Faculty members were sweating as they raced around Texas A&M University -Kingsville along with students in search of clues to complete a scavenger hunt on Tuesday Sept. 29. On one night of every academic school year, the College of Arts and Sciences bring students and faculty together for a fun-filled event. “We have a lot of new people. About 20 new faculty members were hired and enrollment is up so what better way than a fair to bring them together,” said Elisa Guerra, office manager of the Arts and Sciences Department. “This is good for brand new students to find something new,” Guerra said. This year’s fair included an obstacle course and scavenger hunt with eight teams consisting of five students and one faculty member.
Teams were given clues to a location that led to another clue, taking them to 16 different locations on campus. Chelsea Nkrumah, president of the Student Government Association, participated in the scavenger hunt and said it was fun and challenging. “It worked the body and the mind. It was easier for my group because we were different majors and it was helpful having the assistant dean of Arts and Sciences,” Nkrumah said. Dr. Michael Houf, assistant dean of Arts and Sciences, said he was exhausted from running around campus. “It was a lot of fun. Anytime the faculty and students interact on a more personal level, it helps the students and faculty,” he said. “This is one of our greatest events overall,” Houf said. Winners of the race were given spirit gear such as t-shirts and caps. Besides the contest, organizations and departments affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences had booths with games and information about their organizations. Booths included the English Club, Geology Department, Psychology Club, Physics Department, Pre-Dental Association, I-Tech, Chemistry Department, Natural Toxins Research Center, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Delta Pi and a Selfie booth.