The Mside Admissions Guy

Should Punxsutawney Phil bet on the Steelers?

With all the crazy things happening in the world right now (the cyclone in Australia, the uprising in Egypt, and the “monster” winter storm we’re experiencing) I’m happy to report we did actually receive some good news yesterday. In case you missed it, according to Punxsutawney Phil, who apparently DIDN’T see his shadow, Spring is supposed to come early this year! Upon hearing this I posted the following update to our Morningside College Facebook page.

Save Phil!
Yesterday afternoon I stumbled across a Facebook post from one of my old High School friends. The guy has always had a great sense of humor, and I just had to share it with you. :)

Being that Punxsutawney Phil is only accurate with his weather forecasts 39% of the time, I’m guessing if he found himself in the predicament of having to pick the Superbowl Champion… he probably wouldn’t fare too well with that either. If Phil came to you and asked you for your advice, what would you tell him? Should he go with his home state – Pittsburgh Steelers, or take his chances with the Green Bay Packers?

Next week I’ll share the results from the poll with you. I hope everyone has a great rest of the week, and enjoys the Superbowl on Sunday. It should be a great game. To be honest, I really don’t care what the outcome is… I’m just hoping the commercials are better than they’ve been in recent years. I miss the good ol’ days of the Budweiser Frogs.

Take care and have a good one!

The Mside Admissions Guy
– Jim Braunschweig


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Scholarship Weekends 2011 – An unforgettable experience created by a dedicated campus community

Tomorrow afternoon our campus will be abuzz with about 70 prospective students and their families attending our second Scholarship Weekend of the 2010-2011 school year. Our first Scholarship Weekend, which took place in mid-November, was a huge success, and our Office of Admissions has been hard at work these past couple of weeks to ensure this weekend will be one our guests won’t soon forget.

Photo from our Scholarship Weekend in November - had a FULL house!

What’s so great about a Scholarship Weekend?
EVERYTHING! But it also happens to be our prospective students chance to audition and interview for Morningside College scholarships, visit with our faculty and staff, and meet the current students here at Morningside. Oh yeah, did I mention over half of the students who attend our Scholarship Weekends also choose to spend the night on campus with a current student! Not every college is able to do that for their prospective students, but we are fortunate we have students who are willing to help us with this endeavor. Long story short, attending a Scholarship Weekend is the single best way to get a taste of what the Morningside College experience is all about. For the full experience though, you’ll need to enroll here. :)

See you soon!
For those of you coming tomorrow or Saturday, we can’t wait to share the Morningside College experience with you, and wish you luck with any interviews or auditions you may have. Remember to contact your Admissions Counselor if you have any questions, and you may also check out our tentative schedule of events if you would like a reminder of what’s all going on this weekend.

Would you like to attend a Scholarship Weekend?
If you’re a prospective student or parent and would like to attend a Scholarship Weekend, please contact your Morningside College Admissions Counselor for more information about how you can register, or call our Office of Admissions at (800) 831-0806 ext. 5511. Visit our website to learn more about our Scholarship Weekends.

Thank You and a special message for mom and dad…
We really look forward to this weekend, and would like to thank all the students, faculty, staff, and alumni for their help. Our Scholarship Weekends wouldn’t be possible without them, and the dedication these people have for our college and it’s mission is the main reason why Morningside continues to grow into one of the best Private Colleges in the Midwest.

Finally, I mentioned how dedicated our students, faculty, and staff are to Morningside College, but I’d also like to take a moment and congratulate my parents on something they’re both dedicated to…  each other. Today marks their 38th Wedding Anniversary, and I couldn’t be happier for the two of them.  My mom is sort of new to Facebook, but she managed to post a nice profile picture and status update today (see below). Congrats and I love you both.

Profile Picture: My mom, Connie, and my dad, Jerry. My dad's a lucky man, and my mom... is a very patient woman. :)

Status Update: One of their friends commented on this asking... "Then when did you meet Jerry?" LOL

This will be my last post for the week so I hope you have a great weekend.
As always, thanks for reading.


The Mside Admissions Guy
Jim Braunschweig

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What should I do with my life? Consider this from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This morning I came across the following quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‎ that I’d like to share with you, since it is his day after all. :)

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Below you’ll see how I believe this quote could be used along with the more common question we tend to ask ourselves from time to time – “What should I do with my life?”

The more things change, the more they stay the same…
Working at a college, whether you’re a professor or a staff member like myself, you find yourself interacting with young adults on a daily basis. As each day passes we become another day older, but it seems as if time stands still for the students at Morningside; they never age! The typical age of our college students is roughly between 17  and 22 years old. If you think about it, we will forever be working with that same age group, year, after year… after year. Some days I feel a little bit like Robin Williams as Peter Pan in “Hook” (FIGURATIVELY speaking of course) when he returns to Never Land.

It can be depressing to be regularly reminded by young people what you once thought was “cool,” isn’t any longer, and probably never will be again. I do my best to stay away from discussing movies and music with students as I’ve discovered it’s extremely easy to date myself. :) While some topics of conversation may date us, many other outside the classroom talks we have with our students are not only relatable, but help keep us young at heart; especially those involving fun stories or experiences they share with us.

