Once again, the Medical Education Campus (MEC), under the auspices of the Student Life Office, hosted their popular Summer Cookout on June 25. The primary purpose of the annual event is for students, faculty and staff to spend quality time, share experiences and mingle while lunch cooks over a backyard flame as high-caliber reggae, calypso and Latin music is performed live.
This event offers an opportunity for fun outdoor activities and to appreciate the incredible diversity at the MEC, with participants representing different countries and cultures from around the world. For a group of first-year nursing students, it could not have come at a better time to relax; they joined the event right after their final exam in NUR 201: Psychiatric Nursing.
Delicacies included delicious beef and veggie burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, fresh fruit, cookies, cotton candy and ice-cold drinks. Fun activities included a sombrero toss, basketball hoop and casual dancing.
Those present enjoyed a light break, a good laugh, great food, music, outdoor games, and shared their enthusiasm about student life activities. The Student Life Office, under the leadership of Senior Advisor Patricia Martin-Mattocks, takes year-round administrative responsibility for multicultural programming, leadership support services, campus entertainment, nine student organizations and one interest group. All these activities are designed to promote leadership opportunities, innovative programs and meaningful relationships inside and outside of the classroom.
The event was topped off with useful seasonal summer giveaways.