Students Expand Social Circles at Kick-off BBQ

The Office of Student Life and Development at Whatcom Community College hosted a Fall Welcome Back BBQ in the courtyard outside the Syre Student Center Sept. 22.

Students socializing at Welcome Back BBQ at Whatcom Community College
Students socialize in courtyard outside Syre Center at Whatcom Community College’s Welcome Back BBQ. Photo by Marina Sanders.

“Last week’s event was an opportunity for me to expand my circle,” said Whatcom student Hei Suen Clare Wong. “I met many students during the event, especially students I’ve seen around campus but never really talked to.”

Students were given a punch card after signing into the event. They were encouraged to interact with different groups to “earn” a point. Once they got five points they were then able to get free food, including vegan and gluten-free options.

Student volunteers serving food at Welcome Back BBQ
Student volunteers serving food at Welcome Back BBQ at Whatcom Community College for Fall quarter. Photo by Marina Sanders.

“The Welcome Back BBQ fostered so many great connections! I saw so many smiles,” said Katie DeOrio, Director for K12 Partnerships (Running Start). She noted that some students arrived by themselves, but left with others.

The event was designed to provide information to students about various resources and services on campus, including those at the Simpson Intercultural Center, the Athletics Department and student housing at Cedar Hall. 

The event also offered students information about opportunities with Associated Students of Whatcom Community College such as clubs and Student Senate.

“We had over 350 students attend, interacting with the different resources we had, which was the main focus, so that people can learn about Whatcom Community College and the Associated Students of Whatcom,” said Associate Director for Student Life and Development Keenan Kaemingk.

Whatcom Community College Orca mascot
Whatcom Community College Orca mascot welcomes students back to campus for BBQ to kick off Fall quarter. Photo by Marina Sanders.

Besides offering food, games, music, and campus information, organizers said one objective was to give students an opportunity to find new connections with peers and staff members.

The ASWCC plans to organize more events on campus in the hopes of building more meaningful student connections on campus.

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