Marshall freshmen to be greeted with numerous Week of Welcome activities

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Marshall freshmen to be greeted with numerous Week of Welcome activities
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - When Marshall University begins fall classes on Monday, Aug. 25, its freshmen will be well prepared and - hopefully - comfortable in their new surroundings.

At least that is the plan, said Dr. Gayle Ormiston, MU's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. As usual, Marshall officials have planned a large number of fun and informative activities for the incoming freshmen as part of the annual Week of Welcome (WOW), which runs from Wednesday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 24, on MU's 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 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.

"The excitement is building as Week of Welcome will be here in just a few days," said Sherri Stepp, director of Marshall's University College. "Staff and student volunteers are getting everything ready for the event to begin. We are preparing to stuff student packets, unpacking boxes of T-shirts and making sure all of our class sessions and social events are ready when the students arrive."

Stepp said MU has worked all year to plan this event to welcome its new students and help them feel at home at Marshall.

"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. Wednesday, Aug. 20, on the student center plaza. The group photo will be taken at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the John Marshall Statue, located in the circle between Old Main and the Drinko Library.

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 www.marshall.edu/it/livestream.

Commuter students and students living on campus will need to check in for Week of Welcome on Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Marshall 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 www.marshall.edu/wow.

Here is a brief look at some of the fun and informational events scheduled during Marshall's Week of Welcome:

Wednesday, Aug. 20
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - WOW registration and T-shirt pick-up, for residence hall and commuter students, Recreation Center basketball courts.

3:30 p.m. - Students are invited to visit the practice field and watch the Marching Thunder perform while learning the Marshall songs and cheers they will hear at athletic events.

5 to 6:30 p.m. - Family picnic, Memorial Student Center plaza. Enjoy free food, the Marching Thunder, and live music by student bands. Sponsored by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

9 p.m. - Hypnotist Kevin Hurley Show, Memorial student Center, room BE 5 (lower level). Hurley's unique stage hypnosis, comedy, and magic has been requested by Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, royalty, a former U.S. president and more than 400 college campuses. Admission is free for students with MU ID. Sponsored by Student Activities and Campus Activity Board.

9 p.m. to midnight - First Night Block Party, Marshall Recreation Center. The night will be filled with entertainment, such as relay races, black light climbing, world class musical chairs, inflatables, and much more. For those who want a late-night snack, pizza, drinks, and snow cones will be provided. The Rec Center will also be open throughout the night for swimming, workouts, and basketball. Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center, Center for African American Students, and Office of Intercultural Affairs.

Thursday, Aug. 21
7:30 to 8:15 a.m. - WOW registration and T-shirt pick-up for commuter students, Cam Henderson Center concourse.

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. - Freshman First Class, Cam Henderson Center arena. This session will introduce students to staff from the Student Resource Center, Student Affairs, and Housing and Residence Life who will lead interactive activities to get students energized for their first semester at Marshall.

9:15 to 9:45 a.m. - Freshman class photo, John Marshall Statue, near Old Main and the Drinko Library.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Herd compass, Memorial Student Center plaza. Students may look for MU staff and students stationed under a green tent to provide them with directions to WOW activities, theirclassrooms, and other useful MU information. Sponsored by Student Involvement, Career Services and University College.

4 to 5 p.m. - Meet & Greet with fraternity and sorority leadership, Memorial Student Center BE 5 (lower level).

4 to 6 p.m. - Intramural sports sampler, Marshall Recreation Center. Features friendly competition, including a variety of basketball and football competitions, such as a free throw shoot-out, as well as punt, pass, and kick. Sponsored by the Marshall Recreation Center.

5 to 6 p.m. - Garden Tours, Memorial Student Center plaza. Students may tour the Marshall University Gardens, plus discover the Green initiatives on campus. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

5 to 7 p.m. - Revolution Cookout, Christian Center lawn. Enjoy great fellowship.

5:30 to 7 p.m. - Design on Wheels, Buskirk Field. Paint with Wine and Design. Local artists will help students create their own Marshall masterpiece. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life.

