Meet the Head Gryphons: Eden Weinflash

All summer long, the Office of Residence Life will be doing a series for incoming first-years and returning students to get to know their 2016-2017 Head Gryphons. Head Gryphons are residential student staff leaders who serve as role models for the entire Gryphon Society. They are encouraged to promote an inclusive environment in which individual and community rights are upheld. The 2016-2017 Head Gryphon staff ranges from juniors to graduate students and comes from various academic backgrounds. To get to know them better, each Head Gryphon wrote about who they are, what they are involved in, and what they love about Lehigh. First up is Eden Weinflash! 

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  • Preferred name: Eden
  • Gender pronouns: She/her/hers
  • Hometown: Montville, NJ
  • One thing I can’t live without: Emergency hair ties
  • Favorite movie: Pay It Forward
  • Favorite TV show: Friends
  • Favorite thing about Lehigh: The size and the opportunities that come along with that–I love that I know a lot of professors well, and I love the leadership opportunities that are available (even starting your first year!)
  • Favorite thing about being a Gryphon: My residents and staff❤
  • Favorite thing about living in a residence hall: Ability to see people all the time, whenever you want–you can never feel too lonely:)
  • Favorite thing about Bethlehem: The Greenway (I hate running, but I’ll do it on the Greenway!)
  • One thing on my Lehigh bucket list: Try all the milkshakes at Hawk’s Nest (I think I’ve had 3 over the course of 3 years, so it’s not going too well…)
  • Fun fact about myself: I’ve never broken a bone (knock on wood!)

 

 

Former Gryphon Jake Puzycki ’14 15G has

Former Gryphon Jake Puzycki ’14 15G has been doing amazing things in the Technical Entrepreneurship program! He has a new project he is doing and he needs our help! Let’s support him. Jake was a great Gryphon and did a lot to help create a great community for his residents and now he wants spread his love to high school students! Let’s help him out!

WATCH THE VIDEO AND VOTE! http://ow.ly/FhXRS

Meet October Gryphon of the Month and Head Gryphon Lacey Quinn!

Lacey Quinn has been a long time Gryphon and has done so many remarkable things in First Year Housing as well as Upperclassmen housing. She is currently the Head Gryphon of Taylor in a staff called the Village. I asked her a few questions I asked her so people could get to know her better:
What do you study as an Undergraduate? Marketing Major
What activities were/ are involved in? Marketing Club Pres., Lehigh Says NO MORE, Graphic Design for offices on campus
Any awards/accomplishments you have done: Lambda Mu Sigma Marketing Honors and Deans List
Why did you become a Head Gryphon? I wanted to have the opportunity to give back to an organization that has helped shape who I developed into while at Lehigh. I also enjoy having the opportunity to bring out the best in others.
What do you plan on doing after Lehigh: Taking care of business!! I’ll be working for BASF in their Professional Development Program (rotational) and traveling throughout the US
What advice would you give to current students about Lehigh? Don’t be afraid to change directions and take risks! There will always be people who want to put their 2 cents in on any decisions you might make, but remember- you know yourself better than anyone else does!
Lacey Quinn was awarded Gryphon of the month for October. Gryphon of the Month goes to a Gryphon who goes up and beyond to make his or her community as well as colleagues is the best it can be. Gryphons nominate who they believe deserves the award and the ORL staff makes the final decision.  This is what a fellow Gryphon had to say about Lacey:
“Lacey goes above and beyond as a gryphon. First of all she has already had a lot to deal with on our hall. There was a certain event last week with a resident that Lacey handled very professionally. Lacey ended up pulling an all nighted that night trying to help better the situation. She was just going to sleep as I was getting up. Lacey is so giving with her time and compassion, and our residents have even commented on how easy she is to talk to. Additionally we had a hall meeting last night to address a hall bulimia issue. Lacey ran the meeting so professionally and really showed how supportive she was of all the residents. After the meeting residents came to lacey’s room to talk about the issue, and I was just so impressed with how Lacey is able to so effortlessly make residents feel comfortable and at ease when talking about sticky topics and issues.
Lacey is a phenomenal gryphon, and I think that fact that we have built a small community in upperclassmen residents hall speaks volumes of Lacey’s giftedness.”
Thank you Lacey for being so awesome! Your hard work has not go unnoticed!

Meet the Head Gryphons: Anna D’Ginto

Head Gryphons are residential student staff leaders and role models for the entire Gryphon staff employed by the Office of Residence Life. They serve as peer educators to their residents and act as mentors to their Gryphon colleagues. They are encouraged to promote an educational environment to uphold and honor individual and community rights and responsibilities within the residence halls. What makes Head Gryphons so unique is their opportunity to learn early how to develop professional skills that can be used in the future. The 2014-2015 Head Gryphon staff range from juniors to second year graduate students and they all play an important role in the Gryphon Society. Each Head Gryphon wrote a bit about who they are, what they are involved in, and how to be a successful student at Lehigh University.

