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July 11, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU WOW program welcomes new students    

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Hundreds of volunteers – students, faculty, staff and members of the local community – will be on hand for Slippery Rock University’s annual “Weekend Of Welcome” Aug. 26-28. Nearly 2,000 new students are expected to move-in.

           SRU’s fall semester classes begin at 8 a.m., Aug. 29.

           “It is always a great weekend on campus,” said Paula Olivero, assistant vice president for student development and chair of WOW. “This is an opportunity to welcome new students, meet parents and give those joining the University family a really big welcome.”

           Olivero said those interested in volunteering, but have not yet done so, should visit the Weekend of Welcome homepage at:, or contact Christopher Cole, director of the University Union and WOW volunteer coordinator. “We can always use extra hands, and it certainly makes the work go easier.”

           All volunteers will receive a yellow WOW T-shirt promoting SRU’s “Hello” tradition, and PNC Bank will provide volunteers with water bottles that may be filled at water coolers set up in each of the residence halls. “We will also be delivering water to those in areas not easily accessible to the residence halls, such as parking lots and those involved with traffic control,” she said.

           New SRU students move into campus residence halls from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 26, and have the opportunity to become familiar with campus services, including Bailey Library, the Computer Help Desk and the SGA Bookstore. The Union Café Taylor and Byrnes coffee shop will be open and a Student Organization Showcase is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 26.

           Students who have completed their online parking pass registration will be able to pick up passes in the University Union Aug. 26-28. A valid driver’s license and vehicle registration form are required.

           Mandatory meetings for residence hall students will be at 7 p.m., Aug. 26 and 28, and a Welcome Ceremony, including an explanation of SRU’s history and traditions is at 8 p.m., Aug. 27 in Morrow Field House. A “Casino Night,” sponsored by the SRU Association of Residence Hall Students, is at 9 p.m., Aug. 26, in the University Union.

           Aug. 27 festivities open at 9 a.m. with an address by SRU President Robert Smith in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center. The session is followed by breakout group workshops.

           The recreation center will be open throughout the weekend offering free admission to visiting family members during regular operation hours.

           Upper class students will return to campus from noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 27.

           A “Welcome to SRU” party is planned for 6-9 p.m., Aug. 27, and meetings for residence hall students are planned for 7 p.m. A “Welcome Bonfire with S’mores” will be hosted by the SRU Student Government Association at 9:30 p.m., Aug. 27, outside Building F.

           “It is a weekend with special events at the student recreation center, programs in the University Union and on the Quad and a chance to check out the various dining centers on campus,” Olivero said.

           “Because traffic is heavy and because it takes time, even with the huge number of volunteers, to help new students move into their residence halls, we are making some traffic and parking adjustments,” she said.

           University Police will close Rock Pride Drive in front of Buildings A, B and Watson Hall to through traffic throughout the weekend. The area behind Building E will also be blocked. Parking areas near the SRU Health Center, the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center, the University Union and spaces on both Morrow Drive and Maltby Avenue will also be closed during move in.

           “We ask faculty and staff working that weekend to plan to use the East and West Lake parking lots as well as the area behind Strain Behavioral Science and McKay Education buildings. Anyone in need of transportation to their office from those areas should call Jodi Solito at 724.738.2670 to make arrangements,” Olivero said. 


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