Pills & Potions Bulletin Board

For this month, I made a bulletin board titled “Pills and Potions”. It includes the measurements of what qualifies as a drink, risk factors that can affect how alcohol is in your system, and the three most common “date rape” drugs under the category roofies. Although the most common is Rohypnol, I included some information about identifying the three most common as a reference for residents. This will lead into my upcoming alcohol awareness program later this month.

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Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

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Battleship (Root) Beer Pong

This program was a great way to start off the fall semester and enjoy the sunshine. This was an alcohol awareness program and showed residents that you can have fun without alcohol. To set up, We had two inflatable kiddie pools blown up and filled with water. One is all you need, but we had two so that we could have multiple games going at once. The line in the middle of the pools was made with duct tape. I made the boats myself using a foam sheet (can be bought at any craft store or WalMart). Each side had a large boat with three cups, a medium boat with two cups, and a single boat with one cup. To make the game harder, I used mini red solo cups instead of the usual sized ones. You can use larger ones if you would like, but your boats would have to be larger then mine. I cut the foam with a box cutting knife and although foam pieces got everywhere, it was a pretty easy process.

We had each set of two create a name, and pulled names out of a hat to play tournament style. We had two games going at a time. We had some music playing, and it was a pretty relaxed event. When it comes to advertising alcohol awareness programs, I love doing 3D door reminders by writing the program information on a red solo cup and taping it to doors. I don’t have a picture of mine, but that was how I advertised it to residents.

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

I’m Fond(ue) of You

This was  program that fulfilled my requirement for diversity/ inclusivity. My apologies for the (very) low quality picture of my flyer.

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To make the fondue, I used my crockpot and doubled the recipe that I found online. Here is the link:

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I doubled the recipe and put it in the crock pot for about an hour and a half on low instead of an hour. In hindsight, it was more chocolate then we had needed but a single batch probably wouldn’t have been enough. I couldn’t find bittersweet chips so I used additional semi sweet chips and it still worked fine.  I prepped all of the things to dip into fondue ahead of time and put them into ziploc bags so that it would be a quick and easy program setup.

The toppings I used were strawberries, pineapple, red apple, green apple, pound cake, rice krispie treats, mini nilla wafers, pretzels, marshmallows, and Oreos.

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For the program aspect, I used a big whiteboard that we already have in our building lounge. Each person took a turn sitting in front of the whiteboard while the rest of us wrote our favorite thing about them or a wonderful strength they possess. I told my residents before we started to keep everything appropriate and to remember that for some people, it’s hard to take the spotlight like this. I think some people needed a reminder that we aren’t writing just observations when we can’t think of anything, so there was a little bit of redirection necessary. Overall, it went really well and residents seemed to be really excited to read their own boards.

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

Finding your Identi-Tea

Finding your Identi-Tea was a program that covered the category of career planning. For this program, ask your residents to bring a web enabled device such as a phone or laptop. A laptop/ something which a larger screen is preferred, but a phone will do. Have them take the 16 personalities test at 16personalities.com. This breaks everyone down into 16 categorized personality types and from my own experience is extremely accurate. Then, I had my residents decorate a white coffee mug with Oil Paint Sharpies. They were told to turn their mug into a collage of the various good qualities, workplace habits, and career paths that are recommended for their type. As people were finding out what type they were, they were conversing over their similarities and differences. This was a great introductory program for freshman and helped a lot of people get out of their comfort zone with talking about themselves. We also made some tea using my keurig (anything that boils water will do) and talked about the results for a while. All of the residents left with a visual reminder of all of the traits the posses and career directions they could potentially go in if they ever feel lost.

Supplies needed: White coffee mugs and Oil Paint Sharpies. You can instead use regular sharpies, but they wash off a lot easier. Keurig or something that boils water and various sorts of tea bags.

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Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

Volkswagen Bus Door Decorations and Bulletin Board

IMG_2687.JPGI made both of these directly before Spring break which perfectly connected with the themes of traveling and adventure. For the door decorations, I used construction paper and scrapbook paper. The headlights were made with some silver tape and the wheels were made by coloring the bottom black with a sharpie. I hand picked different quotes relating to travel and adventure for each of my residents and wrote it on the right side of the bus. Since our school is in Maine, the license plate is a Maine one with their room number as the license plate number. After I made myself a stencil and got into the routine, they didn’t take all that long to make.

For the bulletin board, I started by making a larger Volkswagen bus from the side view using a tie dye foam sheet. This one took a while. The quote at the top is from Alice in Wonderland and says, “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures”. On the board, I also wrote “What’s an adventure that’s on your Summer bucket list? Write it on a tree”. I left a marker hanging on the board and I noticed that the trees filled up with ideas pretty quickly. This was one of my most successful interactive bulletin boards.

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

DIY Kinetic Sand

I had a lot of hope for this program, and used a recipe that I found on pinterest. I ordered fine play sand on Amazon that was close to $20 for a 25lb box. 25lbs was enough to make about 20 batches of the kinetic sand and still have a little leftover. I was slightly disappointed with the pinterest recipe, because it failed to mention that food dye in your kinetic sand will dye your hands if you play with it (I learned that the hard way). It also wasn’t perfectly dry and moldable like the kinetic sand you would find in a Brookstone or other store. Even though it wasn’t perfect, the residents all had a really good time making it and the fear of dyeing their hands did not keep them from going crazy with food dye.

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The ingredients you will need are fine sand, cornstarch, dishsoap, water, and food coloring. I also had Styrofoam bowls for mixing, plastic containers with lids to take the sand with them, measuring utensils for the items, and a few little whisks to mix it. It definitely needs longer then 2 hours to dry, but the end product is still pretty cool.

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Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.