WWU Welcomes Incoming Students

“Plant your roots at The Woods” is the theme of this year’s
orientation at William Woods University, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 17. WWU
will welcome nearly 300 new students to campus.

The traditional Ivy Ceremony at 5 p.m. will highlight five days
of events orienting freshmen and new students to WWU. Featuring academic
sessions, advising meetings, an ice cream social, a campus scavenger hunt and fraternity/sorority
recruitment, the 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 around Senior Lake will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
A campus welcome barbeque for students and their families will be held immediately
after the Ivy Ceremony.
The Ivy 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 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.
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.
Sorority and fraternity recruitment begins at 6 p.m. Thursday
and continues Friday and Saturday. Bids will be delivered Sunday, Aug. 21, to
women at 7 a.m. and to men at 7:45a.m, both at McNutt Campus Center.
Orientation concludes Sunday night, and fall semester classes
at WWU begin Monday, Aug. 22.

New students and families enjoy a barbeque in 2010.

Incoming students pose for a class photo on Senior Bridge.