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K-State Today

August 21, 2018

College of Education majors will glow with purple pride at welcome picnic

By Patrice Scott

Food, friends, fun and glow sticks. Now that's the way to kick off a school year. 

Education majors, in-coming and current students, are invited to the first-ever collegewide welcome picnic where they will meet fellow students, break into squads for some seriously fun team building activities and enjoy a picnic-style dinner served by the faculty. For the grand finale, a drone will fly over the group holding purple glow sticks while forming the word "EDCATS" on the lawn in front of Anderson Hall. 

EDCATS Welcome and Picnic
Aug. 26
New students
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: K-State Student Union Ballroom

Faculty and their families
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Holen Courtyard

Returning students
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Holen Courtyard 

For new students, the event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Union Ballroom and for returning students, the picnic begins at 6:30 p.m. at Bluemont Hall. Activities for new students include a brief welcome message from Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education. Then, squad leaders will lead students through engaging activities culminating with a procession and walk from the Union to Bluemont Hall for dinner at 7 p.m. in the Holen Courtyard. Faculty, new and returning students are all invited to join the group drone photo at 7:50 p.m. 

"K-State is a special place and we want to welcome our newest teacher candidates to the college and welcome back our returning students in a significant way," Mercer said. "This is our way of unifying undergraduates and demonstrating how important all of our students are to the program."