Thankful Thursday puts Red Pride on display

Electrical engineering senior Rabia Ahmed prepares to paint what she is thankful for. (Right) Vanguard Photographer | Sarah Brege

Forever Red kicked off the month of September with a Thankful Thursday event.

Students had an opportunity to paint window frames in the Rotunda with thankful messages and colorful pictures. One student even painted the iconic SVSU Cardinal.

Katelynn Haskins is a rehabilitation medicine senior going into physical therapy. She is the president of the Forever Red registered student association (RSO) and is responsible for hosting Thankful Thursday events each month.

“It’s important to show thankfulness for our campus, community, professors, students [and] friends, to be able to show Red Pride for our campus and to create a positive environment for all to enjoy,” Haskins said.

Haskins said that Brianna Miller is the vice president of Enhance, which oversees and coordinates the Thankful Thursday events throughout the year. They are looking forward to the future Thankful Thursdays as the academic year progresses.

Rehabilitation medicine and pre-physical therapy senior Katelynn Haskins promotes Forever Red at the first Thankful Thursday of the 2022-23 school year. Vanguard Photographer | Sarah Brege

Sara Long is a nursing sophomore who worked with Haskins to execute the event.

“This Thankful Thursday event allowed students to express their creativity on what they are grateful for about our campus,” she said. “We had people thankful for everything from the food, housing, sunshine, friends and the campus in general.”

Haskins and Long believe it is important for students to have an opportunity to share what they are thankful for as individuals and as members of the campus community.

Long was happy to see students back on campus and getting involved in events again.

“It was great to see people interact and create a positive environment with our Red Pride,” Long said.

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