Thursday, April 29, 2010

Impact of Involvement: Part 1 of a series

by Daniel Kent, Bridgewater's Best Recipient
The four Bridgewater's Best recipients will offer blog posts in the next weeks prior to Commencement. We congratulate them all on being honored with this distinction!

Words cannot explain how much achieving this honor means to both my family and me. I must say I wasn’t involved in high school in any clubs or organizations. The best thing I did for myself was transfer to Bridgewater, both through involvement and supportive faculty I found my path. My first glimpse at service at Bridgewater was through Circle K; I went to the Out of the Darkness walk in Boston. I remember meeting Jen Kelly then President and Peter Balboni, Vice President. Jen showed me the importance of civic engagement so I joined and actively attended community service opportunities. Peter introduced me to Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity; I saw both his commitment to community service and thought I could bring that passion even further. I had no idea what was in store for me until Peter introduced me to Jonathan White a Sociology professor. Jonathan White’s commitment to Social Justice introduced me to the growing problem of Homelessness. He inspired me work on Halloween for Hunger. A canned food drive held on Halloween where students instead of trick’ or treating for candy, instead picked up canned food items. It was then that I realized I could become a leader on this campus and make a difference. It was inspiring seeing the impact we had on our community and now after having done seven canned food drives over the last 3 years I realize they have been my favorite part of getting involved.

Daniel Kent

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Who's my dean... and why should I care?

by Cindy Kane, Director of Student Involvement and Leadership

Calling all BSC students! A big piece of your academic leadership on campus will be changing in the coming year and YOU have the chance to influence it.

There is a search process underway that will bring us a new Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences and a new Dean for Science and Mathematics. You may be wondering... so what does that have to do with me?

Deans make big decisions around here. They hire faculty. They make budget decisions. They develop policies for your school. This is something students should care about because BSC's academic programs depend on strong leadership from the dean.

Want to voice your opinion on who gets hired? You can! Each candidate gets a meeting with a group of students and YOU can be part of that group. Just show up. Seriously, it's that easy.

Here's the list of times, days and locations that we know of right now. (there will be more schedule information available soon) You can get all of this great information on this website:

See you there!

Wednesday, April 14th 3:45 – 4:30, Heritage Room (Maxwell Library)
Dr. William Rosa, Candidate for Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Thursday, April 15th 12:45 – 1:30, Heritage Room (Maxwell Library)
Dr. Jacquelyn Klipatrick, Candidate for Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Friday, April 16th 4:15 – 5:00, Heritage Room (Maxwell Library)
Dr. Melkamu Zeleke, Candidate for Dean of Science and Mathematics

Wednesday, April 21 4:00 – 4:45, Heritage Room (Maxwell Library)
Dr. Arthur Goldstein, Candidate for Dean of Science and Mathematics

Friday, April 23 4:15 – 5:00, Heritage Room (Maxwell Library)
Dr. Robert Hillborn, Candidate for Dean of Science and Mathematics

Friday, April 2, 2010

Calling all movie stars! Any directors out there?

Calling all movie stars!!! by guest blogger Kara Crosson

Have you ever dreamed of seeing yourself on the big screen? Do you sit in class and picture your life a major motion picture?

If you answered yes to any of these questions I have good news for you – Campus MovieFest is back at Bridgewater State College! This amazing opportunity gives you all the tools and resources you need to create a five minute film. Now I’m sure you have questions but luckily you’ve come to the right place.

What exactly is Campus Movie Fest?
CMF is a student film festival where students can get together to produce films of any genre and style. All of the necessary materials are provided by CMF for free! I’m talking Apple Computer laptops and digital camcorders, the whole ordeal … (you must return them at the end of the program though, sorry folks). You have one week to film and edit then it’s show time! All the student films will be judged by a secret panel and the top 16 will be shown during SpringFest on Wednesday April 21st at 8:00 in the RCC Ballroom. Movies are then chosen for the regional and international grand finales!

What if I don’t know how to operate the technology?
No problem! CMF will be on campus the entire week of filming to answer any questions and to work with you through the software.

Does everyone have to be a BSC student?
All you need is one BSC friend and you are ready to start! Each team must have at least two BSC students and anyone else you’d like to partake in your adventure.

How do I sign up?
Glad we got you hooked!  Visit for even more information. You can register right on their website CMF staff is on campus until Thursday, April 1st (this is no April Fools joke) and you can find them in the RCC or in ECC from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Is all of this starting to sound familiar? You may be thinking of the success CMF had last year at BSC. Alex Perry wrote and directed this film which premiered at BSC then went on to win Best Picture at CMF 2009 Northern Regional Grand Finale and Best Comedy and the CMF 2009 International Grand Finale. If you haven’t seen “Scrabble” you are definitely missing out. Become a fan on Facebook of “Scrabb1e: The Motion Picture” and check out the movie on youtube This had me laughing for days and I can’t wait to see what they have planned for this year!

Are you ready for CMF? Look around on their website and find out some more information then get to the drawing board! Launch is April 7th in the RCC lower foyer from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. Tech support will be available April 8th, 9th, and 12th while you work away at your film. Stop by RCC room 209 from 12:00 – 4:00pm with any questions you may have. Collection will be April 13th back in the lower foyer of RCC from 2:00-6:00pm. Then sit back and relax now that your hard work is over. Join fellow filmmakers and peers for the Finale April 21st

BSC is lucky to participate in such an amazing event. This gives you the opportunity to let the creative juices flow, to unleash a talent you didn’t know you had, and to represent BSC!
Can’t wait to see you there!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Relax, it's JUST a presentation......

Hey Bloggers!

So how many of you have presentations coming up before the end of semester? How many of you had presentations and maybe they didn't go so well? Well, I found this great article that may help you make your presentation run a bit more smoothly. I won't lie, I get nervous myself at the thought of presentations and I'm okay with saying that because it's a common feeling amongst a lot of people. However, after reading the article Worst Mistakes People Make in a Presentation I now think I can make any future presentations more successful.

The three mistakes that the author of the article focuses on are:
1. believing in magic
2. memorizing your speech
3. talking about yourself
After pin pointing each mistake the author offers a way to avoid them. Trust me it's definitely worth your time to read this short but helpful article!

By the way this is how I found the article. I have a twitter account, catmartins 28 you may follow me if you would like, and I got an e-mail notification that frsharticles started following me. So I checked them out and it's this website with a TON of articles about a variety of topics. If you don't have twitter yet then I highly suggest you create an account!! You never know what cool things you'll stumble upon!

PS. If you aren't following already or want to... inBSC is OSIL's twitter username!

Cat :)