Siville Davis, 39, a first-year Accounting student at Chippewa Valley Technical College, brought her daughter, Equality, to the College’s Island Party that kicked off the
2012-13 academic year Wednesday.
Equality, a high school junior, wore a big smile and Hawaiian lei and kept a beach ball tucked under her arm in keeping with the theme of the party.
Davis hopes her daughter learns more than how much fun CVTC can be for students who take advantage of Student Life activities. She wants Equality to pay attention to the opportunities that CVTC offers.
Davis, who originally came from Pittsburgh, brought her family to the Chippewa Valley specifically for the educational opportunities. She said she researched the technical college, as well as the universities and high schools in the area, before settling in the Colfax School District.
“I want my kids to have opportunities to have a better education,” said Davis, who chose CVTC as the best place to continue her education. “A technical college prepares me for opportunities in a hands-on way.”
That’s the big picture. A party to start off the year is an extra bonus.
“I think it’s very exciting,” said Davis. “Not only is this getting everyone to see others, it pulls the whole school together. You get to talk to people you just see and pass by in the hallways.”
“It’s an opportunity for students to connect with others,” said Alisa Hoepner, student life specialist at CVTC. “We want students to see there is a lot happening outside the classroom here.”
So The Joe Moorhead Band, an island-themed group out of Cleveland, Ohio, doing original songs came to provide the music. Students could try their skills on a mechanical surfboard, or take part in a number of other contests throughout the afternoon.
The party, free for students, offered chicken, brats and veggie burgers for lunch and ice cream bars for dessert.
“It’s a good way to get out and meet people, and I don’t have to spend money on food today,” said Spencer Mayer, 19, a first-year student from Hurley who’s been working in Chippewa Falls for the past year.
Mayer has his sights on being a lineman in the electrical power distribution industry. He’s a long way from his home town, but has some friends from Hurley with him at CVTC and is making new friends too.
Stephanie Hassemer, a first year Liberal Arts student from Eau Claire, tried her skill at the mechanical surfboard, lasting 44 seconds.
“It was more fun than I thought it was going to be,” she said.
Hassemer thought the party was a good idea. “It makes people feel comfortable,” she said.
Maria Sanchez, a first year Liberal Arts student from Eleva, got on the surfboard at the urging of her brother, Eddie Sanchez, who helped organize the picnic and was signing up people for the board.
“I just met some new people, and this is my first semester, so I don’t know a lot of people,” she said.
The party went on in the courtyard through the afternoon, but so did the classes inside the building.
It’s the first week of the new term, and students are both learning and having fun at CVTC.
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