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Welcome Back Festivities

September 12, 2016, Chelsea Kujawa

${image-alt} American Marketing Association members gather after being selected for Best Table Decorations at CoB's Welcome Back event.

The College of Business kicked off the new academic year with some exciting activities that allowed students to meet the college’s professors and also get to know their fellow students.

The first of the festivities took place Aug. 18, when nearly 150 students moved into Brown Hall, one of the 11 residence halls in Thompson Point that houses mostly business students.

Brown Hall houses the living learning community, or LLC, where business students can come together for peer mentoring, study sessions, and where they can make lifelong friendships, too. While these students were moving in, they enjoyed ice cream with individuals that they will see throughout the year. At the ice cream social, students were able to meet the college’s dean, Dr. Terry Clark, as well as other faculty and staff 

Alex Attebury, a resident assistant at Brown Hall, had some advice to offer for incoming students. 

“Get involved on campus, whether that’s by joining registered student organizations (RSOs), participating in intramural leagues over at the Rec Center, joining Greek life or even getting an on-campus job,” Attebury said. “Getting involved on campus is the most important thing I’ve learned since I was a freshman in 2014.”

“The most fulfilling semesters I’ve had in school have been the semesters when I had the most going on and I’ve realized that whatever you put into your undergrad is exactly what you’ll get out of it.”

Another welcoming festivity took place Sept. 7, when nearly 300 students attended the Business Welcome Back Fall Fest at Rehn Hall. This year’s theme was “Olympics: Go for the Gold!”

During the event, representatives from 19 RSOs talked to students about joining student organizations and getting involved. These RSOs competed in a contest for the best table decorations. The American Marketing Association won the contest and received an award that included a pizza party for their next organizational meeting! 

During the afternoon, students were able to mix and mingle with fellow classmates as well as with professors and staff from the college. The attendees were able to enjoy music, play games, enter giveaways, and attend a catered picnic all while relaxing and having fun with peers. 

The Welcome Back Fall Fest was a great way to network with peers and professors within the College of Business. This fall, the college will host more exciting events, including its homecoming reception and tailgate. To stay up to date, follow the College of Business on social media and remember: once a Saluki, always a Saluki!