West Campus Welcomes Back Students

By James Tutten
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On a blustery cold day, when Florida was the only state in America without snow, piping hot food was given out to thaw the chill of winter break. The welcome back barbecue took place at Valencia’s west campus last Thursday. This event welcomed students to the campus following winter break and provided free food, entertainment, and information about Valencia-based groups.

Free barbecue meals were provided by Cabin Creek Catering with choices ranging from chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, pork, beans, and coleslaw. Bill Whitney, another food vendor, also provided “tornado potatoes” which are twirled, seasoned, and deep fried potatoes on a stick. The lines, full of hungry students, all spoke highly of the quality and flavor of the food provided.

Additional festivities included face painting, body art, a photography booth, and custom stickers.

This event was organized by SGA to provide students with a chance to have some fun and also learn about Valencia’s many on-campus groups. Valencia’s Nursing Students Association, Intercultural Students Association, Model United Nations, and Phi Theta Kappa, among others, were all stationed throughout the outdoor courtyard. SGA Vice President Wendell Smith said a main goal for this event was to “let students understand how much school spirit Valencia shows.”

Keith W. Houck, vice president for Administrative Services at West campus, was at the event and said, “it’s very exciting, a lot of students have turned out, and they are enjoying the barbecue today.” Jacob Solomon, a third-year Nursing student, agreed. “Anytime you can get a free meal, it’s great for college students.”

Live musical entertainment was provided by Erin Sparks from Nashville, Tenn. Accompanied by her husband on acoustic guitar, she performed a mix of original and cover songs inspired by artists like Sheryl Crow. Sparks brings her folk/country music style to universities and other venues throughout the country.

If you were unable to attend the events, all clubs and organizations can be accessed through the college’s main web site at http://www.valenciacc.edu

The welcome back barbecue and other welcoming events were held at all Valencia campuses last week. Students attending these events were introduced and informed about a variety of on-campus clubs Valencia has to offer including: SGA, Valencia Volunteers, student media, and many others.

picture by Sebastian Arbelaez / Valencia Voice