WWU Welcomes Incoming Students

With the social network, Twitter,
growing rapidly, it is safe to say that students of William Woods University
will begin their college careers by tweeting.
The Twitter-inspired
#OwlsOrientation2012@WilliamWoodsU theme was selected to welcome incoming
students on Wednesday (Aug. 22), as Freshman Orientation begins.
The traditional Ivy Ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Senior
Lake and a campus welcome barbeque for students and their families afterwards 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 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. 26, to
women at 7 a.m. and to men at 7:30 a.m, both at McNutt Campus Center.
Orientation concludes Sunday night, and fall semester classes
at WWU begin Aug. 27.

Families watch as 2011 incoming students participate in the Ivy Ceremony at William Woods University.