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U.S.A. themed HACCFest kicks off semester Students socialize with music, food, and an array of clubs to meet and join

In Download Live Wire, HACC News by Sadie Werner

HACC Lancaster students enjoyed free food and a chance to get information from many HACC resources and clubs on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the 2016 HACC Fest Academic Success Fair outside the Lancaster Campus East Building.

“HACCFest is about getting students aware of different clubs and programs that HACC has to offer to its students,” said Monica Dixon-Howard, Director of Student Development at the Lancaster Campus, and that is just what the club leaders are hoping for as well.

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Students dancing on the Lancaster Campus East Building lawn

“Students love it because they get to have all the clubs at one place,” and added, that “the free food helps,” said Laura Nalls, Lancaster Admissions Counselor and International Club Advisor. Nalls believes HACCFest is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore extra-curricular activities and see what HACC has to offer students.

The students were able to take a break from class, walk around resource booths, and strap on a harness and ride a mobile zip line in the parking lot and enjoy a free lunch of pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, pasta salad and fruit salad.

Lining up that free food was partially the responsibility of George Brown, President of the Student Government Association at the Lancaster Campus since April and in his fifth semester at HACC.

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Director of Student Affairs Monica Dixon-Howard serves students free food provided by the SGA

For him, “reaching out to the students and trying to put in place things that help their education” is what the SGA is all about. The SGA had a table set up at HACCFest that was full of information about events that are being offered to the students and how to get involved with the SGA.

Mary, a radiologic technology major, at the Lancaster Campus, was checking out the booths and received a pair of ear buds after getting her picture taken at the Virtual Learning Student Advisory Council stand.

“I like so many things about the Lancaster campus,” she said, “in general it’s a warm place to be.” She heard about the HACCFest through an email and said that if something fits into her schedule she is going to attend it. She learned about the International Club at the event.

“Getting involved with student organizations on campus enhances our student experiences and growth,” said Monica Dixon-Howard. “HACC is full of resources to help you succeed but it is your responsibility to take advantage of them.”

HACCFest was definitely an opportunity to take advantage of HACC’s resources, and club leaders and advisors like Laura Nalls continue to encourage students to get involved. Nalls said, “It’s the best way to network and develop leadership skills.”