SA to host "Welcome to Abilene"

Posted August 24, 2010

It happens to all college students at one time or another: They find themselves late in their senior year suddenly discovering a fantastic store, church or restaurant. Their reaction? "If only someone had told me about this place sooner!"

ACU's Students' Association is trying to make sure the same fate doesn't befall this year's incoming freshmen. On Thursday, Aug. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., the SA will host "Welcome to Abilene" at the Hunter Welcome Center, an event designed to help familiarize students with more than 50 of the city's tried-and-true local churches and business – among them, the Hickory Street Cafe, Southern Hills Church of Christ, Town & Country Drive-in Theater and the Play Faire Miniature Golf Park.

"This is really a win/win for not only our freshmen and transfers, but for everyone on campus," says SA executive treasurer Chris Shim. "Without ever having to get in a car, they will get to know parts of the community they might not otherwise find time to experience. Churches and businesses also win by getting a chance to tap a new market of potential patrons."

Another plus: The event gives students the opportunity to see – and taste – Abilene's diversity. Restaurants will be offering coupons and free food samples.

"Abilene has so many different restaurants with so many different kinds of foods," says Shim. "We have so many different churches – large and small. I think students will walk away from the event understanding there's something here for everyone."