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Battle of the Bands


Battle of the Bands definitely rocked the month of March.  This exciting free concert put on by local bands was brought to you by the Campus Activities Board. During this event free burgers, hotdogs, cookies, and drinks were served to everyone.  Free T-Shirts and other goodies were also given out by the Arora (Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency). The bands who competed in the competition were: Denim and Pearl, Runaway Science, Cape Fear, Harvester, Hollow Valley Funk, Angel Flesh, Holy Smokes!, and Surreality.

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Denim & Pearl

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CAB members, LeAnn and Selena, pass out free food to event attendees.

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The night was emceed by Matt Litchford and Casey Craig of Harris & Ford.

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Event emcees, Harris & Ford.

All the band did great but there could only be one winner for first place and that group was Hollow Valley Funk. In second place and also winning Fan Favorite was Runaway Science. All of the bands who competed did a great job and got the crowd excited. They gained new fans from their performances and also got to sell some of the CDs and T-Shirts that they had available. There was an amazing turnout and everyone who attended and performed had a great time.  This event was not only fun for all who attended but it was also a great way to give back to an organization in our community. Arora did a match donation for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation so that we were able to provide everything for free to the people who came. Battle of the Bands was a great event full of fun, great music, food, and other exciting things. All who came out and participated in this event were greatly appreciated.




Spring Back Week


The holidays are officially over and classes have started again. To help students get back into the swing of things, the SAO hosted Spring Back Week. During this week of events students got a chance to have fun, enjoy free food and also learn more about the many different opportunities to get involved on campus.

The week started off with Warm up with SGA. The Student Government Association gave students free hot chocolate from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  to kick off the first day of classes.
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Annsley Garner, SGA Secretary, passing out free hot chocolate. 

Also on Monday, CAB hosted movie night with their first movie of the semester being Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Eighty-three students showed up to enjoy free popcorn, drinks, and a great movie.

Tuesday was an exciting day as students raced around playing the ultimate game of glow in the dark laser tag. The Reynolds Room was transformed into the perfect place to face off against your friends or a random opponent to see who would win this glow in the dark racing challenge.

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The spring picnic and block party was held on Wednesday during the lunch time hours of 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Many students showed up to get free pizza, drinks, and an assortment of goodies from each of the tables set up around the Reynolds room. Non-profit organizations from around Fort Smith and many of the organizations on campus handed out valuable information about what their group was about and how you could join if interested.

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On Thursday we went back in time with the 90’s theme decades dance hosted by CAB. Students showed up to the Reynolds Room and as soon as they entered, memories were brought back as a live dj played their favorite 90’s music, 90’s cartoon cutouts hung around the room, and music videos from the 90’s  played on the large projector. There were also games such as Twister and Dance Dance Revolution, a free photo booth, and bright flashing lights to light up the dance floor. Free pizza, cookie cake, drinks and candy were also included and if you donated a canned good then you got an extra prize.

The final event for spring back week was the Non-Traditional Students Spring Back Party on Friday. During this event, the non-traditional students and their families got together to have a fun night of games, pizza, and fellowship. They also discussed more information about the non- traditional student organization and spoke about the honor societies for non- trads which are Pinnacle for a Bachelors degree, and Spire for an Associates.

Spring Back week was a fun week for students to get their semester started and also an exciting time for first time students still learning about the campus.



Once Upon a Homecoming


November 4th – 9th at UAFS was filled with blue and white as the campus celebrated Homecoming Week regaling us with old stories and fairytales during this “Once Upon a Homecoming.” The week started off by selecting a Homecoming King and Queen. One thousand, seven hundred, eighteen students voted in the 2013 election. Those votes were combined with scores from personal interviews in order to create the 2013 Homecoming Court.

On Monday, 23 banners were also judged for the annual Homecoming Banner Competition. Banners could be seen in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center and the Math-Science Building. Offices across campus also competed in the annual Office Decorating Contest with University Advancement taking first place as they not only decorated their office, but told a story of a chivalrous knight and his journey to aid King NUMA.

