Century Club Newsletter: February 2009
Another notable example of a student-led program is the annual Asian Festival.
Developed by the Stonehill Asian American Society, the Asian Festival hosts cultural dances, a food tasting, and a fashion show. The group recently added an educational component to the Festival so that people would walk away with a more in depth understanding of Asian culture.
All of the planning, promotion, budgeting activities, and performances are handled by the Society. According to Allen Thuong '09, (above) president of the group, planning this type of event allows students to become more organized and teaches them communication skills and professionalism.
"It is empowering to be responsible for a well-planned event. It builds self-confidence and character," he explains.
Aside from large-scale events, students also approach Student Activities with ideas for visiting speakers, field trips, and fundraisers.
Dobrowski often receives positive feedback about the quality of the student-initiated programming. "It is moments like those that remind me of how talented our students are and of their level of commitment to creating an engaging and vibrant campus," she says.
I hope that you might have the opportunity to enjoy one of our student-initiated events to see firsthand how your generous support continues to energize the Stonehill campus.
Francis X. Dillon
Vice President for Advancement