Donate to the National Wildlife Federation

Read Stephen’s post about the oil spill?  Not sure what you can do about it?  Want to help?

The National Wildlife Federation is doing all they can to help safeguard and clean up the wildlife devastated by this catastrophe.  Learn more here:

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Summer Living in NYC

In mid-May, I moved up to the city ready for an amazing (and hopefully relaxing) summer.  Although it’s been anything but relaxing, I’ve had a great time so far!  I have a full-time internship at Karlitz & Company (a culinary and luxury lifestyle event planning agency) as their Luxury Marketing intern.  As part of my job, I get to research new event concepts and potential partners, scope out event venue locations, source gift bag items, and work as on-site event management.  The highlight so far has been working a private Elton John concert at the Lincoln Center.  Although it didn’t quite top a Convo concert, it was pretty amazing!! 
Other than work, my roommates and I have been exploring the city like its our job.  Gramercy and the Flatiron District (where we live) is young and bustling.  Chelsea and the Meatpacking District is up-and-coming and super modern.  The villages are very unique with charm and character.  And the Upper East/ West Sides are older and more sophisticated.  And Midtown- it’s just too touristy!
  UPB-wise, the entire Exec board has been hard at work putting together events for this upcoming semester; and let me tell you, we have some AMAZING events coming!   From the Late Night Breakfasts to hilarious speakers to diverse concerts, this Fall will be jam-packed with exciting events all over campus.  And don’t forget, you can have your voice heard on who YOU want to see live in concert at the Fall Convocation concert.  All you need to do is click here and VOTE! 
I guess that’s it for now.  Keep checking all summer long to hear from all of Exec who will give you a peek into their summers and what events they are most looking forward to in the Fall!
Happy Summer!

Spend the Summer with UPB

Hey JMU-

It’s officially summer- which means time for the UPB blog to get back up and running!

My name is Mitch Ramey, and I am the Public Relations Director of the University Program Board for 2010-2011.  With that title, it is now my responsibility and pleasure to be in charge of UPB’s blog.  The idea for a blog began last year when we decided that we wanted to increase our availability, transparency, and conversations with the JMU students. Everything UPB does is with the students in mind, and we are constantly looking for new suggestions and constructive criticism to make our programs the best that they can be.  The blog became a success last year, and I hope you continue to read and check up frequently, as myself, members of the Executive Board, and general body members all contribute to give you a “behind-the-scenes” look at one of JMU’s most active student organizations!  Along the way, we would love to hear comments, be given constructive criticism, and take suggestions for future programs! 

During the summer, I thought it would be a fun idea to show an inside look at who the Executive Board is for the 2010-2011 school year, and what we are up to this summer.  So here it goes…

Breaking Out of the “College Diet”

Vending machine snacks. All you can eat D-Hall and E-Hall. Late night Chanello’s cheesy bread.  And those oh-so-delicious but horrible for you Starbuck’s Frappuccinos.  It’s clear that the typical college student’s diet is far from perfect.  We’ve all heard of (and maybe even experienced) the Freshman 15, but with the end of the semester only weeks away, here are a few tips to start eating better and healthier this summer:



  • Eat at punch-only dining locations (such as Top Dog, Dukes, Festival, etc.) instead of all-you-can-eat dining halls like D-Hall and E-Hall.  You will almost always eat more than normal when the food selection is endless.
  • Eat breakfast.  The best way to kick off your day (and your metabolism) is to eat a good and healthy breakfast in the morning.  Skip the muffins and bagels and grab a piece of fruit or yogurt instead.
  • Replace the artificial energy drinks and high-calorie blended coffee drinks (490 calories for a Grande Java Chip Frappuccino) with plain ice coffee (only 5 calories!).  You will get the same caffeine fix without the guilt.
  • Better yet, drink water!  Nothing is better for you.
  • Consider a raw food diet: a diet based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, nuts, and dried fruit.

For a more in-depth look at the raw food lifestyle, come out to Free Screening of Supercharge Me! TONIGHT at 7pm in Memorial Hall.

– Mitch Ramey