William Masselli ~ Editor-in-Chief
The University of Lynchburg’s Dean of Students Office has been hosting Dell Beach Days once per week this month to enhance festivities for Lynchburg students around campus.
Vice President for Student Development Eric T. Baldwin initiated the program.
Baldwin said, “I love looking out on the Dell and seeing folks walking by. What inspired me to suggest Dell Beach was an experience at another campus where I worked for a number of years. On that campus, there was a residence hall on the lawn and the corner room on the third floor was always the residence of ‘DJ DeSmet’ (the name of the residence hall was DeSmet). Every day the DJ would play music from 12:00 pm -4:00 pm and students, faculty, and staff would gather on the lawn and hangout — eat lunch and sometimes have meetings. I wanted to see if we could begin a tradition like that. Ideally, I would love to have students serve as the DJ for Dell Beach and maybe have guest DJs with requested playlists. There is a lot of potential, I just want students to make it what they want.”
On April 22, Dell Beach had its most successful day yet. Baldwin said, “Simple answer — the weather was beautiful. There were a lot of people that came out and took advantage of the sunshine.”
Baldwin was enthusiastic about hosting more Dell Beach Days in the future. He said, “I’m hoping that Dell Beach Days will be something we can do that “bookends” the year. Multiple days in April and then have them in August and maybe early September (weather permitting). One of the things we are trying to do is be creative with the Dell Beach swag — there is an opportunity to begin collecting the whole kit — beach towels, hats, coolers, etc. If students want to suggest something, all they need to do is get involved. I’m open to suggestions.”
Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development, B.J. Keefer noted some of the highlights of Dell Beach. She said,“I think it’s been fun to bring out some of the games that the Hub Desk/Drysdale has for student “sign out” so that the campus knows this doesn’t just have to be on Friday. Weather has played a factor in the event, certainly. The first Dell Beach was very windy and cold; we had to cancel the second for weather; third was Good Friday; and this past week, we finally saw what we had anticipated, which was a steady stream of students hanging out and playing the games.”
Keefer reiterated, “I think it just takes time for things to catch on, so not sure we’d make many changes. We’ll have our first one on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, with a theme of Welcome Back Bash and have live music, dinner with the dining hall, and other events hosted by SGA, SAB and FSL members.”
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