WALNUT RIDGE – After a weekend full of new and returning students moving back to campus, classes started on Monday, Aug. 25, at Williams Baptist College (WBC).
Many athletes and student leaders have been on campus, preparing for the fall semester, since earlier in the month. The freshman class arrived at Williams last Friday, and they spent the weekend participating in Ascend Orientation activities. Upperclassmen moved into Williams residence halls on Sunday afternoon, and classes began first thing Monday morning.
“Williams has been working hard all summer preparing for the students’ return. We are having a great time meeting the new freshmen and welcoming back the upperclassmen,” said Williams President Tom Jones.
This academic year will be highlighted by various development projects around campus, such as the opening of the expanded and renovated Mabee-Gwinup Cafeteria. The Billy Harty Dining Room has been added to the student dining area, which more than doubles its seating capacity. Other new amenities have been added to the cafeteria, as well.
Williams athletics have also expanded, as men’s and women’s cross country and men’s wrestling will compete in their first seasons.
“A new dining hall, a new athletic annex, new sports, the largest freshman class in recent history – it’s an exhilarating time to be at WBC,” concluded Jones.