By CARISSA IHM
Student Engagement and the Programming and Activities Council are spicing up Mount Mary College campus activities this year in order to involve more students, such as creating Grocery Bingo and a periodic scavenger hunt for a stuffed mascot named Wolfy.
The group began in fall 2011 and is in its second year of operation.
The PAC team consists of co-Presidents Colleen Conley and Jennifer Marlot, Secretary Abby Demler and 12 general board members.
“Our goal for PAC is to create programs and activities here on the Mount Mary campus for all students, especially our commuter students,” Marlot said. “We would love for them to feel involved.”
Students participate in searching for Wolfy, a stuffed wolf and PAC’s mascot. PAC hides Wolfy around campus for students to find. If found, Wolfy gets returned to the office of Amy Danielson, director of Student Engagment and adviser of PAC. The lucky person gets to pick a prize from the treasure box.
Jasmin Ramirez was the first student to find Wolfy perched on a shelf on the second floor of the Haggerty Library.
“I was so happy when I found Wolfy,” Ramirez said. “I thought that I was never going to find him.”
Other events include the Game Show Series, First Thursday of the Month movie nights, the Pink Event and Fireside Chats.
Student Engagement and PAC collect input from students on campus, such as common interests and the best places on campus to host events. A PAC meeting/brainstorm session is also held during the lunch hour once a week, where PAC members vote on programs to be initiated, assign people to lead the events and acquire and assign volunteers.
These events take time for consideration and planning.
“Planning is all about budget, timeliness and creativity,” Marlot said. “Depending upon the event, you want to decide who your target audience is and how to get the message of the event to others. We plan each event deciding what we will need to run the event.”
Marlot especially loves the Pink Event, which raises breast cancer awareness on campus.
“The Pink Event is near and dear to my heart and we had a great attendance last year,” Marlot said. “It was great to see so many people around campus with their pink streaks showing their breast cancer pride and support.”
Danielson couldn’t pick a favorite event.
“I do really enjoy them all,” Danielson said. “The reason for that is, whether the participation is large or small, we provided an opportunity for someone to experience something new and make a connection in some way.”
PAC is always looking for volunteers. The application process for PAC board positions begins during the spring semester.
For current PAC and Student Engagement events, read the e-newsletter via the daily announcements, scope out the posters on the walls of the college and like them on Facebook.