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On banding together with his team... It means a lot especially coming off of such a tough break for us in the Big Ten championship. I think it shows how close our team is. It means a lot that I get to be the captain of this team, and I tell them every game `I can't believe I get to see you guys another week' because my time is coming to an end and I'm cherishing every moment that I can get with these guys.On trying to defend the lead with five minutes left... It's nerve racking, but I just have to commend our guys. I think everybody put their body on the line and you can see how hard our guys were working to get everything out of the box and protect our goalie. I think that just shows the willingness and competitiveness of our team. Even in the last seconds when we had to make some big stops, they threw everything they had at us and we stood strong, I think that just compares to earlier in our season too.
In the second half, another error on the set piece and Michigan State, well they're known for reaching goals in some set pieces throughout the course of the year, and they did just that too. I'm very, very proud of the fight that we had in the last fifteen minutes. I thought we generated four to five chances to try and find an equalizer for these guys. A little bit of that was Michigan State bending and not breaking, little bit of that was unlucky from us. All in all, I don't think we could ask for a better season. The guys are 17-4-1 and three of their four losses were against teams that are still playing in the Elite Eight next week. I'm very, very proud of them and these two seniors (Zach Bock and Drew Shepherd) next to me. They came in here for four years, Drew (Shepherd) five years ago. They basically changed the culture of WMU Bronco Men's Soccer. They are very impressive young men and had unbelievable careers. I'm very happy to have them on my side.
On the incredible run that they've had this year... It has been incredible. Like Chad (Wiseman) said, I've been here for five years. I've been with these guys for five years and I've seen where this program has come from. Heck, we've traveled and maybe 1,000+ fans came to this game. That would never have happened five years ago. Looking back at it all, it's never fun to lose and this one stings a bit. If I would've known that this was how I was going to go out five years ago, I'd be happy with it. It's been an incredible run and I couldn't be happier with the guys. Seeing how far they've come and the progressions we've made in this program. We've made this program into a Sweet Sixteen team and not many people can say that. It was a heck of a run.
I stepped outside to breathe something besides second-hand smoke and found Stepnowski standing at the curb, holding a cup of beer in each hand. From where I hesitated in the shadow of the entranceway overhang, I could see one was nearly empty, and I used it as a clock, figuring him for being out here maybe five minutes.
"We're just too excited. We got an opportunity to play almost everybody on the team that was eligible to play. Sometimes guys get in and they take advantage of the opportunity, and I saw four or five guys who got in and really did some good stuff. We're going to watch this film very quickly, we're getting up here early in the morning and we got a short work week. We've been preparing all summer and so we knew it was going to be Thursday for that game a long time ago. I also want to congratulate Darnell [Mooney] for going over 2,000 yards, great young man and he worked his tail off. His roommate scored more touchdowns than him tonight I believe. I was also proud of all of our guys for, sometimes getting up in these games the guys lose interest in what's going on out there on the field, but all of our guys - Justin [McMillan] and P.J. [Hall], Darnell [Mooney] - coaching the young guys who were in there and that's a step in the right direction."
Matt Dull: Yeah. So they'll do a last, final coat of paint, and then they'll start being ready for that kind of punch list inspection. So we'll do basically probably about a floor a week or so starting on the top floor and then working the way down over the next six weeks. And then we'll jump over to the B wing and start at the top floor and work our way down the five floors over there. So about 11 weeks or so of punch ahead of the project, but that'll really get us finishing up kind of in the middle of summer. Mid-June to end of June, should be really wrapped up of the major construction happening and really just focusing on the punch list things through the summer for students to move in in August.
Matt Dull: So, for all intents and purposes, next week, we will be finished with framing on that west wing. So, most of the framing will finish up here right before Thanksgiving. When we look at the north wing, that kind of central core I think is how we've described it on past podcasts, it's coming right behind that ... that west wing, we'll start erecting the level-four walls in that center section of the building this week and into next week. Then level five, we'll start end of next week, kind of, it'll probably straddle kind of the Thanksgiving holiday. And then the roof decking will be kind of the next step for that. So again, should have all of the framing complete shortly after Thanksgiving, and then should have the buildings with Tyvek on the outside, roof on, all of the rough exterior work done as we go into the holiday season.
Matt Dull: Yeah. So, Laurel Creek is five floors and then there's a terrace level, which is kind of a ... it's, I guess, like a basement level, but it's not what you ... it has windows. You know, we don't create residence hall rooms where people don't have windows.
Matt Dull: Is it grad school? Is it starting your career? I'm excited about getting that space in the student union, getting more students exposed to the space, knowing where it is, knowing what they do. It's really exciting, I think, for us. So that project will start here as we move into the winter break. So in December, that will continue through next summer. And then our plan right now is to have that space open for the opening of the fall 2021 semester. So, it's about an eight-month construction project. Pretty small project, you know, in the grand scheme of what we do on campus. But I think it's really important to kind of the long-term student success and being able to really launch students as they graduate from Appalachian. So, we're excited about it. We'll give more updates on that construction as we kind of go through the spring semester and as things progress in that area.
Yup. So I was, back for the second time with Amway this summer working in the procurement department. So procurement is kind of a confusing thing for a lot of people. I didn't know what it was before I landed my gig there. Basically ordering raw materials and all the stuff that goes into your final product. So I was working this summer on reducing some inventory costs, stuff that I actually had just talked about in one of my classes at Grand Valley. So was a really nice transition and I was also working on figuring out ways that our administrative professionals at Amway could plan meetings and events a little bit easier around Grand Rapids.
Hindsight's 2020. It would've been nice to have stopped and looked at all the employers and made a plan of like routing. But I just again, wanted to kind of start like seeing what the conversations were like. It's, it's a stocky, like kind of, it's not the most friendly environment when you first get there, you have to definitely ease into how to handle it. And then I saw Amway and had never heard of Amway, not being from the area. We hadn't even heard of Amway. Nope. I had not heard of Amway at all. And so I started a conversation with who ended up being my mentor that summer actually. And she asked you, she looked at my resume, which was very bare bones when I went. And she was like, are you, are you a sophomore? And I was, I said, Nope, I'm a freshman. And she was like,
Yeah. So I've talked a little bit because, so my first internship was with HR recruiting actually at Amway. And so people talk about like Career Fairs being dead or Career Fairs, like being the old school way to handle things now. And I, I'm super biased because like that was how I started my entire career here, I guess at GVSU. I, it was one great connection with that recruiter from Amway. And then from there I was able to, you know, land another internship through that one and then get a return offer to go back to Amway this summer. And so I think the Career Fair is a good starting point just to get your feet wet when it comes to, again talking about yourself professionally, learning how to properly prepare for those types of conversations. Figuring out how to gauge people and see what they want out of a conversation too.
I would say I didn't follow up with absolutely everyone I talked to. I think you should be somewhat selective. Like don't just follow up to follow up again. Genuineness, people can tell when you're just sending a stock email versus something that you're actually interested in them. So I definitely followed up with Amway obviously. I followed up with probably like five or six employers that are really felt the conversation well that I got a good read off of the recruiter. And it wasn't, it took maybe half an hour out of my day honestly to just say like, Hey, really enjoy meeting with you at the Career Fair. I am interested in summer opportunities or school year opportunities. Don't know what your company looks like right now for those openings. But I would love to stay in touch. Thanks Jamie. You know, it was, it was a simple note, but it went a really far, like it goes far. 2b1af7f3a8