Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon hosts first-ever virtual marathon

first_imgCourtesy of Jessie Snyder Jessie Snyder virtually participates in the Saint Mary’s annual Dance Marathon following the cancellation of the in-person event.The marathon, originally planned for April 4, was canceled as a result of Saint Mary’s move to remote learning through Easter break and eventually the rest of the semester. The decision to move the marathon virtually was made by the executive team who felt there had to be a marathon, no matter the conditions, senior club president Clare Carragher said. According to Carragher, the team utilized social media platforms like Instagram, FaceBook, TikTok and an updated website to provide sources of entertainment and information throughout the day.“We went live on Instagram at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony — similar to the one held during a traditional marathon — explaining how people can participate throughout the day,” she said. Social media posts ran throughout the day on the same schedule as the traditional marathon. The posts consisted of Riley kid — patients at Riley Children’s hospital — miracle stories, video features of alumni nurses, pictures of participants’ 80’s decor to fit the theme of “Back to the ‘80s” and mini fundraising challenges. “The website was designed so people could come and go as they please and just provide some different forms of entertainment while we’re all quarantined in our houses across the country,” Carragher said.  The virtual marathon allowed for dancers, committee members and executives to participate in and experience a marathon from across the U.S. Carragher said the virtual marathon allowed for the message and mission of Dance Marathon to be spread to an even greater audience as it was all over social media all day. “A lot of good things came out of the day and a lot of things that, I hope, can continue moving forward,” Carragher said.  “Who knows where I will be a year or two down the road — so I would love for the option to check into the website and see the Riley family stories or watch the morale dance.”The committees worked in conjunction throughout the day to provide entertainment and keep the energy high, Carragher said. The morale dance, an eight minute line dance, is typically taught in segments throughout the day until it is performed by all participants at the end of the marathon. In lieu of this performance, the morale executives recorded themselves doing the dance all the way through. The morale committee girls then divided the dance into 11 mini tutorial videos that were posted throughout the day to social media. Participants were then invited to film themselves performing the morale dance and email the clips to the technology committee who then formed the final line dance with all the video submissions at the end of the night. Senior alumni relations executive Jessie Snyder was awarded this year’s Exec of the Year title by the president’s board for her success in leading the new committee. “Since it was a brand-new committee it gave me the opportunity to build into my own, I got to build it up from nothing,” Snyder said. The committee was formed in an effort to show thanks to alumni — many of whom have a passion and love for Riley that just doesn’t go away after graduation — and give them a way to still participate in Dance Marathon, she said. Participation in a virtual 12 hour event proved to be the biggest obstacle of planning the marathon, but both Carragher and Snyder commented on the pleasant surprise of seeing the community come together during an unprecedented time. “It wasn’t something we could have planned for but we were able to to turn a traditional marathon into something way bigger that was able to reach so many more people,” Snyder said. “If anything it brought us closer together and really proved the big impact that a small school like Saint Mary’s can have.”Tags: COVID-19, Riley Children’s Hospital, saint marys dance marathon, virtual The 15th annual Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon looked different from years past, as tri-campus community members gathered virtually Saturday rather than in Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. The 12 hour marathon raises money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.last_img read more

7 ways to motivate your teams

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr None of us would be where we are today if it weren’t for our teams – the employees who support and accomplish important daily tasks and help the organization achieve its overarching goals. We need our teams, so we should ensure they have what they need to function efficiently and smoothly.The Leadership Guy Peter Economy lists seven “super effective” ways to get our teams motivated in a recent post. His list includes:Show people you work with how much you value them. Remember to thank your employees and teams.Create a welcoming workspace. Set up a collaborative and open-minded workplace.Encourage collaboration. Allow teammates to work together rather than always having to go through a supervisor.Don’t discourage happiness. Laughter and positive thinking are critical to “providing your workforce with stability and a sense of fulfillment,” Economy writes. continue reading »last_img read more

Hope’s career-best double puts Jaguars on ropes

first_img(CMC) – Shai Hope’s second career first-class double-hundred battered Guyana Jaguars and left them fighting to remain afloat in their eighth round Regional four-day championship game against Barbados Pride here, yesterday.The 23-year-old Hope piled up a career-best unbeaten 215 as Pride, starting the second day at Kensington Oval on 293 for two, declared on an imposing 480 for three in their first innings.Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase then picked up two wickets as Jaguars stumbled to the close on 119 for four, still 361 runs adrift of their target.Raymon Reifer was unbeaten on 25 and was partnered by veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul on 15, the pair having stabilised the innings after it slipped to 86 for four, 40 minutes before the close.After Pride declared 50 minutes before tea, attacking opener Shimron Hetmyer fell cheaply for one to the fifth ball of the innings, caught at short-leg by Anthony Alleyne off fast bowler Miguel Cummins.Test batsmen Rajindra Chandrika (24) and Leon Johnson (15) then added 52 for the second wicket – a partnership that saw Jaguars to the break on 30 for one.Both failed to build on resumption, however, falling within 12 deliveries of each other. Chandrika drove Chase to substitute Justin Greaves at mid-wicket while skipper Johnson played back and was lbw to the same bowler.Left-hander Vishaul Singh spent an hour over 15 before clipping a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off seamer Kevin Stoute.Earlier, Hope took centre stage in an innings which spanned 391 balls and a shade over eight hours, and included 24 fours and three sixes.Resuming on 118, he raced to his 150 on the stroke of the first hour and then raised his double hundred about 45 minutes after lunch off 378 balls.Along the way, he put on 154 for the third wicket with Shamarh Brooks who converted his overnight 14 into 67 – his 13th first class half-century which came off 124 balls and included nine fours and a six.Hope also added a further 76 in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership with Roston Chase who was unbeaten on 33 off 43 deliveries at the end.The knock was Hope’s fifth first class triple figure score, bettering his previous best of 211 against Windward Islands Volcanoes at the same venue two years ago.Meanwhile, summarised scores in the other two eighth-round games are as follows:Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, replying to Jamaica Scorpions’ 210 all out, were 79 for three in their first innings at the close on the opening day at Queen’s Park Oval.Scores: SCORPIONS 210 (Jermaine Blackwood 68, Derval Green 53, Devon Thomas 23; Imran Khan 4-28, Sheldon Cottrell 3-34)RED FORCE 79 for three (Kyle Hope 33 not out)Windward Islands Volcanoes, sent in by Leeward Islands Hurricanes, reached 371 for five at the close on the opening day of their eighth round game at Warner Park.Scores: VOLCANOES 371 for five (Sunil Ambris 155 not out, Devon Smith 65, Liam Sebastien 33 not out, Tyrone Theophile 30; Rahkeem Cornwall 3-110).last_img read more