After arriving at APSU, one of the first things I did was to create an informal survey of all the undergraduate students at APSU who were over the age of 24. My favorite response was from a student who said, “Why did I get this survey?! Is it because I am Hispanic?” When I explained my data path, she was happy to learn that because she had just turned 24, and had not quite graduated yet, it is likely she had a semester or two off, and some intervening experiences while pursuing a degree, she agreed, and that is the most common way to describe what is a nontraditional student. More on that in another post.
Meanwhile the students responded very well to the survey and I discovered that the most likely way to disrupt their routine and get them to an extracurricular event would be to take them to an athletic event with their family. This past weekend, our program turnout matched the results from the survey. Take Me Out to the Ballgame was a huge success with over 45 students, spouses, children and friends showing up to yell “Let’s Go Peay” together. Thanks to the Military Student Center for co-sponsoring and Gov’s Athletics for having a family free weekend, it was a triple storm of success. The next planned event will be soccer or football game in the Fall,’ and the ANTS Center will continue to call it “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Hopefully that name will be recognized by Nontrads as a regular event, appropriate for family and full of Gov Pride!