On Aug. 15, at the far end of the GGC library, new and current students walked under the historical arch that welcomes them to campus.
Students participated in the annual tradition called March Through the Arch where students are greeted with smiles, activities, and a welcoming spirit. The GGC faculty, event staff, and returning students made up the 500-plus audience that came to show support.
Staff members wearing “Get Involved” shirts gave out free t-shirts with the question “What is a Grizzly?” on the front and on the back “Service, Scholarship, Leadership, Creativity.”
The four-hour event kept students busy with plenty of events and free swag.
At 1:45 pm, the march was announced through the sound system, and students intending to participate were asked to begin forming a line at the arch. By two o’clock students had made a line which began at the foot of the arch.
The line reached the sidewalk which leads towards the gravel parking lot. Just before that, six drummers stood next to the arch and created a lively and loud rhythm that could be heard even inside the Kaufman Library.
When it was time for new and returning students to pass through the arch, they saw members of the GGC community — teachers, staff, and returning students — on both sides congratulate them with cheers and applause. Many students began chanting “GGC!” and urged others to join.
All of this made the march the most lively part of the day’s events.
Message from President Joseph
The walk led students to the lawn in front of the library where President Dr. Jann Joseph greeted all the new faces and said, “Like you, I am also new to GGC.” She expressed her desire for them to grow and succeed as part of the GGC community.
SGA president, Chigbogu D. Ekemezie, and Student Engagement specialist Natan Stephen Mallory encouraged the new students to aspire to learn and transform their lives by getting involved at GGC.
All activities at the event were paused when the march and the welcoming speeches took place. Once they were over, the event’s activities resumed. There were tents set up on the lawn where many organizations gave students the opportunity to sign-up for different activities.
There were many organizations at the event, such as the Swim and Tri Club inviting students to experience exercising in water, the GGC Honors Program to pursue academic distinction, and the Grizzly Bearly Actors for students to try theatre.
Student’s explore other activities
The latter is one of several organizations that Sabrina Mamou signed up for. She is a new GGC student, majoring in psychology just like her friend Monique Thame who she met her first week at GGC.
“[This] opportunity to dip my feet into unknown territory [is] a way to meet new people and to get involved with school,” Sabrina said about joining the organizations.
The bustling scene on the library lawn was what attracted her to the event. “Seeing that there are tents set up and people walking around, you see something going on,” she said. “Any curious person is going to want to see what’s going on.”
Before and after the march, there were a lot of activities for students to participate in. There was a caricature artist, a face-painting artist, hot dogs, and ice cream. Though many students knew about the event from the email announcement, many students like Sabrina and Monique walked into the day’s festivities out of curiosity.