AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - ‘Pizza with the Presidents’ is a new event not only giving out free pizza, but giving students a chance to meet with their college presidents.
“Engaging with students is something I’m intentional about as the president of the college so we have ‘Pizza with the Presidents’,” said AC President Russell Lowery-Hart.
“I have ‘Ping-Pong with the President’ where I’ll take on students in ping-pong and the only rules are they have to tell me how their classes are going and what their life goals are,” said Lowery-Hart. “We’ll have events out on the Oeschger Mall or in Ware Students Commons that are just designed to give me a chance to talk with students and hear how things are going from their perspective.”
He said this is just one of many ways he’s able to hear students' concerns in a casual setting.
“I hear a lot about how challenging the classes are and we talk a lot about what their career goals are and what they want for their life,” said Lowery-Hart. “And I also hear about how challenging their life is. We have a lot students that really are struggling to raise their own families while they go to school here and are struggling with issues of food and housing insecurity.”
Students from all backgrounds met with each other, Lowery-Hart, and the Student Government Association president, Cecilia Almanza.
She said she was able to educate students on how student government can be a useful resource throughout the semester.
“Getting to socialize with people and letting them know what I do and how I can help them,” said Almanza. “This is just a great way to converse and get to know each other and then me, being the SGA president, I advocate for students, so what better way to get to meet new people, you get to meet the peers you go to class with.”
Both presidents said the goal is to start off every semester making sure all students feel seen and heard.
“Any events that allow the college to interact with them and address the concerns that they have and understand who their student is, not who we thought they were, are really important, to not just me but the entire college,” said Lowery-Hart.