Annual NSAM Leisure Fair introduces new students to the community
By MC2 Tom Tonthat
With more than 480 new students beginning their first educational quarter at the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Support Activity Monterey (NSAM) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) held its 8th annual Leisure Fair outside the Dudley Knox Library, July 9, to introduce these students, and their colleagues, to the variety of community programs available to them.
“The MWR Leisure Fair is for helping active duty members, their families, NPS faculty and staff access the different business and community opportunities available in the Monterey area,” said Brandy Ortega, community recreation programmer. “With all the hard work that they do while in school, it’s important for them to know that there are recreational outlets for themselves and their families.”
The MWR Leisure Fair presented recreational exhibits and information regarding children’s after school programs, tours, local restaurants, and MWR services and activities.
“The fair looks like a good way to know what’s happening and see what Monterey has to offer,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Robert Ocampo, a first quarter student. “I’m just looking for some things to do with my family when I’m not studying ... find a balance between work and life.”
The fair also highlighted available NPS resources and student-run clubs such as the Robodojo, the NPS Toastmasters Club and the Military & Family Life Counseling Program.
“NPS is education focused, but we also want to promote good morale for our students,” said Ortega. “We want them to be able to go out there and enjoy their time here.”