The Welcome to TCC Carnival was held in the Commons at the Metro Campus Aug. 28.
The event was sponsored by the Office of Student Life and offered various prizes and free hot dogs and chips. There were several booths in attendance, including Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS), Baptist Collegiate Ministries, TRIO, and the TCC Writing Center.
“It did meet and exceed my expectations,” said Jon Herring, assistant director of Student Life at the Metro Campus.
“Our office started planning this event about six months ago.”
Herring said that the objective is two-fold to help students feel Tulsa Community College is a place to belong. He said that students are encouraged to have an active social life, in addition to having a successful academic career at TCC.
Herring also said another goal was to introduce the student body to all the resources that TCC has to offer such as The Writing Center, Speak Up, and Career Services.
Herring said the goal was, “To create engagement, we had each table lead a Carnival type game. This encouraged students to interact with TCC employees.”
“We had about 300 people attend this event, which at Metro Campus I believe was very successful,” Herring said.
He was very impressed with how the students interacted with the campus staff which, create a social network between staff and students.
The second event hosted at the beginning of the year was the Community Resources Fair at the Metro Campus Aug. 29. Students were informed of community events and opportunities to volunteer.
Herring said there were 15 community groups including the Tulsa Rugby Club and the Tulsa Curling Club. In addition to these groups, There were also a variety of restaurants like Mazzio’s, Italian Eatery, Elote Café and Roppongi of discounts and coupons to TCC students.
“We had AAA helping students drive safely and Take Control helping women with reproductive services. Again, I believe it was very successful and excellent interaction between students and community resources. We are part of Tulsa’s community and here at TCC “Community” is our middle name,” Herring said.Herring is excited for all the events for the fall semester. In addition to his work in Student Life, he is also an advisor to Campus Activities Board (CAB).
Herring said that he wants all students to feel like they have a voice in the college’s activities. He went on to say that CAB helps program events for the college and is a great way to learn the process of negotiation in a safe environment.
This group works in the programming and planning for campus activities. Its mission is to bring exciting events to the college experience. Some of these events include the Spring Carnival which took place on April 1. The Spring Carnival took place on April 1 and spotlighted campus services and carnival games.
“For our first meeting, we have a great team starting out.” Herring stated that CAB is open to all students. The meetings are held weekly on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Room SU8 (Student Union 8) on the Metro Campus.
The Tulsa Community College calendar of events is featured on the college’s website at www.tulsacc.edu