By RACHEL COLEMAN
• SCCC Public Relations
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School welcomed faculty, staff and students back for a new school year with a full roster of activities. New employees of the college took a tour of Liberal and the immediate vicinity Aug. 11, followed by training and orientation. Meanwhile, faculty returned to campus for professional development events throughout the week.
In conjunction with the Liberal Area Chamber of Commerce and USD 480, the college hosted a New Educators’ Breakfast Aug. 12, with a full buffet breakfast and individual introductions of more than 80 educators new to the school district and the college. Local businesses, churches and civic groups sponsored educators and provided gift certificates, goody bags and individual cookie boxes for each person.
The weekend brought more festivities — and work — as the SCCC/ATS dorms opened and students and their families hauled boxes, clothes and bedding in for the year. Saturday evening, the college hosted its traditional cookout and picnic on the green between the dorm buildings. Students and their families were invited to the event, which also hosted faculty, staff, administration, Board of Trustees members and community supporters.
Monday began the busy schedule of student Welcome Week activities on campus. Welcome Day check-in began at 1:30 p.m., followed by official welcome messages from President Duane Dunn, Dean of Instruction Cynthia Rapp, Dean of Career and Technical Education Janese Thatcher and Dean of Student Services Celeste Donovan. Speaker Odd?Rod entertained the students, who were challenged to icebreaker games and activities. An activities fair and free dinner wrapped up official activities for Monday.
Evening classes began Monday and day classes on Tuesday. Enrollment will continue through the week, and students may add or drop classes through the end of August.