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Weekend of Welcome

Weekend of Welcome is a time at the beginning of every year where we celebrate with, and welcome, all the new students that will be joining us for years to come. During this weekend new students will get to experience a number of things: from meeting other new students to learning the truths about the major they have chosen. It is both a weekend of preparation and one of enjoyment. We hope to see you all there!

Event Schedule:

  • 8:00 am-5:00 pm • Morris University Center Office Hours
  • 8:00 am-5:00 pm • ITS Service Desk Open // Clark Memorial Library
  • 8:30 am-2:30 pm • New Student Housing Move-In // Soxedo Ballroom, Morris University Center

    New Housing Students are required to check in at the Morris University Center prior to moving into their residence hall.

    • 8:30-10:30am • Campus View 100, 300, 700, 900 / Tanner Place / University Townhouse A1-A4 + A13-A16
    • 10:30am-12:30 pm • Campus View 400, 600, 1000, 1300 / Bridgeview Court South / UniversityTownhouse A5-A8 + A9-A12
    • 12:30-2:30 pm • Campus View 200, 500, 800, 1100, 1200/ Cedar House + Bridgeview Court North

  • 8:30 am-3:00 pm • Parking Permits // Sodexo Ballroom Hallway, MUC
    Have your vehicle registration and driver’s license with you. 

  • 8:30 am-3:00 pm • Information Technology Services Support Table // Sodexo Ballroom Hallway, MUC 
  • 3:30-3:55 pm • Academic Truths 101 -“GET THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR MAJOR”
    • Undecided // CML, Flohr Lecture Hall
      Not accepted into a Health Science Program, unsure of major, or still looking for a major
    • Engineering // ATC 134
      Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Computer Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology, Plastics Engineering Technology
    • Fine Arts // UC 215
      Ceramics, Drawing, Digital 3D, Interactive Media, Musical Theater, Painting, Photography, Studio Arts, Graphic Design
    • Natural Sciences // MAS 203
      Biology, Pre-med, Chemistry, Geology, Physics
    • Mathematical Sciences // MAS 204
      Mathematics, Actuarial Science
    • English/Humanities // MAS 108
      English Generalist, Culture and Media, Communications, Philosophy and Religion
    • Gaming // MAS 020
      Digital Simulation & Gaming Engineering Technology

  • 4:00-4:25 pm • Academic Truths 102 - “GET THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR MAJOR”
    • Gaming // MAS 020
      Gaming & Simulation Develo pment Arts
    • Social Sciences // CML, Flohr Lecture Hall
      History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Psychology-Pre Art Therapy, Sociology, Social Science
    • Nursing // UC 214
      Associate Degree in Nursing (RN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), BSN Completion, LPN to RN
    • Allied Health Science // UC 215
      Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technologies, Respiratory Therapy, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic, Medical Laboratory Technician
    • Rehabilitation & Sport Professions // KRI 250
      Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Sport Management, BSOT/MOT 3 + 2
    • Education // EDU 126
      Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Intervention Specialist Education, Middle Childhood Education, Secondary Education
    • Business // ATC 134
      Accounting, Management, Legal Assisting (2+2), Marketing, Health Care Administration, Information Systems Management

  • 4:00-4:30 pm • Family Farewells 
  • 4:15-5:00 pm • Bear Beginnings New Student Check-In // Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
  • 5:00-5:45 pm • Bear Beginnings // Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

    Every new student will receive their SSU t-shirt, bears back pack, ITS flash drive, Bears Care school supplies. Attendance is required of all new students.


  • 5:45 pm • Meet your Welcome Ambassador // Look for your group sign.
  • 6:00-7:30 pm • VIP Shopping Night // Barnes & Noble Bookstore, MUC
  • 6:00-7:30 pm • Bear Beginnings Breakfast // Bears Den Cafeteria, University Center
  • 7:45 pm • All New Student Meeting // Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Theater 

    The Do’s and Don’ts and What to Expect! Attendance is required of all new students.


