Welcome Back Bash

Clubs connect with college community at Welcome Back Bash

By Amanda Edwards

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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.

Clubs collect, connect with recruits at Welcome Back Bash


Left: Youngtown Edition Editor-in-Chief Brett Friedenson, as the News Knight, poses with the CCM Titan at the Welcome Back Bash Jan. 30. Above: LGBT club member Matthew J. Bristol
recruits students at their table draped with a pride flag. PHOTOS BY JARED DANQUAH

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

At the Student Activities Programming Board’s semiannual Welcome Back Bash Tuesday, Jan. 30, members of the campus community gathered at County College of Morris to browse clubs’ recruitment stations.

A cartoonist drew students’ caricatures, and the SAPB provided free pizza and played music throughout the event.

Don Phelps, associate director of campus life said that CCM has been doing something like this since the college started.

Phelps said there are 56 active CCM clubs and that 35 or 40 represented themselves at the Welcome Back Bash.

“It’s one of the main recruitment events for a lot of clubs,” Phelps said. “It gives a change for everyone to come together and be together for the afternoon and take a little break from studying … And most importantly, it gives students who aren’t engaged with the college engaged.”

Women in STEM’s main goal was to get more women involved with science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Respiratory therapy majors don scrubs as they welcome students to their table at the Welcome Back Bash Jan. 30.  PHOTO BY ALEXA WYSZKOWSKI

Kat David, a mechanical engineering and technology major said breaking the stigma is what motivates her.

“It was mainly because I was born in the Philippines, and we come from a very conservative environment where women should be in more caring positions and men should be in more technical fields,” David said.

Desiree Ramos, an architecture major, said she has had an interest in  computer since an early age and wants to get more women involved in STEM.

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Gourmet club president Ted Sharretts right gives out hot chocolate with public relations officer Kamil Grochowski at the Welcome Back Bash Jan. 30. PHOTO BY ALEXA WYSZKOWSKI

“I just feel more women should be in STEM, and you think guys should be in it, but there’s a lot more women that are into it that are afraid to open up to it,” Ramos said.

Stephanie Hrinko, a liberal arts major and secretary of Active Minds, said she wants to bring awareness to suicide and eating disorders.

“We talk about things that people do not like to talk about,” said Hrinko. She said her hope for the Welcome Back Bash is to give hope to someone else and it benefit someone else, even if they do not sign up for the club.

The Student Nurses Association, whose mission is to give insight to the CCM community that nursing goes above and beyond a nursing major, has upcoming events such as the Valentine’s Day blood drive and bake sale that is coming up Wednesday, Feb. 14.


Saskia Salas, a nursing major and vice president of the club, said there usually is a shortage of blood nationally, so this event is important because of how many lives a donation can save.

“I want more people to be aware of this club; this club is not out there like other clubs,” Salas said.

The president of the club, Jacquelyn Gagne, said she gains from the club experiences such as the trip during the spring 2017 semester to  an economically disadvantaged area of West Virginia.

“We are grateful for everyone who is helping building this club, and we hope to get more people involved,” Gagne said.

Melissa Hamfeldt, a radiography major, said she is happy CCM has Welcome Back Bashes and it is a nice way to meet people and make new friends.

“Everybody has been very friendly and telling you everything you need to know about the clubs,” Hamfelt said.

Religious, ethnic clubs recruit new student members


Muslim Student Association members recruit new members at the Welcome Back Bash. Photo By: Alexa Wyszkowski.

By Katie Coyne
Entertainment Editor

Country College of Morris has a vast array of cultural clubs to choose from, and most represented themselves Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Welcome Back Bash held on campus.

Music and the rich smells of ethnic cuisines emanated through the air.

Pertaining to culture and religion, there are a wide variety of clubs to choose from at the campus. These clubs include the Campus Christian Fellowship, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Muslim Student Association, United Latino Organization, Asian Student Association, Diversity Organization, Jewish Student Association, and Black Student Union.

By joining each or any club, students are welcome to learn about different cultures, customs, and traditions of each native heritage.

The Asian Student Association is planning an upcoming cooking event to show students how to cook Asian cuisine, such as sushi right, at home. The Muslim Student Association had different types of food they were serving at the bash, such as baklava and halal.

Halal, a Muslim way of cooking, translates into English, as “lawful or permissible.”  Baklava is a dessert containing chopped nuts and honey baked within a pastry.

“We eat Kosher, too, said  said Saba Gatabi, the vice president of the Muslim Student Association and nursing major at CCM. “It’s the same thing; we have it in a different way … We have religion, and we have culture. So in culture, there’s different kinds of food and different people. In culture, there are different kinds of religions, too.”

A majority of different religions follow the same principle, which is belief in a sole God.

“Basically all religions are the same, like different ways of following them, different ways of doing things,” Gatabi said.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship is based on the Roman Catholic religion which is also monotheistic. Any and all students who worship within the Christian faith are welcome to join.

“We discuss Orthodox Christian rules amongst ourselves basically,” said Simeon Brasowski, a member of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and a business administration major at CCM. “We’re open to inviting any and all other denomination of Christian or whatnot and basically to discuss today’s issues with teens and problems that we go through to try to relate to our lives and to Christian beliefs, basically.”

Culture clubs are also about having fun and introducing different games to students from different countries.

The United Latino Organization plans events such as bingo and gymkhana, games that are played a lot in their native regions of Latin America.     Gymkhana translates into English as a “scavenger hunt.”

