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Campus Abuzz During Welcome Week

Sep 05, 2017

9/5/17

President Lindgren greets students.Students found their home-away-from-home on the Randolph-Macon College campus during Welcome Week, which took place August 31 – September 3, 2017. The campus buzzed with activity as the newest hive of Yellow Jackets—421 new students, which includes 375 new freshmen and 46 transfer students—settled in on August 31. R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren greeted students and parents, shaking their hands as they arrived at the Brock Sports & Recreation Center to check in.

Welcome Week included a host of activities and special events for new and returning students—more than 1,455 Yellow Jackets—who began classes on Monday, September 4. This is the third consecutive year that enrollment has exceeded 1,400 at Randolph-Macon College.

A Host of Activities
Every new student will spend the first year at R-MC as part of a Crew that is led by a student Captain.

"The Captains are role models, mentors and sources of support for new students," says Annie Keith '01, director of New Student Orientation and Transitions. "Captains work collaboratively to welcome, orient and help students navigate their transition to R-MC. During the first year, Captains will craft programming and facilitate reflections that support successful integration into the R-MC academic experience, community and culture."

During Welcome Week, students met with their academic advisors, attended a session on the Academic Integrity Code and had breakfast with their Captains. They also attended a cookout, met with resident assistants, and spent evenings attending "First Night," "Live & Unexpected," and "Seaworthy." In addition, new students participated in Yellow Jacket Quest, an interactive journey that connected students to college resources; and they attended "Break the Cycle: Be the Change," a workshop on how best to foster an environment of inclusion.

Getting The Edge
A Randolph-Macon education begins with students' futures in mind from the first moment they step foot on campus. New Yellow Jackets were introduced to The Edge, a comprehensive four-year program that focuses on personal and academic development and provides graduates with a competitive advantage when competing for jobs and top graduate schools. The Edge also offers students the opportunity to connect with business leaders and the college's alumni network and offers a wealth of internship opportunities.

Legacy Students
Ten percent of all new students are Legacy freshmen—Yellow Jackets with family members who are either current students at R-MC or alumni of the college. Family connections have long been an important part of the success of Randolph-Macon College. The Alumni Office, which supports the Legacy Program, welcomed Legacy Freshmen with special "goodie bags" when they arrived on campus. Included in each bag was an invitation to attend a Legacy Tailgate Luncheon that will be held October 28, 2017 during Family Weekend.

Macon Movers
Macon Movers, a team of R-MC volunteers to include current students, faculty and staff, helped new students move in by toting boxes, setting up rooms and extending a warm Randolph-Macon welcome. Sporting bright green T-shirts, Macon Movers helped students get acquainted with their new surroundings and made the move-in process seamless.

"Macon Movers are a terrific resource," says Melissa Leecy, assistant dean of Residence Life and Constituent Engagement. "Adjusting to college life can be a little daunting, but with the help of Macon Movers, our newest Yellow Jackets quickly realized that they're part of a tight-knit, welcoming community."

Technology Support
Also on hand was the Get Connected team—tech-savvy R-MC students who helped freshmen and returning Yellow Jackets connect their electronic devices to the college network. They also installed antivirus software; set up printers, gaming consoles and TVs; and helped students access email on their phones. The team is comprised of 10 students, from various majors, who applied for a position on the team. This year's team leaders are Ebony Holmes '18, Dorie Parry '18, Helen McKinley '18, Morgan Davis '18, and Brennan Retzer '18.

"Get Connected members have an interest in technology and in helping their classmates," says Christine Pimblett, service desk lead in the ITS Department. "They are a dedicated group that spent many, many hours ensuring that their classmates got connected and stayed connected."

International Students
R-MC has a vibrant international-student community, and on August 31, six new international students were welcomed at a reception in the Trustees Room. The students—who hail from all over the globe, including Germany, China and Brazil—were welcomed by current students, and by staff, faculty and President Lindgren.

Family Farewell
After move-in and a full day of other activities, families had a chance to bid their students a fond farewell at the Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza—the heart of campus. As students were greeted and guided to the start of Welcome Week, parents were welcomed to a reception hosted by veteran Yellow Jacket parents and key administrators.

Matriculation: A Randolph-Macon Tradition
On September 3, new students attended the Matriculation Ceremony, one of the longest-standing traditions at R-MC. The ceremony began with the processional of the platform party, which included President Lindgren, Provost William T. Franz, Faculty Marshals, and faculty. The purpose of the ceremony is to administer the Pledge of Academic Integrity to all entering students. Upon completion of the oaths, new students officially became members of the Randolph-Macon College campus and community.