  • 8:30 pm • SSU BINGO! // James. A Rhodes Athletic Center
  • 10:00 pm • Movie Night with Life Point Church:  Space Jam // SSU Soccer Field
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm • Brunch // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC
  • 11:00 am-3:00 pm • Returner Student Housing Move-In // Sodexo Ballroom, Morris University Center
  • 11:00 am-3:00 pm • Parking Permits // 1st Floor Lobby, MUC
    Have your vehicle registration and driver’s license with you. 
  • 11:00 am-3:00 pm • Bookstore Open // Barnes & Noble Bookstore, MUC
  • 12:00-3:00 pm • Student Business Center Open Open // Morris University Center
  • 12:00-4:00 pm • ITS Service Desk Open // Clark Memorial Library
  • 12:45-1:00 pm • SSU Gives Back Check-In // Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Lawn   
  • 12:45-1:00 pm • SSU Gives Back Community Service Projects

    Check in with your Welcome Ambassador and receive your SSU Gives Back t-shirt and water bottle. SSU Gives Back is your opportunity to make connections and serve the community.


  • 4:00-6:00 pm • Shawnee Crafts: Sand Art, Tie Dye, Henna Tattoos, Frisbee Art & SSU Signs // ATC Lawn
  • 4:00-4:30 pm • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Induction Check-In // Clark Memorial Library, Flohr Lecture Hall
  • 4:30-5:3 0pm • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Induction Ceremony // Clark Memorial Library, Flohr Lecture Hall
  • 4:30-6:00 pm • Dinner // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC
  • 6:15 pm • Housing Students - 1st Building Meeting with your Resident Assistant & Welcome Ambassador // Campus Housing

    All housing students are required to attend the building meeting.


  • 6:15 pm • Commuter Students - Commuter Connect // Flohr Lecture Hall, CML
  • 7:00 pm • Speak Up, Speak Out // Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

    This program is a required part of WOW for all incoming freshman students at SSU. Receive your SSU Stand Out t-shirt.


  • 8:00 pm • Bears Bonfire Bash // Beside the SSU Tennis Courts
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm • Brunch // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC
  • 12:00 pm • Bus to Walmart // Morris University Center

    SSU Pickup Time Walmart Pickup Time
    12:00 pm 1:00 pm
    12:45 pm 1:45 pm
    1:30 pm 2:30 pm
    2:15 pm 3:15 pm
    3:00 pm 4:00 pm

  • 12:00-4:00 pm • Magic the Gathering // Jazzman's Café, MUC
  • 12:30 pm • What Would You Do For a Free T-shirt? // Flohr Lecture Hall, Clark Memorial Library
  • 1:00 pm • Cornhole Tournament // 3rd Street
    Sign up from 11am–12:30pm, Morris University Center Lobby
  • 1:00-5:00 pm • Bookstore Open // Barnes & Noble Bookstore, MUC
  • 1:00-1:15 pm • How to start a Student Organization // MUC Room 215
  • 1:20-1:35 pm • Meet the Greeks // MUC Room 214
  • 1:40-1:55 pm • Join the Student Programming Board // MUC Room 215
  • 2:00-4:00 pm • Open Gym // James A. Rhodes Athletic Center
  • 2:00-2:15 pm • Meet GSSA (Gay Straight Student Alliance) // MUC Room 214
  • 2:20-2:35 pm • Meet AHANA (Asian, Hispanic, African & Native American) // MUC Room 215
  • 2:40-2:55 pm • Become an Emerging Leader // MUC Room 214
  • 4:00-6:00 pm • Find your Classes - Campus Tour // Student Success Center, Massie Hall
  • 4:30-6:00 pm • Dinner // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC
  • 6:00-8:00 pm • WOW Carnival // ATC and Administration Annex Lawns
  • 6:00-8:00 pm • Party at the Library // Clark Memorial Library

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