Students, faculty and staff gathered on Bethlehem and Monroe Campuses for two welcome back events this February. Games and food kept students entertained as representatives from NCC clubs and organizations explained how being active in these groups on and off campus can help students make the most out of their college experience. 

At Spartanfest, on February 3, attendees gathered on Bethlehem campus in the Laub Lounge and the Student Life Zone learning about resources, services and more for students. NCC’s career services talked with students about getting involved with internships and strengthening their resumes for future endeavors. The International Student Organization (ISO) discussed upcoming trips and events for students. Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year institutions, assisted students by passing out their school survival guide and financial resource guide. A caricature artist was at the event to draw fun and funky portraits of students, faculty and staff. Counseling services handed out suicide prevention hotlines and discussed ways to relieve stress through conversation. 

Monroe’s Winterfest was held in Pocono Hall on February 8. The Learning Center shared ways they can offer support to struggling students through services like tutoring and academic coaching. There was a stuffed animal station where attendees could stuff the plushes with love, happiness and other little tokens inside. Food and refreshments were served, with nachos being a highlight. Bad Apple Book Club enticed students with a chance to win treats like their book “gummy” worms by scoring high on scrabble. The Science Club talked to students about upcoming experiments and how science majors would particularly enjoy joining. Psi Beta shared information about active minds, which is a nonprofit organization focused on amplifying student awareness on mental health. 

As the first in-person events of the semester, Spartanfest and Winterfest came in strong and gave students the opportunity to discover helpful resources and make lasting connections this spring!