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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!


PNC… meet… SGA

16 Feb

Yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 15th, I along with a hand selected group of SGA Vice President’s and one senator attended a networking/black history month forum hosted by PNC Bank in their newly opened eco-friendly Platinum LEED certified head office in DC.

The speaker was Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, newly appointed director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

We traveled via metro from Ballston to Farragut West and walked less than one block to the PNC building (thankfully it wasn’t too cold that day either). Immediately, we were greeted with smiles and escorted to the top floor of this massive building. We checked out coats, picked up our pre-printed name tags, and transported ourselves straight into a movie scene. In every crevas of the space there were big smiles, dialogue, and the exchange of business cards. But what I set my sights on first were the hor d’ourves! (I’m a fatty at heart, what can I say?)

After we were greeted by Marymount University’s PNC representative (who graciously invited us to the event) we were given a tour of the new Platinum LEED certified building.

The place had a “green wall” and a three-story water fall!!!!!!!!

(I touched it… just to be sure it was really water)

After the tour, which was very informative (did you know that George Washington banked with PNC, or at least the bank that was bought by PNC… well now you know), was over we seated ourselves and listened to what would be the most exhilarating forum I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Black History Month is one that sometimes goes by unnoticed, or at least goes by without too much effort for programs. Real programs. Programs that teach you something new and not the typical “I have a dream” program which everyone can probably recite by heart now.

Dr. Muhammad, the new director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, was direct and precise with his word choice and very deliberate in his message. Black people as well as other races are limited when it comes to Black History. The unsung heroes, if you will, of Black History are constantly left in the dark and this is something that has to change because how can we look forward to the future without first acknowledging our past?

In essence the event was wonderful and I am so happy that I was able to experience it with other SGA members.
On top of the good food, endless caffeinated drinks, and program I also networked! Although, Kenneh Koroma should probably when an award for most business cards handed out at an event… haha.

I even met some of my sorority sisters at the event which only reinforces the notion that greek life can be a stepping stone to your next opportunity… just saying.

Long story short: I had an amazing time!