WATCH: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2015 WELCOME (BACK) WEEKEND
MEMPHIS - During the weekend of August 21-23rd, over 350 freshmen
arrived on campus to usher in the 2015-2016 school year. Their entrance marks
CBU’s 145th year of operation in the city of Memphis, and kicked off
with events and programs aimed at exposing new students to the many facets of
life at CBU.
To begin the second day of WBW, students and their families filled
the University Theater to hear from CBU alum and Sudanese “lost boy” Joseph
Atem, as part of this year’s “Fresh Reads” program. Joseph fled the war-torn
Sudan region in the 80’s, settled in Memphis, and went on to earn both a
bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering. After the morning
presentation, freshmen and parents attended more sessions, a community mass,
and took part in an annual favorite, Buc Fest.
Sunday marked the final day of Welcome (Back) Weekend, and
began with a three-hour staple of student life at CBU. Freshmen had the chance
to experience volunteering at a dozen different organizations throughout the
city; local agencies like Shelby Farms Park, Overton Park Conservancy,
Children’s Museum of Memphis, and more. Upon returning from their service
projects, freshmen and returning students lounged by the pool, competed in
volleyball and basketball tournaments, and listened to music by Mississippi
folk group, Oh Jeremiah. The day ended in the tiled courtyard of the Living
Learning Center, around a fire that gave just enough light and heat to roast
steaming marshmallows between two crackers and some chocolate.
To see an album of pictures from the event, visit the CBU Facebook page below: