Weekend of Welcome 2017

August 21-25: Week of Welcome (WOW) is a campus-wide set of programs and activities introducing first-year and transfer students to the BW experience.

Office of Student Life

(440) 826-2356, orientat@bw.edu

August 18-22, 2021

Week of Welcome (W.O.W.) takes place during the five days prior to the start of classes. Sessions are designed to be a continuation of your summer orientation experience. You will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and fellow students as well as discover the many opportunities our campus has to offer. There are also many social events to help you meet new people and have fun!

W.O.W. is for all new (residential, commuters, first-year and transfer) students, and attendance at many of the sessions is required, so please plan on being on campus for the week.

Special Note for Family Members/Parents:

The Office of Residence Life and Commuter Services would like to invite you to our Family Open House in Bonds Hall from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about living on or commuting to campus. Light refreshments will be served along with a chance to win prizes!

Week of Welcome activities are for students only from Wednesday evening through Sunday.

Schedule for Students

Schedule is subject to change. Final schedule will be provided at check-in.
($) - Cost applies. Use your Jacket Express card or cash.

Wednesday, August 18

Move-In Information
If you are living on campus this fall, move-in for all new students is August 18 from
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. We will send more specific move-in times and details to your BW email as W.O.W. approaches.

2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
New Student Check-In - required for all students
Union (Strosacker Hall)

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Color Group Meet Up
Deck out in your group's color and sport your bandana
Required for all first-year students, optional for transfer students
Various locations around campus

8:00 p.m.
WOW Kickoff - required for all first-year students, optional for transfer students


9:30 p.m.
Kickoff Entertainment
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

Thursday, August 19

7:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Breakfast is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Color Group Connect Time
Various locations around campus

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Class Photo - required for all first-year students, optional for transfer students
Klein Field

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
WOW Fest

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
You, Me, and Diversity - Round 1 - required for all students
Students with Last Names A-L
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art and Drama

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
You, Me, and Diversity - Round 2 - required for all students
Students with Last Names M-Z
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art and Drama

9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Evening Entertainment
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art and Drama

Friday, August 20

7:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Breakfast is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
ENGAGE with FYE
Required for ALL students enrolled in FYE. Check your class schedule.
Various locations around campus

11:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Lunch is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CONNECT with Academics
During this time you will meet with faculty and peers in your major field of study, school/department/division and you will meet your advisor.
Required for ALL students.
Various locations around campus

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Be a Catalyst for Change: Creating a Safe Campus Culture at BW - Round 1
Students with Last Names M-Z
Required for all students; except BW Varsity Athletes (who will have their own session scheduled at a later time)
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art and Drama

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Be a Catalyst for Change - Creating a Safe Campus Culture at BW - Round 2
Students with Last Names A-L
Required for all students; except BW Varsity Athletes (who will have their own session scheduled at a later time)
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art and Drama

9:00 p.m.
Evening Entertainment
Various locations around campus

Saturday, August 21

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Informational Sessions
Various locations around campus

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Color Group Connect Time
Various locations around campus

4:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Inflatables/Ice Cream
Sponsored by Fraternity Sorority Programming Board (FSPB)
North Quad (Rain site: Lou Higgins Recreation Center)

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meet the Fraternity and Sorority Community
North Quad (Rain site: Lou Higgins Recreation Center)

10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
WOW Dance Party
Student Activities Center (SAC)

Sunday, August 22

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Faith/Religious Services
On and off campus

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Class Schedule Tours/Information Table
Union (Strosacker Hall)

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Color Group Connect Time - required for all first-year students, optional for transfer students
Various locations around campus

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - required for ALL students
University Welcome (Convocation)

5:00 p.m.
University Picnic

9:30 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Meetings