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Students promote community-building, connection at Center for Centers Open House

Students weaved in and out of the Center for Centers open house, which featured a conglomeration of Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, the Environmental Center and Student Diversity and Inclusion administration in Bassis Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 15. 

First-year undecided major Ellie Tille is the lead community engagement coordinator for Dumke. The center works to get students involved with the surrounding community, according to Tille.

“[We engage students,] whether that’s through community service projects, outside of Westminster [College] or even on campus,” Tillie said. “We also work to get them registered to vote.”

A woman in a gray and beige sweater stands in front of a table decorated with candy and brightly colored decorations.
Ellie Tille, a first-year undecided major and lead community engagement coordinator for Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, stands next to Dumke’s table at the Center for Centers Open House in Bassis Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 15. Dumke works to get students involved with the surrounding community “whether that’s through community service projects, outside of Westminster [College] or even on campus,” Tille said. Photo courtesy of Kaelee Byrne. Image description: A woman in a gray and beige sweater stands in front of a table decorated with candy and brightly colored decorations.

Seamus O’Connor, a senior psychology and sports management major, said he heard about this event through his psychology professor.

“[The open house] looks great,” O’Connor said. “It’s all very well laid out and you have drinks and snacks here, and everyone has smiles on their faces, so it’s very nice.” 

For students looking to become involved with student engagement or to make new connections, Tille said Bassis is the place to go. 

“We have the kindest staff, whether at the Dumke Center or the Environmental Center or Diversity Inclusion Center,” Tille said. “Everyone is beyond friendly and willing to work with anyone, even grab a coffee with anyone.” 

The center makes it a goal to collaborate with students, see what they are passionate about and “put it into a reality,” according to Tille.

Tyler Andersen, a senior economics major, said they work for Dumke and have felt firsthand the impact of the center’s resources and community building. 

“The resources that I’ve gotten from Dumke and from everyone that is in these centers is just unbelievable,” Andersen said. “I’ve made such good friends here — honestly my best friends here at Westminster.”

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Kaelee Byrne is a junior communications major at Westminster College. She enjoys skiing at Alta, hiking the snowbird tram and making stickers in her free time. Come rain or shine, she might be running around Sugarhouse park with her little chihuahua named Paco.

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