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PBSC kicks off New Student Welcome events

Students connect with each other at the Belle Glade campus New Student Welcome event

Palm Beach State College kicked off its collegewide New Student Welcome events at the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses earlier this week in advance of the start of fall classes.

The events, formerly called New Student Convocation, are meant to help the College’s anticipated 5,000 first-time-in-college students and their families make connections and familiarize themselves with PBSC.

“Students really enjoyed themselves at the Belle Glade campus,” said Drew Barrett, student activities manager.  “The new students participated in an informative panel event with distinguished faculty and two current students from SGA. In addition, it was fun for all with a Panther Prowl Scavenger Hunt and guided tour with give-a-ways and prize drawings. Students also learned PBSC’s alma mater, pledge and chanted the mighty Panther Cheer together.”

New this year is that the Lake Worth campus is holding a Week of Welcome (WOW) for the first time from Sept. 10-14 with different activities at different times each day. It begins with “Confections of a College Freshman” event at 11 a.m. Monday in the Public Safety Training Center, where new students can meet second-year students, eat sweet treats and pick up a PBSC swag bag. The week ends on Friday with a Rapids Water Park excursion from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I thought if we could incorporate our former one-day event into a weeklong series of programs it would bolster PBSC spirit, give students a taste of what is to come during the fall term and get them involved as soon as possible,” said Alexis Forbes, student activities manager.  “We have a lot to offer, and we want to highlight all of our best qualities. By creating intentional and thoughtful programming, we can shine a spotlight on each of the areas in the department of Student Activities, and this year we’ve included a number of other departments as well.  We are excited and feel this is going to be a great WOW.”

Other events during the Lake Worth WOW include nine hole miniature golf, department tours, dinner and a movie and a first-generation student luncheon.

The remaining schedule is:

Boca Raton campus – Sept. 6 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  – Room HT 103
Palm Beach Gardens campus – Sept. 6 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Meldon Lecture Hall

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