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The first place banner painted by the Grand College Ministry.

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Banner designed by the Graphic Design Association.

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Homecoming Office Decorating Contest 3rd place winners: Campus and Community Events.


On Tuesday night, six organizations competed in the annual Yell Like Hell Competition where Sigma Nu took home the first place prize. Groups created yells or cheers to cheer on the Lady Lions. Wednesday continued the fun with the All Sports Pep Rally. Although it rained and the event was moved indoors, students worked hard to paint their Homecoming Boards for the board painting competition. Lion Athletics were there in full force with all the UAFS
teams and performances took place from the UAFS cheerleaders, pom squad, and pep band drum line.

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Gamma Phi Beta placing third in the yell competition.

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Delta Gamma placing second in the yell competition.

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Sigma Nu placing first in the yell competition.

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UAFS Cheer at the Pep Rally

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UAFS Athletic Pep Band Drum Line

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UAFS Homecoming King Court announced at the Pep Rally: (left to right) John Sturrock, Ben Gipson, Carol Ann Seahorn, Mason White.

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UAFS Homcoming Queen Court Announced at the Pep Rally: (left to right) Sami Jo Anderton, Shelbie Dyer, Allie Wilson, Case Bright.

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Board Painting first place winner: Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

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Board Painting Second Place winners: Alpha Omicron Pi & Pi Kappa Phi

Everything heated up on Thursday as students enjoyed the Homecoming Bonfire! During the bonfire, students were asked to bring books to be donated to the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, Girl’s Inc., and the Lincoln Child Care Center with 1,115 books collected. The evening ended in fireworks as we celebrated and got pumped for the upcoming Homecoming Weekend festivities.

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Homecoming Bonfire

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Collecting books for FS Boys and Girls Club, Girl's Inc., and Licoln Child Care Center.

Friday afternoon, Campus Recreation and Wellness hosted the Homecoming Hunt where teams of students searched the campus for “storybook” clues in order to learn more about the UAFS campus. Megaphones submitted from campus organizations were also judged on Friday. That evening, UAFS Alumni enjoyed a concert with Boom Kinetic!

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The winning megaphone was built into a castle by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

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Gamma Eta's Megaphone with a Princess and Frog theme

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Megaphone decorated by the Student Alumni Association.

The entire week led up to the big day…Saturday….HOMECOMING! The morning started off at 10 a.m. with a parade featuring dignitaries such as UAFS Chancellor, Dr. Paul B. Beran, and First Lady, Janice Beran; Crown Bearers, Leon Suzuki and Rachel Settle; Miss UAFS and Miss Arkansas Valley; past Homecoming Kings and Queens; NUMA and much more! Student groups, as well as community members, created floats for the parade with the Non-Traditional Student Organization winning first place for their float the second year in a row.

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Homecoming King and Queen from 2012: Corey Woodard and Jesse Watson

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UAFS Chancellor and First Lady: Dr. Paul B. and Janice Beran

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UAFS Pom Squad followed by NUMA.

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Girl Scouts

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Kappa Sigma with an Aladdin theme.

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Campus Activities Board

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Winning parade float: Non-Traditional Students

The day continued with the Graduate Bridging Ceremony following the parade and the Homecoming Tailgate immediately after. Attendees were seen visiting the many student tailgating areas before the game, playing games and tasting food, as well as enjoying inflatables, caricatures, the zipline and more.

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Macey Casher painting faces for the Student Alumni Association

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The winning tailgating area: Baptist Collegiate Ministry

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SGA President, Curtis Adams, and SGA representative, Henry Gutierrez, climb the rock wall brought in by the Army ROTC.

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The Homecoming Game started at 2 p.m. and during half-time, John Sturrock and Allie Wilson were crowned the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen. The Lions played at 4 p.m. with Homecoming Awards for all the competitions given out during half-time. Overall, in third place, we had a tie between the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and Alpha Omicron Pi and Pi Kappa Phi. In second place overall was Delta Gamma and in first place, Sigma Nu.

