First Year Council Initiatives Promote School Spirit

Sara Leidner is UMBC’s Coordinator of Student Life for Student Organizations and Involvement, and an advisor to the First Year Council.

Sara Leidner 2The First Year Council–a group of first-year UMBC students nominated by student organizations–works with campus leaders to make the first-year experience the best it can be. Past First Year Councils have addressed weekend dining options, created community-building programs and helped peers find the information they needed on campus. A member of the original First Year Council spearheaded the establishment of the Homecoming Bonfire as a campus tradition.

This year’s First Year Council has developed a partnership with the Department of Athletics to attract more followers to the Athletics Facebook and Twitter pages. This is one of several First Year Council initiatives aimed at boosting school spirit and encouraging more students to support our athletes and attend games. I’m hoping to share their progress in coming weeks as they work with other campus departments to support their efforts.

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