It is one of a college student's most memorable events - his or her first day of college.
Starting Wednesday, Aug. 21, staff, administrators and fellow students at Marshall University are welcoming the new freshman class.
MU administrators say making sure new students are able to transition from one way of life into another is key to a positive experience.
"Week of Welcome is just that – a welcome to all freshmen. It is important that they feel comfortable with the university before classes begin. And it is equally important for first-year students to be introduced to the expectations faculty will have of them when they begin classes on Monday, August 26th," said Dr. Gayle Ormiston, MU's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in a recent news release.
1,700 freshman will be on campus to experience all of the back-to-school events.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
4 p.m. – Students are invited to visit the practice field and watch the Marching Thunder perform while learning the Marshall songs and cheers they will hear at athletic events.
5 to 5:45 p.m. – President's Convocation, Cam Henderson Center
6 to 7:30 p.m. – Family picnic, Memorial Student Center plaza
8:30 p.m. – Screen on the Green. A movie will be shown outside on the big screen on the first-year North and South residence halls lawn.
9 p.m. to midnight – "First Nite" block party, Marshall Recreation Center
Thursday, Aug. 22
8:30 to 9:15 a.m. –Freshman First Class, Cam Henderson Center arena
9:15 to 9:45 a.m. – Class photo, Henderson Center arena
3 to 4 p.m. – Ice cream social and Build-A-Bear, Memorial Student Center
4 to 6 p.m. – Throwback Thursday games with Disciples on Campus, North South Field
3 to 5 p.m. – Freshman Footprints, get to know who makes up MU, Memorial Student Center lobby
5 to 7 p.m. – Revolution cookout, Christian Center lawn
5 to 9 p.m. – Carnival extravaganza, features live entertainment, games and food, Memorial Student Center, Recreation Center and amphitheater
9 p.m. – Cosmic Frisbee, Buskirk Field
9 p.m. – Hypnotist, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room
Friday, Aug. 23
3 to 8 p.m. – Students are invited to play video games in the Video Game Lounge, Prichard Hall 200
5 p.m. – The Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex opens with a 5 p.m. Marshall alumni game for the men, followed by a 7:30 p.m. game featuring the Marshall women against Campbell University. Tickets for full-time students are free with a valid MU ID.
8 p.m. – Comedy Caravan Comedy Show, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room
Saturday, Aug. 24
Noon to 3 p.m. – RecFest, Marshall Recreation Center
3 to 6 p.m. – Marshall football season kickoff party; students are invited to attend a scrimmage at Joan C. Edwards Stadium
7 to 9 p.m. – Coffeehouse/open mic, Harless Media Room, live entertainment and coffee
RecFest allows Marshall University and the community to greet the students back to the Huntington campus for another year. The event presents a great opportunity for businesses and Marshall University departments and organizations to introduce and familiarize their names and services to the students, faculty and staff.
The success of previous years was a result of more than 100 exhibitors and more than 2,000 participants who took part in the numerous activities and demonstrations throughout the Marshall Recreation Center. Those attending can eat free food and sign up to win prizes.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, students can prepare for classes by participating in a walk-through of their classes with a representative from Housing and Residence Life. They need to bring their schedules to the Memorial Student Center plaza between 2 and 4 p.m.
For more information about WOW, contact the Student Resource Center on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center by calling 304-696-5810.