New Maroon Camp promotes MSU history, traditions, participation

More than 80 freshmen from Mississippi and 13 other states stretching from California to Virginia and New Hampshire to Texas are graduates of Mississippi State’s inaugural New Maroon Camp.

Led by an all-volunteer staff of current university students, the four-day, three-night experience was designed to provide interested new members of the campus community with information about the 136-year-old land-grant institution’s history and traditions. The program also provided information about the wide variety of student organizations and activities available to enhance their classroom experiences.

“New Maroon Camp not only introduces participants to concepts and practices that can help them become successful students, but it also instills an immediate sense of pride and spirit for MSU that can last a lifetime,” said Andrew Rendon, assistant dean of student affairs.

Counselors run toward the trophy during a skit at the conclusion of the inaugural New Maroon Camp. During the four-day, three-night student-led retreat, incoming students learned about university history, traditions and ways to get involved on campus. Photo by Keats Haupt