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Student Events and Programs
There is plenty to do on campus. There are favorite student spaces for gathering and you'll be able to enjoy many traditions. Here are some of the programs and activities sponsored by the offices of Student Engagement & Leadership Education, Residential Education and Living and Student Life.
Intellectual life in the residence halls
A new Residential Education Fellows program launched in the fall of 2009 is increasing faculty and student interactions outside of the classroom. Faculty members serve as liaisons and mentors and work closely with the student housefellows and house leaders to give and sponsor informal talks, plan educational programs and host study breaks, in the residence halls. Learn more. . .
S2D- Something To Do
Each Thursday night throughout the year a special S2D event takes place on campus. S2D events include comedy shows, live music concerts, game shows, slam poetry performances, film screenings and more.
Just prior to fall exams the Offices of Student Life hosts the annual Moonlight Breakfast. More than 1,000 students head to Harris Refectory for a late night breakfast served up by Student Life staff and other administrators. The event also includes entertainment, trivia, door prizes and other surprises.
GO! - Get Out trips
Both the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership Education and the Student Activities Council sponsor numerous off campus trips throughout the year. GO! trips offered recently included visits to a trampoline training facility, a shopping trip to Providence Place, a Providence Bruins hockey game, an after-hours dinner at Chester's BBQ, productions of Spring Awakening, Avenue Q and Sweeney Todd at the Garde Arts Center in New London and a tour of the USS Nautilus nuclear submarine and Submarine Force Museum. GO! events scheduled for spring 2014 include a trip to New York City to see "The Book of Mormon," a February ski trip, visits to Mystic Aquarium and Roger Williams Park and Zoo and a Hibachi dinner.
A monthly event series, Hump Days occur on Wednesday afternoons. Hump Day events are designed to be drop-in programs that allow students to take a mid-day, mid-week break. Past events include pumpkin decorating, henna tattoos, a hula hooping demonstration, spin art, live Mariachi music and more.
Every October, over a weekend, more than 1,000 students take part in this two-day competition between residence halls. Events are both physically and intellectually challenging! Throughout the weekend, campus and house spirit is further solidified. Students wear their house-specific t-shirts, paint their faces, create banners and cheer housemates on during competitions. The winning house is announced at a dance party on the second night. There is a tremendous amount of pride and bragging rights for the house that wins each year!
Dessert and Dialogue
Created as part of a continuing effort to broaden the campus-wide intellectual community outside the classroom, dessert and a discussion take place in the residence halls, usually with a student-selected faculty and/or staff member. Often, the discussion pertains to the chosen member's field of expertise, but not always. Topics have included: Dialogues with the President; Representation of American Culture and the Super Bowl; Dating and Relationships; Human Trafficking and Love Your Body.
Fall and spring blood drives
The Student Government Association, along with The American Red Cross, sponsors two or three blood drives each year at the College. At each event, students volunteer to donate blood and are directly involved in recruiting donors and advertising each drive. Blood drives are successful because of the student assistance, and greatly help Southeastern Connecticut hospitals' need for donated blood.