The 2018-19 academic year has officially begun at Centre College, with first-year students having completed new student orientation and starting their first week of classes. The 365 members in the Class of 2022 had a chance to prepare for their college journey during Centre’s annual orientation week, which gives students five days to transition to campus life.
New students arrived on Aug. 22 for Move-In Day, when members of the campus community helped them into their residence halls. After settling into their rooms, the Class of 2022 began their Centre experience with a variety of events and activities.
“We are very excited to welcome the newest Colonels to Centre,” said Scotty Rainwater, director of Greek Life and New Student Orientation. “Each year, and with each new class of students, our campus changes. The experiences and perspectives of those students shape the culture at Centre. It is my hope that the orientation program reinforced the principles of our community: learning, leadership and service.”
On the first day of orientation, first-year students were broken into groups based on their potential major interests, where they got to know one other with the assistance of an upperclass orientation leader. The orientation groups also met with their shared faculty advisors for a Dessert and Book Discussion, where they bonded further while discussing this year’s New Student Book, “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions” by Valeria Luiselli., who will deliver a convocation address on campus later this year.
As is tradition, the Class of 2022 also joined President John A. Roush and First Lady Susie Roush at the President’s Picnic, where the students met and dined at Craik House, the president’s home.
Rainwater said that each day of orientation has a different theme focused on community. Saturday’s theme was “Broader Community,” where the students experienced the community outside of Centre through Service Plunge and Delve into Danville. Service Plunge is an annual event that gives first-years the opportunity to make a difference in the local region through service at a variety of sites across town. This year’s locations included Shaker Village, Morning Pointe, The Wildlife Ruge, among others. Delve into Danville allows students to explore the downtown area and get a taste of what the city has to offer.
“I was extremely pleased with Delve into Danville this year, because we were able to collaborate with the Heart of Danville and some downtown businesses,” he said. “Students were able to try some food from local restaurants like Harvey’s, Melton’s Deli, Captain Frank’s, Plank on Main, The Hub, and Bluegrass and Buttercream. We are so thankful to them and the Heart of Danville, and we are really looking forward to continuing to build that event.”
During orientation, Rainwater said the Diversity and Inclusion Office also built upon the community theme by creating multiple activities during the week that focused on building an inclusive community and exploring personal identity development.
“It was important that we spend more time during orientation discussing inclusion and establishing a foundation that our new students can build upon with continued dialogue and programming throughout their time at Centre,” he added.
New student orientation came to a close with the annual Opening Dinner and Opening Convocation, both of which take place on the Sunday prior to the first day of classes. Nayef H. Samhat, president of Wofford College, addressed the Class of 2022.
The annual Activities Expo, to be held on Aug. 30, along West Walnut Street, features the College’s nearly 90 campus clubs and organization, allowing students the opportunity to get involved with extracurricular groups, as well as interact with community members.
As the academic year moves forward, the Class of 2022 is sure to continue shaping their own unique Centre Experience, just like students have done for 200 years.
by Kerry Steinhofer
August 28, 2018