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Thursday, August 17

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Residential Student Check-in

McNutt Campus Center

Your journey begins here! Check in for your residence hall, receive your orientation swag bag, drop off immunizations records, have your laptop and/or smartphone configured, get your ID card, find your mailbox, and buy guest lunch and dinner tickets ($7) all in one place.

Make it YOUR Home

Residence Halls

Unpack, rearrange, settle in, make your bed (if mom’s still here), add those homey touches, make it your home away from home.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Commuter Student Check-In

McNutt Campus Center

Your journey begins here! Check in to receive your orientation swag bag, drop off immunizations records, have your laptop and/or smartphone configured, get your ID card, and buy guest lunch and dinner tickets ($7) all in one place. Commuters EAT FREE in the dining hall all week!

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Legacy Lunch

Tucker Dining Hall (by invitation only)

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Activities, this event is for new students and their families whose relatives have attended WWU.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch

Tucker Dining Hall

Guest meal tickets can be purchased at check-in or at the door for $7 each.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Red Carpet Photos

Tucker Dining Hall Lawn

Capture the moment on the red carpet with family; new friends; and Screech, the WWU mascot. Pictures posted to Facebook.com/WWUStudentLife #WWUEclipse

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Meet and Greet

Commuter Lounge (lower level of Burton Business Building)

Join us for lunch and meet some of your peers. What brought you to WWU? Share your stories.

1:15 p.m.

Ivy Ceremony Processional

Senior Lake – New students line up by group color (group indicated on nametag: red, yellow, or green) in front of Burton Business Building to cross the bridge.

Family and friends can watch their student cross the bridge in the Family Viewing Area.

1:30 p.m.

Ivy Ceremony and Presidential Welcome

Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

The Ivy Ceremony is the first part of a two-part tradition that culminates at your graduation. (Students will line up by group color; yellow, green, red.) Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, university president, will officially welcome you to WWU.

Immediately Following

Rotations by group

Stick with your group (group color indicated on nametag: red, yellow, or green) for an afternoon of fun, information, and getting to know The Woods. All groups will attend all events below.

Sorority and Fraternity Open House

Sorority Circle & Fraternity Row

Check out the fraternity and sorority chapters as members of the fraternity and sorority community welcome you to campus. Parents are encouraged to visit the houses. *LEAD event

New Students: Meet Your Connections Class

Academic Building Classrooms

Meet your Orientation Leader, Connections faculty, other new students, and get the run-down for orientation. Connections class is required of all incoming freshmen.

Parents, Family, and Friends: Welcome to The Woods Family!

Library Auditorium

Join Dr. Venita Mitchell, dean of students, as she shares her experiences as a university dean and, more importantly, a parent of college students.

Success in the Classroom

Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

Join Dr. Aimee Sapp, academic dean, and faculty members as they discuss how you can be successful in the classroom. Don’t miss classroom expectations, study skills, and a science experiment. *LEAD event

Immediately Following Rotations

Family and Friends Farewell BBQ

Tucker Dining Hall Lawn

Join us for a farewell barbeque with your friends and family. Guest meal tickets can be purchased at check-in or at the barbeque ($7). Following the meal, it is time for family and friends to say, “See ya!”

7:30 p.m.

Introduction to Women’s Recruitment

Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

Join sorority recruitment counselors for an informational meeting covering all the ins-and-outs of sorority recruitment. All students welcome! No advance registration required. *LEAD event

7:30 p.m.

Introduction to Men’s Recruitment

Aldridge Lounge

Join Interfraternity Council and chapter leaders for an informational session covering all the ins-and-out of fraternity recruitment. Students will have the opportunity to socialize with current fraternity members. All students welcome! No advance registration required. *LEAD Event

9 p.m.

Hall Meetings

Residence Halls

Get the 4-1-1 on life in the residence hall and meet your new neighbors!

10 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

Smith, Allen, Swearingen Lawn

An orientation tradition! Join us for ice cream sundaes, popsicles, tunes, and socializing! (Rain location: McNutt Campus Center)

Friday, August 18

8:30 a.m.

Connections Class

See Orientation Group Chart

Connections class is required of all incoming freshmen to learn what to do to be successful in college, how to do it, and where to get help at The Woods.

9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Freshman Advantage Reunion Breakfast

Tucker Dining Hall

Reunite with the FA crew for breakfast, and make plans to take over campus during orientation. Kidding! Maybe just catch up on the rest of your summer.

9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

TRANSFER-mation: Transfer Students Welcome to The Woods

Dulany Auditorium

Join keynote speaker Ryan Penneau in this interactive session just for transfer students to get motivated to find your place and make your mark at The Woods.

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Take Back College Keynote

Dulany Auditorium

You don’t want to miss his energy! Keynote speaker Ryan Penneau will take you on a thrill ride while empowering you to explore, take risks, and play hard with all that college has to offer! *LEAD event

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Freshmen Luncheon—Family-style

Tucker Dining Hall

Join Student Life staff for a family-style lunch and learn about campus life outside the classroom.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Transfer Trends Luncheon

Lower Level Tucker Dining Hall, Ivy Room

Join Student Life staff for lunch and learn about campus life outside the classroom.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Think Like a College Student and Major Meet-up

Various Locations: See list below

Put on your thinking cap. Engage in critical thinking and analytical reasoning that will be expected in your major. Learn what to expect on the first day of class. *LEAD event

