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Lyon College welcome weekend begins Aug. 17
Lyon College welcome weekend begins Aug. 17

(Lyon College) - Approximately 214 new students will be arriving on the Lyon College campus Aug. 17-19 for the college’s annual Welcome Weekend.

Welcome Weekend is designed to introduce incoming students and their families to the college and let them get to know the Lyon College and Batesville communities.

Welcome Weekend activities begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 17 when students move their belongings to the campus. Students will have most of the day to get moved in and set up their rooms before meeting with faculty advisors.

New students are welcomed by staff, faculty, and returning students, who help move their belongings to their rooms.

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Bruce Johnston said Welcome Weekend is an exciting and festive time on the Lyon campus.  

“As a community we welcome new students, help them become acquainted, and provide programs and experiences to prepare them for the opportunities Lyon offers,” he said. “Returning students help them move their belongings into residence halls, staff and faculty offer words of encouragement and welcome, and new students begin to feel the sense of community that pervades our campus. From the first day’s activities to the raft races across Bryan Lake on the Monday evening before classes begin, Lyon extends the warmest of welcomes to each new student and their families.”

The college will again host “A Taste of Batesville,” which features food booths set up by area restaurants. Students and their families will get a chance to sample some of the best from Batesville area restaurants.

The first day’s activities wind down with matriculation at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel. Parents will leave following the ceremony.

Sunday’s events kick off with breakfast and outdoor activities, making use of the college’s 18-hole disc golf course, hiking and biking trails, bouldering wall and ropes course and zipline. Sunday evening, students will have some fun with a variety of get-to-know-you activities.

Monday’s main event is the all-college picnic and club carnival, which provides new students with information about all of the student organizations on campus.

The annual cardboard raft race is set to begin at 6 p.m. Teams of two compete to see who can make it across Bryan Lake in a homemade watercraft made of only cardboard and duct tape.

Academic classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 20.