From Friday, April 7 to Friday, April 14, 2017, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) held the second annual Ram Spirit Week. A week full of fun, exciting spirit-themed activities to celebrate VCU’s vibrant community, events ranged from happy hours to a carnival, making Ram Spirit Week a fantastic way for students to show their Ram pride.
Managed by the Activities Programming Board (APB), Ram Spirit Week serves as the spring semester complement for VCU Homecoming Week, which, since 2015, occurs during the fall semester.
“Spirit Week helped me gain more spirit for VCU because it reminded me that, although school can be tough, there’s always some sort of fun event to relieve your stress and that’s what I like about VCU – the happy and fun community,” Gaby Segovia, sophomore political science major, said.
Spirit Week is designed to raise school spirit among students, faculty and staff and encourage members of the VCU community and alumni to continue to be involved.
A special event celebrating the 100th anniversary of Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), was held on Friday, April 7 and marked the beginning of Spirit Week 2017. The event, the RPI History Wall Dedication Ceremony, included the unveiling of two murals to RPI alumni and guests which featured memories and facts from RPI’s 51-year history. The dedication included speeches, given by members of RPI and APB, which testified to the strength of RPI’s foundation for and influence on VCU. The celebration concluded with a ribbon cutting in front of the mural installations, located on the first floor of University Student Commons across from room 104.
APB also held many themed happy hours throughout the week, all with various activities.
“My experience at A Taste of the World Happy Hour was great! I had a fun time because all of my friends were there and it was a nice way to enjoy good food with good friends. […] It was a nice way of bringing the VCU community together to enjoy some yummy food from around the world,” Segovia said.
Other happy hours included Inclusion Happy Hour, where participants could learn sign language and the Gift of Life Happy Hour where students could learn more about organ donation and sign up to become a donor.
“I personally was involved in Spirit Week events because I am the VCU 2016 Homecoming Princess. […] My favorite event was the black light party [Rampage] because you could tell how much time and effort was put into the event,” Kayla Watkins, junior and public relations major, said.
Spirit Week concluded with Ram Fair, a carnival-style fair complete with spinning human-sized hamster wheel, a basketball toss game and funnel cake, and a VCU Baseball game versus Davidson at the Diamond.
“Overall I loved Spirit Week, especially the free food that they offered through the events. I think it did make me have more spirit for VCU because it really encouraged me to attend the events and meet new people,” Jasmine Williams, sophomore fashion merchandising major, said.
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