Melbourne Students Cheer and Chug Their Way into the New School Year

View the Fall Welcome Back Event photo gallery.[BROKEN LINK]

August 27, 2014 – "Deliciously disgusting" is how Student Government Parliamentarian Brian Seaman described a food eating contest that was featured among the fun at the Melbourne Campus Welcome Back event.

Melbourne Campus students chugging food smoothies

With $50 for first place and $25 for runner up, contestants crowded around the food table expecting to feast on chicken sandwiches, pizza and ice cream. Their facial expressions, however, changed from determined to disgusted when they realized that the food items were blended together as a giant smoothie.

Danielle Redding, Melbourne campus director of student life, instructed onlookers to cheer while the contestants chugged. Some turned away while only a few continued chugging.

"It tasted like pizza-chicken," said runner up John Trelstad.

Strange smoothies aside, the day's focus was to give students a chance to learn about the many services and clubs available to them and promote awareness of the new online Learning Management System, Canvas, which will replace ANGEL starting Spring Term 2015.

Many students experimented with using Canvas on a laptop at one of the booths.

"Most students say that Canvas is easy to navigate and they like its application that makes it accessible to their smartphones," said eLearning Coordinator Mary Garrett.

For more information on using Canvas, visit

Another busy booth, hosted by Shirley Mills, administrative assistant to the EFSC Foundation, provided students with fall term scholarship information.

"A new batch of scholarships became available this week," said Mills. "October 2 is the deadline."

For more scholarship information, visit[BROKEN LINK] or stop by the EFSC Foundation office on the Cocoa Campus, Building 19, 2nd floor.

With Canvas as this year's theme, art played a major role at the event. A professional caricaturist captured the essence of students, including retired professional boxer James 'The Hammer' Foster, age 57, who started EFSC this fall as a freshman.

Foster, a retired Army paratrooper and Ranger, chose to pursue his college degree to "reach a higher standard for myself, my family and my community." When asked for advice for others trying to reach their goals, Foster said, "Empower yourself!"

The last of the Canvas Your Campus Welcome Back Events is Thursday on the Cocoa Campus Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.