Western Welcome Week

Schedule

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The full Western Welcome Week Schedule is available for download

Friday, September 21

Saturday, September 22

1:00pm – 5:00pm Residence Hall Early Arrival Check-In
Check-in – 4:30pm
Out-of-State Student Dinner, Viking Commons

Calling all NEW out-of-state students and family members! Join us at Viking Commons for our annual Out-of-State Student Dinner. Come meet students who, like yourself, have chosen to travel from outside of Washington to attend Western, and learn about services on campus and in the Bellingham community.

Advance reservations for the Out-of-State Student Dinner are required as space is limited!

  • 4:30pm - Check-in & Dinner opens, Viking Commons
  • 5:15pm - Welcome Program & Speakers

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Sunday, September 23

9:00am F-1 Visa International Student Orientation, Miller Hall 235

Orientation topics specific to exchange students in F-1 immigration status. For more information, contact International Student & Scholar Services at 360.650.7971

10:15am – 3:30pm Fall Orientation Student & Family Program

Check-in at Red Square

New Students and Family Members who have signed up to attend the Fall Advising & Orientation program may check-in on Red Square to receive your Sunday Orientation schedule, lunch meal tickets (students + pre-paid family members), and program materials.

  • 10:15pm - 12:15pm: Orientation Program check-in, Red Square
  • 11:00am - 12:30pm: Participant Lunch, Viking Commons
  • 12:45pm: Welcome Session, Performing Arts Center Mainstage
  • 1:30pm: Student Orientation Session & Family Orientation Session, Locations provided at check-in

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Monday, September 24

7:00am – 9:00am Check-in Fall Advising & Orienation, Red Square

If you are a freshman who did not attend Summerstart, you are REQUIRED to check in at the Western Information Booth in Red Square to receive your exact academic advising and class registration time and location, and essential advising materials. (Even if you attended Sunday’s orientation program, all Fall Advising & Orientation participants MUST check-in on Monday.)

8:30am Spanish Placement Test, Miller Hall 21

If you are planning to take Spanish in Fall quarter, you should take the exam. If you are planning to take Spanish, but not in the Fall, do not take the exam now, as you will be asked to retake it again later. Students will place into the appropriate class based on their language skill rather than number of years/classes completed. There is a $5 fee to take the exam; the exam takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

9:00am – 12:00pm J-1 Visa Internation Student Orientation, Miller Hall 235

Orientation topics specific to exchange students in J-1 immigration status. For more information, contact International Student & Scholar Services at 360.650.7971

9:30am – 12:30pm Freshmen Advising & Registration

Freshmen who did not attend Summerstart and are attending the Fall Advising & Orientation program are REQUIRED to check-in to the Western Info Booth in front of Miller Hall on Monday, 9/24 between 7am – 9am to receive their assigned academic advising and class registration specific time and location.

11:00am – 11:50pm Workshops (Repeats on Tuesday)

Student Business Office, Bond Hall 106
The Student Business Office (SBO) will discuss accepting payments, answer billing questions and walk you through online student account management. The SBO offers drop-in advising daily; all are welcome!

Study Smart (Tutoring Center), Bond Hall 105
Take studying beyond basic reading and note-taking. Come learn effective strategies for turning lecture notes into valuable tools, improving comprehension and retention of textbooks and tips for time management!

Working Your Way Through Western, Bond Hall 109
Short on funds? Need a job for work experience or career exploration? At this workshop, you will learn some of the pros and cons to working on campus, as well as tips for job hunting both on campus and in the Bellingham community!

11:00am – 3:00pm Red Square Info Fair

Come be a part of the largest information fair of the year and get to know your WWU community! There will be over 200 clubs, departments, local businesses, and organizations handing out food, prizes and other giveaways. Entertainment will be provided by the Associated Students radio station, KUGS 89.3FM, and multiple groups will be performing. This is the perfect chance to sign-up for clubs, build connections, and learn about the great opportunities Western has to offer.

12:30pm Spanish Placement Test, Miller Hall 21

If you are planning to take Spanish in Fall quarter, you should take the exam. If you are planning to take Spanish, but not in the Fall, do not take the exam now, as you will be asked to retake it again later. Students will place into the appropriate class based on their language skill rather than number of years/classes completed. There is a $5 fee to take the exam; the exam takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

12:45pm Bellingham Bike Tour, Outdoor Center, VU 1st Floor

Did you bring a bike to campus but not sure of the best ways to get around town? WWU Outdoor Center invites you to join them on a group ride that will take you to a few of the main hubs of activity. Utilizing Bellingham’s amazing trail system and bike lanes you will tour Fairhaven, Boulevard Park, and Downtown. Essential equipment includes a helmet and bike. All skill levels are invited to participate! If you did not bring a bike to campus but would like to participate, the Outdoor Center has a limited number of bikes that will be free of cost for this ride! (Session repeats on Tuesday at 12:45pm.)