Here is the opportunity to get to know all the Head Gryphons in this series- Meet the Head Gryphons:

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Name: Anna D’Ginto

Class Year: 2016 (Current Junior)

Major: Double Major in Economics and Political Science, Minor in Business

Hi! My name is Anna D’Ginto, I am the Head Gryphon of Lower Cents this year. I have lived in the Centennials for three years (repreCENTS!); I was a resident of Emery House my first year at Lehigh, and was the Emery 3 Gryphon last year. I became a Gryphon because I wanted to have the opportunity to make a difference in the experiences of first-year students. I have also made many connections and friends through Gryphoning. The Gryphon role has challenged me in many ways and has enabled me to develop as a leader, student, and individual.

In addition to serving as a Gryphon, I am active in the Student Senate. I am the current vice president after previously serving as the Unity Committee chair freshman year and Secretary Sophomore year. As a student Senator, I have had the opportunity to improve my public speaking skills, get to know many wonderful students and administrators, and provide feedback on university wide initiatives. I am also a member of the Federal Reserve Challenge, University Committee on Discipline, and Brown and White Business staff.

I cannot believe I am already halfway through my time at Lehigh! Each of the activities that I have been involved with has shaped me as a person, and I look forward to the many memories that I will make during my remaining time here. If I had to give one piece of advice to current students, it would be to get involved and not be afraid to put yourself out there! You have a unique opportunity to supplement what you are learning in the classroom by joining any of the 150+ clubs and organizations that are offered at Lehigh. Once you join a club, stick with it and run for a leadership position! Also, if you are struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help! Between Gryphons, professors, and Dean of Students staff members, there are so many people with the knowledge and resources to make your Lehigh experience positive!

Lehigh is an amazing place; there are so many unique people, opportunities, and resources at your disposal. I hope you maximize your time and take advantage of all that Lehigh has to offer!

Lehigh After Dark: Trivia Night!

Lehigh after Dark or LAD is a new program at Lehigh University created for students who are looking for alternative options on their Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights. Lehigh students, drinkers and nondrinkers, voiced a very strong interest in attending Lehigh after Dark events. Some of these events include, a capella concerts, battle of the bands, arts and crafts, games, and most importantly, TRIVIA NIGHT!

Lehigh after Dark’s goal is to support a healthier student lifestyle by offering programs and activities that remove the focus on alcohol and drugs while still creating a vibrant and exciting social environment for Lehigh!

Trivia Night has done an amazing job with this! Trivia Night, which occurs every Thursday at 10:00pm at Hawks Nest, is an event that students attend every week! It ranges from 60 people to 116 people attending every week! This event has given students another way of having clean and competitive fun with their friends!

My name is Christina Okoye and I am the Graduate Assistant of Residence Life! I am the second Graduate Assistant of residence life and I am the point person of trivia! Alex Wiedorn was the first Graduate Assistant of Residence Life  and the first to ever host  trivia nights last year She has done an AMAZING job of putting Trivia Night together! Let me give you a little bit about how trivia works:

In trivia, there are a total of six rounds with five questions in each round. Every round can consist of different topics. For example, on Octoer 2nd 2014, the Gryphon Society had a fall themed trivia with topics ranging from fall foods to fall movies. In addition to 6 trivia rounds, there is also a WHO AM I Round. At the end of each trivia round, a clue is given about a person. Teams can guess as many times as they want. The earlier a team guesses correctly the more points they will get. Some hosts will add a music bingo to their trivia. The music bingo has songs that will be played throughout the night and teams have to pick which song is getting played. The first three teams who win music bingo get points! Prizes will be given to the top team at the end of Round 3 and at the end of Trivia. Round 3 winners get to choose from LAD prizes. These can be from glow in the dark Frisbees to LAD t-shirts, tanks, and long- sleeved shirts. The final winning team gets bookstore prizes.

As the point person for trivia and the Graduate Assistant of Residence Life, we are always looking for other organizations to collaborate with us to host a trivia night! This is great way to get your name out there, as well as, market your organization! If you have any questions about hosting a trivia night, please contact me: cuo213@lehigh.edu! You can start booking to host a trivia night for the spring semester now!

I look forward to hearing from you all soon! Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Meet Alex Wiedorn: Former Gryphon and Graduate Assistant of Residence Life

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My name is Alex Wiedorn and it’s hard to believe that this will be my last year at Lehigh!  I graduated in May 2013 with my undergrad degree in Chemical Engineering and will graduate in May 2015 with my Masters of Engineering in Management Science & Engineering.  I think most people would describe me as someone who bleeds Brown & White, so I will definitely cherish all my Lehigh moments this next year.

