Virtual Summer Programs Bring Community Together
Summer activities at St. Jerome's University have gone online this year, bringing people in the university’s community together to participate. The new Summer Engagement Team (SET) at SJU is offering opportunities to stay connected virtually, at a time when physical distancing is keeping everyone apart.
“The Summer Engagement Team is a shining example of the passion St. Jerome's students have for the community,” noted Jamie Hall, the Residence Life Coordinator. “When residence was closed for the summer due to the pandemic, our dons Sara Al Humidi and TJ Faddoul were excited to take on a completely different role and facilitate these virtual ways to bring people back to SJU. Being able to open these opportunities up to a larger audience because they are online is a great benefit that has come from a challenging situation.”
Faddoul describes SJ as “more than a place – it’s a feeling”. He recognizes that it is the people that defines the community, and that “people can be connected virtually”. With his co worker, Faddoul is creating online programs at SJU that reach out to both current students and alumni in unique and exciting ways.
Programming is both active and passive and generated based upon information gathered earlier in the term when students were polled on Instagram. Programs are posted on the university’s Instagram account - @stjeromesuni - where suggestions for new program ideas continue to be welcomed. To date a virtual yoga class has taken place on Zoom, and Chef James from SJU’s foodservice supplier Dana Hospitality, has hosted a kombucha making lesson (a popular beverage served on SJU's campus) in an Instagram tutorial called “Dine with Dana”.
To find out about upcoming programs that the SET has organized, follow SJU social media channels. The SET team will continue to provide programming throughout the summer that, as Al Humidi adds, allows people to have “the SJ feeling from home”.