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Art Therapy and Counseling graduate student finalist for the EXPYS ‘Best Intern Award’

Elizabeth Bailey-Grincrus & Natalie Jernigan

Elizabeth Bailey-Grincrus & Natalie Jernigan

On March 27, 2014, the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCH) and Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) presented The Expys, honoring students, employers and internship programs in Northeast Ohio.

Elizabeth Bailey-Grincius, Ursuline Art Therapy and Counseling graduate student, was nominated as a finalist in the category of the 2014 EXPYS Best Intern award. Bailey-Grincius is currently completing her internship at the Centers for Families and Children in Cleveland, Ohio. She was nominated by her site supervisor, Natalie Jernigan. Bailey-Grincius has been an outstanding student and the ATC department is extremely proud of her achievement.

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#UCStyleFiles Senior Words of Wisdom


One of the most influential courses for a student nearing graduation is Professor May Beard’s FH 452 Senior Symposium class. The course is designed so that students learn advice from various guest speakers in the industry, gain experience in constructing a proper resume and cover letter, and participating in a speed interview event.
With graduation approaching in December, I thought I would reflect on some words of wisdom from this past year’s guest speakers:
1.) I LOVE every area of fashion and I want to pursue, or at the very least give EVERYTHING a try. However, I was given a word of caution about this from the lovely Frechye Bush (our local FGI President and a favorite mentor of mine!) Frenchye admitted that she had the same exuberance I have, she wanted to do EVERYTHING. While there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious, you do at some point need to narrow it down a bit. The reason being is that what if you’re approaching a mentor and you tell them your lofty ideas for your career path and they too do not know where to start to guide you? If you write down your top 10 ideas and then narrow it down to your top 3 you can visually see how to incorporate your top 10 ideas into a focused top 3. Real life example: I found myself facing the dilemma of not being able to narrow down what I want to focus on for grad school. To make a long story short, I came up my top 3 ideas (Fashion, Journalism, and Advertising/PR), talked it out with another trusted mentor, and my top 3 ideas became one CONCISE, FOCUSED idea! (Shout out to Anne-Marie Gurko for getting me on the right track!)

2.) I owe this awesome idea to Frenchye: for those who are very visual like I am, sometimes it helps to physically compose a plan for your future and outline the steps necessary to execute your plan.

3.) Another important lesson is from Devin Vandermaas (Founder of The Factory 2.0) : college is an important time to network!  I’ve met some of the most amazing and influential people in the world wide and local fashion industry through Fashion Group International! Making as many connections as you can and having an “arsenal” of mentors is a necessary and ongoing part of life that might as well begin now. Devin also asserts that we should never be afraid to ask for advice when we need it.

4) We shouldn’t sweat it if we lack in the quantity of experience in the work field, because quality is far more important. Another guest speaker advised us to do whatever we think we needed to do to get necessary experience, such as taking on a workshop experience in Paris if you think that will give you the upper edge, or perfecting a seemingly unprofessional accent a la “Working Girl”–but each person has their own unique vision, level of taste, experiences, etc. and because we are uniquely individuals, that’s what we bring to a company. Never lose confidence in yourself no matter what you might think you’re competition has going for them.

5.) Are you currently in the process of lining up an internship? Some advice from an Ursuline Graduate, Stacy Piotrkowski: if you haven’t heard back from company you’re interning with, DO get in touch with them! To make a long story short, because Stacy followed up when she didn’t get a call back, she DID secure her internship with Seventeen Magazine!

6.) Lastly (there are SO many important lessons, this isn’t actually the last) if your boss has you “pushing a dumpling cart” at an office party, or running an errand to Mood on a rainy day in the city, you CAN speak up for yourself and politely suggest to your boss that your services would be better used doing something else besides being a “gopher.” A word of caution while making a suggestion like this is that you should remember to be RESPECTFUL and COURTEOUS to your boss :)

St. Martin de Porres

We did it!

Our first meeting at St. Martin’s is done, and I think it went well. We had a class of of 11 boys and girls who live in the Glenville area and we taught them about spreading germs. Of course we had the occasional hiccup because no kid wants to feel like the are in school, over the summer, but we kept them engaged and we all had fun. I wasn’t even nervous about doing my hand washing presentation. We will be going to St. Martin’s every other Thursday throughout the summer.  Our next topic will be vaccinations and communication. These kids are so amazing and open to learn, that just being in the room is a pleasure.  I can’t wait until our next session.

