Student Activities kick-starts semester

September 19, 2013

HCC club coordinator Carin Zinter and Student Activities coordinator Liz Golen.Unity Club recruiting table at HCC Club Fair.

Anyone listening to HCC's campus radio station, WCCH - 103.5 FM, on Monday between noon and 2 p.m. heard something they have never heard before -- a new weekly show hosted by Student Activities coordinator Liz Golen and club coordinator Carin Zinter.

It's called "Week at a Glance," the same title as the list of campus activities the Student Activities office sends out by email every Monday.

"We talk about what's going on for the week," said Golen. "And we also play music. We manage to find a link between the music and what's going on. Although, honestly, some of the links are pretty weak."

The radio show isn't the only new thing this semester in the Student Activities office.

Another is Zinter. Zinter started as the club coordinator during the summer and is the main contact for students involved in club activities. Zinter had her hands full this week organizing Wednesday's Club Fair and has been very busy during the first few weeks of the semester helping student clubs get up and running.

As club coordinator, Zinter oversees about 40 student clubs, which this semester include a half dozen new ones, including the Photography and Sustainability clubs (both being restarted after a period of dormancy), Phi Beta Lampda (a national business organization), the Media Arts Club, the Veterans Club and New Directions Club.

All a club needs to gain recognition is a minimum of 10 student members and a faculty or staff advisor.

"Any club is still open to new members," Zinter said, "and that's true throughout the year. Students can join at any time."

Although she's new to working in the Student Activities office (Donahue 103), Zinter is not new to HCC. She has been a member of HCC's adjunct faculty for several years and is teaching computer applications and introduction to psychology this semester. She has also had experience in the past advising HCC student clubs (Business Administration, Eco-justice, and Computer Information).

"I wear many, many hats," said Zinter, who is originally from Minnesota and now lives in Sunderland and holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College, an MBA from Western New England University and a masters degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

There's plenty more new stuff too.

The HCC Expressions Music Club will be holding open performance hours in the HCC Cafeteria once a month on Wednesday's during Student Activity Period (11 to 12:15 p.m.). Any student interested in performing can sign up in the Student Activity office.

"People can sing, play an instrument, juggle -- anything they want to do," said Zinter. "People can come watch, see their friends, or perform."

The first of four performance hours during the fall semester will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25th.

The Student Activities office is also organizing a bus trip to Salem, Mass., for Saturday, Oct. 26, right before Halloween.

"That should be good and creepy," Zinter said.

Finally, the Student Activities office has begun sponsoring a weekly "Snack Attack" every Friday throughout the semester, between 11 and 1 p.m. in Donahue 103. Each Friday, the Snack Attack will be hosted by a different campus program or department. Students are invited to stop by and share their thoughts and ideas while enjoying a healthy snack provided by Aramark. Last Friday's inaugural event was hosted by the Student Affairs staff. Tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 20), the host will be the Student Senate.

"Hopefully, we'll get a bunch of students in here to tell us what they think," said Zinter.

Photos: (Left) New club coordinator Carin Zinter confers with Student Activities coordinator Liz Golen in the Student Activities office. (Right) A student asks for information about the Unity Club at the HCC Club Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 18. (Thumbnail) Members of the Wildlife Society Club display a live snake and an animal skull at the HCC Club Fair.


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