Support for one of SIAST Palliser Campus’s newest student organizations was flying high Wednesday, literally, on the brim of a Frisbee.
Levi Cordick, a facilitating member of the new Palliser Pride Gender Alliance (PPGA) was handing out information pamphlets and Frisbees to those students showing an interest in the new organization during the SIAST’s Student Association lunch.
“I don’t know if people are actually interested or if they just want to play Frisbee, but regardless the response thus far has been great,” said Cordick.
He said following Pride Week back in June, it was clear there was a need and a want for such an organization at the school.
“We were surprised to find there was such an interest in forming this group but after Pride week, it encouraged people to get together with the common interest, to get this group going.”
For the most part, Cordick said the meetings will be informal and run on a drop in basis, however he said they are looking at organizing a few off campus events and coordinating events with the SIAST Student Association.
“We would like to welcome anyone who wants to attend. We will not turn anyone away but we are gearing the majority of our events towards a more mature crowd. We are a college association.”
As for the timing of the association’s launch, Cordick said in all reality it has been a long-time coming.
He said SIAST has needed this for a long time and is excited to be able to now offer it to the SIAST community.
“We have students coming in from all over the province, country and world, so the need is there.
“Our whole goal in the end is just to promote and have a more diverse campus and community.”
The first PPGA meeting will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in room 1.202 at SIAST, which is located close to the main door.
Also hosting a barbecue Wednesday was the SIAST Student Association.
Ryan James, student association president, said the lunch event was the associations way of closing welcome week and kicking off a great year at the Palliser campus.
“This is just our way of promoting the association and giving the students the opportunity to mingle, have an affordable lunch and maybe sign up for one of our events coming up.”
James said some of the upcoming events include an NHL trip to Regina, a paintball tournament, a tipsy cup tournament and a whole lot more.
“Our goal is to just to make sure the students can have a little fun while on a budget and take their minds off of their studies for a while.”
For more information on events coming up at SIAST visit the school’s website.
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