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Dr. and Mrs. Beran with the newly crowned Homecoming King and Queen, the Homecoming Court, and Crown Bearers.

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John and Allie take on their first official duty as King and Queen and annouce the winners from teh 2013 Homecoming Competitions.

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Colton Pace and Chase Coonrod accept the 1st place tropy for Sigma Nu.

That evening also gave an opportunity for Alumni to reconnect during the 4th Annual Alumni Dinner. Overall, it was a week full of spirit and showing everyone what it means to be a Lion.


Peer Education


UAFS students have hosted several events this semester to
educate their peers in a variety of topics. In September, the University Police
Department (UPD) hosted its first-ever Emergency Preparedness Week with several
lunch and learn sessions on topics such as tornado safety, active shooter
training, and much more! Part of that week also included the “Be Prepared” event
hosted by Housing, UAFS Cares, and Lion’s ROAR where students could visit
stations to learn about first aid, disaster relief volunteering, weather
safety, and more. The first 100 students that visited all the stations received
free #makeSMARTchoices t-shirts!

In late September and early October, CAB hosted two events
from the Diversity and Cultural Events Committee. The first was “Color Me
Different” and it highlighted the similarities we all have with our peers.
Guest speaker, Trish Richardson, did a great job with conversing with students
on the topic of diversity, handing it over to CAB at the end where students
were lead through several activities and discussion. The end result was some
amazing melted crayon art to display how we can all come together in the end to
make something beautiful.

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Stephany Nelson using a hair dryer to melt crayons for her masterpiece.

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Students making crayon art.

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Brooks Mauldin cutting out a heart with his melted crayon art.

In addition to this event, CAB also hosted its fourth annual
Tunnel of Oppression event where students walked through dramatized scenes of
oppression in society. Some scenes included name calling, bullying, sexuality,
homelessness, abuse, and much more. The final station led attendees into a
discussion room to reflect on the scenes they experienced. In the end, students
were asked to “pledge to make a difference” where they could fill out pledge

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Taking the pledge!

On another note, Lion’s ROAR tackled the topics of Alcohol
Awareness and Drug Prevention this October during National Collegiate Alcohol
Awareness Week (NCAAW) and Red Ribbon Week. On October 24th they
hosted their annual “Burger and ‘Beer’” alcohol awareness event. While guests
enjoyed free burgers, chips, and root beer, they were also able to visit
several educational tables to include the Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance
Center and a “consequences table” hosted by UAFS Student Conduct Administrators
in order to talk to students about what happens if they bring alcohol on campus
or to housing. In addition, students could put on fatal vision goggles to see
what it looks like at different levels of intoxication. They were driven around
in golf carts to demonstrate the dangers of impaired driving.

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Walking the line with fatal vision goggles.

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Root Beer, Fatal Vision Goggles, and being safe!

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Students riding in the golf cart with fatal vision goggles to see what it would look like if driving impaired.

The following week, Lion’s ROAR hosted an educational table
on drug prevention with their peer educators passing out educational
information with candy. This group will tackle multiple topics over the year with the focus in November on sexual abuse and hazing prevention.



Happy Scare-tober!


It’s fall at UAFS…and not just the fall semester! As the
weather has cooled down, the students have stayed busy gearing up for the fall
season, especially Halloween. Starting things off this October was Humans vs.
Zombies where 122 students, staff, and faculty engaged in a week long game of
tag, armed with Nerf dart blasters and bright orange bandannas. Throughout the
week, spectators might have seen “humans” running through campus to stay safe
from the zombie attack! The game also included missions each day with prizes to
help the winning team survive, with the humans winning the final mission and
the fall 2013 game of HvZ.

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Humans armed and ready to fight off the zombies.

