SAU’s Storytelling Class Visits Jackson’s Abandoned Prison

Professor Gwen Hersha had the opportunity to take her storytelling class on a tour of Jackson’s historic abandoned prison.

Professor Gwen Hersha had the opportunity to take her storytelling class on a tour of Jackson’s historic abandoned prison. Students had the opportunity to learn about different aspects of the prison and what life was like for the inmates. Students could ask questions and got a first-hand idea of how the prisoners lived.

Two students that went on the field trip, Emily Selby and Sarah Williams, share their experiences:

Emily: This field trip was a fascinating experience for me. I enjoyed the trip and got to learn things that I had not known before. The tour guide seemed very knowledgeable and was able to tell us a lot about what the prison was like back when it was functioning. It was interesting to be in the same areas where actual prisoners lived.

Sarah: I went to Jackson’s prison with my Storytelling class and learned so much. I didn’t know anything about Jackson’s prison before we went. I am shocked that the prison was so corrupted in its time. Prisoners were put in terrible conditions. Prison cells were small and the room holding the cells was known for smelling so bad guards would vomit! Then there were factories. The prison exploited the prisoners by forcing them to work in dangerous factories that were similar to death row. My favorite part of the tour was when we went down to the basement and saw the tunnels. They were so creepy. The tour guide said people saw ghosts down there! I had a great time!


CreativiTEA: SAU’s Creative Writing Club

Every Monday from 4- 5:30 pm in room SDH224, the creative writing club CreativiTEA meets. Every student is welcome to join and share something that they have written with the club.

By: Sarah Williams

Every Monday from 4- 5:30 pm in room SDH224, the creative writing club CreativiTEA meets. Every student is welcome to join and share something that they have written with the club.

Members are not required to bring something, however. They can come just to listen, but are encouraged to share something eventually. The club accepts short stories, poems, film scripts, nonfiction pieces, and more. The only requirement is that it is limited to 4-7 pages. After reading a copy of the story, members provide feedback on the story’s highlights and potential areas to grow.

Wallis Metts

Communication professor Wallis Metts created the club recently. He was asked to teach fiction and nonfiction writing classes this semester. Students that were interested in writing but weren’t in any writing classes had no place to share their work.

“There was a need…I decided we will meet and see how it goes.”


The club’s name, CreativiTEA, comes from Metts’ love of tea. At meetings, he will have a kettle of hot tea, sugar cubes, and cups for the members.

The goal of CreativiTEA is to encourage students to write more and improve their writing skills. Metts said one of the ways the club does so is by giving the members a deadline. Once there is an expectation, it is easier to write.

Professor Gwen Hersha is also a member. She said the club is beneficial to students because it provides a place to share ideas with others. It also gives members different perspectives on their pieces.

Another goal of the club is to eventually share their works with the public. Metts said that he is thinking about publishing some of the pieces online or having a public reading in the future.

According to Metts, a key to a good story is knowing the beginning, middle, and end, with the ending being the most important. The story is a contract to the audience and the writer must conclude something or wrap up the loose ends. Having an ending in mind also keeps the story focused. The ending must complete the experience, or it breaks that contract.

Anyone who wishes to join CreativiTEA can show up at 4pm in SDH224 on Mondays. If they wish to share a piece, they should email Professor Metts beforehand so that he can make copies for everyone.


Upcoming: Senior Art Exhibition

The senior art exhibition is April 9th from 4-6pm in the Ganton Art Gallery.

By: Sarah Williams

The senior art exhibition is April 9th from 4-6pm in the Ganton Art Gallery. Attending opening night to showcase their works will be Melayna Stuckey, Emma Hale (previously known as Emma Devries), and Marnie Lillo.

Marnie Lillo’s Welcome To My Mind

Photo of Marnie Lillo with her favorite piece

Lillo is an art major with a concentration in digital art. She plans on becoming an Elementary Art Teacher after graduation. Her exhibition will include pieces she has been working on since Freshman year.

The message she wants the audience to take away is “there is beauty in oddities”. Her theme is imagination. Her art is inspired by stories she has read and cool phases she has heard.

