NSU’s Office of Student Life and Civic Engagement (SLCE) will host the 14th annual block painting event on Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the quad in front of the Alvin Sherman Library. Representatives of various student organizations will restore previously painted tiles and rebrand new ones.
Sandra Philius, graduate assistant for student organizations, estimated that the turnout this year will be large, especially considering that many blocks were destroyed during the construction of the new bookstore in the fall. However, she stated that the SLCE staff were actively working with those organizations to see what could be done in regards to finding a replacement square.
Philius said that the block painting promotes community building among the organizations as well as within the community.
“It’s a tradition,” said Philius. “You’re leaving your mark there to signify that this is your organization, this is what you’re about, and it makes students curious to want to know more about it; it’s very strategic.”
Philius estimated that the turnout this year will be large, especially considering that many blocks were destroyed during the construction of the new bookstore in the fall. However, she stated that the SLCE staff were actively working with those organizations to see what could be done in regards to finding a replacement square.
“We contacted the organizations whose blocks were impacted and told them that unfortunately their block was removed during construction, but we were going to work with them and provide the materials to do so,” said Philius. “Funnily enough, a lot of the organizations that were impacted were reaching out to us before we even contacted them, but we assured them that we’d figure it out.”
Alejandro Serrano, community outreach chair for NSU’s Pre-Optometry Society, said that he was excited to participate in the event for the second time.
“We’ll be touching up our design we did last year,” said Serrano. “I’m most looking forward to seeing the members of the different clubs come out to enjoy the Saturday; if it doesn’t rain.”
SLCE will provide food and water during the event and Radio X DJs will play music throughout the day.
“Right now we’re just finalizing some details and hoping that it’s not too hot,” said Philius.
For more information, students can visit the Office of Student Life and Civic Engagement on the second floor of the Rosenthal Student Center, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 952-262-7195.