Opening Days of our 117th Year
by Steddon Sikes
The students, the lifeblood of York College, have returned — giving life once again to the campus. New students arrived on Saturday, bringing with them their hopes and dreams for the future, as well as parents' cars piled high with clothes, computers, and other dorm-life necessities.
Several athletic teams that had arrived a week early for practice were ready to help freshmen unload vehicles and set up their rooms. A picnic meal on the campus courtyard officially welcomed the new students and their families to campus. Before the day's end, new students had the opportunity to worship with the YC family at a devotional.
On Tuesday night, the community gave their welcome to town with a Community Fair, including free prizes and a picnic dinner on the Court House lawn. Students were able to meet business people and see what services and products are available to them in town.
The Opening Convocation ceremony was held on Wednesday at chapel. Flags from 31 states and 6 countries were carried in, representing the homes of all the student body. After faculty and staff introductions, President Wayne Baker gave an address about the mission of the college, which is "To provide a quality liberal arts education, equipping students to lead lives of purpose, leadership, and service consistent with Christian ideals." He then pronounced the 117th academic year at York College officially open.After devotional services that evening, the East Hill Church of Christ family organized an ice cream social to welcome students... a fitting way to kick off the year in home-style fashion.