Junior Sara Katz, who is SAC’s traditions chairperson, planned activities and entertainment on the Quad for everyone to enjoy.
“I looked at what our students would like to participate in along with what the community and families would find engaging,” Katz said. “I wanted to bring in a variety of attractions so everyone could have a good time.”
The day included laser tag, an obstacle course, a wrecking ball, a moon bounce, a dunk tank, airbrush bags, spin art, holographic photos, and arts and crafts. Local food vendors such as Jack’s Hot Dog Stand, Dominos, and Luma’s Muffins and Mugs provided free food for all attendees.
Senior and interns Amanda Schuler, Kadeem Smith-Mungin, and Vanessa Leikvoll from Student Development recruited local businesses, such as iBerkshires and MassRides, to table for the event. College departments, like the Alumni Association and the Admissions Department, were also present.
“This being my first time at Community Day,” Schuler said, “I was really happy to see the whole community come together for this event. It certainly has been an enjoyable learning experience and a lot of fun to plan.”
Celia Norcross, Director of Student Development, spent the day chasing around her three boys and snapping photos of students and families.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity to combine efforts across the campus,” Norcross said. “It’s a great way to showcase what our community is all about and to simply come together and have fun before the semester ends.”
Junior Meghan Bradley joined the festivities to wind down before finals week, she said.
“This event brought me out of my house for the day,” Bradley said. “I come every year to spend time with my friends, to see the community in action, and to enjoy free things and food.”
Although Katz said she was worried the predicted rain would turn people away, the sun was out for the entire event.
“I began planning this event last semester,” she said, “After I returned from NACA (The National Association for Campus Activities), I knew I wanted to have an airbrush station where students could personalize their own items. I had to act fast in order to book certain attractions before other schools did.”
Michael Obasohan, Student Development Event Scheduler, endured the dunk tank multiple times and was ready to do it again.
“At first, it was nerve wracking sitting up there and waiting for someone to hit the target,” he said. “But, it is all in good fun.”
Senior KP, who tabled for the Admissions Department, was available for campus tours upon request throughout the day.
“The best part of the event is seeing all of the kids run around, laugh, and have a good time,” they said. “Allowing them to enjoy our campus and see what the community is all about may inspire them to become college students one day and to even possibly attend our college.”
This event demonstrated the importance of bringing everyone together for one last hurrah of the semester, KP said.