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WSUTC Students Return to Class, Unfamiliar Faces Welcomed

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RICHLAND, Wash. - More than 1,500 students returned to classes Monday at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The campus saw many familiar faces, but also more new ones than usual. In fact, this may be one of their biggest freshman classes on record.

The first day of class kicked off with games, activities, and networking opportunities, to welcome the incoming students.

"One of the things that exciting about fall semester is we have a lot of new freshman so we don't have our final numbers but its looking like we're going to have a record freshman class, which is great," said WSU Communications Manager, Melissa O'Neil Perdue.

"I don't know if its just like there a lot of freshman this year and transfer student here today but I recognize maybe one out of five students which is very rare," said WSUTC Student Body President, Jose Magana.

Some of the other activities going on include a free welcome breakfast and lunch as well as a double feature movie night next week.

"We have a bunch of people wearing these shirts, need help as me and that way you can approach even if you're a new student of transfer student it just allows our staff to be more approachable," Magana said.

WSUTC is also welcoming a new chancellor to the university. Dr. Keith Moo-Young's vision includes having more communication with the parents of new students as well as making their graduate and PHD programs more well known.

"Our new chancellor Dr. Keith Moo Young started in June, he's spent the summer doing some strategic planning and he has a lot of great ideas that we are working on implementing that our students and future students will see," O'Neil Perdue said.

WSUTC is a commuter school but they hope the welcome week activities will promote more student involvement within the university.