Smarties and Dum-Dums get Snickers at Holland School Picnic

Smarties and Dum-Dums get Snickers at Holland School Picnic

A Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics T-shirt and a Nalgenewater bottle with the Holland logo were the prizes students received for simplyshowing up to the party on the observatory lawn. Dr. Andrea Jensen, head of the biology department and assistantprofessor of biology, says the idea for the kick-off-the-year picnic came fromsome of her student workers last spring semester, and they even offered to helpwith the party details. Students, majoring and minoring in the sciences and math, filled the shadedarea in front of the Sid Richardson Science complex at noon today. Over 200students lined up to make their own sandwiches and then applauded for eachother as names were drawn for over 40 prizes, gift cards, and an iPod Nano. {{more}} Jensen says the student workers stuffed around 300 water bottles withcandy Smarties, bubble gum, HSU rulers, a pen with metal balls that rollthrough a maze, and they threw in a few Dum-Dums just to get a laugh from the partygoers. Jensen says, even a prospective student stopped by to check out thecampus fun. As you might expect, with students majoring in environmental sciences andprofessors like Dr. Rick Hammer and Dr. Mark Ouimette, there were plenty ofrecycle boxes set up for empty soft drink cans and disposable water bottles.Jenson says a new student environmental club is in the works, and she andHammer wanted to set a good example right from the start. Dr. Chris McNair, dean and professor of biology, says there are around200 biology majors in the school. Speech pathology majors have increasedsignificantly over the last two years, with many of the undergrads having plansto continue on to advanced degrees in environmental management and the HSUphysical therapy doctorate program. “About 70% of our students will go on to get post graduate degrees.Another large segment of our students have plans to get teacher certifications.High school math and science teacher jobs are plentiful and many of them pay verywell,” says McNair. “We also have some people in the military who already have degrees, andare here to get pre-requisites to move into advanced programs. Other studentsplan to go into health professions—medical, dental, occupational therapy,optometry, veterinary medicine, medical technology, nursing, dental hygiene,respiratory therapy, pharmacy, and chiropractic medicine,” he says. Jensen says she is already planning for next year’sbeginning-of-the-semester bash, as she stockpiles Nerds candy. She thinks thestudents will really have a lot of fun with that one.