For the Class of 2024, this year’s welcome week at Michigan State University looks a little different, but the “Spartans Will” spirit is stronger than ever.

Six students from the Broad College’s Residential Business Community pictured outside the Minskoff Pavilion, wearing masks, for this year's welcome event.

Students from the Broad College’s Residential Business Community are pictured outside the Minskoff Pavilion for this year’s welcome event.

From Friday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Aug. 30, the Broad College’s Residential Business Community hosted its annual three-day Welcome Days event with flexible virtual and in-person components to kick off the fall semester. Nearly 200 RBC students came together to connect, have fun and build community.

This year’s Welcome Days event began with a virtual dean’s welcome on Friday and was followed by an on-campus drop-by information session and MSU photo scavenger hunt, in addition to a nonperishable food drive for the MSU Food Bank, on Saturday. The students explored campus while maintaining safe physical distance and wearing masks.

“Students were able to pick up RBC, Broad College and MSU information and swag, meet each other, win prizes by knowing MSU and Broad College trivia and get to know the MSU campus through a photo scavenger hunt,” RBC director Sherri Henry said.

“Setting the foundation of familiarity with other RBC Spartans, the MSU campus and the RBC leadership team laid the groundwork for RBC members to develop trust, and chemistry over time, and to begin to function as a cohesive group.”

A female student donated nonperishable food items to the MSU Foodbank as part of this year's Residential Business College Welcome Events on-campus.

Part of this year’s Welcome Days event included an on-campus MSU photo scavenger hunt and a nonperishable food drive for the MSU Food Bank.

Students spent the final day doing virtual community service, making 153 dog chew toys to be donated to the Humane Society. Each year, the RBC welcome events are sponsored by companies like Kellogg’s and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, as an opportunity for first-year students to make connections and start their college experience off on the right foot.

Learning, living and leading together is an inherent part of what the RBC experience is all about. Within the RBC community, students are prepared to be business leaders through a seamless, inclusive and multicultural environment of academic and experiential learning activities.

RBC students live in McDonel Hall on campus and have access to a variety of corporate networking events, business seminars, small reserved classroom sections and designated academic advisors and are directly admitted to the Broad College of Business — a new development launched this semester.

This year, 287 RBC students were welcomed to the Broad Spartan family.

“The RBC Welcome Days events always provide a unique environment for students to experience peer relationships and to create their own community of learning,” Henry said. “A strong community is one in which students feel empowered and valued, and one in which Spartans will ultimately thrive.”