Every year, the university has around 300 transfer students from different campuses and walks of life.
Some of them come searching for a better education than what they had experienced at their previous institutions, and some come for the specific things that UMHB offers.
Normally in the fall, freshmen wave in and are introduced to the campus with Welcome Week, a dubbing ceremony and different chapel and university events set up especially for them.
During the middle of the year, when some 150 transfer students are introduced to the campus, they have not been greeted in quite the same way until recently.
Assistant Director of Student Organizations Tiffany Wurdemann explained that the need for a Welcome Week for transfer students became relevant to her when she created a survey and sent it out to 150 transfers.
Twenty-five responded, saying they would be interested in learning more about campus life.
From events including coffee houses and bowling trips which are organized by Cru Cab, the transfers were able to enjoy their own mini-welcome week.
They were invited to Vice President for Student Life Dr. Byron Weathersbee’s house for dinner and were also dubbed Crusaders.
Wurdemann said, “The neat thing about that is they all brought their families, so it was very special.”
Help for the event was provided by Cru Cab and the steering committee.
Junior marketing major and logistics committee member Alex Ball explained that this year’s transfer students were able to get involved and meet other students by helping out in the local community.
At one point during the Welcome Week for transfer students, they were able to help at the local Hope for the Hungry center by cleaning out storage space and general tidying up of the establishment.
Ball said, “It was really great to work as a team, all working to further God’s kingdom through Hope for the Hungry. It was definitely a bonding experience among the transfer students.”
Many of the students are former military members who have recently been sent back home and can now pursue an education.
There is a smaller number of older adults and a greater number of young adults transferring in from multiple community colleges.
Wurdemann said, “When I ask people why they chose UMHB, I feel like it is a faith-based institution, and it is smaller. … They want that quality education, so that’s why they’re going to choose a college like UMHB.”
Junior nursing major Kara Cornelio said, “The Welcome Week they have now for transfer students is a really good way to introduce transfers to the UMHB lifestyle. It introduces us to the school song and makes us feel as much a Crusader as the students that enroll right out of high school.”