On Aug. 23, more than 230 new students began their educational journey at Corban University.
Throughout the first day of Orientation Week, the class of 2017, and their parents, unloaded vehicles filled with clothes, books, microwaves and even furniture to make their new living quarters feel like home. It was the start of a weekend where the new students would build relationships with resident advisors and learn how to navigate on the campus and computer systems.
Jenna Mawhorter drove to Corban from Montesano, Wash. and was busy buying the last of her books among the other activities.
“It’s was hectic, but nice to finally get moved in,” she said. “Before I got here I spent a lot of time at Bed Bath & Beyond getting bedding, garbage cans, lights and pretty much anything else you can think of.”
That evening, the Psalm Performing Arts Center was transformed into a Bunco arena where students played the fast-paced game in rounds, each hoping for the grand prize, a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Before heading toward a midnight shopping run at the South Salem Fred Meyer store, students and parents went to the Amphitheater to sing and worship with Portland-based band, Esterlyn.
On Aug. 24, the students spent part of the day getting to know their resident advisors and core groups while parents learned how they could be involved at Corban. They also got the opportunity to learn more about Corban’s programs and majors as well as meet representatives from Salem area churches.
Parents and students said their final goodbyes following the Aug. 25 Chapel service. Kennewick, Wash. resident Vince Gonzalez helped his son Vincente Gonzalez move to Corban just three days after helping Vincente’s twin sister settle in at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore.
“We’re excited for both of them,” he said. “I guess we’ve been preparing for this moment since they were born. We wanted to make sure they get a great education. Vincente is majoring in business and I know this will be a great place for him to be.”
On Aug. 26 the students will get to know downtown Salem businesses with a scavenger hunt followed by dinner at Riverfront Park.
Classes officially begin on Aug. 28.