Superheroes welcome students to fall semester
It took a “super” effort to welcome students to the College on the first day of classes for the fall semester, but Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Spiderman were up to the task.
Southwest administration and staff dressed as their favorite superheroes to stand out for students who looked a little lost or had questions on their first day of classes. These heroes used their super powers to show grateful and amused students the way to class, or to escort them personally to the right office.
Shawn Boyd, associate director of K-12 and community partnerships, admissions and recruitment, mentioned how the first day of classes is always a busy time. Students are excited to start their college careers, but also a little nervous and anxious about being on campus for the first time. “It’s a busy, nervous day,” Boyd said. “But I love it. We are present the entire day helping students find their classes or where they need to go if they need help with services like financial aid or admissions.”
Shanita Brown, associate vice president of enrollment services, says it was all hands on deck in her office. The offices of financial aid and advising see the bulk of students, many of whom are completing registration. “We always expect a line of students on the first day,” she said. “We stay busy the first week of classes wrapping up last minute loose ends for students enrolling in classes. Our job is to clear a path for them so they receive the services they need.”
During the first week of classes, the College also added a festive touch with a ‘Welcome Back’ bash featuring free food, music and activities. Students could ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast with a sausage or bacon biscuit and juice on their way to class.
Dr. Verneta Boone, director of the Whitehaven Center, was prepared for the long day. Her team of “Wonder Women of Whitehaven” and the Lone Ranger (Kelvin Davis, laboratory technician) steered everyone to class on time. “Most of the students were new and needed help to find their way around and where to shop for books,” Boone said.
Fall enrollment at press time was 9,447.