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Welcome Back to SIU

September 17, 2018, Rhiannon Pyle

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It was a long-awaited new beginning for many Southern Illinois University Carbondale freshman business students as they moved into Brown Hall.

Faculty, staff and volunteers from the College of Business and campus community greeted the students and helped them get their belongings to their rooms. After moving possessions and meeting roommates, the new Salukis were surprised with an Ice Cream Social outside Brown Hall.

The first of many Welcome Back events, the social served as a way for students and parents to get acquainted with other business students, as well as faculty and staff, while enjoying a variety of ice cream and slushy options. Students got the chance to meet some of the faculty who teach their classes, their academic advisor and even the dean of the college. Making these connections was a great way to kick off a successful year and help ease any nervous jitters.

Nearly two weeks later, the 2018 Welcome Back Fest, which took place outside Rehn Hall, attracted more than 300 students. But then, who could say “no” to a free meal from Pat’s BBQ and Catering and a CoB T-shirt? Live music, a bag throwing game and smiling faces sharing information and goodies at Registered Student Organization tables enhanced the welcoming atmosphere.

The RSOs competed in a table decorating contest tailored to this year’s superhero theme, which brought out a friendly competitive atmosphere. Jared Nicholas, Accounting Society president, even painted his face green to take on the role of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and win second place in the competition.

Women’s Business Association earned first place and a pizza party at their next meeting. Elexis Williams, Emani James (treasurer), Vonni Waters (secretary) and Cree Harris (vice president) talked with students about their organization and claimed their prize. WBA supports the success of women in business through networking, leadership and education.

The fest helped form and strengthen new relationships within the college community, gave students the opportunity to connect with leaders from various RSOs and helped ensure freshmen were adapting well. Participating students went home with full stomachs and the information and encouragement needed to get involved in the CoB and campus life.

Numerous other activities are planned at the CoB during the fall semester including career fairs, a homecoming tailgate, a fashion show hosted by the 2018 RSO table decorating contest winning group and much more.