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Students ‘Warm Up’ to the Spring 2017 Semester
Two female students in winter coats stand together in the Student Life Center lobby.

Despite a strong, cold wind and sub-freezing temperatures outside, returning Brookdale students received a warm welcome back to campus on Jan. 19 during the college’s annual “Warm Up to a New Semester” program in the Student Life Center.

The event, hosted by the Office of Student Life and Activities (SLA), offered students free hot chocolate, refreshments, live music, prize giveaways and a wealth of opportunities to connect with their classmates and get involved on campus.

Attendees were able to build a custom “alphabet art” coffee mug, fill up bags of free treats from a wall of candy and request songs from a live music act. Many students also took time out to learn about Brookdale’s more than 50 student clubs and campus organizations at an SLA information table, with many signing up on the spot.

Keyshawn Lawson (center) dances during "Warm Up to a New Semester" on Jan. 19. Photo by Minh Connors.

Keyshawn Lawson (center) dances during “Warm Up to a New Semester” on Jan. 19. Photo by Minh Connors.

“This is a great annual event that allows us to welcome students back to a new semester, and to encourage them to branch out a little and get involved on campus,” said SLA interim director Lauren Brutsman.

“There are significant personal and professional benefits to getting involved while in college, we encourage all Brookdale students to find a club, a group or a program that suits their interests.”

For second-year business administration major Elze Raubenheimer, the “Warm Up” was a great start to the Spring 2017 semester.

“I like school, so for me it’s nice to be back on campus,” she said. “But events like this are always fun. It’s kind of like recess for college students. I definitely enjoyed it.”

To learn more about upcoming campus events, visit the Student Life and Activities webpage

Check out more photos from the “Warm Up” event here

[Photos and reporting contributed by Minh Connors, college relations intern]