Board Games Club brings together students and raises money for charity

Oct 27, 2016
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Among the medical, political, spiritual, and artistic clubs on the Newman University campus resides a club that is simply fun and games. The Board Games Club meets from 7 to 11 p.m., every other Thursday, in the Tarcisia Roths, ASC Alumni Center.

According to the campus clubs page on the university’s website, the club “is a social organization that aims to bring students together through various types of gaming. The club is open to all students, regardless of prior knowledge of games. Members of the club play a variety of games with varying levels of strategy, and are always willing to teach someone how to play a new game.”

The club was founded in 2013 by Clifford Kissling and his wife. In an interview, Kissling said, “We found ourselves regularly playing with other Newman students, and knew of many others who also enjoyed playing games like [Settlers of] Catan. We noticed a common ground that could bring together lots of students and be a ton of fun at the same time.”

Kissling realized the possibility the club might fade out, but it has thrived on campus for three years since its creation.

Kissling further explained, “The club got started as a way for me to share some of the awesome games that I had discovered, but it turned into a great time to build friendships and bring together groups on the campus with the possibility of hosting events that could raise money for charity. In the club’s first year we had a [Settlers of] Catan tournament with almost 30 players to raise money for Catholic Charities.”