Tracking down financial help for college can be like trying to find directions in an unfamiliar city—without Google Maps. Planning a route is sometimes a frustrating and time-consuming experience. But if you’re persistent, money is often available—and WCC offers lots of help finding it.
Editor's Note: The African American Humanities Club has extended its fundraising drive to support Haiti disaster relief efforts through Thursday, Feb. 4. Members will have tables Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am-3:00pm on the first floor of the Student Center building next to the bookstore, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-3:00 on the second floor of the Crane Liberal Arts and Science building next to the bridge that connects it to the Gunder Myran building.
So the holidays are over and maybe you overindulged a bit (or a lot) and perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to get healthier (again).
On a freezing January day, a large, comfortable shuttle bus pulls up the circle drive in front of the Student Center building every 15 minutes. Students and staff get on and off, some wearing little stickers announcing that they are part of “The Solution.”
For some WCC students, Welcome Day in September is their first introduction to life on campus. Usually held shortly after classes begin, Welcome Day showcases a host of activities on campus that are open to everyone. A Welcome Day for Winter Semester will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Twilight will cast a lonely shadow on the sidewalks and hallways of WCC over the winter break from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. And while the energy level of an otherwise bustling campus is significantly reduced, there will be plenty going on behind the scenes.
Last winter, for the first time the WCC Foundation couldn’t offer scholarships to all qualified WCC students who applied. Over 500 WCC students depend on Foundation scholarships to continue their education each semester. Times are tough for a lot of people, but many WCC faculty and staff realize how lucky they are to have jobs here and give to students who need a little help. They are some of the most generous supporters of the Foundation. Last year, 127 WCC employees gave money to the Foundation.
Outside the west entrance to WCC’s Morris Lawrence building, shooting skyward like the fountain in the pond adjacent to it, is a brightly polished stainless steel sculpture. The artwork evokes the nature surrounding it and the music emanating from the building next to it, the unmistakable signature style of famed Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman.
Each year the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays raise awareness of the financial struggles that many families face. This year, WCC students and staff are continuing their time-honored tradition of making the holidays better for families in Washtenaw County and for soldiers a long way from home.
(Editor’s note: The following article is by Bethany Kennedy, director of access services at WCC’s Richard W. Bailey Library).