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MU welcomes students

Aug. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It's time once again for students to prepare for back to school.

At Marshall University that means that an incoming class of freshmen and transfer students will be arriving on campus. To help these students get settled in on campus, Marshall will have its annual Week of Welcome from Aug. 21-23.

A key part of the Week of Welcome is the Uni 100 Freshmen First Class, a course taking place during the first eight weeks of college life designed to help students adjust to life on campus.

"Week of Welcome and Uni 100 is an opportunity for students to arrive early to campus, meet new classmates and make new friends," said Sherri Stepp, director of the University College. "They will meet President (Stephen) Kopp at Convocation, meet their academic dean at their college session, and begin learning the things they need to know to be successful students both academically and socially."

Activities begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday with registration in the Rec Center lobby. Students will start to move into their residence halls on that day while commuters will be invited to check in on that day. International students will also be taking their INTO Placement Exams. President Kopp will give his annual convocation at 5 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.

"We previously held the Freshmen Convocation on Thursday morning with the President," Stepp said. "This year we decided to hold it on Wednesday so we could include the parents. We invite students and their parents to join us in the Henderson Center. After the convocation all students and their parents are invited to the family picnic at the Memorial Student Center at 6."

The family picnic will last from 6-7:30 p.m., and students will be given a chance to say goodbye to their parents from 7:30 to 8 p.m. There will be residence hall floor meetings from 8-9:30 p.m. The day will close with a choice of two activities: an outdoor movie screening at the First Year Residence Hall Lawn or a block party at the Marshall University Rec Center.

W.O.W. continues on Thursday with the annual Freshmen First Class at 8:30 a.m. at the Henderson Center. This will be followed by the class photo at 9:15 a.m. and the first Uni 100 class session. Students will then be divided into groups and invited to seminars. In "How Our Differences Will Bring Us Together" students will learn about the benefits of living and learning in a diverse environment. "Sex Signals" meanwhile teaches students how to make safe decisions. Recreational activities on Friday will include the Revolution Cookout on the College Lawn Center at 5 p.m. and the Carnival Extravaganza at the Memorial Student Center at 5 p.m.

The Uni 100 and Into Classes will continue throughout Friday. Students will be invited to meet their college dean at various locations throughout campus at 8:30 a.m. Recreational events will include a video game lounge at Prichard Hall from 3-8 p.m., the Freshmen Interest Group and Living Learning Community mixer on the Freshmen Hall Lawn from 5-7 p.m. and a comedy show at 8 p.m. the Memorial Student Center.

Friday will also mark the grand opening of the Soccer Complex on 5th Avenue at 6 p.m.

Saturday's activities will include RecFest from noon to 3 p.m. at the Rec Center, the Marshall Football Season Kickoff Party from 3-6 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium and a shuttle running back and forth from the Huntington Mall and Walmart from 1-5 p.m.

"We have tweaked the Uni 100 class and how it ties into the Week of Welcome over the years," Stepp said. "Our content is now delivered by video, so all classes have consistent content, and the individual facilitators have activities to reinforce the video. When we implemented Week of Welcome in fall of 2010 we created the Uni 100 class. For the first two years we had Uni 100 sessions during W.O.W. then we had online modules for students to complete on their own time by the end of September. We've found that with the online modules the students didn't retain that much information, so last year we went to having an actual classroom with a facilitator and a mentoring experience. We found success with that last year. In previous years we had a success rate of about 80% of students completing the class. Last year we went to about 96% of students completing it and getting credit."

Residence halls open Sunday, Aug. 25, for upperclassmen, and classes start Monday, Aug. 26.

For more information on the Week of Welcome and Uni 100, including a complete schedule of activities, visit http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/wow.