UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, Cav Craze will be taking place on Thursday, May 12. Hours are unchanged.
Every May, clubs and organizations and four-year colleges hold an event outside to give information to interested students. This event, known as Cav Craze, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11 at the COM Plaza.
“Cav Craze is a big outdoor festival that we do,” said Keith Davenport, manager of student activities and leadership development and annual coordinator of the event. “It happens every May, the Wednesday before final exams. It kind of just celebrates all that is college life. It has inflatables, free food, we’ll have four-year transfer schools, organizations, departments, student services and resources for students. It’s just tons of fun.”
The Student News Center will have ECAV Radio broadcasting as well as copies of the Ledger available at our table in the southeast corner of fountain square. Students, faculty and staff will be able to enter for a chance to win passes to the upcoming Planet Comicon, Freddy’s Frozen Custard food vouchers, prize packages with advanced screening passes and promotional items from the upcoming The Angry Birds Movie, including a chance to win an Angry Birds Movie poster signed by cast members Maya Rudolph, Josh Gad, and Overland Park native Jason Sudeikis.
Cav Craze is similar to Cav Kickoff, which occurs every August. Both events bring the community together to enjoy the resources and activities offered, raise awareness for clubs and give students exposure to potential transfer universities.
“It provides an opportunity for students to see 30, 40, 50 four-year schools all side-by-side with one another and get your information from each of those, and also just find out about other resources on campus,” Davenport said. “We’ve also had a lot of students make friends at this event that they hadn’t had before, so it’s an opportunity for them to make connections with folks and hopefully build some lifelong connections to the campus.”
Every organization at the college is at Cav Craze in order to recruit potential members. Farrell Jenab, adviser of the International Club, will be at this event for the first time and hopes it will increase the organization’s visibility around campus.
“International Club is mostly made up of international students, but it has a lot of American students in the club too, and we want everybody to know that they’re welcome to join the club,” said Jenab.
The response to the Cav Craze is overwhelmingly positive, and many students wish it could occur on a regular basis.
“The funny feedback I get every year is, ‘We should do this every Wednesday,’” said Davenport. “It’s really great to hear, because it means everybody likes it and wishes the campus could be like that every day. It’s funny for me because that event’s only about four hours long, so people don’t realize that six months of planning went into it in advance. It’s just a fun step away from what a normal day looks like.”
Jenab hopes students enjoy this experience to the fullest and gain exposure to everything the college has to offer.
“I hope what they get out of it is a sense of possibilities of how they might get involved more with some extracurricular activities at school and make friends and enjoy their experience at JCCC even more,” she said.