Student services & organizations

New students to descend on campus

Western Oregon University will launch New Student Week with move-in day on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. The week is filled with events to help new students acclimate to campus, meet other students and learn how to successfully navigate the services at WOU. Below is a selection of the week’s events. The full schedule is online:

Sunday, Sept. 23
Resident move-in
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., resident halls
Hand trucks can be rented from the Parents Association at The Grove or near Parking Lot J.

New Student Week barbecue
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Landers Hall North Lawn

Welcome, Playfair, group “W” photo
8:30 to 10:30, New P.E. Gym
Associated Students of WOU President Travis Meuwissen will welcome new students to campus and students can enjoy a variety of activities to meet their classmates at Playfair. The event also features all 1,100 new students posing for a “W” group photo, a tradition on campus.

Monday, Sept. 24
GLBTQ student orientation
9 to 10 a.m., Werner University Center (WUC) Calapooia Room
This session is for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer students new to WOU. Meet new people while learning about available resources, helpful hints, and networking on campus. Introductions to the WOU Safe Zone program and the Stonewall resource center, two important tools on campus will be made

WOU Chapter: A Wolf’s Tale from Abroad
9 to 10 a.m., Ackerman 141
Study abroad or participate in an international internship or service learning project and expand global awareness while earning WOU credits. Choose from over 60 locations around the world. WOU financial aid may be available to help fund your program and there are many scholarships for which students can apply.

We Live the GREEN Dream!
10:15 to 11:15am, Ackerman 139
Sustainability is one of the University’s three core themes. You can see sustainability highlighted on campus in everything from the buildings, to the sponsored programs. The Green Team is a student lead organization based out of University Housing & Campus Dining that’s committed to the education and implementation of the sustainability movements. The session attendees will learn about sustainability related programs, events, and involvement opportunities, and get the opportunity to ‘upcycle’ materials into something new and improved!

Toto, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
2 to 4 p.m., New Physical Education (NPE) gym
How do the Wizard of Oz, magic, cars, puppets and Lady Gaga help us to understand diversity? We are caught in times of political correctness, where “saying” the right things is worlds away from “doing” the right things. Considered one of the most inclusive sessions on diversity, participants will explore race, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic class, religion, ability, and size discrimination in an interactive format. By using this approach, groups can build coalitions—not blame— when they never realized they had so much in common with one another.

Cultural Connections Kick Off Dinner!
5:30 to 7 p.m., WUC Columbia Room
This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the Cultural Connections Program and the sessions that will be offered during New Student Week as well as meet the staff from the Multicultural Student Services & Programs Office and the MCRs (Multicultural Representatives). Come for a free dinner and keynote presentation by Andres Lara “The Cuban Guy.” At the age of 16 he escaped from Cuba without his parents, spoke no English, had no money and was even homeless for a while. Now, he is a nationally known speaker, president of “Inspiration Magazine,” author of several books and CEO of “A. Success Training, Inc.”.

The Dating Doctor is in
7 to 8:30 p.m., NPE gym
Looking for some new pick up lines? Odds are, the Dating Doctor knows them all! This is often rated the “favorite” program of New Student Week! Come to this hilariously fun and enlightening session about dating and relationships. David Coleman is known nationwide as The Dating Doctor™ and “America’s Real-Life Hitch!” He has been honored 13 times as The National Speaker of the Year, 10 times by Campus Activities Magazine and three times by The National Association for Campus Activities. He recently won Speaker of the Year (again) for 2011. He is a highly sought after speaker, author, entertainer, radio, and television personality.

New Student Week Dance
9 p.m. to midnight, WUC Pacific Room
This dance is open to new and returning students. Tickets are $3 for new students and $5 for returning students.

Tuesday, Sept. 24
Transfer and non-traditional student orientation
9 to 10 a.m., WUC Columbia Room
Where can I meet people on campus? How do I know if all of my credits transferred? Where do I pay my student fees? What is there to do on campus? How do I get my ID card? This session will answer these questions and more! Light refreshments will be served.

Roommates and Relationships
10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Ackerman 139
Living with someone or in a shared community can be a new experience. Know that you are not alone, even if your room mate seems different from you, there are many ways to make the relationship work! This presentation will give you tips and tools to open communication, set boundaries for each other, and open up so that this experience can be a great one!

Convocation and Will Keim
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., NPE Gym
Western Oregon University presents Convocation with a welcome from President Weiss and keynote from nationally-known speaker Will Keim! This session promises to be inspiring and motivating. It will start your year off on a positive note! Dr. Keim will finish the session talking to just the men of WOU for the last 15 minutes of the program about their success.

Signing of New Student Week walk
12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Church Street, near Todd Hall
Have you noticed the signatures on sidewalks around campus? Sign your name in concrete and leave your legacy behind.

