By Melissa Heald
Nov. 17, 2014
Jacqueline Marquis remembers how much she loved pyjama day in elementary school.
“It was always a fun day,” said the third-year psychology student at UPEI.
Now Marquis is looking to bring that fun to her fellow students by hosting a pyjama day on campus as a way to raise money and promote campus involvement.
Students can wear their most elaborate, comfortable sleepwear to campus Nov. 18 to help raise money for students in financial need, said Marquis.
The money collected selling tickets for a 50/50 draw in the student centre will go to purchasing gift cards for a student who is a parent to help them buy Christmas gifts and groceries, said Anne Bartlett, the coordinator of the Pathways to Academic Success, run through the Department of Student Affairs at UPEI.
Bartlett is also responsible for the campus life program.
The program began last January in effort to help encourage more student involvement in campus life, she said.
She saw an extra need in helping students feel they belong on campus while working in academic support, she said.
“Working and supporting students academically you do see often times their personal life is impacting their academic life.”
Along with opening a lounge in Student Affairs three times a week, 13 students have been recruited as campus life advisors, said Bartlett.
Marquis is one.
One of her duties is to plan one program a semester that helps to promote on campus involvement, not only for those who live on campus, but also for those who commute to the university.
Marquis who commutes from Cornwall, found in her first and second year it was hard to be involved with events on campus.
“I think it is very important to be involved in activities, that way you get the full university experience.”
Pyjama day is the first time Marquis has ever organized an event. She is nervous a lot of people won’t participate, but she knows she will be wearing her pyjamas on Nov. 18, said Marquis.
“I don’t care if I’m the only one wearing pyjamas on pyjama day, that’s fine. I’m still going to able to raise money and I think it will be a good day.”