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Gator Camp Cultivates Pride and Friendships with Freshmen

Fun was had by all at the second annual Gator Camp Saturday, Aug. 27, as freshman students played games, met new friends and learned more about UHD.

Nikita Milton-Ross, associate director of admissions, said this year's camp had 90 student attendees, nearly double the previous year, 20 student volunteers and six alumni volunteers.

"Orientation leaders knew freshmen needed something more to get excited about and Gator Camp was our way of building pride and tradition with incoming students," she said. "This was our second year of Gator Camp and I have never seen a louder, prouder group of students at UHD."

Along with fun activities like tug-o'-war, dodge ball and giant Jenga, students also participated in campus life sessions that focused on community involvement, Greek life, Sports & Fitness and more. Two camp highlights included students packing over 200 canned goods for a local charity and then working together to create a Class of 2015 banner that will soon be displayed in the third floor.

"This event is the most phenomenal thing," Milton-Ross said. "I've never seen so much school pride and it was amazing to be a part of that."