Marshall freshmen to be greeted with numerous Week of Welcome activities

wow2014Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, says that just as in past years, Marshall officials have planned a large number of fun and informative activities for  incoming freshmen as part of the annual Week of Welcome (WOW), which runs from today through Sunday, Aug. 24, on the Huntington campus.

“Week of Welcome is exactly that – a week dedicated to all freshmen, a week welcoming them to Marshall University,” Ormiston said. “It is important that the freshmen feel comfortable with the university before classes start on Aug. 25. We really want to make the transition into college as smooth and easy as possible for all of our new students.”

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 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.

Marshall staff have worked all year to plan this event to welcome its new students and help them feel at home at Marshall, according to  Sherri Stepp, Director of University College.

“It’s a great time to meet new people, explore new ideas and just get acquainted with campus and the Huntington community,” she said.  “We will provide them with information that will support their entire experience at Marshall University and we hope to have a lot of fun.”

Week of Welcome and UNI 100 provide an opportunity for students to arrive early to campus and make new friends, Stepp said. They will meet President Stephen Kopp at the President’s Convocation, meet their academic deans at their college sessions, and begin learning the things they need to know to help them be successful students both academically and socially.

Among the most popular events of WOW are the family picnic, the President’s Convocation and the group photo. The picnic will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today on the student center plaza. The group photo will be taken at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the John Marshall Statue.

The convocation, held in recent years at the Cam Henderson Center, 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.

The convocation will be streamed live at

The complete WOW schedule is available at