For the first time in a decade, footloose FSCJ students from across all five campuses have an opportunity to dust off those dancing shoes as the spring semester nears its end.
Open Campus/Deerwood Center Student Life is holding a spring dance Friday, April 17 from 7 to 11 p.m. in room B-1204 at the Deerwood Center. The event is free to all FSCJ students.
The theme for the event is “Fire and Ice” and includes a semi-formal dress code. Aislinn Austin, head of the dance’s organizing committee, described the dress code as “nice, not laid back like jeans… but not over the top like prom.”
Interested students may pick up tickets through the Deerwood Student Life department in room G-1701 and can also order by e-mail at OpenCampusDWCSGA@gmail.com. Students are required to bring their student identification to the dance. Each student may bring one guest, who must also have photo identification.
Open Campus/Deerwood Center Student Life plans to include a live DJ, bubble machines and plenty of light refreshments. There’s also the chance to win door prizes, including tickets to Latitude 30, gift cards from Tijuana Flats and products from Starbucks. “People are excited,” said Shyann Schmid, senior support specialist with Deerwood Center Student Life. “We’ve been trying to put professional touches on it.”
Schmid said that around 70 students had picked up tickets at the Student Life office or via email as of Wednesday. “We definitely want a great turnout,” Austin said. “Just to have some fun, especially with all of these finals coming up.”
The dance isn’t just about fun, though. Students are also encouraged to donate used T-shirts on the night of the event to benefit Rethreaded, a Jacksonville-based organization that provides new employment opportunities to women who have been affected by the sex trafficking industry.
Although individual campuses have had smaller dances in past years, North Campus student engagement coordinator Kerry Roth said Friday’s event will be the first college-wide dance since 2005, also at Deerwood. With strong community support, organizers are hoping for more in the future.
“Our job really is to give students those memories and those connections,” Schmid said. “So far, I think we’re hitting all of those marks with the dance.”