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Welcome Week 2019 Makes Mississippi College Students Feel at Home

Newcomers to MC are always showcased at Welcome Week.
Newcomers to MC are always showcased at Welcome Week.

Hundreds of new Mississippi College students will soon enjoy their warm welcome on the Clinton campus.

From August 24-29, MC leaders toss out the Welcome Week mat. They are going the extra mile or two to greet newcomers as the Christian university’s 194th academic year begins.

From “A Night in Blue and Gold” event hosted by President Blake Thompson to the 2019 Choctaw Fanfare, the week’s calendar features a blitz of lively activities.

“Welcome Week is a great opportunity for all incoming students to get to know the campus, build community and meet the faculty,” said Rebecca Benson, director of student engagement.

At the same time, new freshmen and transfers can meet staff members along with current student leaders. “They can see what Clinton has to offer and have fun,” Benson said.

Serving as the Welcome Week student directors are Neely Rogers and Haylee Riley. They lead the 31-member Welcome Week crew comprised of 31 upperclassmen.

When all is said and done, new students can participate in 35 different Welcome Week events.

Activities get going with Move In Day at residence halls for freshmen (starting at 8 a.m.) and transfers (beginning at 10 a.m.) on August 24.

Snow cones that Saturday afternoon should help newcomers cool off that humid summer day in Central Mississippi. Other highlights include a 3 p.m. convocation designed for students and parents.

New students will be in the spotlight at Choctaw Fanfare at 5 p.m. on August 24 at the parking lot adjacent to Robinson-Hale Stadium. Also being showcased will be the student-athletes on MC Choctaws Fall sports teams.

A 7 p.m. MC Choctaws football scrimmage will give fans a sneak preview of the 2019 gridiron season. MC travels to Lorman to face the Alcorn State University Braves to kick off the action on September 7.

There will be time for plenty of cell photos when President Thompson meets with new students at “A Night in Blue & Gold” from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday August 25. It will be followed by fireworks and an evening of Bingo.

Monday’s activities start at 9 a.m. with fresh coffee served. It’s a one-hour opportunity for newcomers to get to know their professors. On Monday evening, there’s more food on the way. A 90-minute food truck fest starts at 6:30 p.m. There’s time later that night (at 9 p.m.) for new students to get to know members of Mississippi College clubs and tribes.

Events on Tuesday morning begin with Yoga and running.

One of the most popular Welcome Week events starts at 5 p.m. on August 27. It’s Back to the Bricks when hundreds of students converge on Clinton’s historic business district. It’s a nice way for them to mingle with the city’s merchants and members of local churches. Students will sample free ice cream cones and receive plenty of coupons from retailers. The City of Clinton, Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Clinton leaders are the hosts. Campus Dining provides meals to MC students. A campus worship service follows.

Early morning breakfasts, church meet-ups, and activities with student organizations close out the final two days of Welcome Week.

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