Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Nature Retreat
Fall is my favorite season at SLU. Every single weekend there are dozens of club events and sorority/fraternity dances, it’s postseason baseball time for the St. Louis Cardinals, and the changing leaves make campus erupt with colorful beauty. My absolute favorite part of fall though is Nature Retreat, a weekend-long, reflection-charged, outdoor adventure through Campus Ministry.
Nature Retreat is held at Reis Biological Station in central Missouri (about two hours west of SLU). Reis, which is home to a preserved, natural prairie resting right along the calm Huzzah River, is typically used throughout the year as a research facility for biology students. However, one weekend each year Campus Ministry is allowed to settle in for a few days of camping, canoeing, caving, stargazing, hiking, and s’mores-making! 
This year I got to be on the leadership team that helped plan the entire Nature Retreat weekend. The team prepared all the home-cooked meals and gave a few reflections. One team leader even led us in yoga Saturday morning! Nature Retreat is the perfect weekend to relax and re-focus. It is by far the most laid-back “retreat” you’ll ever go on, which is what sets it apart as so special for me. It’s open to all students from all religions and spiritual backgrounds. Our mix of 27 student-retreatants (and the perfect weather) made this year’s Nature Retreat the best yet!
For more info on Nature Retreat and a couple videos from years’ past, check out the Campus Ministry page here.
- Luke -
AMDG

Nature Retreat

Fall is my favorite season at SLU. Every single weekend there are dozens of club events and sorority/fraternity dances, it’s postseason baseball time for the St. Louis Cardinals, and the changing leaves make campus erupt with colorful beauty. My absolute favorite part of fall though is Nature Retreat, a weekend-long, reflection-charged, outdoor adventure through Campus Ministry.

Nature Retreat is held at Reis Biological Station in central Missouri (about two hours west of SLU). Reis, which is home to a preserved, natural prairie resting right along the calm Huzzah River, is typically used throughout the year as a research facility for biology students. However, one weekend each year Campus Ministry is allowed to settle in for a few days of camping, canoeing, caving, stargazing, hiking, and s’mores-making

This year I got to be on the leadership team that helped plan the entire Nature Retreat weekend. The team prepared all the home-cooked meals and gave a few reflections. One team leader even led us in yoga Saturday morning! Nature Retreat is the perfect weekend to relax and re-focus. It is by far the most laid-back “retreat” you’ll ever go on, which is what sets it apart as so special for me. It’s open to all students from all religions and spiritual backgrounds. Our mix of 27 student-retreatants (and the perfect weather) made this year’s Nature Retreat the best yet!

For more info on Nature Retreat and a couple videos from years’ past, check out the Campus Ministry page here.

- Luke -

AMDG

Monday, September 8, 2014

Spirit Competition 2014

Every academic year at Saint Louis University kickstarts with Fall Welcome, our jam-packed week of crazy activities to welcome all new students and just celebrate life as Billikens. Fall Welcome includes freshman move-in, a colossal square dance on top of a parking garage, the Convocation ceremony with the President of SLU, a gigantic street party and concert, and, of course, the beloved annual spirit competition.

This year I was hired to photograph all of Fall Welcome as an Oriflamme member—the orientation and spirit leaders decked out in orange shirts. The competition is always my favorite event to shoot. The entire Class of 2018 gathered in Herrmann Stadium to cheer on the SLU Men’s Soccer team and compete against each other (residence hall against residence hall) to take home the spirit competition championship prize of box suite tickets to a Billiken Basketball game in Chaifetz Arena

For more photos from the Spirit Competition, check out my full album here.

Be Spirited.

Be Here.

Be a Billiken.

- Luke -

AMDG

Monday, September 1, 2014
Senior Year: Here we go!
Whelp, here it is. Senior year at Saint Louis University.
It’s crazy to look back on how quickly the past three years have gone by! I won’t go off on a long reflective description of how time is precious or anything… but I will tell you that  I am stoked to be sharing my senior year SLU experience with you via this Be A Billiken Blog. Stay tuned for the inside scoop of life at SLU, life in St. Louis, and life looking back and growing upon my already three years at this amazing University.
"Carpe Diem"
- Luke -
AMDG

Senior Year: Here we go!

Whelp, here it is. Senior year at Saint Louis University.

