By Chris Casey | University Communications
AURORA, Colo. - Students enjoyed a delicious breakfast and the opportunity to mingle with classmates on Wednesday morning at Boettcher Commons.
The annual All-Student Welcome and Pancake Breakfast, organized by the Student Senate at the Anschutz Medical Campus, drew its largest crowd in recent memory. About 800 people streamed through pancake lines over three hours, dining at picnic tables under sunny skies.
At one of the tables, a group of first-year students enjoyed the casual ambiance and tasty flapjacks, sausage and juice served up by Chris Cakes of Colorado.
"It was yummy," said Molly Barfield, a physical therapy student. "It's a great way to meet new people."
Maxine Lorenzana, a nursing student, said, "I got to see my friends who are in other programs, because we are normally trapped in our own programs."
Welcome Wednesday is an event that has been held annually for about 10 years, said Cheryl Gibson, director of the Student Assistance Office. This year, the Welcome Wednesday breakfast, the Interprofessional Student Orientation lunch (previously held on The Bridge between Education 2 North and South) and the evening All-AMC Student Celebration all took place on the Boettcher Commons.
"This is the first year all the events were promoted together, so now it's a big event on everyone's calendar," she said. "The Commons end up being a bring everyone together place."
More than 600 first-year, interdisciplinary students participated in Wednesday's Interprofessional Student Orientation, which included small-group activities and an overview of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The center has a new home at the just-opened Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities, which sits on the north side of Boettcher Commons between the Education 1 and Education 2 buildings.
The afternoon wrapped up with a presentation from Student Affairs and the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. The full day concluded with the All-Students Celebration which included food, music and games at Boettcher Commons.
(Photo: A student waits to catch a flapjack flipped into the air at the Welcome Wednesday pancake breakfast on the Anschutz Medical Campus Aug. 29.)