Month: May 2012
Social Program of the Month
||Southern Oregon University
|Person in charge:
||RHA Executive Board
|Target Population: 200
||Time Needed to Organize: 2 months |
|Number of People in Attendance: 450
||Date(s) of Program: May 29 2012|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 2
||Cost of Program: 1100|
|On-Campus Population: 1100
||Chapter Size: 19|
|Origin of Program:|
Block Party is an annual RHA event hosted during Raider Days. Raider
Days is a week long event that different student organizations are
involved in, RHA always being one. Block Party is a carnival event done
every year since the start of Raider Days. It is geared towards all
students and faculty to get out, enjoy the warm sunny weather and feel a
special SOU sense of community and spirit. This spring term, SOU's RHA
executive board only consisted of an Acting President and NCC. These two
worked hard to put this program together for the residents and students
of Southern Oregon University.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
SOU’s RHA reached out to their friends across campus to contribute
to this beloved tradition. First, the Siskiyou Chapter of NRHH eagerly
agreed to run the cotton candy, snow cone and pop corn machines for
the entire event.
Next, RHA turned to EPIC, Southern Oregon University's Event Planning
Involvement Committee, to contribute. EPIC bought three gift cards to
local eateries that were to be raffled off to students who won raffle
tickets through participating in other activities. EPIC also held a
cake walk booth during Block Party that was a wonderful addition to
the sugar high everyone was on.
Family Housing was encouraged to hold a booth as well. The Family
Housing council worked with RHA to create a booth that was interactive
for college students and children. They held a bubble making/arts and
crafts station where students and children could make their own bubble
wand out of pipe cleaners. This booth was notably one of the most
popular booths for attendees.
The three area councils also had booths to run. Each council created
an activity attendees could participate in and win raffle tickets.
Cascade Council had a Pokemon catch game, where participants tried to
throw a hoola-hoop around different Pokemon. Greensprings had a minute
to win it game where they hosted competitions against the clock to
achieve tasks like get an Oreo cookie from the forehead to the mouth
without using hands. Then SUMA or Susy/Madrone, had a plinko game set
up inspired by The Price is Right.
Along with these amazing booths and activities, there was also a free
dinner provided by the dining services, Sodexo. The RHA executive
board worked with Sodexo to cater dinner at the Stevenson Union, where
the event was held, instead of the dining hall. This came at no cost
to RHA or the attendees of the program.
Three bounce structures were ordered for students to play on. There
was an obstacle course, boxing bounce house and bungee run. While
playing on these structures, two student bands were invited played
their music for everyone to enjoy.
Block Party truly was a program for all students and faculty. Everyone
who came got to enjoy the sun, food, games and a sense of community.
It was a great way for RHA and SOU to end the year with fun and spirit.
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|Goals of the program:|
The ultimate goal of this program is to gather students and faculty
together to enjoy the missed sunny weather, share Raider pride and
have fun. RHA wanted to use as many on campus resources as possible to
limit costs and gain attendance from students not normally reached out
to by RHA only programs. SOU's RHA takes pride in its on campus
connections and always looks for opportunities to bring multiple
organizations together to feel the enjoy in putting on a successful
program. We also wanted the event to come completely free to all
students, faculty and community members, which we were able to
accomplish by the collaboration with other organizations and dining
services. Also, the past two years, the weather has not been in Block
Party's favor, and rain has forced the event to be moved inside
cutting back on activities and attendance. Since this year we foresaw
good weather, are goal was to get as many attendees as possible. We
wanted to take the program to the students, so holding it out doors in
the Steven Union in the center of campus life was a great goal we
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
This program not only left a uplifting, positive impact on attendees,
but the organizations involved as well. Students left the program
feeling tired from all of the energy exerted on the bounce structures
that made them happy and ready to spend the next couple weeks studying
for finals. Kids of the community, family housing and faculty were
ecstatic by the opportunity to play and have fun on a college campus
and their parents relieved by the no cost. Students also got to choose
form a menu that is not usually offered in the dining hall. The
special menu, a elaborate taco buffet, was a different, delicious
treat most residents had not been exposed to before. It was also a
great time for faculty and professional staff to talk with and bond
with students in a relaxed setting outside the work place and classroom.
Strong connections were formed as well between Family Housing, EPIC
and NRHH to RHA. The collaboration left a powerful impact and this
wont be the last time these organizations will work together. The two
RHA members who worked together created a stronger friendship and a
meaningful feeling that this year was a good one.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
This was an extremely popular, well attended program for RHA and SOU
as a whole. It was designed for all types of people: students, staff,
families and community members. Great things were accomplished on such
a small budget. Everything fell into place perfectly, the weather,
location and creativity all played a crucial role into what made this
program so successful. A community has formed over the year between
students and staff and this program just gave the chance for that
community to be felt by everyone and shared with everyone.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
Block Party has a popular, universal theme of carnival fun. We
accomplished so much with this program while using minimal finances. A
school of smaller or larger budgets could take this idea and add their
own school spirit into it. Cross campus collaboration is also an easy
way to take advantage of resources that help gain momentum for a
program. When the weather is in your favor, and a prime location
obtained there is no stopping a program idea like this. Every college
student wants the opportunity to blow off steam. Faculty want to bring
their kids to campus to enjoy the fun, play side of college life.
Block Party can accomplish these things and more.
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