A few weeks before the show, she knew it was time to sit down and create the poster. The sun art ended up being her favorite piece. Sketching the piece took 5 to 6 hours and finalizing took 7 to 8 hours.

Not all her work took roughly 14 hours, however. She is also presenting 3 pieces of skulls that she created in just black ink so the sketching took 2 hours and finalizing took 3 to 4 hours.

Lillo said she is emotionally attached to the original artwork and plans on storing them afterward. However, she will have a binder full of prints of her art to sell at the art exhibition.

Emma Hale’s Our Nature

Photo of Emily Hale provided by herself.

Hale is majoring in art with a double concentration in illustration and graphic design. She plans on going into a career as a graphic designer and/or an illustrator. She has used her skills from her concentrations in making her poster and artwork. She wants her art to show what her time at SAU has produced.

Hale’s theme is nature. She includes nature in the physical environment and human nature. Nature is also her biggest inspiration, along with God’s creations.

“I hope my art spreads a positive message of beauty, joy, and comfort. I hope it is uplifting and inspirational.”

Hale’s Lake Superior

Hale’s favorite piece is her oil painting of Lake Superior. She started out brainstorming and going through several messy sketches. After catching a good idea, she made a refined sketch and began painting. She added layers and slowly built up the art till she was satisfied. Depending on the size and medium of her artwork, most of her art can take 10 to 50 hours to make.

The Lake Superior painting and other art may be available to buy in prints on opening night.

Melayna Stuckey’s Finding a Home

Photo of herself provided by Melayna Stuckey

Stuckey is majoring in art with a double concentration in painting and drawing. Her goal is to use the exhibition to show what she has been working on for the past 4 years. She doesn’t have a specific theme or message for her exhibition, but she noted there was a tone.

“I came to realize this year that the majority of my art has a very familiar, personal, “home-y” tone.”


She drew her inspiration from significant people in her life and she made a lot of her art for these people. Depending on the size, her art can take 15 to 30 hours to make.

Stuckey’s Barn

Her favorite work is a piece that depicts the view from outside the feed room of her grandparent’s barn. First, she started off by taking pictures. Next, she decided whether to paint or draw. She then choose to work in colored-pencil.

She plans to give away some of her art to the people she made them for. Others she is willing to sell to those who express interest. The art that does not sell will be shipped home.

Come out and support these talented artists on April 9th!


Shop Talk: Jordan Kennedy

Alumni Jordan Kennedy spoke at Shop Talk last Friday, March 18th, in the Art Gallery Lobby.

By: Sarah Williams

The photo of Jordan Kennedy was provided by the Shop Talk poster.

Alumni Jordan Kennedy spoke at Shop Talk last Friday, March 18th, in the Art Gallery Lobby. Students and professors listened as she described her experience of graduating from college to landing her career as the Manager of Communication and Community Outreach for the Division of Victim Services at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

In the last ten years Kennedy has:

  • Worked in the State of Michigan Governor’s Communication Office.
  • Been named Deputy Press Secretary for both Governor Rick Snyder and the First Lady.
  • Traveled with the Governor to handle Media Relation events throughout the state.
  • Served as Communication Lead for several of the administration’s key projects relating to agriculture, transportation, and rural economic development.

Kennedy’s Advice:

  • “It is really important when you get the internship or job to not be the person who asks the question that could be googled. Being an intern or hiring intern, be someone who is a self-initiator and problem solver.”
  • “Take every opportunity you have to pursue what you’re interested in.”
  • “Find what you are good at, leverage what you are good at, and use what you are good at to the point where people notice you are not there because they need you.”
  • Utilize YouTube, LinkedIn Learning, and other media sites; and teach yourself skills.
  • If you have the means and abilities and a job that provides health insurance, take time for yourself and visit a therapist. Kennedy says she has been visiting a therapist once a month for years and she regrets not doing it sooner.
  • Shadowing and internships are important because they provide experience that could change someone’s mind about their dream career.

Kennedy’s Story

Kennedy after the event. The round pin on her suit is her seal pin and it helps security separate the worker from the crowd at events.

