“SRAP Arcade: Powering Up to the Next Level of Leadership” took place on November 2, 2013 at Cal Poly Pomona. The conference focused on recognizing and appreciating geek and nerd culture with the hopes of encouraging student leaders to develop more inclusive communities. Overall, SRAP was a huge success with 360 student leaders and 43 professional staff members from 14 institutions attending. A very special thanks to Cal Poly Pomona for their dedication and amazing support with Southern RAP.
The day started off with a keynote speech from Emily Sandoval, Assistant Director for the Office for Residential Education at USC. Sandoval has a passion for combining geekdom with higher education and residential life, and inspired attendees to focus on their powers.
SRAP 2013 saw many quality programs, with a total of 36 active programs and 55 passive programs. Additionally, SRAP hosted a professional’s track that allowed advisors to learn and network while their delegations were partaking in other components of the conference.
It was a very close race for all the different awards, with each and every institutions putting their very best into SRAP. Congratulations to all the 2013 Award Winners:
Institutional Spirit Award/Spirit Stick: University of La Verne
Philanthropy Award: Cal Poly Pomona
Best Video: Chapman University
Best Nametag: University of California, Irvine
Top Program: Fear Factor by: Leilani Schelstrate, Megan Garcia, Jennifer Ramirez, & Garrett Gibson from Cal Poly Pomona
One of the major changes to SRAP 2013 was the “Choose Your Adventure” session. As a committee, we reviewed feedback from previous SRAPs, and noticed a lack of enthusiasm for roundtables. To solve this, we thought of a fun way to keep students engaged in the conference and keep the energy high. With the help of the host institution, we moved forward with “Choose Your Adventure” which was a way to share the resources of Cal Poly Pomona while encouraging students to network with one another. This session consisted of the Games Room which had several pool tables, ping pong, air hockey, 5 X-boxes, and, of course, an ARCADE! All free of cost to the attendees. But wait, there’s more! “Choose Your Adventure” also allowed students to select between activities that included: a campus tour, tea in the rose garden and a chance to interact with Cal Poly’s famous Arabian Horses. The students had a fantastic time interacting with other delegations while enjoying these activities.
The most heartwarming part of the SRAP Arcade was our journey to provide the donations to our philanthropy of choice; The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Pomona Valley. When we arrived, a student asked “Are you selling all this?”, which we happily responded, “No, this is all for you!” The look on this child’s face was priceless. This truly reminds us of why we do what we do. In total the combined delegations donated 3,985 items and $1,400 to the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley. This really took SRAP to the NEXT LEVEL! (pun intended)
Overall, SRAP Arcade provided students with the EXP to get them to the next stage. We hoped to recharge their battery and max out their creativity stat. They worked on co-op missions throughout the day to beat their top scores. Wii came to the realization that in this call of duty we should not brawl or melee, but transform together into true league of legends.
Thank you and game on!
The SRAP Committee