Monday, July 14, 2014

1500+ students, 20 leaders, 9 sessions, 5 weeks, 1 place: SLU

SLU101 has given me one of the best summer of my life! It was an amazing experience to be able to get to know the incoming First-Year students and their families, to make a connection with them, and to show them how SLU has changed my life in just two years. I cannot wait to see many of you next year!

New Billikens, get excited for the best four years of your life! Your new home is waiting for you. Welcome to this great family!

-Camilo-

Sunday, June 22, 2014
babmichael:

This past weekend fellow blogger Colleen and I took a road trip down to SLU to visit friends and be at our favorite place on earth. Here are some of things we did while we were in town!

-Hang out with friends that are either living at SLU over the summer or are from Saint Louis.

-Went to the Saint Louis Farmer’s Market located in the Saint Louis neighborhood Soullard. We then cooked dinner with all of the delicious fresh food we bought!

-Spent an afternoon by the pool at SLUruba, SLU’s outdoor pool. Tons of students like to relax in the sun both during the summer and in the warmer months of the school year. The pool even has real palm trees!

-Worked out at the Simon Rec Center. Yes it is still open in the summer! 

-Surprised a friend by being in town for their birthday. They had no idea we were coming!

The best part of the trip by far was being able to see everyone on campus. Whether it be people we knew very well, or only a little, it was great being able to see and talk to all of the familar faces. 

So we couldn’t go an entire summer without visiting SLU. For the first time ever I am counting down the days until summer is over; just another reason why SLU is such a special place. 

So get on campus this summer and Be here. Be a Billiken. 

-Mike

babmichael:

This past weekend fellow blogger Colleen and I took a road trip down to SLU to visit friends and be at our favorite place on earth. Here are some of things we did while we were in town!

-Hang out with friends that are either living at SLU over the summer or are from Saint Louis.

-Went to the Saint Louis Farmer’s Market located in the Saint Louis neighborhood Soullard. We then cooked dinner with all of the delicious fresh food we bought!

-Spent an afternoon by the pool at SLUruba, SLU’s outdoor pool. Tons of students like to relax in the sun both during the summer and in the warmer months of the school year. The pool even has real palm trees!

-Worked out at the Simon Rec Center. Yes it is still open in the summer!

-Surprised a friend by being in town for their birthday. They had no idea we were coming!

The best part of the trip by far was being able to see everyone on campus. Whether it be people we knew very well, or only a little, it was great being able to see and talk to all of the familar faces.

So we couldn’t go an entire summer without visiting SLU. For the first time ever I am counting down the days until summer is over; just another reason why SLU is such a special place.

So get on campus this summer and Be here. Be a Billiken.

-Mike

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Did you know that two Billikens, Brad Davis (2000-01) and Vedad Ibisevic (2003), are competing in the World Cup? David (US) and Ibisevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) are making all of us so proud. The US recently had an incredible victory against Ghana and Ibisevic even scored a goal for Bosnia! (via babbrinda)
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hi all!

It’s summertime here at SLU! Here are some pictures of the SLU 101 Team hanging out during the summer, we are all super excited for first-year students that have and are planning to attend the SLU 101 sessions this summer. Check back for an upcoming, fun video with all the SLU 101 leaders!

Peace, love, and Be a Billiken
Nicole

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What is 9 p.m. Sunday Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church really like? Listen as Ellen, Alex, and I talk about how diverse groups of students come together for prayer and worship at Saint Louis University. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
babnatalie:

