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Class of 2017 Arrives at the Dubb-C

President Asked New Students to 'Just Say Yes'

August 23, 2013

Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds welcomes Monique Altvater, a freshman from Carey, Ohio, to a picnic lunch he and his wife, Sue, hosted Friday.

Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds welcomes Monique Altvater, a freshman from Carey, Ohio, to a picnic lunch he and his wife, Sue, hosted Friday.

Faculty and staff welcomed Wilmington College’s newest students to campus Friday (Aug. 23) as the Class of 2017 began its “Dubb-C” experience.

President Jim Reynolds asked the 326 freshmen and transfer students to “just say yes” as he addressed the New Student Convocation.

“Say ‘yes’ to being a positive force on campus,” he said. “Say ‘yes’ to supporting others and providing friendship. Say ‘yes’ to realizing there is a purpose for your being here. Say ‘yes’ to sharing the joy you will experience with others.

“Say ‘yes’ to serving others. Say ‘yes’ to creating and affirming the very best you can be and say ‘yes’ to making this place the very best it can be.”

Reynolds empathized with those new students that might be feeling a bit of anxiety as they leave the comforts and familiarity of their homes to embark upon a journey into unknown territory, especially those first generation college students.

He recalled the great support from faculty and staff he received as a college student.

“I, like many of you, was the first in my family to go to college. People are here to help you — they want you to be successful,” he said. “I’m inviting you to be part of this community and the values we share. This place continues to challenge, excite, engage and support me — as it will for you.”

(LEFT) New students engage in the WC tradition of signing the Campus Rock upon their arrival on campus.

The new students include 273 freshmen and 53 transfer students. They come from 12 states and Sweden. Some three-dozen are legacies, as they have a parent, grandparent or sibling that attended WC. The most popular majors include agriculture, athletic training, education and biology.

Student Government Association president Jamie Crane urged them to get involved and take advantage of all that Wilmington College has to offer, including its more than 50 organizations.

“Dig deeper and make so much more of you college career,” she said. “I challenge you to use your time here to make WC a better place.”

Erika Goodwin, vice president for academic affairs, a WC student herself in the 1990s, said the students are embarking upon one of “life’s most transformative and exciting adventures.”

Another alumnus, Jill Naylor, Class of 2006, president of Alumni Council, urged them to see going to WC as a “new beginning” for them.

“Embrace this time, enjoy this time, expect challenges and encourage each other,” she said.

(RIGHT) This group of new students enjoyed dinner Saturday at Hadley Farms hosted by Gene and Christine Snyder and Mary Ellen Krisher.

The students began four days of orientation activities after moving into their resident halls Thursday morning. Following the convocation, they engaged in the tradition of signing the Campus Rock, a seven-ton boulder placed in front of College Hall in 1906.

They went into the community Saturday morning to engage in service projects while, later in the day, the students toured the city of Wilmington in a “Town Walk-A-Bout,” browsing some of the downtown specialty shops and restaurants. A number of WC alumni and friends hosted dinners for the new students Saturday evening,

Returning students arrived on campus over the weekend in anticipation of the start of classes Monday morning (Aug. 26).