Fall. It’s that time of year when everything whizzes by. After midterms, it’s one event, test, project, or activity to the next, and the next thing you know finals are over and it’s Christmas break. This past week, it was enjoyable to hit the “pause” button for an evening and relax.
Student Government Association (SGA) held their annual Fall Festival. Numerous clubs and organizations on campus got involved by providing games, food, or other activities. Held in the Meadow, it was a beautiful fall evening for all that stopped by. The Cardinals game was projected so us Cards Fans didn’t miss out on the action. Holy Crepes, a food truck, was even on campus providing chilly students with the warmth of some delicious crepes. Pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, and a Halloween costume contest were some of the tables sponsored by student organizations. Offerings of chili, apple cider, caramel apples, and other candy and treats were welcome for all. One thing that’s always a constant at Fontbonne is free food. The Fall Festival was no exception!
Omicron Delta Kappa was one of the student organizations present at Fall Festival. At our general board meeting a few weeks ago, we determined we wanted to offer something different and decided on pumpkin bowling. It’s a simple game of bowling with a pumpkin bowling ball (basketball) and ghost pins (soda bottles). I spent the week of the Festival preparing for our tables by painting faces on the basketball and pins. ODK gave out individual pretzel bags to students, which we adhered our special Halloween logo to.
It was a very successful event. We had a lot of students come out and do their best with pumpkin bowling. Only one person knocked down all the pins the entire night! I’m excited to move onto the next ODK event or involvement, but don’t want the rest of this fall semester to go by so fast!
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ODK Pumpkin Bowling
- Treats ODK provided with our Halloween logo!
As you probably already know, October is breast cancer awareness month. In support of that, Fontbonne Griffin Gang (the group that works to promote school spirit) hosted a Big Pink Volleyball tournament. This took place after the women’s volleyball team played against Westminster. All the players wore pink jerseys. Also, pink t-shirts, balloons, and even cupcakes were being passed out to the crowd. I loved looking at a sea of pink.
The recreational tournament was unlike traditional volleyball games. We used a giant, and I mean giant, inflatable pink ball. It was actually a lot harder than it looked to lift that monstrous thing over the net. It was fun though; definitely not something anybody can say they play on a daily basis (or even have at all). The team that I played on was #ODKAlltheWay. This was a group of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Society members. We did not win the tournament, but we all enjoyed ourselves and supported a worthy cause and event. As cliché as it may sound, that is all that truly matters.
Speaking of ODK and a worthy cause, ODK sponsored a campaign the morning after Big Pink Volleyball. The campaign is called It Can Wait, which encourages people to not text while they are driving. Tables were set up in the library, cafeteria, and DSAC so that people could learn more about the dangers of this habit and the statistics. Then, they were able to sign and pledge and receive a car decal as a reminder. Not to brag or anything, but I’m proud that Fontbonne is affiliated with so many great causes and organizations. And, I am proud that I can say that I’m a part of them.
This year I’m excited to be a part of a new organization on campus. Omicron Delta Kappa, or ODK, is a national leadership honor society that is being established at Fontbonne. Other circles are installed in universities all over the U.S., so it’s a very big deal for us. I’m a member of the chartering committee and Executive Board Secretary, and I’ve loved being a part of the organization so far. We have a great bunch of leaders working to bring more to Fontbonne.
As an organization on campus, we’ll host events and lectures for students as well as host other activities and service projects specifically for our organization. At this point in time, we’re still a new group, but we have a lot of things in the works.
This past week was an event I planned for general members. Applications were sent out a couple weeks ago and we held an “IDK about ODK” event on campus so they could learn more about who we are and what we plan to do. Prior to the event, I made a pretty snazzy looking board with helpful information for interested applicants, got everything reserved for the space we needed, and went shopping! Instead of spending a lot of money on pre-arranged and assembled hors d’oeuvres, I bought vegetables, fruits, dips, cheeses, and crackers. I spent the morning of the event chopping and preparing all I planned to serve for students that evening. The event was a success! We had a good turnout of students whom all seemed eager to apply.
After a general meeting this week with the chartering committee, I’m sure I’ll have another event to plan for ODK and lots of other exciting things to talk about.
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