This February, the Avila eagles soared down the slopes at Snow Creek during the annual ski night hosted by the Alumni Association and Campus Ministry.
This year, over 70 eagles hit the slopes for a night of skiing and snowboarding. Although the temperature barely dipped below 50 degrees, the Avila students, alumni, staff and friends stayed on the slopes through the evening.
“Usually you don’t get the opportunity to ski in t-shirts, but we did this year,” said Director of Alumni Relations and Avila Alum Susan Randolph. “Everyone seemed to have a great time.”
Students boarded a bus at Avila and met the alumni at Snow Creek. Everyone was excited to hit the slopes, but not before filling up on pizza provided by Campus Ministry team. Some eagles enjoyed themselves on the bunny slopes while others ventured to the larger slope. Some snacked at the concession counter while others watched the skiing from Snow Creek’s patio.
“It’s always fun to see alumni, staff and students come together and engage in conversation with one another,” Randolph said. “Even though the snow wasn’t the best we’ve had, the excitement and spirit of the attendees more than made up for it.”
The eagles played in the snow from 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., only stopping for brief breaks and a group photo. Although some left the slopes with a few bumps and bruises, everyone went home with a smile.
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.