Jacksonville State officially kicked off their fall semester by welcoming their first freshmen class since the March 19th tornado. More than one thousand freshmen rallied together for convocation at Burgess Snow Field. The event is held annually to give the incoming freshmen a chance to meet faculty and staff, the president, plus learn the school’s anthem.
This particular event was a little different this year. Convocation was centered around making sure the freshman class felt the support from the school and community despite the damage done by the recent tornado. The Marching Southerners along with Cocky and the JSU Cheerleaders also participated in the event.
The university has come a long way in the five months of continuous rebuilding to ensure the students will have a memorable year. President John Beehler says he is very impressed by the freshmen class. Today was the first day of classes for JSU students and Beehler addressed certain issues students might face like the relocation of classes, new bus routes, and even housing.
JSU still has a lengthy road to recovery, but the freshman class is looking forward to helping rebuild the university.