1:00pm – 1:50pm Workshops (Repeats on Tuesday)

Western Libraries & the Learning Commons Tour, Learning Commons Information Desk, Wilson Library
Take a guided tour of Western Libraries & Learning Commons to learn about its variety of programs, services, collections, and spaces (both quiet & collaborative)--including the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio. Tour the Learning Commons, see what resources it offers and receive a “Thank You” souvenir!

Studying for Math (Tutoring Center), Bond Hall 106
Concerned about college-level math courses? This workshop is for you! Learn how to plan your study time, take and use notes, read math textbooks and take exams. You also will learn about Western’s academic support resources from individual study skills coaching to tutoring to counseling for math anxiety.

Financial Literacy Intelligence(FLI) Program, Bond Hall 109
Let’s Talk Money! Topics include creating a budget, credit 101 and student loan strategies. Get your education with less debt!

1:30pm – 4:30pm International Student Orientation, Miller Hall 152

Are you a newly admitted, degree-seeking international student or exchange student? Then come to the International Student Orientation! You will meet other international students and learn important information about how to succeed academically at Western, and student life at Western and in Bellingham. For more information, contact International Student & Scholar Services at 360.650.7971

2:00pm – 2:50pm

Researching and Writing at Western: The Inside Scoop Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, Haggard Hall, 2nd floor
Learn about Western’s expectations for college level researching and writing from the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio’s consulting staff, including students who will fill you in with some of the strategies and resources that made them say “If only I had known this sooner!”

Campus Tour, Red Square Info Booth
Want to get to know campus from the experts? Some of our tour guides from Admissions will take you around campus so you are ready for classes on Wednesday! Join us for a campus tour! Meet at the Info Booth in Red Square (near the south entrance to Miller Hall).

3:00pm ALEKS Math Placement Assessment, Miller Hall 016

Students who need to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment Test #2 (proctored test for official score) can go to Miller Hall 016 to take the test in a proctored environment with the Testing Center staff. Please bring a photo ID and a pencil. It is important to arrive on time and prepare to take 90 – 120 minutes to complete the test. Students who have not yet taken the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment Test #1 are encouraged to take the test prior but can attend and be placed in ”standby status” on a space availability basis.

5:00pm Student Outreach Services (SOS), Miller Hall 152

SOS empowers students to achieve academic and personal success. We offer first-generation, multicultural, PELL grant eligible and non-traditional students (transfer students, returning students) an incredible opportunity to connect to Western through personalized academic coaching and our suite of “wrap around” services, including but not limited to, Jump Start WWU, Peer Mentor program, first-year classes, tutoring services, and outdoor activities. For more information contact Student Outreach Services in Old Main 387.
We are: Renee Collins, Joan Ullin, Emmanuel Camarillo, Cameron Wuhr, Bryce Sasaki, Patrick Freeland, Natalie Magnus and Maria Perez de Henderson.

9:00pm Late Night at the Rec Center, Wade King Recreation Center

Late Night at the Student Recreation Center has something for everyone - tailgate games, fun in the pool, climbing on the wall, video gaming upstairs and dancing until midnight! Come check out the social hub of campus and find out firsthand why “The SRC is the place to be!”

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Tuesday, September 25

9:00am ALEKS Math Placement Assessment, Miller Hall 016

Students who need to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment Test #2 (proctored test for official score) can go to Miller Hall 016 to take the test in a proctored environment with the Testing Center staff. Please bring a photo ID and a pencil. It is important to arrive on time and prepare to take 90 – 120 minutes to complete the test. Students who have not yet taken the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment Test #1 are encouraged to take the test prior but can attend and be placed in ”standby status” on a space availability basis.

11:00am – 11:50pm Workshops

Student Business Office, Bond Hall 106
The Student Business Office (SBO) will discuss accepting payments, answer billing questions and walk you through online student account management. The SBO offers drop-in advising daily; all are welcome!

Study Smart (Tutoring Center), Bond Hall 105
Take studying beyond basic reading and note-taking. Come learn effective strategies for turning lecture notes into valuable tools, improving comprehension and retention of textbooks and tips for time management!

Working Your Way Through Western, Bond Hall 109
Short on funds? Need a job for work experience or career exploration? At this workshop, you will learn some of the pros and cons to working on campus, as well as tips for job hunting both on campus and in the Bellingham community!

11:00am – 3:00pm Red Square Info Fair

Come be a part of the largest information fair of the year and get to know your WWU community! There will be over 200 clubs, departments, local businesses, and organizations handing out food, prizes and other giveaways. Entertainment will be provided by the Associated Students radio station, KUGS 89.3FM, and multiple groups will be performing. This is the perfect chance to sign-up for clubs, build connections, and learn about the great opportunities Western has to offer.

