beyond the campus: student off-campus experiences

Northeast Navigators Winter Conference 2014

February 14 – 16 2014, Pittsfield, Mass.

The Crossroads Christian Fellowship attended the regional Navigators conference in Pittsfield, Mass., in February 2014 as our group is affiliated with The Navigators, an international, interdenominational Christian ministry. Sixteen CSC students attended, representing 12 countries, which reflects the diversity of the group as a whole. We were accompanied by our advisors, Cindy Benson and Tom Bates. The president of the group, Serene Chua was one of the main worship leaders. The theme of the conference was "The Sacred and Profane: The Disarming Nature of Grace". It was essentially about the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and how it changes us. This was powerful for us because it expresses the core what we are about: having the common ground of our faith in Christ and love for one another. The conference had delegates from various New England and New York campuses amounting to about 250 students and staff. We had multiple sessions, workshops and worship along with fun winter activities. Every participant was blessed by the conference and has their own testimony. As for our group as a whole, we were able to meet other students as well as foster a stronger bond with each other. Everyone is already thinking about attending the conference next year!

National Association of Campus Activities Conference

February 15th – 19th 2014, Boston, Mass.

From February 15-19th four delegates from the Campus Activities Board attended the National Association of Campus Activities conference in Boston. CAB's president Molly Paone, secretary Marilyn Manos, educational-cultural programmer Sarah Wiley, and special weekend programmer Michael Harte, as well as CAB's advisor Sarah Braun, were all in attendance. Only coming to Boston every four years, NACA's national conference offers CAB the opportunity to see top college performers, and learn new techniques for event planning from other schools across the nation. The CAB delegates saw dozens of performers, selecting their favorites to bring back to the club to select performers for next year. Coordinating with other local colleges to book performers during the same week, CAB saved thousands of dollars on travel expenses to ensure budgets can be stretched to bring bigger names and more events to campus. CAB's programming for Fall 2014 is filling up, enriched with the high quality entertainment and success strategies learned from NACA Nationals.

2014 Anime Boston Convention

March 20th – 23rd 2014, Boston, MA

From March 20th to the 23rd the CSC Anime Club traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in the annual Anime Boston convention at the Hynes Convention Center. Anime Boston is a convention designed to bring together anyone interested in anime, video games, and television for a three day weekend of events, activities, screenings, and discussions. Panels and activities cover a range of topics including, but not limited to, sexual identity, art, history, business and science- all while comparing them to elements of anime, global cultures and gaming.

2014 Enactus National Exposition Competition

March 31st – April 3rd 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Eight Enactus students, Kim Morril, Nick Cialante, Cong Geng, Biplob Gauli, Asmita Niraula, Ashley Cooper, Jillian Jacobs and Jacob Dube, traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to compete in the 2014 Enactus National Exposition. Competing with over 230 schools to earn the title of United States Champion, our team presented about the projects and events that Enactus has accomplished over the last year. While the team did not advance, the students delivered an excellent presentation and utilized the consolation round to gain valuable feedback and input from the judges for future projects and presentations. Students also had the opportunity to attend a career fair and network with corporate sponsors about future internship and job opportunities in a variety of fields.

NEACURH Conference 2014

November 15-17, 2013 Stony Brook, NY

Each semester The North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) brings together student leaders from universities and colleges from the North East. Being a part of NEACURH, Colby-Sawyer sent its representatives from Resident Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) to two different regional conferences last semester and previous years. The representatives got opportunities to participate in different leadership building programs, which mainly focused on four different aspects: Programming, Leadership, Recognition, and Communication. During the time of a weekend-long conference, the team got an exposure to a new platform where ideas on making residence life more interesting and productive. Similarly, the delegation team got chance to meet new people and extend their network and friend's circle. Not only this, the students who attended the programs got benefited from the information provided to them and was able to bring what they learn back to Colby-Sawyer. They also learnt about student leadership, planning and executing programs, personality development, public speaking and many more after uncovering different programs presented by students from different institutions