Humans of UNT #34

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UNT Union: So who are you on campus with today?

E: I’m with my son, who is going to be a Freshman this fall and is doing early start, so he starts July 9th. My empty nest is going to start earlier than I planned and I’m okay with that. It’s very exciting, it’s a good thing. They’re supposed to grow up and leave home. My husband and I both met at A&M, and we both remarked about how much this campus reminds us of what A&M was like 25 years ago. I love it here. We have a really good feeling about this.

UNT Union: What do you do?

E: I just retired from owning my own professional services firm in December, and now I teach yoga and pilates full time. I also blog at My Life Between Coffee and Wine and I’ve just been picked up by two large syndication opportunities that are happening in the next two weeks. So I’m on my second chapter of my career, as my son is embarking on his first. It’s very exciting.

UNT Union: Tell us about your children.

E: My oldest is in upstate New York–he was obviously more enthusiastic about being further away from his overbearing Catholic mother than my youngest. My oldest son is 21, so he’s going to be a senior at RPI in Troy, New York. He is pursuing game science design. Which, if you ever thought I’d be paying all this money for a liberal arts degree, I would’ve thought you were a liar… but I am!

My youngest is pursuing forensic science, and they’re both doing it because it’s what they’re passionate about. Both are very competitive fields. You can’t just skate by–you’ve really got to give it your all and I think that’s invigorating. It’s scary, but it’s also the right thing for them.

UNT Union: What are your hopes for your sons?

E: I really hope that they both pursue their passions. My career was more focused on getting out and having a job day one. It ended up driving me into accounting, which actually ended up being fantastic for me, but my passion was always in writing and art and other things. But since I had the uncertainty of understanding how that would pay the bills, the more secure opportunities were higher up on my priority list, just from a survival perspective.

I’ve tried not to keep my kids in a bubble, I’ve exposed them to a lot, traveled a lot, they’ve worked on service projects. But the reality is, they were two white males growing up in a nice middle-class suburban area, and not all the world is like that. My biggest fear is how they go out there and they be part of that. Even when they may not be perceived as part of what’s good, because they have had a fortunate upbringing. That said, I think my biggest fear is that adjustment, and figuring out their place. It’s a whole lot more than holding down a nine to five and having a house in suburbia and repeating what they had.

UNT Union: What are you most proud of?

E: It took a lot of guts to leave home at 18. My best friend’s daddy backed up a horse trailer and I threw what little I owned in it and just left home. I never spent another night in my parents’ house after I left for college. I’m proud that I was stupid enough not to realize how hard it was going to be–maybe I wouldn’t have done it and taken the chances if I’d known. My mother actually tried to talk me out of leaving for college a few weeks before I left and I still went. I’m really glad I went ahead and left.

Leaving home and going to off to college was the best thing I ever did. I stumbled along the way–who doesn’t? Right? The scars are where the light enters you, so you have to get some scars, you have to get hurt. It can’t be all perfect. You can’t wrap your kid or yourself in bubble-wrap and try to go through life avoiding anything that’s going to be painful or uncomfortable. That’s not what it’s about.

UNT Union: How do you define success?

E: I think it so critically important that everyone creates their own definition of success, as long as your definition includes being a service to other people, and being independent, and doing what you can to lift other people up. It doesn’t matter how you define it.

Maddie Migis

Profile: Maddie Migis

Curious about the creative forces behind UNT Union Marketing? Maddie Migis has worked for UNT Marketing for nearly 2 years and has been one of the driving forces behind Humans of UNT, UNT Valentines, Snapchat golf cart t-shirt giveaways, and so much more.

Maddie just graduated from UNT with top honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations (hire her), 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.

Maddie Migis, INFJ

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MADDIE’S STRENGTHS, ACCORDING TO STRENGTHS QUEST:

1. Strategic
2. Futuristic
3. Ideation
4. Connectedness
5. Relator

As a strong strategic thinker and relationship builder, it’s no wonder she worked so well on our marketing team!

 

MADDIE’S STRENGTHS, IN HER OWN WORDS

“I think that my strengths professionally are social media, content creation, writing, and coming up with good ideas. I think that I am really good at changing gears if something happens. Taking an opportunity is what social is all about.”

