Where Tomorrow’s Leaders are Students Today Campus NewsBriefs A Weekly Update of Activities at Rust College Vol. 43, No. 1 August 15, 2013 New student Barrius Smith (second from left) with his parents Pastor Thurman and Joyce Glasper of Nesbit, MS, participate in the first Rites of Passage ceremony of the year. Also pictured: Dr. David L. Beckley, Rust College President and Noah Moore, SGA President. Rust College welcomed the graduating class of 2017 to campus Saturday, August 10 as New Student Orientation 2013 kicked off. New students were able to begin the registration process and move into the residence halls, while parents spoke directly to faculty, staff and administrators. “We believe in you. We believe God gives each of us gifts and talents,” Dr. David L. Beckley told new students on Sunday, August 11, during the first Rites of Passage ceremony of the year. “When you walk through our buildings, you will see the motto, ‘Through These Halls Walk the Future Leaders of the World: Our Students’. We work hard daily to achieve that goal. We welcome you to campus and the opportunity to work with us… keep your faith and all the good things in this life will come to you.” “Today, although students may be leaving their families, know that they are not alone. They are now a part of the Rust family,” said Mr. Carllos Lassiter, Dean of Students. As of Thursday, August 15, at least 325 new students were enrolled at Rust College, with more expected to register in the coming days. Rust College staff and faculty are working with these new students as they make the transition to college life.