Week of Welcome – August 16th!

Written by: Kacey Schaum, Assistant Director for Student Life


Our 2013 WOW Leaders!


From the moment you arrive on campus on August 16th you will feel an energy in the air.  That energy is what we call Charger Spirit.  There is something special about move-in day and the kick-off of our Week of Welcome. You are going to be welcomed by the friendly faces of returning students, faculty, and staff.  Among those faces are going to be your 2013 Week of Welcome Leaders. Forewarning, you may hear them shout “WOW!!!” obnoxiously loud at you with hopes that you will get excited about the first nine days of the semester.


Throughout summer orientation, we have been showing you a video from last year’s Week of Welcome. (You can watch the video HERE).  This video depicts what you will experience during WOW.  After you watch this video, we hope that you notice a few key things that comprise our Charger Family and Week of Welcome: wear your blue and white (we promise you will receive a few new t-shirts during the week to help you out), attend events, make new friends, put a smile on your face (especially when the camera is around), and HAVE FUN!


Each year our Week of Welcome offers traditional events and events hosted by student organizations, campus offices, and departments.  This year we have 102 events for you to choose from, and we hope that you attempt to participate in as many as you can! Our traditional events include:  Taste of Huntsville, Casino Night, PlayFair, Charger Luau, Foam Party, Block Party, Blue Crew’s Minute to Win It, University Convocation, President’s Picnic, Laugh Your ACE Off, High 5 Friday, Helping Hands for Huntsville, and Charger Spirit Night.  Prizes and give-a-ways will be given out at these specific events, so you do not want to miss out!


We hope that by the end of WOW you are familiar with campus, have plenty of Charger swag, have made new friends, experienced the first Fried Chicken Wednesday of the semester, and ultimately that you are proud to be a UAH Charger.


Click HERE to view the complete WOW schedule!  You can also keep up to date through social media by liking us on Facebook at Week of Welcome at UAHuntsville and following us on Twitter @UAHWOW.  Finally, please download our Guidebook app on your smartphone, so that you can build your schedule and have reminders sent to your phone about events!


We look forward to seeing you on August 16th and welcome to the Charger Family!


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Written by: Michael Henry




UAH is consistently dedicated to helping students do the best they can during their time in college, no matter where they are in their collegiate career.  This fall, the Housing Office and Leadership Office are joining together to  introduce a new program designed to transition first year students and to quickly get them plugged in on campus.


LEAP (Leadership Education & Advising Program) involves first year students who are interested in getting involved in UAH (mentees) and pairing them up with students that are currently involved on campus (peer mentors). They all get to know each other before they are paired up based on aspects from personality types to similar interests.  From there, the peer mentor helps their mentee become comfortable with all aspects of  UAH by participating in campus events, helping them with school questions, and regularly checking in to make sure the new student is adjusting well to college.


I think this is an awesome opportunity for new students to quickly become familiar with UAH. All first year students now have the opportunity to directly connect to an experienced Charger who can “show them the ropes.”  Looking back at my first year, I would have loved to have a program like this to provide support and guidance along the way.  Now, I get the opportunity to help other students get involved in UAH and help their transition to college go smoothly.  It’s going to be an awesome program for me to be involved with this upcoming fall!


Want more information on how to become involved in LEAP or other leadership activities on campus? Click HERE!



LEAP Mentors

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A New Student’s Perspective of Orientation

Written by: Cory Miller


To be honest, at first college seemed like a huge and complicated thing. As an incoming freshman for this fall, I wasn’t sure how to make out a class schedule, finish paying for classes, what classes would be like, or what activities I would be doing on campus. Going to New Student Orientation at UAH helped me answer these questions and much more.


My overall experience at UAH’s New Student Orientation was great! From the moment I stepped into the University Center I knew things would be wonderful. The “opening ceremony” was fun and set Orientation off to a great start. It was easy to tell that the Orientation Leaders and staff were excited to be there helping. They were able to answer every question that was raised, whether it was about student life, classes, tests, studying, or just where things were located.


While at UAH, I was also able to spend time with other future students who are going into the same fields of study that I am. This experience was great since I was able to meet some of the students I will be on campus with in the fall. It allowed me to begin making friendly connections with people and helped me become more excited about college and the fun I will have.


Another exciting part of orientation was spending the night on campus. The  residence halls themselves were fairly nice and the experience of spending a night there was enjoyable.  Since all of the residence hall suites have single rooms, there was a good sense of privacy, while still being able to socialize with suite mates.


In addition to the fun aspects of orientation, it had practical applications as well. Our Academic Advisors were able to help us choose classes quickly and efficiently. Other aspects of Orientation gave us some of the basics as to on-campus rules. They gave us study tips for success (spoiler: self-testing is the best way to prepare for college tests) and tips to stay on track in classes. All in all, I left feeling very prepared for my next few years of college.


UAH’s New Student Orientation was a great event. It has helped answer my questions for what I’ll be doing the next 4 years. It was both insightful and a great experience!

Categories: Freshman, UAHuntsville

Perspectives of Orientation: From the Eyes of Old and New Students

What’s ahead? Who will I meet? Will I enjoy college? So many questions to answer as I prepared for college, yet there were still questions I didn’t even know to ask.  It was like trying to see through a brick wall. I couldn’t tell what was on the other side until I walked around it.


These were the thoughts that ran through my head as I prepared to attend MY New Student Orientation two years ago. I didn’t know what to expect. I had forgotten how I felt at that time until I recently volunteered at one of the Organization Fairs during Orientation.  I was in awe watching everyone and seeing all of the freshman… like a blast to the past.  Quite a beautiful picture, seeing students experiencing college for the very first time.


One of my younger sisters ranks among the incoming freshman this year. She had her New Student Orientation sometime mid-June. I think she was fairly nervous, as well as excited and shy. I made sure to help her beforehand and explained all she would be doing once she arrived. I sat down with her and and helped her determine how to find classes in banner, plan out a class schedule, and look up professors.  Also, she learned that students are given access codes by college advisors to officially register for classes. Needless to say she was the first of her group at Orientation to finish signing up for classes! I wish I had that advantage when I was at my Orientation (I bet tons of other students do as well)!  Of course there is more mystery in figuring it out on your own.


I never expected to actually go with her to Orientation, but I was willing and available if she needed me to. She ended up attending with our mom, but I was asked  to join her for the afternoon sessions. They both agreed she may get more out of it with me for the remainder of the day. I could help with situations where she didn’t know anyone such as eating in the cafeteria, mingling at the ice cream social, seeing the Mind Reader, etc.  So I gladly joined her.


We ate, with friends we had both never met before, then snatched seats and grabbed popcorn to see the mentalist! Let me just say this about seeing Joshua Seth… Everyone’s mind by the end = BLOWN!  Amazing.


Afterwards, my sister and I went up to her room and talked about the day and what it will be like riding together as commuters to college. We also went through the materials she picked up at the Organizational Fair to see what organizations she thought she may want to be a part of here at UAH. Eventually I had to leave her, but hopefully I helped her orientation to be less scary than mine.


Keep calm and Charge ON!



Categories: Freshman, Orientation, UAHuntsville

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