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ExplOrientation

Thursday Aug 15, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019

William Woods University ExplOrientation begins Thursday, August 15!

Printable Schedule and Group Chart (PDF)

Thursday, August 15

8 – 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 immunization records, 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 – 11 a.m.

Commuter Student Check-In

McNutt Campus Center

Your journey begins here! Check in to receive your orientation swag bag, drop off immunization records, 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.

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 dessert 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: blue, green, or red) 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; blue, 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: blue, green, red) 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 and 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. 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.

Late Night Scoop

Smith, Allen, Swearingen Lawn

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

Friday, August 16

8:30 a.m.

Connections Class

Various classrooms – 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 – 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.

Transfer-mation: Transfer Students Welcome to the Woods

Ivy Room, lower level Tucker Dining Hall

Join current students in this session just for transfer students to get motivated to find your place and make your mark at The Woods.

10 – 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

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Lunch and Nap Gap

Your Own Bed!

Take a quick snooze to refresh for the rest of the day.

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Think Like a College Student and Major Meet-Up

Various Locations: See list on the right

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

School of Business and Technology: Burton Business and Economics Building, 100
Air Force ROTC, Accounting, Business Administration, Cyber Security, Management Information Systems, Management and Leadership, Military Programs, Workforce Leadership


School of Education: Academic Building, 301
Education (Elementary), Education (Middle-Level), Education (Special), Educational Studies, English Education, History Education, Speech and Theatre Education, Biology Education


School of Equestrian Studies: Tucker Dining Hall Lower Level, Ivy Room
Equestrian Science, Equine Administration, Equine General Studies


School of Humanities: Kemper Arts Center, 112
Art, American Sign Language (ASL) Studies, ASL - English Interpreting, Deaf Human Services, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Theatre, English, History


School of Science and Health: Science and Language Building, 300
Biology, Biology Education, Exercise Science, Mathematics, Physics, Pre-Engineering, RN to BSN


School of Social Sciences: Burton Business and Economics Building, 109
Communication, Criminal Justice, Political/Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Social Work


Undecided: Dulany Library, Academic Success Center
Haven’t decided on a major yet? Attend this session.


**Double majors should choose one to attend**

4 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!

6 – 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 – 10 p.m.

Sorority Sisterhood 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.

Let the Games Begin!

Aldridge Lounge

Is orientation monopolizing your time? Skipbo your way to a night of games larger than life.

Saturday, August 17

8:30 a.m.

Connections Class

Various classrooms – see orientation group chart (page 6)

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.

10 a.m.

Pancakes and Handshakes with Student Life

Tucker Dining Hall

Meet Student Life staff and learn about WWU life outside the classroom. LEAD Event

1 – 5 p.m.

Sorority Service Events

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

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

2 p.m.

Get Connected at the Woods

Aldridge Lounge

Connect yourself to new friends, new ideas, and new traditions at The Woods.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dinner and Nap Gap

Your Own Bed!

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

6 – 8:00 p.m.

Cook-Out with Interfraternity Council

Grills by Junior Lake

Men may take a break lakeside and enjoy burgers and dogs thanks to the Interfraternity Council.

8:30 p.m.

Community Standards and Student 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 18

9 a.m. – Noon

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.

12 – 2 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 p.m.

Strike, Spare, or Split!

Fulton Bowling Center - Meet outside of McNutt Campus Center at 1:45 p.m. to catch a ride.

Enjoy some Sunday afternoon fun bowling with your new friends.

3:30 p.m.

Find Your Classes Tour

Depart from McNutt Campus Center

College starts tomorrow, so be sure not to miss this tour so that you know how to navigate your classes.

5 p.m.

Sorority Bid Night

Meet in McNutt Campus Center at 5 p.m.

6 – 9 p.m.

Fraternity Event

Men invited to return, meet at the Owl’s Nest in the McNutt Campus Center by 5:45 p.m.

Prospective members will have the chance to visit two chapters of their choice to decide if the chapters’ values align with their own.

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 19

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Back to School Bash

 

Sam B. Cook Outdoor Amphitheatre

4 p.m.

All Campus Safety

Cutlip Auditorium, McNutt Campus Center

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

7 p.m.

All Fraternity Event

Meet at the sand volleyball court by Junior Lake

9 p.m.

Hall Meetings

Residence Halls

Tuesday, August 20

7:30 p.m.

Men's Bid Day

Meet at Dulany Auditorium at 7:15 p.m.