Saints kick off fall semester with orientation, first day of classes

Fall semester classes began at Seward County Community College on Monday, following move-in and orientation activities for new freshman the preceding week.

“It always feels great to welcome students to campus, and this year is especially exciting after our three years of pandemic restrictions and social distancing,” said SCCC President Brad Bennett.

SCCC Vice President of Student Services Celeste Donovan agreed.

“It’s been action-packed in a way we haven’t experienced for a while,” she said. “I’m very grateful to our student services, housing team, and business office for going the extra mile over the weekend.”

To get new students settled in, SCCC offered a full day of orientation activities on Friday, Aug. 12, including on-campus sessions and a bus tour of Liberal and its various attractions. The day concluded with a student activities fair and taco bar.

Monday morning, students crowded the hallways of the Hobble Academic Building in search of the right classroom. The Registrar’s office, Financial Aid office, and Business office served a steady stream of students — and a few parents — with last-minute questions.

Bennett, who will teach an Introduction to Business class this fall, reviewed his notes before heading to the classroom at 8 a.m.

“It’s been a while since I taught,” he said, adding, “I’m looking forward to it.”

During the first week of classes, SCCC Student Life Director Wade Lyon has planned a variety of games and events to encourage students to get to know one another. Brown Bag Bingo offers a chance to win a semester’s worth of snack and other prizes, and a Winning at Wellness health fair on Thursday will bring service agencies and groups to campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union.

Other special and extended services on campus include:

  • Tech Rescue each morning in the SCCC Library, from 10 a.m. to noon. “They have guaranteed to be on speed dial so we can help students who have problems logging in to something SCCC-related, accessing wifi on their own devices, or whatever,” said SCCC Library Director Casandra Norin.
  • Student ID cards can be picked up at the Admissions office, where you will be photographed and have a card generated on the spot. It’s useful for students to keep the college ID card handy for use around campus, and to take advantage of discounts at local businesses.
  • Students may still enroll in classes for the fall semester. After Friday, Aug. 19, students must receive instructor approval in order to enroll.

Categories: Campus, Enrollment

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