Kennedy didn’t know what she wanted to do as an undergraduate. Her first idea was to be a wedding planner and then she wanted to be a journalist. After shadowing a journalist in the field, she decided against it. She became interested in politics.

She described herself as recluse and quiet, but that changed when she was recommended to join the Women and Leadership Conference. She helped with advertising, designing posters, and participated in sections at a conference. She noticed a woman who worked for the Governor’s office there.

“That sounds so cool. I should go and talk to her,” Kennedy told her friends. “I am going to ask for an internship.”

She introduced herself, explained her interest in politics, and asked for an internship. She was connected with one, graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and Public Relations, and “the rest was history.”

Kennedy thought she was getting an internship in the Communication Office, but she was actually going into Constituents Relations. She described Constituents Relations as a fancy way of saying customer service for the State of Michigan. She handled many complaints about what the Governor signed or vetoed and misdirected complaints meant for other departments. She took on extra responsibilities, like writing letters and “earned her stripes” at the office.

“You wouldn’t believe how many people wanted letters from the Governor for their grandmother’s 80th birthday,” Kennedy said. 

After two semesters, she was hired full-time as a Legislative Tribute Editor and Writer. She took every tribute every lawmaker drafted. She would read and edit them and decide whether the Governor should sign them or not.

“I knew my strengths,” Kennedy said. “I knew I was good at writing. I knew I was good at copyediting. I knew I could find a way to leverage my skills to be really useful to them in the small little square of the Executive Office.”

After a couple of years, the Governor had to run again for office and Kennedy volunteered for his re-election campaign. She made many connections and was recommended to work in the Communication Office as well.

She learned how to be assertive when saying “no more questions” at press conferences. She worked with reporters and was interviewed by news stations and radio broadcasters.

She was also asked to work with the First Lady. She hosted large statewide events and created content for Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Survivor, and Campus Sexual Assault Awareness. She found her passion for being a Public Servant and she wanted to make policies that benefited people.

She took a job at the Department of Health and Human Services where she is now. She serves as the Manager of Communication and Community Outreach for the Division of Victim Services.

The next Shop Talk and last one for this semester will be held on April 1st and feature current Seniors and their works. It will be held in the Ganton Art Gallery Lobby from 10am to 11. Drinks, food, and games/prizes will be provided.

Comment your thoughts on internships and plans for after graduation!


The Night the Stars Were Born

By: Lydia Hall

Seniors Chris IIvory and Tabitha Sterner hosted their first art exhibit at the Ganton Art Gallery on Friday, October 29th, 2021. The night was cold and rainy without a star in the sky, but once you stepped into the gallery, the presence of two stars illuminated the room. The essence of purity led to the right, the atmosphere of unity swayed to the left, creating a harmonic journey around the ring of art.

Photo by: Hanna Ritchey
Photo by: Hanna Ritchey

Chris’s photographic exhibition was a reintroduction to the purity of women. Although many view Eve as the woman who led to the fall of humanity, this showcase of artwork reframed the broken image of women, picking up the pieces of eloquence, vulnerability, imperfection, and the influences of life, creating a masterpiece that reflected a moment that was simply pure.

Photo by: Hanna Ritchey

Tabitha’s combination of color, shapes, lines, and brushstrokes are prime examples of her inspiration for connectedness and relationships. Many pieces of her artwork were created differently, intended to portray a message saying, “there is not a single human that is exempt from their personal biases, which have the ability to inform different interpretations and perspectives of reality. However, despite our differences, I believe that there are almost always underlying parallels that inspire a sense of unity and gratifying completeness.”

Photo by: Hanna Ritchey

With two brilliant stars among us, these two artists individually illuminated parts of life that the darkness of today’s troubles can sometimes overshadow. If there had to be a theme song for this gallery, it would be “Masterpiece” by Deitrick Haddon. This gallery is the true definition of a “picture is worth a thousand words,” and in this case, a thousand words are not enough to express the meaning of each unique piece of art.

With the essence of purity leading to the right and the atmosphere of unity swaying to the left, a missed opportunity to experience this harmonic journey is an opportunity that was not valued.

