Students win programming award for their "Quidditch Tournament" at NE conference on residence life

By: Buff Lindau

jack loomis and victoria barnumA Quiddich Tournament presentation earned two Saint Michael's students a "Top 10" at the Northeast Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) conference award and an "Excellence in First-Time Programming Award."

Jack Loomis '16 and Victoria Barnum '16 traveled to the NEACURH conference at Stony Brook University, Nov. 15-17. Some 380 students representing 57 schools from across New York and New England gathered for the conference about programming, monitoring and guiding students in higher-ed residence halls. 

Jack and Victoria presented the Quidditch Tournament, a program they have put on at Saint Michael's three times. They encouraged other campuses to try one, as it involved some 200 Saint Michael's students - participants and spectators - each time they have held the team-building, raucous, entertaining program. The program, called "You Don't Have to Jump through Hoops: College Quiddich Made Easy," was one of 43 programs presented by students for other students at the conference. 

"Top 10" and "Excellence in First-time Programming" Awards

Because their program was named a "Top 10" of the conference, they were asked to present it a second time on Nov. 16. Then, when they were presented a certificate at the closing banquet, they were also named recipients of the "Excellence in First-Time Programming" Award. 

"It was an honor to represent St. Mike's at such a fun conference," Jack and Victoria both said. "We were proud to spread the college name around the regional and we want to do more such presentations."

Jack Loomis, an environmental studies major, is the son of Glenn Loomis and Margaret Millette-Loomis of Eastham, MA. Victoria Barnum, a sociology and American studies major, is the daughter of Michael and Sara Barnum of Beverly, MA.

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