Profile: Bina Perino

Curious about the creative forces behind UNT Union Marketing? Bina Perino has worked for UNT Marketing for a year and has been one of the driving forces behind Humans of UNT, Alumni Throwbacks, UNT Threads, Thrive at the Union, Eagle Eye News, multiple blog posts, and all kinds of Union social media content.

Bina just graduated from UNT with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies, but we couldn’t miss this opportunity to show her how grateful we are for her service by honoring her with her own UNT Union blog post.

Bina Perino, ENTP

Marketing Assistant

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BINA’S STRENGTHS, ACCORDING TO STRENGTHS QUEST:

  1. Input
  2.  Intellection
  3. Strategic
  4. Restorative
  5. Activator

BINA’S STRENGTHS, IN HER OWN WORDS

“I think my greatest strength is my willingness to learn new things. I love exploring new areas and entertaining ideas I hadn’t before. Every day is a new day to grow in different aspects and expand your thinking. I’m pretty optimistic, but mostly just open to new experiences, challenges, and opportunities.”

WHAT SONGS ARE ON YOUR PLAYLIST?

  • Addict by Adventure Gallery
  • Backstreet Freestyle by Kendrick Lamar
  • Elephant Gun by Beirut
  • After the Moment by Craft Spells
  • Passionfruit by Drake

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

“Butterflies. I have 2 butterfly tattoos and plan on getting more. They symbolize transition and growth, which are things I embrace in life.”

WHAT IS YOUR BRAIN FOOD?

“Water. Hydration is key.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

“Yellow.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

“My laptop. A book of some sort, I’m always reading. A water bottle, obviously. Notebooks, a planner, and lots of pens.”

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN’T IN MARKETING?

“I really do love evolutionary biology. I’ve read a few fascinating books on the evolution of consciousness, which is of deep interest to me. I wish I had been a better science student when I was younger. Biology was a subject I really enjoyed in school, but I don’t think I’m skilled in the areas I would need in order to succeed in higher level biology classes. However, I would love to be researching evolutionary biology if I could.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

“My favorite thing about this job is honestly the people. I love being surrounded by such creative, bright, and hilarious people. It’s such a privilege to be here because finding an environment like this is rare. It’s a great place to grow, learn, try new things, and build solid relationships. Sure, the marketing stuff can be fun, but I’m a sucker for these people. They make this job incredible.”

WHAT IS YOUR WRITING STYLE?

“I’m not really sure if I have just one style. My writing is a lot like my personality, it’s flexible. If I need to write professionally, casually, sentimentally, whatever, I just do what the moment calls for.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

“Instagram. I love how visual it is. And the stories are better than Snapchat.”

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GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?

“Ever since I got three poems published this year, I’ve been trying my best to get more of my work out there. I’ve always wanted to write a novel and with school finally over I can focus on that. That’s a creative, personal goal. Professionally, I’m still not sure what my goal is. I’ve been waiting tables for over a year now and I want to keep doing that until I work my way into management, or hate it. In that case, I’ll just be on the search for a fulfilling career. That’s the ultimate goal right there.”

You can find Bina Perino on Instagram.

The Monthly Media Roundup

JUNE 2018

As people of the modern age, we can access the whole world through a simple swipe or scroll. We can read about the global politics, listen to music from the 1970s, or binge watch cat videos. This is one of the most exciting aspects of being alive today, but it can be undeniably overwhelming. Sometimes it seems like stories, slogans, and images are constantly fighting for our attention. Additionally, the endless array of options can make deciding what to consume difficult. Well, we want to help! We are starting The Monthly Media Roundup to streamline your media selection process. Each month, we’ll put together a cultural list of pieces that are making us think, feel, and smile in hopes that you’ll like them too.

 

Here are some things we were into this month:

*Disclaimer: Some language and content may not be suitable for all ages*

 

Our choice for outstanding movie of the month:

The Incredibles 2

 

One of our favorite shows:

The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2

 

An instant piece of culture that can’t be ignored:

Apesh**t Music Video

If you want to read about some things you might have missed in the video, we recommend this article.

