Championships Present Volunteer Opportunities
with the United States Olympic Education Center's successful bid
to host the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships comes a
rare opportunity for the campus and community to get involved in
a high-profile event that is held just once every four years. The
trials are scheduled Dec. 12-16 and will determine the field of
American skaters who will represent their country at the 2006 Winter
any organizations or faculty want us to speak to a group about getting
involved and volunteering, we’d be happy to do that,” said Jeff
Kleinschmidt (USOEC). “In fact, we almost make it a challenge
to any group to figure out how to get involved. We're open to any
ideas they might have."
says individuals who would like to volunteer can contact the USOEC
at ext. 2888. The NMU and Marquette communities have previous experience
in this arena. A World Cup speedskating event held at the Berry
in October 2003 engaged many
campus and community volunteers.
NMU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
used the competition as a hands-on learning tool.
planned the entertainment to fill the lulls in the competition;
came up with ideas such as the flags on 3rd Street and the skates
on Washington; promoted the event on campus through posters, t-shirts
and meetings; and served as chaperones, ushers and escorts,"
said Wally Neibauer (CAPS). "We had somewhere
around 50 students involved, including PR students who weren't members
of the organization."
cited some other examples from the World Cup event that might be
repeated for the U.S. Championships: the Black Student Union filled
plastic jugs with corn kernels so they could be distributed to fans
and used as noisemakers; the NMU Contractor's Club at the Jacobetti
Center made the wooden skate cutouts that were painted and hung
on downtown light posts; and Cat Pack made banners for display in
the Berry Events Center.