Saturday, March 27, 2010
Banquet season is upon us. Many of our student organizations are having end-of-the-year dos. Some of them are fund-raisers as well as celebrations. Some of them combine honors and awards with other evening festivities.
If I overlook the immediate effect on my waistline and focus on the spirit of the events, I enjoy the season. For one thing, it gives me a chance to get out of the office and mingle with students in different surroundings. It also gives me a chance to show support for the hard work that so many student organizations put into speaker programs, service projects, and other efforts each year.
It is not possible to attend all of the events that are held each year. And some years, I need to "rotate" the chosen events to make ones that I couldn't attend the prior year. One thing that I have noted every year is that students are SO appreciative when faculty and deans make the effort.
So, if it is "banquet season" at your school, get dressed up, buy a ticket, and have another dinner to support students. You can eat more chicken dinners than you thought you could. Academic support becomes after-hours support when you show up with your smile, encouragement, and dinner chat.
Now excuse me, I am on my way out the door to an event. The gym will be there after the season is over. (Amy Jarmon)