Story by Leah Ash, Culture Editor
Photos courtesy of Leah Ash
Through the first week of classes, Aquinas hosted their traditional “Welcome Week” festivities. Events were offered by different departments and Registered Student Organizations (RSO) to get folks excited for the semester as well as introduce them to the various organizations on campus.
The events ranged from quick drop-ins with food, like the Monday morning coffee and donuts in the Academic Building hosted by the Student Activities Office, to more engaging events such as the Advantage Center’s laser tag session on Holmdene Lawn.
The Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity hosted a happy hour event on the evening of Monday, August 22, providing three different mocktails as well as macarons for students to enjoy. The mocktails included Saints Champagne, AQ Lemonade, and Brookby Fizz. Sipping on the drinks, students were able to gather at tables provided and talk about the summer and the upcoming semester.
Residence Life invited students to a West Michigan Whitecaps Game on Wednesday, August 24. They provided transportation to the game, as well as vouchers for a drink and hot dog to enjoy during the outing. Gathered together in a student section, everyone who came was able to have a great time not only watching the game, but enjoying the atmosphere and having fun together.
Some canine friends took the opportunity to come to campus and meet some students. On Tuesday, August 23, Counseling Health and Wellness had a welcome back session with Dr. Mac, Aquinas’s resident therapy dog. Due to an accident last year, Dr. Mac wasn’t able to visit campus as often, making this session a great way to not only welcome back students, but to welcome back Dr. Mac himself!
A new puppy friend joined us in the library on Wednesday, August 24. The Writing Center hosted Woof n Words with puppy McGee. McGee is Jessica Kline’s dog, the CORE program specialist.
“My favorite event this week was Karaoke Night,” said student Leah Rohrer. “I loved getting to hang out with some new friends.”
Karaoke Night was held on Tuesday, August 23 and was sponsored by Aquinas Choirs.
“I loved the laser tag,” said student Zoebelle Bean. “I’m very competitive and I love playing to win.”
Bean was a member of the blue team, and helped lead them to victory.
Welcome Week is always popular, as it allows students a chance to have fun before their schedules get too bogged down with homework. If you missed it, that’s okay! More events are to come!