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The following week, students listened to live music and
warmed up with free coffee at the second CAB Coffeehouse of the semester.
Starbucks also sold ½ price pumpkin spiced lattes to get into the fall spirit.
With Halloween approaching, students got into the “scary” mood by attending the
October free movie on campus, The Conjuring, sponsored by the Campus Activities
Board on October 14th. Before the lights even went down, screams could be
heard throughout the room as 150 students enjoyed popcorn and drinks.

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Later in the week, students could be seen decorating
pumpkins in the Campus Center to take home. As the month winded down, CAB
hosted their annual Haunted Union with more than 1,000 people attending to
enjoy the free haunted house, carnival games, and trunk or treat hosted by 17
RSOs on campus.

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Hmong Student Association in their "haunted forest" in the haunted house.

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CAB students in their "death" room in the haunted house.

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Voted favorite carnival game by attendees - Plinko!

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Skills USA sponsored mini-golf for kids to play and win candy!

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Kappa Alpha Order won the Best Haunted House Room for the second year!

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The Gay-Straight Alliance build a "pirate cave" for the trunk or treat outside of Haunted Union.

Now with Halloween just around the corner, students can
enjoy the history of Halloween during a fun-themed breakfast in the Lion’s Den
Dining Hall on October 30th from 7a-8:30a as CAB hosts the
“Halloween History Breakfast.” Finally, students can also celebrate Halloween
at Stubblefield Center to watch the 7p Lady Lions Volleyball Game. Before the
game, from 5:30p-6:30p, CAB is hosting a Trunk or Treat Tailgate where guests
can play games and win candy on Halloween night in the parking lot next to the
Intramural Field. It's been a busy month for UAFS Student Activities with much more on the way!


Blood and Western Wear


The first week of September was a full one for the Student Activities Office. Although campus was closed on Monday for Labor Day, Tuesday kicked off our first two-day Blood Drive of the year. Arkansas Blood Institute was in full force taking donations with their mascot on hand to take photos. Last year, we ended up with more than 1,000 people registering to donate blood and more than 800 able to donate over our four annual drives. This year, we’re off to a great start with 253 donors.

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Sierra Hayes and Stephanie London with the Arkansas Blood Institute Mascot.

Following the blood drive, on Thursday the Campus Activities Board hosted the annual Howdy Dance where students came dressed in their best western gear to dance! Not only was there dancing but we gave out free “Howdy Up” t-shirts to the first 100 students, had inflatable horse races, a photo station, a popcorn bar, and much more! One of the highlights was toward the end of the dance where all the Cub Campers got to reunite and see if they still remembered their camp dances from Cub Camp.

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Inflatable horse races.

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Fun photos at Howdy!

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Dancing the night away!


Campus Picnic & Block Party


Music, food, fun….that’s what the Campus Picnic and Block Party was all about this August 28th….oh and, yea, heat. Although it was crazy hot this year for the event, more than 70 registered student organizations, non-profit organizations, and UAFS departments came out to the Campus Picnic and Block Party to meet students interested in getting involved on campus and in the local community.

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CMLA enjoying the sun at their table.

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The history club trying to keep cool.

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Hmong Student Association

Not only were there tables for students to visit, but they could also pass through the food line for some free burgers, chips, ice cream, and drinks served by UAFS administration, faculty, and staff. In fact, we served a whopping 1,560 burgers during this year’s event.

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Dr. Henry Rinne and Bree Gates serving food.

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Musician, Caleb McGuinn

Students enjoyed entertainment as well! Caleb McGuinn, of Kansas, graced us with his song stylings of original songs and classics that anyone could sing to. Near Caleb, the Student Government manned a “build your  own NUMA” station where students lined up to get a stuffed version of our lion mascot…well, they had to stuff them themselves, but they had fun constructing their own stuffed NUMA none the less. All-in-all, it was a good event packed with information, entertainment, and good ol’ fashioned fun.

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Students building their NUMAs!

