The Associated Students of Western Nevada is making sure that the fall semester opens with some pizzazz.
Students at Western Nevada Collegeâ€™s Carson City and Fallon campuses can expect plenty of free food, games and entertainment starting Monday, Aug. 31.
â€œWe want to welcome new and returning students back to campus with a bang, giving them a preview of what is to come in the academic year 2015-16,â€ said ASWN Vice President Cheyenne Bryant.
â€œThe Associated Students of Western Nevada is here to serve them by striving to give them the college experience.â€œ
At the Carson City campus, ASWN, WNCâ€™s student governing body, has arranged for free donuts and coffee from 9 to 11 a.m. On Aug. 31 in the Bristlecone Building lobby and on the second floor of the Cedar Building. When students finish their first day of classes, they can enjoy free pizza and music from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Dini Student Center lobby.
If a student prefers a short-term tattoo, then Tuesday, Sept. 1 is your chance to add some art to your skin. Free Sharpie tattoos are planned from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Dini Student Center.
The fun continues on Wednesday, Sept. 2 with a free barbecue and games from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dini Student Center.
The festive week concludes with a hypnosis show featuring Dan Kimm at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Marlette Hall. The show is open to the community. Tickets are $3 with a student ID and $5 without. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free.
ASWN is also trying to arrange for food trucks to be on campus Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and an Italian ice truck on Wednesday.
On the Fallon campus, students can celebrate the opening day of classes on Aug. 31, with free donuts and coffee from 9 to 11 a.m. in the PiÃ±on Hall lobby.
A larger party is planned for Thursday Sept. 10. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., students can enjoy a free barbecue, music, face painting and games between Virgil Getto and PiÃ±on halls.
Bryant cited an article written by Alexander Astin in 1993 about the positive effects of engaging students in on-campus activities.
â€œExtracurricular activities provide a setting to become involved and to interact with other students, thus leading to increased learning and enhanced development,â€ Astin wrote.
Bryant said ASWNâ€™s goal is to keep students on campus longer.
â€œASWN aspires to bring more life into campus by giving students a reason to remain on campus rather than coming and going for their classes,â€ she said.
Welcome Back Days
Carson City Campus
â€¢ Monday Aug. 31, 9 to 11 a.m.: Free donuts and coffee in Bristlecone Building lobby and second floor of Cedar Building
â€¢ Monday, Aug. 31, 2 to 5 p.m.: Free pizza and music in the Dini Student Center lobby
â€¢ Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1 to 5 p.m.: Free Sharpie tattoos in the Dini Student Center
â€¢ Wednesday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Free BBQ and games at the Dini Student Center
â€¢ Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Hypnosis show starring Dan Kimm at Marlette Hall. Tickets are $3 with student ID, $5 without. Children 12 and under are admitted free
â€¢ Monday, Aug. 31, 9 to 11 a.m.: Free donuts and coffee in the PiÃ±on Hall lobby
â€¢ Thursday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Free BBQ, music, face painting and games between Virgil Getto and PiÃ±on halls