Richland welcomes new Thunderducks

Welcome Week got underway at Richland College Aug. 20 with classes slated to begin Aug. 27. Plenty of activities will take place on campus to welcome new and returning students.

“Every year we do Welcome Week for students, as well as new students and so it’s always a week full of jam-packed activities,” said Kim Deng with the Office of Student Life.

Students enjoy the food during the Welcome Back Bash last spring.

Students enjoy the food during the Welcome Back Bash last spring.

Students can line up for free ice cream in the El Paso Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28. On the first day of classes, students can get free big chair photos. The next day, they can try free wax hand sculptures. On Aug. 29, there will be free burgers in the East Breezeway, located near the library, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A balloon artist will give away free balloon sculptures.

New students will have the opportunity to meet some of the many service departments at Richland and some of their fellow Thunderducks.

“You’re getting to know the school, the different departments, the students. You’re interacting with them,” Deng said.

On Aug. 30, Richland will celebrate Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan in the Muslim culture. The event, in collaboration with the Muslim Student Association, takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the El Paso Lounge. There will be free goodies, including henna tattoos and photo magnets.

Welcome Week wraps up with an opportunity for Thunderducks to enjoy free caricature images of themselves from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the El Paso Lounge.