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New NDC students will hold a food collection on Aug. 28. Photo: Christian Taske
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Welcome Weekend Joins Fun, Service

A community service project, the first football game and a college carnival: Notre Dame College’s Welcome Weekend 2010 promises to be an exciting one. The College has planned a fun-filled and informational weekend for new and returning students who will move into the residence halls on Friday, Aug. 27.

“Welcome Weekend is such an exciting time of the year for our campus,” said Becky Barger, director of campus activities. “All of our students come together, get to know each other, and become part of our community.”

Last year, NDC students collected more than 2,500 pounds of food. Photo: Christian TaskeMove-in day will focus on getting new students acclimated. There will be an informational session on the virtual bookstore, a work study job fair and residence hall meetings. The evening program will end with a party in the residential quad featuring Wii Rock Band, a DJ, a dessert buffet, a 4x4 volleyball tournament, corn hole, and tie dye.

Service is an essential part of the College’s mission and students are encouraged to live that mission as soon as they step onto campus. On Saturday morning, all first-year students will therefore participate in a community service project that will kick off  in the Regina Auditorium at 9 a.m. The students will then knock on doors in South Euclid and Lyndhurst and ask for canned goods. Last year, 450 NDC students collected more than 2,500 pounds of non-perishable items.

“The incoming class of 2014 will send a powerful message to the communities of South Euclid and Lyndhurst: Notre Dame College is committed to being a good neighbor and making a difference in the lives of those in need,” said Anthony Camino, director of campus ministry. “I am also hoping students will be inspired by the generosity of our neighbors and continue to serve others throughout their NDC careers.”

The food will be donated to the Heights Emergency Food Center, which serves residents of Cleveland Heights, University Heights, South Euclid and Lyndhurst. The center opened in 1981 with the aid of the Heights Interfaith Council. Staffed by volunteers, it provides more than 500 families with a three-day supply of food once a month.

“The Food Collection will provide much fun,” Camino said, “but it should also raise awareness around the issue of hunger right here in the Hillcrest area.”

After having served the community, NDC students have the chance to support the Falcon football team during the opening game of its inaugural intercollegiate season. The Falcons will take on the Mercyhurst Lakers at Brush High School’s Korb Field at 7 p.m.

“The excitement is building as we approach our inaugural season,” Head Coach Adam Howard said. “It’s palpable; we can feel it.”

The bungee run will return for Welcome Weekend. Photo: Christian TaskeCelebrations will start at 3 p.m. with a Falcon Fan Fest in the residential quad that moves to Brush at 6 p.m. Shuttle buses will take the students to and from the stadium. Students can hopefully celebrate a Falcon victory at the “Pajama Jammie Jam Dance” in the Regina Gym from 9:30 to 11 p.m.

Sunday’s program begins with Mass in Christ the King Chapel at 10 a.m. First-year students are invited to participate in the annual opening convocation in the Regina Auditorium at 11:15 a.m., followed by a picnic lunch in front of Connelly Center at 12:30 p.m.

Starting at noon, there will also be a college carnival complete with jousting, bungee run and a climbing wall. Students receive a free t-shirt and can enjoy some carnival food. The weekend comes to a close with a movie night on the residential quad.

For a full schedule of Welcome Weekend 2010, select this link.

By Christian Taske ’07, editor and writer at Notre Dame College.