UD Student Life brings staff together through popular summer league
2:10 p.m., Aug. 14, 2012--What started out as a way to get employees from multiple departments across University of Delaware Student Life together in a social way over the summer grew into a league featuring 10 teams in two divisions with a pair of championship trophies on the line.
Those who might have walked by the Rodney Room in the Perkins Student Center this summer and heard a lot of laughter and cheering – and the sound of bean bags hitting wood – likely came across Student Life’s newly created summer “cornhole” league.
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The league was put together by the Student Life Staff Development and Recognition Committee. Jose-Luis Reira, associate dean of students and a member of the committee, said he thought the cornhole league got a great response from Student Life members when the idea was announced to the division.
“Throughout the year, our committee works hard to put on high-quality professional development events,” said Reira. “The summer seemed like an appropriate time to take a break from that and engage the staff around a primarily social activity.”
An initial email was sent out to all Student Life staff seeking interest and participants. The response was so overwhelming that two divisions were created: a Rookie Division and a Veteran Division. This assured that the cornhole gatherings satisfied those with limited experience who just wanted to get together and have fun, as well as those who wanted to play in a little bit of a more competitive environment. Game days became a timeslot that all participants had marked on their calendars throughout the summer.
Scott Rappaport from Career Services organized the league and Vinnie Jackson from University Student Centers handled the facilities and logistics of where the games would be played.
Some of the boards were supplied by Student Life members, while the rest were provided by Recreation Services.
"It was great, how it all came together," said Rappaport. "The turnout each week demonstrated how much fun everyone had; I hope it is something we can continue to do together in the future."
Article by Christine Motta