By: John Puryear, Contributing Writer
In a recent push to hold more family-themed events on campus beginning in September of 2015, the Volunteer State Community College Student Life Office hosted Date Night in the Rochelle Center of the Thigpen Library, providing couples with the opportunity to enjoy dinner and a movie together without having to pay for a babysitter.
“We’re doing a ‘family’ series, which started last Fall with the Avengers movie, which was family friendly, then Halloween Night, and basketball homecoming. We wanted to continue the series this Spring semester, and with February having Valentine’s Day in it, we thought it would be nice to allow people who have children to have a proper date.” said Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities.
Staff and volunteers watched over the children in a separate building while the parents were treated to an Italian dinner and dessert, catered by the Vol State Grill, and the James Bond film Spectre.
Event-goers were asked to sign in at the front of the room and fill out a short survey concerning potential interest in future family-themed events.
The seven couples attending were served in restaurant-style, with staff and volunteers waiting on tables individually and routinely refilling drinks. Dinner, consisting of breadsticks, salad and manicotti, was served promptly, followed by cheesecake.
“I think it’s great that the school is hosting events like this that are open to the public. Not many people would think to do something like this for the community. The food was good and it’s always nice to get dinner and a show!” said one woman who wished to remain anonymous.
Ben Brayn, a former student who attended the event, shared his thoughts as well: “I think they should have more events like this one, honestly. It’s really well put together and who doesn’t love free food? They’re definitely on the right track.”