Yesterday began week 3 of my internship, and I could not be happier to be a part of this program! 
I would love to tell you a little more in detail about what I’m doing this summer:
Dardis Communications is a professional training company. Executive-level professionals pay $6000 to receive their training in soft skills like public speaking, business writing, and client interaction. For my internship, I had the opportunity to receive that same training for free through the Dardis Academy. I think that’s pretty darn awesome.
After spending 5 days in Chicago for training, I am now in the midst of spending 9 weeks running my own business as a professional clothier. This is a way for me to apply the skills I’ve learned and grow my professional network.
As a professional clothier, I make calls and send emails to prospects, meet with clients, advise professionals on how to look their best, take measurements, and place orders online through Dardis Clothiers. 
(If you wanted more information about the internship or wanted to learn more about our products, feel free to visit dardisacademy.com or dardisclothiers.com)
It’s been such a wonderful experience to be running my own business, and a successful one so far too! And I know that my education and experiences at SLU have a lot to do with how prepared I was for this venture, as well as the fact that I was accepted into the program.
I hope your summer is going as well as mine is so far, and please don’t hesitate to message me with any questions you have about life at SLU!
Be entrepreneurial. Be successful. Be a Billiken.
- Nat

babnatalie:

Yesterday began week 3 of my internship, and I could not be happier to be a part of this program! 

I would love to tell you a little more in detail about what I’m doing this summer:

Dardis Communications is a professional training company. Executive-level professionals pay $6000 to receive their training in soft skills like public speaking, business writing, and client interaction. For my internship, I had the opportunity to receive that same training for free through the Dardis Academy. I think that’s pretty darn awesome.

After spending 5 days in Chicago for training, I am now in the midst of spending 9 weeks running my own business as a professional clothier. This is a way for me to apply the skills I’ve learned and grow my professional network.

As a professional clothier, I make calls and send emails to prospects, meet with clients, advise professionals on how to look their best, take measurements, and place orders online through Dardis Clothiers. 

(If you wanted more information about the internship or wanted to learn more about our products, feel free to visit dardisacademy.com or dardisclothiers.com)

It’s been such a wonderful experience to be running my own business, and a successful one so far too! And I know that my education and experiences at SLU have a lot to do with how prepared I was for this venture, as well as the fact that I was accepted into the program.

I hope your summer is going as well as mine is so far, and please don’t hesitate to message me with any questions you have about life at SLU!

Be entrepreneurial. Be successful. Be a Billiken.

- Nat

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happy Summer!

babnatalie:

I apologize that it’s been so long since I updated you all; my life as a Billiken has been extremely busy lately!

Since we last talked, XQuizit went to Skokie IL (near Chicago) for Prelude Midwest, an urban dance competition. We may not have placed, but we competed with some of the nation’s best dance crews and held our own. It was definitely a weekend full of team bonding as well, and it was amazing to see the different styles and talents of other dance teams in the Midwest!

My dance life didn’t slow down after the competition, though, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. XQuizit had their showcase, titled #XQuizit, two weekends ago. I had the opportunity to choreograph a solo and a duet as well as a group routine for the show, and the audience seemed to enjoy it all! It was amazing to have one last big performance with my dance family and show off all the hard work we put in over the year.

More exciting news: I’m actually writing this blog from a hotel room in Chicagoland. I was recruited by Dardis, Inc. to be a part of their Academy this summer, and after I go through training this week I will be doing a 9 week long internship! I’m so thankful that one of my professors was flexible enough to allow me to take my final early so that I could grasp this opportunity. :)

I’ll be sure to upload videos from Showcase as soon as I get home (Mother Dearest recorded everything on her phone), so be on the lookout for those!

Until then, wish me luck, and I hope you have an awesome summer!

Billiken Love,

Nat

Friday, May 9, 2014
The Pius Library at SLU brings in therapy dogs for stress relief during finals week! It was the best way to relax before two of my hardest exams. 
-Brinda

The Pius Library at SLU brings in therapy dogs for stress relief during finals week! It was the best way to relax before two of my hardest exams. 

-Brinda

Saturday, May 3, 2014

SLU Night @ The Ballpark

As if being a Billiken didn’t already have enough perks, how does $10 tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium sound?