“Bingo games are something that is really popular in our countries,” said Sebastian Oroteo, a biology major at CCM. “It’s just like a challenge, and they make rules and they just start doing like a step by step challenge … Our club creates events to make people understand how Latin American culture works, like what we do and how we live, and how our culture works.”

The Welcome Back Bash attracted many students and each cultural club was looking to attract new members.  Any students who are interested in joining a club may access more information on the CCM website.

Clubs connect community to campus

Managing Editor, Entertainment Editor

The Student Community Center at the County College of Morris was transformed into a festival of food and cadre of community during the Welcome Back Bash on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Visibly excited students mingled amongst various clubs and organizations hoping to recruit new members. Those who attended were able to partake in a chocolate fountain, fresh spun cotton candy, and a seemingly endless supply of free food and desserts.

“This is fantastic,” said James Manners, a criminal justice major. “I didn’t even know CCM offered this many clubs. I signed up for as many as I could.”

Clubs set up tables offering goodie bags, pens and of course – free food. Student leaders set up tables looking as inviting as possible in order to attract new members to their clubs. Clubs must have at least 10 members on the roster in order to maintain status, so the Welcome Back Bash is crucial for smaller clubs to gain as much exposure as they can in order to build a strong, sustainable group.

As one of the newer groups on campus, the Cyber Security Club strives to help students be aware and protect themselves from the dangers of online communication. Established in 2015, the club has grown exponentially in the past year – beginning with 10 students the club now has swelled to over 60 members.

“Our club is centered on helping people use the internet responsibly,” said Brian Seligson, a telecommunications major at CCM. “Teaching [members] the dangers of publicly giving out information and what could unfortunately happen by doing so.”

The bash was essential for clubs like the Chess Club, which has struggled in the past with lack of membership but has recently been revived due to renewed interest. Striving to promote better skills and knowledge of the classic game, the club encourages people of all ages and skill levels to join and learn how to play.

“We hope to help others learn more about the game,” said Chess Club President Brett Friedensohn. “As well as bettering ourselves through the process of practicing. You can’t get better unless you practice.”

For students who have scheduled classes during college hour – when most clubs meet or have events – some clubs offer events later on, outside of CCM.

New Social Engine provides college students opportunities to go out and socialize without the pressure of drugs or alcohol. It hosts trips off campus, from visiting the Funplex to seeing Marvel’s “Deadpool” a day early at a discounted price.

“The Welcome Back Bash is an effective method of spreading awareness of my group and gaining new members,” said Melissa Berardesco, president of New Social Engine. “It gives us a chance to meet new students and give them information about our club.”

Berardesco said the event was a success.

“Everything ran smoothly and everyone enjoyed it,” Berardesco said.

Another club that aims to better the campus community is Pretty Girls Sweat, whose overall goal is to educate students on what it means to possess a happy and healthy lifestyle. Hosting multiple Zumba dance classes and workout activities throughout the semester, the club encourages individuals to get and remain active on a daily basis. Kailee Bockhorn, an early childhood education major, said the club is not only a supportive workout system but a good place to learn about healthy living.

“The club’s main focus is to help others become and stay healthy through the process of sharing good eating habits and easy, at-home workouts,” Bockhorn said. “Obesity is a huge problem in today’s society and we work hard to help minimize the issue at hand.”

Marcelle Caruso, president of the Student Government Association, praised the Student Activities Programming Board for the environment of the entire event.

“The Welcome Back Bash was a success,” Caruso said. “The SGA got over 30 students to sign up.”

In a school with over 50 clubs, standing out can be the hardest part about getting new members.

Michael Gosden, a member of Active Minds, praised the Welcome Back Bash’s efficacy in dealing with this hurdle.

“A personal approach and face to face interaction is one of the best ways to gain new members.” Gosden said. “We hope to attract as big a crowd as possible.”

Hoping to raise awareness for issues surrounding mental health and the many health resources that are available to students on campus,members of Active Minds dedicate themselves to educating people about the struggles of others. Granting whomever signed up with a cup of hot chocolate, the club felt their table at the bash was extremely successful.

From the point of view of Associate Director of Campus Life Don Phelps, and adviser of SAPB, “The clubs came out in force.” He said that the biggest challenge was convincing students to go to the Student Community Center in the first place.

Phelps said, “SAPB promoted the Bash and offered free hot snacks, soda and a Chocolate Factory to entice the students to walk over to the SCC Lobby.”

“This definitely took my mind off of a couple things,” said Brianna Affinito, a fine arts major. “I wish this could happen every Tuesday.”


Welcome Back Bash brings students together


PHOTO BY RACHEL NIDER Frisbee Club Member wins The Youngtown Edition photograph contest.

Frisbee Club Member wins The Youngtown Edition photograph contest.

Students gathered for the annual Welcome Back Bash near the Student Community Center at The County College of Morris on Sept. 23.
The Welcome Back Bash is strategically scheduled each year in late September. This year alone drew in a crowd of approximately 1,000 students.
“We purposely do it a little into September to give students a chance to settle into their classes,” said Don Phelps, the Associate Director for the Office of Campus Life. “It gives the new students and the continuing students an opportunity to find out what opportunities are out there as far as the clubs and organizations.”
Sign-up sheets were readily available for students to sign up for updates on their favorite clubs.