Way back when, I moved in to Richards my first year and remember meeting the Richards Gryphons.  They were so helpful and continue to be some of my closest friends from Lehigh!  They were such good Gryphons, I wanted to be one too.  I was a Gryphon in Lower Cents my sophomore year and Richards my junior year (shout out to my Cents and Richards/Drinker staffs!!).  As an undergrad, I was a Rossin Junior Fellow for the engineering school mentoring other engineering students and recruiting future Lehigh engineers.  My senior year, I was also involved with the Admissions Office as an Admissions Fellow interviewing prospective students and sharing my Lehigh story with them.

Last year, I was the Graduate Assistant in the Office of Residence Life and had the support of the ORL and Lehigh After Dark to start Thursday Night Trivia!  I’m so happy that it has been so successful and grateful for the wonderful Lehigh club co-sponsors each week.  A special thanks to my trivia regulars for all your help in making it a success!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many great people, organizations, and offices over my time here at Lehigh.  Lehigh is an amazing place; it is a great place to learn, meet interesting people from all different backgrounds, and grow.  There are more opportunities than you can imagine on South Mountain and I hope you take advantage of them and make the most of your time at Lehigh!

Meet Gryphon Athlete Leah Paulson!

 
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My name is  Leah Paulson. I’m the Head Gryphon in M&M this year. After having been in Sayre, Campus Square & Trembley, all upperclassman housing, I’m really excited to be in a first year area for the first time! I graduated in May with a BA in Global Studies & Spanish & a minor in Latin American Studies and I am back for a victory lap to get my Masters thanks to a Presidential Scholarship! I will graduate this coming May with an MEd (Masters in Education) in Globalization & Educational Change which includes a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate. I’ve gotten a few academic awards in the College of Arts & Sciences and was the only Global Studies graduate with departmental honors thanks to my thesis.
 
I walked on to the Women’s Rowing Team my sophomore year, was co-captain last year, and still have eligibility to row this year as a grad student which is awesome. I was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team the past 2 years along with receiving the Faculty Athletics Council Award and PL Academic Honor Roll every season, and my team’s Scholar Athlete Award my junior year. I’m on the Student Athlete Council this year and have been a part of the Leadership Legacies program (for leadership in athletics) both last year and this year. I was also the president of the Residence Hall Association the past 2 years & VP the year before that, and got the RHA character award at the SLLA’s last year which was really cool!
 
I am still figuring out what I want to do after this year, but I definitely want to use my Spanish and possibly want to work in Latin America in a Fulbright-esque situation. No matter where I end up, I want to be using what I’m good at to help people!

Meet Gryphon Athlete Xandra “X” Yantzi

Hello reader, Lehigh, and the residence world of South Mountain Campus. My name is Xandra Yantzi, but you may know me as X. I simply cannot believe that this will be my fifth year on campus. Moving in to Dravo freshmen year is a memory still very fresh in my mind and my Lehigh adventure has been nothing short of spectacular; albeit, it has been challenging. But what’s life without a little challenge? 

I graduated with a double major, English and French, with the Class of 2014 (woop woop) this past spring. I am currently working toward my Masters of Secondary English Education. 

Without a little orange ball and a ten foot hoop, I never would have been given the opportunity to come to Lehigh. I started playing basketball when I was 8 years old, and if Michael Jordan was the best to play, my skill level was quite possibly at the other end of the spectrum. However, I loved the game and still do to this day. As years flew by, I worked hard, learned, and got a lot better, and the fall of my senior year, I decided to take my talents to South Mountain. 

Ball may be life, but I am no Lebron. I came to Lehigh excited to belong to a team and family.

            This year I will be on the Lehigh Rowing team! I am very excited. I have never been in a row boat before, and I couldn’t tell you about the first thing on maneuvering an oar, but I can’t wait to experience the meaning of teamwork in a completely new form. I know my love for basketball has always stemmed from teamwork and the beauty of some dishes and dimes to a bucket. That beauty would never come to fruition, if I didn’t have my teammates and friends. 

            I love people.  I love Lehigh because it gave me the opportunity to meet many amazing people, and be more than a basketball player. I was an Orientation Leader for two years. I have taken part in some spoken word groups and events. I love helping out in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and I’m always down to try something or meet someone that I never have before. Lehigh has opened so many doors for me and granted me the ability to consider new perspectives, and I am a better person for it. Of course, I am still learning about myself and the world around me. And that is also a beautiful thing. 

Some of my proudest and humbling moments at Lehigh have been during Student Life Leadership Award ceremonies. My junior year, I was awarded the Ujima Award, and my senior year, the Debbie Pearsall Award. Both times I was in awe with the love I felt from my Lehigh community. These awards were so important for me, because I saw them as a reflection of the people that stand beside me on this campus. We are all not perfect, but I know for a fact that I never could have won those awards had I not been supported and loved by faculty, coaches, staff, my peers, and friends. 

