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By Brooke Rodine, Director of Orientation
Jacks Back Welcome Week 2011 runs from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, and all students are strongly encouraged to start the school year off right by attending each of the events.
The Orientation staff has been working since March to plan the festivities and make this year’s Welcome Week a great experience. Jacks Back Welcome Week is designed to entertain and engage students in the campus experience as soon as they arrive.
Orientation Programs has been working continuously to improve the event and make it one of SFA’s many strong traditions. Some parents may wonder why students should attend Welcome Week. What’s the point, other than having some fun? All students are encouraged to attend Welcome Week, especially freshmen who attended orientation. It’s been proven that programs such as this tend to get incoming students connected to their campus before their college career starts.
The goal of Jacks Back Welcome Week is to get students, especially incoming freshmen, to form a bond with the university and to increase the retention of students.
Orientation Leaders also serve as Welcome Week Leaders. The Orientation Leaders enjoy the friendships they make with freshmen throughout the summer orientation sessions, and they look forward to seeing familiar faces at Welcome Week.
View the week’s complete schedule of events by clicking here.
This year’s activities include a comedy show at The Jacks Back Kick-Off featuring Ross Matthews, a famous comedian known for his appearances as a panelist on “Chelsea Lately” and his role as Ross the Intern on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Casino Night, an All-Faith Barbeque and buses to Target are also among the events this year. Students will also be able to participate in Achieving College Excellence Workshops to get the semester started academically as well as socially.
Many organizations on campus will be participating throughout the week, so there will be plenty of opportunities for students to see what interests them and hopefully get involved when the fall semester starts.
Among the many groups that will be showcasing what they’re about is the Office of Multicultural Affairs, whose students serve as ambassadors for the diversity of SFA. Student Government Association, the Alumni Association and Traditions Council will also be sponsoring events.
Along with all the Welcome Week entertainment and excitement Orientation Programs promises, there will also be lots of free prizes and food. With so many options for students to pick from, there is bound to be at least one event that each incoming student will enjoy!