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BPC’s ‘Back-to-School Bash’ brings community, students together

MOUNT VERNON—Area businesses and churches welcomed Brewton-Parker students back to campus with a “Back-to-School Bash” last Tuesday afternoon in the Gillis Gymnasium on the Mount Vernon campus.

BPC students talk to area church representatives
BPC students talk to representatives from area churches at the Aug. 29 “Back to School Bash” at the Snooks Student Activities Center. (Photos by Kelley Arnold)

The bash, organized by the college’s offices of Church Relations and Enrollment Services and set up much like an information fair, succeeded in bringing the college’s students closer to the area businesses and churches. Churches and businesses set up booths along the edge of the gym floor, each offering information and brochures about their respective organization and—much to the delight of the college students—lots of free stuff.

Upbeat praise songs from local Christian rock band, Contagious, exploded “on stage” while area church members and business owners distributed information about their worship activities and hours of operation along with plenty of Cokes, hard-boiled peanuts, homemade baked goods, candy and coupons.

Contagious, a local Christian rock band
Contagious, a local Christian rock band, performs during the Back to School Bash Aug. 29 in the Student Activities Center gym.

Students lingered to enjoy dinner, which was served in the gym, and listen to more music from Contagious.

Roger Byrd, Director of Alumni Relations, was proud of the community’s participation in this annual student welcoming event. His office worked closely with members of the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.

“I thought the event was very successful,” Byrd said. “It gave the students and the community an opportunity to get to know each other face-to-face. The community is very excited about having the Brewton-Parker College students back on campus.”

Members of Glenwood First Baptist Church
Members of Glenwood First Baptist Church welcome returning BPC students with Coca-Cola, candy bars and pencils.

Participating businesses and churches included College Hill Baptist Church, Stuckey Baptist Church, Meadows Wellness Center, BPC’s Student Activities Council, Alston Baptist Church, Prince Books & Glass Studio of Lyons, Patty’s Coffee Bean of Lyons, First Baptist Church of Soperton, Lyons First Baptist Church, Pal Theatre of Vidalia, BPC’s Student Government Association, First African Baptist Church of Vidalia, Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Vidalia, First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon and Glenwood First Baptist Church.

To learn more about upcoming activities in the office of Advancement and Alumni Relations, check out the Alumni & Friends portion of BPC’s website,

Meadows Regional Wellness Center
A representative from Meadows Regional Wellness Center of Vidalia talks to returning BPC students. Meadows Regional Wellness Center was one of 15 businesses and churches to attend this year’s annual welcome bash.



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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM