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Are you ready for your voyage to begin?

8 Feb


Yes, 10 days away!

Tickets are being sold during lunch and dinner in the Gerard dining hall as well as in the Lee Center atrium. Tickets can also be purchases online at http://whatisyourvoyage.eventbrite.com/

I bought my fiance a VIP ticket to the show. This will be his first fashion show ever attending and I think he will love it.

Voyage to Utopia is unlike any other shows I have had the pleasure of working on or attending. The show fuses the cultures of African, Caribbean, and Latino styles and brings a modern twist on fundamental elements. The show will showcase designers in the DMV area as well as Marymount Alumni designers.

Every year that I have worked on this production is gets better and better. I can’t wait to come back next year as a MU alum and watch the show!


SGA does Rock Climbing

30 Jan

Slowly but surely making my way up

When the SGA advisor asked me how we should conduct our retreat for the spring semester I’m not sure what I was thinking when I responded, “let’s rock climb”.

In the past we rented beach homes and cabins and did team building activities for a weekend. This time around I opted for aches and pains. But, at least they were aches and pains that we all felt as a team… right?

Yesterday, SGA, went to Sport Rock gym in Alexandria, VA. This was a great opportunity for SGA because we meet every week for a few hours and then we write legislation. Sometimes its just a great way to build morale when you have events outside of the norm.

Together, we learned how to ‘belay’ each other. We learned how to tie secure knots and of course we had a taste of actually rock climbing.

For me, as was the case for other SGA members, this was our first experience rock climbing. I thought it would be much easier then it looked. I was so wrong. By the end of the day and into the morning my arms were on fire! The following Monday at our meeting we were all sore but at the same token we shared that experience and I think that it brought us all closer together.

For any student organization working together is a must and what better way to reinforce that then putting your life in a group members hands huh?

Seriously though I had a great time aside from some disorganization on Sport Rock’s part it was a great event!

Check out some photos (FYI rock climbing is extremely uncomfortable the first few times) :

Clinging to my life!

Spring Orientation TODAY

12 Jan

Every fall and spring and summer MU has new student orientations to welcome new students and introduce them to resources that will be available to them over the course of their studies.

As the Student Government President I have the great honor of speaking during these orientations and I have to say I love it. Every time I speak to an orientation group I start reminiscing about my freshman year and all of the excitement that came along with it.

I will be speaking today at 10am and I have my speech already prepared. I love speaking with new and eager students because that was me at one point and now I’m counting down the days until graduation.

Time really does fly so to all the freshman students out there enjoy every moment of it because it won’t last forever.


Senior Year here I come (c/o 2012)

7 May

The time has finally come to say adios 😦

Tomorrow all of my loves will graduate from Marymount University and leave me all alone… (haha sorry I’m just overly dramatic)

I heart these ladies and many more that will be walking across the stage at Constitution Hall tomorrow. I know that they will all go far and do great things but this moment means that I will soon be in their shoes as well. I am riding on the coattails of SENIOR year… I’ve already started some Graduate school applications and I just can’t believe how fast time really goes by. Just the other day my friend was driving me to Marymount and helping me move in…

Despite the anxiety I am so proud of all of my friends and I am looking forward to my moment in the spotlight when I get to walk across that stage too! =)

Public Relations Techniques

4 Apr

Public Relations concept to increase Carpooling, think of the song "Its Raining Men", that was our inspiration.

As a result of having freakishly warm weather today my COM 302 (Public Relations Techniques) class successfully convinced our professor to have class outside!

We walked from our regular classroom, room 2008 in Gailhac, to Rowley courtyard and proceeded to have class. The sultry sounds of the wind, spring aroma, and incessant flower petals that attacked when the wind swept them up all culminated into the aspects I have grown to admire about the Spring season. However, on a different note (because weather talk makes me anxious) I enjoyed having class outside for a change because it set a whole new tone for the class. Subsequently, due to the nice weather many students did not show up (shame on them) so the class size was much smaller than normal. This lent itself to our advantage because we were able to laugh and joke on an even more familiar level.

