If you are anything like me, it often seems there is so much
going on around campus that it is hard to keep up. I’m
usually the clueless one asking, “Why is there a tent set up
by the bookstore?” “What’s going on in the UC?” “Why is the
parking lot blocked off?” So, it’s kind of ironic that I’ve
been picked to write the Around Campus section of the
USA Newsletter for fall quarter, which is always the busiest
quarter of the year. With that being said, please forgive me
if I neglect to mention a particular group or organization
you think should have been included in this section.
Something I think
everyone is aware of, but is good to mention again is that
enrollment is at an all time high in SSU history, with a
total of 3,820 students being registered at the 15 day
headcount. Good job Admissions! (And everyone else who
assisted students with registering for classes, getting
settled in housing, processing Financial Aid, etc.)
A fall event on
campus that everyone enjoys is "Founders Day." This
year the USA Spirit Committee headed a salad competition to
help celebrate the event. All entries were sampled and
voted on in the UC, then were transported out to the cookout
on Massie lawn for the campus community to enjoy. It was a
nice touch to the cookout. Thanks!
In an attempt to
assist the American Red Cross with Hurricane Rita & Katrina
relief efforts, October 5th was designated as
“Disaster Blaster” day here on campus. Events included
various donation opportunities, a popcorn sale, a
Cut-A-Thon, a live radio remote with WNXT personalities
Steve Hays and Mistie Cook, and a Dunk Tank. The University
community raised over $1,500. Thanks to all to contributed.
The Women’s Forum
planned many activities this fall. They hosted a “Welcome
back to Campus!” event where they served refreshments and
hosted a performance by singer Ripley Caine. September 21 –
27 they held film showings of “Homeless to Harvard” and on
September 27th featured Liz Murray, who told her
story of being a homeless teen who, against all odds, not
only graduated from high school, but went on to be accepted
at Harvard University. This was co-sponsored by the
Portsmouth City School District and the Jane M.G. Foster
Distinguished Lecture Series. Because October is “Domestic
Violence & Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” the Women’s Forum
is also collecting donations for the local Domestic Violence
Shelter and is conducting a ‘Self Defense for Women’ clinic.
The VRCFA has had
wonderful productions this fall, including Rockapella
and Barber of Seville. Coming soon are Blast!
and the Boys Choir of Harlem. For a complete listing
of events scheduled for the VRCFA, please visit the
University Campus Calendar.
The Athletic Dept.
has been busy this season. They directed the 11th
Annual Fall Bear Run this year. SSU honored Dr. Larry
Mangus, VP of Student Affairs, by creating the Larry Mangus
Award, which will be given to the first place male and
female students in races to come. Dr. Mangus directed his
first Bear Run in 1995. This years' winners were Scott LeMaster and Star Emmertt. The Men’s and Women’s Soccer
teams, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, and the
Volleyball team are all over half way through their seasons.
For complete team stats and news releases, please visit
SSU’s Athletics web page.
In conclusion, I
hope everyone has a good quarter. If I missed any major
event or if you see something going on Around Campus and
don’t know what it is, do what I do…ask somebody!
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