 

A podcast we found particularly intriguing:

Hidden Brain – Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus (a podcast about the psychology behind food choices)

 

And finally, we compiled a list of a few songs our staff is listening to this month. Check it out on our Spotify:

June Jams Playlist

 

If we missed a piece of media (movies, books, songs, podcasts, memes, whatever!) that you think is utterly wonderful, let us know in the comments below. Stay tuned for next month’s roundup.

Profile: Loré Yessuff

Curious about the creative forces behind UNT Union Marketing? Loré Yessuff has worked for UNT Marketing for a year and has been one of the driving forces behind Humans of UNT, UNT Threads, Find Your Place, and all kinds of Union/UPC photography.

Loré Yessuff, ENFP

Photographer

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LORE’S STREGNGTHS ACCORDING TO STRENGTHS QUEST:
  1.  Restorative
  2. Woo
  3. Developer
  4. Ideation
  5. Individualization
LORE’S STRENGTHS, IN HER OWN WORDS
“I think I am creative, flexible, open-minded, and, I don’t know how to say this, but a balance of emotional and logical. As a child of immigrants, my perspective is more open because of the cultural differences at home and out in my community. That also taught me how to be flexible around different people and gave me an eye for uniqueness. I’m probably the most dramatic person on the earth.”

WHAT SONGS ARE ON YOUR PLAYLIST?

  • Hot Flaming Cheetos by Clairo
  • I Feel Like Making Love by D’Angelo
  • Close to You by Jacob Collier
  • Aphasia by Pinegrove
  • Moon Rays by Marquis Hill

 

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

“I don’t like that question. I’m a human and my spirit is a human, I don’t know.”

WHAT IS YOUR BRAIN FOOD?

“Popcorn is my go-to snack, but my teeth hate it. I’m trying to like almonds.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

“I really like a spectrum of colors. Mustard yellow, golden orange,  honey brown, and rust red.”

WHAT TOOLS COULD YOU NOT WORK WITHOUT?

“My hard-drive, a card-reader, a camera (obviously), a journal, pen, headphones, EverNote, LightRoom, PhotoShop, computer (obviously). My hands? My heart?”

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

“My journal, at all times, my pen case, my wallet, some teabags and honey, mascara, my external hard-drive, headphones, and phone. Oh, and essential oils.”

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WEREN’T A PHOTOGRAPHER?

 “I’d be a writer. I write poerty in my spare time. I’d like to write essays about the world and thoughts and such.”

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

“I really like portraiture. I enjoy photographing people because oftentimes people have a negative view of themselves, especially regarding their physical being, and I think photography has the power to show people a side of themselves that they don’t consider. Photography gives me the power to show people who they are. I think on the surface too it’s an efficient and beautiful way to capture a moment in time and document the world.”

GOALS FOR THE FUTURE

“Ideally, my dream job would involve images and words. Maybe working for a magazine or be a marketing coordinator. Community art engagement would be cool. I’d like to combine my artistic abilities with my personality. My goal is to make art that touches the depths of others, that inspires people to think about what it means to be human on this earth.”

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Summer Activities on a Budget

Summer is well underway, which if you’re lucky, means that you have a little more free time. If you’ve found yourself in this position and catch yourself thinking “Well, what the heck am I going to do all summer?” or “I can’t afford anything off the dollar menu, let alone any fun activities,” worry not, we’ve got a couple of (discounted) ideas for you.

What you’ll want to do is head over to this link and log in with your EUID and password. It’s the Dallas-Fort Worth activity resource page we’ve compiled especially for UNT students. If you want to manually find it, go to the UNT Union home page under the Student Affairs website and click on “Perks” under the “Things to Do” tab (pro tip: you can also find fun on-campus activities under the “Things to Do” tab, ranging from UPC and Fine Arts Events to various jazz shows in the Syndicate).

But without further ado, here are some highlights from the DFW Perks page:

Six Flags

That’s right, we’ve got Six Flags tickets at a discounted rate. Type in the provided username and password to access different ticket options. Hurricane Harbor is also included in this deal if you want to splash around and cool off in this Texas heat.

Rangers Baseball

It’s still early in the game, but you don’t want to be struggling for ideas of what to do this summer in the Bottom of the 9th. Get ahead with less expensive Rangers tickets, available on the Perks page. Follow the link and use the code given in the description to plan a knock out evening.

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If baseball really isn’t your thing though, we also have discounted FC Dallas tickets available on the Perks page as well. And trust us, they’re good seats.

