By: Sarah Rowan, Assistant News Editor
Over 20 on and off-campus employers were represented at last Thursday’s Live Towson part-time job fair in West Village.
Off-campus employers included companies such as Enterprise, Baltimore Country Club and State Farm Insurance. On-campus employers included Campus Recreation, the Career Center and Student Computing Services.
According to Coordinator of Off Campus Student Services Joyce Herold, who directed the event, the goal of the program was “to show students that this is a thriving area to live in and to give them access to all the components they may be looking for.”
The event ran as a joint collaboration between many of the offices within Student Activities and the Career Center, and included four components: “live, work, serve and play.”
The “live” component included an off-campus living fair, the “work” component included the part-time job fair, and the “serve” component connected students to various nonprofit community service organizations. The final component, “play,” connected students to various sources of entertainment within the Towson and Baltimore metropolitan area.
This was the event’s first year, and Herold said it was a success, with over 300 students visiting the four-part expo.
“That kind of interaction excites me because it means that we’re getting something right and we’re meeting the students’ needs,” Herold said. “You can’t ask for more than that.”
The event featured music, hot chocolate and popcorn bars and various kinds of technology in the “play” segment. Visiting students were given a “passport,” and those who managed to visit all of the stations were entered to win a 300 dollar gift card to the University Store for books.
“It was an incentive to get students out of their comfort zone, talking to people they wouldn’t normally talk to,” Herold said. “We help students make connections.”
Student Activities will meet to discuss whether the event is something to continue in the future, but according to Herold, the event will “more than likely” run next year.