Leaders change Week
For incoming freshmen, Welcome Week will be a different experience from that of previous students.
The biggest change will be the new peer mentoring program. Additional changes include adding two seminars, changing the heritage scavenger hunt and giving students more free time.
Interviews for mentors (Cru Leaders and tri-dubs) have been in progress for the last few weeks.
Student organizations Director Kristy Brischke has been on the lookout for students who are passionate about UMHB and have good people skills to mentor new students.
“The jobs of our CLs are not just to serve our Welcome Week students but also to reach out to those who did not participate,” Brischke said.
Students are looking forward to being involved.
Freshman nursing major Abby Thames said, “I know what kind of impact Welcome Week had on me. To have that chance before school started to get my bearings and know what was going on around me was really helpful.”
It is Brischke’s goal to make Welcome Week more enjoyable for new students and increase the university’s retention rate.
Brischke said, “We are hoping to get students to present projects or at least have projects around the room like the nursing students having their senior posters projects.”
Other changes include a campus run before the pep rally and increased free time during the week to make it easier for students moving in and for last-minute class registration.
Sophomore social work major and member of the steering committee, Mary Baucom said, “Kristy has wanted to change the face of Welcome Week for the last couple of years. She wants it to be something that continues on into the semester and about growing leaders.”