7 to 8 p.m. - Critical Mass Bike Ride through the City of Huntington, Marshall Recreation Center. Plan to leave promptly at 7 p.m. and return in approximately one hour. Sponsored by Office of Sustainability.

7 to 9 p.m. - Fitness Class Sampler, features free 30-minute classes, Marshall Recreation Center. Classes include: Indoor Cycling, Zumba, Cardio and Strength, and Yoga. Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center.

8:30 to 11 p.m. - Cosmic Frisbee, Buskirk Field. Students are invited to come and play (or watch) an insane game of Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee. Sponsored by CRU.

9 p.m. - Screen on the Green, Recreation Center Field, features a night at the movies, with free popcorn and soda. Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center and Housing and Residence Life.

Friday, Aug. 22
9:45 to 10:30 a.m. - President's Convocation, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Herd compass, Memorial Student Center plaza. Students may look for MU staff and students stationed under a green tent to provide them with directions to WOW activities, their classrooms, and other useful MU information.

3 to 4 p.m. - Meet college deans. Students will meet the deans and the associate deans and staffs of their respective colleges.

4 to 5 p.m. - John Marshall Emerging Leaders information session, Memorial Student Center room BE 5 (lower level).

5 to 6 p.m. - UnRaveled!, Harless Media Room. The group UnRaveled! will be providing a great learning experience in the needle arts of crocheting and knitting. All experience levels welcome. Crocheting and/or knitting is a great way to be creative, productive, and relieve stress. Sponsored by UnRaveled! Student Organization.

6 to 9 p.m. - Thundering Herd kickoff party, Pullman Square in downtown Huntington; features music, activities, football player autographs, cheerleaders, the dance team and Marco.

7 p.m. - Six Appeal, Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. Features a world class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Sponsored by Student Activities and Campus Activities Board.

Saturday, Aug. 23
10 to 11 a.m. - Garden Tours, Memorial Student Center plaza. Students may tour the Marshall University Gardens, plus discover the Green initiatives on campus. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

Noon to 3 p.m. - RecFest, Marshall Recreation Center, featuring more than 100 venders, door prizes, giveaways, activities and food; Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center.

1 to 5 p.m. - Target, Huntington Mall, Wal-Mart Shuttle, MUPD parking lot. Transportation will be provided every hour on the hour until 5 p.m. in the MUPD parking lot across 5th Avenue from Twin Towers. Sponsored by Student Involvement.

3 to 6 p.m. - Marshall football season kickoff party, Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Features a scrimmage that only MU students may attend.

7 to 9 p.m. - Fitness Class sampler, features free 30-minute classes, Marshall Recreation Center. Classes include Indoor Cycling, Zumba, Cardio and Strength, and Yoga. Sponsored by Marshall Recreation Center.

7 to 9 p.m. - Coffee House/Open Mic, Harless Media Room. Sponsored by Revolution.

8 to 10 p.m. - CRU Freshman Mixer, Marco's (lower level of Memorial Student Center).

9 to 11 p.m. - Party Hearty, First-Year Residence Halls. Residents will be able to wear beer goggles and ride golf carts with MUPD, while learning how to stay safe out on the town. Sponsored by First-Year Residence Halls and Housing & Residence Life.

Sunday, Aug. 24
1 to 4 p.m. - Classroom schedule walk-through. Students may bring their schedules to the Memorial Student Center plaza. Sponsored by Housing & Residence Life.

1 to 5 p.m. - Target/Huntington Mall/Wal-Mart shuttle, begins in the MUPD parking lot, located across 5th Avenue from Twin Towers. Sponsored by Student Involvement.

1 p.m. - MU women's soccer vs. VCU in the team's home opener at the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

4 to 6 p.m. - Intramural sports sampler, Marshall Recreation Center. Features friendly competition, including a variety of basketball and football competitions, such as a free throw shoot-out, as well as punt, pass, and kick. Sponsored by the Marshall Recreation Center.

4:30 to 6 p.m. - Design on Wheels, Buskirk Field. Paint with Wine and Design. Local artists will help students create their own Marshall masterpieces. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life.

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