Yes, many things have changed over the years, but a few things will always remain the same; first, the overall passion and enthusiasm our students have for life and learning, and second, visiting with students who tell us they aren’t sure what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Guess what… That’s OK! In fact we’re rather impressed by students who are uncertain of their futures, not because they aren’t prepared for them, but because there are so many opportunities waiting for them they don’t know which one to choose. The other thing is the majority of our students want to do something more than just earn a college degree. They want to meet new people, share new experiences, and make a difference… What they are seeking is a meaningful life. Through our constant efforts to get them involved on campus in a wide range of activities and in our community with various types of service work, they leave Morningside knowing there’s more to life than a job and a pay check; it’s the people in our lives who truly matter. While it’s difficult for us to answer their question, “What should I do with my life,” we’re just happy they’re asking this because it shows us they’re thinking about more than just the degree they’re earning. They are looking at the bigger picture.

From now on, when a student asks me this, I’ll be sure to share the quote I found today from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because I believe if they are able to answer his question, “What are you doing for others,” not only will they go on to lead rich and fulfilling lives, they’ll also be making our world a better place in the process.

I hope you enjoyed the post today. If you did, please share it with others by using the share buttons below. Thanks for reading. Take care and have a good one!


The Mside Admissions Guy
Jim Braunschweig

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We’d like to extend a warm welcome, but it’s only 1 degree outside!

This morning classes resumed here at Morningside. It’s about time! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… things can get pretty boring around here without our students, so we’re extremely happy to have them back. With the blistering cold we’re experiencing today  I think the message we posted to our students on Facebook this morning said it best. (see below)

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Back in the day…
I still remember those winter walks from Dimmitt Hall to class when I was a student here at Morningside. When I actually paid attention to the weather forecast and knew it was going to be cold, I’d stay warm by throwing on as many layers as possible. I’ve never been the sharpest dresser (jeans on top of sweat pants and pajamas couldn’t have looked good), but I’ve always managed to keep myself warm when it’s cold out… at least, for the most part.

Occasionally though, after a long night of studying… or playing Halo, I’d wake up late the next day and find myself with little time before my first class. Without taking a second to check the weather or even glance out the window I’d hop into some shorts, pop on a  t-shirt, slide into my favorite flip-flops and hurry off to class only to be met by rain, snow, sleet, hail, or bitterly cold temperatures and strong winds. It always seemed as if Mother Nature was just waiting to unleash her fury on unsuspecting students like me who didn’t properly prepare themselves for her wrath. But I survived, and while I’d like to say what didn’t kill me only made me stronger, it didn’t. Instead, it weakened my immune system and I usually got sick a few days later.

WARNING: If you wear shorts in the winter you're on a slippery slope... to joining the Polar Bear Club.

My advice to current Morningside students is simple – do not wear shorts in the winter! While I think most students will take this advice, I just know I’ll still be seeing a few of you bare-legged and braving the elements. Hopefully Mother Nature AND your immune system will be kinder to you than they were to me.

If you’re a current student I just want to remind you that you can visit our Morningside College Portal page to see what the current weather on campus is like. Hope you find this helpful!

Are you a winter warrior?
Feel free to reply the  following questions in the comment section below.

    • Have you ever worn shorts to class during the winter? Why? Do you still?
    • How do you stay warm during the winter at Morningside? Share your tips on how you beat the cold.

    Thanks for reading today’s post, and once again welcome back to campus everyone. Have a great semester!


    The Mside Admissions Guy
    Jim Braunschweig

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    Walking in a Winter Wonderland

    These Boots were made for walking... and that's just what they did.

    I have no idea what you see as you look out your window today, but for everyone here at Morningside College and for much of the Midwest it’s the same thing… A butt-load of snow! For Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a gift I’d need for just these occasions… a pair of black snow boots, and today I put them to good use… not only did I wear them to clear off my driveway and sidewalk this morning, but I also used them to bring you photos for today’s blog. Around 9:15 this morning I posted the following Tweet (see the image below), and set out for adventure.

    Reality Check…

    We live in the Midwest. In the Midwest it snows, sometimes a lot. While most everyone I know, including myself, usually considers snow a nuisance, every once in a while it’s nice to see… especially on Christmas, or on days you’d really like a snow day. :) Rather than hide the fact that we just got BURIED with snow, I thought I’d share with you what most marketing material from Midwest colleges never will – what their campus looks like in the thick of winter. I think you’ll find my photos a bit more “real” and certainly more current than the typical shots of students laying under trees in freshly cut green grass studying with one another. To be honest I really enjoy the look of campus covered in a fresh layer of snow, and I personally know a few of our students who do as well. Below you’ll find several panoramic scenes I put together from photos I took this morning. To view the 31 other photos of campus please click the following link to visit the album on our Facebook page. – Winter Wonderland FB Album – While you’re on our Morningside College Facebook page be sure to become a fan. If you’re a prospective student or parent of a prospective student, we encourage you to join our Morningside College Admissions Facebook Page as well.

    Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the photos!


    The Mside Admissions Guy
    Jim Braunschweig

    Panorama of the apartments at Morningside College. (from left to right: Waitt Hall, Poppen Hall, Lags Hall)

    A view of the Hilker Campus Mall from the Kline Family Pergola (Charles City Hall can be seen on the left, Lewis Hall in the center, and the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center on the right)

    A view of Elwood Olsen Stadium and snow being moved from the parking lot next to it. (photo taken half-way up "Cheap Skate Hill"... thanks to my snow boots. :)

    Photo from just behind Lewis Hall (Roadman Hall on the left, Charles City in the Center)

    View from the Kline Family Pergola (The Elizabeth and Irving Jensen Softball Complex on the left, and Bass Field on the right)

    Welcome to Morningside! View from the visitor entrance to our Campus. (Lewis Hall on the left, Charles City Hall in the center)


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