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GRCC preps for Welcome Week 2022

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The line of students waiting to enter the GRCC Bookstore and Student Life Office during the 2021 Raider Rally (Anthony Clark Jr./The Collegiate)

By Braeden Pelton

In order to welcome the new and old students back to school at the start of semester, Grand Rapids Community College’s Student Life and Conduct office and Campus Activities Board (CAB) will be hosting events on campus for this year’s Welcome Week. The events span from Monday, Sept. 5 at noon to Thursday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m., and all students are welcome.

Links to each event page are listed below with the event descriptions.

The first big activity is the Red Carpet Event, a fun get together for students to meet each other and make new friends. There will be a photo booth for event goers to use, along with free food. Students can find the event in rooms 108 and 109 on the first floor of Raleigh J. Finkelstein hall on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Two more events are scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 7. First up is Involvement Day, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza

“All of the student organizations on campus and many different offices and departments will also be tabling on the plaza, so honestly I think all of it’s going to be great,” Director of Student Life and Conduct Lina Blair said.

Following the Involvement Day tables, CAB will be hosting Cup Competitions at the south end of Olivarez Plaza from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students can compete in games to win prizes, sit back, chat, and enjoy the provided food.

For the last event of welcome week, the CAB is having a Pizza Party Day at Olivarez Plaza. Students don’t need to worry about an entry fee, it’s completely free. The party will be on Thursday Sept. 8 from noon to 3 p.m.

Blair shared how students can enjoy and benefit from Welcome Week. 

“Welcome Week is a great time for students to get acquainted with campus, to meet each other and to get connected to student organizations,” Blair said. “Our hope is that it builds community between the students and also that it’s fun. This is one of my favorite times of the year because everything’s fresh, and students get to be creative.”

To ask any questions, contact Student Life and Conduct or the Campus Activities Board. If you’d like to keep up to date with campus events, visit the calendar on Raider Connect.

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