For Cameron University students moving into campus housing for the first time, the Office of Student Housing has planned Welcome Weekend, a slate of events beginning with registration and move-in on Friday, August 18 and ending with a block party on Sunday, August 20.
“It is very important for residents to feel connected to their campus, their residence halls, and to the community they will be living with,” says Katie Hubbard, Director, Student Housing. “In addition, it is crucial for campus residents to know their resources both inside and outside of campus. Welcome Weekend is designed to facilitate all of those experiences.”
Freshmen and new residents will move into their assigned residence halls in either the Shepler Center or Cameron Village on Friday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their parents are invited to a session designed to introduce them to the mission and staff of student housing. There will also be time for parents to ask questions. The parent session is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Wichita Room of the Shepler Center.
Then it’s time to dine. Dinner will be served in the Shepler Ballroom from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Residents will dine with their assigned welcome weekend group led by a welcome weekend leader.
From 7 to 8:15 p.m., campus residents can shake offer their nerves with a game night at the Aggie Rec Center, where they compete against other welcome weekend groups. The games are followed by the Friday Follies from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom. Friday Follies introduces them to the culture of living on campus in a fun light. The day will end with an Ice Cream Social from 9:30 to 11 p.m. in the Cameron Village Courtyard.
On Saturday, August 19, as returning residents move into their residence halls, freshmen and new residents have the opportunity to explore the community with excursions to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for a hike, Medicine Park, a donut crawl to find the best donuts in town, or an exploratory bus trip on LATS (Lawton Area Transit Authority). There will also be a basketball tournament and a volleyball tournament in the Aggie Rec Center for students who want to stay around campus.
Following brunch, which will be served in the Shepler Cafeteria from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., new residents can choose from several “How-To” classes designed to help them navigate living on campus.
Sessions held from 2 to 3 p.m. include “How to Cook in Shepler,” held in the Ole Kim Room; “How to Financial Aid,” held in the Wichita Room; “How to Laundry,” held in the Shepler Laundry Room; and “Tips and Tricks for Resident Life Living,” held in the Shepler Computer Lab.
From 3 to 4 p.m., students can attend “How to Decorate Your Residential Hall Room” in the Ole Kim Room or a “Student Leader Panel” in the Wichita Room. During the latter, student leaders who reside on campus will speak to first-time residents about how to get involved on campus.
Then it’s time to relax and have fun during dinner and a luau, scheduled at the Aggie Rec Center and Pool from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The annual Welcome Back Luau is open to all residents and is a great time for students to get to know their neighbors.
On Sunday, August 20, brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Shepler Cafeteria, followed by a Goose Chase that starts at 1 p.m. in the Office of Student Housing, Room 111 of the McMahon Living Center at Cameron Village.
Move-in weekend activities conclude with a fun-filled Block Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bentley Gardens. The Block Party, sponsored by the Office of Campus Life, is open to the entire Cameron Community.
August 11, 2017