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New students to experience ACU, college life at Welcome Week

The traditional candlelight devotional is often a highlight of Welcome Week for students.

August 10, 2004

More than 1,100 new freshmen and transfer students will arrive on campus for the Centennial year of Abilene Christian University and will be introduced to ACU and college life through Welcome Week.

During the week before school begins, Aug. 16-20, The First Year Program and the upperclassmen student members of the Welcome Week Steering Committee will be coordinating various events and activities designed to acquaint new students with ACU, its students, faculty and traditions.

"Welcome Week provides the students the opportunity to build relationships with other students before school starts," said Brandon Maenius, one of the student leaders of Welcome Week. "During the semester, students may be overwhelmed with school and find it harder to make friends. Welcome Week is the perfect opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people."

The theme for this year's Welcome Week is "Free at Last" with each day focusing on loving the Lord with your soul (Tuesday), mind (Wednesday), heart (Thursday) and strength (Friday).

Highlights of the week are:

  • Welcome Week Check-In, Monday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Opening Ceremonies, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2 p.m., Moody Coliseum
  • World’s Largest Twister Game, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 4 p.m., Moody Coliseum
  • Candlelight Devotional, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 9 p.m., Beauchamp Amphitheatre
  • Sunrise Devotional, Thursday, Aug. 18, 6:30 a.m., front steps of the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building
  • Community Service Project, Friday, Aug. 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Frontier Texas! Saturday, Aug. 20, 1:30-5 p.m.
  • New student talent show, Saturday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m., Moody Coliseum
  • During the week, new students participate in activities with upperclassmen-led mentor groups. The mentor groups continue through the first semester as a one-hour class to help students transition to college and the academic, spiritual and social aspects of the university.

    In addition to these events, students participate in intramural sports such as basketball and volleyball every morning from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and a flag football tournament Thursday at 8 p.m. Students are also given residence hall and technology orientation, allowed time to finalize their fall class schedules and meet with their academic departments, and watch a movie at the Paramount.


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