Mentor of the Week: Matt Clohisy

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Congratulations to our second mentor of the week this semester, Matt Clohisy.  In addition to being a member of the Wash U Baseball team, Matt also takes time to volunteer with B&B and contribute to the St. Louis community that he grew up in.  Here is more info on Matt:

1. What are you studying?
Mechanical Engineering
2. When did you start BnB? Why do you continue doing it?
I started this semester.   I did some inner city tutoring in high school and I thought B&B would  be a lot of fun and good service opportunity that could break up my schedule.I know a number of people who have done it and recommended it to me. 
4. Name one spot on campus you would want to go, kick your feet up, and tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to admire whatever is above:
The new business school- pretty sweet building. 
5. A mix between a tiger and a silverback gorilla is threatening the very existence of BnB, how do you stop it?
Gather a band of warriors to fight it.
6. What would be your BnB pitch to a specific mentor?
First off its a lot of fun for yourself, its a really good time getting to play with kids. At the same time its nice to put something in your week thats really worth your time thats not your usual studying or an on campus activity.
7. What is your favorite joke? 
What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef. 
What do you call a cow with a twitch? Beef Jerky  
8. What is your spirit animal?
Grizzly Bear- I like to sleep and eat and feel dominant at times. 

Congrats Matt – thanks for your hard work and commitment to B&B!

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Mentor of the Week: Sandra Yamada

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Congratulations to our first mentor of the week this fall, Sandra Yamada!  In addition to being an outstanding veteran mentor, we’d like to thank her for pinch-hit driving on our first day of volunteering.  Here’s a little bit more about Sandra:

1. If you could pick any nickname what would it be?

I’ve always believed nicknames are earned not chosen.
2. When did you start Books and Basketball? Why do you continue doing it?
I started BnB my sophomore year. I could rattle off a long list, but the main draw for me has been how fun it is to hang out with the kids. Youth is infectious. Oh, and its nice to meet and interact with other WashU students outside of our bubble.
3. Name one spot on campus you would want to go, kick your feet up, and tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to admire whatever is above:
I love laying on the turf after a nice track workout and just watching the clouds. It’s beyond relaxing. I guess that’s not 45 degrees but now we’re splitting hairs.
4. What would be your Books and Basketball pitch to a specific mentor?
Children + Happiness + laughter + education + hoops… pretty much sells itself
5. What is your go-to knock knock joke?
Knock Knock!! Who’s there? Daisy. Daisy who!?! *singing* Daisy me rollin they hating (surprising this one doesn’t translate well in the halloween setting, quoting Chamillionaire really puts your target audience in a box I guess)
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Sign Up Sheet is Live!

Our sign up form for Fall 2014 is now live.  Please fill out the following form to officially sign up as a Books and Basketball mentor:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KWU4Nlqu5EvnTTKHK3a6VRK7tyzLPD_I0yYVyQje4tk/viewform?usp=send_form

Also, check out the basketball we painted by the underpass.  If you take a selfie and tag us on facebook, twitter, or instagram, you will be entered for a chance to win some of our new apparel coming out this fall!

We’re looking forward to a great semester of Books and Basketball with all of you!

 

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all Wash U students – especially our returning Books and Basketball mentors!  To add your name to our fall email list, please fill out the form below.  Once we have your email, we will be able to send you other information, including the official sign up form to be a B&B mentor this semester.

Here’s the link: View Form

Also, check us out at the campus wide activities fair (Friday, Aug 29th, 4:30-6:30pm in Brookings Quad) and the community service fair (Saturday, Aug 30th, 4:00-6:00pm at the Clocktower).

We’re looking forward to a great semester of B&B!

 

 

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Mentor of the Week: Annie Pudvah

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Congratulations to our newest mentor of the week, Annie Pudvah!

Here is a little more about Annie:

1. If you could pick any nickname what would it be?

My nickname now is Deuce because I’m the second kid in my family, but if I could choose a nickname it would be Pudacris because people used to call me Puda because of my last name and Pudacris is the cooler version.

