Philadelphia University invites all students to experience the new DEC Center building on Thursday, Jan. 31, with a chance to win an iPad mini or one of three $25 gift cards through two separate DEC Center scavenger hunts.
The DEC Center Student Opening will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and is sponsored by PhilaU Provost’s Office, Student Government Association and the Division of Student Life. Students are invited to explore the building, participate in activities, enjoy free food and enter lotteries for prizes.
“This is about bringing students into this incredibly collaborative new space and showing them what this new building has to offer,” said MBA student Christian LaMotte, a past president of SGA and current graduate assistant in the Office of the Provost. “It is also about students on this campus coming together and engaging in a conversation around how they want to shape their education, how they want to apply their education whether it be through internships or volunteer work, and how we as an institution can better support their education. This dynamic new space is the perfect place to begin that conversation.”
Students should enter through the lower DEC Center entrance to pick up food and register for the scavenger hunt and activities. The Student Voices: Engage Your Education gives students an opportunity to win a free iPad mini. Students who register must complete a series of activities aimed to provide student feedback to the Provost’s Office and faculty about improving the educational life at PhilaU. Completing the series allows students to enter their name into a raffle for the iPad mini.
The Ram Scavenger Hunt will give gift cards to three students who can follow a series of clues to find hidden Phil the Rams hidden in the building and snap a picture. Anyone participating can tweet or post on Instagram about their progress with the hashtag #StudentVoices. Posts with the hashtag will be displayed on the DEC Center media wall in the main entryway.
“We hope to make the DEC Center Student Opening a fun, interactive event for students,” LaMotte said. “Most importantly, it is an opportunity for students to engage in conversations about shaping their education and applying their new knowledge. Student Voices will inform the University about student perspectives and needs, and provide ideas about how spaces, pedagogy, and curriculum like those in the DEC Center can support better learning experiences.”