Bonner Briefs

Tuesday, March 25th
Howdy!

Just a quick update that the All Bonner Meeting this Sunday (March 30) will be taking place in Predolin 114. Please be sure to be there promptly at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 20th

Hey Everyone!

I apologize in advance for how long this one is, but there is a lot to cover, with one not going out last week because of Spring Break.

1) We have an all Bonner Meeting on MARCH 30, 2014. This is our final one of the year. There will be food served to due it running over dinner, from 4:00p-7:00p.

2)  On Sunday April 13, the Suicide Prevent Walk will occur. This will NOT count as hours, however it is a great event to attend. Here is a little more information on it... Also, talk to fellow Bonner, Elizabeth, for more information.
Registration is now open for this free community event! Become a member of this year's Suicide Prevention Walk group for Edgewood College faculty, staff, students, family members and friends. Join the team as a supporter, fundraiser, walker or all of the above. The Walk will be held Sunday, April 13 at noon at UW Madison's Sellery Hall. Follow the link to register or find us on ‘Edgewood College Violence Prevention’ Facebook page and become an advocate for suicide prevention. Team up with Edgewood College and UW Madison, honoring the memories of those we’ve lost to suicide and begin to help save lives.
3) The 9th Annual Hatheway History Lecture on March 26, will count for hours. This is a lecture that focuses on Brown v. Board of Education and will take place in Anderson starting at 7:00p. If you would like more information please let me know.
4) The DC- Internship has been extended until April 4. Please refer to prior Bonner Brief's or ask Tricia, Steve, or myself for more details.
5)  The Center for Multicultural Education is offering a series of lectures by Curtis Chin on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The attached "Small Poster Spring 2014" attachment offers much more in-depth detail. This does count for hours! Just print the form off of the Google sight and have someone attest that you were there!

That covers it all! Feel free to ask any questions if needed! Have a great Thursday, and I will see you all in 10 days.

Friday, March 7th

Hello Bonner Cohort!

I have a few announcements for this last day before Spring Break! Those of you going somewhere warm, I am so jealous!
Sorry this one is a not so brief, Bonner Brief.
First- Have your hours signed. They were supposed to be signed two days ago, so do them as soon as you can!
Second- The Bonner Foundation Accepting Applications for Summer Interns (Contact Tricia for more details)
The Bonner Foundation is excited to provide summer internship opportunities for up to four students during summer 2014. Each Bonner student selected will focus on a specific issue selected by the Foundation. These issues (college access, poverty-related, early education, civic engagement) are where the majority of Bonner students across the network are focusing their service hours. Over the course of the summer, interns will find best practices of how programs and students are tackling issues in the Bonner Network, conduct research on trends and efforts of national organizations and the federal government, combine all research to create an issue brief, travel to D.C. and N.Y.C. to develop strategic relationships with national organizations, and assist the program staff in executing  multiple national conferences and gatherings of the Bonner Network.
 
This internship placement is located in Princeton, New Jersey at The Bonner Foundation, lasts 8-10 weeks, and has tentative dates of June 5 until July 31. The is a paid internship opportunity that includes a $2,800 stipend package ($1000 for housing and $1800 for summer earnings) that will be provided by the Foundation.  If a Bonner attends a scholar school, their summer of service funding will assist in funding the full package.
  Application Deadline is Friday, March 14, 2014.
  Application Instructions can be found in the attached flyer!
Third- The Center for Multicultural Education 
They are offering a series of lectures by Curtis Chin on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The attached "Small Poster Spring 2014" attachment offers much more in-depth detail. This does count for hours! Just print the form off of the Google sight and have someone attest that you were there!

Tuesday, February 11th


Hey Everyone,

Just sending this to remind you that Intent to Renew Forms are due Feb. 14. Everyone needs to submit the form whether or not they intend to renew, so we can be aware of their preference.

Also, Bonner Leadership Team applications are due by Feb. 14.

