Written by: Kacey Schaum, Assistant Director for Student Life
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!