African Student Association Update
Judith K Moore
April 2, 2011
Filed under Club News
The African Students Association has been quite active and involved in different events this year. We attracted quite a few new members as a result of the Welcome Fest. Our first meeting in September was a tremendous success. Our members enjoyed food, games and a play-by-play of the activities we had planned for the semester. Our goal was to become more involved with the community, and it has been a truly fulfilling. So far, we’ve volunteered at a food bank helping package food items that get sent out to needy families. We visit and spend two hours every two weeks with the Albany Boys and Girls club teenagers. We also cooked a delicious dinner for the Ronald McDonald house residents.
To balance the stress of the school year we also planned fun activities. In October, we enjoyed a game night, where we cooked for our members and briefly enjoyed a few games. While not as robust as our Relay Fundraising game night of last year, we were honored to have President Gozzo spend some time with us. After dinner, he extended a few words, then settled himself comfortably and welcomed questions, comments and concerns from the group. Also present were Professors Kevin Hickey, William Millington and Ray Chandrasekara who also helped address some of our concerns. We had a bowling night in November followed by a week of fundraising at the end of the month where we sold African jewelry pieces and decorative artwork. Part of the proceeds will went towards school supplies for the teens at Boys and Girls Club. We closed out the semester with a final meeting and dinner at Olive Garden.
We look forward with eager anticipation to the end of this semester as we hold more meetings and outreach activities for the campus and outside community. We would like to thank the SGA and Office of Student Services for all its support since ASA’s inception and look forward to collaborating on different projects and events with the campus community.