I would like to thank everyone for all of the hard work that went into the cupcake stands! We went through 220 Random Act of Kindness Cupcakes in less than 2 days! Way to go and get all the word out!!


Thursday, January 23rd

Hello everyone!

I hope that your semester is starting off great! I am just reminding you of our full cohort meeting this Saturday at 10:00a.  It will be in Predolin 118 and I can't wait to see you all there.

Secondly, there is an opportunity to receive an internship in Washington DC via the Institute of Philanthropy and Voluntary Services. You would intern in some of Washington DCs non-profit organizations, take courses for credit, and even get to live in downtown DC! To make this deal even sweeter, almost 80% of the interns receive scholarships to help offset the costs. If you want more information just send me an email or talk to me on Saturday

Friday, January 17th


Hey Everyone,

I hope that you are all having a great Winter Break and an even better start to the new year! I am just sending a reminder that we have an all Bonner Group Meeting on January 25 at 10:00a. It will be in Predolin 118, and lunch will be served!

Mark your calendars and I look forward to seeing everyone there


Thursday, December 19th

Hello!!

Just one quick announcement this week.

A quick reminder that we have a January All Bonner Meeting, Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

I hope you all had a great finals week!

Thursday, December 12th


Hey Everyone,

So apparently my last few Bonner Briefs have not been sending out. I am not sure what is up with that. Anyways here are a few opportunities to get hours during the next week (Toy Distribution) and beyond (Food Pantry). I hope you all have a great finals week!!

Toy Set Up and Distribution (Dec. 16-19)
Christmas provides a special opportunity for giving at The Salvation Army of Dane County. In these activities, many experience the true meaning of Christmas - giving ourselves unconditionally to others.  May this holiday season be special to you and yours!
Would you consider helping guide parents through their shopping experience as they select gifts for their children?
Set up: December 16th 9:00am to 1:00pm or Distribution: December 17th-19th 8:00am to 12:30pm or Noon to 4:00pm                                                                                                                                
Food Pantry
The Salvation Army helps address hunger in Dane County by offering patrons an emergency 3-4 days’ supply of food. We aim to create an inviting atmosphere for people to shop in. As a pantry volunteer, you will be assisting clients with their food choices and answering questions they have. If they need help out to their car, feel free to assist them further. This attention to detail lets our customers know we care about them. With your help we can impact lives and empower those in need. There is also the option to volunteer during stocking shifts or during open pantry hours in order to stock, depending on interest.    
Hours: 
Monday and Wednesday - 10:00am to 1:00pm 

Wednesday Afternoon - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Tuesday/Thursday - Noon to 3:00pm

Tuesday, November 19th


Hello Bonners,

Just a correction from last week, the November hours need to be signed at the normal time, by December 5. I meant to write the October hours.

Just a quick reminder that to get approval for any new service opportunities during the Winter Break. This is especially important because there are many fundraising opportunities during the holiday season that are not able to be counted toward Bonner AmeriCorps hours (e.g. Salvation Army bell ringing, gift wrapping fundraisers, etc.). Please be sure to get approval before starting any new service placement. Email Tricia directly about one-time service opportunities and submit a CLA for any on-going service opportunities.
 
This week I have an internship that may be of interest to you all.This internship is in Washington DC and is for the Institute of Philanthropy and Voluntary Service. There is more information below.

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. SERVE. in Washington, DC
www.DCinternships.org/IPVS
June 8 – August 1, 2014

*Guaranteed Nonprofit Internships - Courses for Credit - Housing in Downtown DC
*Early Deadline: December 9, 2013

*Scholarship Funding Available
 
Spend a summer interning in the nation’s capital and gain that competitive edge. Taking advantage of a Washington, DC internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college.  The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes a guaranteed internship placement in the nonprofit sector, courses for transferable credit from George Mason University, and furnished housing conveniently located just steps from the White House in downtown Washington. Students also benefit from networking events, exclusive briefings, and guest speakers.

