Week of Welcome for freshmen just a week away


wow2014Marshall’s Week of Welcome committee has provided information for faculty and staff regarding WOW activities, which will begin with move-in Wednesday, Aug. 20.

In the days leading up to the start of classes, about 1,700 freshmen will take part in WOW activities. 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.

“The WOW committee has dedicated much time and energy to ensure the first few days on campus fun, exciting, informative and enjoyable for these students but we need the help of the entire Marshall community to make this happen,” said Sherri L. Stepp, director of University College. “If you see someone who looks lost, confused, or a little overwhelmed, please take the time to reach out to him or her.”

The complete WOW schedule is available at www.marshall.edu/wow. Faculty and staff are asked to refer to this site for any information regarding WOW, contact the Student Resource Center at 304-696-5810 or send an e-mail to src@marshall.edu.

Among the most popular events of WOW are the family picnic and the President’s Convocation, Stepp said. The picnic will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, on the student center plaza.

The convocation starts at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in downtown Huntington. Students will meet in their UNI 100 classrooms at 8:30 a.m., walk to the John Marshall statue, then head west on 4th Avenue to the Keith-Albee at 9:15 a.m. At the conclusion of the convocation, the students will walk back to campus in time for 11 a.m. sessions. Convocation will be streamed live at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream.

Departments using social media to connect with first-year students during the Week of Welcome are encouraged to use #MarshallWow.