WWU Provides ‘Passport to Your Future’ for Incoming Students

Students and parents listen to welcome speeches during the 2013 orientation.
Students and parents listen to welcome speeches during the 2013 orientation.

William Woods University will provide new students with a “Passport to the Future” during orientation, which begins Wednesday (Aug. 20). Approximately 275 new students are expected to attend, including 29 who are legacies because a family member attended WWU.

The traditional Ivy Ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Senior Lake and a family and friends farewell barbecue afterward will highlight five days of events familiarizing freshmen and new students with WWU.

Orientation features such sessions as “Success in the Classroom,” “Technology at The Woods” and “Think Like a College Student,” as well as academic and advising meetings. Add in an ice cream social, a campus scavenger hunt, campus game night and fraternity/sorority recruitment, and orientation promises to be both educational and fun.

“We have a full schedule of activities to welcome students and help them ease into the university life,” said Amy LaRue Dittmer, director of career services and student transition. “We do everything we can to make our students feel comfortable and to ensure their transition is as smooth as possible.”

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

The Ivy Ceremony marks the start of the students’ college life. When they graduate, the ivy will be cut

Families enjoy the farewell barbecue in 2013.
Families enjoy the farewell barbecue in 2013.

during another ceremony, symbolizing separation from college and the beginning of a new life. The tradition is believed to have begun more than 100 years ago when the class of 1899 planted ivy on campus during a special graduation ceremony.

Sessions during the week will provide information on academics, residential life, multicultural affairs, career services, student employment and financial aid. Information on WWU’s unique LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing) program of student involvement will also be provided.

There will be special meals for specific groups of students: a lunch for legacies; a Freshman Advantage reunion breakfast; a welcome breakfast for commuters, veterans and non-traditional students; and an international students’ lunch.

An open house Thursday at Stone-Campbell Hall will be hosted by the Center for Ethics and Global Studies, Counseling and Health Services. There will be prizes and a dessert bar, including a chocolate fountain.

Thursday, Ryan Penneau, an author, speaker, entrepreneur and playwright, will present two sessions, one for transfer students and the other called, “Take Back College.”   The second session is intended to empower students to explore, take risks and take advantage of all that college has to offer.

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. Other Friday activities include “fun in the sun” and a social at the dock.

Incoming students cross Senior Lake Bridge during the 2013 Ivy Ceremony.
Incoming students cross Senior Lake Bridge during the 2013 Ivy Ceremony.

New students will be treated like celebrities as they line up for “Red Carpet Photos,” an event to get pictures taken with family, friends and Screech, the WWU mascot.  Kayaks and paddle boats will be available on Saturday afternoon for students to have fun and relax on the water.  Students will head to Fulton Bowling Center Saturday evening.

Sorority and fraternity recruitment begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday. Bids will be delivered Sunday, Aug. 24, to women at 7 a.m. and to men at 7:15 a.m, both at McNutt Campus Center.

Orientation concludes Sunday night, and fall semester classes at WWU begin Aug. 25.