With finals upon us and winter break approaching, here is a look back on the Fall 2016 semester:
Welcome Week 2016
VCU’s annual Welcome Week event was held from Aug. 20-28 and welcomed the University’s largest freshman class of 4,200 students. Welcome Week 2016 was a mixture of new and old, with events such as the SOVO Fair, Block Party and Food-Truck-A-Palooza. For highlights of Welcome Week, visit the website here. Find photos and videos here.
Broad St. Mile
The Broad Street Mile is an annual street festival that includes a 5K run and a series of one-mile fun runs throughout Broad Street. The Broad Street Mile always provides fundraising opportunities for local community organizations. This year, the Broad Street Mile was held on Sept. 24 and raised a total of $25,404.32 for those local community organizations. See photos here.
Held on the Commons Plaza, VCU’s annual Qatar Day highlighted some of the experiences and Qatari culture available on VCU’s Qatar campus. VCU’s Qatar Day’s featured arabic calligraphy and perfumes, a photo booth, geo table, fashion show, free food and more.
I-Lead Connect is a student leadership program that was held on Oct. 20-22. I-Lead Connect is offered through the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and focuses on student leadership, community development and change. This year, more than 60 students and staff traveled to Camp Horizons in Harrisonburg, VA. Through three full days of team building activities, I-Lead Connect aimed to work on leadership, communication and intercultural proficiency. See our full Flickr album here.
This year, Family Weekend took place from Oct. 23-25 and gave students the opportunity to show off the University and their campus life to their families. Family Weekend was filled with fun activities and events, such as the annual Rams Got Talent Show, Mini Medical Family Day, Family Game Night and more.
Celebs on Campus
Remember when celebs such as Tyler Oakley and Jesse Jackson were spotted on campus? The Activities Programming Board (APB) sponsored the event “Bingeing with Tyler Oakley” in which YouTube celebrity Tyler Oakley spoke about his new book,”Binge,” and answered questions from the audience. Jesse Jackson also appeared on campus this semester – the focus of his visit was to urge VCU students to vote. He joined local student volunteers at VCU at the student Compass in front of the James Branch Cabell Library. Additionally, Travis Scott, Goldlink and Masego were spotted on campus when they all came together to perform at RamFest, VCU’s annual Homecoming concert.
Freshii Grand Opening
Last semester, VCU asked students what other food options they wanted on campus. Freshii, a health-minded, counter-serve chain that offers tossed-to-order salads plus soup and burritos, was the top choice out of 1,926 votes. Freshii opened on Nov. 1 and offered a free $10 meal to the first 50 people in line.
VCU’s time-honored tradition of Homecoming Week was held on Nov. 6-12 this year. Homecoming celebrates VCU history, school spirit and community. Highlights of Homecoming include the Reign of the Rams pageant, Ram Rally, RamFest, Fall Block and more.
Fall Block is an annual tradition at VCU that showcases the stepping ability of the fraternities and sororities belonging to the National Pan-Hellenic Council. This year Fall Block took place in the Altria Theater on Nov. 12. See photos here.
Paws for Stress
Every semester during midterms and finals, the Dogs on Call therapy dogs come to VCU. Students relax and enjoy time with the therapy dogs. See photos here.
What’s in store for next semester?
-The Spring 2017 semester will kick off with MLK Celebration Week, a week celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
-Mark your calendars for the Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities (SOVO) Fair on Friday, Jan. 20.
Have a safe and wonderful winter break!