What to expect at Welcome Week

Durgin McCue

News Editor

New and returning Hudson Valley students will receive a very warm welcome this year during the first week of classes. This year’s welcome-back festivities will include free food, lawn games, and chances to learn about Hudson Valley’s offerings. Each day (Monday through Friday) will have a different theme and will feature specific departments.

Monday, Aug. 31

Monday, dubbed “Fun Day Monday,” will begin with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Siek Campus Center and in the Williams Hall cafeteria. At noon, lunch will be served outside the Campus Center. On the Campus Quad, in front of the Campus Center, there will be lawn games, karaoke, and a DJ. The day will conclude with a Student Senate meeting and a baked ziti buffet from 2 to 3 p.m., open to all students.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

“Art, Science, and Technology Tuesday” will also begin with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., the Choir Club will perform on the Campus Quad, where food and refreshments will be available. At noon a second musical group, the TEN 27 jazz trio, will perform. Following the performances, students are welcome to enjoy many activities taking place in the quad, including caricatures, and visit the information tables for Hudson Valley’s art, science, and technology clubs. At 2 p.m. there will be yet another performance, this time by the Theatre Arts Club.

A campus-wide scavenger hunt will also begin on Tuesday at 8 a.m. It will run until Sept. 11.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Wednesday’s theme is “Cultural, Spiritual, Service & Wellness Wednesday.” From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., a series of activities will take place involving spirituality and wellness. There will be meditation in the Interfaith Prayer Room in the Campus Center at 8:30 a.m., a labyrinth walk at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Pavilion in front of Hudson Hall, and a morning stretch in front of the Campus Center at 11 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. a BBQ chicken lunch will be served under the clock tower, and starting at noon a Latin jazz group, Sensemaya, will perform.

The college’s cultural, spiritual, and service-oriented clubs will have information tables. Students can also get balloon sculptures and other giveaways.

Thursday, Sept. 3

“Sports Challenge Thursday” will kick off with the “Coach’s Challenge” in which students will be invited to test their skills in a basketball free throw contest. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the green in front of the Campus Center will have opportunities for students to listen to music, enjoy food and beverages, and engage in athletic activities. From noon to 1:30 p.m., the rockabilly band Lustre Kings will perform. Also from noon to 1:30, students can participate in the Quarterback Challenge. From 12:30 to 1 p.m., President Drew Matonak will pitch at the Home Run Derby wiffleball competition. From 1 to 3:30 p.m. there will be open volleyball. Athletic teams and clubs will be staffing information tables.

The night will conclude with a screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy” in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 4
The final day of Welcome Week, “Wind-Down Friday,” will feature a classical guitar performance by Paul Quigley starting at 10:30 a.m. and an ice cream social at 11 a.m. Both events will take place in front of the Marvin Library.

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