In honor of Student Appreciation Day on April 25, many campus organizations, departments and stores offered various activities, treats, discounts and prizes to students throughout the day.
President Dave Smith served students pancakes in the morning; the cafeteria gave out free ice cream cones; Student Development passed out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; the Kayak gave out sample smoothies, and McKee Library gave out Rita’s Italian Ice.
“Ritas Italian Ice empowered to take my cell and molecular biology quiz,” said Andrew Cuevas, sophomore biology major.
“I appreciated President Smith talking with me while serving me pancakes,” said Angela Fears, sophomore nursing major. “It made me feel like administration cares about my meal plan.”
KR’s also offered a free cookie with a purchase of a slushie or sandwich, and the alumni relations also gave out cookies and Southern swag among other things.
“I was happy about the free cookies,” said Brooklyn Engelhart, junior graphic design and public relations major. “I also won a free hat from the Alumni booth, so that’s pretty cool.”
The Adventist Book Center offered 20 percent off its items to students, the Village Market offered 10 percent, and the campus shop offered discounts on Southern imprinted merchandise along with snacks and a drawing for prizes.
Campus Ministries also offered golf cart rides, Admissions and Student Finance offered car washes, Student Success set up a putt putt course and Student Life Activities offered massages in the student center as well.
“Driving the golf carts today for a couple hours gave me some time to reflect on the students we have on campus,” said Andrew Anobile, associate chaplain for Campus Ministries. “Some said ‘yes’ with a pleasant thank you afterwards, but even those who said no still politely smiled at me and said ‘no thanks’. Southern is not perfect and doesn’t get everything right, but it attracts/produces people who make the world a brighter place. I’m blessed continually by my experience with students and it has been my pleasure to serve this year.”
“Student Appreciation Day was so much fun,” said Brandon Beneche, junior English major. “I always love free food, and seeing faculty who are willing to serve us and make us feel appreciated is a real blessing.”