SMC hosts weekend for younger siblings

Over the weekend, Saint Mary’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted Little Siblings Weekend — an opportunity for the younger siblings of Saint Mary’s students to participate in activities and to become more integrated in the Saint Mary’s community.The weekend included an array of Olympics themed events, both on and off campus. Beginning with an Opening Ceremony on Friday, attendees took pictures in a photo booth and participated in Olympics-themed games and crafts. On Saturday, students were able to take their siblings off campus to Strikes & Spares, a local bowling alley that also has facilities for mini golf, bumper cars and arcade games. As other options, attendees could skate at the Compton Ice Arena and throughout the weekend, RHA hosted crafts, games and movies on campus.Bridget McKinnon, who served as a co-chair of the event, said the annual event helps bring students’ families into the College community.“The reason we have Little Sibs Weekend is so that all of our younger siblings or family friends are given the chance to experience what Saint Mary’s is like,” she said. “It’s a great chance to show off our campus and have a great time with our sibs while doing so.”First year Molly O’Neill said she enjoyed spending time with her two younger cousins in kindergarten, Mara and Fiona. “I loved everything they had planned for us, especially the bus that went to the bowling alley and the ice skating rink,” O’Neill said. “It was nice to see how my cousins would get excited over the smallest things, especially staying in the dorm and eating in the cafeteria. They loved every second and repeatedly said how happy they were, and how they couldn’t wait to tell their friends.“Even though they’re young, I hope they can appreciate this beautiful campus and maybe become a part of it when they’re older.”Julia Veome, also a first year, spent time with her younger sister during Little Siblings weekend. “I’m the oldest so my siblings haven’t been around the college scene too much,” Veome said. “My sister stayed with me and she loved it because she got to feel grown up and hang out with some of my friends. Sleeping in the dorms seemed cool to her and was fun for me.”For the past four years, senior Bridget Enright’s younger siblings have participated in Little Siblings Weekend.“It’s always been a lot of fun sharing Saint Mary’s with them and letting them get a glimpse of the college experience,” Enright said. “I have six younger siblings, so it’s always a blast when we’re all together. It’s my favorite weekend of the school year.”Tags: Little Siblings Weekend, Residence Hall Association, saint mary’s, SMC read more

Youth to Yellowstone takes next step in Ripley County

first_imgVersailles, IN—Youth to Yellowstone of Ripley County, Inc. has announced it has recently received its 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status according to Bill Riley, board president of the nonprofit organization. “We’re very excited about this step.  The organization is now more sustainable,” he noted.The organization started over 10 years ago by Jim Waldo of Versailles and Russell Wilson of Westport. They shared the dream of taking local young people, who may never otherwise have that special experience, to explore and learn about Yellowstone National Park and other western treasures. Initially the group was a combination of Ripley and Decatur county students and volunteers, but recently separated into two entities.Students and volunteers spend 12 days together, traveling to and from the west, and camping in Yellowstone for eight days during the summer. The Ripley and Decatur Counties travel each year with different students for three consecutive trips. Some of the volunteers spend most of their summer in Yellowstone working with the students. “The students’ trips are entirely covered financially, through donations, fundraisers, and grants.” Riley noted, “That is why we are excited about our new 501 (c)(3) status.  It will open more doors to us for raising funds.” Costs for the trip include renting passenger and cargo vans for the drive out, hotel rooms, campsites, food, snacks, souvenirs (each student receives a Yellowstone sweatshirt and t-shirts), cots, sleeping bags, and any other essentials the students might need – like hiking boots.Those interested in getting involved can call Jim Waldo at 937-239-3937, Bill Riley at 812-621-1965,  or email the organization at Y2Y@YouthToYellowstone.ORG .Donations for the Youth to Yellowstone of Ripley County trips can be made securely online at or by sending a check to Youth to Yellowstone of Ripley County, P.O. Box 42, Milan, Indiana 47031. Riley added, “Members of the board are also available to present Youth to Yellowstone of Ripley County to organizations throughout the county.”last_img read more