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Mission: Student Recognition

Know a student leader, club/organization, or student-run event that deserves recognition?

Today’s your LAST CHANCE to submit a 2014 Student Recognition Program nomination!

Honors include:

Individual Awards: Emerging Leader Award, Unsung Hero Award, Service Leader of the Year Award, Student Leader of the Year Award, Advisor of the Year Award, Leaving a Legacy Award

Event Awards: Outstanding Event Award, Outstanding Service Project Award, Outstanding Multicultural Program Award, Outstanding New Event Award, Most Successful Fundraiser Award

Organization Awards: Outstanding Organization Award, Outstanding New Organization Award, Outstanding Media Organization Award, Outstanding Performance Organization Award, Outstanding Athletic Organization Award, Club Spirit Award, Most Improved Organization Award

Nominees and winners will be honored at the 19th annual Student Recognition Ceremony & Dinner on Thursday, May 1st.

Click here for nomination materials and more information about the program, sponsored annually by the SAIL Office, Student Congress, and Institutional Advancement.


It’s always an exciting time of year when Orientation Staff training begins – their enthusiasm is infectious (even at 10am on a Sunday)!

This year’s staff of 90 student leaders is on a mission to welcome the Class of 2018 in a big way, and they need your help!

Share a photo/message to PC’s Class of 2018 on Instagram or Twitter, with the hashtags #welcomepc2018 and #pc2018. Tag @pcsailoffice, and your creative photo submission could help you take home a $25 gift card to LaSalle Bakery!

Members of PC’s 2014 Orientation Staff kick off the #welcomepc2018 campaign at Spring Training

Student Leader of the Month: Mary Alice Sallah ’14

Mary Alice SallahName: Mary Alice Sallah ’14

Major/Minor: Mathematics/Computer Science

Hometown: Hopewell Junction, NY

Campus Involvement: Executive Treasurer of Student Congress; tutor through the Department of Mathematics; Dance Club member

Describe a highlight of your leadership/involvement at PC: “The best part of being involved at Providence College is meeting so many incredible people. I’m in a great position to work with students, faculty, staff, and the administration, and it’s been an honor to have this experience.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned as a student leader at PC? “I’ve learned that every event and change on campus takes a lot of thought, work, and collaboration; however, it’s always worth it to see how much students can do for their school!”

What advice would you give to freshmen and sophomores looking to be leaders on campus? “Don’t be afraid to try new things, and don’t be discouraged if you don’t get (something) the first time – perseverance is key! There are so many great opportunities on this campus you don’t want to miss! ”

What leader has influenced you the most, and why/how? “I’ve been most influenced by Condoleezza Rice. She’s a strong role model to show what one can accomplish with dedication and persistence.”

What do you hope to achieve as a student leader prior to graduation? “I hope  to continue to build communication among clubs at Providence College, to help prepare the next leaders for a successful upcoming year!”

Favorite fictional leader: Albus Dumbledore

Favorite leadership quote: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

Congratulations, Mary Alice!

To nominate a PC student you know for “Student Leader of the Month,” please click here.

Student Leadership & Your Resume

resume-picEarlier today, the SAIL Office joined forces with Stacey Moulton from PC’s Career Education Center, for a workshop entitled “Student Leadership & Your Resume.”

Being the spring semester, I know that many of you students out there are searching for summer internships and jobs, applying for campus leadership positions, or – sorry to be bringing this up, seniors – searching for post-graduation employment. Here are some tips from today’s presentation which may be helpful to anyone struggling with how to maximize their campus involvement on paper:

The Six Second Rule
Recruiters only spend about six seconds taking a first glance at each resume, so make sure your formatting makes a good first impression! Though things like name, address, phone, and email should always be at the top of your resume, the rest of the design is really up to you. Commonly used headings include “leadership”, “activities”, “experience”, or “skills”. Check out the Career Center’s Resume & Cover Letter Guide for ideas and samples you can use!

Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Your student involvement means something more than just making friends and eating free pizza at events! Tasks you’ve taken on as a club or organization member, such as planning a major event, mediating conflict within your organization, or communicating with faculty and alumni, can prove to be transferable skills. Don’t forget that!

