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Festive welcome set for UConn freshmen (Released: 8/6/96)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut will offer a series of academic and social activities to welcome students to the Storrs campus and to help build a sense of community among students who are new to the University.

"We're adding special opportunities to welcome students and to help them connect with people," said M. Kevin Fahey, associate director of student activities and union programs, who chaired the planning committee for this year's Husky WOW -- Weeks of Welcome.

The program begins Sunday, Aug. 25, the day residence halls open. Members of UConn's fraternities and sororities will be available throughout the day to help new students move in, and most offices on campus will be open. Although the activities are intended primarily for freshmen, other students also are welcome.

Activities during the first week include:

  • Open houses and receptions.
  • A welcome in Jorgensen Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday, featuring the UConn Marching Band, followed by an ice cream social on the Student Union patio. This opening event will be preceded by a reception for freshmen admitted to the regional campuses at 5:30 p.m. in Student Union Room 208 and a reception for commuter students at 5:30 p.m. in Student Union Room 270.
  • Hour-long workshops beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 27, on topics that include time management, study skills, student leadership, religion, recreation and relationships.
  • The second annual freshman picnic at Alumni House, Monday, Aug. 26, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • A food fest sponsored by the Greek organizations Monday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. on the Student Union Mall.
  • A special orientation session for commuter students Monday, Aug. 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
  • A University-wide picnic on the Student Union Mall on Tuesday, Aug. 27, the day before classes begin, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • A fun fest with recreational activities sponsored by the Greek organizations on Tuesday, Aug. 27, starting at 8 p.m. on the Student Union Mall.

The welcome will continue through Family Weekend, the first weekend in October.

Other events include an activities fair on Sept. 11, fraternity rush beginning Sept. 13, and a community service project Sept. 21.

A booklet with the complete Husky WOW calendar, as well as a map, library hours, a bus schedule and other information about campus life is available from the Department of Student Activities and Programs at (860) 486-3425.

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