Welcome wagon in the Oval

Fair ushers students into campus

Audrey Dighans | copy editor

Keeping up with the back to school vibe, a variety of booths crowded the Campus Oval on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 21, for the annual Community Fair.
Banks, church groups, credit unions, student organizations, local restaurants and private vendors lined the sidewalks of main campus.
The booths were set up to hand out gifts and provide information to students about the Pittsburg community. A total of 85 were set up this year.
“This is always such a great community turnout,” said Brenda Hawkins, administrative specialist for international programs and services.

Owner and founder of MAC Fitness of Pittsburg, Kansas, promotes his business to Pittsburg State University senior, Barnett Thompson, during the annual Community Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Thompson has not declared a major, but said he is interested in fitness and health.

Owner and founder of MAC Fitness of Pittsburg, Kansas, promotes his business to Pittsburg State University senior, Barnett Thompson, during the annual Community Fair on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Thompson has not declared a major, but said he is interested in fitness and health.


Hawkins supervised the Pitt Pals booth this year. She says the program has been running a booth for five years now.
“It’s a great way to get the word out about our organization,” she said. “We’re currently looking for more guys to sign up and be Pitt Pals, and hope to recruit them here today.”
Another returner to the fair, Quest Credit Union, enticed passersby with a free game of Plinko and prizes ranging from a draw-string back pack to a dollar bill.
“This is our third year,” said Valerie Taylor, marketing representative for Quest Credit Union. “It’s a chance to meet the new generation of students and shed some light on what Quest is all about.”
Taylor says she hopes to gain the interest of new and returning PSU students about switching to banking with Quest rather than their current banks.
She says that credit unions offer the same features everyone enjoys with actual banks, but instead of being a corporate owned organization they are owned by members.
“Credit unions often offer lower rates and fees than traditional banks do, which is great for students,” Hawkins said.
Many students also enjoy the activities booths offer.
Rich Trezza and Braxton Stout both say they enjoyed looking at all the tables and seeing what they were about.
“We like the free stuff the tables give out,” said Stout, sophomore in auto tech. “Lots of people avoid the Oval when they see it’s packed full of people, not us.”
For freshman, the fair provided a good example of community involvement both on- and off-campus.
Several Freshman Experience classes held a scavenger hunt during the early part of the fair, for a creative twist to help get their students to start learning where several campus locations are.
The hunt was designed to also give them a reason to walk through and look at the different tables.
“This is really great for us,” said Chris Collins, freshman in construction management. “We’re from a small town. We aren’t used to waiting in lines or people being everywhere all the time.”
Brock Johnson says he agrees.
“That’s the great thing about Pitt State,” said Johnson, freshman in construction management. “It’s big but not too big.”
David Adams, assistant director for Campus Activities Council, says that students seem very happy to meet the businesses and organizations.
He added that the Community fair has been happening for many years here at PSU and that he looks forward to next year’s event.

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