However, there is still time! Chris and Tabitha’s combined gallery will be open to students, faculty, and even the public until December 3rd, 2021! Also, did I mention that this journey does not have a price tag: in other words, it is free!!!

Come and support two artists in the making, where the price is right, and most of all, experience two stars, and their artwork light up.

To visit the gallery yourself, here are the hours:

Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving break.


Exam Week Self-Care

Here are six tips to help you survive finals week and prioritize your mental health.

We have made it to the end of the semester! Well, sort of. We have the last hurdle of making it through finals week. With most students scrambling to finish essays and studying for exams, we are at the most stressful part of the semester. Here are seven tips to help you survive finals week and prioritize your mental health:

  1. Have a Self-Care Plan

A big part of self-care is being proactive. Make a plan of what steps you can take when you begin to feel overwhelmed with your workload. This can include having your favorite study playlist ready for when you need help focusing, prepping snacks you can eat when you need a study break, and setting aside a specific time to visit with friends or do something you enjoy.

2. Treat Yourself with Kindness

During the stress of finals week, it is easy to fall into patterns of negative self-talk. Those negative thoughts are valid, and it is okay to acknowledge them, but it is important to remember that those doubts are not an accurate representation of you or your strengths. When negative thoughts start to creep in, take the time to consciously validate yourself and your abilities.

3. Take Care of Yourself Physically

With the stress of exams, it is easy to develop tunnel vision and neglect the essential care that keeps us healthy. It is important to remember to set aside time for proper meals, adequate hydration, the recommended 30 minutes of exercise, and the proper amount of sleep. Maintaining these healthy habits can help keep you feel energized and ready to tackle the stringent workload.

4. Set Aside a Specific Study Space

Make sure you have a space set aside solely for studying. This area should be separate from where you will take your breaks and should be organized with all of the items you might need to be productive in your studying and essay writing. This includes textbooks, writing utensils, your laptop, a water bottle, and snack. Plus, this helps set a clear boundary between when you need to be in an academic mindset and when you are relaxing.

5. Take Breaks

Studying all day, every day would be stressful and tire you out. Instead, make sure to take a 30-minute break every 90 minutes to allow yourself time to decompress, clear your mind, and re-energize yourself for your next study session. These breaks should be a time for you to do something you truly enjoy or find relaxing.

6. Celebrate and Reward Yourself for your Achievements

When you complete an essay, study session, or exam, make sure to take the time to acknowledge your hard work. Watch an episode of your favorite show, eat some ice cream, host a small dance party with your roommate, or plan a small hangout with your friends. Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure that it is something you enjoy so that you can have a moment of reprieve before getting back to work.

7. Remind Yourself of These Truths

Even though exam week is stressful, it is important to remember that this is temporary, you are strong and capable enough to get through this, and that you are not alone. It is okay to ask your friends, peers, and professors for help — they all want to see you succeed.

Remember to work hard, do your best, and take time to practice self-care. Good luck with your exams!

By: Merry Castle


Farewell for the Summer, SAU

We learned a lot from working on the Pulse this year and we hope you will join our team next fall!

It has been an honor for all of us at the Pulse to bring you campus news content. We are excited for a break during the summer, but will no doubt miss seeing everyone around campus. We wanted to put together a small summary of what we loved most about working on the Pulse in case you might be interested in joining our team next fall!

Emily – Managing Editor and Writer

I have loved being able to write and edit for the Pulse this year. As a transfer student, it was a great way for me to be able to feel involved in different aspects of campus life that I otherwise might have missed. I had the amazing opportunity to practice leadership and writing skills which I am very passionate about. Though our team got a little smaller for spring semester, it was truly a joy to be able to work with other writers and develop our skills together. Working with other writers and establishing goals together was one of my favorite aspects of working on the Pulse team. If you have any interest in writing, interviewing, or editing, this is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door. I cannot wait until next fall to get started again. I have big plans for the Pulse next year.