You Can’t Tell a Story…
But you can still include a lot on one sheet of paper! Summarize any co-curricular experience you feel is important by identifying action words and creating a bullet point or two to describe the associated tasks. (The “Guide” referenced above also includes a list of commonly used action words!)

Connect the Dots
Look closely at a job description or application form for keywords or phrases describing the responsibilities associated with any student leadership position. Then customize your resume (and cover letter, if applicable) to prove that your qualifications make you a strong candidate.

One final piece of advice: Aside from your resume, don’t forget to include your student involvement on your LinkedIn profile. According to Stacey, many alum and employers find connections with candidates who share similar student involvement, interests, etc…

For more info on how to best utilize your student involvement experience in the job search – or for the answers to many other career-related questions – please visit the Career Education Center in Slavin 108, or check out their blog.


Student Events Calendar!

When planning campus events, there are a number of details that need to be completed in order to hopefully achieve success.  An event idea, event proposal form, reservations, entertainment, budget planning and food are just a few.  None are more important than the marketing strategy.  If people do not know about an event, how can we expect them to show up?

Once a concept for an event is approved and a space is reserved, the marketing strategy is actually being put into action without the sponsor even knowing it!  (Well until now hopefully…)  Facebook, Twitter, SAIL Digest, SAIL MAIL Tabletents, Access PC (Channel 87), The Cowl, and posters are some of the many ways that should be used to market a campus event but as soon as an event is confirmed by the Central Reservations office, the event has been added to multiple campus-wide event web calendars.  Thanks to technology (and our very own PC Web Services team), we are able to filter calendars in a way to hopefully suit our student’s needs.  This is where you, PC students, come in…

Welcome to our Student Clubs and Organizations Events Calendar!

This calendar hosts a comprehensive list of every approved club, organization, BOMA, McPhail’s, Rec Sports and SAIL Office sponsored events.  Here you can get a 2 week glimpse of what is happening on campus with day to day details.  Each event is listed on the day it is scheduled to occur with the time listed as well.  When placing your mouse over the event title, a description of the event will appear.  It’s a just quick look at the event description, date, time and location.  That might be all you need to know.  If not, for more info on the event, just simply click on the title!  From there your options are endless!

Some options are:
1.    Add to My Calendar - which allows you to add the event to your Yahoo!, Microsoft Outlook, Windows, Google, or Apple iCal calendar!  (If you do not use any of these types of calendars, you can always email the info to yourself or download it to your computer.)
2.    Forward to Friends - which allows you to email the details of an event to up to 50 friends at once.
3.    Remind me by email or Remind me by text message – these reminders will send you an email or text at whatever date/time you set it to (ie. 15 minutes to 3 days prior to an event).

Back on the main calendar page, we have put a small monthly calendar in the corner allowing you to jump to any particular date you wish.  (It will also show you the two week period surrounding your chosen date.)  This can be very useful for those who are looking to plan events in the near future.  For those looking for a particular event, you can easily search for the event by title in the Quick Event Search bar.  Searches can be filtered by location or sponsor as well.  For instance, the calendar can be filtered to show you all of BOP’s events, or what events are happening in a specific location (ie. ’64 Hall, Mural Lounge, McPhail’s, etc).  Just type in the sponsor’s name or the location.

For those who like having a paper calendar, the PRINT option is quite useful and will print the 2 week calendar (or your desired filtered calendar) in a print-friendly format.

Other options on the main page are listed under the SUBSCRIBE feature where you can sign up for a Weekly email (similar to the SAIL Digest), an RSS Feed or Atom Feed.  There is a quick link to iCAL as well.

The last few options on the main page are quick ways to do some of the same things previously mentioned (add events to your calendar, remind you by email or text).  It’s just a little quicker – and you can choose multiple events at once!  Simply click the small box next to the event(s) you are interested in.  Choose as many as you would like.  Then click on the Add to My Calendar, Remind Me By Email buttons or choose an option from the drop down menu.  The calendar will set up your desired requests for all of your chosen events all at once.  It’s that simple to stay connected to what’s happening on your campus.

Here is the link.  Now get started!  Student Clubs and Organizations Events Calendar

And check back often as the calendar will be updated daily with every confirmed event!

