As October came and went, I found myself at nearly all the Homecoming events DUPB (University of Denver Programming Board) and the University had to offer. There I was, filming, interviewing, and immersing myself in the Homecoming spirit at the ticket campout, the Big Event, family weekend, royalty showcase, PioneerFest, and the hockey game. When I put the video together, I had to sort through and condense over 250+ video clips into a single 4-minute video. However, I was not aimlessly strolling through these events as a great deal of my Homecoming information and film schedule came through Neda Kikhia, the co-chair of DUPB. If you haven’t met this absolutely stellar student yet, I would highly suggest taking any opportunity to simply say hello to her. Neda is a superstar who is 110% committed to Pioneer excellence. In my initial interview with her, she essentially outlined the entire month of events and why each one of them is “uniquely DU.” Needless to say, Neda was a huge help - not only to me, but to the undergraduate student body in helping put on Homecoming.
Through this project, I was able to meet many other members of DUPB and witness first hand how passionate students are in preserving and defining what it means to be a DU Pioneer. Through community projects, volunteering, and simply going the extra mile for others, our students blew me away with their Pioneer spirit and I highly look forward to working with them in the future. In fact, the line up of projects that I have throughout the year essentially makes me the videographer for DUPB. I look forward to the fun!
October was DU’s first, and successful, attempt at a month-long Homecoming, and Neda says that it was strong enough to stick around as a new DU tradition. Building those traditions out of older ones, or creating new ones all together, is one of the most important ways one can get involved in DU and create a positive change as well as an experience unlike any other. After showing my video with this message for a bit of review to other DU students, I had students telling me how much more they want to be involved on campus and with the DU community. I can only hope that this is the same review prospective and incoming students will have too after browsing through the DU YouTube page. Now, off to film Department Spotlight videos!