Sarah – Copy Editor and Writer

My favorite part of being in the Pulse is the writing experience. Every 2 week I got the opportunity to write a story for the college to read and copy edit all of the other stories. Working with the Pulse has boosted my confidence in writing and sharing what I wrote. Besides learning about writing techniques, I learned more about the school and other people. I didn’t know much about SAU sports before, but now I am rooting for our university’s teams. Also, every time I interviewed someone for a story, I felt I was becoming more professional. I am thankful to be a part of the Pulse and I look forward to being a part of it next semester.  

Merry – Writer

Writing for the Pulse has been a tremendous honor and privilege for me as I have been blessed with the opportunity to share the stories of my fellow students, faculty, and staff. I have grown more confident in my writing abilities and learned what works and what does not work for me as a writer. This has also been a fantastic opportunity for me to work with a team of like-minded individuals who challenge me to work harder, write better, and think outside the box. Most importantly, this opportunity has helped me realize that I can use my voice and writing to uplift others and discuss topics I am passionate about. That, by far, has been my favorite part of writing for the Pulse — I am so blessed to speak with, learn about, and share the stories of so many different people. It has been an opportunity for me to step outside of my own limited perspective and to focus on the diverse perspectives of others. 


PorchFest 2021: Comedy Meets Inclusivity

PorchFest 2021 is quickly approaching. This longstanding campus tradition, the comic event formerly organized by the late Ormston Hall, will be hosted by Andrews Hall on Wednesday, May 5, from 7-9 pm on the plaza.

PorchFest 2021 is quickly approaching. This longstanding campus tradition, the comic event formerly organized by the late Ormston Hall, will be hosted by Andrews Hall on Wednesday, May 5, from 7-9 pm on the plaza.

PorchFest is a unique amalgamation of humor, emotion, and randomness that highlights the comedic abilities of our students and community. Typically, PorchFest includes comical skits, couches, and hotdogs.

This year, PorchFest will look a little different. This time around, auditions for hosts and comedy sketches have been opened to the women of Lowell and Gainey.

David Breyette, the Andrews Resident Director, opened up about this change. “PorchFest has traditionally been headlined and stacked with Andrews guys,” said Breyette, the Andrews Resident Director. “We believe the show will be improved with more students and areas represented.”

This shift allows a male-dominated event to be more inclusive. “I would love to see students from across campus represented throughout the show,” said Breyette. “This is your time to shine, or at least have a good time.” 

PorchFest is happening Wednesday, May 5, from 7-9 pm on the plaza. Since the event is outside, students will need to bring their own seating. Students should keep an eye on the SAU app for updates and signups as the event draws closer.

By: Merry Castle

Cougars Baseball Team Strikes Victory Last Thursday

SAU’s Baseball team played against Saint Francis last Thursday, March 17th.

By: Sarah Williams

SAU’s Baseball team played against Saint Francis last Thursday, March 17th. The game was the first home game this season and Spring Arbor won by a few points.

According to Saucougars.com, the first game score was 6:5. The second was 5:4. The Cougars scored 6 Runs, 10 Hits, and 3 Errors in the first game. In the second, they scored 5 Runs, 10 Hits, and 3 Errors. Saint Francis scored 5 Runs, 8 Hits, and 0 Errors, then 4 Runs, 6 Hits, and 2 Errors.

Player Highlights

Game 1

  • Bryce Richey scored a RBI double in the sixth inning. Along with the RBI by Peyton Harding, the Cougars were able to grab 4 runs breaking the previous score 0:2. Harding also made a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning adding an insurance run.
  • In the 11th inning, Landon Raczkowski delivered a two out hit to drive in Jake Spedoske.
  • Harding grabbed two RBI’s while Ben Redfield scored twice.
  • John Williams worked on the mound for 6 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out 10 batters.
  • Cade Kontny tossed the final five frames. He only surrendered one hit.

Game 2

  • Brant Mullins stopped Saint Francis from overtaking the score 4:3 and completed the doubleheader sweep in the seventh inning.
  • Redfield and Richey scored two hits each and Richey drove in a pair.
  • Hunter Nielsen was on the mound for 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on five hits while fanning 6.

