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Recreation programming becomes hands on at SAPC

Check out the recreation class photo gallery on Facebook.

Laurinburg, N.C. – Students formed a line, staring each other down across the gym floor, forming strategies in their minds as the formal instructions were given. Bodies tensed as the whistle blew before the barrage of balls flew across the space.

Welcome to the dodge ball game organized by the spring 2011 recreation programming class at St. Andrews.

“This class is designed to allow our students to learn how to plan, implement and evaluate events,” said Pebbles Turbeville, associate professor at St. Andrews. “The class divided into groups to plan four different events for their fellow students to participate in during the semester.”

While other events included flag football, kickball, and corn hole, the dodge ball event was by far the most successful as rated by members of the class and attendance figures.

“We had a very diverse group coordinating the event,” said Philip Ratchford, one of the dodge ball event organizers. “Each of our group members was able to bring in friends from different areas of the campus and we did a lot of networking to get the word out.”

Eric Brown agreed, “The networking made a big difference. They used Facebook and word of mouth to make sure that people knew when and where it was happening.”

“It was really good timing,” said Patrick Stewart. “A Facebook group was created and there was nothing else going on during that time. Everyone knew about it and the weather wasn’t a factor.”

Aren Montgomery shared another reason for the success of the dodge ball activity.

“It is something that everyone was interested in,” he said. “It is not something that is offered very often. It was right before exam time and it allowed us to get a lot of frustration out in an organized event.”

For Gregory Todd and the group attempting to coordinate a corn hole game the results were a bit different.

“We were beat to the promotion,” he said. “Another group decide to hold a corn hole event and got the word out before we could.”

Ross Williams, a coordinator of a flag football game agreed, “We thought we had a good plan for right after Ganza but the weather and the other activities didn’t work out.”

The group had to reschedule for a later date in the hopes of getting a successful event for the class.

“This is a good experience for everyone to bring their organization skills and events to the next level,” said Ryan Streater. “I think we’ve all learned how important the organization behind the events is and some ways to hold the good events.”

Check out the recreation class photo gallery on Facebook.

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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