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Class of 2022 – Mindset List of My Youngest Child

In College Students, Education, Pop Culture on August 26, 2018 at 11:46 am

First Day of SchoolPersonal note – This year the Mindset List is more meaningful and stranger than ever to me BECAUSE they are now talking about MY children, who are currently enrolled as a sophomore & first-year student at a four-year, state, research one, Big 10 university. Since becoming a higher education professional in 1987, I have loved reading the Mindset List. It is entertaining, insightful, educational and was helpful in my day-to-day work advocating and serving college students. But this year, I read it with new lenses. I am still interested in studying and learning about students — but this year it also reveals much about my own children and my own life as a parent. For the first time, I now can read it while reflecting on the milestones in my own children’s lives including this moment in their lives — perhaps the greatest milestone so far. #MindBlown


The Beloit College
Mindset List for the Class of 2022


Since 1998, the annual Mindset List has circulated internationally as a way of reminding professors everywhere that they aren’t just teaching courses, they’re also teaching students. The list has generated several books, prompted international discussions and lists and scores of speaking appearances around the country.


The New Millennium Belongs to This Year’s Entering College
Class of 2022
 in The 21st Annual Mindset List


Summary

  • classof22Human beings have always been living — not just traveling — in space. The United States has always been in Afghanistan. Same-sex marriage has always been legal somewhere and the once revolutionary “You’ve got mail” is almost forgotten.
  • A lot can change in just 18 years, but these same 18 years also make up the mindset—or “event horizon”—of today’s entering college students. Born in 2000, the first year of the new millennium, these students are members of the College Class of 2022.
  • Among the iconic figures never alive in their lifetime are Victor Borge, Charles Schulz, and the original Obi-Wan Kenobi Alec Guinness.
  • Among their classmates could be Madonna’s son Rocco, Will Smith’s daughter Willow, or David Bowie and Iman’s daughter Alexandria.

Since they have been on the planet:

  1. They are the first class born in the new millennium, escaping the dreaded label of “Millennial,” though their new designation—iGen, GenZ, etc. — has not yet been agreed upon by them.
  2. Outer space has never been without human habitation.
  3. They have always been able to refer to Wikipedia.
  4. They have grown up afraid that a shooting could happen at their school, too.
  5. People loudly conversing with themselves in public are no longer thought to be talking to imaginary friends.
  6. Calcutta has always been Kolkata.
  7. Afghanistan has always been the frustrating quagmire that keeps on giving.
  8. Investigative specials examining the O.J. Simpson case have been on TV annually since their birth.
  9. Same-sex couples have always found marital bliss in the Netherlands.
  10. When filling out forms, they are not surprised to find more than two gender categories to choose from.
  11. Presidential candidates winning the popular vote and then losing the election are not unusual.
  12. Parents have always been watching Big Brother, and vice versa.
  13. Someone has always skied non-stop down Mount Everest.
  14. They’ve grown up with stories about where their grandparents were on 11/22/63 and where their parents were on 9/11.
  15. Erin Brockovich has always offered a role model.
  16. The words veritas and horizon have always been joined together to form Verizon.
  17. They will never fly TWA, Swissair, or Sabena airlines.
  18. The Tower of Pisa has always had a prop to keep it leaning.
  19. There has never been an Enron.
  20. The Prius has always been on the road in the U.S.
  21. UK retail sales have always been organized in metrics, except for beer, still sold by the imperial pint.
  22. They never used a spit bowl in a dentist’s office.
  23. They have never seen a cross-town World Series.
  24. There has always been a Survivor.
  25. “You’ve got mail” would sound as ancient to them as “number, please” would have sounded to their parents.
  26. Mifepristone or RU-486, commonly called the “abortion pill,” has always been available in the U.S.
  27. A visit to a bank has been a rare event.
  28. Unable to come up with a new tune, Russians have always used the old Soviet national anthem.
  29. They have never had to deal with “chads,” be they dimpled, hanging, or pregnant.
  30. “Bipartisan” is soooo last century.
  31. Horton has always heard a Who on stage in Seussical the musical.
  32. Robert Downey Jr. has always been the sober Iron Man.
  33. Exotic animals have always been providing emotional support to passengers on planes.
  34. Starbucks has always served venti Caffè Lattes in Beijing’s Forbidden City.
  35. Light bulbs have always been shatterproof.
  36. Xlerators have always been drying hands in 15 seconds with a roar.
  37. I Love You has always been a computer virus.
  38. Thumbprints have always provided log in security—and are harder to lose—than a password.
  39. Robots have always been able to walk on two legs and climb stairs.
  40. None having served there, American Presidents have always visited Vietnam as Commander-in-Chief.
  41. There have always been space tourists willing to pay the price.
  42. Mass market books have always been available exclusively as Ebooks.
  43. Oprah has always been a magazine.
  44. Berets have always been standard attire for U.S. military uniforms.
  45. The folks may have used a Zipcar to get them to the delivery room on time.
  46. Bonefish Grill has always been serving sustainable seafood.
  47. As toddlers, they could be fined for feeding pigeons in Trafalgar Square in London.
  48. Google Doodles have never recognized major religious holidays.
  49. Chernobyl has never produced any power in their lifetimes.
  50. Donny and Marie who?
  51. They never tasted Pepsi Twist in the U.S.
  52. Denmark and Sweden have always been just a ten-minute drive apart via the Oresund Bridge.
  53. There have always been more than a billion people in India.
  54. Thanks to the Taliban, the colossal Buddhas of Bamiyan have never stood in Central Afghanistan.
  55. Films have always been distributed on the Internet.
  56. Environmental disasters such as the BP Deepwater Horizon, and the coal sludge spill in Martin City, Ky., have always exceeded the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  57. The detachable computer mouse is almost extinct.
  58. The Mir space station has always been at the bottom of the South Pacific.
  59. King Friday the 13th and Lady Elaine Fairchild have always dwelled in the Neighborhood, but only in re-runs.
  60. Israeli troops have never occupied Southern Lebanon.

