College students are invited to a welcome event on Sunday at TrueHoliness Saints Center featuring local officials and organizations.
Y’annaCrawley, winner of season two of Sunday’s Best, the BET talent contestfor a gospel recording contract, will provide musical entertainment,Pastor Cornell Maltbia said.
The event begins at 11 a.m. Sunday atthe church at 198 Highway 286 East. Mayor Tab Townsell and Universityof Central Arkansas President Allen Meadors will speak to students.Maltbia will give a message on “My Top Priority.”
Following theservice, lunch will be provided and an information fair will be held atthe church’s family life center. Other guests that will greet studentsduring the lunch will include Hendrix President Timothy Cloyd, ConwayPolice Chief A.J. Gary, Sen. Gilbert Baker, Faulkner County chapterNAACP President Chris Hervey, Alderman Shelia Whitmore, AldermanTheodore Jones and Chamber of Commerce President Brad Lacy.
Boothswill be set up from organizations all over the city, includingbusinesses, Greek organizations, banks, the police department and firedepartment, Maltbia said.
Judah Chorale, a student-based gospel choir, will have a booth at the event as well.
The event is free, and everyone is invited.
Maltbiasaid, “This is our annual fall college day to welcome the freshman andreturning students to the city of Conway and to assist them in becomingacclimated into the city. It’s also our goal to challenge them todevelop their Christian faith as they pursue their education.
“Ithas been an overwhelming success over the years. Each year weexperience capacity crowds. The community has been overwhelminglysupportive to this event, and our students have been reallyappreciative and thanked us for all the hard work. We have enjoyedmeeting so many students down through the years.”
He said other cityofficials will also be in attendance, and there will be an autographsigning during lunch. The event is presented by the InterdenominationalChristian Council, and sponsors are Linda Tyler and First Security Bank.
Maltbiaadded, “Students will be able to receive information about varioussegments of our community. We want to reinforce to them we are soexcited about them being in the city of Conway, and we would love themto consider making Conway their permanent residence.”
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