Marshall University will once again strive to make the transition from high
school to college as easy as possible for incoming freshmen by hosting the Week
of Welcome (WOW!) presemester activities beginning Wednesday, Aug. 22, on the
Huntington campus. The fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 27.
Highlights include the Week of Welcome family picnic for students and their families, set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, on the Memorial Student Center plaza and Buskirk Field; the President’s Freshman Convocation at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Cam Henderson Center; and the freshman class photo at the John Marshall statue in the circle near the Drinko Library at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the 23rd.
Some of the “fun” activities during WOW include a current movie at sundown Wednesday on the North South Field between the freshman residence halls; a Carnival Extravaganza at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Memorial Student Center; Sandy Sowell’s Game Show Mania at 5 p.m. Friday in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center; RecFest at noon Saturday at the Recreation Center, and Campus Explosion at 7 p.m. Saturday behind Cam Henderson Center.
RecFest showcases vendors and groups from throughout the Tri-State Area who will set up informational booths and displays on the center’s four gym floors. At Campus Explosion, freshmen can meet with upperclassmen involved in university-registered student organizations. A music festival, featuring bands of different styles, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Henderson Center South Field.
“Week of Welcome is packed with information and activities that are designed to help ease the students’ transition into college,” said Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “It is an opportunity to learn what it means to be a Marshall student and to learn about the campus and the university’s resources before classes begin. But it also is a time to have fun and relax and make new friends.”
The complete WOW schedule is available at www.marshall.edu/WOW.
The freshmen will actually begin their first class at Marshall during Week of Welcome. The UNI 100 Freshman First Class is an introduction to academic structures and expectations of college life. Those who successfully complete the course earn one hour of elective credit.
The course is made up of two parts: (1) attending large group sessions and small class sessions during Week of Welcome, and (2) attending seven additional 50-minute class sessions, once per week in the first seven weeks of the semester.
“Week of Welcome and UNI 100 provide an opportunity for students to arrive early to campus, meet new classmates, and make new friends,” said Sherri Stepp, director of University College. “They will meet President Kopp at Convocation, meet their academic dean at their college session, and begin learning the things they need to know to help them be successful students both academically and socially.”
Commuter students and students living on campus need to register for WOW on Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Recreation Center lobby. For commuter students who are not able to register on Wednesday, there will be a short registration time on Thursday morning before the President’s Freshman Convocation at Henderson Center. When they register, they will receive an individual schedule that will guide them through WOW.
Ormiston said the return of students brings an excitement to campus unequaled the rest of the year.
“It’s all about the students,” he said. “Watching as our new students representing the Class of 2016, all wearing their WOW t-shirts and shouting, ‘We Are … Marshall,’ join together as one in the convocation and then for a group photograph is really exciting. This year’s freshmen are coming at a truly significant time in the university’s history, not only on the 175-year anniversary of the founding of Marshall as an academy, but at a time when we are growing and expanding in many areas. It is a wonderful time to be a member of the Marshall University community.”
Freshmen begin moving into residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 22. On Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 27-28, Marshall staff and students will be stationed under a green tent on the student center plaza to provide new students with directions to their classes, if needed.
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