Incoming Saints S.O.A.R. Onto Campus
During the hot days of summer, Saints Orientation, Advising and Registration for incoming freshman (S.O.A.R.) was taking place at Holy Cross College. Five S.O.A.R. sessions took place over the summer, with a total attendance of 210 students. S.O.A.R. gives the new students the opportunity to ask those important questions in preparation for move in day. Students and parents were given information from the financial aid office, residence life, alumni and parent programs, and many other departments. Throughout the day, students were able to meet with their academic advisors and get an idea of their schedule for the fall semester. According to Bill McKenney, Director of Residence Life and Housing and coordinator of S.O.A.R., “These S.O.A.R. days gave the students an opportunity to meet fellow students and get acclimated to the campus. The S.O.A.R. program is the first step in helping the students feel at home Holy Cross.”
High School Students Experience Saints & Scholars
Around 130 high school student from across the country migrated to Holy Cross College to participate in the first annual Saints & Scholars summer theology institute (SSI). Each morning these students attended classes that combined theological ideas with global concerns such as public health, media, human rights, and sustainability. In the afternoons, the students left campus for community-based learning, which allowed them to apply their classroom knowledge and learn by experience. This program truly incorporates Holy Cross College’s educational mission established by Blessed Father Basil Moreau, C.S.C. Blessed Father Moreau believed a great education incorporated praying, learning, and healing. Dr. Michael Griffin, director of the program, said one of his highlights from the summer was being able to see these bright high school students gain an interest in Holy Cross, and many were even able to picture themselves perhaps as a student here one day.
Welcome Weekend Finishes With a Bang
Between August 20-22, 184 new students moved in to the residential halls at Holy Cross College. Thanks to the 32 returning students who were part of the fall 2016 Welcome Weekend Crew, the weekend sailed along smoothly. Nearly 600 students, family members, and staff attended the St. André Dinner Saturday evening, August 20, in the Pfeil center, but according to a student survey, the St. Soiree was the highest rated event of the weekend. All students, new and returning, were invited to attend the St. Soiree which capped off the end of Welcome Weekend Monday, August 22. This year, the highlight of the St. Soiree was a special 50th anniversary fireworks show, a dramatic way to mark the beginning of the academic year.
Service Project Cleans Up New Building
On Sunday, August 21, over 75 alumni and students joined together to complete the first ever Alumni/Student Service Project. The service project, cleaning up the outside of the new St. Joseph Arts and Science Building, was a joint effort between the Alumni and Parent Programs Office and the Student Programming Office. Alumni and students gathered trash and pulled weeds in order to beautify outside of the building. “Holy Cross College has a long history of having its students provide service to others,” Director of Alumni and Parent Programs, JudeAnne Wilson Hastings, explains. “We thought during this 50th anniversary year it made sense to bring together alumni and students to give of their time and talent to Holy Cross, and we hope this project will become an annual event.”
Soccer Season Kicks Off
Soccer season at Holy Cross College officially began on August 24. The Holy Cross men’s soccer team took on the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University. The first minutes of the game looked gloomy for the Saints. The Golden Eagles defense was playing on the top of their game. Until the 35’ mark the score was 0-0. That all changed when Cayetano Donoso, ’20, and Jonathan Boye, ’19, came into the game. Donoso passed the ball to Boye, who scored the Saints first goal of the season giving the Saints a 1-0 lead, a lead they would never give up. With the help of newcomers and teamwork, the Saints men had a great start to the 2016 season.
The Holy Cross women’s soccer team hosted Grace Bible College on August 29. The first half didn’t go as the Saints planned, and they went down 3-0 going into halftime. In the second half, the Saints looked to get back in the game. Brianna Gonzalez, ’19, and Lizzie Medina, ’19, each shot 3 shots on the goal, but unfortunately, the Saints couldn’t come back, and lost this game to Grace Bible College with a score of 3-0. This loss only makes them more determined for their next home game, September 24, against Saint Ambrose University.
Res Life Block Party a Hit
Residence Life welcomed students back to their neighborhood on August 30 with a campus-wide block party. The music playing from the O’Connor Commons drew out around 75 students from their dorms. Ice cream was handed out to all the students that attended, and students could play various lawn games, as well as play with a variety of inflatable toys and castles. Despite the overcast weather, it turned out to be a great way for students to drop their school work for a little while and meet their fellow Saints and hall mates.
Ping Pong Supremacy Fiercely Fought
On September 1, students participated in the first Table Tennis Tournament of fall 2016. Twenty-three students playing varying styles of ping pong registered to battle for the first and second place Chipotle gift card prizes. After two hours of brutal competition, two students emerged victorious and headed to the final championship game. Reigning champion from last year, Parker Zimmerman, sophomore of Basil Hall, went head-to-head against freshman newcomer Grant Murphy of Anselm. The audience was divided: many students found themselves cheering for both Murphy and Zimmerman. The game was tight for a while until Murphy found himself down 18- 13. Despite the odds, Murphy managed to tie the game, but at the end of the day his miraculous comeback wasn’t enough to beat the reigning champion, Zimmerman, who claimed his second championship (and Chipotle gift card) with pride.
Hall Olympics Start New Tradition
Around 70 students participated in the Hall Olympics event on September 3. Each hall was represented by a team of 8 students. These students participated in many events which included 3 on 3 Basketball, sand volleyball, dodgeball, relay races, an inflatable obstacle course, and various water games. After the events were complete, the first place winners were South Hall, followed closely by Basil Hall. The ladies from North Hall rounded off the top three. Megan Gettinger, women’s hall director, shared that the Hall Olympics were more than just a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. “Participating in these Hall Olympics allowed students to work together in a competitive setting while building campus spirit,” she said. “We can’t wait to see who wins next year!”
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