Monday, September 8, 2014

A Reynolds Welcome

At the start of the fall semester at Reynolds, most students return from either a 4-month vacation, a summer job and/or from taking summer classes.  Whether new or returning, most students find themselves overwhelmed the first few days of classes - unsure of where their classes and other college services are located.  Thankfully, Reynolds has a plethora of resources ready to assist them. As they say, we even have an app for that!

The first week of classes featured Greeter Tables staffed by Student Ambassadors providing students with directions, information, and materials to assist them in finding their way, and Welcome Back parties that put everyone at ease and injected a little fun into their hectic first days.  To get students involved in clubs and activities on campus, Student Life and club representatives marketed their various services throughout the events.

Reynolds has recently received brand new touch screen kiosks that can access campus maps, class schedules, and room numbers to provide simple and efficient directions to any location a student or visitor might need. Students can also download the Reynolds App on their smartphone or tablet.  The Reynolds App, released last spring, provides access to their SIS, campus maps, and other useful information.  Whatever the need, there is a resource to assist you.

With these excellent resources providing direction to new and returning students during this first week, along with the Welcome Back events hosted by Student Life that treated students to snacks, food, drinks, Reynolds merchandises, and entertainment, the semester is off to a great start.

If you are a new or returning student at Reynolds - Welcome! Sometimes you might feel overwhelmed, but know that there are staff, faculty, resources, and events to make you feel truly welcomed all semester long.

Reynolds student Dylan Chaplin - Dylan is serving as a PR Assistant and a Student Ambassador this fall. He also served as the Vice-President of The H.E.A.R.T Service, which is a community service and civic engagement club designed to create connections between Reynolds and its surrounding communities. During his first two semesters at Reynolds he successfully completed the college's Leadership Program, JSR LEAD.  In his spare time he likes to blog.