The fall semester resumes in Cleveland, TN, and this can only mean one things for the students of Cleveland State and Lee University: BCM Welcome Week. It is only tradition to invite new and returning students to take part in several events going on around their campuses, hosted by Yours Truly.
Club Lee and Freshman Connection, held the weekend prior, combined as the springboard for Welcome Week on both campuses. Freshmen and transfer students flooded the Rec Center at Lee and the Student Center at CSCC to learn all about club possibilities. The BCM, of course, was there to represent. We were able to hand out paraphernalia of all sorts: cups, pens, flyers, etc. It was great to familiarize ourselves with new faces and to tell others what the BCM is all about.
Monday, August 25 was the official kickoff to Welcome Week. Nothing calls out to students like free food. Schimmel’s Park on Lee’s campus set the stage for an evening of intense spike ball and corn hole games along with all the hamburgers and hotdogs a person could ask for. Several students at the cookout signed up to volunteer for service opportunities coming up in the following weeks.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, around 150 cups of coffee and 450 donut holes were distributed at CSCC and Lee. It was important to the BCM to have an equal presence on both campuses. Students of all ages and backgrounds were able to grab a quick snack in between classes and to ask questions of the BCMers manning the tables.
The first free lunch of the 2014-2015 school year was the following Thursday. The smell of chicken casserole, green beans, and rolls wafted out the front doors, drawing students to come and partake in the food and fellowship inside.
That same night, old and new friends gathered around rectangular white tables for a few friendly rounds of spoons. If that wasn’t competitive enough, the evening progressed with other games like Ships and Sailors and (the inevitable) Mafia. Although few left that night without bruises from “hitting the deck” or a stomachache from all the cookies eaten, the night was a success.
To wrap up the week, student volunteers headed to Poplar Street to spend the day with kids—face painting, jumping on inflatables, playing kickball, and listening to good music. Around 60 children and community members came out to enjoy that fine Saturday with us. Some BCMers even got to share the Gospel with a couple of kids.
It was a great first week, and we pumped to see what the rest of the semester brings!