Play Your Part-Be a Vol

My last semester in college has been filled with classes, work, events and friends. One of the classes I took was Public Relations 470 or better known as PR Campaigns. In this class we are assigned to groups and given a client. Our goal is to help our client fix their problem.

This semester our client was the Safety of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We met with our clients from UTPD and the S.E.E. Center, among others, to find out exactly what they wanted from us. After doing a number of surveys, we had our game plan.

Our plan was to target UT Freshman 17-19 years old who live in on-campus dormitories, by updating their already required safety module into an interactive video game. We would encourage gameplay by offering prizes to those who continued on with the game past the required level. We were also going to promote the game with posters, brochures, table on pedestrian, social media, and etc.

All this information and so much more was compiled into our book, which turned out stellar thanks to my amazing group. After completion of our research and book, it was time to present our ideas to the client.

Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 10.20.24 AMWe presented our campaign against three other groups from my class.

At the end of all the presentations, the client picked one team as the winner of the presentation portion of the competition. Unfortunately, it was not us, Remedy Communications, but i don’t care what they say my group rocked it.

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Remedy Communications- PR Campaigns Fall 2013

Here in a week or so, the client will pick its overall winners for their Campaign.

And if you see Play Your Part-Be A Vol anywhere on campus, you’ll know who won. ๐Ÿ˜‰

At this point I am not super concerned whether we win or not. I am honestly so proud of this group of ladies, we worked 3 months together without killing each other and came out with an amazing campaign.

I have learned so much about myself working with these women, i can’t thank them enough for making my last semester of college a positive one

 

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Foodie Friday: Episode 2

I love Pinterest; however, I rarely ever use what I pin onto one of my boards. I decided to change that. The end of the semester is definitely a hectic one for college students.That is why for my 5 year anniversary last night, I chose to make a relaxing dinner instead of going out. I went onto my trusty “Foodie” Pinterest board and found a recipe to use.

I chose an “Easy Garlic Chicken” pin and clicked through into the website. Here are the ingredients and Directions I found for the recipe on Food.com.

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
additional herbs and spices, as desired

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450ยฐF Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil.
  2. In small sautรฉ pan, sautรฉ garlic with the oil until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Add additional herbs and spices as desired.
  4. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes, or until juices run clear. Cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of your chicken.

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I took the chicken out of the oven and it looked exactly like the pictures! And that never happens for me ever!

I paired the chicken with macaroni and cheese and Pillsbury Flakey Biscuits (A.K.A Comfort food) What more could you want during a time of high stress?

I can not wait for the next time, I can utilize my “Foodie” Pinterest board.

I canย only hope it turns out as good as this one did!

Stay tuned

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Sports Reporter Profile

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University of Tennessee Indoor Football Complex

For my Journalism 375 class, we were tasked the spotlighting that group in the media that does’t get recognized all the time- the Sports Reporter.

I chose to do mine on my friend, Sara Mitchell, who is a Vol Reporter. Anytime I can show off how awesome this girl is, I do. Sara took me behind the scenes of a UT Football practice.

She was working on a story about the Student-Athletic Trainers of the team. She got me in the indoor football field and then into the Student Athlete Wellness Center.

I followed her around as she shot b-roll of the football players getting taped up and stretched for practice.

Not only were pounds upon pounds of tape being applied to ankles and hands, but other athletes were also having physical therapy done.

1471135_10152067320106285_789038066_nIt was interesting to see how the athletes were prepared for practice, however, Sara was even more impressive. She knew almost everyone in the building and they knew her.

Due to a high demand of videoing equipment, i was forced to do something i had never done before. I had to shoot her profile using a GoPro. It was definitely a learning experience. Without a view finder or screen, I had no way of knowing how my shots were turning out. I also had no way of knowing how the sound was coming out, so you could say i was nervous. After editing the film, I am happy with the end result. I, however, will not be shooting another interview with a GoPro for a while to come.

Thanks so much Sara for all your help!

Homecoming in Retrospect

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All Campus Events committee 2013 prior to the Homecoming Game

UT Homecoming 2013 is a wrap! All the trophies and crowns have been awarded and now the particpating organizations and ACE can breathe a sigh of relief.

Hours upon hours of work was poured into the week of Homecoming. The participating organizations might have been working towards winning the bigย trophy, but in fact they were doing something greater.

They were reminding alumnae of why they loved UT and the memories they made here. Because this was nostalgic time for alums, UT picked the perfect opportunity for Big Orange Give. The goal was to raise $125,000 in 125 hours. Not only did UT meet that goal but they surpassed it and i would like to the think Homecoming helped in this accomplishment. Whether that is true or not, don’t know, but we will just say it is for now.

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One of the Top 3 Smokey’s Howl groups performing during the Halftime of the Basketball Game

For some UT Basketball fans, ACE forced them to be a part of one event. This year we held our Smokey’s Howl finals during the halftime of the exhibition basketball game. Thanks to UT Athletics and a few ACE members, it ran so smoothly and was a hit. I hope we could make this a tradition for years to come.

The actual football game was a blur for me. I was watching the clock for the time i could go onto the field and get the trophies out of the tunnels. At halftime the score was Auburn 34- Tennessee 20.

