Posted August 19, 2011 by Elizabeth Stringer, Gillian Thiebe, and Justin Rudisille 

ACUI Campus Tour Day One: Let's Get It Started

Today was the first day of our fabulous ACUI Campus Tour. After a short plane ride from Indianapolis to Atlanta, we were in our rental car and on the road. For those not following #acuicampustour, our rental car is a Nissan Altima, and we all had different opinions on the car's color. Thus, we decided it was a chameleon (and Liz decided the car was fancy), and the name Fancy Cami was born.

We headed north of the airport to Atlanta and our first stop: Georgia Institute of Technology. We were greeted by Kim Harrington, who showed us around the Student Center. These are some of the highlights of the building:

  • The Craft Center is a place where students are able to nurse their creative side, from throwing clay to developing photos in a dark room to creating unique art pieces.
  •  Under the Couch is a lounge by day and a student-run music venue by night. This unique place has just recently found its home in the union after being located in an academic building.
  • The recently renovated Tech Rec area features bowling lanes, billiards, a gaming lounge, and a dance floor.
  • Clough Commons is a new building across the Tech Green from the Student Center; this facility combines academic services and lounge spaces for community building.

The Student Center was bustling with activity. It was the final day FASET orientation, which featured a student involvement fair. The Student Center hosts many other FASET programs as well, making it the first building that incoming students get to know and keeps them coming back throughout their college career.

During our visit, we also had the chance to talk with staff from the Office of Student Involvement and Student Center Programs Council advisors about the calendar of events just around the corner as the academic year gets underway. We would like to thank all the staff at Georgia Tech that were able to spend time with us during our visit.

Our second and final stop of the day was Clayton State University. When we arrived, the Student Organization Showcase was well underway. At this event, student groups are able to display talents, such as stepping, dancing, or singing. This was the fourth annual event-—it, like many other things at the university, is a fairly new tradition. This was just one of the many Welcome Week activities hosted at the Student Activities Center. The 2011 theme was Lights, Camera, Take Action.

After the event, the center was packed with students awaiting the Glow-in-the-Dark party. A primarily commuter campus, it was great to see so many students involved with an on-campus event or even just hanging out.

Ben Hopkins was also able to provide us with a tour of the facility, which was built in 2008. Interesting features were:

  • The Student Activities Center boasts a large fitness center that includes everything from treadmills and ellipticals to a basketball court and free weights.
  • Student media offices, a diversity resource library, and recreation offices are all housed in the center along with programming and operations.
  • The ballroom is the largest programming area on campus.

We also thank Ben for taking time out of his busy evening to show us around and expand our knowledge of Clayton State University.

Day 1 is done, and we are looking forward to our many stops tomorrow.

Campus Tour 2011 

Elizabeth Stringer

Elizabeth Stringer is the Senior Manager of Marketing & Communication at ACUI.

Gillian Thiebe

Gillian Thiebe is the SUNAPSIS Business Manager at Indiana University–Bloomington.

Justin Rudisille

Justin Rudisille is the Director of Volunteer & Member Engagement at ACUI.

Justin coordinates the recruitment, training, and recognition initiatives for volunteers at all levels, as well as oversees research initiatives. He liaises with ACUI’s regions, the Volunteer Development Team, the Research Program Team, the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, the College Union and Student Activities (CUSA) evaluation program, and the awards and scholarships programs.


How do you decide where your tour will take you and what campuses you'll stop at? Sounds like great fun!
Comment posted 08/19/2011 8:50 AM
We checked out several different potential routes, using geography, proximity of institutions, cost, where ACUI had not been recently, etc. as factors. Ultimately, this groups of campuses was selected because of the number of welcome week events that were taking place within the same week, whereas other potential routes had more variance in when classes were starting.
Justin Rudisille
Comment posted 12/04/2011 6:42 PM
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