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College funds research through scrapbooking

Creative gathering raises money for Natural Health and Sciences

By Carmen Brady
On February 19, 2012

The College of Natural and Health Sciences' fourth annual Scrapbooking Social Fundraiser provided UNC students and community members with an entire day to work on their individual scrapbooking projects Saturday in the University Center Ballrooms.

The event was open to all University of Northern Colorado students and those in surrounding communities.

Beckie Croissant, the administrative aid in the College of Natural  and Health Science's dean's office, said the event is hosted to raise money for the Student Research Fund, a fund within the college to help undergraduate and graduate students fund their research and research-related travels. Croissant helped start the fundraiser four years ago.

"My friend and I, who were avid scrapbookers, decided we wanted to do something to help the cause," she said. "So we set up a scrapbooking event to help raise money."

Croissant said the fundraiser provides a nice environment for people to work on a creative projects while supporting a good cause.

"Someone brings their scrap booking materials — paper, stickers, albums, pictures — and they sit and work on their own project," she said. "But today we actually have a knitter who is here knitting scarves and someone who is making cards. Really, it's any kind of craft if they want to come."

Julie DeJong, a freshman math major, attended the event and finished up a scrapbook she had started to document a 14-day trip to Europe, where she visited seven countries. Dejong said it was nice to have a specific time to work on the scrapbook.

"I saw this and thought this would be cool," DeJong said. "I have been a scrapbooker now for a couple years. It's a good time. It's relaxing, I get a set time to work on my project, and it's nice that I am raising money for my own college."

Laurenda Weber, a senior sports and exercise science and nutrition major, said she has participated in every scrapbooking fundraiser the college has hosted so far.

"I never scapbooked in my life until these events, so it's nice to learn something new that I've become interested in," Weber said. "And I work in the college's dean's office, so I kind of got to be behind the scenes, helping prepare, and then I got to come a little early and then I get to participate."

Weber said she has enjoyed seeing the social grow, and loves coming every year.

"It's cool to see all the different people each year that are so into it, and are such die-hard scrapbookers," Weber said. "It's just a lot of fun and a great cause." 

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