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Emily Schneider ’13 of Mascoutah, Ill., gets the job done by staying organized and optimistic. She balances a double music performance major in flute and voice with the responsibilities of being a James Millikin Scholar (JMS), volunteers for the Newman Catholic community, serves as Pi Beta Phi’s new member coordinator and holds a 4.0 GPA. Her optimism was especially important during her time as a First Year Experience Mentor (FYEM). “Being an FYEM taught me so much about leading others and being in a constant upbeat mood. It was at times a great challenge but overall, such a rewarding experience. It taught me how to lead my peers without being superior and how to make the most out of volunteering opportunities.”

Though she is not an FYEM this year, she is instead using that time to serve Pi Beta Phi in her role as new member coordinator. Schneider is charged not only with educating Pi Phi’s new members about Pi Phi history and culture but is also responsible for their well-being. “Pi Phi means so much to me,” Schneider says. “It’s a bond that only my fellow sisters understand, and it’s something that lasts a lifetime.” Schneider also sets the example with her experience with the flute. This summer, she participated in a weeklong master class at MU taught by Bernard Z. Goldberg, the principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony for 46 years. “Bernie is one of the most charismatic and engaging teachers I have had the opportunity to work with,” Schneider says. “His knowl- edge of the flute, music and musicianship is awe-inspiring.”

In addition to her work with the flute, Schneider has sung in multiple operas, including Millikin’s production of “Orpheus in the Underworld,” where she played the part of Cybele. “I’m so thankful for the strong founda- tion Millikin has helped me create,” she says. “They teach you how to better yourself rather than expect perfection.” Another area that has inspired Schneider is the stories behind marriage engagements, and she has devoted her JMS project to a study of these stories since the 1960s and how these rituals invoke gender roles. “Because our society has changed so much,” she says, “I’m interested to see if the ritual and gender associations have changed as well.”

Schneider started gaining experience in research during her freshman year, when she presented during Millikin’s Day of Scholarship on the effect Coca-Cola’s advertising has had on the company’s overall success. “The visuals they give us are enticing and have helped shape American culture,” Schneider says, “and I’ve learned that when something is ‘American,’ people will go to great lengths to have it.” After Millikin, Schneider plans to attend graduate school to become a music librarian, combining her passion for music and her dream of being a librarian. “I can totally see myself being the music librarian who plays piano and organ at church and gives flute, voice and piano lessons – kind of like Marian the librarian from ‘The Music Man.’” “Clearly, only great organizational skills and an energetic attitude can sustain this amount of activity,” says Dr. Laurie Glencross, associate professor of music. “Emily is a remarkable student.”

by Jackson Lewis

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