If this is something that interests you, I can pass more information your way.

Tuesday, November 12th


Hey everyone,

Please remember to sign your November hours if you have not done so yet!

I hope your week is going great!! Just one quick thing, regarding additional hours. The Boys and Girls Club a need for volunteers for their Annual Holiday Wrapping party.  This event includes taking donated toys and making them look beautiful for the kids.  The Wrapping Party will be at the Boys & Girls Club (2001 Taft Street) on Thursday, December 19th from 4:30-7:30.  This finals week, and I know how busy we all are, but I figured I’d at least send the information out, and may also serve as a good study break. There will be free food, cocoa and holiday music and a chance to make some kids smile! 

Tuesday, November 5th


Hey Everyone,


I hope that you are well! This Bonner Brief will be brief, I promise, there are just two announcements.

The first is an opportunity for hours by attending the upcoming screening of Tough Guise 2, a recently released sequel to the Jackson Katz documentary on manhood, masculinity, and a culture of violence. The screening will be in Anderson Auditorium next Wednesday, November 13th, beginning at 7pm. Lisa King and David Lambert will be facilitating a discussion following the 64-minute film. The poster is attached for more information. Just attend with a One-Time Form and have either Lisa or David sign it.

Second, the timetable for classes for the Spring 2014 classes has been released. Remember you may have made a specific time commitment, such as The Salvation Army on Mondays from 6:00-8:00, and you need to take this into account while scheduling next semester. Some places are much more flexible and this will not make a difference to your site. Please take the time to inform your Site Team Contact at the organization to let them know your schedule is changing so you can continue volunteering at your site.

Tuesday, October 29th

Happy Halloween Everyone!!


I hope that everyone is doing fantastic! I am apologizing for the length beforehand, there is a lot of important information. Just a few quick reminders, first of all, then end of the month is this Thursday, October 31, so please sign your hours as soon as you can, and by November 5 at the latest so all of our site team supervisors can receive them and sign them.

Secondly, most of you may have received a copy of mid-semester academic progress reports for your courses. As you may recall, we asked you all to sign a release at the beginning of the year that gave us permission to check on your academic progress while enrolled in Bonner. These mid-semester academic reports are one way we receive feedback on how you are all doing academically.

We use the mid-semester reports to make sure you are all continuing to progress well academically. We DO NOT use the reports to penalize you or negatively impact your standing in Bonner.

Please know that if you received more than one mid-semester report indicating that you may be struggling academically, Steve or Tricia will be contacting you to check-in with you. We will just want to make sure you know what academic resources are on campus to assist you and offer any support that we can as well.

Finally, please be aware that Winter Break will be here before we know it and that it is necessary to have a plan to continue to volunteer over winter break. That being said, please try and have all CLA's and one-time forms signed in by Thanksgiving, or just after if you have to go home and someone sign it there. Make sure to ask Tricia or Steve if the site that you plan on volunteering at is in line with the Bonner and Americorp guidelines.

If you are staying in Madison there are several wintertime and a few that are year round options at the Salvation Army of Dane County. If any of the following seem interesting and work with your schedule, please contact Deb Crye at Debra_Crye@usc.salvationarmy.org. The following activities all need volunteers and will take any help they can get, these were given to me directly from Deb. 

Christmas Assistance Registration (Nov.4-Nov.20)
Help us register 3,000 families to receive toys for their children and a gift card for Christmas. Volunteers will welcome families from diverse and ethnic backgrounds, receive their documentation and enter their application into a data base. The successful volunteer will enjoy people and have data entry experience.  

