Cocoa Students Take the Welcome Back Challenge

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ALS challenge

August 28, 2014 – Cocoa students capped off a full week of Welcome Back Events, hosted at each Eastern Florida State College campus throughout the week.

Under the sweltering late-summer sun, a group of students, staff and a teacher were more than happy to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, promoting awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Coming soon to the Cocoa Student Life Facebook page will be information for students interested in participating in their own ice bucket challenges.

Rallying the students to cheer during the chilly challenge was EFSC senior and resident D.J. Zach Davis, also an EFSC Security supervisor. Davis pumped up the tunes and the excitement at all four Welcome Back events this second week of Fall term. He also spearheaded a hairstyling contest among Cosmetology students.

Students Sandra Sierra, Kimberly Roschewski and Chloe Collins allowed Cosmetology students to style their hair without any interference. For their willingness to participate, each student received a $10 voucher for the Titan Bookstore or Titan Table.

Kicking off the event was a unique scavenger hunt. Rather than hunt for items, students collected signatures from members representing EFSC Student Services and resources.

cosmetology challenge
Kimberly Roschewski volunteered to undergo a new hair style by a student in EFSC's Cosmetology Program. Located on the Cocoa campus, the program operates a salon that's open to the public.

“The idea is for the students to get acquainted with the resources and help available to them on campus,” said Director of Student Life Michelle Edwards.

A major source of help for Laura Houston, a student of the veteran’s program, is the Cocoa IT Support. “They saved my life!” said Houston. “I’m 61 and was not used to using computers when I came to college. I was lost. The IT crew meet with me in the computer lab and library and are so patient and helpful. They know my name and even follow up with me to see how I’m doing.”

The availability of IT help, in fact, was the thrust of each Welcome Back event, themed after the name of the new Learning Management System, Canvas.

Mary Garrett, eLearning coordinator, was on hand with a laptop to guide students with learning Canvas, which will replace ANGEL starting Spring Term 2015.

In honor of the Canvas theme, students painted and decorated tiles to be mounted upon the ceiling of the Student Center, Building 11. “All of the tiles are very creative and have positive messages,” said Chris Fallows, student aide to Associate Provost Darby. “I think it’ll be really great for the Student Center.”

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