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Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

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Students take advantage of Kona Ice as a fun break from classes.

Students take advantage of Kona Ice as a fun break from classes.

Photographer: Joshua Spradlin

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students enrolled in the fall semester pathology course.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students enrolled in the fall semester pathology course.

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Fun, food and friendly faces greet new and returning Southern Campus students


IRONTON, Ohio – The kickoff of fall semester brings a rush of excitement and a flurry of activity to campus each year. Last week was no exception for Ohio University Southern. 

Student workers and campus volunteers were on hand to welcome new and returning students as classes started Aug. 28 for all Ohio University Southern locations. The Southern Campus has been hosting welcome activities since the 1990s, and this semester numerous students participated in Ironton and at the Proctorville Center. 

Students could pick up a free academic calendar and campus map, grab a snack and learn about Welcome Week contests. 

Admissions advisor and recruiter Oreatha Murray was one of the staff members on hand to distribute goodies and direct students to classrooms. “I think it’s really important for these students who are rushing around to find classrooms and getting acclimated to campus to be greeted with a smiling face and assistance,” Murray said. 

Beth Delaney, associate professor of nursing, said that she puts a quote by Mary Shelley on the blackboard in her classroom at the start of each semester that says, “Every day is a new beginning.” 

Delaney said that Southern Campus faculty and staff do a great job of making students feel welcome throughout the semester, but she said, “Welcome Week is important because we have the opportunity to make a first impression for new students, and for our returning students we demonstrate our desire to support their continued success.”