Marshall prepares to WOW new students starting Aug. 21

3230SeeYouWOWThe best way to make incoming freshmen  comfortable when fall classes begin  is to treat them to some fun, informative, relaxing activities during the annual Week of Welcome (WOW), MU officials believe.

“It’s all about making the transition to university life smoother for first-year students,” said Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Week of Welcome is just that – a welcome to all freshmen. It is important that they feel comfortable with the university before classes begin. And it is equally important for first-year students to be introduced to the expectations faculty will have of them when they begin classes on Monday, August 26th.”

From Wednesday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Aug. 24, about 1,700 freshmen will take part in numerous fun activities, such as watching an outdoor movie on campus, scaling the climbing wall in the Marshall Recreation Center, posing for a group picture, enjoying an ice cream social, tossing Frisbees, attending a comic show or building a Marco-themed bear.

The freshmen will actually begin their first class at Marshall during Week of Welcome. 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.

“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 (Stephen) 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.”

Back-to-back events in the afternoon and early evening Wednesday highlight the first day of Week of Welcome. The President’s Convocation, in recent years conducted in the morning, has been moved to a 5 p.m. start in the Henderson Center arena. This year, for the first time, MU officials decided to invite parents to the convocation as well.

The convocation will be followed immediately by the family picnic, which is open to all freshmen and their families and will take place on the student center plaza from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Commuter students and students living on campus will need to check in for WOW on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the recreation center. For any commuter students who cannot check in on Wednesday, there will be a short registration time on Thursday morning before the Freshman First Class session in the Henderson Center arena.

The complete WOW schedule is available at A new Student Success app will be introduced to students as well.   The app is designed to work on iOS  and Android-based devices.  It provides students with online access to the WOW schedule, individual student class schedules, and an interactive GPS-based map of the Huntington campus.  More information about the app can be found at

For more information about WOW, contact the Student Resource Center on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center by calling ext. 6-5810.