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Chesapeake College offers students warm welcome

Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Chesapeake College students Ryan Sessoms of Easton and Ingrid Thomas of Oxford mull over the muffin selection at the Chesapeake College Welcome Wagon on Tuesday. 

WYE MILLS – Everyone wants to feel welcome. Providing that feeling is the driver behind Chesapeake College´s "Welcome Wagon."

"We´re offering food and friendly faces," said Chesapeake College Counselor Joan Seitzer, who manages the Welcome Wagon along with fellow Counselor Amy Childs. "Our main goal is to let students know we´re here to help if they need any assistance getting settled into the new semester."

College staff and Student Government Association officers are operating the Welcome Wagon, which offers beverages and breakfast snacks in the morning and hot dogs, desserts, and soft drinks in the evening. This is the second year for the Welcome Wagon operation, which will be available around the Wye Mills campus at regular intervals over the next two weeks.

Students said the Welcome Wagon, which began operating Tuesday morning, is a nice touch.

"Free food is great for full-time college students," said Millington resident Sharon Germann. "Now I think I´ll be able to get through my computer class assignment."

"The red (Welcome Wagon) cart got my attention and I like that it´s located in a high-traffic area," said student Rachel Grove, an Easton resident, referring to the cart´s placement between two of the college´s main academic buildings. "This is a nice way to reach out to students and get the semester off to a good start."

Childs said the Welcome Wagon is a strong retention tool.

"Students are more likely to be successful if they connect with faculty and staff, and know where to go if they run into academic difficulties," said Childs. "In addition to providing food, we give out information about the college´s academic support services, so that students have that information when they need it."

Trappe resident Susie Bradford was one student who didn´t take advantage of the free food, but thought it was a nice touch anyway.

"I´m getting married this weekend and I need to fit into my wedding dress, but I appreciate what the Welcome Wagon is offering," she said. "I could use the extra energy this week!"


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