Hours: 10:00am to 2:00pm Monday-Friday or Tuesday evening 6:00pm-8:00pm

Toy Set Up and Distribution (Dec. 16-19)
Christmas provides a special opportunity for giving at The Salvation Army of Dane County. In these activities, many experience the true meaning of Christmas - giving ourselves unconditionally to others.  May this holiday season be special to you and yours!
Would you consider helping guide parents through their shopping experience as they select gifts for their children?
Set up: December 16th 9:00am to 1:00pm or Distribution: December 17th-19th 8:00am to 12:30pm or Noon to 4:00pm                                                                                                                                
Food Pantry
The Salvation Army helps address hunger in Dane County by offering patrons an emergency 3-4 days’ supply of food. We aim to create an inviting atmosphere for people to shop in. As a pantry volunteer, you will be assisting clients with their food choices and answering questions they have. If they need help out to their car, feel free to assist them further. This attention to detail lets our customers know we care about them. With your help we can impact lives and empower those in need. There is also the option to volunteer during stocking shifts or during open pantry hours in order to stock, depending on interest.    
Hours: 
Monday and Wednesday - 10:00am to 1:00pm 

Wednesday Afternoon - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Tuesday/Thursday - Noon to 3:00pm


After School Program                                                                                                                            The After School Program is for children in grades K-5. It provides help with homework, plus additional activities such as crafts, Bible stories, recreation, and computer lab. Field trips are also scheduled during the year.  The Salvation Army provides transportation from some area schools to the Community Center.  Parents are responsible for transportation from the Community Center to home.
Hours: Monday: 1:45pm to 5:00 pm or Tuesday-Friday: 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Again, my sincerest apologizes for the length! I hope that you all had a wonderful and safe past weekend! And a Happy Halloween to all!

Tuesday, October 22nd


Hey Everyone!! 


I hope that you are having a stress-free week and everything is going good. Here is what is going on in the world of Bonner and everything around Edgewood College directly affecting us as Bonner students.

REMINDER/INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PRINT PAPER TIME LOGS FROM BWBRS
There has been some confusion related to how to print and submit paper time logs. If you are volunteering at an agency where the site supervisor prefers to print paper time logs (vs. sign electronically) please make sure to follow the below steps to correctly print paper time logs.
  • At the end of the month make sure you have logged all your volunteer recruitment hours in BWBRS.
  • Electronically sign all your hours for the month in BWBRS (under Report tab).
  • Under the same Report tab you will see a drop-down box in the upper right-hand corner of the screen that reads ‘Available Actions.’ Select that drop-down arrow and select ‘Print HTML’.
  • A new screen will open and show all of your hours logged for that month, along with signature lines at the bottom.
  • Print this page. You first need to sign and date the top line. Then take the form to your site supervisor so he/she can sign and date the appropriate line. (Remember that the site supervisor needs to date the form ON or AFTER the date that you indicate next to your signature.)
  • After both you and your site supervisor have signed the form please put it in the blue inbox in P109.
 
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPPORTUNITIES – Students will need to be sure to print a Training Event Time Log from the Bonner Google site and have a staff member at the event sign off on it. (Your total training hours may not exceed 60 hours for the year.)
 
“DNA Saved My Life: An Exoneration Story”
Tuesday, October 22nd
7:00 p.m.,  Anderson Auditorium
Ray Krone was originally sentenced to death in 1992 for homicide. Finally in 2002, through the use of DNA evidence, he was able to prove his actual innocence and was released after spending 10 years and 4 months in the Arizona prison system. Come to hear Ray Krone speak about his experience with the criminal justice system.
 
Communication Makes or Breaks a Life
Thursday, Oct. 24
10:00-11:30 a.m., Anderson Auditorium
Roy Bedward is an artist, poet, essayist, and 35 year-old man with autism. He has written extensively about his life as an individual with autism – from the time when he was a little boy living in an institution to his life as a grown man living in the community. Come to experience Roy’s art and hear his story.
 
Andre Koen – Cultural Competencies Presentation
Thursday, October 24 2013
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Anderson Auditorium
Examine your beliefs, explore other cultures, and learn how to best support diverse community partners in their mission to assist young people.

And the  last chance to sign up for Mary House Service Day is Thursday of this week. Please see attached for more details. You will get 8 hours of service!


