Join the fun at the Welcome Back Bash

By Joycelyn Fish
Campus Life Editor

A new school year has begun, and the Viterbo community is ready to welcome students with open arms. While freshman are just starting to dip their toes into the college experience, upperclassmen and graduate students are ready to take on another year. A major part of college life at Viterbo is becoming involved on campus and integrating students into La Crosse. The second annual Welcome Back Bash will be held Thursday, August 30 from 2-4 p.m. in the Mathy Center to offer these resources for students from new to veterans.
The Welcome Back Bash brings together businesses, student groups and clubs, non-profit organizations and various departments in one venue for students to explore various opportunities on and off campus. Presented through the partnership of Campus Activities, Service Learning, and the Student Government Association, the event promises to present students a way to jump start the school year.
Brieanna Hansche, a junior sports management major from Melrose, Wis., attended the Bash last year and thought it was a lot of fun. “It was nice to see what was available to do on campus and [in the] community,” Hansche said. “It’s also good to see how clubs reach out to others.”
“Student Activities Board (SAB) is participating to recruit new members, get the word out about the many activities coming up in the next few months, and give away our recruitment pieces,” Julie Schoenrock, a senior nursing major from New London, Wis., stated.
Featured student organizations range from those that focus on majors, such as the Education Club, to those that make living on campus a great experience, such as Residence Hall Council. Additionally, many local businesses will have booths and information including Pepsi, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, Orange Pearl Salon and Deaf Ear Records.
“My favorite part is seeing all the local businesses because even though I’ve been here for a while I still don’t know every place to visit or what’s around the area to do,” Schoenrock added.
Hansche believes talking to businesses is beneficial as well. “There are also job opportunities because you can talk to representatives of the company and get your foot in the door,” she said.
The Bash will also feature pet therapy dogs, salon services, and lots of free giveaways, food and samples. Voter registration will also be available during the event; be sure to bring a driver’s license as it is needed to sign up.
To ensure that it is a successful school year at Viterbo and in the community, be sure to stop by the Welcome Back Bash ready to learn. “It is an introduction to clubs on campus and local businesses. Visiting these booths will allow students to get involved and learn about the area they are living in for their college career,” Schoenrock shared.

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