It’s crazy to look back on how quickly the past three years have gone by! I won’t go off on a long reflective description of how time is precious or anything… but I will tell you that  I am stoked to be sharing my senior year SLU experience with you via this Be A Billiken Blog. Stay tuned for the inside scoop of life at SLU, life in St. Louis, and life looking back and growing upon my already three years at this amazing University.

"Carpe Diem"

- Luke -

AMDG

Saturday, May 3, 2014

SLU Night @ The Ballpark

As if being a Billiken didn’t already have enough perks, how does $10 tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium sound?

Saint Louis University’s Student Involvement Center (SIC) picks several games every year to be “SLU Night @ The Ballpark” —- SLUdents can get amazing seats in a SLU-only section of the stadium for just $10! (SLU covers the cost difference!)

My friends Mitch, Julia, Cat, Andrew and I got to watch the Cardinals defeat the Cincinnati Reds in "Baseball Heaven," and we can’t wait for the next college night later this month!

I love my Birds. I love my Bills. I love my city!

Be here.

- Luke -

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Be here.
Saint Louis University
- Luke -

Be here.

Saint Louis University

- Luke -

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
"Here comes the sun, do do do doo…"
There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring! Yesterday was “Fountain Day,” an unofficial full-out holiday among the student body. The  SLU grounds crew turned on all the fountains across campus—from the clock tower to the dolphin pond—and everyone was enthusiastically out-and-about enjoying the return of beautiful St. Louis weather. 
I actually took a little siesta in the clock tower auditorium as I let the warm, spring air breeze by. Today we have thunderstorms rolling through, meaning the trees and flowers will finally be in full bloom later this weekend! I can’t wait!
Visit SLU and watch life come alive.
Be here.
- Luke - 
AMDG

"Here comes the sun, do do do doo…"

There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring! Yesterday was “Fountain Day,” an unofficial full-out holiday among the student body. The  SLU grounds crew turned on all the fountains across campus—from the clock tower to the dolphin pond—and everyone was enthusiastically out-and-about enjoying the return of beautiful St. Louis weather

I actually took a little siesta in the clock tower auditorium as I let the warm, spring air breeze by. Today we have thunderstorms rolling through, meaning the trees and flowers will finally be in full bloom later this weekend! I can’t wait!

Visit SLU and watch life come alive.

Be here.

- Luke

AMDG

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

STL Pride

The city of St. Louis is 250 years old! As part of our year-long celebration, St. Louis is erecting monumental “cakes” at the 250 most important and notable STL locations and institutions. It is no surprise Saint Louis University was chosen to partake in this honor! (We’ve been around for nearly 200 years ourselves!)

The University hosted an unveiling yesterday. Men’s Basketball star Jake Barnett, the women’s basketball coach, the Billiken, a Jesuit priest, and four of the SLU students who designed and decorated the cake took part in its presentation to the Midtown community. 

Our #STL250 cake features our University motto “Higher Purpose. Greater Good” and depicts an evening silhouette of the SLU campus. The entire cake was designed by freshman SLU students!

Come check it out at the intersection of Grand and Lindell Blvd., right across from College Church!

"SLU’s from the Lou, and we’re proud!"

- Luke -

AMDG

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
"Don’t like the weather in St. Louis? Stick around a day… It’ll change!"
That’s our saying ‘round here. If you’re the kind of person who likes experiencing all four seasons, then St. Louis is the place for you! We seem to get all four seasons on almost a weekly basis sometimes. Just yesterday it was snowing with a high temperature in the 30s; tomorrow it’s going to be sunny and 70! 
You’ll never get bored of the weather in St. Louis…
"Just wait until tomorrow!"
Winter weather is finally coming to an end here at SLU, and this campus is ready to spring forth from hibernation! The tulips (or "SLU-lips" as we call them) are beginning to pop out of the ground, the facilities crew is hauling in new mulch, and the birds and squirrels (and freshmen) are running around the quad all twitterpated!
SLU’s campus will soon be alive and blooming with life once again. For many, this is the favorite time of year around here. The hammocks in the quad are hung, the fountains trickle back to life, the palm trees are back in place, and SLUruba opens back up for swimming, sunbathing and sand volleyball. 
There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring!
Be here.
- Luke - 
AMDG

"Don’t like the weather in St. Louis? Stick around a day… It’ll change!"

That’s our saying ‘round here. If you’re the kind of person who likes experiencing all four seasons, then St. Louis is the place for you! We seem to get all four seasons on almost a weekly basis sometimes. Just yesterday it was snowing with a high temperature in the 30s; tomorrow it’s going to be sunny and 70! 

