UC Welcome Day

On October 31st, 2014, UC opened its doors to the community and hosted a grand welcome day event, a project organized by the UC Student Senate. The event began at 1:30pm in the UC conference room, where H.E. Samraing Kamsan, member of the UC Board of Trustees and representative of UC President, H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, gave an inspirational speech as the opening remarks for the day’s festivities. Dr. Angus Munro, Vice President for Research, Development and Policies, and Dr. Y Ratana, Vice President for Academic Affairs, were also in attendance, as co-chairs for the event.
After the opening remarks by H.E. Samraing Kamsan, Mr. Khun Channy, AD for the College of Education took the stage along with two UC students, Mr. Sam Sochet and Mr. Leng Hywfi. Mr. Leng Hywfi gave academic advice to new university students, while Mr. Sam Sochet informed new students about the benefits of UCs many and diverse student organizations. The first session was concluded with an excellent video by Mr. Keo Rottanakvisal regarding student life at UC.
The second session was chaired by Ms. Gina Lopez, AD for the College of Management, and focused on social activities of university students. The two speakers were, Mr. Bun Penghuy and Ms. Heng Malyka. Mr. Bun Penghuy spoke in depth about the different social activities available to UC students, and the importance of engaging in different kinds of activities during the university experience. Ms. Heng Malyka, a UC alumni, gave a motivational speech encouraging students to always try their best and set goals for themselves. She put a heavy emphasis on the fact that many times in life you will fail to achieve your goal on the first try, and it is very important not to give up on your goals when you fail, but instead to learn from your mistakes and try again. The second session was concluded with motivational video messages from UC alumni.
After the closing of the second session, students returned to the ground floor for an afternoon of fun. There was a photo booth for students to take pictures together using silly props, a mini concert where talented UC students performed songs, plenty of refreshments and UC memorabilia was available both for sale and for free. The mini concert took place on a carefully constructed Halloween stage, created by UCSS members. Students enjoyed laughing, singing and dancing together during the concert, and everyone was blown away by the talent of the performers. After the conclusion of the concert, students joined together outside to play a series of games, including a watermelon eating contest and a hula hoop challenge. The festivities came to a close with a balloon wishing ceremony, where students tied written wishes to balloons and sent them in to the sky.
Throughout the event, UCSS members collected donations for charity, and all proceeds from the refreshments sold were allocated to charity as well. Over 300 students came to join in this event, and it was a huge success for UC. The aim of this event was to share with new students the benefits of UC, advice for how to be successful in university, and to create an atmosphere where new students, current students, faculty and staff could enjoy spending some fun time together.