April campus happenings

BSU Field Day
Black Student Union (BSU) Field Day was one of the many activities taking place on campus as part of Springfest Weekend on April 22-24.

A year of hard work in the classroom and in the community culminated in an exciting final month of the semester. A range of events returned across campus to welcome future Gettysburgians and give current students an opportunity to engage with each other in meaningful and lasting ways.

Read on for campus happenings from the past month:

Welcome to Gettysburg

Gettysburg held its first in-person Get Acquainted Day in three years on April 9. Hundreds of prospective students visited campus and enjoyed a range of informative and insightful sessions showcasing all that the College has to offer. President Bob Iuliano welcomed visitors in the College Union Building (CUB) Ballroom before a procession through the Bullets Marching Band to check out the various clubs and services inside Bream Gym and Hauser Field House. Each academic department featured presentations through the afternoon and the event closed with a community reception at the Atrium.

Enjoying the sights and sounds of spring

Springfest returned to campus on April 22-24. From the Interfraternity Council (IFC) barbeque Friday afternoon to the Dance Showcase in the CUB Ballroom Sunday night, the days were jam-packed with activities spread across campus. Stine Lake and the grass field outside Servo were epicenters of fun and merriment with the former hosting Holi: Festival of Colors on and the latter holding the International Food Festival and Black Student Union (BSU) Field Day. The weekend also marked the Earth Day Festival and saw students join President Iuliano and his staff for a shift at the Painted Turtle Farm.

Building a community of change

The final month of the semester saw campus organizations and athletic teams invest time and effort into helping the community by organizing a number of impactful fundraising events. Combined, these initiatives raised more than $100,000 for a range of worthy causes on campus and across the country.

Fundraising highlights

Below are just a handful of the great fundraising efforts by campus organizations in April:

  • Lacrosse for Life Shaving Event (Men’s Lacrosse): $61,000 raised to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Take ALS Yard (Baseball): $20,000 raised to support Project ALS, research, and treatments for Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Finals Care Packages (Alumni of Color Council and the Office of Multicultural Engagement): $8,000 raised to support students of color and student support initiatives
  • Game Hair Havoc (Women’s Lacrosse): $6,554 raised to support The HEADStrong Foundation, cancer treatment, and research
  • Be The Match (Football): 400 donors added to bone marrow registry operated by the National Marrow Donor Program

The Bullet points

  • The First Annual Student Well-being Fair, held on April 6 in the Jaeger Center, featured fitness classes, information-sharing on well-being resources, and meet-and-greets with guide dogs-in-training. RISE House Leader Kaley Michael ’22, a psychology major and Spanish minor, served as co-chair of the event alongside Director of EES Student Success and Well-being Cindy Wright.
  • The College hosted a variety of political events in April: a student-led campus policy debate run by the Eisenhower Institute on April 12, a Republican gubernatorial debate on April 19, and a talk with Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin on April 23.
  • On April 20, the Garthwait Leadership Center (GLC) held its Leadership Certificate Showcase in the Atrium, congratulating more than 50 aspiring leaders for their personal growth and leadership development.
  • To increase awareness of sexual and relationship violence, more than 230 members of our community took part in Take Back The Night on April 21 and Walk A Mile In Her Shoes on April 27, the latter being an international march where men are encouraged to don heels.
  • As part of Women in STEM Week, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Gettysburg Environmental Concerns Organization (GECO), Biosphere, Her Campus, and STEMINISTS sponsored an alumni panel on April 23 in the Science Center.
  • The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College, an institutional repository with 8,000-plus works that have been collectively downloaded more than 2 million times, celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 26.

Corey Jewart
Photos courtesy of McKenna White ’25
Posted: 05/30/22