Walking in a Winter Wonderland

KSC hosts 11th annual Winter Celebration

Keene State College’s Young Student Center was a winter wonderland Wednesday for its eleventh annual winter celebration.

To celebrate the end of the semester and the beginning of the winter season, the first floor of the student center was packed with hundreds of students stopping by to partake in the fun.

Tim Smith / Photo Editor

Tim Smith / Photo Editor

Student clubs and organization as well as campus departments were given the opportunity to showcase what they can to offer to students to get them more involved with campus activities.

Students participated in games and raffles, ate food and stayed warm with hot chocolate.

Within less than an hour 1,000 free winter hats were distributed as well as over 500 servings of cotton candy throughout the celebration.

The Social Activities Council set up stations for students to stuff their own teddy bears.

Director of Student Involvement Jennifer Ferrell orchestrated the event. She commented that it’s her favorite time of the year. “I love seeing the smiles on the faces of our students, especially as we head into finals week,” Ferrell said. She described the winter celebration as a fun, social, stress-free event for the entire campus community.

“The end of the semester can be stressful for all of us, and it’s nice to take a little time to simply enjoy each other, eat some sugary foods, get some free stuff and share the creativity of our community,” Ferrell said.

Tim Smith / Photo Editor

Tim Smith / Photo Editor

KSC junior Emmy Roddy said the Winter Celebration really helps the community at KSC come together in a fun way. “This is a fun way for departments to advertise what they can offer to the campus,” Roddy said.

KSC’s Coordinator of Wellness Education Tiffany Mathews said she and her department raffled “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and free flu shots. Her department also made hot and hearty homemade soups to distribute to students.

Members of KSC sorority Phi Sigma Sigma Bruna Depaula and Kelsey Jackson said this was a great way to get their organization out there. Their sorority set up a laptop display for any girls interested in becoming a member. “Events like this me feel happy about the school especially that they would put this on during finals to help relieve some of that stress students encounter during this time,” Jackson said.

KSC biology lab specialist Katie Featherston displayed an assortment of plants grown in the greenhouse on campus. “I like to advertise because a lot of people do not know about our greenhouse,” Featherston said.

Tim Smith / Photo Editor

Tim Smith / Photo Editor

Members of Relay for Life Melissa Fraser and Rachel Powers set up a candy jar guessing game as well as papers for students to sign up for the Relay on April first and second. “Today is a busy day on campus which is perfect for us to reach out the many people who do not know about the relay for life,“ Fraser said.

Other organizations who participated in the winter celebration were Human vs Zombies, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Redfern Art Center and more!

Alexandra Enayat can be contacted at aenayat@kscequinox.com

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