Movies

Let’s face it. It’s hot outside and it’s only going to get warmer. If you want to avoid the Texas heat, then why not go see a movie? We have the DL on the best priced movies around Denton. This includes:

  • Cinemark
  • Movie Tavern
  • Silver Cinemas (the Dollar Theater located in the Golden Triangle Mall)

Catch up on the movies you might’ve missed during the busy semester. Grab us some popcorn, we’ll see you there!

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Museums

If you’re looking for an art and culture filled summer, you’re in luck because we also have A LOT of museum perks available to UNT students!  Here are the museums we have discounts for:

  • Dallas Museum of Art- Special Exhibits
  • Nasher Sculpture Center
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum
  • African American Museum of Dallas at Fair Park
  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Take some time this summer and immerse yourself in something that can expand your mind. Keep in mind, museums have air conditioning too 🙂

Health

So now that you’ve got all this extra free time, you can’t really say “Oh, I would love to workout, I just don’t have the time!” …Right? Well, if you’re feeling up to pumping some iron or running a few miles, we’ll help give you a little extra motivation. We’ve got discounted deals on all of the following:

  • Twisted Bodies Pilates and Yoga
  • Crossfit Denton
  • Karma Yoga
  • CrossFit 940

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Honorable Mentions

Obviously we can’t list every single perk we have available on the site- there are just too many -but here are a few other notable options you might be interested in!

  • University Lanes Bowling
  • Rusty Taco
  • Fort Worth Zoo
  • Cafe Brazil
  • Bullseye Bike Shop

Go check out the UNT Union Perks page and get your summer of fun started!

 

 

Alumni Throwback: Lucy McGauvran

Lucy (Hill) McGauvran, ’14

UPC President, UPC Vice President of Membership, and UPC Member

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What was your fondest memory at UPC?

I think I’m not alone in saying that the J. Cole concert was the best. Also, I would say that just, in general, UPC gave me so many opportunities to get to know some professional staff, develop relationships with people, and learn about myself. Those were probably a huge part of what made it great.

What was your favorite project or assignment?

My favorite project was moving to Stovall. It was a big thing to accomplish and it was so much fun to be a part of. Even though it wasn’t the best experience in that tiny office, being a part of a team trying to navigate the space was a learning experience. We adapted to the situation and learned how to collaborate.

What would you say had the greatest impact on you at UPC?

Probably the fact that I had to work on multiple things at once. I had one big project to focus on long-term, but I also had some balls in the air to juggle. I feel like learning those multitasking skills has really helped me in my current career. As an academic advisor at UNT Dallas, I also have many projects outside of meeting with students. I have to be able to bring my best to every aspect of my job and UPC really prepared me for that.

Where did you go after graduating?

After graduation, I worked for a non-profit in Denton called United Way of Denton County. I worked there for a year as a development coordinator, so I did fundraising for them. Then after that, I went to Texas A&M to get a Master’s in higher education student affairs. I now work at UNT Dallas as an academic advisor.

What is your favorite thing about your job now?

Meeting with students. At UPC, I really felt like I was surrounded by people who told me that the sky was the limit and I could do whatever I put my mind to. That has become so important to me in my role now. I get to see students who may not be doing so well in their classes, but I can help give them motivation like other people did for me. I want them to see their abilities the way I see them.

How did working for UPC prepare you for your role now?

I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now if it weren’t for UPC. I wouldn’t have pursued my Master’s degree and, to be honest, I wouldn’t have even gone to A&M. My boss had a big part of getting me to go to that school since she went there. I wouldn’t even know about student affairs and I would be blind to all the opportunities had it not been for UPC.

What’s one thing you miss about UNT?

I miss so much! I can’t believe it’s been four years. I miss the environment the most. I remember going into Stovall, going into the office, and feeling like it wasn’t really work because it was so relaxed. We had such a friendly work environment and that’s not something you see a lot of.

What advice do you have for current students?

If there is something you want to do, you can do it. Find people who will be on your team and they will support you on the way.

If you could be an animal, which would you be?

An owl.

What’s something you could not live without?

Pizza.

What is on your music playlist?

I listen to Pod Save America and the Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

What is your favorite color?

Purple.

What can you not leave the house without?

My NOOK.

If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

I would go to all-inclusive resort at a beach.