MT. PLEASANT, MI — Mid Michigan Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society recently hosted a Meet the Lakers event to promote MMCC athletics and extracurricular involvement. The event attracted more than 100 spectators and involved all athletics teams and players, as well as a number of college personnel.
The event was held Nov. 30 at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant during the first Men’s Basketball home game. Event attendees enjoyed free food and giveaways, a public introduction of MMCC’s athletes, and an MMCC faculty-versus-administrators game.
Developed as part of the Honor Society’s Honors in Action Project, which connects community service to academic research, the student-organized effort intended to highlight how extracurricular involvement correlates to students’ professional and academic success.
“Many of our students don’t even know that the college has athletic teams,” Tammy Alvaro, Phi Theta Kappa’s advisor, said “and this event allowed students to come and meet athletes from all four of MMCC’s sports teams.”
The evening took a lot of planning and preparation, but Danae Berry, the event’s student organizer, felt like the hard work paid off in the end.
“It was a great success and a lot of fun,” Berry said, “so it’s something that we definitely want to continue to host. It’s a highly visible effort that promotes options for ways students can connect with their peers outside of their classes, and research underscores how important these sorts of connections are for student success.”
MMCC sponsors men’s and women’s basketball and soccer teams, which were established within the last four years. To find out more about the college’s athletics programs, visit midmich.edu/athletics.