Worner Campus Center transformed from the place where students eat and pick up mail to a building full of back-to-school fun on Saturday night. Worner Center Live was one of several new programs implemented during this year’s New Student Orientation.
Priddy Trips this year were one day shorter than in the past, and all participants were back on campus Saturday afternoon. This gave students more time to prepare for classes, but it also gave Residential Life and Campus Activities an opportunity to provide programming to all students before the official start of the school year.
“The NSO Midnight breakfast was moved to Saturday, and we had a three-hour block of time in the schedule we wanted to fill with some sort of fun and engaging programming – hence WCL was born,” said Amy Hill, Director of Residential Life, Campus Activities, and Student Orientation. “WCL was a collaboration between RLCA, the Butler Center, and the Wellness Resource Center, with help from several student gaming clubs.”
During WCL, the 200 students who attended could choose to play glow-in-the-dark mini golf on the quad outside Worner, make dorm room decorations, watch a “Parks & Recreation” marathon, or participate in a number of gaming stations set up in the building.
WCL was not the only new event during NSO. The WRC also led “The Battle of the Big 3 Game Show,” in which students living in each of the three freshmen dorms competed against each other to win a pizza party for their entire building.
“The Battle of the Big 3 Game Show Competition facilitated by the WRC engaged students in a friendly competition to test their knowledge of health, wellness, and self-care strategies as well as understanding of campus resources,” Hill said.
According to Hill, RLCA is planning to create a series of WCL events during the year and to offer different activities at each program. In partnership with the WRC, the Battle of the Big 3 will also continue throughout the year. “The Big 3 Hall with the highest percentage of attendance at our events will win a prize, said Hill. Additionally, we also will be doing drawings for individual attendees to win prizes.”
Earlier during NSO, the Collaborative for Community Engagement brought several community partners and local leaders to campus for a question-and-answer session led by Director Jordan Radke.
The goal of the session was “to help students cultivate a connection to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region by deepening their knowledge of local communities, issues, and ecosystems,” Hill said. “There was a long line of students ready to ask the panelists questions, and around 20 students stuck around for one-on-one questions with panelists.”
On Sunday, the CCE also sponsored a tour of downtown Colorado Springs led by the director of the Downtown Partnership, giving students the chance to explore more of the city.
In the next few weeks, RLCA will be sponsoring familiar Block 1 campus events, including Double Feature Movie Night on Sept. 1, Skate Night on Sept. 7, and Laser Tag on Sept. 15.