Picture walking into a room with a fresh smell of baked goods waiting to be eaten. Now imagine eating them to support a new organization on campus.
The First-Generation Student Alliance held its inaugural Cookie-Off on Nov. 6 in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) Multipurpose Room (MPR), serving students an array of cookies in competition for the top prize — a plaque.
Judges, students and silent auctioneers came together to try the cookies, win prizes and play games. The winner of the event received a plaque signifying their victory.
SU President Laurie Carter was one of the participating judges, who were tasked with trying all of the cookies and choosing which one was the best.
Carter made light of the wide variety of cookies she and the other judges had to eat.
“We enjoyed being the judges and eating all eight of the cookies,” Carter said.
Crowned as the winner and the best voted cookies of the night were the iced gingerbread cookies while sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies followed in second and third place.
The event is only the first of many that the First-Generation Student Alliance has planned for the coming year.
The organization highlights students who are the first ones in their immediate family to go to college to get a four-year degree.
“There is a large population of students who are first generation students, but not a lot of us know what that means, know who a first-gen is or how to be allies,” said Katelin Homskie, the president of First-Generation Student Alliance.
The organization plans to spread the word on who first-generation students are and inform the university on why they are important to campus.
“If you give estimates, it is probably near half of SU students that are first generation students,” Homskie said.