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Students just enjoying the event


Cub Camp, Welcome Week, and More....OH MY!


The fall semester started a little early for some students at UAFS! Those that came to Cub Camp as campers moved in on Thursday before classes started and kicked things off with Playfair and a Cub Camp Welcome Party that evening with food and dancing. Cub Camp continued throughout the next three days where each camper embodied a new favorite color: purple, green, orange, or yellow. Campers learned about campus services, events, and traditions through skits, campus tours, and Den Groups led by upperclassmen. Some of the highlights of the camp included Keith Karkuts’s Hypnotic Intoxication program, speaker, Michael Hingson, and the Cub Camp Mixer.

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Cub Campers at Playfair the first night of camp.

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Hypnotic Intoxication with Keith Karkut.

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Cub Camp Mixer!

With Cub Camp ending on Sunday, the fun didn’t stop! Welcome Week kicked off Sunday evening with Lion’s ROAR’s “Slide Into Fall” event with a giant waterslide and free snow cones. Monday featured free donuts and orange juice with the Student Alumni Association, followed by a campus cookout sponsored by the BCM, and then Magician Daniel Martin hosted an AMAZING performance that evening.

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SAA passing out donuts and OJ at "Sugar and Citrus."

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BCM Campus Cookout

Tuesday repeated the free donuts and orange juice and the campus cookout, then that evening the Campus Activities Board hosted the “Movie on the Green,” showing Fast and Furious 6, the first of eight films in this year’s film series. Greek Life students helped pass out popcorn and drinks before the show and guess what? sprinklers this year!

Everyone got their Lion Spirit on during Wednesday’s Super Sports Showdown Tailgate where more than 30 student organizations tailgated before the Lady Lions Volleyball Blue and White Scrimmage. Students were excited about free t-shirts and food. The Arkansas Blood Institute joined us for the event, cooking burgers and hot dogs for event guests. After the event, students headed over to the volleyball game to cheer on the Lady Lions Volleyball Team.

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Arkansas Blood Institute grilling burgers and hot dogs for the tailgate!

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Playing in the inflatable sports challenge...

Thursday, the Campus Activities Board hosted its annual Casino Night with nearly 500 people in attendance all playing blackjack, poker, roulette, or craps to win prizes. Students not wishing to play those games opted for slot machines or bingo where they could win “groceries.”

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Playing roulette!

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Pi Kappa Phi teaches students to play craps.

Then, on Friday, students headed off to the NTS Welcome Back Party and to Midland Family Bowl for cosmic bowling!

This week, students are gearing up for Greek Panhellenic Recruitment, the Intramural Sports Kick-off, and the Campus Picnic and Block Party! Seems like things never stop in Student Activities...but that's the way we thing to be.


Thursday -AICPA Minzhi Hickerson


We went to the AICPA in the morning, An employee give up a speech, which talked about the AICPA's role in accounting standards setting process, the CPA test,  and a special GAPP, which benifit the small business, they are working on.

we went dinner together,I love the broccoli the best, except the traffic on the way there. 

we had a long walking in time square, because that was the last night we were there, we just  enjoyed the new york night as much as we can. 

I HAD A LOT OF FUN AND LEARNED A LOT OF THINGS THROUGH THIS TRIP, AND GOT MORE motivation than ever. I missed the asian food in chinatown, i am sure i will go there again. 

Wednesday- KPMG Minzhi Hickerson


 We went to one of the big accounting firms, KPMG.

Two partners talked about their experiance and the role Auditor and accounting firm played in Accounting standards setting process. I learned that auditors are not just check the financial books, they also give some feed back to the FASB and help them doing the acctual work. The third person, Eric, shared his experiance and give us some suggestion, taking the CPA test as soon as possible , which we may not want to take right now, but its better to do it when we are still in the school, it will get hard when we are in the workplace. 


In the afternoon, we went the 9/11 momerial place, I was touched when I saw the site. Feel so sorry for the people died in the attack.  

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