William Woods Welcomes Incoming Students with Ivy Chain Ceremony

Following a Vegas theme, William Woods University will welcome new students to campus on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The traditional Ivy Chain Ceremony at 5 p.m. will highlight five days of events orienting freshmen and new students to WWU.

Featuring such activities as “Orientation Night Life,” “Strikin’ It Big,” “Street Festival on the Strip,” “Increase Your Odds” and “High Rollers Lunch,” the orientation promises to be both fun and educational.

The campus will be alive with activity all day Wednesday, as freshmen and transfer students move into residence halls, and they and their families attend orientation sessions.

“Orientation is full of activities designed to both develop a comfort level with the campus and to begin forming relationships with faculty, staff and other students that will ease student transition,” Michelle Kemp, director of student success and career services, said.

“Coming to college is a huge event in students’ lives, so Orientation is all about helping them make that transition.”

The Ivy Chain Ceremony around Senior Lake at 5 p.m. Wednesday will follow a 3 p.m. “President’s Welcome and Resource Fair” in Cutlip Auditorium. The President’s barbeque for students and their families will be held immediately after the Ivy Chain Ceremony.

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.

Orientation activities include a ROPES teambuilding exercise, CLA testing and a diversity discussion with the viewing of the movie “Crash.” A community life panel will cover such topics as health and counseling services and campus safety. Other sessions will provide information on student employment and financial aid.

With students’ increased interest in online socializing, Venita Mitchell, dean of student life, will provide a session on MySpace and Facebook, called “Face Time.”Also planned is an information session on WWU’s unique LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing) program of student involvement.

There will be time for fun, too. Social activities are planned each day, including an ice cream social Wednesday night; a trip to Fulton’s entertainment district (new movie theatre and bowling alley) Thursday night; “It’s All Fun and Games” Friday afternoon and “Street Festival on the Strip” (carnival games, food and music) Friday night; a mid-day movie matinee Sunday afternoon and a dock party and dinner Sunday evening.

Women’s sorority recruitment begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday. 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 and Saturday. Bids will be delivered Sunday, Aug. 20—to women at 7 a.m. and to men at 7:45 a.m.

Orientation concludes Sunday night and fall semester classes at William Woods begin Monday, Aug. 21.