By Amanda Edwards
The Student Activities Planning Board provided sandwiches, music, and club recruitment tables for campus community members to stroll through at the Welcome Back Bash Thursday, Sept. 20.
Though delayed two days by inclement weather, hundreds of students and faculty came together to visit approximately 28 clubs.
Clubs ranged from honors societies like Phi Theta Kappa to academic clubs like the Math Club to cultural clubs like the Asian Students Association. The CCM Foundation Career Services and the CCM Foundation also occupied tables to apprise students of some of the many resources available to them. Additionally, CCM’s very own Titus the Titan made an appearance as a model of pride for the community.
Beyond the information furnished by clubs, there was a smorgasbord of activities for attendees to indulge in. These included free spin art, music, food, and drinks, courtesy of S.A.P.B. Each club had a unique array of pens, highlighters, sweets, and other novelties that attracted visitors strolling past their tables.
This year, approximately 28 student club leaders arranged their tables across the Learning Resource Center to welcome enthusiastic attendees.
Don Phelps, director of campus life, the office which coordinates clubs, said that the event is designed to celebrate each semester’s start and offer clubs the chance to recruit.
“It’s one thing to read about the clubs, but another thing to see them in person,” Phelps said. “Academics should always come first. But if students have extra time and fewer financial responsibilities, I recommend that they become involved. Being involved allows them the opportunity to practice the skills they learned in the classroom.”
S.A.P.B. president Angela Galvis-Cuellar said that it was a fun-filled time during the college hour when many friends got a chance to hang out.
“Everything is about time management and not leaving things until last minute,” Galvis-Cuellar said. “I myself feel overwhelmed sometimes since I am a full-time student athlete, work and am president of S.A.P.B. Sometimes all I need to keep everything in control is take a step back for a moment and just take a deep breath in. Before students get overwhelmed by getting involved on campus, make sure you find a balance and prioritize your responsibilities; then get involved. It doesn’t hurt to try.”
In the crowd was CCM president Dr. Anthony Iacono who said that the event was one of his favorite events in the school year and that he loves to see the diversity of the clubs.
“I really appreciate how students get involved and demonstrate their leadership potential,” Iacono said. “That’s a really important part of our college culture.”
Liam Shamhart, student developer of the CCM mobile app, hosted a table to promote the app.
“The CCM mobile app is also important as it has Blackboard, Titans Direct, and a school map to find classes,” he said.
Taylor Marsden, an exercise science major, said that she was not a part of any clubs because she works as a nanny.
“So there are never any days off, and the kids’ needs come first,” she said.