To see the 2022 Baseball Roster, click here!

Spring Arbor and Saint Francis have two more games in their four-game set. On Monday, March 21, there will be a doubleheader game. It will start at 1pm at  Burbridge Field in Spring Arbor. After facing Saint Francis, the Cougars will face Rochester at home on Tuesday, March 22, startingat 2 pm. The 2022 schedule can be found here!

Kahoot Event: St. Patrick’s Day

The Kahoot event will be held in the Cougar Den on Thursday, March 17th from 8 to 10pm.

By: Sarah Williams

If you were listening to Monday’s Chapel announcements, then you may have heard something about the Kahoot event that has spontaneously popped up. Here is some more information about the event.

The Kahoot event will be held in the Cougar Den on Thursday, March 17th from 8 to 10pm. The theme will be St. Patrick’s day. So, study up! The event is being set up by the Director of Events Caleb Kriesch, plus Bret Bentley and Riley Champion.

Kriesch said that spring break caused a problem with promotion. They didn’t have a lot of time to advertise the event beforehand. Despite the road bump, the event is well on its way. There will be pretzels, other snacks, and drinks provided.

Kriesch and the others wanted to create a fun and relaxing event, while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

This image was provided by Wikipedia.

Here are some trivia about St. Patrick’s Day from Britannica:

  • St Patrick’s day is a feast day.
  • It reached the United States with Irish Immigrants.
  • It was originally celebrated with religious feast and services.
  • It celebrated St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
  • St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.
  • Shamrocks were used to explain the Trinity.
This photo was provided by Wikipedia. Did you know that if you find a 4 leaf clover, it is likely there are more 4 leaf clovers in the same bush?

Share your St. Patrick traditions or favorite fact!

Short Film Production Spotlight

By: Hanna Ritchey

Short Film Production (VID372), is a class/club here at Spring Arbor University open to all students. Short Film Production is a class/club for any student interested in creating a film. Whether a student is interested in directing, script-writing, acting, manning a camera, VID372 has a wide range of positions for all skill sets.

This week VID372 has their bi-annual Will Shoot For Credit viewing, where all films created this semester, along with previous productions will be played for the school. Some students like Kyle Koerner, had the pleasure of directing a film this year. “My film Safe and Sound is set in a post apocalyptic future, where the air is toxic and monsters run amuck. Our male lead is on a mission to reclaim supplies from their old shelter, with a romantic subplot. It’s a bit of a western, a bit of a drama. It has a little bit of everything for everyone.”

When asked what his favorite thing about directing was, he had this to say. “It was the first film I ever directed. I enjoyed working with everybody. It felt nice to truly work with a team and for us all to come together to make a product. To see the process from a higher point of view was nice.

Overall I just really enjoyed working with my crew.” I asked Kyle what his favorite on set moment was. “For one of our scenes we were out on a trail by the baseball field. As I yelled action, letting my crew know it’s time to record, I noticed everyone was standing at attention. I looked around and realized, the baseball game began playing the National Anthem. All of the crew besides the actors took off their hats and we stood at attention until the song stopped playing. Once it stopped, we all laughed at the fact that the National Anthem interrupted the film process.”

I finally asked Kyle why someone should consider joining VID372 as a club or credit.

“It’s a great experience to know what it’s like to make a film. We don’t go through the entire process, but it’s very eye-opening to what a real film production would look like. It’s fun, there’s something for everyone, and I think it’s something more people should try out and see what it’s like.”

All films shown at the Will Shoot For Credit viewings are available for the public on Vimeo at vimeo.com/wsfc. This fall semester viewing is limited due to Covid.

If you’re interested in joining as a club or for credit, email Clayton Saren (csaren@arbor.edu) or Dorie Shelby (dshelby@arbor.edu) for more information.

GivingTuesday Reached Record Breaking Results

By: Sarah Williams

November 30th was the ninth anniversary of GivingTuesday, a movement where the world unites to share kindness through radical generosity.

Radical generosity: “The concept that the suffering of others should be as intolerable to us as our own suffering.”