 

WHAT SONGS ARE ON YOUR DESIGNER PLAYLIST?

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

“An otter because they hold hands when they sleep.”

 

WHAT IS YOUR BRAIN FOOD?

“Wingstop Fries.”

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

“I really do like green.”


 

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

“Receipts.  I have more cash than I usually do because I just graduated. My wallet, my pencil bag, and my planner. I have a sewing kit that I did use the other day, so in that moment, I feel like its value was intrinsic. I also have some hand sanitizer and some lipsticks”

 

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WEREN’T IN PUBLIC RELATIONS?

“I wish was better at science because I probably would have done marine biology. I feel like a lot of people say that, but I scuba dive. I’ve been on dives and seen the coral has become bleached. You can see it happening. It think it’s sad because our oceans are serving as a barometer for what’s happening to our earth, but not a lot of people see it because not everyone is a scuba diver, and not everyone cares. ”

 

WHAT IS YOUR WRITING STYLE?

“I would say casual. People like to read in a style that they can relate to, so I’ve taken that approach even in my academic writing.”

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

“I use Instagram the most personally. I like to explore Instagram. If I’m tired and in public and I need something to captive my time, I like to scroll because it’s stimulating to me, but I don’t have to think about it.”

 

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GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?

“I want open an non-profit with my boyfriend in the inner-city or a food desert to educate and feed kids. I have a vision of what it would look like: a complex with a prep area for groups of kids, and garden in the back. A lot of people don’t eat well because they don’t know how to cook for themselves and they don’t have access to healthy food.

It would be an after school program, so instead of parents paying for daycare, the bus would take the kids to our program and they would do is either work in the garden or the kitchen and be taught how to cook a meal. Then they would eat it. It checks off a lot of boxes: not only are they learning, spending time outside, but they are also getting free dinner.”

 

You can find Maddie on LinkedIn, Twitter, and on her website MaddieMigis.com.

Designer Profile: Emma Pattison

If you don’t know what UNT Design Works is, you’re missing out. Run by Union Marketing, Design Works is a print shop that prints large and small format specialty print jobs, as well as operates as a graphic design firm. Services are available to students, departments, and the public. Design Works produces a lot of really great designs (hence the name) so we would like to take some time to profile the excellent designers we have on staff not just because they’re awesome but so you can see their past work and find insight on their personal style, should you like to hire them.

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Emma Pattison, Junior Communications Design Major, ENFJ Union Design Works

Emma’s strengths, according to Strengths Quest, are:

  1. Individualization
  2. Strategic
  3. Achiever
  4. Empathy
  5. Futuristic

“When I’m talking to people, I think that I can make people feel comfortable, I can make people feel like it’s under control even if it’s not actually under control. I get stressed out and I get anxious, but I can turn that off when I need to. That and also I generally don’t get discouraged easily and I don’t mind doing things over and over and over again, I’m excited about that.”

What songs are on your designer playlist?

  1. Clockout, DEVO
  2. Venus as a Boy, Bjork
  3. Laughing With a Mouthful of Blood, St. Vincent
  4. Pin, Grimes
  5. Lava, the B-52’s

What is your spirit animal?

“Definitely an otter. They get to hang out in the water all day, snuggle (they hold hands when they float), like, their lives are ideal.”

What is your brain food?

“Scrappy’s chocolate chip ice cream. It’s insanely good. I don’t even like chocolate chip ice cream on principal but there’s something specifically about Scrappy’s that I go insane over.”

What is your favorite color?

“I want to make a joke about my favorite Pantone color… I don’t have a favorite color but I love metallics. Any kind, whatever it is, give it to me, I love it. If it’s metallic and shiny, basically, if it looks like it was pulled out of the 80’s, I love it.”

What tools could you not design without?

“I need my computer, but I have to have tracing paper. It’s the best way for me to refine my ideas. I have to be able to draw sketches and make marks and stuff before I take it into the computer.”

What’s in your bag?

