ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College students settled into a new academic year with the first day of classes on Monday following a weekend filled with activities geared toward fun, friendships and giving back to the community.
New students gathered Sunday morning in Myles Center for the Arts to meet with their first-year seminar professors and then filed into Harper-McNeeley Auditorium to hear words of wisdom from D&E President Chris A. Wood and alumnus and Trustee Adam Ouellette, ’93.
Wood offered the students three pieces of advice: focus on academics by studying hard and going to class; get involved by participating in athletics, joining student organizations or pursuing activities of interest; and stick it out and stay in school despite feeling homesick.
Ouellette emphasized to the students that they should follow their hearts in search of finding their true passion and purpose in life.
Students later had a chance to get to know the Elkins community by assisting with community service at more than 20 sites. Among the projects were painting at Kump Education Center and Elkins High School, cleaning under the bleachers at Wimer Stadium, cleaning the interior of the fire damaged Lighthouse Women’s Treatment Facility and yard work at West Virginia Children’s Home and various churches.
Sunday evening, new and returning students were treated to games, crafts, carnival food and live music at the End of Summer Block Party. The event served as a time for students to unwind and renew friendships after moving into their dorms on Saturday and Sunday.