As the 2017-2018 school year starts up, students are busy joining and regrouping with their favorite organizations. Yet, there is one group that is determined to make this year the best for each Duhawk: the Year Experience Team.
The Year Experience Team devotes their time to creating events for each grade. The team consists of four coordinators representing the four different classes. These include senior Mckenna Gillespie as the First Year Experience coordinator, sophomore RaeAnn Klimesh as the Sophomore Year Experience Coordinator, junior Alex Schiavoni as the Junior Year Experience Coordinator, and senior Danny Krasich as the Senior Year Experience Coordinator. From community building events for first-year students to nights filled with last hurrahs for the seniors, this team will plan events to make the 2017-2018 year one to remember.
The first event of the year was the Movie Under the Stars hosted on Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. on the ARC lawn. After finishing the first week of classes, all students were welcome to come relax, enjoy the free popcorn and drinks, and watch the recent “Wonder Woman” movie, which has not yet been released on DVD. Curled up on blankets or comfortable in lawn chairs, all students had a great time.
Next was the Senior Kickoff organized by Senior Year Experience Coordinator Danny Krasich held on Aug. 8 in the PUB from 7-9 p.m. This Senior Kickoff included free food, games, entertainment, and a cash bar. While students were playing games such as bags, others took the advantage of an open mic to share their talents.
“I was fairly happy with the attendance throughout the night, and received great feedback,” said Krasich. “We had some very talented senior Duhawks showcase their music ability which was a big hit for the seniors that stuck around.”
Featured at the open mic were seniors Theresa Milazzo, a duet by Anna Nielsen and Molly Nemmers, and Brian Wulf. A mix of vocals, guitar and ukulele, the senior audience cheered on their classmates while enjoying the free food and camaraderie.
“I am looking forward to more senior year events as the school year progresses,” Krasich continued. “It’s our last year to make the most of the time we have left with each other at Loras, and these events are the perfect opportunity to do just that.”
Looking toward the semester, the Year Experience team has many events planned. All students are invited to travel on the annual Six Flags trip for a day of free fun. Another tradition includes the senior event called “Paint the Hill” where the senior class paints a phrase or image on the Keane Hall hill for Homecoming Week. Other events for juniors and seniors include the Etiquette Dinner and Grad School Fair.
Keep an eye out emails from the Year Experience coordinators for more information about upcoming events.