By Karen Tang
“There are so many things to do, I don’t know where to go first,” said Haley Jones, a junior family science major.
From 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb 5, students, faculty members and staff could attend StampFest 2015. StampFest, presented by Stamp Special Events, is an Organization and Involvement Fair that occurs in February, which has fun, free giveaways around the building. Members of student organizations, departments and community service agencies mingle and interact with interested prospects and learn about student clubs on campus.
Over 30 activities and vendor specials were a part of StampFest this year. Designated zones were located around Stamp, which showcased various events and entertainment, such as art and learning, entertainment, graduate student life, student organizations and departments, services and sponsorships, Terpzone and wellness.
The Terp Wellness Expo had programs and services, such as the University Health Center and Campus Recreational Services located in the Atrium.
“The Wellness Expo happens in conjunction with StampFest,” said Sarah Wilson, Health Wellness coordinator. “[There are] a lot of people coming together to highlight all the wellness resources on campus.”
HEALTH Works is a peer education program, which is designed to increase students’ awareness on health. Since February is “Love Your Body Month,” the staff of HEALTH Works created clever activities to get people to join in the campaign.
“I want to put a leaf on the tree!” shouted senior, Ilya Lazzeri, a SHARE peer educator at the University Health Center.
Peer educators made a six-foot tree filled with green leaves in the shape of a heart. The idea was to get rid of trash talk and write a positive message on the tree.
Lazzeri wrote, “I love all peer educators.”
Campus Recreational Services offered a physical approach to attract people. Students who were able to successfully complete three exercises earned a chance to win a “skip the line” pass for a month at all the special fitness events.
“A lot of times we have to turn people away [from the group fitness events] because the line gets too long and we don’t have enough equipment but … a lot of people seem interested in it,” Kelly Boyle, a sophomore and body fitness instructor said.
The food court and other vendors offered discounts and specials during the day. People were able to make their own sundaes with a variety of toppings at Maryland Dairy. Dining Services set up a hot dog station for students.
Around noon, students could eat their lunch down at Terpzone while listening and enjoying beat boxers.
At the entertainment location, people could watch Horrible Bosses 2 for free at selected times. SEE’s Spring Comedy Show welcomed Pete Davidson of Saturday Night Live in the Grand Ballroom at 8 p.m.
To get people to take advantage of the event and get more involved with the university, those who collected five of the eight StampFest buttons were entered into a raffle. Students could enter a raffle to win Beats headphones, an instaprint camera or a $125 shopping spree at the University Book Center.
StampFest is similar to the First Look Fair that happens in the fall. The event is a spring welcome back occurrence that allows people to “Go, Meet and Connect” with other individuals. New and transfer students along with current students are able to find out some of the opportunities on and off campus.