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September 20, 2007
The College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) held its first-ever student mixer Wed., Sept. 19 on the Jot Travis Student Union lawn to give students a chance to meet other students and faculty within the college over a root-beer float.
"Our college doesn't have its own building so it is very rare that our students get a chance to interact with each other," said Richelle O'Driscoll, associate dean for workforce development. "This is a good way to give them a sense of belonging to our college and getting to meet new people with different majors."
The CHHS classes are held in 11 different places from Lombardi Recreation to the Sarah Fleischmann building and in between. According to Laurie Beck, a CHHS adviser, there are about 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students in the college.
"It's nice to know who you can talk to about questions about advising and the college in general," said freshman Nicole Romo, a human development and family studies major. "I met with my adviser when I was unclear about what I wanted to do and she answered all of my questions."
According to O'Driscoll, the students seemed very appreciative that the college was holding the mixer. Along with a great student turnout, there were also many faculty members who attended the mixer and felt it was a good chance for the majors and college faculty to interact.
"At first, I thought the College of Health and Human Sciences was all about social work, but then I learned that there are pre-med students and pre-health students within the college too," Romo said.
Despite the cold and windy weather, there was a great turnout. The college also raffled off a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore, a one-year pass to Lombardi and Wolf Pack gear.