Wednesday, September 20 brought the close of summer break as freshmen, along with their families, swarmed the seven residence halls turning empty rooms into their home away from home for the next nine months.
After New Student and Family Orientations were completed, the freshmen were whisked away for the FUSION retreat, which is a time where they can get to know each other in a casual setting off-campus.
The official Week of Welcome began on Monday with the start of classes AND the Welcome Back Party in the Campus Mall, where students could socialize with each other and rush campus clubs. The rest of the week was packed full of classes with fun activities mixed in, like a water balloon fight and color blast on the grass, Midnight Madness, Opening Convocation, vespers, and a visit from a food truck before a viewing of “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.”
Faculty, staff, and current students donned blue Student Association tees and helped the incoming freshmen and their families unload their cars and set up their dorm rooms on the first day of Orientation. Pictured: PUC President Bob Cushman, SA President Megan Weems, and CFO Brandon Parker who all lent a hand that afternoon.
The Tyner family helping their daughter move into her dorm room.
The PUC praise band leading out in group worship during FUSION.
Starting the school year off with a splash of color after a fun water balloon fight.
The woman’s volleyball team being introduced to the school during the annual Midnight Madness.
President Bob Cushman addresses the campus for the first time during Opening Convocation, the first Colloquy service of the year. He spoke of the need for love and unity, perfectly echoing the SA theme for the year, which is family.
The first week was so much fun it can only mean more wonderful things are in store for the rest of the year!