Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Quad Day: EU Comes to Illinois Cornfields


Last Sunday, the European Union Center set up a booth on the Quad for the 2011 University of Illinois “Quad Day”. From 11–4 pm, Outreach Coordinator Sebnem Ozkan and Graduate Assistant and MAEUS student Adam Heinz talked with Illinois students about the various programs, events and opportunities sponsored by the EUC.

It was an interesting day, to say the least. For five hours, soaked in the energy of thousands of incoming students looking to shape their futures through campus involvement, our Quad transformed from a quiet park into a buzzing Times Square. Young men and women from every language and culture celebrated the beginning of the “New Year” by investigating the hundreds of departments, sports teams and Registered Student Organizations (“RSOs”) that the University has to offer.

Despite some…strange encounters (including a well-dressed student who simply shouted, “explain yourself!” point-blank and a boo-ing Brit who prophesied the imminent downfall of the EU), the event was a huge success – and a lot of fun. Sebnem and Adam had the chance to speak with over 70 students about the EUC’s Fall 2011 events, MAEUS degree, and new Graduate minor and Undergraduate minor concentrations. Exchange students from France, Spain and Bulgaria were among those who stopped by our booth, most looking rather surprised that such a department existed in the middle of these sprawling Illinois cornfields. We were happy to welcome them to campus!

Adam Heinz

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