While AMP is known to put on some of the best on-campus events at the Mount, the Block Party and Activities Fair was one of the best events to kick off the school year and help students learn about getting involved on campus. Hosted in the afternoon on Sept. 1, over 50 campus clubs and organizations were in attendance. A little rain and gloomy skies did not stop students, from freshman to seniors, from coming out to enjoy the event.
Clubs in attendance represented every interest, culture and social group on campus. For students with a passion for service, the Office of Social Justice had many opportunities to sign up and get involved with their various programs. In addition, many other clubs on campus are expanding their service and community outreach dynamics.
Adventurous students had the chance to find out more information about Outdoor Adventures, received free water bottles and were able to get their photo taken with friends in a huge raft next to their information booth.
On-campus organizations offer various leadership programs. iLEAD, the Institute for Leadership, Ethics, Achievement and Development, had information to give about its various programs, such as the Emerging Leaders Series and the National Society for Leadership and Success. Campus Ministry, Outdoor Adventures, Center for Student Diversity and the Office of Social Justice all have their own leadership programs on campus. In addition, being involved in organizations opens up the potential to become leaders within those specific organizations.
Many clubs centered around the celebration and knowledge of different cultures on campus, including the Pan-Africa club, Caribbean Culture Club, Asian Culture Club and the Student Organization of Latinos. Additionally, other organizations offered the chance to promote inclusivity and equality across campus, such as the Women’s Empowerment Program, Women in STEM and Allies.
Students looking to get involved in academic clubs have plenty to choose from with options from every academic discipline highlighted on display. These included Marketing, American Chemical Society, Economics, Health Professions, Education, French, Psychology and more. Additionally, students focused on athletics had a multitude of club sports and other organizations to find out about, from Ultimate Frisbee and Club Field Hockey to Equestrian Club and Dance Team.
The event was more than just a chance to get to know about opportunities for involvement on campus; with free food like cookies, popcorn, snow cones and drinks, great music, amusement rides, inflatables and games, there was something for everyone. Next to the tent for the Center for Student Diversity, who promoted their leadership program and searched for the next group of P.E.A.C.E leaders on campus, was free Henna tattoos. Students could tie-dye their own shirts, which seemed to be a big hit as well. Of course, one of the biggest hits was the dunk tank, where students had the opportunity to dunk professors as well as our very own university President, Dr. Tim Trainor.
No matter what a student’s passion is, they could find a place in a club on campus. From literary magazines and our very own Mountain Echo, to Mount Theater and the Mount Music Society, to Campus Ministry, Amnesty International and the SGA, there is a place for everyone to learn, grow, meet new people and get involved.
With such an array of opportunities and events planned through these clubs and organizations, it is bound to be a successful year. The Block Party and Activities Fair was a perfect way to kick off the new year of clubs and promote student engagement on campus while bringing people together for a fun afternoon.