Get acquainted with campus with a variety of welcome activities

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SIU really rolls out the welcome wagon for students each and every fall. Here’s a quick look at some of the events planned for the first few days of the semester…

Aug. 13-15

The College of Agricultural Sciences holds training for its Agbassadors starting today and running through Wednesday, Aug. 15. Almost two dozen students will go through team-building activities, along with helping with the student move-in on Aug. 16.

Aug. 16

The College of Engineering welcomes new students and their families with an ice cream social set for 3-5 p.m. in the A Wing at the Engineering Building.

Ice cream is the welcoming choice of the College of Science, as well. Its ice cream social runs 3-4:30 p.m. at Felts Hall on West Campus. The event is aimed at new students and their guests, and will feature ice cream novelties. Staff also will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day to assist with student move-in day at the college’s Living Learning Community in Felts Hall.

Aug. 22

The College of Engineering plans a “College Connection” event, with an opportunity for students to learn about Registered Student Organizations related to engineering. The event is 4-6 p.m. in the courtyard at the Engineering Building and is aimed at all engineering students, faculty and staff.

Engineering RSOs include a Formula Race Car, Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, and “Moonbuggy” teams, as well as Engineering Student Council, Engineers Without Borders, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Society of Women Engineers.

The College of Mass Communications and Media Arts will host an ice cream social and video booth at its Living Learning Community in Kellogg Hall. Ice cream sundaes are on tap, as well as green screen video setup for student brief student interviews in the first floor lounge. College of Liberal Arts students also are invited, as they also live in Kellogg Hall.

New Student BBQ: The new BBQ-focused College of Agricultural Sciences group (not an official RSO yet) is hosting an open BBQ to welcome the students back. All other Ag RSOs will have tables at the event as well, so students can learn more about what they offer. It’s set for 5-7 p.m. in the breezeway at the Agriculture Building.

The College of Science hosts a “college connection” event with a Registered Student Organization event 4-6 p.m. in the atrium at Neckers Building. The event will start in room 240 with a welcome from the dean and college staff, and faculty introduction. Officials also will introduce the Saluki Science Ambassadors. RSOs will showcase their offerings following that. Food and refreshments also will be available, as well as some department facility tours.

Aug. 28

The College of Mass Communication and Media Arts plans a “College Connection” event to hook students up with Registered Student Organizations. The event is set for 4-6 p.m. in Studio A. Students can visit RSO information tables, as well as meet with representatives from organizations such as the Daily Egyptian, River Region Evening Edition, Big Muddy Crew, WSIU, Photogenesis and others. Hungry? Dive into the BBQ and vegetarian sandwiches served at the event. Faculty and advisers will be there too.

Aug. 29

The College of Business gets down to business with a welcome picnic and BBQ from 3-5 p.m. on the east lawn at Rehn Hall. Come and see old friends and make new ones.

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts plans a welcome event from 4 to 6 p.m. south of the CASA building, near the Simon Terrace. They’ve got it all: Music, pizza, drinks, prize raffles, RSO tables, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorns and a few game stations. You’ll also have the chance to “Dunk Your Dean, Director, and Dentist,” where students have the opportunity to dunk faculty, including Dean Andy Wang, and program directors, in a dunk tank.

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