OMG!…There’s a Deaf person…HOW do I talk to them?
1:45 to 2:45 p.m., WUC Calapooia Room
Learn how to be chill when meeting new friends. It is likely that if you’re at Western, you’ll meet Deaf students or work with interpreters at some point–even as a hearing person. Learn some Do’s and Don’ts, and common social signs to interact with Deaf and ASL-fluent students.

DeVolder Family Science Center grand opening and ribbon cutting
2 p,m,. DeVolder entrance
Come join the WOU Community as we debut the newest academic building to campus! Refreshments and tours of the new facility will be provided after the ceremony

WUC Premiere Night
6:30 to 9 p.m., Werner University Center
The Werner University Center’s biggest night is here! Welcome to WUC-A-Con where you can collect prizes, eat some good food, and nerd out on all the resources that the Werner University Center (WUC) has to offer. Visit the many offices and learn about the services and the different involvement opportunities the WUC has to offer. While collecting prizes and food, don’t forget to pick up your WUC-A-Con Comic Book and collect stamps to get entry to BINGO. Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite characters.

Games start at 7:00pm and 8:15pm, Pacific Room
Here’s where taking chances pays off. With over $1000 in prizes. Two separate games start times, Bingo is totally free for students. Make sure you have your WUC-A-Con comic book is stamped in order to get your ticket to play.

NSW Hypnotist
10 to 11:15 p.m., NPE Gym
Join Josh McVicar “McVicar the Trickerster” is a well-known hypnotist that will gladly take volunteers on stage to hypnotize. Come check out this fun event where you become the star of the show! This hilarious show, that will keep you laughing through the entire night.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
The Improvasaurs: a Heroic Tale of the Prehistoric Journey to Find Impromptu Hilarity
9 to 10:00 a.m., WUC Calapooia Room
Come join the Improvasaurs for an exclusive mini performance, introduction to the members of WOU’s very own Improv comedy troupe, and a question-and-answer opportunity. According to archaeologists, improv is a great way to meet a bunch of fun and funny people, while being active and sharpening your skills as a public speaker.

The 49-Minute Budget Saver
10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Ackerman 139
In just 49 minutes, you can plan your finances for the next four years. Learn how to get (and keep) the best types of financial aid, how to read your student bill*, and how to plan for all your college expenses from books to burgers. *Bonus points if you bring a copy of your Wolf Web Account Summary.

Student Organizations & Activities Fair
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., WUC 2nd floor
Stop by and visit with student leaders, coaches, and staff about your interests in campus recreation, club sports, student organizations, various student clubs, special interest organizations, employment opportunities, and how to start a club. WOU has something for everyone.

Student, Staff and Faculty Fan Fest
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Grove
Join the Department of Athletics in the Grove for games, freebies and treats. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet WOU student-athletes and Coaches, pick up schedules and posters, and participate in team-sponsored games.

Be a Green Dot
3 to 5 p.m., NPE GYM
Your moments matter. Every day, we are presented small opportunities to make our community a better place, and reduce the impact of violence on ourselves and those we care about. You hold this power! Our team invites you to join the rest of our WOU community (students, faculty and staff) in using your little moments to make big changes in reducing sexual and relationship violence in our community. You will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Jennifer Messina, the director of training and development for Green Dot. Messina provides training and consultation to universities, nonprofit organizations, and military installations across the globe as a member of the Green Dot etc. training team.

Welcome to Monmouth and Independence Celebration
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Grove (rain backup, WUC)
Come join us on the Grove to be welcomed into the Monmouth-Independence Area by University Housing, local businesses, and the communities of Monmouth and Independence. This festive event includes a free meal provided by the Monmouth Business Association. Come see the booths featuring local businesses, interactive inflatable games, fun, and so much more. Sponsored by University Housing Weekend Programs, the Monmouth Business Association, and Student Leadership and Activities.

McVicar the Trickster
9 to 11 p.m., Pacific Room
Do you believe in magic? Well come join Josh “McVicar the Trickster” as he demonstrates some mind blowing tricks that will leave you asking “How did he do that!?” As a master magician, the trickster’s award winning magic is combined with hilarious comedy leaving audiences on the edge of their seats. His outrageous show is enhanced by audience interaction, fast pace energy, quick whit, goofy humor, and explosive surprises every step of the way.

Thursday, Sept. 26
Prof. Chat
10 to 11:30 a.m., Residence Halls
This is a unique opportunity to meet a Western professor before classes even begin! You will be able to see what faculty members are like outside of the classroom as they share about themselves and what they expect from the students enrolled in their classes. Don’t miss your chance to get the inside information about how to succeed academically at Western. Residence Hall students should talk to your RA about your meeting time and location. Any off campus first-year student, transfer student, or non-traditional student who would like to participate needs to call Dave Sundby at 503-838-8658 by Monday 9/23 at 5 p.m. for meeting time and location.

