Tweet and post your Gettysburg pride in Forbes’ #MyTopCollege contest

We asked and you answered!

Less than three weeks ago, we asked Gettysburgians to share what exactly is so special about their alma mater with Forbes’ #MyTopCollege contest. Heading into week three of the contest, Gettysburg is not only leading the Mid-Atlantic region, but the College is also ranked 5th in the nation out of all colleges and universities participating in the contest!

My Top College Week 3 rankings

So what are our alums talking about on Twitter and Instagram?

Our first-class faculty has been getting plenty of love as students and alumni discuss the impact their passionate professors have had on their academic careers:

And of course, we can’t talk about our professors without discussing the long-lasting impacts of a liberal arts education:

Opportunities abound in and out of the classroom, and Gettysburgians have been sharing the ones that have impacted them the most:

Gettysburg instills a love of life-long learning in all members of our community:

It is impossible to experience such a transformational experience as Gettysburg College provides its students without making lifelong friends along the way:

Servo and it’s famous chocolate cookies have been getting plenty of love:

All of these experiences are what make Gettysburg our home from the moment we step on campus our first year:

We know that our students and alumni are proud of their alma mater. Let’s keep the spirit going and show Forbes why Gettysburgians know how to do great work! Simply tweet or post to Twitter or Instagram why you love Gettysburg College. Tag the College’s account (@gettysburg) and the contest hashtag (#MyTopCollege) to enter!

Check out more contest coverage on Storify.

The contest ends on July 30, with Forbes using the #MyTopCollege content to compliment their annual 100 Top Colleges coverage.

Why do you love Gettysburg College? #MyTopCollege @Gettysburg


***Update: Gettysburg College is now leading the Mid-Atlantic Region! You’re doing great work! Let’s keep the tweeting going #MyTopCollege @Gettysburg.

We know our alums love their alma mater. They bleed orange and blue, donate both their time and money to the College, and continue to make this institution Gettysburg great.

But what, specifically, about the College is the reason why our alums love it so much? Whatever it is, we want to hear about it!

Forbes is running its second annual #MyTopCollege campaign and is asking students and alumni alike why they love their college. This campaign compliments their Top College’s rankings, which is based on outcomes – graduation rates, student satisfaction, post-graduate success, and student debt.

They also want to hear the personal stories behind these outcomes, and we know that our alums can share it with them!

So why do you love Gettysburg College?

You know the importance of doing great work in every aspect of your lives:

In fact, our alums can be found all over the globe, leading great lives and doing great work, while also giving back to their alma mater:

Whenever your thoughts return to your dear alma mater, it is probably to memories of our beautiful campus, and the many benefits of its location:

You’ve built close relationships with the faculty and administration, and the impact they’ve had on your life has been nothing short of transformational:

Of course, where would any of our alums be without the countless opportunities that have enabled you to become Gettysburg great:

Perhaps more than anything, you’ll remember the campus traditions that have made Gettysburg College your home, and turned friends into family:

No matter what the reason is why you love your alma mater, we want you to share it!

Simply tweet your reasons and include the #MyTopCollege hashtag as well as the @Gettysburg College twitter handle, and your tweet will be included in the contest.

Happy tweeting, Gettysburgians!

Article by Kasey Varner ’14

15 tips for the Class of 2015

Commencement is an exciting time for any Gettysburg College senior. Although it’s the end of an era, the years ahead will certainly bring about new career opportunities and personal adventures. Below, check out the BOLD Council’s 15 tips to making the most of your alumni status.