Thursday, October 3rd


Hey Everyone-


Just a quick heads up, the date for the Audobon has been changed to Sunday October 26, 2013. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Also, just a reminder to turn in your Leap 2 College applications if you are still interested in helping out with that.


Tuesday, October 1st

Howdy Y'all,


Many different things will be covered in this Bonner Brief. I apologize for the length in advance.

First and most important, sign your September hours!! This has to be done as soon as you can. Along these lines, start to think about a secondary or tertiary site to log additional hours to reach your goal of 300. And also begin to brainstorm ideas for winter break.

Second, a quick reminder about the Oct. 13 All Bonner meeting in Predolin 114. At this session, the new members will deliver a presentation on their site team. This should include a brief history, what you do, and also what the future holds. It does not have to be on a PowerPoint but this has worked well in the past. While the new members are doing this, the returning members will have a break out session lead by Mindy, Rose, and myself talking about the direction that we, as a cohort, want to see our Bonner program move.

Third, we have a few other opportunities coming up on campus.

October 13 at 9:00am - 12:30pm
W7503 Kampen RoadArlington, WI 53911
 
October 17 at 12:00pm - 3:30pm
(This trip would occur after the Coat collection

LEAP 2 College Mentor application can either be filled out online at the following link https://edgewood.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_efWTcPmBkDqywe1  or can be printed off the attachment and submitted.  The campus visit dates are listed below.
  1. Two mandatory campus visits:
    1. Saturday October 26th 10:15am-2pm
    2. Monday April 7th 3-7:30pm
  2. End of the Year celebration: Saturday, May 3rd time TBA (morning visit)
There is also a mentor training required. There are two dates set, but Elise can also meet with folks at other times if neither of these dates work for them. Mentor Orientation & Training: either Oct 15th 12-1:30p or Oct 16th 11-12:30.

If you have any questions please send them my way and I will gladly try and help you out.


Friday, September 13th

Hey Everyone,

I hope that your first few weeks back to school have been a smooth transition back in. I know that many have started volunteering at their sites, and great job on that. There are a few more opportunities to gain some valuable knowledge as well as hours in the upcoming week.

First, is a film and discussion. This film has ties to the common reading which dealt with a young child living and dealing with having autism. In the movie Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future. To count these hours just print off a one-time form from the Google site and have someone that presented the movie or led the discussion to sign the form. This is on Tuesday, October 1, with the movie starting at 230p in Anderson and the discussion starts at about 400p.

Second, just a reminder about the Leap2College Mentor Program. With this you are required to write a handful of letters to a buddy and they will write back to you. Along with the letters you will also attend a few field trips with your buddy. Here is the link if you would like to participate, https://edgewood.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_efWTcPmBkDqywe1

Again, if you have not signed your hours for the month of August, please do so ASAP!


Sunday, September 1st

Hello Bonner's!


Welcome to the Bonner Brief! Just a few announcements to get you started.

1) Today is September 1st, so make sure you remember to sign your hours for the month of August! If you need a reminder on how to sign, I have listed the steps below.
1. Click on Hour Logs on your side tabs on BWBRS
2. Click on Report
3. Make sure the drop down menu says August 2013, NOT Entire Semester.
4. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and type your name as shown, then click Save.

2) Below is the link for the LEAP 2 College mentoring program application. This is a great way to get hours that is not time consuming and allows you to be an amazing role model for kids!


3) Some of you may have received this e-mail from Rose or your Site Team Leader, but just a reminder.

"On Sept. 8th (Sunday) from 5pm to 8pm at 1118 S Park Street, the Literacy Network needs volunteers who know how to paint a room to help clean and paint classrooms.
 
I can take up to 6 more volunteers with me.
Let me know by Monday if you would like to join me.
I plan to take the bus there and back from Edgewood Campus.
 
There will be snacks."

Again, if you wish to do this, please contact Rose (Charlotte) by tomorrow!

Hope you are all enjoying your long weekend and, as always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions!
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