Fall term started last Monday at Treasure Valley Community College and you can feel the excitement in the air. We had a full house for our New Student Orientation session last Friday and welcomed students as they moved into the residence halls this past weekend.

Having new students on campus is always energizing as they bring new enthusiasm to our campus. We launched the new term with a vendor fair and a movie night and it’s been great to see students already finding clubs, activities and events through which they can connect and start forming new friendships.

We already have a full slate of campus activities planned for fall term, but we also have a number of events that include our community. Mark your calendars for Monster Movie Monday in the TVCC Library every week this month. Just in time for Halloween, we’ll feature a classic monster movie each Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to this free event. The library is on the second floor of the Weese Building and the movie will be shown in room 210. Movies include “The Night of the Living Dead” (1968) on Oct. 7; “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1919) on Oct. 14; “Carnival of Souls” (1962) on Oct. 21; and “House on Haunted Hill” (1959) on Oct. 28. Come enjoy some vintage movie fun and meet others who appreciate the same classics! For more information, email library@tvcc.cc.

While Monster Movie Monday is new this year, another of our longtime and signature events kicks off this next weekend. We are putting together the final details for the annual Chukar Rodeo which starts this Friday.

Cowboys and cowgirls from surrounding states will be in Ontario next weekend for the annual TVCC Chukar Rodeo. TVCC’s Rodeo was named the 2017 Best Regional Rodeo by the Northwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association; we expect this years’ event to be just as incredible. More than 10 colleges and universities will compete at the Malheur County Fairgrounds Oct. 11, 12 & 13.

The event kicks off on Friday with an evening performance at 6 p.m. Slack starts at noon. earlier in the day. Saturday’s events begin at noon with Slack Competition. The Rodeo Performance starts at 6 p.m. The 2019 Chukar College Rodeo ends with a Short-Go performance at 10 a.m. on Sunday, which determines the final rankings for the weekend.

Rodeo Coach Drew Pearson and TVCC’s rodeo team have been working hard this year and expectations are particularly high this year as we welcome one of the largest TVCC rodeo teams to this event.  We’re especially proud of our strong tradition of top ranked rodeo competition among other schools in our region.

We invite you to come out the rodeo with your family for these performances. It means a lot to our athletes and to the college to see community members turn out to support these events. It’s also a great way to celebrate the heritage and the history of TVCC’s agricultural roots and focus on the future of our rodeo program at TVCC.

Dana Young is president of Treasure Valley Community College. The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily represent those of The Argus Observer.

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