1.  Be confident about your Gettysburg education. There’s no doubt it will serve you well throughout your career!

2.  Step out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

3.  Give back financially. Every donor counts!

4.  Volunteer your time by providing career opportunities, volunteering for KARE, or participating in G-bites.

5.  Join a regional club so that you can meet other Gettysburgians in your area.

6.  Go to send-offs and other Gettysburg events in your city.

7.  Return to Gettysburg. It will rejuvenate and inspire you.

8.  Walk through a renovated building and see what new things are happening on campus.

9.  Keep in touch with your friends and professors.

10.  Continue building your Gettysburg network.

11.  Wear Gettysburg clothing — you never know what connections you will make!

12.  Live somewhere different for a few years and gain new experiences.

13.  Take the road less traveled — it may help you discover what you are most passionate about.

14.  Follow Gettysburg (including BOLD!) on social media.

15.  Always Do Great Work!

Meet our new BOLD Council members

Each spring the Bold Council undergoes a thorough nomination process to elect new members into the vacant positions on the Council. Each new member will serve a three-year term. This year we were pleased to be able to offer six positions. We had a very strong applicant pool and are excited to help you “Get to Know” our new members. Sarah CardwellOur first new member, Sarah Cardwell, is a current senior (Class of 2015), graduating in May with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Studies with a concentration in policy and management. She has a minor in  French and was able to spend the spring semester of 2014 abroad in Paris. At Gettysburg, Sarah has been involved in planning campus events through the Campus Activities Board, coordinating Orientation, and helping out with alumni events such as Send-Offs and Reunion Weekend. Her three favorite Gettysburg traditions are Orientation (in particular the First-Year Walk), Get Acquainted Day, and Send-Offs. As an alumna, Sarah is looking forward to embracing tradition and the legacy of Gettysburg. She is excited to be a member of BOLD and looks forward to engaging fellow classmates and recent graduates. Sarah’s experience working at large alumni events will be incredibly valuable to the BOLD Council in the upcoming years. Liz WilliamsLiz Williams, Class of 2013, currently works as a Donor Recognition Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. At Gettysburg, Liz was involved in Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, the Mercury arts and literary magazine, and the Wind Symphony. Her favorite Gettysburg memories include Servo brunch, helping out with Get Acquainted Day, Springfest, and Snowball. In joining the BOLD Council, Liz is excited to help spread the word about all the great work that is going on at Gettysburg today. Liz also has experience planning alumni events and we are looking forward to her sharing her ideas with the Council. John CarneyJohn Carney, Class of 2012, works in claim litigation for a major insurance company in Baltimore. He plans to attend law school part-time in the next year. At Gettysburg, he was involved with the Center for Public Service, serving as a program coordinator for South Central Community Action Programs of Adams County and the D.C. Outfitters Program. Additionally, he was Vice President of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and served as the public relations and philanthropy chair. John’s favorite Gettysburg experience was leading the same ASCENT trip his senior year that he participated in as an incoming freshman. He was proud to be able to give a group of incoming first-year students the same amazing introduction to Gettysburg that he received. As a member of the BOLD Council, John is excited to give back and stay connected to the College and assist other alumni in doing the same. Shannon CallahanShannon Callahan is a current a senior at Gettysburg (Class of 2015). As a member of the Aramark Accelerate to Leadership Program, she plans to move to D.C. upon graduation and work as a Conference Planning Senior Specialist for the Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center. At Gettysburg, Shannon has been involved with Greek Life, even interning with the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and for two years served on the Panhellenic Council as the VP of Recruitment. Shannon is excited to work with alumni and give back to the Gettysburg community as a member of the BOLD Council. Arielle DistasioArielle Distasio, Class of 2012, currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, and works as a Management and Program Analyst for the Department of Justice. At Gettysburg, Arielle was involved with the Gettysburgian, Mercury, and Speak Up Write Out Media Conference. During her senior year, she was chosen as the co-editor-in-chief of both the Gettysburgian and the Mercury. Her favorite Gettysburg experience was student teaching. She notes that being able to motivate and teach 100 amazing 11th graders in their English class every day while balancing her own responsibilities as a student was the most difficult and most rewarding thing she has ever done. Arielle is excited to join the BOLD Council in order to continue to strengthen the Gettysburg network. She credits this network for her career, citing that it made her feel welcomed in a new city. Today, she is excited to give back and help further build connections with young alumni. Johnny NelsonJohnny Nelson, Class of 2013, currently lives in Gettysburg and works as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Student Programs at Gettysburg. As a student, he was a member of the Men’s Tennis Team, worked as a student caller for the Phonathon, and was very involved with the History Department.  This coming fall, Johnny will be entering the Ph.D. program at Notre Dame University with a fellowship in Early American History. Johnny is excited to shift from his work on the administrative side, to a new role as an alumni volunteer. We are excited to gain Johnny’s experience working with alumni at Gettysburg.  Article by Allie Sfekas Demers ’08, BOLD Council

Gettysburg in Bloom: 10 Things to Look Forward To This Spring

Believe it or not, spring is coming. Although much of the Northeast just experienced yet another winter storm, the official start of spring is next week! To celebrate, the BOLD Council would like to share a few of our favorite things about spring in Gettysburg.

1.  The fountain
When the fountain begins running again, you know that warm weather is soon approaching!

2.  Flowers blooming around Glatfelter
Gettysburg’s campus is beautiful any time of year, but seems to be especially nice in the spring.

3.  Going on a run through the battlefields as the weather improves
There aren’t many schools that are surrounded by a really beautiful national park and historic site.

4.  Studying outside on Adirondack chairs on Stine Lake and Muss Beach
Even if you’re studying for mid-terms or finals, it’s always nicer to do it outside.

