Old Dominion University

Dear East Coast,

Wow! I had forgotten how humid you get over there! 

That was my first thought when I got off the plane in Norfolk. My next thought was getting my car and heading to Old Dominion! It was late when I arrived and the program wasn’t until the next evening so I had the entire next day to hang out on campus.

I checked out the student union, took a walk around and met Kerry Kilburn, an ODU biology teacher who wanted to help the women get involved in her self defense classes right near campus!  I guess you can have a “filing folder” for both molecular bio and self defense…something I’m envious of 🙂 

The program that evening was awesome! The ladies at ODU were ready to learn about being bad victims and living safer lives…and then of course to kick some but! We had a great turnout- even though it was rush week. Thanks to all who took the time out of their busy schedules.

I was so excited when so many of the women waited after the program to learn about taking further self defense classes with Kerry!  Now they can learn so much more about palm strikes and ground fighting. 

Thanks again the the Women’s Center, my sound guys who made it all come together and my SBG, Dan.

Thanks also to my camera, who fooled me into believing it was no longer broken – but lied!  My camera phone didn’t give the beautiful ladies of Zeta Phi Beta justice, luckily some of the posters around campus came through. It was so exciting to see those!


Girls Fight Back @ ODU!

Buena Vista University and Morningside College

I was so excited to go to Iowa as part of the FBP Fall Tour! Though I’ve never been there I’ve seen “Field of Dreams” enough times to know that I would like it. Having spent so much time in big cities, it was surreal driving down Highway 20 from the Sioux Gateway Airport with little else around but cornfields and windmills. For the record- Iowa looks exactly like you think it does and it’s awesome!

My first stop was Buena Vista University, which is nestled in the small town of Storm Lake. It was a really quant town that had what I consider to be heaven on earth- a Dairy Queen on every corner!  The University was only about 10 minutes from my hotel, hidden in a neighborhood that I thought couldn’t possibly lead to a University- until I got to entrance.

The BVU campus was beautiful and I was immediately excited to bring Students Fight Back to the ACES program. Everyone was so helpful in setting up and made me feel so welcome! Thank you to Matt and my student volunteers.  I had a great time speaking with the students! They gave great feedback, laughed and we were all entertained by our “scary bad guy”, Jamell.

Next stop was Morningside College. I really had no idea there were so many amazing schools hidden in small little towns! Morningside was another awesome school with a great campus…and a Dairy Queen.

I really enjoyed my time with the students here. We even got to spend a little one on one time learning some basic moves that they could use if necessary. Thank you Andrew for bringing us to Morningside and to the students who made the program so much fun!

Next stop…Old Dominion in VA! Hopefully with a functioning camera this time!