The Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference

A graduate of South Dakota State University, Brittany Kuecker acquired a bachelor of science and double majored in political science and sociology; she is currently working towards her master’s degree in those subjects. As an active member of the academic community, Brittany Kuecker represented Canada at the Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC) in 2011.

The AMUNC will be celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2014, the event allows college students in the upper Midwest and part of Canada to participate in three days of simulated global politics. This contest replicates four of the most important committees of the United Nations, and students get to choose which nation they want to represent. Prior to the event, delegates must research and produce resolutions related to international disputes and current events from the point of view of their “adopted country.” Additionally, during competitions they must defend their requests against contrarian nations.

2011’s AUMNC took place at Minnesota State University and featured hundreds of delegates from more than 25 schools. South Dakota State University sent students representing 15 countries, 9 of which earned Distinguished Delegate Awards.


Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sport Clips Fundraising Campaign

A resident of Brookings, South Dakota, Brittany Kuecker recently graduated from South Dakota State University, where she earned a bachelor of science and doubled majored in political science and sociology. During her undergraduate education, Brittany Kuecker actively participated in the Brookings chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) auxiliary unit.

The VFW teamed up with more than 1,100 U.S.-based Sport Clips Haircuts franchises beginning in October 2013 to raise more than a half million dollars for the Help A Hero initiative. The joint fundraising partnership will run through Veterans Day 2013 with Sport Clips locations accepting in-store donations for Help A Hero. On Veterans Day (November 11th), participating Sport Clips stores will hold The Biggest Haircut Day of the Year and contribute $1 from every haircut service provided to a VFW-administered scholarship program.

Established in 2007, Sports Clips’ Help A Hero program supports the VFW’s Operation Uplink, an initiative that allows deployed and hospitalized American service members to contact their family and friends back home free of charge. Starting in 2013, the Help A Hero program expanded to include scholarship programs for veterans.

Three Tips to Balancing School and Work

South Dakota native Brittany Kuecker recently completed a bachelor’s degree, majoring in sociology and political science, at South Dakota State University in Brookings. During her undergraduate career, Brittany Kuecker learned to balance school and work, as she worked throughout college, serving as a night desk manager at an area motel and helping out at animal shelter.

Below are some tips for establishing a balance between work and school.

1. Find a job with flexible hours. Plenty of part-time jobs, especially jobs targeting students, offer accommodating schedules. Restaurant and retail positions are two examples; both fields feature flexible working hours and weekend shifts.
2. Keep a daily schedule and follow it closely in order not to fall behind. This tip will help out later in life when balancing family and work, as well.
3. Make time for yourself. Social/play time helps students to blow off steam and allows them to rest the mind, which aids in retention of valuable information.