BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College welcomed student-athletes and new students to their beautifully manicured, 110-acre campus Saturday afternoon for their annual Bobcat Fair.
New students were allowed to include two guests, as the small groups feasted on a large variety of food provided by the college then visited with local organizations and businesses set up in front of Wesley Chapel, as well as WVWC departments offering information. This provided an opportunity for new students and their families to learn more about their new “home among the hills.”
WVWC President Joel Thierstein was also out and about visiting with students and their families while welcoming participating vendors. Vice President for Enrollment Management, John Waltz, estimated that over 340 students and their families attended the Bobcat Fair Saturday afternoon. The college anticipated over 800-1,000 people across the campus for activities over the weekend, as returning students moved back in Sunday. Classes began Monday, August 23 at WVWC, with many guidelines in place for safety and social distancing.
The top majors these new WVWC students anticipate studying are nursing, exercise science, biology, business, general education, sport business, criminal justice, computer science, physics, and accounting. Of these new students, 49% reside in West Virginia. The remaining incoming students venture from 27 different states and 11 countries—including Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.
Waltz emphasized, “We had a wonderful turnout from local businesses who really showed what a
great partnership and support WVWC has with the community. The caring nature of these businesses, health care professionals and first responders, arts groups, restaurants and so many community entities really lets guests know this is their ‘home.’”
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