Keep Your Eyes on the Prize; You’re Halfway There!
That was the theme of the first Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) Midway Carnival, held Thursday afternoon, April 30, in Maggs Gym. More than 300 students, mostly sophomores, celebrated. Raffle prizes, including a 28-inch flat screen TV donated by the Guerrieri University Center (GUC) and a Nantucket bicycle donated by Snapple, were sought-after give aways. Carnival games with prizes, including ever-popular corn hole and KanJam, airbrush artists and music provided by WXSU, added to the festive atmosphere. And there was lots of free food: hot dogs, chips (donated by Lays), assorted drinks (donated by Snapple, Body Armor and Sparkling Ice), popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream and Italian ice. More than 30 student volunteers provided assistance to carnival goers, from running games to cleanup.
Resource tables (Career Services, Commuter Connections, Student Health Services, Study Abroad, Writing Center and Sophomore Year Experience) helped students look ahead to the important junior year.
The SYE Task Force, co-chaired by Drs. Lawanda Dockins-Mills, associate dean of students, and Maarten Pereboom, dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts, takes a comprehensive look at the University’s current sophomore year experience and makes recommendations supporting retention, opportunity and academic quality for this student cohort.
The inaugural carnival was hosted by the GUC; Sea Gull Century; Office of Student Activities, Organizations and Leadership; Housing and Residence Life; University Park; University Dining Services; and WXSU.
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