Chowan University Partners with Community to Welcome New Students
On August 18, 2018, twenty-five local businesses and churches will gather from 11am-1:30pm on the Chowan University campus to welcome new students to Chowan and the Murfreesboro community. This southern hospitality is an annual tradition where the community demonstrates the love it has for Chowan students through fellowship.
Located in the Hawk’s Nest, Chowan faculty and staff will gather with churches and businesses to serve complimentary lunch to incoming students and their families. “Each year local churches and businesses eagerly participate to offer this gift of hospitality. We anticipate serving 3,500-4,000 plates of food. We could not do it without the community,” said Mari Wiles, Minister to the University.
Students will engage in many tasks on this day as they check-in to their home for the next four years. They will receive their room key and a map of campus. Upperclassmen, student-athletes, and local churches will assist students and their families as they move into their new residence hall.
Following an eventful day of travel, moving, and getting settled-in students and families are welcomed to share in community and fellowship as they enjoy a meal together before they go their separate ways. Chowan is grateful for all the Murfreesboro community members who join together to make the newest arrivals feel at home.
Taking time to build community has long-lasting benefits. Belonging is a basic psychological need. When students feel a part of a community they are more likely to be academically motivated, and to act ethically and selflessly. Since most college students are leaving their family and friends behind to begin their new journey, it is increasingly important for them to feel connected to a community.
One of the first memories students will have of their experience at Chowan will be a warm welcome from not only members of the Chowan community but the entire Murfreesboro community. For more information on Chowan Check-in please contact Mari Wiles, Minister to the University, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-398-6268.