<![CDATA[Irini's University of Cincinnati Honors Portfolio - BL2013 Blog]]>Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:03:01 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[We did it!]]>Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:56:48 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/we-did-itThe event was yesterday and it was crazy! There were so many people in attendance. Fortunately, all of the stylists showed up. However, most of them got lost and were late so we panicked a bit when we only had one stylist arrived. 

Everyone arrived early, too so we weren't very prepared! I was so stressed out and I thought it was a complete, disorganized mess, but apparently it wasn't that bad? Maybe it was all in my head. Either way, there was a lot of room for improvement for next year. I learned what could be done better and what we did well. 

For instance, I really liked using Eventbrite and having people register ahead of time with their contact information and t-shirt size. This especially worked well with volunteers who registered for a specific position so I didn't have to make assignments later on. We probably didn't need as many people for set up and tear down because we had the five of us and help from friends and family, but we definitely need more help with the hair measurement and tying. When people start arriving, that gets crazy! And we need a better way to organize people flow throughout the room. A lot of people wandered around because they couldn't see the registration desk in the back of the room. 

I've learned that I really need to delegate tasks because there is literally no way I can be on top of everything and teach everyone how to do everything on the event day itself. I need to have someone in charge of training and supervising the volunteers preparing hair and controlling traffic flow, I need someone else in charge of teaching the registration and check-in crew how to use the system, and I need another person in charge of the stylists' accommodations so that they have everything prepared when they arrive, and also to keep track of appointments and send people to have their hair cut. 

It was such a long and hard day, and I was so busy that I forgot to enjoy it, which is a real shame because it is really a fun day. It was emotional and exhausting, and I can't wait to just sit back and relax next week in Paris with a nice cappuccino and a warm crèpe.  
<![CDATA[Event attendance]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:46:15 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/event-attendanceI totally forgot to mention our registration numbers!

As of now, we have 18 donors signed up, 3 stylists confirmed (I can't get in contact with the last 3 yet, but I'll keep calling until I do), and 17 volunteers!]]>
<![CDATA[A bake sale and a budget]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:43:32 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/a-bake-sale-and-a-budgetSo much has happened recently it's hard to keep up with! In the past couple weeks, we've hosted a bake sale, passed out Twizzlers with Beautiful Lengths fliers, written, revised, rewritten, submitted, and approved a budget, and made a poster! It's really exciting and we're definitely gaining momentum. 

So let's start from the beginning: bake sale.

We threw together this bake sale with just the 5 of us who regularly attend meetings and ended up with an incredible amount and variety of food! Everything except a box of cookies we made by hand. I made a box of Pillsbury Valentines Day sugar cookies and an absurd amount of eggless cookie dough (so it could be eaten raw). It wasn't extremely popular at the bake sale, but oh my gosh it was delicious. And I didn't mind taking it back ;) We reserved a table in CRC breezeway trying to catch people on their way to class or coming out of the gym, and we were pretty successful. Many people didn't buy anything or didn't buy much and just donated money to the cause. I think they were under the impression the money would go to cancer research or something (which it will, in the end--we plan on donating any left over funds to the American Cancer Society). In the end we made $40, which I'd say is pretty well done.

The following week, we bought some Twizzlers and passed them out for free (along with a flier and brief explanation) to anyone we saw with long hair walking through the CRC breezeway. Through this experience, I learned that people aren't interested in listening to you until you tell them about all the free stuff you're offering. It's like the blood drive: everyone knows it's a worthy cause, but no one really wants to do it unless you're going to offer them something in return. At least for me, if I'm going to go through a not entirely pleasant experience, I want a "trophy" to reward my efforts.

Anyways, throughout both of these weeks, we worked on a budget proposal to submit to the University Funding Board. We ended up going several times to UFB office hours because the first couple people we talked to apparently didn't take the budget submission process as seriously as they should have. One actually submitted our budget when it wasn't even signed and we had just brought it in to be looked over. After going back several times, we eventually came up with the final version of the budget that was approved in full.

And finally, at today's meeting, we made one of our posters! Only Sara and Kathryn actually showed up, which was disappointing, especially because we had things to do. But we got one thing done and I think it looks pretty good!
Tomorrow, we'll finish up the other part of the poster with the actual information about the event on it. After that, they will be displayed in the windows of Steger in front of the SALD office until the event day.
<![CDATA[Successful meeting]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:37:41 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/successful-meetingI think last night's meeting was incredibly successful. I spent a lot of time preparing, and that really helped. We set a date and time for a bake sale and for an information session, and even started planning who was going to bring what to the bake sale. I passed out fliers for people to put up around campus, and today, I finally put up our fliers on all of the elevators in Schneider. 

