August 11, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU to WOW newly arriving students Aug. 26-29
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - More than 650 Slippery Rock University upperclassmen, faculty and staff volunteers will be on hand Aug. 26-29 to provide the traditional SRU welcome as more than 1,800 new students arrive at the residence halls for the opening of fall semester. WOW! is SRU's traditional "Weekend of Welcome" program.
SRU's fall semester classes begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 30.
"This year, we are encouraging transfer students as well as new freshmen to join in the festivities," said Paula Olivero, assistant vice president for student development and WOW chair. "We know students heading off to college for the first time often bring many more items than they will need, but we will again have sufficient numbers of volunteers on hand to serve as 'bell captains' and 'porters' to help them move their belongings efficiently into their residence halls."
In the past, volunteers have often resorted to "bucket brigade-like" teams to move suitcases, lockers, boxes, televisions, stereos, computers and clothing racks. "Parents, who often had to pack car backseats and trunks and even pull-behind trailers or trucks, are more than relieved when the see the volunteer efforts," Olivero said.
"We pretty much have the move-in down to a science," she said, "It goes quickly and efficiently and then gives parents time to help their student unpack before saying 'Goodbye.' The welcome program gives students a chance to get acclimated to campus and join in a variety of special activities designed to help them meet their fellow students, roommates and floormates."
A number of SRU offices, including Student Accounts, Bailey Library, the SGA Bookstore, Computer Help Desk and the Academic Advisement and Support Services Office will offer extended hours throughout the weekend.
The SRU Parking Office will offer extended hours at its temporary location in the University Union for pick up of required parking passes. Those picking up passes must bring their receipt, driver's license and vehicle registration. Permits must be purchased online at least 24 hours before pick up.
When all is said and done, some 2,800 students will move into the campus residence halls during the four-day welcome.
The opening day of the long weekend welcomes the arrival of transfer students and those residing in SRU's Living-Learning Communities. Transfer students will attend orientation Aug. 27 while living-learning students participate in a daylong retreat. Both groups are invited to a 9 p.m. social in Boozel Dining Hall.
SRU upperclassmen not participating as WOW volunteers will move into on-campus halls from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 29.
The Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center will offer free admission to student families and friends Aug. 27-29.
A mandatory, first-year student residence hall meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 27, followed at 8 p.m. by a ceremony in Morrow Field House. The Association of Residence Hall Students will host a Casino Night at 9 p.m. in the University Union.
Events Aug. 28 include a 9 a.m. welcome address by SRU President Robert Smith in the recreation center followed by a number of workshops.
An 11 a.m. picnic is planned for the Bailey Library Quad, and from 6-9 p.m. there is a "Welcome to SRU Party" in the recreation center.
Aug. 29 events include a Legacy Reception, open to all SRU alumni and their families, at 11 a.m. in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center; a Dining Services Job Fair from 2-6 p.m. in Boozel Dining Hall; volleyball-football-Frisbee-soccer-Wiffle Ball games on the Bailey Quad from 2-6 p.m.; and kayak-roll and climbing wall clinics from 7-9 p.m. in the recreation center.
The University Program Board will show the movie "Iron Man 2" outdoors at the University Union at 9 p.m. Aug. 31, and host a "Rock Around the World Carnival" from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 1 on the quad.
The SRU home athletic season kicks off Aug. 26 when men's soccer takes on Carnegie Mellon at 7:15 p.m. at N. Kerr Thomson Stadium. For a complete schedule of home athletic events visit: http://www.rockathletics.com.
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