New Stephens students spent last week getting familiar with the campus and community as part of the annual Welcome Week.
The week began with Move-In Day when faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves and helped new students and their families move into the residence halls. As in the past, parents of first-year students expressed gratitude for the help.
“It was great—it was smooth sailing,” said Melissa Russell, a Stephens alumna whose daughter, Sally, is majoring in event and convention management.
Welcome Week also included day trips throughout the community, allowing students to bond over activities such as painting and rope climbing.
“These trips serve as ice breakers, but also help our students know that they can rely on one another for support," said Ada Gallup, director of programming and student leadership at Stephens.
On Saturday, first-year students volunteered at the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri while transfer students enjoyed brunch at the President’s Home.
Welcome Week concluded with Songfest, a tradition that allows new students to perform for the entire campus. This year, students competed in a lip-sync battle.
Watch a video of highlights from Welcome Week:
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