Student Leader of the Month: Amanda Talbot ’15

The SAIL Office is pleased to continue our tradition of honoring nominees as “Student Leader of the Month” in a new (blog) format. This feature is designed to recognize undergraduates who have made outstanding contributions to the college and student life through their involvement on campus. Students chosen for this honor also have their photos posted in the Slavin Center, and will be recognized at the annual spring Student Recognition Ceremony. Click here to nominate a student leader today!

amanda-talbotName: Amanda Talbot ’15

Major/Minor: Management/Theatre Arts

Hometown: Newtown, Connecticut

Campus Involvement: President of PCTV; publicity chair of Student Congress and Senior Ring Weekend Core; New Student Orientation leader; member of Six Gents, Library Space Task Force, Honorary Degree committee; Theatre, Dance & Film Production Office assistant

Describe a highlight of your leadership/involvement at PC: ”Certainly a highlight is all the conversations you get to have with interesting and diverse people! With the positions I hold, I have the opportunity to meet with administration and other high level members of the college. It is an extremely informational and interesting opportunity to speak with these members of the college, frankly, and I am happy to be in a position where I can understand the workings of the school better. Additionally, meetings with school executives are typically catered, so I can save my Friarbucks!”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned as a student leader at PC? “Answer your emails! Oh my gosh! Communication is so important, especially for student leaders. Being responsive and active is the catalyst that moves all success. Letting emails with questions, plans, and important information go is dangerous…in a way, they can rot!

What advice would you give to freshmen and sophomores looking to be leaders on campus? “Being a leader has absolutely nothing to do with a title! You don’t need any type of fancy business card or post-script signature on your email to be recognized as someone who is an important member of the school community. The best thing you can do to be a leader is lead! Be present within the atmosphere, do what is asked of you, and do it to your absolute best. And certainly never fear rejection. A ‘no’ is simply a trajectory into another path.”

What do you hope to achieve as a student leader prior to graduation? ”Before I graduate, I would love to be able to use my leadership abilities in PCTV to really get our productions off the ground! It has been a long and tough process, but with the hard work of the leaders before me – and the incredibly dedicated and gifted staff I have now – I believe we can begin functioning like a professional studio. We get bigger and better every year, and I look forward to being able to produce scheduled shows that PC students will watch!”

Favorite fictional leader: The Newsroom’s MacKenzie McHale. I own an ‘Atlantic Cable Network’ mug, and it is my favorite thing in the world!”

Favorite “real life” leader: “My mother- the incredible Susan Talbot.”

Favorite leadership quote: “’More isn’t better- better is better.’- Gary Talbot, my father, on leadership (and on how he likes pepperoni on his pizza).”

A Change Will Do You Good

A new semester always brings about changes on campus: new classes, new friendships, new opportunities, and new challenges. This fall, we saw the opening of a new building, and a beautiful green space right outside of our own Slavin Center!

The SAIL Office has also undergone changes this academic year. We’ve welcomed four new graduate assistants into the fold. Our office hours have been expanded, so we’re now open until 6:30pm Monday-Thursday evenings, to better accommodate student schedules. We’ve made some technological advancements – including moving more of our forms online, starting an Instagram account, and creating this blog – to better serve the students we work with and the way they prefer to do things now. We’ve also updated our PC After Hours series, to include even more nighttime programming options on the weekends for students to enjoy, and an enhanced grant program for clubs and organizations looking to co-sponsor weekend events.

So what do all of these changes mean for you?

With the beginning of the spring semester, you may be looking for something new to do! Stop by the SAIL Office and speak with our staff to learn more about our campus clubs and organizations, or what events are going on this week. And don’t forget to check out the annual Spring Involvement Fair on Thursday, January 30th from 4:30-6pm in Upper Slavin!

If you’re a member or leader of a club or organization, check out the Successful Event Planning Guide to brush up on things after the holidays. As I mentioned, even more of our forms are online this year, making the event planning process even easier. (And don’t forget to contact us or comment below if your group is interested in hosting a program on a Thursday-Saturday night – we may be able to assist financially!)

It’s our hope that this blog will serve as one more way for the SAIL staff to share information about campus and local involvement opportunities, upcoming events, and information for student clubs and organizations, student leaders, and advisors. We plan to feature posts from our staff, student leaders, and guest contributors. We hope you enjoy what’s to come, and welcome any feedback or program ideas you have to offer!

Happy 2014, Friars!

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