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30

Aug

The picture/quote above went really well with the reading on fostering sustainable behavior… there’s even a sort of green hue going on in there. 
While doing the assigned reading and looking over the VCU Sustainability website I’ve had a few thoughts. I haven’t been able to flesh them out into anything more than observations as of yet, but before they flee my mind here are some:
I had no idea that VCU was the “greenest” university in Virginia. 
I don’t know why I find them so fascinating but the “big mouth” trash bins on campus that alert when they’re full as well as other green benefits sound awesome. I’m going to keep an eye out so I can use them.
I was looking at the building energy dashboard website, that breaks down the Kwh used for each VCU building, and I noticed that Sander Hall was unusually high. I didn’t know what was in the building, but upon finding out that Technology Services was there, it made a lot of sense.
I find it very interesting that the idea of saving money did not bring about behavior changes in most people…In this recession people would still prefer to stick with the same routine as opposed to altering their behavior a little to save money? Those must be the people still buying the $300 pairs of shoes, I guess.
Only 8 out of 40 people used their energy efficient light bulbs?!? They were handed to them. I just can’t understand why it would be so difficult to install them.
It took me so long to change my own behaviors when it came to turning the faucet off while I brushed my teeth and other such activities. That being said, when reading all of this info on sustainability I realized that I turned off the faucet without a second thought now. Just a little self reflection
Well that’s about all I have for now. I look forward to meeting with Jacek Ghosh, from the Office of Sustainability tonight in class.

The picture/quote above went really well with the reading on fostering sustainable behavior… there’s even a sort of green hue going on in there. 

While doing the assigned reading and looking over the VCU Sustainability website I’ve had a few thoughts. I haven’t been able to flesh them out into anything more than observations as of yet, but before they flee my mind here are some:

  • I had no idea that VCU was the “greenest” university in Virginia. 
  • I don’t know why I find them so fascinating but the “big mouth” trash bins on campus that alert when they’re full as well as other green benefits sound awesome. I’m going to keep an eye out so I can use them.
  • I was looking at the building energy dashboard website, that breaks down the Kwh used for each VCU building, and I noticed that Sander Hall was unusually high. I didn’t know what was in the building, but upon finding out that Technology Services was there, it made a lot of sense.
  • I find it very interesting that the idea of saving money did not bring about behavior changes in most people…In this recession people would still prefer to stick with the same routine as opposed to altering their behavior a little to save money? Those must be the people still buying the $300 pairs of shoes, I guess.
  • Only 8 out of 40 people used their energy efficient light bulbs?!? They were handed to them. I just can’t understand why it would be so difficult to install them.
  • It took me so long to change my own behaviors when it came to turning the faucet off while I brushed my teeth and other such activities. That being said, when reading all of this info on sustainability I realized that I turned off the faucet without a second thought now. Just a little self reflection

Well that’s about all I have for now. I look forward to meeting with Jacek Ghosh, from the Office of Sustainability tonight in class.

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New semester, New perspective

This PR student is back in school and so the hiatus from PR ends. Although, if I’m honest I never stopped thinking of PR. In fact, I thought about PR this summer than I have ever done.

I interned for the Virginia Center for Latin American Art, as I’ve mentioned before. I learned a lot through that experience and through the help of my very supportive boss, I even self taught myself some new PR pearls of wisdom. I will delve into my internship and the rich knowledge I gained on a later post. 

For now, this post is just a way to reintroduce myself to the world of PR blogging. I have picked it back up for my MASC Public Relations Campaigns course, but I hope that when that requirement ends I won’t find myself abandoning my blog for my other tumblr that is made up of song lyrics, girly quotes, and pictures of cats & other fluff. Pun intended. I’m graduating after all, it’s time to get serious. (If you like fluff don’t worry, I’ll continue to post on that one as well)

Welcome MASC 439 to my inner thoughts In, On, & About PR. 

Leslie Rivera

07

May

A ‘magic bullet’ for student aid applications

nbclatino:

(Photo/Getty Images)

BY ESTHER J. CEPEDA


CHICAGO — Public policy wonks are always looking for magic bullets that have a shot at making a real impact. Every once in a while, one seems to come along.

Take the intractable issue of getting high school seniors to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). High school teachers, guidance counselors and college access organizations across the country know the FAFSA as the mechanism for connecting the neediest students to federal and state grants, work-study awards, and loans for college.

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05

May

MIT and Harvard partner to offer online classes for all

nbclatino:

Harvard President Drew Faust, left, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Susan Hockfield announcing a new partnership in online education called edX. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Bill Greene) 

Online college courses get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to legitimacy and many top universities have been slow to adopt them. Enter Harvard and MIT who have come together to launch a $60 million initiative to offer free, online, college-level courses. 

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27

Apr

VCU unveils design of $32 million art institute

This is big for VCU. It will be only one of the busiest intersections, and it is a striking work of architectural art. I am excited to see the direction VCU is going. I hope that one day VACLAA can work with them. I also hope that I will be a part of it. 

-Leslie Rivera

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24

Apr


I’m a fan of the Kid Cudi song, and the meaning behind it. 

I have just started an internship for the Virginia Center for Latin American Art (VACLAA). The organization has just started this year, so I’m going to have the opportunity to have a real impact. You are now reading the blog of the Director of Communications for VACLAA. 
VACLAA’s mission is to raise awareness of Latin America through art. This next First Friday will be my first opportunity to get involved in the community. I’m looking forward to networking and find new opportunities to reach our public. 
Leslie 

I’m a fan of the Kid Cudi song, and the meaning behind it. 

I have just started an internship for the Virginia Center for Latin American Art (VACLAA). The organization has just started this year, so I’m going to have the opportunity to have a real impact. You are now reading the blog of the Director of Communications for VACLAA. 

VACLAA’s mission is to raise awareness of Latin America through art. This next First Friday will be my first opportunity to get involved in the community. I’m looking forward to networking and find new opportunities to reach our public. 

Leslie 

(Source: jonpikachu)

19

Apr

Internship for VACLAA

I got an internship with the Virginia Center for Latin American Art. This is a really exciting opportunity for me, considering the non-profit organization just started in January. I will be in charge of their social media efforts and help them with other aspects of their public relations. I really look forward to this opportunity. I will post more details on the matter soon!

16

Apr

Is There Such a Thing as Hispanic Identity? Despite All the Variety, Yes.

I’ve done some reading on the topic, and this has some interesting points from PEW.