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Neyland Stadium during the 2013 Homecoming Game

Halftime was a whirl wind between dodging the band and its 300+ alums, corralling about 35 Homecoming Directors, lining up 10 Homecoming Court Candidates with parents, managing 30 ACE members. Amongst all the madness i almost forgot to stop and appreciate where I was standing. I was on the Shields-Watkins field in Neyland Stadium. Not very many people can say they have done this not just once but 4 times. I could not believe that this could be the last time I was going to be on the field. Looking from the field up into the ea of orange, truly makes you proud to be a Vol.

After halftime we had to return to our seats, i was still in shock it was over. I was shocked, but just as equally thankful that this experience was over. Running Homecoming yet again this year was a trying experience, but one I would not change.

The Vols ran back on to the field for the second half of the game. Even though try as they might, the Vols were over taken by the Tigers, 55-23. Even though we lost, I was still proud of our Vols. They hung with another ranked team during the first half and never lost their heart as the walls seemed to be closing in on another UT victory.

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My co-chair and myself celebrating the conclusion of Homecoming 2013

I am also proud of the ACE committee and the help they gave me and my ch-chair. As well as, all the participating organizations and homecoming court candidates for their hard work in participation of our event. Without you, our events would cease to exist. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to yet again plan one of the greatest traditions at UT. Homecoming will always hold a special place in my heart right next to UT.

 

A Dream Come True

Today has been such a great day that I had to blog about it.

After working the opening shift at work, i rushed over to campus to help run the Soap Box Derby race. All of our judges showed up on time and the event, in general, ran so smoothly.

While we were about to start the final race of the day, Channel 10 came by and wanted to cover our event live!

Me being interviewed by Channel 10

Me being interviewed by Channel 10

The final race of the day was cued live on the news by the Channel 10 reporter. While the cars were racing towards the finish line, i had the opportunity to be interviewed about the Homecoming Week and the events involved. It was so much fun. We also came to find out that 5 minutes ย to camera time could really mean 20 minutes to camera time. ACE’s advisor and Mr. Max Parrott were holding the cars back for the whole time.

Then i went to seemed to be an ordinary sorority meeting. After a few announcements and visitors, the door opened up and one of my best friends came in the room with 2 of his Alpha Gamma Rho brothers. They each had a rose in their hands and i became suspicious.

My friend starts his speech off by talking about AGR’s Spring Formal last semester and how there was a wrong that needed to be righted. They never announced who was the AGR Sweetheart. I was in shock. He goes on to say one of the sweetest speeches in the history of speeches and then announces me as sweet heart. The chapter erupts in applause and i stood to receive the roses and hugs, then the door yet again swung open.

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About 20 AGR’s dressed in suits came through the door with a rose and a hug for me. I have never been more honored or surprised in my life. Being a sweetheart for AGR is much more than being on their composite picture, they chose me over any number of AGR girlfriends and friends because i consider every single one of them my friend and they to me.

All the countless hours i have spent hanging out at the house, being considered one of the guys, being a therapist when needed (among many other things) have blessed me with this honor. I am so proud to represent the men of Alpha Gamma Rho- Alpha Kappa Chapter, they are the best friends a girl could have. Thank you so much. I love you all!

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UT Homecoming

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Some of the Banners on Neyland

There are banners swaying in the wind on Neyland Stadium. The relay races have been run. The spirit competition tryouts have been cheered.

That means one thing…. It’s Homecoming time in Tennessee.

Homecoming is a tradition that brings collegians and alumnae together. It is a game set aside to celebrate the school we love and how great it is becoming.

This year UT’s Homecoming game was against the Auburn Tigers. The week leading up to the game is filled with activities for collegian and alumnae ย alike. These activities are put on by All Campus Events, a student-run organization at UT. For the past two years I have had the privilege of actually being the Homecoming Chair for ACE.

Like i said earlier the week is full of events. Banner Drop, Anything Goes (Relay Race), Smokey’s Howl (Spirit Competition), Soap Box Derby, 3-on-3 Basketball, Lawn/Lobby/Window Display, and Float.

This is going to be a week of sleepless nights for participating organization members and ACE members alike. Months of preparation is culminating into one week of events. I am sorry this post is so short, I have judges sheets to tally up. I will try to update you as the week goes on. Wish me luck!

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Anything Goes 2013 in Circle Park

Foodie Friday: Episode 1

I am passionate about food. I am a total foodieย at heart. I may not be the biggest fan of cooking at home, but I love love love going to new restaurants! Now don’t get me wrong I can cook, I just enjoy eating different, fabulous foods that I could only dream of making.

For my birthday this year I was introduced to a secret Knoxville treasure, The Grill at Highlands Row. It may not be a secret by any means, but in the four and a half years I have been at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I have never heard of it.

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We had no wait and the staff was fabulous. We got our bottle of 7 Deadly Zins within minutes of sitting down. Our food came out quickly and was AMAZING! My boyfriend got the shrimp and grits, while I had the steak and potatoes. I really wish I had a picture of our food, it was plated beautifully. We barely talked throughout dinner, but when we did it was about how good our food was. (haha)

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I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice dinner in a relaxing atmosphere. And when you go, don’t forget to invite me. Also, get the flour-less chocolate tortย (we were so full we didn’t order it), but it was definitely the only regret of our night.