2. When did you start BnB? Why do you continue doing it?

I started the beginning of my Sophomore year because my awesome suite mate Gabby convinced m I should do it and I keep doing it because I love the time I spend with the kids and how excited they get once they get to know you.

4. Name one spot on campus you would want to go, kick your feet up, and tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to admire whatever is above:

Anywhere but Olin haha but really the new B School building because it’s beautiful and I don’t really know what it looks like yet.

5. Which part of the campus has the best scent?

I wouldn’t know because I was born with a really weak nose and don’t have a sense of smell.

6. How do you like your broccoli?

Steamed.. wait no it gets mushy. Grilled. Wait I don’t know if I’ve ever had grilled broccoli. Any samples?

7.. A mix between a tiger and a silverback gorilla is threatening the very existence of BnB, how do you stop it?

I would summon the Avengers and have them handle it.

8. What would be your BnB pitch to a specific mentor?

Its a really rewarding experience for both the kids and mentors because the mix of recreational activities and tutoring allows you to form a strong bond with the kids you work with because you can interact in casual and academic settings and its fun to see young kids so excited about learning!

Congrats Annie!  Thanks for all your hard work and commitment to B&B!

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Mentor of the Week: Alex Liguori

Congratulations to Alex Liguori, our most recent B&B mentor of the week!

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Here is our interview with Alex:

1. What are you studying and why?

Environmental Policy- Whether I’m skiing, hiking, or just walking to class, I love to be outside. I want everyone to be able to appreciate the earth in the same way I’m able to every day, so I’m motivated to learn everything I can about how best to fight climate change.

2. When did you start BnB? Why do you continue doing it?
This is my first semester of BnB. I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when we walk in the door. It’s amazing to me that I can bring so much excitement to someone just by spending two hours a week with them. Each week, I challenge myself and the kids who I’m working to earn the time we spend in the gym by doing a great job-me on mentoring and them on their homework. It’s the feeling of satisfaction I get from knowing we both worked hard that keeps me coming back for more.
 3. What is your nickname?
In highschool, people called me Ligs -its a nickname I inherited from my Dad. I’ve also been called Zander by a select few.

 4. Name one spot on campus you would want to go, kick your feet up, and tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to admire whatever is above.

The observatory- looking at a full moon on a clear fall night through the telescope was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had at Wash U.

5. Which part of the campus has the best scent?

Ibbys for lunch on chicken parm fridays-unbeatable.

6. A mix between a tiger and a silverback gorilla is threatening the very existence of BnB, how do you stop it?
 I charm it with my exceptional good looks and convince it to come to BnB. Once it sees how much fun we have with all the kids, it won’t be able to resist joining in. The beast will have such a good time playing tag with two of the kids I mentor,  Amelia and Brielle, that it won’t want to destroy BnB. Instead, it will come back every week to join in the fun!
Thank you Alex for your contributions to B&B!
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B&B Exec Board Application

Books and Basketball is looking for new members to join our executive board!

Here is link to the short online application:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OKGfSNNGtwwpMwVhpe7H-VM_zFJEhtNtABS59CIIpLQ/viewform

The application will close on Friday, March 21 at midnight.  After the applications, there will be an interview round and candidates will have an opportunity to sit in on an exec meeting. The new members will be announced by Sunday, March 30.

We encourage any one who is interested to get more involved with B&B to apply!

Mentor of the Week: Nick Spittler

Congratulations to Nick Spittler, our first mentor of the week this semester!

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We interviewed Nick to find out what makes him such a great mentor:

1. What are you studying and why?

I’m studying biochemistry. I liked drawing molecules in orgo, and I like understanding how those molecules fit into biochemical pathways and cycles. I think it’s cool learning the flow of chemical energy. And I want to be a physician someday.

