Portia Brown raised her voice in hopes of making her announcement heard over the noise from the many students passing through the Augusta State University Jaguar Student Activity Center breezeway during lunch on Jan. 11.
“Come play dodgeball on Jan. 28,” she said while holding up a flyer in an attempt to draw a few eyes her way.
Brown is part of Campus Out-reach, one of about 35 groups represented at the Walk Down Jaguar Lane and What’s the Scoop? events on the first day of classes for ASU’s spring semester.
Alvinia Quinn, the family fun chairwoman for the Jaguar Activities Board, said Walk Down Jaguar Lane and What’s the Scoop? were opportunities for students to learn about what ASU has to offer besides academics. To entice students to visit the informational booths and interact with their representatives, students collected stickers on each of their stops. Three stickers and a student ID meant free funnel fries and hot chocolate.
“We do this on the first day of each semester,” said Quinn, adding there had been a lot of traffic in the breezeway during the event.
Booths represented an array of programs, services and clubs. Students could learn more about the College of Education, the writing lab and career counseling, as well as sororities, fraternities and the rowing club.
Sabrina Biddle, the vice president of the Women’s Studies Association, staffed a booth to get the word out about the university’s women’s studies program.
“Most students don’t realize we have women’s studies,” she said
The program has been available for only a few years.
“People can minor in it, but it’s not a major,” said Biddle, who is minoring in it.
Antonio Furtick was exactly the type of student the event targeted.
Furtick, who is in his second semester at ASU, didn’t know about the activities available. He’s still learning all the ins and outs and was glad he stopped by.
“Some of these clubs I didn’t know existed,” he said.