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Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch Marshall students help freshmen move in to the their assigned dorms as Week of Welcome begins Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at Marshall University in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — The kids are back.

First-year Marshall University students begin a new adventure in Huntington this week, as the university's annual Week of Welcome kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 20, with move-in day.

Week of Welcome, or WOW, is a series of events and activities designed to welcome new sons and daughters of Marshall into the Marshall family before fall classes begin Aug. 26.

"Week of Welcome is a university-wide, collaborative effort to welcome, educate and socialize freshman students to the Marshall University campuses, academic expectations, resources and long-standing traditions," said Sherri Stepp, associate dean of undergraduate studies and director of University College. "The WOW committee has dedicated much time and energy to ensure the first few days on campus are fun, exciting, informative and enjoyable for these students, but we rely on the help of the entire Marshall family to make this happen."

Students will begin their first class at Marshall during WOW. UNI 100, "Freshman First Class," is an introduction to the academic structures and expectations of college life. Those who successfully complete the course will earn one hour of elective credit.

"During WOW, students will participate in large group sessions where they will explore the value of diversity and attend a theatrical performance illustrating the history of our university and John Marshall," Stepp said. "In smaller classroom sessions, students will learn about the vast number of resources and services we have to offer and support student success."

Attendance at the required WOW activities and seven additional 50-minute class sessions (once per week in the first seven weeks of the semester) will play a large role in the grade students earn for UNI 100.

"Week of Welcome programming is also available for students attending classes at our Mid-Ohio Valley Center, Teays Valley Regional Center and South Charleston campus. Students attending these regional campuses and centers are also invited to come to Huntington to participate in the evening and weekend activities and events," Stepp said.

WOW kicks off Tuesday with campus move-in for residence hall students and a family picnic for all freshman students and their families. Activities continue through Aug. 25.

A complete schedule of WOW activities, leading up to the first day of class for the fall semester, can be found at www.marshall.edu/wow.

Week of Welcome events

Here are some of the events scheduled on the Huntington campus during Marshall's Week of Welcome:

Tuesday, Aug. 20

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Freshman move-in, campus residence halls.

Noon to 5 p.m.: WOW registration, Recreation Center basketball courts.

5 to 6:30 p.m.: Family picnic, Harless Field.

7 p.m.: "Traditions: The Rise of Marshall" preview performance, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend this performance.

8:30 p.m.: Recess at the Rec, Marshall Recreation Center.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

4 p.m.: Freshman class photo (take 1), Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

5 to 6:30 p.m.: Class of 2021 Picnic, Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

5 to 8 p.m.: Herd Against Hunger, Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

9 p.m.: "We Are Marshall" movie night, Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Thursday, Aug. 22

2:30 to 4 p.m.: College Sessions: Meet Your Dean, various locations.

6 p.m.: Build-A-Bison, Harless Field.

Friday, Aug. 23

9:15 to 9:45 a.m.: Freshman class photo (take 2), John Marshall statue.

9:45 to 10 a.m.: Freshman Walk led by the Marching Thunder drumline, 4th Avenue from Old Main to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

10 to 11:30 a.m.: President's Convocation, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. This event will be livestreamed at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Noon to 3 p.m.: RecFest, Marshall Recreation Center.

Sunday, Aug. 25

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Taste of Huntington, Harless Field.

Full schedules for each location are available at www.marshall.edu/wow.

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