WWU Welcomes Incoming Students with Owl Dynasty Theme

The popular TV show, Duck
Dynasty, provided inspiration for this year’s orientation theme at William
Woods University. Renamed “Owl Dynasty,” after the school’s mascot,
the theme was selected to welcome incoming students Wednesday (Aug. 21), as Freshman
Orientation begins.
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
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

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.
Friday, 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
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.
New activities this year include “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. 25, 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. 26.
Incoming students cross Senior Lake Bridge
during the 2012 Ivy Ceremony.
Ryan Penneau