New Year, New Events, New Changes for Spring 2014

Ashley Fox

Staff Writer

Wilmington College Students and Staff- welcome back to a new year and a new Spring 2014 semester. There are exciting events and changes to campus life coming to keep students, faculty, and our community engaged for the remaining months of the academic season. Want to know what new events APB is planning, what SGA has up their sleeve, and how to stay focused and on track this semester? The Witness is here to help keep you posted about upcoming events, campus changes, and student interests for your Spring 2014 semester. A series of questions pertaining student interests were eagerly answered by faculty and student leaders of the college who are personally driven to help others engage in academics, campus events, and the community. 


What are some events coming up in SP2014?

From APB and Student Activities:

Sibs Weekend April 4-6

The Quake & After Shock TBA

Relay For Life TBA

Spring Formal Dance TBA

From SGA:

SGA Petition Nomination Packets have been released. Students who want to see a change in campus life and become a leader in the community can get involved by filling out the packets and turning them in to the SGA office located in Pyle by Friday, February 7th by 5:00 p.m. “Other information will be released in the next few days of how students can get involved with SGA and serving the student body. This is a great leadership opportunity for any main campus student who is not graduating this year” informed current SGA President, Jamie Crane. 

Ground Breaking for the new Kettering Building: January 24th 

From Multicultural Affairs:

Open Mic Poetry Slam: February 11 @ 6:30pm in McCoy

Step Show:  February 15 Time/Place TBA

Movie: Django or The Butler: February 18 @ 7p.m in McCoy

African Village: February 20 Top of Pyle, Time TBA

Desegregation of Wilmington Schools: February 25 in Watson Library, Time TBA

“No Offense…But”: March 18 @ 7pm in McCoy

Faculty/Staff Talent Show: March 20 @ 7pm, Place TBA

Women’s History Speaker: March 26 @ 7pm, Place TBA

Tyehimba Celebration: April 24 @ 6:30pm in McCoy

From Center for Service and Civic Engagement:

There are several events all semester long relating to community service and civic engagement. For a complete list check out:  HYPERLINK “” Once on the website, click on “Pick a project now” and a full list is located on the left hand side. Some of the upcoming events include Recycle Mania, Global Youth Service Day, and the annual Food Symposium. More details will be coming about these events and many more in the future. 

From Housing: 

Housing Lottery 

RA & PA Selections

Are there any new changes to the campus or campus life?

The new time slots for RCC have been changed again to meet the needs of students who use and facilitate the computer labs throughout the week.

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am- 10pm

Friday: 7:30am- 5p.m

Saturday- closed

Sunday: 6pm- 10pm

The flat screen television once located in the stairwell leading to The Top is now located above the ATM machine in Pyle. This is a high traffic viewing area for information and other channels   that are broadcast during Pyle’s open hours. Because not everyone eats at The Top, this is a better place to communicate information, especially for commuters, faculty, and staff. 

Surveillance camera systems are currently being installed throughout campus to ensure better safety and less common area damages and fines. These systems are nearly complete in Austin-Pickett Hall and Robinson Communications Center. 

All students and faculty will be getting new ID cards with the new Wilmington logo and slogan by the end of this semester.

WHOLElink is a new website resource for students to find on and off campus jobs that are both part-time and full-time. Students can also find internships and service projects through this site. WHOLElink can also be a career search tool to look up jobs in their field of interest. WHOLElink can be found under Student Interests, and then Career Interests on the  HYPERLINK “mailto:wc@home”wc@home page. 

First Choice Video is currently going out of business. Although we are sad to see the local business close, we are thankful for their business over the past years. SGA is currently looking for another local business partner to reward students with it’s usage in the coming months. 

How can students stay engaged on campus, their academics, and the community this semester? Advice from:

Michael R. Allbright, Assistant to Dean of Students: “Check e-mail messages, campus channel, mailbox fliers and other communication about events and programs. Stay around on weekends, go to sporting events, service opportunities, check out the Wilmington News Journal online and see what is going on in Wilmington.”

Kenneth Lydy, Associate VP for Student Affairs: “If you want to find out about things, look around and see what opportunities are on signs, in your mailbox, email, info channel, and word of mouth. The same is true for the greater community…see things out…don’t wait for something to fall in your lap.” 

Tara Lydy, Director of Service and Civic Engagement: “Watch the info channel,  HYPERLINK “mailto:wc@home”wc@home, Facebook pages such as the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, and join WCVolunteers group on Facebook.”

Jamie Crane, SGA President: “Most of all: get involved. While there isn’t a formal Organization Fair on campus this semester, we still encourage you to try something new. That could be going to new organization with a friend or maybe trying a new workout in the Underground or at Herman Court. Additionally, Greek rushes are right around the corner and provide a potential to get even more involved on campus. Last but not least, to stay engaged in the community this semester, I encourage students to visit somewhere they haven’t visited before. Typically, students rarely go downtown during their four years at the college but there are so many wonderful places to visit, including multiple restaurants such as Austin’s and The General Denver as well as The Crave candy and nut store and Jen’s Deli. So, instead of heading right up the strip to McDonalds, I encourage students to head downtown and check out all there is to offer!”

This is only the beginning list of some of the many great changes and opportunities available for students, faculty, and staff of the campus community. Utilize tools, be aware, and seek out information. The Witness wishes to all a successful and enriching spring semester. 


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