WELCOME DAYS: Connection is the name of the game


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A student greets incoming students during “Welcome Day,” at American River College. (File Photo)

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Student Development officially welcomed new and returning American River College students with the annual Welcome Day events on Sept. 5 and 6 at the main campus.

Various departments and groups set up displays on more than 60 tables in the Rose Marks Pavilion, Liberal Arts breezeways and Portable Village to provide students with information on where they can go for help with school, work, and other areas of their lives.

Tanika Byrd, the campus life coordinator, called the two-day event a success.

“Success is not measured by the number of pamphlets we hand out; it’s how many students learn something. If at least one student learns something new, it’s a success. Exposure is something you can not quantify,” said Byrd.

The ARC Foundation provided information on scholarship money, while CalWORKs handed out brochures regarding career and academic counseling.

Beacon was on-hand to discuss tutoring services, as well as Journey representatives speaking to students on how they assist first generation, low-income people prepare to transition from community college to a four-year university.

English major Andrey Shashurin stopped to gather information from the CalWORKs table. “I got some good information,” said Shashurin. “I’m just trying to figure everything out. I’m always looking for a better job.”

“Welcome Days are an opportunity for students to become more acquainted with services available to them,” said Manuel Perez, dean of Student Development. “Students can connect with different services, organizations and instructional areas. Connection is the name of the game.”

This is the last year Welcome Days will be held outdoors. “When the new Student Center opens in January 2013, we will shift to a huge, beautiful, open area,” said Perez.
“(It will be) the main hub of student activity. It will be gorgeous.”

Charlie Norwood raps during Welcome Day

For additional information, contact Manuel Perez at 916-484-8925, [email protected] or Tanika Byrd at 916-484-8887, [email protected]