The sounds of kernels popping, water splashing, and roaring laughter filled the quad as the annual “College Night Out” took place Tuesday evening.
Hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences, the carnival themed social is used to promote student involvement in department organizations and celebrate diversity.
Bright, vivid colors that corresponded to the carnival theme drew in more than 200 spectators. More than 10 informational booths led by student clubs discussed their roles on campus. Luis Aguilar, senior in Communications spoke on behalf of Alpha Psi Omega (APO), the National Theatre Honor Society.
Aguilar stated, “College Night Out allows students to take a break from their busy work schedules and just have fun! I think College Night Out is a great way to get students involved with their department organizations.”
Students were treated to free refreshments and games. Faculty members from Arts & Sciences departments helped served fair food and run game stands. From ring toss to the obstacle course, each booth was busy with participants. Students also did not hesitate to take aim and professors encaged in a dunk booth.
Elisa Guerra, office manager for the College of Arts & Sciences supervised the event, as well as directed the relay race. “Fun, family, and fellowship are what we strive to incorporate into ‘College Night Out’. [Arts & Sciences] hosts this event every fall, as well as tailgate during football games. Each booth’s goal is to promote uniqueness and diversity.” The large, yellow stand that stood directly in the center read that diversity is strength. As the largest college at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the College of Arts & Sciences’ mission is to inform, educate, and recruit, according to Guerra.
College Night Out marks one of the many fall festivities to come. Upcoming events include Fall Carnival on Oct. 12 and Homecoming festivities, which will begin the following day.
“It was fun and useful to students…it allows people to mingle with fellow colleagues and network. It is a great way to get to know each other,” stated Siddharth Tuplondhe, graduate student in Electrical Engineering.