Saint Louis University’s Student Involvement Center (SIC) picks several games every year to be “SLU Night @ The Ballpark” —- SLUdents can get amazing seats in a SLU-only section of the stadium for just $10! (SLU covers the cost difference!)

My friends Mitch, Julia, Cat, Andrew and I got to watch the Cardinals defeat the Cincinnati Reds in "Baseball Heaven," and we can’t wait for the next college night later this month!

I love my Birds. I love my Bills. I love my city!

Be here.

- Luke -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I’m a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, and we held a Senior Night at the Ballpark event! The Class of 2014 (and my friends and I!) were able to watch a baseball game at Busch Stadium with Interim President Bill Kauffman and President-Elect Dr. Fred Pestello. To top it all off, the Cardinals won! 

-Brinda

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
 

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a student meet and greet with the new SLU president, Dr. Fred Pestello. Approximately 35 students participated in the meeting from a variety of organizations and programs on campus. I couldn’t be happier with the board’s decision of Dr. Pestello! He is very personable and is extremely excited to be serving at SLU. If you see him on campus make sure to say hello!
Mike 

 

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a student meet and greet with the new SLU president, Dr. Fred Pestello. Approximately 35 students participated in the meeting from a variety of organizations and programs on campus. I couldn’t be happier with the board’s decision of Dr. Pestello! He is very personable and is extremely excited to be serving at SLU. If you see him on campus make sure to say hello!

Mike 

 

Participating in a flash mob was by far one of my favorite memories of freshman year at SLU. There is truly not a better combination than dancing, friends all around you, and the Billiken, of course!

 

Participating in a flash mob was by far one of my favorite memories of freshman year at SLU. There is truly not a better combination than dancing, friends all around you, and the Billiken, of course!

During my first semester at SLU, I decided to try out for SLU Shakti, a Bollywood Fusion dance team on campus. I joined it with the idea of trying something completely new in my life, but I never expected it to turn out in the way it did for me. I put myself in a situation in which I was not only challenged to learn a new style of dancing, but I was also required to learn more things about a culture very different from mine. Without even realizing, those members who were strangers to me at the beginning, became part of a unique group that I can now call my family, my Shakti family. Shakti means power, and I have been able to see how the power of hard work and teamwork has brought us far beyond our expectations. In two years, we have grown so much as a team, and I never stop being amazed by how many great things we can accomplish together.

Last weekend, during our Easter Break, we went to San Francisco, CA, to compete in Bollywood America, the national competition for Bollywood Fusion teams around the country and Canada. After winning one of the regional competitions, Tufaan Entertainment in Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, we got our first bid ever for nationals. It was a dream come true to be able to share the stage with the best teams from all over the country. Overall, it was a fun and rewarding experience, a time in which I was able to see all our efforts coming together. Performing was one of my greatest moments so far, it was an indescribable feeling to be on stage one more time with a team that was ready to give it all out.

It will be hard to see many of the senior members graduate, including our three captains from the past two years. They put all their aspirations, time, creativity, and energy into this project that became a reality for them.  I feel really grateful for every moment I have spent with them, and with every single member of the team. I am glad to say that I have made some of my best memories during my journey at SLU from various Shakti experiences. I cannot wait to see what else is out there for us!

-Camilo-

Monday, April 28, 2014
scottywerth:

Just met Frank Abgnale, the genius con-artist that the movie Catch Me If You Can was based off of!!! #SLU #GIC #CatchMeIfYouCan #BestGuestSpeaker #WonderfulMan #LifeLessons @slu_official  (at Saint Louis University    Center for Global Citizenship)

scottywerth:

Just met Frank Abgnale, the genius con-artist that the movie Catch Me If You Can was based off of!!! #SLU #GIC #CatchMeIfYouCan #BestGuestSpeaker #WonderfulMan #LifeLessons @slu_official (at Saint Louis University Center for Global Citizenship)

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Be here.
Saint Louis University
- Luke -

Be here.

Saint Louis University

- Luke -