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WVU Welcome Week offers students service opportunities, academics and adventure

WVU Welcome Week

WVU Welcome Week

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WHO: Students in the West Virginia University Honors College will arrive in Morgantown Friday, Aug. 11 for move-in day.

Other first-year students will move in Saturday, Aug. 12.

Additionally, enrolled students for the fall semester will be making the trip back to Morgantown to start classes on Wednesday, Aug. 16.  

WHAT: Students will be integrated into campus life and culture through a series of Welcome Week activities and events designed to introduce them to life as a Mountaineer with a balance of academic, service and social components that will emphasize the importance of working hard, playing smart and serving their new community.  

On either Sunday, Aug. 13 or Tuesday, Aug. 15, first-year students will participate in a Community Service, Adventure WV or Career Discovery experience coordinated by the Center for Service and Learning. Contact the Center at 304.293.8761 for additional information. 

SCHEDULE/LOCATIONS (highlighted service opportunities): 

Sunday, Aug. 13:

·      Day of Service at Stansbury Hall. Students will assist the Mountaineer Food Bank by packing backpacks from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

·      Day of Service at North Elementary. Students will be working in the garden from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

·      Day of Service to benefit Empty Bowls. Students will be participating in a car wash at Suncrest Towne Centre (behind Five Guys restaurant) from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

·      Day of Service at the Mountainlair. Students will organize blankets for Project Linus in the Shenandoah Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Tuesday, Aug. 15:

·      Day of Service at the Mountainlair. Students will assist the Office of Sustainability with the Bags to Mats project (turning plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless) in the Vandalia Lounge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·      Day of Service at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater. Students will assist BOPARC with its Rail Trail fence painting project from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·      Day of Service at Mason-Dixon Elementary. Students will be working on projects at the school from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


First-year students will meet with the faculty from their academic units Monday, Aug. 14 to better understand the necessary tools for success—and how to effectively use time and resources—as they prepare for classes. 


Country Roads Carnival and Picnic
for all students from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 on the Mountainlair Green. 

Mountaineer Midway from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Student Recreation Center. The event will feature a student organization fair this year. 

Monday Night Lights starts at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14All first-year students will be transported from residence halls to Milan Puskar Stadium to hear from President Gee, various athletic coaches, take in a performance from the Mountaineer Marching Band and learn about special WVU traditions. 

Trivia Night at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. Returning students are invited to join their friends at the WVU Alumni Center. 

FoodFest from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Short Term Lot 4 near the fields behind the Student Recreation Center and Evansdale Crossing Tuesday, Aug. 15. All WVU Students can sample a bit of the local flavor while entering for a chance to win prizes. 

FallFest from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the fields behind the Student Recreation Center Tuesday, Aug. 15. All WVU students are invited to the annual free concert. 

WVU Arts and Entertainment will announce the FallFest lineup Friday, Aug. 11. 

** A separate media advisory detailing FallFest media guidelines will be distributed Monday, Aug. 14. 

See the full schedule of Welcome Week events here. 

Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 16.



CONTACT: University Relations

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