5.  Playing around outside to de-stress
It’s fun, gets you moving, and provides excellent people-watching opportunities.

6.  Frozen drinks at the Commons
They’re delicious year-round, but even better when it’s warm outside.

7.  Going on a Spring Break trip
GRAB, CPS, our sports teams, and other clubs offer various trips and excursions each year.

8.  Helping out during Junior Open House and Get Acquainted Day
It’s always exciting to meet the next classes of Gettysburg students!

9.  Springfest
Need we say more?

10.  Commencement Weekend
While this may be a bittersweet celebration for some, it provides an opportunity to celebrate students’ many accomplishments!

Article by the BOLD Council

gHarmony: Part 2

We all love Gettysburg College and the people that we met there. We have a fondness for the relationships that we formed with friends, professors, administrators, and staff. Some Gettysburgians even fall in love during their time at Gettysburg! Today, we highlight two such Gettysburg couples. If you would like to read more Gettysburg love stories, be sure to check out last year’s gHarmony post!

 Alex Massey ’11 and Liz Amrhein ’12
Liz & Alex

Where and when did you first meet? Was it a memorable meeting?
We met the first day of marching band camp in August 2008 – the first day on campus for Liz (Alex was a sophomore). Since we were both members of the drumline, we were playing the name game in sectionals so it wasn’t very special. We were in rehearsals a lot together during the fall semester and then became friends quickly after that.

How did you incorporate Gettysburg into your wedding?
Gettysburg was very special to us, as it’s where we met and where we were engaged (during the sesquicentennial), so we knew almost right away that we wanted to get married at Gettysburg. We were married in the College Chapel on June 7, 2014 by Rev. Donnella. And of course, many of our guests were Gettysburg alums and also faculty.

As a couple, how do you stay connected to Gettysburg?
We like to give back every year (Alex recently won the Servo cookies for the BOLD Giving Challenge!) We also go to homecoming every year and Liz still performs occasionally with the College Orchestra and other Gettysburg community ensembles.

What are your favorite memories of your time at Gettysburg?
Most of our favorite memories are with our friends from our dorms, departments, marching band, and ultimate frisbee team. We’re still very close with lots of our Gburg friends and love being with them.

If you each had to name one thing, what do you love most about the College?
Alex: The Swing Dance every year.
Liz: My old residence, the Blue Note.

Jacob Henkoff ’11 and Marci Zimmerman ’11
Marci & Jacob

Where and when did you first meet? Was it a memorable meeting?
We met on the first day of Orientation in 2007. We don’t remember the specifics, but we both lived in Hanson Hall, and there is photographic evidence of us sitting next to each other during the hypnotist that night. We were in the same First-Year Seminar (Infernal Voyages with the incomparably fashionable Prof. Leonard Goldberg). During the first day of class, he warned the 16 of us that odds were high that two of us in that room would some day end up married. Looks like he was right.

Do you plan to incorporate Gettysburg into your upcoming wedding?
Absolutely! Our colors for the wedding are orange and blue, and most of our wedding party is comprised of the lifelong friends we met while at Gettysburg. Of course we’ll take a photo with the Gettysburg flag (since there will be plenty of alums attending). That being said, before there was a wedding, there was our Gettysburg engagement. During this past Homecoming, Jacob took Marci back to where they first started dating, and popped the question. Originally, Jacob had reached out to President Riggs, hoping to gain access to the cupola for his proposal, but she informed him that unfortunately it was structurally unsound. Luckily Jacob’s other plan worked perfectly, and afterwards we dined gloriously at Montezuma’s with much of our Gettysburg family.

As a couple, how do you stay connected to Gettysburg?
One thing that we’ve done each year since we were seniors is attend at least one Send-Off. We love meeting the incoming crop of students and getting the opportunity to share our insight as well as meet other graduates (both recent and not). We’ve also attended multiple Homecomings since we graduated, and Jacob even made it down for a Springfest. Marci is currently serving on the BOLD Council, and we are both involved with the NYC Alumni Club. Additionally, after serving on Senior Class Gift Campaign, we have continued to make a contribution to the school each year.

What are you favorite memories of your time at Gettysburg?
Marci: Working on First Year Programs with an amazing group of people in the Office of Student Activities.
Jacob: I was lucky enough to play on of my dream roles in “My Fair Lady.” A part that should really be played by, at the very least, a 40 year old man.

If you each had to name one thing, what do you love most about the College?
We both agree that what we love most about Gettysburg is its unique culture of inclusive community and lifelong connections. Starting from that fateful first day of Orientation, Gettysburg College has been, and always will be, a second home to us.