More than 1,000 University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students gathered on the Campus Green Aug. 26 for the university’s Campus Picnic and Block Party held by the Student Activities Office.
Students participated in games, received free food served by university administrators, and visited an array of booths set up by various offices and organizations on campus and in the community to learn more about volunteer opportunities. Students could also “Build a NUMA,” where they could customize their own lion stuffed animal.
The event provided students the opportunity to get involved both on and off campus, according to Stephanie London, student activities event coordinator.
“The Campus Picnic and Block Party is a great way for students to learn how to get involved not only on campus in student organizations, but also in the local community,” London said. “In addition to our organization tables, we have a good number of non-profit organizations at the event. It’s a great way for students to connect to campus and their peers at the beginning of the fall semester.”
Campus organizations participating in the event included the Applause Literary Magazine, Alpha Lambda Delta, History Club, Japan Club, the Lion’s Quidditch Team, Psychology Club, and the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC).
Local organizations participating included The Arc for the River Valley, Bost, CASA of Crawford County, Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter, Fountain of Youth Adult Daycare, Girls Inc., Harbor House Inc., Literary Council of Western Arkansas, Mercy Hospital, and Peachtree Hospice.