The Fall 2016 semester kicks off Saturday, Aug. 20, with Welcome Week at Western Wyoming Community College. New and returning students move back onto campus for the start of another exciting and successful academic year.
The annual welcome-back bash for students gives them a chance to make new friends and reconnect with old ones, attend orientation sessions, picnics, pool parties, and movie nights, learn the ins and outs of campus, and just get back into the swing of being a student. Welcome Week is open to all new and returning Western students, and local students who live off campus are invited and encouraged to participate.
Move-In Day begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, and wraps up at 2 p.m. It will be followed by a session for parents at 2:30 p.m. and a Mustang Pep Rally from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Residence Hall Drive. The Mustang Women’s Volleyball Team plays at 6 p.m. in Rushmore Gymnasium. The busy day will conclude with a Welcome Back Dance in the Wind River Commons from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 21, students and their families will enjoy breakfast – the first meal charged to their meal cards – at Mitchell’s Dining Hall from 9 – 10 a.m., followed by a Scavenger Hunt led by Student Ambassadors at 11 a.m. and the Battle of the Building Olympics in the Auxiliary Gymnasium (by the Aquatic Center) from 1 – 3 p.m. Residence Hall Orientation will take place at 8 p.m., followed by a campus movie – “Captain America: Civil War” – at 10 p.m.
Students will attend Orientation on Monday, Aug. 22, from 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. Orientation includes guests speakers, student skits, break-out sessions with faculty, and other informational activities. That night, Western will host a “Lola-no-Booza” concert by Wind River Hall from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The 10 p.m. film on Monday will be “The Conjuring 2.”
Students’ last day before classes begin is Tuesday, Aug. 23. Activities will include a carnival in the Residence Hall drive and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., a picnic from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., and a pool party in the Aquatic Center from 6 – 9 p.m.
Events continue during the rest of Welcome Week. Highlights include: Mustang Women’s and Men’s Soccer games on Thursday at 2:30 and 5 p.m., respectively, at Crossroads Field; a comedy concert featuring performer Michael Palascak on Friday at 7 p.m. in the WWCC Theatre; Laser Tag from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. in the Atrium on Friday, Aug. 26; and a float trip on the Snake River Saturday, Aug. 27, with participants leaving campus at 8 a.m. Student signups for the float trip begin Monday, Aug. 22, at 3 p.m.
Welcome Week concludes on Saturday, Aug. 27, with Mustang Women’s and Men’s Soccer at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Crossroads field. Check the Welcome Week Schedule of Events for a complete list of activities and times.