By Kayla Tucker – Managing Editor
This Friday incoming students will be welcomed to Grand Rapids Community College with the annual Raider Rally, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse.
The event takes students a step farther from orientation by inviting academic departments, student affairs departments and student clubs and organizations to set up tables so that students are able to learn more about the different areas of GRCC. This year, about 22 departments are participating in the event and about 20 clubs and organizations.
“It’s another opportunity outside of orientation to get students acclimated to campus,” said Evan Macklin, Coordinator of Student Life and Conduct. While enjoying a free t-shirt and an ice cream social, students can walk around and scope out what they might be interested in getting involved with while at the college. Resources will also be made available for students who haven’t gotten their books yet or set up their accounts and more detailed tours of campus will be available as well.”
This year students from the music program will be performing “soft” music in the background. Counseling, Disability Support Services and TRiO/Student Support Services will be at the event, so students who still need to connect with these departments will have the opportunity.
Macklin estimated the expenses for the event will tally $4,000, or less.
“Our goal is to make sure they feel prepared,” Macklin said. “We have all those different departments there to make sure the students get their information at the beginning of the semester and they’re aware of the services that are here on campus to help them succeed … Our goal is that they’re successful this first year and that they feel like they’ve connected to someone on campus.”