportunities to head back to campus: Reunion Weekend, the new Alumni Family Weekend, or Homecoming Weekend in the fall.  There are also opportunities to attend regional alumni club events or connect with college friends around the country.  As our alma mater says, “Whenever thy loyal ones gather/to waken fond memory/our thoughts shall be turned Alma Mater/old Gettysburg back to thee.”

Laura Baldasarre ’12, BOLD Council 

Why I Give: Kyle Rhood ’08

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1.  How do you stay connected to Gettysburg College?

I participate in BOLD Council, the Key Alumni Resource Effort, and attend local alumni club events.  I also try to get back to campus at least once a year.

2.  What aspect of Gettysburg College do you hope to help with your donation?
I hope to help increase the academic opportunities available to students and faculty.

3.  What motivates you to give back?
I appreciate the opportunities Gettysburg has given me and want to return the favor.  I want the college to keep getting better and today’s students continue to amaze me with their accomplishments.

4.  What is your favorite memory from college?
Relaxing in any one of the number of open spaces on campus.

5.  The first 3 words that come to mind when I think of Gettysburg College are:
Passionate, friendly, caring

6.  What sets Gettysburg College apart from the rest?
I think it’s the people that set Gettysburg apart.  In addition to the great students, the faculty and staff are second to none.  Professors are always willing to go out of their way to help students and staff are geniunely dedicated to the success of the college.

7.  Did you have an Orange Dot at Get Acquainted Day? If not, what convinced you to attend Gettysburg?
Yes!  It made the day that much more enjoyable.

8.  Favorite Servo Meal:
Chicken Nugget Wednesday

9.  What is your favorite location on campus/in the town of Gettysburg?
Glatfelter

10.  What is your hope for Gettysburg College for the foreseeable future?
I want to see Gettysburg continue to add new programs and expand its presence nationally.

Kyle Rhood ’08, BOLD Council