The Connors State College Office of Student Activities kicked off the new school year with “Week of Welcome” (WOW), two weeks filled with exciting, fun and educational activities. Each event aimed to unite students and faculty and to help new students settle into college life. WOW began on Move-In Day, when hundreds of students and their families ascended on the college dorms to meet their roommates and settle into their new homes.
Welcome Back Luau
On the evening of Move In Day, students were treated to a Welcome Back Luau at Millers Crossing dorms. Many participated in the cookout, limbo contest, cardboard boat race, watermelon eating contest and outdoor movie.
“The Welcome Back Luau was a great way to greet our students and offered them some fun activities after a hard day of moving,” said CSC President Dr. Tim Faltyn.
Connors State College students recently got the chance to experience what it is like to drive and walk a straight line under the influence of alcohol thanks to specially designed goggles that emulate the effects of delayed motor skills.
Students attempted to drive a go kart through an obstacle course while wearing the goggles. They were then asked to walk a straight line by Connors’ Chief of Police James Mendenhall. While the results of both provided hilarious entertainment the seriousness of driving under the influence was not lost on the students.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Tournament
Several students gathered together at the Connors State College Fine Arts Auditorium to compete in a Call of Duty: Ghosts tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
“A video game tournament
is not a huge event,” said Student Activities Coordinator, Cody Clovis, “but it provides an opportunity for students to hang out and interact with one another. Sometimes it’s the smaller, more interment events that allow students to really get to know one another.”
Winners of the tournament were Jordan Gresham and Colt Taylor.
Welcome Back Bash
The CSC campus came alive once again with the Welcome Back Bash held Wed. night, Aug. 20, on the Fine Arts lawn in Warner. Once again the Office of Student Activities hosted a cookout and students enjoyed the music of the live band Livin’ Country. The event was complete with informational booths about CSC organizations, free giveaways, and yes, even live snakes!
Several students gathered in the Cafeteria at noon, on Thurs., Aug. 21, not to eat lunch as one might expect, but to play several rounds of grocery bingo. The Grocery Bingo winners chose from a wide variety of grocery items to take to their dorms.
River Rumba Regatta
All students were welcomed to the Muskogee Exchange Club’s River Rumba Regatta cardboard boat race at the Port of Muskogee. Connors State College had many departments participate in the event which required them to construct a boat from cardboard and duct tape the day of the event and then ride in the precarious boat across the bay.
The Office of Student Activities hosted two family-friendly cookouts at the Muskogee campuses. The events welcomed students and provided a fun atmosphere for students and their families. The events offered free food, activities, inflatables, music and a chance to speak with student organizations and campus advisors and administrators.
Chris Jones, Hypnotist
During another WOW event, Hypnotist Chris Jones performed at the Warner Fine Arts Auditorium. More than 20 students succumbed to Jones’ spell, providing great entertainment for the audience.
“The hypnotist was amazing and hilarious,” commented one student. “After a few tricks I knew it was real, and it definitely made me laugh.”
Red Cross Blood Drive
Week of Welcome went deeper than merely providing events for students. It also provided students with the opportunity to give back to the community through the Red Cross Blood Drive. Many students, faculty and staff took the opportunity to donate much needed blood to help those in need.
Connors’ intramural sports kicked off with a mud volleyball tournament. Students turned out in high numbers to compete, quickly becoming covered in the sticky mud. An extensive, coed intramural program gives every student the opportunity for good-natured competition in a wide range of sports and games.
Wrapping up Week of Welcome was a Welcome Back Bowling trip to Green Country Lanes in Muskogee, Okla. Several students took the opportunity to hang out with friends as they played several friendly games of bowling.
“Overall I think Week of Welcome went great,” said Student Services Director, Mike Jackson. “I have really enjoyed all of the events and interacting with the students and I believe they enjoyed it as well. It was a great way to start what I believe will be a great semester.”