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Dear Parents and Guardians,
We bring you warm September greetings!
Your student has just spent the first couple of weeks on campus with us and we want you to know that the Division of Student Affairs organized a huge extravaganza of events to welcome everyone — all incoming freshmen, transfer students, returning students, graduate students and international students — through the SCSU Week of Welcome 2016 (a.k.a. WOW). WOW is an annual event held over the course of 10 days offering more than 50 events that orient students to the university and its myriad offices, support services and personnel. The goal of WOW is to help students meet people, find their place here on our campus and integrate themselves into campus life as smoothly as possible.
The Week of Welcome lets students explore their new environment, consider joining the many clubs and organizations offered at SCSU, and establish relationships with their new peers. Special activities were planned to help students get to know each other, faculty and staff and become comfortable with the routines and protocols of campus life.
Some of the WOW activities that we offered for your student included Welcome Centers with free pizza slices, treats and useful giveaways, forums on issues such as health, safety, sports, politics and many other fascinating topics, a Vigil of Compassion to express our solidarity with others, a Welcome Back Dance, themed lunches and dinners, evening shows, ice cream socials, movie nights, ‘lip sync’ battles, Open Houses in various offices and departments throughout the campus, athletic events and many, many more fun-filled activities!
In the coming weeks students will have many new opportunities to engage more fully in campus life. Now that they have had an extensive introduction via the Week of Welcome to what Southern has to offer, students will begin to make connections with one another by joining one or more of the 100-plus clubs and organizations that are available to them on campus. These clubs and organizations represent a wide variety of student interests and help students to reach their academic, personal and professional potentials. The activities, events, and programs sponsored by the clubs and organizations complement the academic programs by providing engagement and leadership opportunities for personal growth, community-building, recreation, fellowship, and practical training. Research shows that active involvement in student clubs and organizations correlates to higher rates of academic success. Please encourage your student to participate in the clubs and organizations to get the best out of their college years!
The list of current clubs and organizations can be found here:
We are excited and revved up, ready to present to your student the best, most diverse and engaging college years of learning, growing, exploring and having fun!
We wish you and your student the best as we launch the fall 2016 semester!
The SCSU Division of Student Affairs