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 SRU Plans 'Week of Welcome' for Largest Freshman Class in 15 Years 




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           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – What is expected to be the largest freshman class in 15 years will begin arriving on the Slippery Rock University campus Aug. 22 and a contingent of more than 650 volunteers will be on hand to welcome them with activities and programs through Labor Day weekend, including special receptions, feature films, social activities and fireworks.

          “Slippery Rock University’s enrollment has gained momentum, and as part of that we want to make sure that all entering students have an outstanding first-week and first-year experience,” says Dr. Robert Watson, vice president for student life. “To ensure that our students quickly acclimate to their new educational environment, we are rolling out the red carpet for them and their family as we prepare for the opening of classes. We hope it is a week they will remember long after graduation,” he adds.

          SRU begins its fall semester Aug. 25. Official enrollment numbers will posted on the 15th day of classes.

          Known across campus as “W-O-W” – Week of Welcome, –  activities were well received last year and an expanded plan has been put in place this year, says Watson pointing out the program is quickly becoming an SRU tradition. Some 1,800 new students will begin moving into SRU’s eight residence halls Aug. 22 with an addition 1,000 upperclassmen returning to the halls Aug. 24. Activities include expanded hours for the university’s technology help desk to aid students in making Internet connections and additional hours for Student Accounts staff on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 will allow students to make last-minute tuition payments. A 9 p.m. Aug. 22 video dance party outside Bailey Library is set, and on Aug. 23, fireworks at Old Thompson Field and a outdoor movie will begin at 9 p.m.

A University Program Board-sponsored “Carnival on the Quad” opens at noon Aug. 28, and at 9 p.m. a special event in the Aebersold Student Recreation Center is planned. Students who have pre-ordered/pre-paid for their textbooks will find them packaged and ready at the SGA Bookstore, and local businesses providing student-related services will staff booths in the University Union throughout the week.

           “We want the first weekend on campus to be fun and relaxing,” says Watson, adding, “Our student committee has  planned inflatable games, obstacle courses and other events that will help entering students get to know one another as they prepare for their academic studies.”

          Students returning to campus will find work crews and special project contractors have been active over summer preparing for their arrival. The work included major renovations in the Eisenberg Classroom Building Auditorium and McKay Education Building, along with lighting installation for night football games in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium. The Rock’s home opener football game under the lights on the newly installed artificial turf set for 7 p.m. Sept. 13 against Gannon University.


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