You’ll never get bored of the weather in St. Louis…

"Just wait until tomorrow!"

Winter weather is finally coming to an end here at SLU, and this campus is ready to spring forth from hibernation! The tulips (or "SLU-lips" as we call them) are beginning to pop out of the ground, the facilities crew is hauling in new mulch, and the birds and squirrels (and freshmen) are running around the quad all twitterpated!

SLU’s campus will soon be alive and blooming with life once again. For many, this is the favorite time of year around here. The hammocks in the quad are hung, the fountains trickle back to life, the palm trees are back in place, and SLUruba opens back up for swimming, sunbathing and sand volleyball. 

There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring!

Be here.

- Luke

AMDG

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Here is St. Louis

I’m not kidding. I love St. Louis. We have a saying around here: "I’m from the Lou and I’m proud." Darn right! I don’t know what you’ve heard about this city, but chances are it was from some magazine, newpaper or online article. 

For example, you may have read that St. Louis is ranked by Forbes as the #1 Happiest City for Job-Seeking College Graduates! 

But let me talk to you first-hand, one-on-one, Billiken-to-Billiken: St. Louis is amazing. And it’s only going to get better in the next four years! (And not only because YOU’LL be at Saint Louis University, which, of course, would make any city better, right!?) 

Here are my Top 10 St. Louis Summer Hits:

1) Free admission to America’s #1 Zoo

2) Free admission to shows at America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre

3) Free weekends concerts and fireworks downtown by the Arch in July for “Live on the Levee” and “Fair St. Louis” 2013, such as Trace Adkins, Counting Crows, K’nann, Josh Turner, and NEEDTOBREATHE

4) Free outdoor movies on Friday nights on Art Hill in Forest Park

5) Free admission to the Whitaker Music Festival every Wednesday night at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

6) Cardinals Baseball at Busch Stadium, also known as “Baseball Heaven”

7) Ted Drewe’s Frozen Custard, Imo’s Pizza, & Pappy’s BBQ!!!

8) The farmers market by the Schlafly Brewery in Tower Grove Park and the Soulard Market

9) The night life scene on Washington Avenue, as well as America’s best adult playground at the City Museum (a transformed old shoe factory!) also located on “Wash Ave”

10) Amazing headliner tours and sports exhibition games, such as Taylor Swift, Goo Goo Dolls & Matchbox 20, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, Nelly, Blake Shelton, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and even REAL Madrid football, that choose St. Louis as a 2013 top destination at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Edward Jones Dome, Scottrade Center, Chaiftetz Arena, The Pageant, The Fox Theatre, Busch Stadium, The Peabody Opera House, and many more of St. Louis’ performance venues

And, like I said, St. Louis is only going to get better. This summer construction has started on two HUGE city projects: Ballpark Village and the renovated St. Louis Arch Grounds! Check out the hyperlinks and get pumped. Be proud. 

Fall in love with this city. It’s my home, and it can soon be yours.

Be a Billiken. Be here.

Here is St. Louis

Luke - 

AMDG

Monday, July 29, 2013

How’s Your Summer?

Summer at SLU has been a blast this year. The weather has been absolutely beautiful this past week (highs near 78!) and the St. Louis Cardinals still lead Major League Baseball with the best winning percentage of 2013.

Most college campuses are pretty quiet and empty during the summer months, but it’s the complete opposite here at Saint Louis University. From SLU101 orientation sessions, to summer classes, to dozens of various summer camps, midtown St. Louis has been a happenin’ and hoppin’ place!

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, my communication internship involves handling some marketing for "Summer At SLU." Each week I go out to the various camps, shoot some footage, and create a 60-second highlight video to post on YouTube for the University. Above is the video from week 8. It features clips from the Campus Recreation, Gardens to Tables, Grand Arts, Social Skills, and Sports Business camps, as well as a few clips from the special Anatomy 101 course taught to high school teens. Each week there’s a different variety of summer camps; you can view all other 7 weeks of video on SLU’s official YouTube channel, or by searching “Summer At SLU.”

So how’s your summer been? Check out these videos and definitely consider bringing your summer experience to a whole new level next year by spending some time at Saint Louis University!

This campus doesn’t take a summer vacation; SLU is alive every month and every day of the year!

- Luke -