According to givingtuesday.org, GivingTuesday raised $2.7 billion in the United States. This is a 9% increase compared to 2020 and a 37% compared to 2019. It is estimated that 35 million adults participated in the U.S. That is not the only increase as there was an 11% increase in volunteering and an 8% increase in donations of goods (clothes, food, supplies) compared to 2020. The results were described as “record-breaking”.

The movement is not just about donating. It can be as simple as making someone smile, helping a neighbor, or showing up for an issue they care about.

“Our global network collaborates year-round to inspire generosity around the world, with a common mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life”, states the website.

Individual acts of generosity for 2022 can be:

  • Creating a donation station: “Leave extra supplies (nonperishable food, OTC medicines, cleaning products) for your neighbors in a common area (near mailboxes, building lobby) or create a Little Free Pantry in your community.”
  • Reach Out to the Elderly: “Call or video chat with an older person in your life. Have a talent? Schedule a virtual performance. Contact a local nursing home to find out what they need. Write a letter to a senior through Love For Our Elders.”
  • Post a Message of Hope: “Display an encouraging message or inspiring doodle in your window. For those with kids at home, make signs together, then go on a walk to find others around your area. Create your own design or use our template.”

For more ideas for individuals, groups, families, churches, and more visit here.

Participants have shared their act of generosity on social media using hashtag #givingtuesday. The most used hashtag last Tuesday was #givingtuesday2021, which was used around 24,000 times.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 at 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact in New York City. Today, the GivingTuesday mission is now an independent nonprofit, global movement. The idea was to encourage people to do good.

“GivingTuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to make an impact on the causes and issues they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year,” said Asha Curran who is GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder. “With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday provides an opportunity to come together to create a more generous world.” 

Are you planning on participating in GivingTuesday 2022?

Women’s Basketball Team Defeated Huntington

By: Sarah Williams

The SAU women’s basketball team won their first conference game against Huntington college on Wednesday, December 1. The score was 71 points to 45 points.

According to saucougars.com, the cougars stayed ahead of Huntington through the whole game. The game was their first victory at a Crossroads League matchup of the season.

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Game highlights:

In the first half of the game, Alex Long (#32) scored 16 points. She finished with 18. Daelynn Jackson (#23) scored 10 points throughout the game. Grace Shoobridge (#22) scored 10 points and rebounded 14. Taylor Folkema (#21) scored 13 points and rebounded 12. Folkema also assisted the cougars by providing a defensive effort.

To view their schedule, click here.

Photo of Taylor Folkema provided by saucougars.com
Photo of Grace Shoobridge provided by saucougars.com
Photo of Alex Long provided by saucougars.com
Photo of Daelynn Jackson was provided by saucougars.com

Important: Don’t Forget About Your Cougar Cash

By: Sarah Williams

The Cougar Den will close on December 17th  at 3pm and any remaining Cougar Cash in student’s accounts will be gone.

If your account hasn’t already been depleted, you should spend it soon. If you don’t, you may find yourself forgetting about your Cougar Cash till after the semester is over. All that cash will be a missed opportunity.

Last year, I became overworked with my exams and essays, and I didn’t think about my cougar cash. I had stocked up on pop and ice cream in previous years, but I missed my chance that year. I had let about 20 dollars vanish with no treats. This year I am determined to not let that happen again.

If you don’t know what to do with Cougar Cash, here are some ideas:

  • Christmas Presents: I have brought candy for my family as an extra Christmas present. You can turn treats and drinks into nice gifts.
  • Give it to a Friend: If you don’t want anything, maybe your friends will. Making someone else happy can be rewarding.
  • Buy and Save: You may not want anything now, but later in the month, you may crave some ice cream, candy, or nuts. You would be thankful that you had some saved.
  • Bake: You can buy certain types of candy and bake them into other foods like cakes and shakes.
Here is what’s in stock as of December 12.

There is a lot you can do with your Cougar Cash so don’t let the opportunity go. Also, make sure to purchase the food soon. As the end of the semester approaches, many items will go out of stock.

What do you do with your Cougar Cash at the end of the semester?