We had a great time welcoming the rest of the Catamonkeys (our affectionate name for the students) to campus today! All the students attended the opening ceremony, where Dr. Brackin (Head of Catapult) introduced all the faculty members and Erik Hayes (Assistant Dean of Students) introduced the student counselors. All the faculty members also talked about their projects with the students.
On the fun side, the faculty members cooked brats and burgers for the monkeys in the Worx. After that, Pat and Eric and the rest of the counselors put on an awesome luau party with lots of limbo, dancing, and music. The ever popular 'make-your-own-sundae' made an appearance at the luau, as did the venerable sno-cone machine. Even the heavy downpour outside couldn't dampen the spirits of Catapult's first day.
Some pictures posted here (more to come tomorrow).
Tomorrow's activities after the break (click Read More).
We'll be heading over to the ARA (aka Aramark, aka the Main Dining Room, aka where the food's at) tomorrow morning before heading to the first-ever morning meeting in E-104 (Rose-Hulman's largest lecture hall at 148 seats). After that, the monkeys will solve some interesting problems with teamwork in the Union before lunch. In the afternoon, students will select a project and a team before meeting with their advisers to go over the project in detail.
After that and dinner the counselors have some awesome games planned down at the Sports & Recreation Center (SRC), and then we'll surely have lots of Wal-Mart runs and midnight madness.