A sunset lowers over the Mound as the Moundbuilding Ceremony comes to a close. It was a warm and pleasant evening for the ceremony. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Tessa Castor, English juniort, presents organizational and sport "blurbs" as each throw a rock into the Mound. The event was Castor's third Moundbuilding Ceremony, though it was her second time reading the blurbs. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Khord Vining, golf freshman (left), and Jefferson Cook, golf freshman (right), throw the men's golf rock into the Mound. The rock shattered the moment it connected with the Mound. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
The women's soccer team is caught by surprise as their rock slides over the edge into the Mound. Fortunately, none of their fingers were harmed during the ceremony. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Tessa Castor, English junior, Beth Jewett, accounting senior, Emily Jones, elementary education senior, and Ailinn Enriquez-Chavez, accounting sophomore, throw the Student Government Association rock into the Mound. The four will serve as SGA executives during the 2018-2019 school year, giving them the job of organizing the Moundbuilding Ceremony. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
The crowd waits for the ceremony to begin on Aug. 23. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Dawn Pleas, vice president for retention and student success (left), and Krystal Winn, advancement officer (right), pose for a photo at the closing of the ceremony. Pleas presented a speech at the beginning of the ceremony. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Kari Blattner, elementary education senior, displays one of the rocks created by a local family in Winfield. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Tanner Schartz, music theatre junior, presents the 9 LIVES Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe’s rock to the crowd before tossing it in. Schartz placed the rock atop the Mound gently in an effort to preserve its design. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Arthur Anderson, communication sophomore (left), and Taryn Walter, religion and philosophy sophomore (right), toss their cheer-inspired rock into the Mound. Their rock was painted to look like a megaphone. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)

By Taylor Rodriguez

Staff reporter

On the evening of Aug. 23, Southwestern College began the 2018-2019 school year with the annual Moundbuilding Ceremony. With nearly 250 in attendance at this year’s ceremony, past, present and future Builders alike took part in the “Building of the Mound.”

Preceding the tossing of the rocks, Dawn Pleas, vice president for retention and student success, gave a speech to those in attendance. Her speech served as an introduction to a new year here at SC.

Group after group and team after team took turns launching their rocks into the Mound. Similar to last year, fresh watermelon was available to the ceremony’s attendees, donated by Grace United Methodist Church. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed watermelon, dancing, playing drums, and discussing the year to come.

Taylor Rodriguez is a sophomore majoring in digital arts. You may email him at taylor.rodriguez@sckans.edu.