William Woods Welcomes Incoming Students with Ivy Chain Ceremony

Following a “Survivor” theme, William Woods University will welcome new students to campus on Wednesday, Aug. 15. 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 “Academic Expectations,” “Survival Guide to Campus Life,” bowling and an ice cream social, 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.

“I’m particularly excited about orientation this year because there are a variety of new programs included on the schedule,” Michelle Kemp, director of career services and student success, said.

“Many of these events will include a variety of members of the campus community and provide a stronger academic component to orientation than students have had in the past. I think our new students will really enjoy the opportunity to interact with our faculty and staff in small groups that allow for those important first connections to be made.”

The Ivy Chain Ceremony around Senior Lake at 5 p.m. Wednesday will follow a 3:30 p.m. “Resource Fair” in the main hallway and east lawn of the Academic Building. 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.

On Friday, students will discuss the summer reading—a book called “The Sunflower.” It is the story of how Author Simon Wiesenthal, as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, was brought before a dying SS trooper, who explained his actions and asked for forgiveness.

WWU’s Peer Players will present an entertaining “Campus Life Play” Friday evening. The play aims to inform students about important issues they will face and the resources available on campus to assist them.

On Saturday, “Survival Guide to Campus Life” will cover such topics as student organizations, health and counseling services and campus safety. Also included will be information on WWU’s unique LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing) program of student involvement.

A session called “Academic Expectations” will allow students to learn more about academic life at WWU and how to be successful. Other sessions will provide information on student employment and financial aid.

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 new bowling center Thursday night; a carnival (carnival games, food and music) Friday night, and mid-day movies Sunday afternoon.

Other orientation activities include “Beat the Heat,” to allow students to cool off with various fun activities, sand volleyball, and a campus scavenger hunt to help new students find their way around campus.

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. 19—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. 20.