Where in the world is Emily Brandon?By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Emily Brandon is a graduate of Georgetown College and was a double major in English and Philosophy. She has been the Director of International Programs since the spring of 2008 and, although she did not study abroad while an undergraduate student, she was very involved with the United Nations of Georgetown and the international students around campus.
As a small child, Emily was raised in Hardin County, Ky. She loved learning about other countries ever since she began going to church at a young age. At age 11, in the 5th grade, her parents moved her and her sisters to France so they could learn to speak French before her parents started their new job in the African country of Burundi. While there, a coup occurred, and just like in the movies, she and her family were evacuated via a small airplane. Rather than being home-schooled or going to a French school, she and her twin sister went to a boarding school in Kenya. She was able to learn Swahili as her foreign language and graduated with a degree that was recognizable in the United States.
For her higher education, she chose Georgetown College because it was close to her extended family and some of her friends from Kenya lived in Georgetown as missionaries- in-residence. During her summer breaks, she returned “home” to Kenya to see her parents and younger sister. After graduation, she took a job teaching French at Woodford County High School, then a year later went to Kenya and taught French at her former high school. She was accepted as a Fulbright Scholar and went to Belgium to be a teaching assistant for English and American Studies for a year. After her Fulbright was up, Emily stayed in Belgium where she pursued a Master’s Degree in Cultures and Development Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She wanted to work in Africa as a project manager in the development sector or something relating to intercultural issues.
In between her Master’s program and beginning her career here at Georgetown, Emily had a short stint as the restaurant manager of The Whistle Stop in Hardin County. As the Director of International Programs, Emily is responsible for bringing together and supporting study abroad programs, international students and international things in general.
When not at work, Emily likes to entertain dinner guests, go dancing, travel and have new experiences whenever possible. She also enjoys playing tennis and squash. In 10 years, Emily envisions herself still at Georgetown with much-expanded International Programs or possibly living somewhere with a warmer climate. Currently, she is preparing to welcome her first niece into the world, as her twin sister Keely should be having her first child in a matter of days.
GC Mailbox Deliveries sends out gifts to brighten students’ daysBy AVA JORDAN
This past fall, Sophomore Stephanie Sawyer started a group on Facebook called GC Mailbox Deliveries, which was designed to improve the Georgetown student experience by creating a small group of students who would willingly send each other gifts and notes with the intention of brightening another student’s day. There are currently 83 students in the Facebook group and Sawyer herself has sent out about a dozen gifts since she first started the group in early October. The first student to receive a “Mailbox Delivery” was Meghan Harris, a junior. Sawyer first came up with the idea after working at the Northern Elementary Fall Carnival with her mother.
According to Sawyer, “One of the games there was called ‘Special Delivery,’ where the kids would put their ticket in the mailbox, watch the flag go up, then open the mailbox door to see a prize inside. The kids loved it and it got me thinking about how everyone loves to get mail.” Sawyer truly enjoys sending these packages through the mail, but wants to be sure students realize that the program cannot function without donations due to the cost of providing these gifts.
Any students interested in donating to the GC Mailbox Deliveries program can send them to box number 1420 or can contact her through e-mail at ssawyer0. The gifts Sawyer sends out “vary from candy to pens to fun little toys”—anything to provide a break from the flyers students typically receive. Each delivery comes with an encouraging note to help the person make it through the day or week. Students interested in giving or receiving a gift can contact Sawyer or join the Facebook group for further information.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: ANDY SMITHBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
When asked what he is most passionate about in life, senior Andy Smith said, “living it to the fullest because you never know if there’s a tomorrow. Except of course it’s tomorrow in Australia already, so tomorrow really is going to happen.” A response such as this is very typical of this witty, yet laid back senior from Nicholasville, Ky. This History/Political Science double major is very interested in the government styles of different Latin American countries, and is applying to the University of Louisville for a Masters in Political Science. To keep his options open, Andy is also applying to the Brandeis School of Law at U of L.
In his spare time, Andy can be found working as the REC Supervisor on Friday evenings, riding his Tennessee Walker, Mike, or working horse shows at Lakeside Arena in Frankfort. He has been riding horses for over 10 years and is currently training to compete in the National Walking Horse Association’s National Show in Tenn. in October. Andy is very involved with Phi Kappa Tau fraternity; he is a former two-term Vice President, currently serves as the assistant Ritual Chair and was awarded the Jerry Lucas Scholarship Award for Phi Kappa Tau Outstanding Senior. He grew a lot during his time as VP, where he helped market alumni events, fundraisers and events on campus, and he was held to a higher standard because he was in an executive position.
His favorite college experience was when he studied abroad last summer in Prague, Czech Republic for five weeks. He studied Art History and Political Science, and was able to tour churches and art museums on a regular basis as well as travel to Poland and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since discovering the program at the involvement fair early on in his freshman year, Andy has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has mentored his “little brother” one day a week since he was in third grade. “It’s been great having such an influence and being such a role model for someone,” he said when asked what he has learned from this experience. He hopes to continue mentoring even after graduation.
Andy’s advice to underclassmen is to “Enjoy every minute, ask questions, try new things and enjoy life.”
Change is underway for Student Life at GeorgetownBy DANIELLE GILFORD
In an effort to create a better weekend life here at Georgetown, students, along with Angela Taylor, Director of Greek Life and Judicial Affairs, and Dr. Gambill, Dean of Students, met during a friendly meeting in the Hall of Fame Room to discuss the possibilities. All involved in the focus group were eager to reach an agreement about what should be done to improve campus life on the weekends.
The students were asked a series of questions regarding their knowledge of what is available to them during weekends, what types of activities they would like to see become available on campus and what would make students participate, to name a few. A few students mentioned they would like their fellow students to get more involved by staying on campus during the weekends and attending events such as dances and sports games. It was brought up that one possible reason for the lack of participation could be that students are unaware of the events taking place. Possible solutions include more signs, Facebook messages, someone standing outside of the Caf during lunch, word of mouth, etc. It was also suggested that events be kept $5 and under to give more students the opportunity to do something fun that they can realistically afford.
When asked what they like to do on weekends, students had similar answers—hang out in dorm rooms, go to the movies, play sports or work out in the Rec, shop, go bowling— all typical activities of the average college student. Students had multiple ideas regarding services that would improve weekends on campus. One idea was to have the Rec open earlier on Saturday and Sunday. This would be more convenient for the early risers who enjoy working out in the morning. They would not have to wait until 10 a.m. on Saturdays and noon on Sundays to use the Rec. Another idea was to extend the hours of the Caf, Grille and Mulberry. It was also discussed to have the Grille be open for lunch on Saturdays. Though no plans have been set in stone, Georgetown Student Life is off to a great start and changes are soon to come.