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New students enjoy a concert by Until Red on the front lawn of Brandon University during a Welcome Back barbecue hosted by the Brandon University Students’ Union on Tuesday.
Students are once again bringing Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College campuses back to life this week for the start of another academic year.
Michelle Kolisnyk, Becky LeBlanc, Stacey Sherritt and Ashley Bell have their photo taken with mascot CACCey the Cougar during a Welcome Back lunch for Assiniboine Community College students at the Victoria Avenue East campus on Tuesday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Sitting inside the cafeteria at ACC’s Victoria Avenue East campus on Tuesday, Carly Bonchuk and Brooke Lonoway spent their first day of classes getting familiar with their new surroundings.
Both first-year students said they are studying early childhood education and plan to try out for the college’s hockey team this year.
"There’s lots of friendly people here," Lonoway said, adding she moved to Brandon from Saskatchewan last week for school. "I got a chance to look around and get familiar with different places."
Bonchuk, who relocated to Brandon from Birtle, said she’s enjoying the size of the campus so far.
"I like it," Bonchuk said. "It’s small enough but big enough."
The first day of classes is also an exciting time for staff and administration.
"It’s exciting because the students are excited whether they’re returning or they’re first year," said ACC dean of students Barbara Brown. "We had a great orientation last week ... most of our first-year students came out."
Classes officially begin this morning at Brandon University with a pancake breakfast kicking things off from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Besides finding their classrooms and touring the campus, yesterday’s orientation day at BU was also about making new friends for first-year students Katharyn Watson and Kenzie Clarkson.
"Today’s been really good," Clarkson said. "We never met before today, we like just met and we kinda clicked."
Clarkson said she attended the University of Manitoba last year but made the switch to BU to take advantage of smaller class sizes.
"I heard there’s more interaction with professors ... it’s easier to learn that way," she said.
Watson added it will be nice having a friend by her side in the same pre-psychiatric nursing program. After taking two years off school, Watson said she’s looking forward to "getting back on track" and starting her career.
Students can round out their first week of classes Friday night at Rock the Block, Brandon University Students’ Union annual outdoor concert event.
Taking the stage on Rosser Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets on Friday will be singer-songwriter Alyssa Reid, pop band These Kids Wear Crowns and Canadian rock group Trooper.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 3, 2014