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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2002 News Archive > Welcome Week 2002

New students to get a taste of ACU, college life during Welcome Week

For immediate release
Aug. 19, 2002

Approximately 1,200 new students will be welcomed into Abilene Christian University during a week filled with fun, information and service. Welcome Week, led by students as well as the ACU First Year Program, has been a tradition for the past 18 years as a way to introduce students to ACU and college life. 

Details, locations and points of interest for the week include:

Monday, Aug. 19
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Welcome Week Check-In In the Living Room of the McGlothlin Campus Center, upperclassmen Welcome Week leaders (Steering Committee) will be helping to check-in the new students, give them Welcome Week T-shirts and answer questions about the week.
All Day Moving In Throughout the day new students will be moving their belongings into the residence halls across campus.

Tuesday, Aug. 20
11-11:45 a.m. Welcome Week Opening Session Opening Session of Welcome Week begins the fun-filled, fast-paced week for the new students. Steering Committee members will gather in Moody Coliseum to welcome the new students in an exciting atmosphere, including music, confetti, balloons and more.
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Picnic Lunch with Mentor Groups The new students will be eating with their mentor groups at various locations all over campus.
2-3 p.m. World’s Largest Twister Game All 1,200 new students will participate in a Twister game that takes up the entire floor of Moody Coliseum.
5 p.m. One In Spirit Dinner This dinner, new to Welcome Week this year, will emphasize the cultural diversity of ACU students and will feature a Latin dance team, Shades (ACU’s step squad), and barbecue outside in the mall area near the Campus Center.
8:30-9:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker Dan Niederhoffer will be speaking to new students in Moody Coliseum.
9:30-11 p.m. Candlelight Devotional This Welcome Week tradition is what most new students say is their favorite part of Welcome Week. After the evening speaker, all new students will walk to the Beauchamp Amphitheater through a walkway formed by returning students, mentor group leaders and steering committee members. At the amphitheater, each student will receive a candle and the lighting ceremony will commence. Mike Cope, Highland Church of Christ pulpit minister, will lead the devotional.

Wednesday, Aug. 21
Intramural Sports Intramural Sports competitions will be taking place throughout the morning on the Intramural Fields on the northwest corner of campus.
11-11:45 a.m. General Assembly Each day in Moody Coliseum the all of those involved in Welcome Week gather at General Assembly to meet ACU administrators or hear from one of the Welcome Week co-chairs about an ACU topic.
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Faculty Blessing/Lunch In Teague Special Events Center, the new students receive a blessing from faculty and staff.
2 p.m. Mentor Group meetings
3-5 p.m. Residence Hall Open House/ Fifth Grade Field Day
New students will be able to visit each other’s residence halls, and the parking lot next to Taylor Elementary’s play ground will be transformed into a huge sand box, with sand volleyball, potato sack races, tug of war and popsicles for everyone.
8:30-10:30 p.m. Movie at Paramount Theatre

Thursday, Aug. 22
6:45-7:30 a.m. Sunrise Devotional To help “remind” students of this early morning devotional held on the east steps of the Biblical Studies building, Steering Committee members will be driving golf carts around the residence hall areas with bullhorns to awaken any oversleeping new students.
11-11:45 a.m. General Assembly
2-5 p.m. Techonology Session Students are given an introductory lesson in the various technology on campus.
5:30 p.m. Departmental Dinners Students will group according to their major and eat dinner with faculty and other students in their same field. The dinners will be held at various locations all over campus.
7 p.m. Thursday Night Live A live band, Stephen Speaks, will perform and students can participate in inflatable attractions, eat snow cones and mingle in the mall area outside the Campus Center.

Friday, Aug. 23
11-11:45 a.m. General Assembly (Moody Coliseum)
1-3 p.m. Food Drive with Mentor Groups Mentor Groups will be visiting neighborhoods all across Abilene to collect food for the Abilene Food Bank. Separate press release to come.
8-10 p.m. Welcome Week Talent Show In Moody Coliseum, new students will have the opportunity to show off their talent, while upperclassmen hosts and hostesses show off their comedic talents.

Saturday, Aug. 24
8 p.m. Jars of Clay Concert The band Jars of Clay will perform in Crutcher Scott Field. All college students in Abilene are invited and will be admitted with a college student ID.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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