As vice president of student services for the Associated Students of UCI, Rosanna Huang is responsible for ensuring that students enjoy themselves and have fun during their college years. Talk about pressure.
There are events to plan, venues to reserve and entertainment to procure. Huang has to line up comedians, bands and other talent on a shoestring budget, and coordinate activities that will appeal to a diverse student population.
“We try to keep campus life fun so students can relax and focus on something besides academics,” says Huang, a fourth-year political science major. “But knowing what kind of entertainment students want to see is the hardest part. You can’t please everyone.”
Her first big production is Welcome Week, Sept. 18-23; ASUCI sponsors activities throughout the week to introduce new students to the campus and show them a good time. ASUCI President Stephanie Johnson will speak at the New Student Convocation 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Bren Events Center. ASUCI events include an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Ring Mall Tuesday, Sept. 19, followed by a Screen on the Green showing of “Nacho Libre” 8 p.m. in Aldrich Park; a concert at the Administration flagpoles from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20; Comedy Night 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Bren Events Center; and an all-campus Foam Party – a ritual unique to UCI that leaves students awash in suds and bubbles – from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 22, behind the Phoenix Grille.
“It’s a little gross, but if it’s your first year at UCI you have to experience it,” Huang says.
This fall, ASUCI also is working with other campus organizations on “Shocktoberfest” – a combination Halloween carnival and Oktoberfest that includes a concert, student performances and a haunted house – Friday night, Oct. 27, at the Anteater Recreation Center field.
“We’re starting out the year with a bang,” Huang says.
She loves helping orchestrate events like the Wayzgoose Medieval Faire in April.
“Festivals, concerts, movie nights – they’re my passion,” she says. “My first year at UCI, I didn’t do anything. I was lazy. I was bored. Then I started going to club activities with my friends.”
Every time she did something fun, she asked, “Who’s in charge of this event?” The answer was often ASUCI, so she got involved.
Her advice to new students: Don’t be closed-minded about trying new things.
“You never know what you’ll fall in love with,” she says.