The annual rite of fall begins as new students move to Cottey College and Nevada. First-year students will begin arriving Friday, Aug. 24, followed shortly thereafter by second-, third-, and fourth-year students on Sunday, Aug. 26. The citizens of Nevada and surrounding communities should watch for increased pedestrian traffic on Austin Boulevard and are asked to exercise caution.
Orientation activities will include a community picnic and community fair at Marmaduke Park, from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25. Everyone is invited to the picnic, and there is no charge. Citizens are invited to welcome the students to the community and help them to get to know the people who live in their new home away from home.
Officially, the beginning of the academic year will arrive with the Opening Convocation at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27, in the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts Auditorium.
Laura Evans, director of talent development, Cerner Corporation, will be the honored speaker at Convocation. Cerner recently announced a healthy community partnership with Nevada and Vernon County. Ms. Evan’s responsibilities at Cerner include developing and managing relationships with middle, secondary and post-secondary schools and other education and training organizations in support of Cerner’s workforce development and community investment objectives. Immediately following Ms. Evans’ talk, the students will participate in one of the oldest traditions on campus, the Signing of the Cottey Book.
Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 29.