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Monday, July 15, 2019

Welcome Day Offers Free Food and Fun

Don’t let the carnival-like atmosphere of WCC’s Welcome Day fool you into thinking that it’s just fun and games. Welcome Day is the best place for students to find out about the wide range of programs and services available to them.

This year Welcome Day will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Community Park, which is between the Business Education and Gunder Myran buildings. In the event of rain it will move into the Student Center building.

“Welcome Day is our first contact with new students, and we’ve arranged it so that everything they need to know about what the College has to offer is right there in one place for easy access,” said Rachel Barsch, events coordinator for Student Development and Activities, which is sponsoring the special day.

“For example, we’ll have representatives from Campus Security who will tell students how to contact them if they’d like to be walked to their cars at night. And there will be someone from the Gamers Club to talk about their work on campus and how students can get involved.”

There will be more than 60 tables with representatives from programs and services across campus, Barsch said. That includes staff from Learning Support Services who will provide details on tutoring and technical assistance in the classroom. And this year Web Services representatives will be on hand encouraging students to sign up as Facebook fans and as photo models for the College’s homepage. Also attending will be:

  • Employment Services
  • Cashier’s office
  • Bailey Library
  • WCC Foundation
  • Health & Fitness Center
  • Student Resource and Women’s Center
  • Distance Learning (online and blended classes)
  • Adult Transitions (GED prep)
  • The Washtenaw Voice
  • Several academic programs
  • Eastern Michigan University’s Transfer office

“Most of the student clubs will be represented at Welcome Day as well,” said Barsch, “and we’ll have free food samples from local businesses, like subs, pizza, coffee, and snacks. Many of the tables will also have treats for the students who stop by, so no one will go away hungry.”

Several organizations that provide special services to WCC students and the greater community are also expected to participate. In past years they have included:

  • Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
  • Corner Health
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office (voter registration)

Of course, no welcoming event would be complete without plenty of mirth and music. In addition to live performances and recorded music, returning activities include:

  • Make-your-own wax hand
  • Airbrush tattoos
  • Photo booth
  • Pucker power—sugar-infused Pixy Sticks flavored as you like them

All activities are free to WCC students. For more information, contact Student Development and Activities or follow the fun on WCC’s Facebook page.

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