“Open” is the word of the year for Lander Teaching Fellows. Part of their “Open I’s” mission statement (Lander TFs are Open, Informed, Invested, and Influential), Lander Teaching Fellows are focusing on what it means to be a leader who is open. This means having an open mind, open arms, open heart, open eyes, and open ears (Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood). A part of being open is being welcoming to everyone. To this end, Lander’s Welcome Committee organized its 3rd annual “Welcome Home Freshman Teaching Fellows Hot Dog Social” at Dr. Vartanian’s house. This annual event occurs on the night before the first day of fall semester’s classes. Every freshman Fellow is partnered with an upperclass Teaching Fellow “Welcomer” who has one job: to do all they can to make that freshman Fellow feel welcome. This may include random gifts, coffee, cookies, and/or hugs. Whatever it takes!