The image above this text is a product of today’s class session. With nine students in attendance our professor broke us into three groups of three. She then handed out a prompt that echoed something to the effect of “make a print ad concept for carpooling” and so we did. Professor Bridgette Johnson gave out white poster board cut outs and then… wait for it… colored markers! I’m not going to lie to you, I did get extremely excited by the idea of coloring! I don’t know what it is about coloring that just gets you so… overjoyed. Maybe its because its seldom that college students are coloring…(I’m used to text heavy papers and essays), that is, unless you are a Fashion Design or an Arts discipline major.

Nonetheless, I was ready to color anything and everything and as you can tell from the image above we did just that. Kudos to Professor Johnson for letting us have class outside, especially since the forecast for tomorrow is ICKY!

April Fools and Talented ______ (I was trying to rhyme with something… didn’t work out too well)

2 Apr

Yesterday was APRIL FOOLS day… which I never quite understood and now that I typed that I want to google what is actually is… please hold….

Ok, so the handy dandy “I’m Feeling Lucky” button took me to my favorite place, Wikipedia.

Wiki claims that,

April Fools’ Day is celebrated in different countries around the world on April 1 every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when many people play all kinds of jokes and foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good-humoured or otherwise funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer‘s Canterbury Tales (1392).

It also went into tedious history that seemed quite irrelevant but what I want to know is WHO’S IDEA WAS IT ANYWAY?

I digress. Aside from pranks and jokes (which I was fortunate that no one played any on me this year nor I in return) Marymount showcased numerous talent at “MU’s Got Talent” last night in the rec. gym in the Rose Bente Lee center. And, guess who hosted this fantastic event… yup, you guess it… your’s truly. But I didn’t do it alone. I had the help of Vice President of Enrollment Dr. Chris Domes. See, because at Marymount we like to have fun and frankly being behind a desk all day is LAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEE! So, what do we do? We get our administrators and VP’s to come out and have fun with our students! Go us.

Now, I bet your all wondering, “Ashley, what was your talent?”. And that’s a great question. My talent last night was being able to change my outfit several times and be on cue for my next appearance. INTENSE, I know.

Garments courtesy of Jordana Taylor who also works in the admissions office. It originally started out as “here are some dresses, choose one to wear to host the show” but then it turned into “I like them all so why not wear them all”. =) I think this worked out very well and by the end of the night I could tell that people really enjoyed themselves and the students, faculty, and staff that performed did as well.

If you missed it I am truly sorry for you and I hope you can find clips on YouTube but even if that fails I encourage you to look forward to the show next year!

Check out some pictures I took before,during, and after the show:


Raina Dandy practicing on the Drums before the show



Brenda Reed practicing her rendition of RESPECT

Shannon Gough praciticing Defying Gravity... later she painted herself GREEN!

My opening outfit

My last outfit


I had a BLAST hosting this event with Dr. Domes and everyone worked sooooooooo hard to make this event a success. Next year maybe I’ll actually do something worthy of a talent show… Looks like I better start working on my vocals now.

The countdown has begun

17 Feb


The African Caribbean Student Association, in conjunction with the Black Student Alliance and Latino Student Association, have been working ever so hard to produce this years Voyage to Utopia fashion show!!!

The show will take place in 9 more days on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in the Rose Bente Lee Center at 7:30p.m. There will also be a networking mix and mingle event prior to the show at 6:30p.m. in the Lee Center atrium.

Tickets are on sale NOW. Ticket prices are $7 for MU students and $10 for general admission.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW before they sell out!!!!
Tickets are being sold during lunch and dinner in the Main Dining Hall as well as in the Lee Center.

This is the shows third year and I’m not sure what I’m more excited about, the show or the show that’ll be taking place behind the scenes as we start to see everything come together!

As the backstage specialist and creative director I’ve had the opportunity to put a lot of skills from the classroom to work in realtime as well as work with students who have dedicated their time and precious weekends to the event.

We are all looking forward to next Saturday and can ensure every audience member that they WILL enjoy what we bring to them.