12:45pm Bellingham Bike Tour, Outdoor Center, VU 1st Floor

Did you bring a bike to campus but not sure of the best ways to get around town? WWU Outdoor Center invites you to join them on a group ride that will take you to a few of the main hubs of activity. Utilizing Bellingham’s amazing trail system and bike lanes you will tour Fairhaven, Boulevard Park, and Downtown. Essential equipment includes a helmet and bike. All skill levels are invited to participate! If you did not bring a bike to campus but would like to participate, the Outdoor Center has a limited number of bikes that will be free of cost for this ride! (Session repeats on Tuesday at 12:45pm.)

1:00pm – 1:50pm Workshops

Western Libraries & the Learning Commons Tour, Learning Commons Information Desk, Wilson Library
Take a guided tour of Western Libraries & Learning Commons to learn about its variety of programs, services, collections, and spaces (both quiet & collaborative)--including the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio. Tour the Learning Commons, see what resources it offers and receive a “Thank You” souvenir!

Studying for Math (Tutoring Center), Bond Hall 106
Concerned about college-level math courses? This workshop is for you! Learn how to plan your study time, take and use notes, read math textbooks and take exams. You also will learn about Western’s academic support resources from individual study skills coaching to tutoring to counseling for math anxiety.

Financial Literacy Intelligence(FLI) Program, Bond Hall 109
Let’s Talk Money! Topics include creating a budget, credit 101 and student loan strategies. Get your education with less debt!

2:00pm – 2:50pm Workshops

Pre-Health Advising Interest Session, Miller Hall 105
Doctor! Can you help my myopic, limping pet with a loose tooth that needs insulin? Medicine, optometry, veterinary, pharmacy and other health professions share some common prerequisite courses. In addition to coursework, how else can you become a strong professional school candidate? What should you major in? Whom can you shadow? PreHealthcare Professions Advisors will cover details (and dispel myths) about preparation and application to a variety of health professional schools.

Researching and Writing at Western: The Inside Scoop Hacherl Research & Writing Studio, Haggard Hall, 2nd floor
Learn about Western’s expectations for college level researching and writing from the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio’s consulting staff, including students who will fill you in with some of the strategies and resources that made them say “If only I had known this sooner!”

3:30pm New Student Convocation, Performing Arts Center

Convocation is a ceremony to mark the official opening of the academic year and to welcome you as the newest members to our campus community. Please join us for this memorable kick-off to your Western experience and share in some of the traditions that make Western a unique place to be. Seating begins at 3:00 p.m

5:30pm – 7:00pm Off Campus Freshmen Social, Underground Coffeehouse, 3rd Floor, Viking Union

Come and hang out with us! Give Off Campus Living your ideas about how we can better support new students who live off campus, meet other students and win prizes! All first year students living off campus are welcome.
Join us for FREE pizza and games after Welcoming Convocation

5:00pm - 9:00pm Residence Hall Post-Convocation Floor/ Stack Meeting, Dinner & Community Pictures

Floor and stack communities will alternate dinner and meeting schedules; individual plans will be communicated by residence hall staff. Plan to be with your residence hall community during this block of time.

8:00pm A.S. Outdoor Movie “Avengers: Infinity Wars”, Communications Lawn

Witness the thrilling culmination of 10 years of Marvel films with Avengers: Infinity War! You’ll laugh, you’ll (maybe) cry, you’ll definitely get big screen adventure! Event starts at 7pm with music, activities, and giveaways. Movie starts at 8pm. Bundle up, it may get chilly after dark.

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Wednesday, September 26 (Classes Begins!)

5:30pm - 8:00pm Paint B’ham Blue for WWU!, Departs Red Square at 5:30

Celebrate the completion of your first day of classes by walking from campus to downtown’s Depot Market Square, where WWU Alumni and Bellingham businesses will welcome and celebrate you by turning downtown WWU Blue! A special downtown festival - exclusively for the WWU community - will take place in Depot Market Square featuring dance tunes, food trucks, local vendors and giveaways (even some FREE FOOD!). As a part of the festivities, join in on the signing of the WWU Vikings Banner and lighting the iconic Herald sign in WWU Blue. Go Vikings!

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Friday, September 28

5:30pm – 8:00pm The Queer Resource Center’s Annual Ice Cream Social, Viking Union 565

An open space to meet other queer-identifying students on campus, have fun, and eat ice cream!

9:00pm – 1:00am A.S. Late Night: “Ultramodern”, Old Main Lawn
Create lasting connections at Late Night: Ultramodern, an immersive event experience featuring music from Seattle tech house DJ’s, a tea lounge, live painting, vendors, free food, yoga, an improv workshop and performance from the Dead Parrots Society, interactive art installations, and more.

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