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 WOW WEEK OPENS FRIDAY: New Students Welcomed to SRU 



EDITOR’S ADVISORY                                       5/5/04

As students arrive –



More than 500 Slippery Rock University faculty, staff and student volunteers, including President Robert Smith, will be out and about on campus this weekend (Aug. 27-29) to welcome more than 1,600 new students to campus.

 The “Weekend of Welcome” – best known as “WoW” on campus -- offers ample opportunity for great feature photos and stories. (The president will begin circulating on campus at 9 a.m. Friday and continue throughout the morning.)

New students will move into campus residence halls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. (Upperclass students will return from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.)

In addition to entertainment events – a 3:30 to 7 p.m. Kick-Off Dinner on Scarnati Band Field prior to the 7 p.m. Friday SRU vs. Bloomsburg University football game in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium on Friday which will be followed by fireworks, the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center will be open for free use by new students as well as family members and friends and a Saturday evening block party, students will have the chance to mix and mingle as well as meet roommates.

 “W-o-W is our way of helping make our new students feel welcome,” says Dr. Paula Olivero, interim assistant vice president for student development. “We want to help student connect with the University, settle in and start making new friends as well as become aware of the resources available on campus. We want them – and their family members – to become part of the SRU family. It’s just a big celebration to start off the academic year.”

Saturdaywill see a formal welcoming ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in Jack Critchfield Park (Morrow Field House in the event of rain), followed by information on technology at The Rock in Spotts World Culture Building, Living Life at a Performance Level in the University Union and individual college receptions in Boozel Dining Hall. Other activities include a 5 p.m. Saturday “Block Party” along Rocket Drive on Saturday including a carnival and followed by a 9 p.m. Graffiti Dance Party sponsored by the Association of Residence Hall Students.

University offices – student accounts, parking decals, ID, meal plan, computer “Help Desk,” Bailey Library and SGA Bookstore – will offer extended hours.

 Those interested in staffing any portion of the move-in weekend, are asked to call 724-738-2199.


K.E. Schwab -- PN, PgN, WPN, PR, PT, S



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