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College prepares early for fall

Plans moving forward for Welcome Week activities

By Mbololwa Mundia
On May 4, 2017

Although many students are thinking about summer, the college is already busy planning for the fall semester. One of the first big events is Welcome Week, which happens the week students return to campus in the fall. 

Welcome Week 2017 begins Sunday, Aug. 20, from 5-7 p.m. with the President’s Cookout and live music by 5th Fret. 

“This is our sixth year doing it and we’ve had over 600 people show up every year,” said Associate Director of Student Life Seth Vander Tuig. 

Following Sunday’s cookout is Movin’ and Shakin on Monday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Movin’ and Shakin’ is held outside Iowa Hall and allows students to connect with campus clubs and organizations as well as local businesses. 

This will be the college’s 20th year hosting Movin’ and Shakin’. 

“For incoming students it is a great opportunity to see what the campus has to offer, see what resources the campus has to provide and the biggest thing is to meet new friends, get to know new people at the college and get an idea of what it is like to be a student on campus,” added Vander Tuig. 

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, apartment complexes in the area including Kirkwood Village East and West, Campus Views, Kirkwood Courts and others will host an area block party to give students an opportunity to meet their neighbors. 

Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 4 - 7 p.m. students are encouraged to come together at the Rec Center for Rockin’ at the Rec to compete in games such as dodgeball, volleyball, bags and ping pong. This gives students another opportunity to see what the campus offers, said Vander Tuig.

As the week comes to an end, KCC invites Hypnotist Brian Imbus to perform in Johnson Hall at 8 p.m. Vander Tuig advised all students who plan to attend should arrive by 7:30 p.m. for a good seat. Brian Imbus has been performing for the campus since 2007. 

Concluding Welcome Week on Aug. 25 is the Campus Cookout outside Iowa Hall with free food and music. 

Vander Tuig said he encourages all new students to attend Welcome Week activities. “It’s a great chance to meet other students. The reason we do Welcome Week to give students an opportunity to meet other people and see what campus resources we have to offer,” he said.  

For more information about Welcome Week and other events on campus, go to www. kirkwood.edu/events. 

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