The Regent Undergraduate Council (RUC) organized a year-end, campus-wide barbeque Friday, April 24. An estimated 500 students, faculty, staff and their families enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings, plenty of sides, and a wide variety of snacks, including popcorn, snow-cones, cotton candy, and more. Beautiful weather, great promotions, free food, and plenty of fellowship made this event a recipe for success. Held on the patio and lawn outside of the Ordinary, Christmas lights, balloons, streamers and more highlighted the trees and picnic tables.
The event was punctuated throughout by activities such as a three-legged race, soccer, kickball, and Ultimate Frisbee and it culminated with a pie-eating contest and a piñata for the kids. Several participants enjoyed the various activities offered, as well as numerous fans cheering them on.
People of all ages and positions at the university enjoyed this fantastic event. When asked to comment on the event, RUC's President, Amanda Van Hierden, said, "The Regent Year-End Barbecue was a huge success. Far more people attended than we anticipated, most likely due to the beautiful weather and the need for students to get out of the Library! As the sun went down, the relaxed atmosphere was maintained with the Christmas lights strung from tree to tree. I was thrilled to see the fantastic turnout and want to thank everyone who attended for helping us make it a successful event!"
Pastor Cheeks, Director of Community Life, also commented, saying, "This End of Year Barbecue event hosted by RUC was an outstanding community building event. It offered students, faculty/staff, and their families a time of fun, fellowship, and relaxation at one of the busiest times of the academic year. I also witnessed very good collaboration between student leaders and university leaders. Job well done!"
A lot of hard work went into making this event a success, with sponsorship from Regent Commons Housing, Undergrad Student Services, and assistance from Student Life and Community Life.
The Regent Undergraduate Council, Regent's officially sanctioned undergraduate student body government, serves as a liaison between the student body, faculty, and administration in order to foster an academic environment integrated with Christian principles that enable the student body to pursue their academic goals to their fullest potential. RUC is comprised of six elected members of the Executive Board, including president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, public relations officer, and chaplain, as well as up to two senators from each major in the School of Undergraduate Studies.