The traditional Ivy Chain Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 20), will highlight a weeklong series of events welcoming freshmen and new students to William Woods University.
The campus will be alive with activity all day, as freshmen and transfer students move in to residence halls, starting at 8 a.m., and they and their families attend orientation sessions.
The Ivy Chain Ceremony around Senior Lake at 6:30 p.m. will follow a 3 p.m. “President’s Welcome” and 4:30 barbeque for students and their families.
The Ivy Chain Ceremony marks the start of the students’ college life. When they graduate, the ivy will be cut during another ceremony, symbolizing separation from college and the beginning of a new life. The tradition is believed to have begun more than a hundred years ago when the Class of 1899 planted ivy on campus during a special graduation ceremony.
Wednesday morning the new students will participate in “Freshman Experience,” an introduction to the academic life of the campus. On Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning, students will go “Island Hopping” and “Scavenger Hunting” to learn more about campus resources. Thursday morning they will have the opportunity to “Learn the Ropes” and get to know their peers and current students through fun and challenging experiences.
Other orientation activities during the week include an etiquette and communication skills workshop Wednesday and a campus dialogue on conflict and intimacy Thursday.
There will be time for fun, too. Social activities are planned each evening, including an ice cream social Wednesday and “Bowling for Dollars” on the lanes in the lower level of Aldridge Thursday, fishing in Junior Lake Friday and movies Saturday.
Women’s sorority recruitment begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and continues Thursday and Friday. A “Men’s Night Out” for all men will be held Wednesday, with men’s fraternity recruitment beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday and continuing Friday night. Bids will be delivered to women at 8 a.m. Saturday and to men at 9 a.m.
A “Beach Party” on the lawn of Tucker Dining Hall will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by men’s and women’s soccer team scrimmages Sunday afternoon. A 4 p.m.
session in Thurmond Chapel on “Continuing Your Faith at College” and a residential life and campus safety session Sunday evening round out the orientation week activities.
Fall semester classes at William Woods begin Monday, Aug. 26.