Welcome Week events help new students get involved, connected

August 15, 2008

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State is set to welcome its newest faces with a weeklong schedule of events and activities that inform, unite and engage.

Penn State's annual Welcome Week, held this year Aug. 22-Sept. 1, was established to help students new to University Park become familiarized with the campus, make friends, learn Penn State traditions, feel like a part of the community and learn tips for success.

After new students move in their belongings, they are encouraged to attend Welcome Week events such as the President's New Student Convocation, Be a Part from the Start, Involvement Days and the largest day of service for new University Park students, Fresh START. Commuter students should take note of the Commuter Connection program scheduled for Saturday (Aug. 23).

There are dozens of events planned for new students. Here is a list of highlights:

Friday, Aug. 22

LGBTA Student Resource Center Open House: Meet the staff and find out about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Student Resource Center's resources and student groups, meet new people and enjoy refreshments from 2 to 4 p.m. in 101 Boucke Building.

Parent and Family Information Panel: Parents and family members are invited to learn about important Penn State resources and strategies for supporting a college student, and meet other families of new students. The one-hour panel begins at 2 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium.

SPA-Movie on the HUB Lawn: Students moving into their residence halls on Friday will be treated to a large-screen movie under the stars. Sponsored by SPA, the Student Programming Association, the show starts at 9 p.m. behind the HUB-Robeson Center. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Saturday, Aug. 23

Resident Assistant (R.A.) House Meetings and Dinners (on-campus students only): This meeting, mandatory for all students in residence halls, is an opportunity for roommates and neighbors to share their first dinner together and learn about living on campus. Students should see their R.A. for meeting time and location.

Commuter Connection: First-year students commuting from home or living off-campus, new Change of Campus students and new Adult Learners are invited to this reception to meet other commuting students, learn tips for college success and gain insight on strategies to acclimate to the University Park community. The hour-long reception begins at 6 p.m. in Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center.

President's New Student Convocation: All new students are required to attend this program, which begins at 7:45 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. "The president's New Student Convocation is really the official welcome to the Penn State family," said Shandol Hoover, coordinator of new student programs. "The convocation is one of two times the class of 2012 will be gathered together for one event; the second is their graduation."

Sunday, Aug. 24

Academic College Deans' Meetings:
It's important for new students to attend their academic college orientation meeting to learn more about their academic careers. Times and locations vary by college.

Change of Campus and Transfer Student Connections: All of these students are invited to this reception to meet staff and connect with other new students. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall, HUB Robeson-Center. Snacks and information packets are provided.

Multicultural Resource Center and Paul Robeson Cultural Center Fall Orientation for New Multicultural Students: This session offers all new undergraduate multicultural students at University Park strategies for success as well as the opportunity to become familiar with academic and co-curricular resources available on campus. It begins at 5:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall, Hub-Robeson Center.

Be a Part from the Start:
The Lion Ambassadors, Blue Band, leaders from Residence Life and student organizations, cheerleaders and the Nittany Lion will be on hand to teach new students what Penn State pride is all about. Students will learn the Alma Mater, fight songs and Penn State traditions. It begins at 8 p.m. in Rec Hall.

Monday, Aug. 25

Campus Information Stations: From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, these stations will be set up at various campus locations to assist new students who have lost their way. On-site volunteers will provide maps and directions.

Involvement Days:
Student Organizations: Involvement Days are Monday through Thursday (Aug. 25-28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) with different groups attending each day. Student organizations, campus resources, community service agencies and organizations, and fraternities and sororities (on Thursday) will be available at Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center to recruit new members and answer questions. Music and prizes will be available.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) Change of Campus and Transfer Student Program:
Undergraduate multicultural students (Black/African American, Asian and Pacific American, Hispanic/Latino American and Native American) can meet their MRC counselor and hear former transfer students' suggestions and strategies for social engagement and academic success at University Park. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center and begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Grange Building.

Downtown Tour: Off-Campus Student Unions (OCSU) leaders will show new students around downtown State College and talk about community resources available to students. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet for the tour at 7 p.m. at the HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

SPA Concert: An outdoor concert begins at 8 p.m. at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Check out posters in residence halls and the HUB-Robeson Center for more details. Tickets will be available at 9 a.m. on the day of the concert at the Medlar Field ticket office. The concert is open only to Penn State students, and all attendees must present a valid Penn State student ID with a ticket to enter the baseball park.

Thursday, Aug. 28

SPA LateNight Movie: The film starts at 10 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium.

Friday, Aug. 29

Habitat for Humanity's Operation HUB 2008:
Help build a house — and friendships — on the HUB-Robeson Center lawn and make a difference in the community. The house work lasts from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The frame will be partially dismantled and components placed on a flatbed truck; the pieces will be transported to a permanent lot in the local community to be reassembled and completed. Sign up to volunteer.

Football Eve: Join in the annual rally held before the first home football game, at Beaver Stadium from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 31

Fresh START:
The Fresh START 2008 Day of Service for first-year, change-of-campus and transfer students provides an opportunity to get involved in the community while meeting new people. Groups meet at 9 a.m. at Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center. Register at http://www.sa.psu.edu/engage.

For more details and a complete list of Welcome Week activities be sure to check out http://www.psu.edu/ouic/uport/fa08.html or call New Student Programs at (814) 865-4178.

To find campus locations, check out http://campusmaps.psu.edu.

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