2. When did you start BnB? Why do you continue doing it?

I started BnB 4 semesters ago as a junior. It’s for the kids, but it’s also really rewarding. I try to instill values in the kids that were important to me throughout my childhood—staying physically strong and mentally awake. I try to put concepts in terms that the students will understand and will want to understand. For example, when I was trying to teach Tyler, who was pretty unenthused about learning math, how to average three values, I asked him about his favorite basketball player. Then I asked him if he wanted to find out the player’s average number of points from the previous three games. I saw his eyes light up as he went on to calculate LeBron James’ point averages, and then assists, and then rebounds. It’s really gratifying to see kids like Tyler get excited when you walk in the door. I believe that mentors like myself have the ability to make a real impact on the kids’ lives. We try to set an example and be role models as students who have worked hard and attend college, something that many of the kids lack.

 3. What is your nickname?

On the court they call me The Penetrator. I’m strong under the hoop, and I get there every time.

 4. Name one spot on campus you would want to go, kick your feet up, and tilt your head 45 degrees upwards to admire whatever is above.

 The rooftop of Louderman on a clear spring night

5. Which part of the campus has the best scent?

 The Women’s Building where all the sorority girls are always walking in and out of has the best scent. I’m sensing that Flowerbomb is gonna be hot this spring.

6. A mix between a tiger and a silverback gorilla is threatening the very existence of BnB, how do you stop it?

I had a dream one time about a bunch of crazy hybrid animals.  And in my dream they could all talk, so I’m guessing this gorillager has the power of speech. I’d put on my gorilla suit and talk with the gorillager as a long lost brother. I’d serve him/her some wild game and a banana smoothie and ask about his/her problems. We’d quickly become best friends, and I’d show the gorillager all the good BnB does at local St. Louis schools. The gorillager would no longer want to rip BnB apart but strengthen the bonds of our great organization. Together we’d make a great team.

Thanks Nick for all of your hard work and dedication to Books and Basketball!

Week of 12/2

Welcome back Mentors! Big, big, big week coming up!!!

This Wednesday, from 4:30 pm to 6:15 pm in college hall, will be our semi-annual field trip! Kids from each school are coming to WashU, and we want everyone to be there! You do NOT have to be a day leader or hold a leadership position to attend. We want as many mentors as possible! The kids are beyond excited, and it would mean the a lot to them to see their favorite mentors.

On Thursday, we are having a fundraiser at Market Pub House. The cover is $5, and please bring identification showcasing that you are above 21. Party with your fellow mentors as you celebrate classes coming to a close!

That’s all for this week folks, see you Wednesday! Our Mentor of the Week for this week is Robert Gallo, self proclaimed billiards extraordinaire.

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1. When did you first start doing Books & Basketball?

I got interested in Books and Basketball at the big activity fair at the beginning of my freshman year, but I didn’t end up joining that semester because I was so disoriented by all the clubs and activities I had heard about that day. That year I realized a lot of people that I respected on campus were in Books and Basketball, so I decided to look into it more seriously. I signed up the fall of my sophomore year and now I am so glad I did!

2. What is your favorite Books & Basketball moment?

 Every semester there is that moment when a kid that you worked with the previous week gets really excited when you walk in and asks if you’ll work with him/her. Each time it is gratifying to know that they look forward to you coming on that day every week.

3. What would you say to someone thinking about doing Books & Basketball?

I would tell them that it is a lot of fun, but that’s not what Books and Basketball is  really about. It’s about being there for a kid like maybe an older sibling, cousin, or somebody else that you looked up to was there for you when you were their age.

4. Do you have any tips you would give to other mentors regarding being a better mentor?

 Be excited about the work they are doing, and they will have fun and be more engaged.

5. Why do you think it is important to do Books & Basketball and be involved with the greater St. Louis community?

Wash U has so many conveniences that you could go all four years without leaving campus and be fine, but then you’re missing out on the opportunity to be a part of the greater St. Louis community. Books and Basketball has given me a greater appreciation for the community that I have been calling home the past three years.

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