Framework for Events on Campus
Mark Macdonald - BYU Hawaii - Alumni & Career Services Director
“The Handshake Games”
- 22 majors across the university form teams -- 1 Team Captain chosen from each, by faculty
- Captains invite others from their major to join their team -- teams double in size each week for 7 weeks
- Invitations come only from peers; the Career Center says nothing about Handshake to non-participants, continues using Symplicity
- Teams/participants earn points by
- Attending weekly meetings
- Posting photos to social media with the yellow hand chair
- Winning challenges
- Final event on June 2 for grand prizes
Final Event - 3 Games
- “Interview” Dodgeball
- “Ready, Aim, Fire” (Modified KanJam)
- Players stood in the middle of the court, which was divided into quadrants with yellow tape
- Upon a prompt, players had to throw a Hershey Kiss into a bucket within the quadrant labeled either, Explore, Attend, Plan, or Engage (which correspond to functional areas of Handshake) before the words “ready, aim, fire” were completely said.
- Players scored points for guessing the correct quadrant, more for hitting the can within it, and lots for making the shot into the can.
- “Hiring Day”
- Participants were divided into two groups, “students” and “recruiters”, and separated on opposite ends of the court.
- Matching slips of paper with job functions written on them were dropped from the rafters above both groups.
- Participants had to get a role, find their corresponding partner, complete a challenge and then three-legged race to a finish line.
Lesson Learned: Memorable experiences need to be backed by real value and authoritative endorsements (i.e. from faculty)
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