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CC welcomes new Koalas

Melvonia Taylor, editor

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First-years began their college journey Aug. 25 with the help of student leaders, faculty and staff at move-in.

During move-in, the CC community helps incoming students get settled into McNair Hall by moving their luggage, bins, furniture and decorations into the students’ dorm rooms.

There are approximately 165 first-years and approximately 65 transfer students, according to Julie King, director of Admissions. There are two first-year international students, according to Melissa Brannen, director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Resources.

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First-years gather for a class photo in front of UMC College Place.

After the new students moved in, they were soon immersed in the college atmosphere, which began with Orientation Kickoff.

They attended sessions on student success, personal health, diversity training, the honor code, student organizations, safety and decision making and information technology.

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Dia Prijono and Paige Willett, first-year biology majors, clean the garden at Transitions Homeless Center.

The students were given the opportunity to visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, serve in the community and play “ThinkFast.” The winners of “ThinkFast” received $200.

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Jasmine Carter, sophomore communication studies major and orientation leader, and Litzel Martinez-Garcia, first-year speech language pathology major visited Riverbanks Zoo and Garden as a part of orientation.

The first-year class is made up of 50 percent student-athletes, and they were recognized during the Koala Spirit session, according to Kellyann Stubblefield, director of athletics. The new coaches were also recognized.

New Head Coaches:

  • Basketball–James Black
  • Golf–Tom Mason
  • Lacrosse–Kristin Balish
  • Soccer–Robert Hunter
  • Softball–Bre Shearin
  • Tennis–James Morrison
  • Volleyball–Keyaira Stevenson
  • Athletic Trainer–Taylor Kravitz

Other Head Coaches:

  • Swimming–Jason Gallaher (fourth year at CC)
  • Cross Country/Track & Field–Travis Nichols (second year at CC)

The soccer team will host Dalton State College Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. The volleyball team will host Truett-McConnell University at 11 a.m. The Cross Country team will attend the Palmetto State Invitational at Columbia International University Sept. 2.

Throughout the weekend, first-years interacted with orientation leaders who had been training from Aug. 20-24 to prepare for the students’ arrival.

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First-years, Lane Williams (left) and Hailey Voytko (right), take a picture at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden with senior orientation leader, Harley Carrigan (center).

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the class of 2021 and helping them to understand the choice they’ve made to attend CC is life-changing,” Cicely Wise, sophomore global business major, said.

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