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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!

WOW 2018

WOW dates are August 24-26, 2018. Move-In for new students is Friday, August 24. Returning students move-in is Saturday, Aug 25.

Friday, August 24


8am-5pm                            Morris University Center Office Hours

8am-5pm                            ITS Service Desk Open, Clark Memorial Library                               

8:30am-1:45pm               New Student Housing Move-In // Sodexo Ballroom, Morris University Center           

8:30am-10:15am                      Campus View 100, 300, 700, 900, Tanner Place, University Townhouse A1-A4 and A13-A16

10:15am-12:00pm                    Campus View 400, 600, 1000, 1300, Bridgeview Court South,

University Townhouse A5-A8 and A9-A12

12:00pm-1:45pm                     Campus View 200, 500, 800, 1100, 1200, Cedar House and Bridgeview Court North

** New housing students are required to check in at the Morris University Center prior to moving into their residence hall.


8:30am-3pm                   Housing Parking Permits// Sodexo Ballroom Hallway, MUC         

Bring your vehicle registration and driver’s license with you. More information is available on the of Public Safety webpage at                   


8:30am-3pm                    Information Technology Services Support Table // Sodexo BallroomHallway, MUC                

ITS will be available for your computer and technology questions. For more information visit the SSU Information Technology Service webpage at


3pm-3:45pm                    Family Farewells

*Family members are asked to depart campus so students can attend “WOW” sessions as programming after this point will be designed specifically and intentionally for new students only.


3:15pm-4:00pm             “WOW” New Student Check-In // 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.


4:00pm-4:25pm             Academic Truths 101 -"Get the truth about your major" // Various Locations                                                       

4:30pm-4:55pm             Academic Truths 102 - "Get the truth about your major" // Various Locations            


5pm-5:45pm                    Bear Beginnings// Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

New Student Official Welcome from Faculty and Staff along with the Class Picture Attendance is required of all new students.      


5:45pm                                Meet Your Welcome Ambassador // Check Your Name Badge for the Designated



6pm-7:30pm                    VIP Shopping Night // Barnes & Noble Bookstore, MUC

                                           Spoil yourself with a little shopping. Look for special deals and discounts for one night.


6pm-7:30pm                     Bear Beginnings Breakfast // Bears Den Cafeteria, University Center

 Start the year with the most important meal of the semester.


7:45pm                                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.


8:30pm                                SSU Bingo// James. A Rhodes Athletic Center

 So many prizes! So many winners!! Join us for SSU’s most popular game. Sponsored by SPB.                            



Saturday, August 25


11:00am-3:00pm           Returner Student Housing Move-In// Sodexo Ballroom, Morris University Center


11am-1pm                          Brunch // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC


12pm-4pm                         ITS Service Desk Open, Clark Memorial Library     

12pm-3pm                         Student Business Center Open // Morris University Center                              


12pm                                    Bus to Wal-Mart // Morris University Center, Pick-Up/Drop-Off Location   

                                           SSU Pickup Times                                            Wal-Mart Pickup Times

                                                  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


1pm-5pm                           Shawnee Crafts// ATC Lawn

Create your own Shawnee masterpiece.                                              


4:30pm-6pm                    Dinner// Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC                   


6:15pm                                Housing Students - 1st Building Meeting with Your Resident Assistant &

Welcome Ambassador // Campus Housing

                                            All housing students are required to attend the building meeting.


6:15pm                               Commuter Students – Commuter Connect // Clark Memorial Library


7:00pm                               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 and is one of the most impactful events of WOW. Receive your SSU Stand Out t-shirt.    


8:00pm                               Bears Bonfire Bash // Beside the SSU Tennis Courts        

Welcome to a night of music, games and bonfire fun! Sponsored by Sodexo Dining Services.




Sunday, August 26


11am-1pm                                Brunch// Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC


12pm                                           Bus to Wal-Mart// Morris University Center, Pick-Up/Drop-Off Location   

                                                  SSU Pickup Times                                            Wal-Mart Pickup Times

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


12pm-4pm                                Magic the Gathering // Smith Coffee House Cafe, MUC 

Building decks, casting powerful spells, summoning monstrous creatures and battling new opponents. Bring your cards.


1pm                                              Sunday Game Day                                                                                                          

                                           Sign up from 11am – 12:30pm, Morris University Center Lobby

 Cornhole Tournament // 3rd Street

 Winning team wins two sets of SSU boards and bags. For new students only. Brought to you by SSU Intramural Sports.

 eSports // MUC Lobby


2pm-4pm                                Open Gym // James A. Rhodes Athletic Center

                                           Shoot some hoops or play volleyball.                                                                                         


1pm-1:15pm                              How to Start a Student Organization// MUC Room 215

Start your own student organization or learn about organizations on campus. Meet the Student Government Association leaders.


1:20pm-1:35pm                      Meet the Greeks // MUC Room 214

Learn about the history and values of each organization.


1:40pm-1:55pm                      Join the Student Programming Board // MUC Room 215

Be part of an organization that builds your resume, teaches you leadership and helps you make connections all while having a great time!                                    


2:00pm-2:15pm                      Meet SAGA// MUC Room 214

Looking for an organization that supports the LGBTQ community? SAGA is open to all students.


2:20pm-2:35pm                    Meet AHANA (Asian, Hispanic, African & Native American)// MUC Room 215

                                                         AHANA promotes cultural and social awareness. AHANA welcomes all students to join.


4pm-6pm                                 Find Your Classes Campus Tours // Student Success Center, Massie Hall   

             Print your class schedule in the Student Success Center and have staff help you find your classrooms.


4:30pm-6pm                            Dinner // Bears Den Cafeteria, MUC

Bring your Student ID. WOW meals are free to new housing and commuter students.


6pm-8:00pm                            WOW Carnival// ATC and Administration Annex Lawns

Student Organization Showcase

Drunk Goggles Golf Cart Driving with the Department of Public Safety.       

Safety Check - Meet the Department of Public Safety, Title IX Team and Counseling & Health Services.

Academic Programs/Office Showcase


6pm-8:00pm                            Party at the Library // Clark Memorial Library, 1st & 2nd Floors                                                            

Games, DJ, photo booth, food and fun! Hosted by the Clark Memorial Library, Information Technology Services and the Writing Center.




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Contact Information

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Office of Student Life
Jonna Cook
(740) 351-3392
Morris University Center

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