“All good things must come to a conclusion,” notes the Mindset List’s creator Ron Nief, Public affairs director emeritus at Beloit College. This will be the last year that the Mindset List will be associated with Beloit College, but it will continue in the future at themindsetlist.com or at a new institutional home. “We have enjoyed our 20 plus years of association with Beloit College, where the List began,” said Ron Nief.

The list was initiated in the early days of the internet and has been a popular component of back-to-school talks, faculty orientations and sermons for two decades. Its uses have ranged from training police and military officers and sales staff at Neiman Marcus, to the late Fidel Castro’s attacks on U.S. policy.

“With contributions from parents and academics around the world, the List has tracked cultural change, stimulated intergenerational conversation, and just made older people feel even older,” noted co-editors Tom McBride, author and Beloit emeritus professor of English, and Charles Westerberg, Beloit College sociologist.

The original authors have moved on to new projects in their retirement but will continue their battle against “hardening of the references” at their website, themindsetlist.com.

“Students come to college with particular assumptions based on the horizons of their lived experience,” McBride notes. “All teachers need to monitor their references, while students need to appreciate that without a sound education they will never get beyond the cave of their own limited personal experiences,”


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Michael A. Carone – In Memorium

In Family, Italian, life, Malavenda, Men, Pablo Malavenda, Uncategorized on March 18, 2017 at 4:25 am

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August 17, 1955 – March 13, 2017


Good morning. My name is Pablo Malavenda, and I am one of Michael’s nephews. On behalf of my wife Kristin, my kids, Max & Zoe, and myself — I wish to offer my sincerest condolences to the family — especially Ann Terese, Marissa, Michael, my Mom, Lucille, and my Uncle Jimmy. I so wanted to be with you today — but am not able — so, I thought I’d share with you a few stories of one of my favorite people ever — my uncle Michael.

My memories of Michael go back to the 1960’s & 1970’s — growing up in a big Italian family with lots of aunts, uncles and cousins — who gathered every Sunday at our grandparent’s home for a big pasta dinner. Michael was only one year older than my brother Peter — so, although he was our uncle — he grew up with us and was very much a part of our generation of cousins. We loved and respected ALL of our uncles and aunts — but Michael was ours — in a special way.

Each Sunday, my grandfather, John Carone, got up at the crack of dawn, started the tomato sauce and meatballs — and then walked to church. On his way home from church he stopped at Shorty’s and bought candy bars for all of the grand-kids. BUT — he didn’t give them to us — he gave them to Michael to distribute to us at his will. Michael took us to his room — and had us earn the candy by picking up his room, doing push-ups, making his bed — and if a quarter didn’t bounce on his bed, he made us make it again — until it did. Eventually he would give in and give us our candy bars. The truth is though — we loved it!

Michael and my brother Peter were the leaders of this gang of cousins — or should I say “boy-cousins.” (My sister, Marybeth, was the only girl cousin and although she was tough enough to keep up with us, she often chose to hang out with all of the aunts and get pampered.) A motley crew we were — it was Peter, John, Jon, Scott, Tommy, Todd…and me. This was Michael’s turf — so, he would lead us in games — mostly baseball, football & basketball — and on adventures in the neighborhood. After dinner, when the Mr. Softee truck came through the neighborhood — my grandfather bought twin-popsicles and each of the cousins got a half — but not Michael. He got what he wanted. And again — we loved it!

