Marshall University welcomes the Class of 2015

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Marshall University is welcoming the Class of 2015 this fall with Week of Welcome (WOW), an immersion program designed to facilitate successful entry into college life.

“These first few days of the fall semester give our freshman students a chance to connect with their colleges, their fellow students and the campus,” said Dr. Frances Hensley, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Undergraduate Studies. “In essence, it gives them a chance to own the campus for a few days prior to the arrival of upperclassmen.”

Marshall’s Week of Welcome officially begins Wednesday, Aug. 17, with move-in day at residence halls, followed by several evening activities including a family picnic, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at South Field. South Field is located near the Henderson Center. A photographer will be available to take pictures of students and their families.

Thursday, Aug. 18, features the President’s Freshman Convocation at 9:30 a.m. in the Henderson Center. President Stephen J. Kopp and other university officials will speak to students.

“We know from studies concerned with student success that when new students commit themselves to becoming actively involved in the life of the university community, the people and place connections that develop greatly enhance the prospects for a successful transition to college life both socially and academically,” Kopp said. “The various university activities during the Week of Welcome are designed to encourage our students to begin making these connections and take the first steps on their path to personal success.”

UNI 100 also kicks off for the Class of 2015 Thursday morning immediately following Convocation. The assembly will most likely be one of the largest class gatherings ever at Marshall University with an estimated 1800 students expected to attend. Following completion of the morning activities, students will break for lunch and then attend individual college sessions in the afternoon. An 8 p.m. performance by comedian Rip Michaels finishes out Thursday’s planned activities.

Friday, Aug. 19, begins with a class picture scheduled for 8:30 a.m. around the Memorial Fountain. Plenary sessions are scheduled for the remainder of the day, followed by a dance-a-thon Friday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Student Center Plaza.

Additional activities scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, include shuttle service to Target for students. The shuttle will leave from the Memorial Student Center Circle on 5th Avenue between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Students can also participate in Rec Fest at the Marshall Recreation Center. The event showcases vendors and groups from around the Tri-State.

“We view WOW as an opportunity to kick-start the freshman year,” said Sherri Stepp, Director of University College and WOW organizer. “We want students to understand that the road ahead might be long, but the trip is worth it. There are caring people all over campus, from academic units to the Student Resource Center, who are willing to help them along the way.

Organizers say all freshman students, including commuters, are encouraged to attend all activities. Commuter students may check in on Wednesday in the Rec Center lobby or on Thursday beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Henderson Center.

For further information, persons may view the WOW schedule online at or contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 304-696-6690.

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