We're planning an exec meeting soon to get the budget sorted out, and then I'll make sure to stop by the funding board office to have them answer some questions.

So far, my unconventional tactic of going up to people I know and asking them if they want to donate their hair is working surprisingly well. Hopefully people will start signing up soon!


My leadership technique has been evolving since the beginning of this project. My intention was to coach someone so that they could take over relatively easily in my absence, but I don't really feel like that's working very well, especially since I'm learning and/or making it up as I go. I prefer planning the meetings and being a leadership figure, while at the same time always consulting with the people in my group who are just as invested in the event's success as I am. I never do anything alone. Together, we can come up with much better ideas and be more successful than I ever could if I just ordered everyone around. 
<![CDATA[Event information]]>Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:38:47 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/event-information
Eventbrite - University of Cincinnati Beautiful Lengths 2013

General information

Sunday, March 10
1 PM - 4 PM

Tangeman University Center (TUC)
Room: 400 ABC
2766 UC Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Donation requirements

Hair must be...

1. At minimum 8 inches in length.
2. Free of permanent dyes, bleaches, or chemicals (ask if you have any questions about this!).
3. No more than 5% gray.
Download the flier by clicking the link below:
File Size: 274 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File

<![CDATA[Surprise!]]>Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:54:08 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/surpriseAnd two seconds after I wrote that last post, Mitchell's sent me another email saying 6 stylists have signed up!]]><![CDATA[Disappointment]]>Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:42:51 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/disappointmentMitchell's got back to me... it turns out only one stylist is interested in volunteering, and one other is maybe interested. Not exactly the news I was hoping for... 

It's very disappointing because now we have to go recruit stylists again, and we're running out of time. Not to mention, only three people have signed up to donate hair, and they're the ones helping me plan the event! 

We've got our work cut out for us.]]>
<![CDATA[Supported by P&G... things are really moving now]]>Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:19:51 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/supported-by-pg-things-are-really-moving-nowAfter winter break, I started classes again and picked up again with Beautiful Lengths stuff. I hadn't managed to get in contact with the P&G rep from last year until this week, when she responded to my second email (the first was sent over her holiday vacation... who can blame her for not reading it?) and she's very excited about us becoming a student organization and is fully supportive of whatever we need to be successful. She has ordered tshirts and samples for us to give to donors as a thank you, and will be passing along artwork for us to use to make posters to hang around campus! 

Tonight we're going to have a quick meeting to make some announcements and then start passing out fliers to all the dorms! Denise made amazing fliers to advertise the event, so I printed out 100 copies with my free engineering prints. We can't get funding until mid-February, which means either we fundraise for nice, color prints, or we wait until then. Or I just figure out how to use those operational funds...

I put in a request to advertise on the windows of Steger in the 1-2 weeks leading up to the event, and if that's available, that'll be huge for us. I'll be asking people to take on the responsibility of talking to different marketing connections on campus.]]>
<![CDATA["Candy canes" in Langsam and Mitchell's Salon]]>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 23:05:38 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/candy-canes-in-langsam-and-mitchells-salonI haven't been very good about keeping up with my blog posts... I'll try to stay on top of that. So now I have a lot of updates on the project:

So last Monday, Denise, Sara, and I went out to pass out what were originally supposed to be candy canes but were really little peppermints (I went to CVS and couldn't find the mini candy canes I was looking for...) to students studying for their exams in Langsam. 

It was a huge success and it wasn't at the same time. 

All of the students were so happy for the small, kind gesture. They're exhausted and stressed and a little peppermint cheered them up a little bit. So in that way, it was successful. On the other hand, no one registered to donate their hair...

But it accomplished our main goal which was to bring attention to the event. 

In other news, Mitchell's Salon has agreed to provide stylists for our event! Possibly even exclusively... we'll know by January 18 (that's my birthday! that would be a great present) if enough stylists are interested in helping to allow for exclusive rights.

It was really very lucky that I even reached them. I sent in a message through their generic contact form on their website asking if they would be interested, and it got passed along to their marketing director who contacted me! So that was very exciting. ]]>
<![CDATA[GREAT NEWS]]>Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:19:31 GMThttp://uhpsfyris.weebly.com/bl2013-blog/great-newsIt's official!

The space is reserved, and the UC Beautiful Lengths Campaign is an approved student organization!

Everything up to this point has been easy compared to what's coming up...