Arts and Behavioral Sciences ~ Kemper Arts Center, room 112

Art, Studio Art, Communication, Graphic Design, Psychology, Social Work, Speech and Theatre Education, Theatre

Business, Law, Technology and Languages ~ Burton Business Building, room 100

Accounting, American Sign Language Studies, ASL-English Interpreting, Business Admin., Criminal Justice, Management Information Systems, Political/Legal Studies

Education, Human Performance, and Humanities ~ Academic Building, room 301

Athletic Training, Elementary, Middle, and Special Education, Educational Studies, English, English Education, Exercise Science, History, History Education, Physical Education, Sports Management

Mathematics and Sciences ~ Science & Language Building, room 300

Biology, Biology Education, Mathematics, Physics, Pre-Engineering

Equestrian Studies ~ Lower Level Tucker Dining Hall, Ivy Room

Equestrian Science, Equine Administration, Equine General Studies

Undecided ~ Academic Building, Student Success Center

Haven’t decided on a major yet? Attend this session.

**Double Majors should choose one to attend**

3:30 p.m.

Transfer Students: Froyo Friday

Depart from Thurmond Chapel to Lulu’s downtown.

Join other transfer students, faculty, and staff for frozen yogurt on us!

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Dinner and Nap Gap

Your Own Bed!

Phweeew! Long day! You deserve a nap.

6 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Fraternity Event

Meet in McNutt Campus Center at 5:45 p.m.

Learn what each chapter has to offer to enhance men’s WWU experiences. Brotherhood, academics, philanthropy/community service, and fraternity activities will be discussed. *LEAD event

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sorority Service Events

Meet in Cutlip Auditorium at 5:45 p.m. to receive schedule

Women participating in recruitment will visit all four sorority chapters and learn more about how membership can contribute to the WWU experience. Advance registration required. *LEAD event

8 p.m.

The Woods Movie & Game Night

Complex Lounges

Join your new friends for a movie or games in the Swearingen and Allen lounges.

Saturday, August 19

8:30 a.m.

Connections Class

See Orientation Group Chart

Connections class is required of all incoming freshmen to learn what to do to be successful in college, how to do it and where to get help at The Woods.

*Grab-n-go snacks set up in Academic Building, Burton Building Lobby, and Kemper Art Center Lobby*

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WWU Rendezvous

Sam B. Cook Outdoor Amphitheatre (Rain Location: Anderson Arena)

It's entertainment! It's fun! It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships!

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sorority Sisterhood Events

Meet in Cutlip Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. to receive schedule.

Women participating in this round of recruitment will explore sisterhood at up to three chapters.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Disc Golf Tournament & Health Hunt

Weider Fitness Center

Explore the game of disc golf on our very own 9-hole course on campus. Each participant will get a FREE disc for playing. *LEAD event

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dinner and Nap Gap

Get back in bed, or don’t, it’s up to you!

8:30 p.m.

Community Standards and Campus Life Play

Dulany Auditorium

A behind-the-scenes and on-stage look at life at The Woods. Learn about issues facing college students and the resources available on campus, while being entertained by the Peer Players. *LEAD event

Immediately Following

Woods Glow

Academic Building Parking Lot

Join us for some glow in the dark fun with DJ Jay. Glow sticks and fun will be provided! *LEAD event

Sunday, August 20

8 a.m.

Men’s Bid Day

Meet in Cutlip Auditorium at 7:45 a.m.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sorority Preference Event

Meet in Burton Building lobby at 8:30 a.m. to receive schedule.

Women will visit up to two chapters as members share their sorority experiences.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Money Matters

Dulany Auditorium

Missing this session could cost you THOUSANDS of DOLLARS! Learn the requirements of the LEAD program and how to ensure you don’t miss out on the award. You will also better understand your federal aid package, federal funding, scholarships, and loans. *LEAD event

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Offices Open

Make sure you are ready to start the semester off right. Find your classes, pick up your books from the Post Office, and check off all your ‘to-do’ list items. Offices open: Business Office, Post Office, Registrar’s Office, Student Financial Services, and Student Life.

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Connections Classes – Field Day Competition

Aldridge and Junior Lake

It’s your turn to test your Connections faculty—test their field day game skills! Your class could win a pizza party on the last day of class!

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Transfer Students: Strike, Spare, or Split!

Fulton Bowling Center - Meet outside of McNutt Campus Center at 2:15 p.m. to catch a ride.

Enjoy some Sunday afternoon fun bowling with your new friends – the bowling alley is all yours.

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Freshman Advantage: Strike, Spare, or Split!

Fulton Bowling Center - Meet outside of McNutt Campus Center at 2:15 p.m. to catch a ride.

Enjoy some Sunday afternoon fun bowling and reminiscing about your summer.

4 p.m. – 6pm

Food Truck Frenzy

Aldridge Patio

Enjoy dinner by Junior Lake from the Fresh Ideas Food Truck.

5:15 p.m.

Sorority Bid Night

Meet in McNutt Campus Center at 5 p.m.

Upcoming Orientation Events

Monday, August 21

1 p.m.

Eclipse Viewing Party

Sam B. Cook Outdoor Amphitheatre

7 p.m.

The 4-1-1 on 9-1-1

Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

Learn how to stay safe in your community at this all-campus safety event. *LEAD event

9 p.m.

Hall Meetings

Residence Halls

Tuesday, August 22

12:15 p.m.

Tuesdays with Transfers

Ivy Room, Tucker Dining Hall lower level

Transfer students, join faculty and staff for lunch while learning about resources available to help you find success at WWU.