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Students invited to Spring Welcome Week

13 Jan

By Veronica Weaver, assistant director of orientation programs

When students move back into the halls for the spring semester, they will be able to attend Orientation Programs’ Jacks Back Spring Welcome Week. Spring Welcome Week is a full schedule of fun and exciting events for the students returning to SFA. The detailed schedule is as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 15

10 a.m. Residence halls open for move-in

Monday, Jan. 16

10:30 a.m. MLK Day of Service BPSC Twilight Ballroom

6 p.m. Traditions Expo Surfin’ Steve

Tuesday, Jan. 17

5-7 p.m. Zumbafest Campus Recreation Center Courtyard

7 p.m. SAA Dinner and a Movie: Big Daddy BPSC Movie Theater

Wednesday, Jan. 18 

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ODK Blood Drive BPSC Third-Floor Commons

Noon United Campus Ministries Hot Dogs on the BPSC Plaza

7-9 p.m. Residence Hall Association’s Spring Fling Luau        BPSC Twilight Ballroom

Thursday, Jan. 19

6-8 p.m. Meet the Sororities BPSC Third Floor Commons

7 p.m. SAA Movie Series: Footloose BPSC Movie Theater

8-10 p.m. Blizzard Beach Party Campus Recreation Center

9:30 p.m. SAA Movie Series: Paranormal Activity BPSC Movie Theater

Friday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 22

7 p.m. SAA Movie Series: Footloose BPSC Movie Theater
9:30 p.m. SAA Movie Series: Paranormal Activity BPSC Movie Theater 

Tuesday, Jan. 24

5-7 p.m. Involvement Fair BPSC First Floor


Welcome Home!

26 Aug
Student organizations assist with moving in to the residence halls

Student organizations assist with moving in to the residence halls

We are excited to welcome all Lumberjacks back to campus! Today begins move-in for the residence halls, which will continue all weekend until classes begin bright and early Monday morning. We have more than 20 student organizations out lending a hand to make this process quick and easy for families.

The Office of Student Affairs Programs is excited to see students back on campus again, and we can’t wait to see you in attendance for our programs and getting involved in your organizations! Axe ’em, Jacks!

Welcome Week offers students free events, food

12 Aug

This is one of many articles from our Parent’s Newsletter, sent three times a year to parents of new and returning SFA students. To sign up to receive the newsletter, please click here

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!