Columbia College held its 7th Finals Cram Night on Thursday, Dec. 4. The Finals Cram Night originally began at our sister college, Modesto Junior College. The first Cram at MJC was held Dec. 2008. Finals Cram Night is an evening where the Library partners with the Associated Students (AS) and offers students an opportunity to connect with instructors, tutors or friends in the library during extended hours. The AS provides food and drink throughout the evening and the library stays open late. (MJC stayed open to midnight, Columbia stays open to 10 p.m.) Instructors are seated at tables where their students can gather to get some last minute help. We’ve had a flash mob dance the last two Cram nights that lends a festive start to the evening.
It is an evening of community more than an evening of cramming. Instructors have an opportunity to connect not only with their students but their colleagues. Students have an informal setting to connect with other students and the library is abuzz with the activity. This year our AS offered an Ipad as a raffle prize and free scantrons and greenbooks were available.
It’s a great way for the library to partner with the AS and it brings the faculty into the library.