Mississippi College

MC Hosts Welcome Week 2008

August 18, 2008

Mississippi College freshmen will join President Lee Royce at a picnic on the Quad, take a boat ride along the Ross Barnett Reservoir and go bowling in Clinton.

It's all part of a smorgasbord of activities as MC spotlights Welcome Week 2008 for thousands of freshmen, transfers and parents flocking to the Clinton campus beginning August 23.

Activities begin that Saturday morning when new students move into MC residence halls. The big move occurs from 8 a.m. until noon. Lunch for parents and students follows in the campus cafeteria at 10:45 a.m. in the B.C. Rogers Student Center.

Christian humorist Dennis Swanberg will be the keynote speaker at a Saturday afternoon convocation for new students and parents at the First Baptist Church of Clinton, across the street from the campus. The hour-long meeting will begin at 2 p.m and offer a time for prayers and singing as President Royce and other MC leaders join the ceremonies in the Choctaws' basketball arena.

Other activities during the week: a Baptist Student Union-led worship service at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in the Quad. The event will immediately follow the "Picnic with the Prez'' beginning at 4:30 p.m.

--A cookout and boat ride at the Reservoir from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.

--A Baptist Student Union welcome back party at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Anderson Hall in the B.C. Rogers Student Center.

--A business fair at the MC cafeteria from 10:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Aug. 27.

--A concert in the A.E. Wood Coliseum, Aug. 28, featuring Addison Road. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

MC students get their chance to toss strikes or gutter balls when they go to Indian Lanes Bowling in Clinton at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Welcome Week events conclude with movie night on the Quad on Saturday, Aug. 30, beginning at 8 p.m.

The slew of activities should make MC's newcomers feel right at home as the school prepares to welcome a record of about 5,000 students, school leaders say.

"All these activities by student affairs really welcome the students we recruited," said Chad Phillips, executive director of enrollment services at MC.

Day classes for the fall semester at the Christian university in Clinton begin Aug. 27.

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