ECSU holds Student and Family Appreciation Day for freshmen
Kesha Williams August 21, 2014
Some would argue that it's the most anticipated day of the year for college freshmen-the
day freshmen move into residence halls! Freshmen are giddy and parents have mixed
ECSU staff and administrators met freshmen with a warm welcome on Saturday by holding
"Student and Family Appreciation Day" in the Quad area of Williams Hall. Freshmen
entered a festive yard of blue and white, balloon-clad tents, a spread of tasty cookout
favorites, music by DJ Remedy, cornhole, Frisbee, tug-of-war, card games and board
games. The Sound of Class Marching Band also performed for the newcomers. The event
drew freshmen who moved into residence halls Saturday morning and afternoon. This
event was one of several events scheduled for Welcome Back Week 2014.
Arvin Mullen, director of Residence Life said freshmen seemed eager to begin the new
semester and responded positively to their room assignments. Freshmen are housed in
Viking Tower, University Towers, and University Suits which will allow them to enjoy
the newer residence halls.Â Some freshmen were fortunate enough to land a single
room. Upperclassmen made room reservations last April. Residence Life makes room assignments
for freshmen. Mullen said students who are participating in ECSU's Honors Program
were assigned to a segment of rooms in Viking Towers. Residence Life staff are confident
students are ready now for a productive semester.
Deborah Branch, associate vice chancellor for the Division of Student Affairs, said
she is confident they are poised to help freshmen transition from high school to the
university. Student services include assistance from Residence Managers, adult staff
members who work in the residence halls, services in Counseling and Testing, services
provided by Student Health Services, and a pre-packaged collection of book/class supplies
from the Campus Store. This year, Branch said they are using a new software, "Think
About it Training," to address campus life issues. This software is a primary, prevention
education training segment that alerts freshmen about sexual assault, stalking, dating
violence and domestic violence issues.
"We've long provided some type of prevention education, like many universities,Â prior
to the start of classes to help our new freshmen adjust to life away from home, living
on a college campus.Â We covered several campus services during New Student Orientation
sessions," Branch said.
"This week includes performances by a magician, a comedian and the first student body
meeting on Friday. Students can select any of these events to attend but we emphasize
the importance of having balance in their lives--- placing academics first."
The first convocation for freshmen is scheduled for 6 p.m. on September 28 in the
Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center. The public is welcome to attend.Â
See photos from the Student and Family Appreciation Day:Â CLICK HERE
photos appear courtesy of Von Wellington