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Welcome Week opens academic year

The fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year at Central Lakes College
(CLC) in Brainerd and Staples, a community and technical college ranked by the
Aspen Institute as one of the Top 120 in the U.S., begins Monday, Aug. 27. The first five days constitute
Welcome Week for the more than 3,200 full- and part-time students enrolled at
this point. Hundreds more will be added to the count when College in Schools program
classes start at about two dozen partnering districts across the region. Welcome Week offers
informative workshops and social events for students to attend as schedules
allow, said Suzanne Karsnia, spokesperson for CLC counselors coordinating the
orientation. The idea is to support student success. “It is important to meet
and connect with others,” she said, “so there are many fun events to encourage

Here are scheduled events, which all students may attend at either campus:

Brainerd Campus

Monday, Aug. 27 – CLC Resource Fair 10:30 a.m. – 1
p.m., outside cafeteria; Strategies for Success workshop, 11-11:50, E203;
Kickoff Address by President Larry Lundblad, noon, cafeteria, with free root beer
floats; Using Technology workshop, 12:30-1, C221; Financial Aid/Higher One
workshop, 2:30-3:20, E 203; First clues for Scavenger Hunt (all week).

            Tuesday, Aug. 28 – Using Technology
workshop, 10-10:50 a.m., C221; Strategies for Success workshop, noon-12:50, E
203; CLC Trivia, noon- 1p.m., cafeteria; Maximizing Your Money workshop,
1-1:50, E 203; Social Hour for veterans, PSEO, non-traditional students, 2:30,

            Wednesday, Aug. 29 –
Brainerd Community Resource Fair, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., outside cafeteria;
Maximizing Your Money workshop, 11-11:50, E 203; BBQ with Back to the Eighties
tribute band and dress-up contest, noon- 1p.m., south lawn; Disc golf
tournament, noon-1 p.m.; Financial Aid/Higher One workshop, 1-1:50, E203; Using
Technology workshop, 2:30-3:20, C221; Free outdoor movie, “The Hunger Games,” 8

            Thursday, Aug. 30 –
Financial Aid/Higher One workshop, noon-12:50, E 203; Finding Your Future
workshop, 1-1:50, E 203; Maximizing Your Money workshop, 2:30-3:20, E 203; Sand
Volleyball tournament, 4 p.m.

            Friday, Aug. 31 – CLC clubs,
organizations, arts and athletics fair, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., outside cafeteria;
Stratgeies for Success workshop, 10-10:50, E203; Finding Your Future workshop,
11:11:5-, E 203; Scavenger Hunt ends, noon; Using technology workshop, 1-1:50,
C221; Free Welcome Week bowling at Jack’s House, 9 p.m.

Staples Campus

            Scavenger Hunt begins, all

            Tuesday, Aug. 28 –
Financial Aid/Higher one workshop, 11-11:50 a.m., Assembly Room; Staples
Community Resource Fair, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Strategies for College Success
workshop, noon-12:50, Assembly Room; Free root beer floats at Student Senate
meeting, noon-12:50 p.m.; Social Hour for AA degree students, 4-4:30, Commons.

            Wednesday, Aug. 29 – Using
Technology workshop, noon-12:50, B148; CLC Resources, clubs, and organizations
fair, noon-1 p.m.; CLC Hide and Go Seek, noon- 1 p.m.; Financial Aid/Higher One
workshop, 1-1:50, Assembly Room.

            Thursday, Aug. 30 –
Comedian in Commons, noon-1 p.m.; Using Technology workshop, 2-2:50, B148; Free
Welcome Week bowling at Wadena Lanes, 9 p.m.

            Friday, Aug. 31 –
Scavenger Hunt ends at 2:30 p.m.

            Faculty and staff at CLC
will attend in-service days Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23 on the
Brainerd campus for administrative updates and events focused on the
forthcoming Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit and assessment.
College in Schools collaborators from school districts throughout the region
will be on campus Aug. 23 for workshops with CLC faculty, and a staff picnic at
4:30 p.m. on the south lawn wraps up the in-service.

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