-Sharita Hill

Crazy Week

Usually my work week runs from Monday to Wednesday, but the last seven days have been anything but usual.  Since I’m the “new kid on the block”, my supervisor, Amanda, is making sure I get training and interaction with the team as much as possible so that I will feel comfortable working with the other ladies.  Monday night, after I put the kids to sleep, I started data entry for my relationship survey.  I must have really enjoyed it, because by the time I looked up it was 2:30am and I had entered my last question (question # 168).  The next morning I walked into work feeling very sure of myself, for having completed my first assignment, but was brought back down to reality after sitting through my first Lunch&Learn seminar.

Lunch&Learn is a program that is directed by Case faculty.  It brings all of the student interns together from each department and allows them to present the research that they are conducting over the summer.  We also have amazing catered lunches in the process.  The presentations are encouraged but are completely on a volunteer basis, so I wasn’t worried.  However we were informed that at the end of summer we MUST all present a poster about our research.  This scared me for two reasons; first because I recently participated in Ursuline’s research symposium so I know how much work it takes to make a scholarly poster.  Secondly, all of the other students in their summer program are current Case students who have been conducting their research since last year, and I just started mine last week.  I fear that I will misrepresent the greatness of my program because my actual research time is so limited.  Only time will tell how this story will end.

Wednesday I received training to do informed consents.  This is crucial for conducting my research because I am conducting research on human specimens, and they must be informed of their rights, or none of my research will be valid.  Also Wednesday through Friday I was in and out of the office taking meetings with Sabira and Brynn about the upcoming St. Martin de Porres program.  This is a summer outreach program for children ages 9-12 that teach them about the importance of making healthy life choices so that they can live a safer life.  The teenage peer educators lead the program under the advisory of Brynn, and since the program if funded through the church, the students cannot talk about contraceptives or much about sex.   The topics are surrounded around germs, hand washing, and vaccinations.  Brynn has asked me to speak with the students about what soap does to bacteria on a cellular level in order to drive the importance of hand washing home.  I’m nervous and excited about this. I’ll keep you posted on how next week goes, till then I will practice my presentation so that I don’t look like an idiot in a room full of preteens.

-Sharita Hill

Research is my life.

Research is my life.  I’m the kind of person who is never content with knowing that things work or don’t work.  I need to know how and why they work or don’t work. Science research allows me the opportunity to answer these questions through experiments and data collection.  My name is Sharita Hill.   I am 27 years old and a mother of two wonderful children. I am also a Biology Pre-med major at Ursuline. I will be starting my senior year in the Fall of 2013, but this blog is to talk about the amazing research opportunity that I received this summer.Sharita Hill

It all started around February of this year. Professor Snyder, of Ursuline’s biology department sent out a mass email to all of her science students about summer internship opportunities at Case Western Reserve University. This immediately caught my attention because Case is a very well known research school, not to mention it is where I plan to earn my master’s degree.  From the list I found the Minority HIV Research Training Program (MHRTP) through the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).  I would be spending the whole summer working with a team of doctors dedicated to introducing advancements, both medical and holistic, in the effort to fight HIV and AIDS.  It seemed like a dream come true.  The only problem was that the deadline for the application was one week away.

I scrambled to put together all of the things that the application required of me, and enlisted the help of chemistry professor Dr. Preston and  biology professor Snyder to write letters of recommendation for me.  They were both willing and able to produce letters within 24 hours. I’m not quite sure what they wrote, but two months later I received an email from the MHRTP, informing me that I was the only applicant who had been accepted into the program.

On May 24 I was able to have a face to face meeting with my program mentor, Dr. Robert Salata.  He is a Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at CWRU.  He is a fantastic mentor match for me.  He is devoted to research and making a difference in the world.  His research involves education and prevention techniques in order to prevent the spread of HIV. Using the prior education and prevention work that he has done in Uganda, he was able to design a very similar outreach program for a high risk HIV/ STI area here in Cleveland. The program is designed to target adolescents and teens. I was informed that I will be in charge of collecting statistical data concerning how informed teens are about safe sex practices and how their level of education contributes to the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) within the community. I will also be leading classes to help teens make better informed choices about safe sex practices.

My first official day of work will begin on Wednesday May 29. I’m very excited to see what impact I can have on furthering the goals of this program. The staff has been so welcoming to me; I only hope that I can add more greatness to this already fantastic team.