Welcome Events for New Students
Studies show that a sense of belonging is important to student success and is best facilitated during the first six to eight weeks of the college experience. The campus supports a number of events designed to welcome students and ease the transition to college:
- The Advising Office and Housing and Residential Life co-sponsor an event called Faculty and Educators Open House/Meet and Greet. This event is intended to provide new students the opportunity to meet the Deans and academic staff from the different departments on campus.
- The University Student Union and Associated Students, Inc. co-sponsor several events during Welcome Week that are designed to introduce and encourage student participation in campus activities. These events include booths and kiosks set up on the quad to provide information on a wide range of topics, such as health and wellness , ways to become involved in campus activities, an introduction to the clubs and organizations on campus, as well workshops on various topics pertinent to the college experience. Also held during Welcome Week are a variety of free social events. Past events have included Monday Night Football parties held in the student lounge, BBQs and luncheons, speed dating socials, live music in the quad, game show type events and sports competitions. The USU and ASI value academic growth and success and believe that participation in campus activities support these goals.
- A popular early semester event is Get Your Grub On (formerly Feed the Students). The event is sponsored by the University Student. Served by campus faculty, staff and administrators, the meal is well received and much appreciated by students.
- Students residing on campus are also welcomed on the Village Move-In Day. Volunteers from campus and community organizations assist students and parents with moving belongings into the residence halls. Housing and Residential Life staff organize welcome and orientation activities for the days leading up to the start of classes. These events range from small and large group community meetings to events such as the community Olympics. The purpose of each event is to welcome and orient residents and help them begin to connect in their living community as well as to campus. The emphasis for all the meetings and activities is on the four pillars of the housing program: scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and relationship.
Mr. Ronald Noble, Dean of Students (209) 667-3177
Ms. Jean Grech CondÃ©, Senior Director of Campus Life, (209) 664-3675
Mr. Byron Kamp, Executive Director ASI/USU (209)667-3827