Happy Halloween month, Southwest!!! In September, we had all sorts of exciting things happening around our region.
University of Denver
The University of Denver’s VSA recently hosted a Moon Festival event on September 29th, 2015. Their featured activities included having a photoshoot station and a DIY paper lantern station, as well as free food and delicious moon cakes! The main goal for the event was to educate others about the mid-autumn festival and to bring out awareness of this part of our culture. To do this, they set up a history and culture station, where people had to come first to earn a ticket for the free food. This worked out very well for them and they are very happy this event was a success.
“Thank you to everyone who came to our event! We appreciate all of the support we’ve gotten from our fellow on-campus organizations and other organizations from other schools as well. Thank you also to everyone who couldn’t make it but still sent their love and kind words. SWUVSA has given DU such amazing support and we never take it for granted! Southwest is the best <3” – DU VSA
University of Colorado Boulder
CU Boulder held several general meetings over the course of September including the family revelations for their family program which was implemented last year! Boulder also had a boba and banh mi fundraiser and started selling their VSA jerseys.
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona had 4 general meetings in September and have maintained a retention rate of ~70%! Great job! They also had their first social, spring roll night where members rolled their own spring rolls and played lots of fun games. UA VSA also had multiple percentage nights and bake sales to fundraise for the Miss Ao Dai Southern Arizona Pageant in the Spring of 2016. Finally, UA VSA volunteered at a local Vietnamese church for the Moon Festival (Tet Trung Thu). They face-painted on little children and helped with lion dancing. Keep up the great work!
Arizona State University
ASU VSA also had lots of exciting things happening during September. They had their first social, which was an AYCE Korean BBQ night, tabled at the AAPASC Carnival, and volunteered at Tet Trung Thu.
University of Utah
Utah’s VASA had an Opening Social & Meeting on September 11th. They opted to combine their opening meeting with their opening social to give all of their new members one memorable event to start the year off with. About 42 members were there which is an all-time high for their organization! Congrats! They did ice breakers, obstacle courses, and had Costco pizzas. Most of the attendees were new members which is giving them a lot of hope for this year.
They also collaborated with the Vietnamese Community of Utah to host a festival at Sugarhouse park on the pavilion by the lake. There were performances such as Lotus Dancers, an ao dai fashion show, a Chinese fan dance, a guitar duet, and a lion dance closing performance which led attendees around the lake with lanterns. It was a truly picturesque evening with the moonlight overhead and over 300 people in attendance.
There are many exciting events coming up in the month of October as well!
10/3 – Annual Bridging Hope Volunteering Event
10/10 – 2nd Annual Family Olympics
University of Arizona:
10/9-10/11 – VSA will be cooking and selling food at the Tucson Meet Yourself which is a cultural event
– Meetings every Wednesday from 3-4 in the APASA Center
– UA VSA will be having more percentage nights as fundraisers. From endless boba drinks to Hawaiian food, they are trying to raise funds to hold Miss Ao Dai Southern Arizona Pageant in the Spring of 2016!
– UA VSA will also have a Halloween Bake Sale, as well as a possible Halloween joint-social with other clubs at the UofA!
University of Utah:
10/9 – Second member meeting which will be the first formal meeting discussing the plans for the year with the new members. Utah is considering the possibility of introducing a family program into their VASA. They will also be discussing halloween activities and a Trick-or-Treat for Cans service activity.