LaGrange College will kick off the new academic year this weekend with activities for students, faculty and staff, beginning with the annual Spirit and Traditions celebration Saturday on the Residential Quad.
The event will feature free carnival-style food and beverages, prizes and games.
Katie Mosley, new Director of Student Involvement and Service, said there is one attraction that should be very popular.
“We’ll have a giant inflatable UFO where teams of five can battle in a game of laser tag,” she said. “There also will be a giant rock-climbing wall, a Velcro wall, a huge football tackling course and a giant Twister game.”
Other sports-related attractions will include baseball, football and soccer cages.
At nightfall, the film “Jurassic Park” will be shown on a giant movie screen.
Sunday will begin with a chapel service, followed by Operation Panther Pal, a service project. Students will be assembling care packages and writing notes of encouragement for the children of Twin Cedars Youth & Family Services and the Boys & Girls Club of LaGrange.
The Honor Code Initiation Ceremony and first-year formal reception will be held Sunday evening.
The fun continues Aug. 25 at the annual Callaway Gardens Beach Bash. The event will include free access to Robin Beach and Aqua Island, as well as miniature golf, shuffle board and ping pong. Dinner will be served. It is open to all students, faculty, staff and families of faculty and staff.
Hypnotist Daniel James, a student favorite, will close out the day with a show.
First Week activities will conclude Aug. 26 with the annual Fair on the Hill and Dinner on the Plaza.
“This is a great way to meet our community partners and vendors, as well as learn about part-time job opportunities,” Mosley said.
Dr. Marc Shook, Associate Provost and Dean of Student Engagement, said the events are designed to help first-year students as they transition to college life.
“Beginning the day students move into their campus residence halls, First Week features four days of social and educational activities that build relationships and pave the way for classes, which begin Aug. 27,” he said. “Events include first-year evaluations and personal, academic and career workshops. And of course, there will be lots of fun.”
Georgia’s oldest private institution of higher learning, LaGrange College is consistently ranked in the top 10 and as a “best value” among Southern schools by U.S. News & World Report. A four-year liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange offers 60 areas of study with an emphasis on global engagement and service.