On February 10, over 200 Lees-McRae College students skated the night away in Reynolds Gym in the Carol and Glenn Student Recreation Complex.
Hosted by Campus Recreation, the 1970s and 80s themed roller skating night was one of the most successful events so far this year, and had a very special sponsor – Stacy Thompson, a Lees-McRae College Alumna.
Thompson graduated in 2004 with a degree in sociology. She then decided to go into the family business – Kate’s Skating Rink with locations in Gastonia and Lowell, NC.
“I thank Lees-McRae because they have helped me and the family business, in ways we never thought possible. My degree in Sociology has been endlessly helpful, because it allows me to better understand the diversity of people that walk through our doors every day and night. Also, I took a lot of education classes, and that has spurred me to stay very close with all the school principals and PTO representatives. We have all kinds of reward parties, fundraisers and school trips each year! Kate’s isn’t just a skating rink to me, it’s my life, and I thank Lees-McRae for opening my eyes to that,” said Stacy Thompson, owner and operator of Kate’s Skating Rink.
Kate’s Skating Rink provided all of the skates, which Thompson delivered personally so she could join in the festivities.
“I wish I had brought more skates! There were students lined up ready to go, but luckily everyone was really nice about sharing sizes. I had a really good time. I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout and happy to see all the students having fun together,” said Thompson.
Students waited in line dressed in spandex, loud makeup and knee-high socks just to get a chance to lace-up a pair of roller skates and glide across the floor with all their friends.
“I’ve never seen so many different groups of students smiling and hanging out together! Everyone was packed into the Carol and Glenn Arthur Student Recreation Complex and had a blast doing something a little out of the ordinary! Stacy Thompson helped us put on one of the most successful events of the year,” said Dani Usedom ’07, director of campus recreation.
Delta Omicron Theta, one of four Greek organizations on campus, helped organize contests throughout the night. They held a costume contest and a skate-off, both for prizes, and traditional games like Limbo and Red Light-Green Light just for fun!
“Delta Omicron Theta was so excited about the opportunity to work with the Student Recreation Complex and Campus Recreation to host Lees-McRae’s first Retro Skate Night! This was something all the Sisters wanted to do as a group, and to be able to bring it to the campus as a whole made it that much better. We all had such a great time, and we hope we will be able to do it again next year!” said Lindsey Pike, President of Delta Omicron Theta.
Although the Skate Night was planned for students, faculty and staff alike came out to join in the roller skating craze.
“When Dani [Usedom] suggested a roller skating event, I thought, ‘This is going to be really great, or really scary!’ The good news is that it was a huge success, and people came out of the woodwork to skate the night away and impress us with their 80s outfits. The bad news is that it can’t happen every single night! I am excited that Dani and the wonderful alumna Stacy Thompson are both interested in putting this program on again in the future. I can’t wait to wear a side ponytail again!” said Megan Walters, Director of Campus Life.