With over 50 events and activities, Montclair State University (NJ) recently held its first Student Appreciation Week. The goal was to show students how appreciated they are while also helping them become more familiar with the university and its offerings. Activities included a pizza social with President Jonathan Koppell and the Volunteer Center so students who participated in Hurricane Ian relief efforts could chat with the president. Other activities included craft nights, self-care kits, De-Stress with the Deans, last chance voter registration, karaoke, a barbecue hosted by the facilities department, free LinkedIn headshots, guest speakers and much more.

Belonging is a key piece of the appreciation week, according to Red Hawk Central Director Tara Zurlo. “I do hope that there are some impactful moments of feeling truly appreciated,” she said. “We want to really bring it to them in a way that they can feel it and understand that they belong here.”

“At Montclair State University, we always pride ourselves in putting students first,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Wendy Lin-Cook. “We have many offices and services to ensure our students have a successful academic career and enjoy their campus life. Our first student appreciation week is designed for our students to get to know us better so they can take better advantage of what is available to them.”

Read more here. And see a list of all the activities and events here.