UWT’s “Welcome Days”

New to UWT or not, you’ll find plenty of interesting activities and information during the campus wide “Welcome Days,” which began on September 21st and will continue until October 12th. The schedule of events and get-togethers is an effort of nearly every department on campus, and hopes to give students chances to meet new people and groups and familiarize themselves with UWT services. As a promotional flyer states, “Welcome Days” offers “academic workshops, big name concerts, movies, free food, workshops about campus life, and more!”

Student involvement has been correlated with higher self-confidence and satisfaction with the college experience. On top of that, educational benefits have been noted. A 2010 study out of Purdue University found that “When comparing students who were involved in campus activities and those who were not, the most active students received the highest grades.”

With that in mind, there will be dozens of activities for virtually every kind of student during this week and next, hosted by different groups on campus. Freshman Husky Lauren Smith recently read through the “Welcome Days” schedule, saying, “The amount of things to do is cool. There really is something for every interest.”

Welcome gatherings for different career paths, including bachelor in science and nursing, bachelor in arts and healthcare leadership, and masters of nursing will be held in various locations. It is also domestic violence awareness week, so Campus Safety and Student Health and Wellness, along with representatives from organizations in the community will be promoting violence prevention across campus Monday through Thursday.

Students can stop by a “birthday party” being held for Student Health Services in the WPH building on Monday from 12-2:30pm. Join in on quick paced Speed Friending from 12:30-1:30pm in the GWP building on Tuesday the 2nd, and if you’re interested in student mentoring programs, take part in the information sessions being held in the WCG building from 12:40-1:20pm on the 2nd and 3rd.  The expanded Tioga Library is set to open on October 3rd at 3:30pm, and a kickball game for students and staff will begin at 5:30pm in the LSH building the same day.

These are just a few of the events scheduled to kick off the 2012-13 school year. Diversity and stereotyping discussions, football game viewings, a career and internship fair, and an open house for veteran and military services are also on the long list of what to mark on your calendar. Be on the lookout around campus and keep updated on “Welcome Days” activities through your UWT email or UWT Student Involvement’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.