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get ready to dip!

dd1This Sunday, March 9th, members of the Union College community will be plunging down a 30-foot slide into icy cold waters in order to show support and raise awareness for three young and cancer-stricken members of our campus community.

dd2This year’s second annual Dutchmen Dip will be supporting 11-year-old Kristen Shinebarger, Justin Lloyd ’16, and Nate Greenberg ’14.

Kristen Shinebarger is an 11-year-old member of the Union College community has recently undergone treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer for the second time. On September 11, 2012, Kristen’s leg was amputated in order to battle this disease. Money raised will assist the cost of her prosthetic leg, which must be continually changed as she continues to grow.  Shelly Shinebarger, Kristen’s mother, is the Director of Student Support Services at Union College.

Justin Lloyd ‘16 was diagnosed in February 2013 with Adenocarcionma. He has undergone right colectomy surgery to remove a tumor, and chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Justin is a member of the Varsity Baseball team and is planning to become an Economics major. His hometown is Milton, Massachusetts.

Nate Greenberg ’14 was diagnosed in August 2013 with Ewing’s Sarcoma. He has undergone a full hip replacement, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Nate is the captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team and an Economics major. His hometown is Westport, Connecticut.

dd3Last year the Dip was an absolute riot. It was freezing outside, yet our Dutchmen braved the cold to show support for little Kristen. This year should be even more fantastic. It was not an easy year for our college, learning that so many kids near and dear to our hearts were now fighting a life-or-death battle against sicknesses so ruthless, but in typical Union fashion we know how to come together as a community to show that our friends are not fighting alone.

dd4All of the money raised this year will be split between the three families in order to help cover treatment costs and medical bills.

If YOU want to be a part of this incredible cause, please donate HERE. Please click on the green “Contribute” button on the right to make a donation!!

If you’d like to create your own personal fundraising page for this cause click HERE.

If you want to learn more about the event or join the conversation, please check out the Dutchmen Dip Facebook page or check out the Dutchmen Dip blog!

that's my best friend's chinchilla, Skittles, that Kristen is snuggling with!

that’s my best friend’s chinchilla, Skittles, that Kristen is snuggling with!

Remember, “It’s never too cold to make a difference!”

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crunch time

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It’s crunch time for Union College’s second annual Dutchmen Dip!

If YOU want to be a part of this incredible cause, please donate at: https://rally.org/dutchmendip1/h5FItWkOWrs/catziac

Please click on the green “Contribute” button on the right to make a donation!!

If you want to learn more about the event or join the conversation, please check out the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DutchmanDip

Or check out the Dutchmen Dip’s own blog at: http://dutchmendip.wordpress.com

And remember, “It’s never too cold to make a difference!”

dutchmen dip 2014

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Some of you may recall the Dutchmen Dip fundraiser my school’s Colleges Against Cancer club ran last year in support of the adorable (and still fighting!) Kristen Shinebarger. This year we’re at it again, but this time we’re rallying for not one, but three young member of our campus community who are battling cancer:

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Justin Lloyd ‘16 was diagnosed in February 2013 with Adenocarcionma. He has undergone right colectomy surgery to remove a tumor, and chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Justin is a member of the Varsity Baseball team and is planning to become an Economics major. His hometown is Milton, Massachusetts.

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Nate Greenberg ’14 was diagnosed in August 2013 with Ewing’s Sarcoma. He has undergone a full hip replacement, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Nate is the captain the Varsity Lacrosse team and an Economics major. His hometown is Westport, Connecticut.

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Kristen Shinebarger is an 11-year-old member of the Union College community has recently undergone treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, for the second time. On September 11, 2012, Kristen’s leg was amputated in order to battle this disease. Money raised will assist the cost of her prosthetic leg, which must be continually changed as she continues to grow.  Shelly Shinebarger, Kristen’s mother, is the Director of Student Support Services at Union College.

In order to raise money, students are volunteering to slide down a 30ft blow-up slide and plunge into icy cold water on Sunday, March 9th. All of the money raised from the event will directly benefit the families of the children battling cancer. This year we’re hoping to raise an amazing $15,000.

If YOU want to be a part of this incredible cause, please donate at: https://rally.org/dutchmendip1/h5FItWkOWrs/catziac

Please click on the green “Contribute” button on the right to make a donation!!

If you want to learn more about the event or join the conversation, please check out the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DutchmanDip

Or check out the Dutchmen Dip’s own blog at: http://dutchmendip.wordpress.com

Thank you again for making a little sacrifice for families that have sacrificed everything!

ski city

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This weekend my ski trip to Okemo was a major success! I spent almost the entire day skiing and really felt myself making a lot of progress. The conditions were definitely not ideal for a beginner skier (read: brutal sheets of ice down hill into trenches of fluffy, killer powder), but I only fell a handful of times and always got back up! Learning anything new is always a challenge, but I really enjoy putting my mind to something and then achieving it. Learning how to ski is the perfect challenge for me this winter; I love being active and any reason to love a cold, previously miserable season sounds good to me! I’m looking forward to some more Thursday and Saturday trips this week. See you on the slopes!

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Tomorrow I will be going to Okemo with my school’s Skiing and Snowboarding club. I am so excited! I am quite the skiing novice (My first time was about a month ago in California… my second was last night at Jiminy Peak…), but I am thrilled at the idea of utilizing every opportunity I can to improve my skills. I think the thing that I like most about skiing is that it can be a life-long skill and hobby. Definitely expect to hear more about this upcoming adventure and maybe a video or two!

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How do you appreciate the snow this time of year?

cuddly and cozy

consider this my weekend "desk"

consider this my weekend “desk”

Sometimes you just need a cuddly and cozy weekend in. Recently I have felt like I’m running around like a kitten with her tail cut off and I just need some hard core R&R. Save for a Russian Club event tonight and my grandmother’s birthday celebration tomorrow, I am going to do my best this weekend to just take it easy. Granted, I can never completely escape from doing school work on the weekends (unlike real life), but that doesn’t mean I can’t be productive while cuddling up with a super snuggly blanket! Does anyone else have no plans as their weekend plans?

is this not the perfect weekend-in set-up?

is this not the perfect weekend-in set-up?

be present in life

 

be preset in lifeI have always had a passion for entrepreneurial pursuits; I’ve taken a few courses on the subject (both awesome and part of the reason I came to Union College), love attending entrepreneurial events, and am always so impressed by the ideas and the schedule! There are so many articles and videos and sites about entrepreneurship on the internet, but I find that I like to read the same articles over and over again and am able to find new inspiration and new interpretations with every read. One of those articles is the Wall Street Journal’s “How Entrepreneurs Come Up With Great Ideas.” I think my favorite piece of advice from the article is Angela Benton‘s (Founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator) suggestion to “be present in life.” She mentions how, “Something as simple as having a cup of coffee becomes a juggling act of replying to emails and managing schedules” (guilty!) and says that as long as we can find balance for everything in our lives — the sciences, the arts, the practical, the “impractical” — an awesome idea just might come our way! So, even if you’re not hoping to start your own business one day, but are merely looking for some thesis inspiration, be present today. You never know what might pop into your head!