Welcome Week 2018

Coahoma’s WOW Huge Success

Week of Welcome did not disappoint Tiger Nation. Students, faculty, and staff cooled off from the day’s warmth with ice cream sandwiches and other iced treats at the anticipated Ice Cream Social. Several students strolled through the Wellness Center Plaza to stop at information tables sponsored by campus organizations and local places in the community.  

Coahoma’s WOW Huge Success

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4157 - Melody Dixon

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Tue Sep 11, 2018

Welcome Week 2018Week of Welcome did not disappoint Tiger Nation. Students, faculty, and staff cooled off from the day’s warmth with ice cream sandwiches and other iced treats at the anticipated Ice Cream Social. Several students strolled through the Wellness Center Plaza to stop at information tables sponsored by campus organizations and local places in the community.  

Students stopped to check out CCC’s Tiger P.A.V.E program (Prevention Against Violence through Education), the Cosmetology program, the voter registration initiative sponsored by the Clarksdale chapter of the NAACP, SkillsUSA, the CCC Fit for Life program, the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society, and other organizations.

“From clubs to organizations to community vendors, the campus was fired up about the Welcome Week kick off,” said Renee Hall, the organizer of the outdoor event and coordinator of CCC counseling services. “I was so pleased with the turnout.”

Welcome Week 2018Trending radio hits as well as classics played on and got students excited about achieving academically during the school year while campus radio broadcaster Kerry Lee announced the week’s events. Hall was 100 percent behind the act of getting students educated on services that surround them during their time in college. She said the set up presented freshmen and sophomores with opportunities to network and make friends.

“CCC offers a robust assortment of on-campus opportunities, and we encourage the students to take advantage of it all,” Hall said.

Week of Welcome continued on the following day with a retention rally complete with door prizes, runway models and skits on the importance of pursuing a career after high school. The CCC show choir performed the school chant, yelling out phrases like “Maroon, White! Fight, Fight, Fight!”

Dr. Towner, the keynote speaker for the rally, encouraged CTE students to put their trust in God, not in themselves, to complete their programs. He told them they should have an edge and that it must come from within. The director of the Division of Student Engagement Karen Done followed up with a method that empowered students to cheer themselves on.

“You are not alone. The Division of student engagement, the entire campus, we are your village,” Done explained. “We want you here. We want you to feel connected to us. You belong here.”

Welcome Week 2018She had the audience to repeat back affirmations she tossed out.

“I can do this,” the students declared collectively.

The Tiger band appeared to be the main attraction at the Career-Tech rally. The musicians played upbeat numbers and ended the program with an instrumental selection of the alma mater.

On Wednesday evening, Sharon Shavers Holt urged a number of girls to have a ‘Think About It’ moment. She warned them of roadblocks that could ruin the journey to their dream life.

The mother of five and former correctional officer used her own life as an example to make the point that they, as young adults, can learn from the mistakes of their older relatives in order to avoid making bad decisions. Holt said that it only takes one subtle encounter to be led down the wrong path, referencing the biblical story of Adam and Eve. 

English instructor Wanda Lee said she could relate to Holt’s realization that there are things she has learned but wishes she had known them when she was younger. Holt knows to not let certain things bother her now but did not know how to handle those instances as a teenager.

“What I took away from the speaker is what you do today can and will change your future, and you decide what your destiny looks like,” said Lee. “...I really, really enjoyed her.”