Welcome Weekend

The annual Welcome Weekend program is designed for both resident and commuting students and is intended to ensure that all new students are settled in, fully acclimated, and comfortable with their surroundings. It is our goal to see that each new student steps off into the new academic year with his or her best foot forward, fully prepared and having attended to all matters (business and otherwise).

The 2014 event commences Friday, August 15th with a comprehensive Fall Orientation Program. The Fall Orientation includes, among other pieces, an Academic School/College-specific Orientation for students that is different from and complimentary to the program that new students experience in the spring/summer months. A Family/Parent-specific program runs parallel to this portion of the day and all family members are encouraged to attend. It is important to note that, as is the case with the student’s program, this version is quite different from that families experienced in the spring/summer months.

Also built into the Fall Orientation on Friday, August 15 is the Community Plunge Fair & Picnic, an opportunity for students, together with their families, to visit our “last chance” campus stations (featuring the PARKING PASS STATION and many, many more). Local banks and businesses will also participate in order to greet families and to share information, as well as special promotions.

The Friday event winds down with the final Student and Family Gathering after students have had the chance to complete all “Checklist” items (see below) and to enjoy the picnic meal. Families will depart following the Gathering at 8:00 PM, while students proceed with important commuter OR residence hall/wing meetings. A fun and entertaining First Night Celebration will follow for all students later in the night (and will include a dance party, karaoke, a make-your-own dry erase board station, snacks, as well as root beer and dreamsicle floats - PLUS giveaways).

Welcome Weekend continues Saturday and Sunday with numerous sessions, trainings, and lots of entertainment (including a comedian, laser tag dome, tailgate games, trivia game show for cash, and a movie on the lawn). While Saturday and Sunday programming is built-in for resident students, commuters are expected to attend as well! Take a closer look at the event schedule by clicking HERE.

Start-of-School CheckList

The items on this CheckList should be taken care of before the academic year begins (on August 18, 2014). While students are encouraged to address these items in advance, they can certainly be taken care of during Welcome Weekend.

-Books and Supplies

-Photo ID Card

-Parking Pass (if applicable)

-Secure Student Employment (if applicable; as available)

-Finalize Financial Aid & Scholarships/Veteran's Benefits

-Finalize Housing Arrangements, Including Deposit (if applicable)

-Finalize Class Schedule (see Registrar's Calendar for add/drop deadlines)

-Take a Campus Tour Tailored to Class Schedule (optional)

-Test Out Your Connection (confirm access to campus wireless on your device(s) and verify that your myCampus and Webmail accounts are activated and fully functional)

-Collect Information on Your Home Away from Home and All of the Institutional Offerings/Services Available to You (Health Center, Tutoring, Library, Counseling Services, Career Development, Disability Services, the Teaching & Learning Commons, Public Safety/Campus Police, and Falcon Recreation Center)

Each student must RSVP for this multi-faceted event. While we are not accepting RSVPs at this time, you may find more details by clicking on the appropriate link below:


                   I wish to RSVP as a Commuting Student

                   I have a Housing Assignment and will RSVP as a Resident Student

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