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Saturday, June 17th, Alice Lloyd College faculty and staff welcomed the newest members to the Eagle Family, as parents and new students gathered for New Student Summer Orientation. The New Student Summer Orientation, colloquially referred to as Summer Orientation, is an opportunity for new students and their families to familiarize themselves more with the everyday activities of ALC. Additionally, students have multiple opportunities to enjoy meeting their soon to be classmates while participating in fun and engaging activities. Students traveled from near and far to attend this year’s event. Kyle Mattioda, from Kingsport, Tennessee, traveled two and a half hours to attend Summer Orientation. Impressed with the ALC education program, Kyle will major in education in addition to playing for the Eagles Baseball team. 

To begin the day, students gathered at the Campbell Arts Center to receive a friendly but informative, welcome address from ALC president, Joe Stepp. Following the welcome, students were divided into groups led by ALC’s Resident Advisors. Each group visited stations around campus to gather information about campus clubs and organizations, academic departments, and athletic teams. Students and their families also attended a “Fun Facts” session led by current ALC students. During the session, prospective students participated in games and activities that allowed them to get to know one another. New students also learned about campus life, received tips to use for their first year of college, and discussed off-campus locations to buy groceries and everyday necessities.

New students are not the only ALC students to enjoy Summer Orientation. Current ALC senior, Madison Mooney, a sociology major from Inez, Kentucky, helped with the “Fun Facts” session. Madison said, “I really enjoyed participating in Summer Orientation. I was able to give some advice, information, and an idea of how the new students’ first year here at Alice Lloyd would go.” She continued to explain the importance of the Summer Orientation program, which is to give students an opportunity to start the foundation for lasting relationships. Madison said, “The students they meet today, that will become their new family and friends, they’re going to see them every day for the next four years.”

For some students, Summer Orientation marked the beginning of a lifelong goal. Zachary Isaac, a Knott County native, always dreamed of attending Alice Lloyd College. Zachary remarked, “I’ve wanted to go here since the third grade because most of my family went here. It feels like family when you come on campus.” Like Zachary, many students feel the culture at ALC encourages a family atmosphere. Cassidy Nicholson, of Manchester, Kentucky, said, “I like the small school setting and the family feel.” ALC is excited to welcome all of these new students for the fall of 2017.