August 25, 2010 12:00AM
A sea of students flooded the Oval on Wednesday, as local businesses, churches and organizations reached out to more than 7,000 new and returning students.
Eva Segar, program coordinator for campus activities, said about 75 entities participated in this year's Community Fair. Registrants ranged from restaurants and retail outlets to banks, religious organizations and service agencies. Some gave away food and prizes, while others hoped to interest students with their mission.
Brooke Beasley, executive director for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Crawford County, said connecting with university students is important because they are an important source of volunteers for her agency.
"The students do really well as volunteers," Beasley said. "Because of their age, our kids really look up to the college students."