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IUPUI welcomes students back to campus with Weeks of Welcome activities



INDIANAPOLIS — Saturday is move-in day for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis students.

IUPUI Weeks of Welcome 2015 runs Saturday through Sept. 12. A dinner for new students and their families kicks off the annual campus-wide series of activities to mark the opening weeks of school for new, transfer and returning IUPUI students.  

Organizers say activities during the three-week period include information fairs, artistic productions, leadership development activities and purely social events.

“Going into its 13th year, Weeks of Welcome is a standing tradition at IUPUI,” said Zebulun Davenport, vice president for student affairs. “With more than 30 events this year, there is something for everyone.

“We want students to take ownership of our campus, to engage with one another, faculty and staff, and to feel comfortable with the entire campus culture and environment. By offering the WOW events, we create opportunities for students to engage more easily. This interaction in turn results in greater student satisfaction, which has a positive impact on student retentions.”

Each WOW event also is specifically linked with learning outcomes that are reflective of the IUPUI Principles of Co-Curricular Learning connected to teaching students inter and intrapersonal skills such as the ability to use information and concepts, and the ability to understand society and campus culture, the vice chancellor said.

New events for Weeks of Welcome include the Epic Class Photo session for the Class of 2019 on Aug. 23 in Carroll Stadium, the inaugural IUPUI Field Day on Aug. 29 and the Target Midnight Madness on Aug. 30.

Other events include:

  • Second annual #IMAJAGUAR social media scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23. 
  • 38th annual IUPUI ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in Taylor Courtyard.
  • IUPUI women’s volleyball game against Ball State on Sept. 2.
  • IUPUI Goes to Town — Indianapolis Indians game on Sept. 4.

All events are free of charge. Many include food and JagSwag giveaways.

WOW is coordinated by the Office of Educational Partnerships and Student Advocacy. Student organizations, offices and departments from across campus and the Division of Student Affairs provide support and programming for the events.