Nothing says welcome like free food, games and meeting new people with like interests – as hundreds do annually at one of the most well-attended, autumn campus events.
Students and staff gathered in Community Park on Sept. 11 for the Fall semester Welcome Day, a day when school clubs, organizations and local businesses set up tables to meet and greet Washtenaw Community College students on a Chamber of Commerce-style event.
The sun’s warmth blanketed the park, keeping many students inside the tents avoiding the direct heat.
Students mingled with the various groups on campus such as the Gamers Club, Video Club and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
And they gobbled up everything in their path. Jimmy Johns ran out of sandwiches, handing out 730, and Cottage Inn gave away 600 slices of pizza, running out by 1 p.m.
When not talking to the student organizations or enjoying the food, students had wax molds of their hands made, spray-on tattoos applied or spun the prize wheel at the Student Activities table. Everyone walked away with a freebie.
There’s no way of determining exactly how many students attend Welcome Day, but when the event ended, 541 students had signed up for the SDA Hub. And hundreds more just enjoyed the warm welcome.