I use the word love a lot, and I think it will be a lifelong thing for me to seriously understand all that the word entails. But I do know that love is everywhere, and this campus will only continue to grow and find success the more we open ourselves to the idea of loving each other. 

One day, I hope to pass on my love to a classroom, as I would love to be a teacher. I plan to coach one day, and give back the gift of basketball and its opportunities to younger players. But above all, I hope to always learn, love and grow, and keep those around me happy, be it with a smile, a hug, or support. 

But anyway, If you see me around campus, say hi! I may beat you to it, but I’m not hard to miss. I’m the 6’5 girl dancing around campus. Literally. Dancing. Headphones on and all. I don’t bite, and I’d love to talk about anything from music, to sports, to the Lehigh Squirrels, to the color green, to what Rathbone served for dinner. Whatever. 

I hope everyone has an awesome year, and I hope everyone in their own individual way learns, loves and grows. I’m sure I’ll see you around.  

Office of Residence Life Resources

The Office of Residence Life plays a huge role in your first year experience! The ORL is responsible for fostering a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive residential environment. Gryphons, known as Resident Assistants at many colleges, live in the residence halls and serve as an immediate source of support and assistance. Gryphons are concerned with the growth and development of each individual in their building, and they are a wonderful resource that you should fully take advantage of! You can look forward to getting to know your Gryphon in G-chats, which will happen twice each semester.

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There are many activities and opportunities that you can look forward to this year in your residence hall!

The Office of Residence Life and the Center for Academic Success sponsor the Residential Studying & Tutoring program (RST), which helps promote effective study habits and brings academic support for some of the University’s most challenging and demanding courses into the residence halls. RST study sessions are held on a weekly basis Sunday-Wednesday from 8 PM-10 PM  in the study lounge of each residence hall for all Calculus courses, Physics 11, and Chem 30.

Gryphon staffs will plan Community Development Experiences throughout the semester that will enable you to meet residents and Gryphons in your area, enjoy delicious food from local vendors within the South Bethlehem community, and learn more about a particular topic from a faculty or staff member. You will also have the opportunity to form connections with your floormates by attending campus events with your hall and Gryphon.

Additionally, every Thursday, the Office of Residence Life, along with Lehigh After Dark and Student Auxiliary Services, hosts Trivia Night in Hawks Nest from 10 PM-12 AM! Stop in for an evening of fun, food and prizes!

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If you are looking to get involved, consider running for your building’s Residence Hall Council. RHCs serve as the primary means of communication between residents and the administration, and provide programming to meet the needs and interests of residence hall students. RHC is a wonderful way to meet other students in your area and gain valuable leadership skills.

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Meet Samantha Tomaszewski, former Dravo resident

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Meet Samantha Tomaszewski, a rising sophomore majoring in journalism who lived in Dravo on B4 her first year at Lehigh, and will be a Gryphon on B3 this year. Samantha is a class officer, writer for the Brown and White, and co-host of Lehigh’s radio station.

People say the freshman fifteen doesn’t exist at Lehigh, and it especially doesn’t exist if you live in Dravo. I remember being shocked when I heard that the building didn’t have an elevator and I was going to be living on the fourth floor.

So how did I survive all the stairs? And more importantly, how could I be crazy enough to want to live there again as a Gryphon next year? It certainly was tough… My best strategy was to walk up to my dorm with a friend, I would spend so much time focusing on our conversation that the climb would seem to fly by. It can get hot – especially on the higher floors – so make sure to bring a fan!

It’s important to keep busy – more than half the time I was outside my dorm, studying in the library or hanging out around campus. If I knew that I had a few classes and then a meeting, I’d pack up all of my things for the day and save myself a few trips back to my room.

I liked it because it forced me to not always run back and isolate myself in my dorm. I found cool places on campus to hang out between classes and even got some work done in my downtime. I also made a lot of use of the bus – download the Lehigh Live app, it’s really helpful for checking what stop the bus is at.

But don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved my dorm. It’s a great size – my hall was made up of 18 girls. I was surprised when my friend who lived in M&M told me there were 50 girls on her hall. I lived in a CHOICE community, which I will be a Gryphon for this coming year, which put me in touch with a lot of like-minded people who I probably never would have met otherwise. It made for an extremely positive living experience.

Even though the halls are divided into small groups, the building itself is pretty large. There are some people who lived in my building that I never even met. So my advice would be to go to any and all events to help meet people who may not live near your hall. I ended up meeting one of my best friends halfway through the year and found out that he’d been living two floors below me the whole time.

Dravo is in a great location too – it’s close to Hawk’s Nest and it’s close to Taylor Gym, for when you regret those late night junk food runs. It’s close to both Cort and Rathbone.

So even if all the stairs intimidate you, stay strong. I loved living there and I can’t wait to live there again this year! No matter the season, the view is always worth it.

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