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Students, Employees Kick Off 2016-17 School Year

Hundreds of students and Brookdale community members packed the Student Life Center patio on Sept. 13 for an afternoon of singing, snacks and prize giveaways offered as part of 2016-17 Welcome Back Week.

The annual kick-off party, hosted by the Office of Student Life and Activities (SLA), featured free henna tattoos, Chinese name painting, a Brookdale prize wheel and Dippin’ Dots ice cream, as well as the opportunity to perform live karaoke on stage with area rock band The Big Ragu.

The event also served as a kickoff for SLA’s 2016-17 theme: Making a World of Difference. The idea, said interim SLA director Lauren Brutsman, is to encourage Brookdale students to get involved on campus this year and work for positive change at their school, in their communities, and across the globe.

Students stand in line for a customized Chinese Name Painting during Welcome Back Week on Sept. 13.

Students stand in line for a customized Chinese Name Painting during Welcome Back Week on Sept. 13.

“When our students come together and work toward something they are passionate about, they can accomplish some truly amazing things,” said Brutsman.

“From our Student Life Board to the dozens of student clubs and organizations we have on campus, there are so many opportunities for students to get involved and make a difference for themselves and others. Our goal is to encourage them to join in and make the most of their time at Brookdale.”

In addition to free swag, food and rock & roll, the kickoff party also featured a voter registration table – where students could sign up to vote in the upcoming presidential election – and information about getting involved with Brookdale student life.

“Participating in college life is so important,” said returning Brookdale student and current Student Life Board member Demi Vernikov. “You miss out on so much when you just go to class and go home. I was never involved in high school and I hated it. When I came here I knew I wanted to change that. Now, since I’ve been on the Student Life Board, I’ve made so many new friends, memories and important connections. College is much, much more rewarding when you get involved outside of class.”

Welcome Back Week will continue on Sept. 14 with an outdoor screening of the Kevin Hart/Dwayne Johnson comedy Central Intelligence on the Student Life Center patio (lower level) beginning at 8 p.m. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.

The festivities conclude with Brookdale’s annual Involvement Fair on Thursday, Sept. 15 in and around the Student Life Center. Students are invited to meet with representatives from more than 50 clubs and campus organizations and learn how to Make a World of Difference on campus this year. The Involvement Fair will also feature free funnel cake, fried Oreos, prize giveaways, photo opportunities and more.

Keep up with all Student Life and Activities events by visiting the SLA calendar.

Check out more photos from 2016-17 Welcome Back Week here