“I hate carrying purses and stuff, so I’m usually pretty simple. But if we’re talking about my backpack, I usually have at least a journal, my laptop, headphones, and always, for some reason, like 3 clementines — I snack on them all the time. Usually an assortment of enamel pins that I’m inter-changing throughout the week on my bag or jacket, too. I like having these little things that are goofy and make me happy to look at. My favorite is a pin based off a Renaissance painting, a little vanitas skull that’s a motivational, memento mori kind of thing for me.”

What would you be if you weren’t a designer? 

“I’d be a dancer. Maybe on Broadway… I’d be a dancer or a counselor. I like taking care of people and giving friends advice when they need it.”

What’s your favorite (or least favorite) type face? 

“My favorite typeface is Factoria. It’s this slab-serif, it’s kind of techy, and it shouldn’t be my favorite. It’s not very ‘me,’ it’s kind of masculine, but it’s very versatile. My least favorite typefaces are the ones that come pre-textured, because if you look at the characters, they’re identical. It’s so obvious that it came as a typeface, it wasn’t actually manipulated. They just look cheesy and silly, and like you don’t know what you’re doing. And, it makes me upset because it’s lazy. I hate lazy typefaces.”

What is your favorite thing about being a designer?

“I really like the puzzle aspect of it. Like, figuring out systems and stuff. But, beyond that, it’s nice to have a skill where if my friends need resumes, or help setting up a website, I can help package and promote these people I love and care about. It’s rewarding to present these people and ideas and causes I believe in in an approachable way, to use design to support others. Visual communication is really really important, especially in our culture. I think that I’m lucky to be in this discipline.”

“It’s rewarding to present these people and ideas and causes I believe in in an approachable way, to use design to support others.” – E.P.

Union Fest 2017: Party. All. Day. Long.

The best time of the year is finally upon us! The 41st Union Fest will take place Wednesday, March 8th ALL.DAY.

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Here’s what’s going down:

Coffee Cake Party, Wells Fargo, 8:30am-9:30am

  • Kick off Union Fest with some free coffee cake and coffee at Wells Fargo.

Relaxation Party, Union Portico, 9am-11am

  • Treat yo self to some relaxation! Enjoy a FREE yoga class from 9:30-10:30am along with breakfast treats and relaxing craft activities.

pARTy, Senate Chambers, 10am-12pm

  • Emile Stewart from Wildflower Art Studios will be teaching (4) 30 minute mini hand lettering sessions! Make your own custom banner or create a custom birthday card! Limited supplies- first come, first serve.
    • 10am-11am: (2) Sessions will be offered for the custom banner class
    • 11am-12pm: (2) Sessions will be offered for the custom birthday card

#UNTUnionFest2017 Picture Party!, Art Gallery, 10am-8pm

  • Take a picture on Instagram, use #UNTUnionFest2017 and pick up your printed photo right outside the art gallery!

Birthday Treats! (Vendor Fair), Union 314, 11am-1pm

  • Grab your party favors at the vendor fair! Free snacks and giveaways from some of UNT’s vendor partners!

Live Music Party featuring Quentin Moore, Syndicate, 12-1pm

  • Hang out with UNT Alumni Quentin Moore and enjoy the ultimate vintage soul experience.

Cupcake Party, 2nd level & 3rd level, 1pm

  • No party is complete without a cupcake! Enjoy a chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry cupcake!

Laser <Tag> Party, Union 333, 1-7pm

  • Nothing says party like a laser tag party!

Garden Party, Union South Lawn, 2-4pm

  • Pick out your favorite succulent and make it a festive home! Limited supplies- first come, first served.

Binge Watch Party: Parks and Rec, Lyceum, 4pm-12am

  • Catch a few or all of the episodes from season 3 of Parks and Rec!

Trivia Party, Syndicate, 5-6:30pm

  • Find a team and come play a round to Team Trivia!

Rooftop Party, Union Rooftop, 6-9pm

  • Listen to some live music while enjoying some Texas spring time weather!

Dance Party with Silent Disco, Union 314, 9pm-12am

  • Pick your favorite station and dance the night away as Silent Disco!

Jazz Party featuring the 9/8 O’Clock Lab Bands, Syndicate, 9pm-12am

  • Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy some live music from UNT’s very own!

See you Wednesday, March 8th for an ALL.DAY. PARTY.