St. Mary’s own semester at sea has become the new normal on campus. With that new normal, the Residence Life and Student Activities offices are joining forces to begin programming on the newest campus dorm, the Sea Voyager.
Though bigger programs are soon to come, according to Director of Residence Life Joanne Goldwater, some programs have already boarded the ship. These include mocktails that were served at the first ship meeting on Nov. 1, the addition of The Love Café, an extension of The Daily Grind implemented the first week of November, and a board games night, which was hosted by the Office of Student Activities on Nov. 8.
“We’ve gotten a lot of interest from various faculty and student groups to do some stuff on board,” Goldwater said. “Now that we’ve just started our new normal, we can now see if we can pull some programming off. Our goal is to make sure the students are taken care of.”
Future program possibilities for residents of the Sea Voyager include an improvisation show hosted by members of the Take One! Improv Club living on the ship, panelists from various academic departments to host discussions, and a “Semester at Sea” information session, according to Goldwater.
However, the programming possibilities are not limited to these. Senior and Programming Assistant for Student Activities Melissa Griffith mentioned the possibility of an upcoming karaoke night with mocktails on the ship as well. “We were asked by the [mold team] to create some programming for the boat residents to make it a little happier,” Griffith said. “We are also looking into having a de-stress your life program with counseling available before exams.”
Though Goldwater is eager to implement programming on the boat, she claimed, “we also have to be mindful of the end of the semester. People are going to start getting focused on exams and projects,” she said. Though the staff will have this in mind, programming will still continue on the ship at students’ requests.
Assistant Director of Student Activities Clint Neill urges students to submit ideas for programming they would like to see on the boat. Students with ideas should contact Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org, Griffith at email@example.com, or students can also consult their RA.