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 Pop-up event with two students adult coloringC-GCC’s Pop-up Event Series Enters its Second Year as an On-campus Perk


There’s a new trend popping up on college campuses – literally – at which Columbia-Greene Community College is already old hat.

Pop-up events – any temporary activity held in a transitional space – are often staged by brands, performers, and nonprofit organizations. Pop-up stores that appear to offer a shopping experience disappear just as quickly. Chefs sometimes create pop-up restaurants to generate buzz and gauge interest in a new venture. And just last month, New York City debuted pop-up ‘parklets’ in borrowed parking spaces, in a move toward providing more outdoor-dining spaces for the city’s workforce.

Pop-ups at C-GCC were instated as a new aspect of Student Activities programming on campus last year, aimed at providing a series of low-stress, recreational events for students. Barbara Shaffer, associate professor of Psychology and Sociology, explained that each Tuesday a new activity is staged at no cost to students, allowing members of the college community a chance to unwind and gather with classmates.

“Creating an on-campus culture is sometimes a challenge for community colleges,” Shaffer said. “Students typically don’t live on campus, and often, they’re balancing jobs, families, and other responsibilities with their college career. The C-GCC Pop-up Event Series helps foster a sense of belonging.”

Shaffer noted that some of the weekly events are pure fun: human foosball, Karaoke, and dodgeball, for instance, while others are more geared toward stress-reduction including art projects and ice cream socials. Others still carry a human-interest component, such as creating and sending holiday cards to troops stationed overseas.

The series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 12 with one of three planned outdoor activities; events will move inside in October, and continue throughout the semester, held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact the Student Activities office at C-GCC at 518-828-4181, ext. 3380, or visit