Palm Bay Rocks Its Welcome Back Event

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August 26, 2014 - With a professional D.J., dance contest, costumed anime club members, and a host of colorful booths and informative displays, Palm Bay Campus welcomed back its students in style.

Palm Bay welcome back

The theme of this year’s event was Canvas your Campus, intended to highlight the transition from the ANGEL Learning Management System to the Canvas LMS.

Playing off the Canvas theme, Melissa Toepler, director of student life, organized the event with art in mind.

Students were invited to paint their own canvases, pose in front of a giant green screen, props in hand, and enjoy live music.

Several students ‘busted a move,’ vying to win the dance contest, but there could be only one victor: Sean Slattery, digital media major.

“This is a festive event,” said Palm Bay Provost Beverly Slaughter. “It goes along with EFSC President Richey’s expectation that we enrich our students’ experiences. Our Officers of Student Life organized this event to show our students that we are a vibrant learning community.”

An important part of this learning community is its online Learning Management System, Canvas.

A focal point among the many booths, was the Learning Lab’s table, featuring two laptops, offering students a chance to use Canvas, with the help of Learning Lab specialists Zinnia Long and Lynne Fehr.

Not one to ignore a chance to improve his student skills, Sauveur Ralph, lead student ambassador and president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, approached the booth and tried his hand at navigating through Canvas.

First year student Paul Monte, interested in EFSC’s technology programs, stopped by the Xcel-IT booth and learned that the grant-funded program offers specialized workshops, classes, mentoring and internships for technology students.

“We’re trying to get faculty and industry coordinating together so our graduates can hit the ground running when it comes to finding jobs,” said Xcel-IT Program Coordinator John Seltenright. “Like us on Facebook,” added Seltenright.

In addition to academic information, the event showcased the collection of student clubs, such as the Environmental Club, offering “students who don’t mind getting dirty the chance to help repopulate native plant species in our area, as well as state and local parks,” said club President Don Arnold.

Anime club members described a different goal: “We want to go to Megacon!” said Alisar Bark, treasurer of the campus club whose members explore the popular art of Japanese animation.

The Canvas Your Campus Welcome Back Events continue Wednesday, at the Melbourne Campus Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursday, at the Cocoa Campus Quad, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.