During the summer months Michael spent many of his weeks with our family in Meriden — and we loved having him. Once my brother Peter spent a week with him in Hartford — but that ended badly with Peter getting his foot caught in the spokes of a bicycle and needing to go to the hospital — and Michael felt awful.

That whole era ended when my grandparents decided to move back to Franklin Avenue — but before the move was complete, my grandfather died suddenly. This is when my grandmother, Phyllis, asked my mother, Lucille, to take over the Sunday meals — and she did. Not much changed except the location — all the cousins were there and Michael still led us through our Sunday activities. We were now all entering middle school and high school — so our relationships began to evolve — and as the cousins got more athletic, the games got more intense.

As the least athletic of the bunch — I was sure I would be cast aside — but Michael wouldn’t let that happen. He tried to teach me how to catch a baseball — to no avail — but eventually I became the permanent pitcher or permanent catcher — and always the score keeper. He made me feel special, he saw me, he included me. One of the highlights of my early life was when Michael agreed to be my Confirmation sponsor. He attended Confirmation Mass in an awesome pink suit. He looked so good the pastor approached him and told him he loved his suit. I selected St. Michael the Archangel as my saint — and Michael gave me a gold medal of my saint — which I have not taken off since and wear to this day. Much like St. Michael, my Uncle Michael was a warrior — he protected me, he defended me and he made me a better person.

When I was accepted to attend UConn — I had no way to get to campus. I eventually moved into my grandmother’s apartment on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Bond Street and took the bus each day to the UConn Hartford Campus. Michael was living there at the time too. When Michael and Ann got engaged — he moved into an apartment in Wethersfield and asked me to be his roommate until they were married. He didn’t need me — but he knew I would be more comfortable in his apartment with my own bedroom and not on a cot in the living room of my grandmother’s. I cherish that time I spent living the life of a genuine Italian on the “avenue.” I went with my uncles and cousins to the South End Italian Club, I was the scorekeeper for the South End Yankees and helped plan Michael and Ann’s wedding with the help of Rosemary, Ann’s sister. What an incredible experience for a kid from Meriden — and Michael was at the center of it all.

Soon after those glorious days, Michael and Marissa were born, and a new generation of cousins was emerging — Anthony arrived and Jamie was getting older. Our generation of cousins was also getting married and having kids and drifting apart. When my grandmother passed — Sunday dinners continued but the focus had shifted to the younger cousins. To me, Michael was still the bright light of the family. Before our eyes Michael became a man, a husband — and what a joy it was to see him become a father. Michael had so much love for each and every one of us — but the love he had for Michael and Marissa was boundless. Even though he now had a family of his own — Michael always reminded me that he loved me, he would protect me and most importantly he was proud of me.


I was so happy that Michael met my wife, Kristin, attended our wedding, met my two kids, and attended both of my two kids’ Christenings and their first birthday parties. Soon after that Michael had his accident — but my family and I had wonderful visits with him twice a year — each time we traveled to Connecticut from Indiana — for the past 15 years. Our most recent visit was in December — and we got a lot of hugs in.

I know for certain that Michael was carried to Heaven in the palm of God’s hands. He was greeted by St. Peter — who said “Welcome — come right in! I’ve been watching you since you showed up to that Confirmation Mass in a pink suit.” He immediately hooked up with his partner in crime, my brother Peter and they stormed in and loudly interrupted a serious game of setback with my grandmother, my grandfather, my father, Patty, Sonny, and Ronny. Heaven has a new angel who brings his laughter and his love and his light.


Dear Michael — I love you. I miss you. I thank you. And I’ll see you someday — on the other side.

Bailey Hikes to Fight Hunger

In Malavenda, Pablo Malavenda, Uncategorized on September 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

To give online to Bailey’s Hunger Hike effort, click HERE.


12045609_984029394971942_151902064509167010_oHi, I’m Bailey. I’m a six-year old double dapple dachshund and a part of the Malavenda family. I know I’m just a little dog — but when I learned that millions of children go hungry, I decided to do something about it. I’m going to participate in Hunger Hike again this year and I hope you will support me. BTW — I will be “hiking” with Max, Zoe, Kristin & Pablo — so, a donation to me is also support for them as well.

Please SHARE my page with any of your friends, puppies, cats, and family who may be inspired to donate as well.

PLEASE dig deep and donate through me online. Donating is simple, fast, secure and tax-deductible. Any amount you can give will help!

12045305_984027898305425_5403212883575075102_oI’m excited to be a part of this annual effort again this year which raises funds for three fabulous not-for profits: Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, and St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Mission. Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I really appreciate it. Together we will be helping hungry children and families.You can learn more by going to the Hunger Hike website (www.hungerhike.org).

Thank you again for your support!


To give online to Bailey’s Hunger Hike effort, click HERE.