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Student Veteran Organization presents: Thanksgiving Food Drive

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, literally! It’s a day to be thankful for all we have been blessed with, but for the less fortunate it may be tough. So, I am happy to announce that the SVO (Student Veteran Organization) is holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The food should be in sealed boxes and cans, and is to be dropped off in the donation cartons that are placed on the porch area of the school (at the front of the school, by the seating area.) The donations will be given to a Delaware County food bank that is located at a church in Prospect Park, PA.

The statistics are frightening – 15% or more households in Pennsylvania alone are struggling daily with a food hardship. At this time of year, as we think about the holidays and what they mean, it’s more important than ever to reach out and help our community, to lend a helping hand and donate foods for the less fortunate. It’s a cause that needs our help, and I hope you all are able to help out this holiday season.

Best Quotes from Steve Jobs and How to Incorporate Their Meaning into Your Work Life

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”

With that legendary challenge, Steve Jobs convinced a reluctant John Sculley to join Apple as CEO, a move that would increase Apple’s sales ten times over. Although somewhat notoriously difficult to work with, Steve Jobs possessed a special genius and ambition that left a legacy filled with lessons that can be applied to any career.

“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”Steve Jobs Speaking

It’s exceedingly important that you always put effort into every detail of your work. It’s better to do beautiful work all the way through than it is to only do things halfway and hope no one notices the flaws. Even if it feels like no one will notice, you’ll always know that you did the best work possible. Not only does it increase your worth at work, it improves your feeling of self-worth and confidence as well.

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

While you’re doing excellent work, don’t lose track of where you’re going. It’s good to take some time now and then to evaluate how far you’ve come, but don’t forget where you’re going next.

“The hardest thing when you think about focusing – you think focusing is about saying ‘Yes.’ No. Focusing is about saying ’No.’ And when you say ’No,’ you piss off people.”

Always remember that you have limits, and when it comes down to deciding what you can do and what you can’t, choose what’s most important to you. Work hard and do as much you can in your job but also mind your limits and don’t let yourself get burnt out for nothing.

“It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.”

“That’s been one of my mantras: focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

It can be all too easy to get carried away with planning to the point where you start to feel stressed out. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by where you want to go with your career. Trim everything down to the simplest form, and don’t feel like you have to elaborate every detail before you get somewhere.

“If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.”

When you pursue work that really means something to you, you can accomplish anything. Believe in what you do, and don’t be afraid to put in extra work to get where you want to go.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

So, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” -Steve Jobs

P.I.T Featured Author: Denise M. Scott

Denise M. Scott, Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics at P.I.T.’s Media campus — Author of “How to be a Money Magnet,” published in 2008.


Denise M. Scott is an author, teacher, and businesswoman. She speaks worldwide to companies, trade associations, conventions, and churches. Denise founded Money Magnet, Inc., where she teaches how to achieve financial freedom. She was featured on Green Views Channel 28 in 2005 and in the Delaware County Daily Times in May 2007. Denise graduated from Widener University, achieved Professional Certificates from Villanova University, and graduated with honors from New Life Bible School.

“How To Be A Money Magnet” is a guide to achieving personal financial freedom for your entire life. It’s a step-by-step guide for personal finances; accomplishing your goals, eliminating debt, creating wealth, and much more. It is one of the best, most versatile documents available today with sound recommendations and examples for how to purchase a car, save money while shopping, improve your credit score health, and much more! This is the first book that recommends shopping without guilt and allows for financial freedom. This book is not a substitute for professional financial advice for a specific situation; however, it is a general guideline of proven financial principles with daily instructions to achieve them.

“How to be a Money Magnet” is available to borrow from P.I.T. Library.

P.I.T. Featured Author: Rachelle Chaykin

Featured Author - Rachelle Chaykin

Rachelle Chaykin, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of English & Humanities at P.I.T.’s Media campus — Author of “Her Mother’s Lover: A Novel,” published in 2013.

Rachelle and friend/co-author Tracy Kuhn Greenlee promised to write a novel together. Years passed and their lives became more complicated but almost 20 years later, Tracy sent a letter to Rachelle, reminding her of their promise. They met and agreed to fulfill their promise. Through early mornings of writing and emailing, Rachelle and Tracy’s friendship molded their literary journey and developed into “Her Mother’s Lover: A Novel.”

“Her Mother’s Lover: A Novel” tells the story of three women searching for their futures: Madalane Durand, a young student newly arrived in Paris in 1928; Stella Simone, a wife and mother in contemporary Philadelphia dealing with the absence of both her husband and her daughter; and Eve Newcastle, a professor of history facing an uncertain future as retirement looms. These three women find their future and their past in letters written by the enigmatic artist, Evienne Lavelle.

“Her Mother’s Lover” can be borrowed from the P.I.T. Library.