The idea to set up Caerus emerged during the introduction week of the Class of 2017, the first class of UCG. Charlotte Hoekstra, a former employee at UCG, was giving a talk about the possibilities of student involvement within the college, and suggested to set up a study association. Charlotte herself was a part of the first class of University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, so she understood the challenges and opportunities of being a student at a brand new UC. After her encouragement, the Class of 2017 elected a Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer amongst themselves that would become the founding board of the study association.
The naming of the association happened democratically: everybody was free to send in names, and you could vote on whichever name you wanted. Amongst the options were Vesta and Horizon, but in the end Caerus came out on top. Caerus is the Greek god of luck, opportunity, and favorable moments. These are three things that the study association should provide to UCG students. With this in mind, the founding board worked hard and signed the Caerus statutes on 19 February 2015, marking the official start of Caerus. Every board that has come after them still strives to provide luck, opportunities, and favorable moments to all Caerus members.
//Cyntha Wieringa (Founding Board Secretary, First Board Chair)
Five years down the road and over 250 members later, Caerus has grown into the heart of UCG social life. Every year up until now, dozens of students have taken part in exciting initiatives, as well as continued old traditions. Caerus boasts 11 committees, with more on the way, which make for the fact that a week at UCG is never boring: Being a member ensures that you always have something to do. People have found their passion through Caerus, or have mastered skills that they already controlled. The Caerus flag has been from Italy to Brussels, and from Enschede to Estonia. Caerus has helped people find friends, employment, meaning and houses. But we are far from done.
Looking back proudly on how far we have come, we should also force ourselves to look forward. Agressively. To seize every opportunity and favorable moment. Caerus has much work to do, and every member is working hard to get us even further. Whether that is the External Affairs Officer of the Board trying to secure a sponsorship or the Social Committee throwing the best party Groningen has ever seen. Caerus is going into the future optimistically!
//Jesse Tromp (Fifth Board Chair)