It’s that time again-no more staying up until 3 a.m. to do anything besides study or finish that severely neglected thesis paper. The alarm clock monster vengefully returns as students get back-to-school. The hard working people at SLCC’s Student Life and Leadership want to help students start the 2010-11 school year right.
“We’ve got Welcome Back Week, featuring My Dear Disco,” said Tyler Anderson, Student Life and Leadership Advisor. Each campus is hosting welcome back activities with games, food and more.
Welcome Back Week kicks off at Jordan Campus on Aug. 25, South City Campus on Aug. 26, and finally at Taylorsville Redwood Campus on Aug. 27.
My Dear Disco is a musical group hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The group has already released three albums, and is currently working on its fourth. My Dear Disco calls their unique musical style “DanceThink,” and is currently touring out to both coasts, playing many festivals including Lollapalooza and Floyd Fest. The band will play at Taylorsville Redwood Campus on Aug. 27, South City on Aug. 26, and Jordan Campus on Aug. 25. All shows start at noon.
“On August 27, to culminate everything, we’re also hosting ‘Fire It Up’ at Taylorsville Redwood with fire dancers, fireworks, and some great giveaways,” said Anderson. Surveys will be available on campus for students to fill out and submit as raffle entries for prize drawings. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing to claim their prize(s). There will be an iPad giveaway at Taylorsville Redwood Campus, and other prizes given away at Jordan and South City Campuses.
Even when there’s not a party, things are busy at Student Life and Leadership. Fun and games are not the only protocol, and when real issues that affect students arise, the people of Student Life task themselves with finding solutions.
The people of Student Life and Leadership are dedicated to creating leadership environments where students can gain some real world experience. Their mission is to give students a voice and to help them find their place at SLCC.
One way Student Life and Leadership ensures students have the back-to-school help they need is within SLCC’s Student Government. SLCC has eight Student Body Officers (SBOs) and each officer has his or her own group of board members.The SBOs hold weekly board meetings to plan out marketing strategies for events and to determine ways to improve the college experience for SLCC students.
“If students are interested in politics, the Student Senate is a good choice,” said Anderson. SLCC’s Student Senate is as close to politics as a cabinet position that SLCC offers. The mission of the Student Senate is to listen to concerns and issues that students have and to translate those concerns into timely action that get results.
“If anyone is interested in joining the student government, they just need to come on into the Student Life and Leadership office,” said Anderson. “There are applications-students just need to come in and let us know they’re interested.”
SLCC has Student Life and Leadership offices at Taylorsville Redwood and South City Campuses, as well as in the pavilion at Jordan Campus. Currently, students can join the board of one of the SBOs at SLCC, but elections for student office won’t be held again until the end of March 2011.
“Getting involved in student government gives students a great opportunity to make key connections they’ll need,” Anderson said. Student government also offers opportunities to improve advertising skills by utilizing marketing campaigns.
“As far as public relations, students create the posters and video advertisements, and get some real-world experience in marketing,” Anderson said.
Students are welcome to stop by any Student Life and Leadership office, no matter the campus.
“They’re welcome to come in, hang out and use the computers. If [students] have any questions, we’ll either have the answer for ’em or help ’em find it,” said Anderson.
More information about SLCC’s Student Life and Leadership, “Welcome Back Week,” and “Fire It Up” is available at slcc.edu/sll.
Information about My Dear Disco is available on the band’s website, DanceThink.com.