Cultural Connection — MSU BBQ (Featuring Boka Marimba)
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., The Grove
The Multicultural Student Union is one of the most active and influential student organizations on campus. Whether it’s with their Dia de los Muertos Altar, the Annual Pow-wow, the Women of Culture Celebration, the African American Awareness Celebration, the Out and Proud program or their Nuestra Fiesta Latina program, MSU continues to make significant contributions to the Western Oregon University campus. Join us for some free food (steak and chicken tortas!), live music (Boka Marimba), activities (volleyball) and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the MSU Executive Board and the MCRs (Multicultural Representatives).

Variety Show Auditions
5 to 7 p.m., WUC Pacific Room
If you or a group of friends are interested in performing at the final event of New Student Week, come to this audition with your routine ready! You’ll have a chance to sing and dance to your own music or perform any talent you may have! You can sign up in advance at the PLUS Team Info Booth and at the Info Desk on the 2nd floor of the WUC. Walk ups are still welcome.

Drive-in Movie and “Horse” Racing
8:30 to 11 p.m., Parking Lot H, (rain backup, WUC Pacific Room)
Bring your cars or lawn chairs to watch the classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, and a beautiful princess. Enjoy “The Princess Bride” on the giant drive-in screen. Includes one of the most memorable sword fights in cinema history. Stop by the booths to grab some fresh popcorn and place your “bets” on video “horse” racing during the film. Pick the winning “horses” for the chance to win HUGE prizes.

Friday, Sept. 27
Not Your Average Cook Book: The ASWOU Food Pantry
10 to 11 a.m., WUC Santiam Room
Come learn about how to get free food and resources to feed you while going to school. Your student government, ASWOU, helps provide students access to food, a healthy diet and nutrition education. With learning about the food pantry, come learn about how to be an active volunteer to help with the student ran service! Come check out the programs Western has to offer and how you can become an active part of them.

Work Study Fair
11 to 2 p.m., WUC Willamette Room
Have you been awarded work study? Drop by the Work  Study Fair to meet potential on and off campus employers! SLCD staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.

A Cappella Auditions
1:45 to 2:45 p.m., WUC Calapooia Room
The A Cappella Performing Groups are having their fall term auditions for the upcoming school year. If you can sing, beat box, or know someone that can, then come join us for the vocal madness. You can’t sing? Acca-please! Come learn a thing or two about what we do on and off campus.

Scholarship Release Party
4 to 5:30 p.m., Gentle House
Mandatory social event for all students who receive alumni scholarships. Come thank the wonderful alumni who help the future Western Oregon University graduates! Refreshments will be provided.

Guess who is Straight?
6:30 to 8 p.m., Columbia Room
Come and ask a panel of WOU students questions about anything except their sexuality and see if you can pick out who’s straight! ASWOU’s gender and sexual diversity advocate will facilitate a discussion on stereotypes and sexuality.

Freshmen Bar
8 to 11 p.m., Heritage Ballroom
This is one party you won’t want to miss! Come join the Peer Mentors in a welcome party for all of the new students to WOU! Don’t miss the free mocktails, dancing, prizes, and fun. Throughout the night, you can participate in activities such as trying our beer goggle challenge. Walk away from the party with the knowledge to make the right decision for yourself! Bring your student ID to get in.

Saturday, Sept. 28
New Student Week Variety Show and Video
6 to 8:30 p.m., WUC, Pacific Room
The excitement of New Student Week reaches a climax at the annual Variety Show! Come watch your friends, PLUS Team members, and others perform in the biggest talent event of the year.

Moonlight Pancake Bar
9 to 11 p.m., Ackerman Lobby
Come hang out in the Ackerman Lobby for a delicious late -night pancake breakfast. We’ll provide the pancakes and a variety of toppings. From classics like butter and syrup to adventurous fruits and candies, and perhaps a few surprises as well, we’ll have a pancake for anyone’s taste buds.

Sunday, Sept. 29
Find Your Classes
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., WUC Plaza
Confused about where your classes are? PLUS Team is here to help! Take specialized tours with PLUS Team leaders to make sure you are ready for the first day of classes! Tours are leaving every half hour

Music Information
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Smith Hall 121
Interested in meeting music faculty and getting a preview of the Fall Musical shows? Stop by Smith today and learn all about the shows, classes and programs that the music department offers! Music faculty will be there to answer questions and sign students up for choir auditions!

ASWOU picnic
Noon to 5 p.m., The Grove
Ready for the school year to start? After a busy New Student Week relax with ASWOU in the Grove as we hang out, eat snacks, and play some games. Enjoy your last day before you are an official college student with your new student government.

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