Events taking place during Welcome Week and later in the fall semester are:

Tuesday, Aug. 17
New Faculty Orientation, Noon -1:30 p.m., Erickson Alumni Center

Friday, Aug. 20
Move-in Day, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Evansdale Residential Complex and downtown campus

New International Student Welcome Picnic, 4-6 p.m., Marilla Park

Welcome Picnic and Student Organization Fair, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center and Mountainlair Plaza

Monday, Aug. 23
FallFest concert, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Mountainlair Plaza

Tuesday, Aug. 24
WELLWVU Events, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Mountainlair Plaza; 4-6 p.m. at Student Recreation Center – students will be playing games like nutrition bingo, agility ladder and golf cart obstacle course.

Wednesday, Aug. 25
Welcome Week Information Fair, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Mountainlair Commons

Belmear Reception, 6 -7:30 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms – meet and greet for African American students, sponsored by the Center for Black Culture and Research

Thursday, Aug. 26
Welcome Week Information Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mountainlair Commons

WVUp All Night, 7 p.m.- midnight, Mountainlair Commons

Mountaineer Idol Preview, 7:30 p.m., Mountainlair Commons

Friday, Aug. 27
Welcome Week Information Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mountainlair Commons

WVUp All Night, 7 p.m.- 2 a.m., Mountainlair Commons

Thursday, Sept. 2
Welcome Back Barbecue, 12-3 p.m., WVU Center for Black Culture and Research, located at 590 Spruce Street

Friday, Sept. 3
College Colors Day – show your WVU pride all day by wearing gold and blue

FanFest, 4:30 p.m., Mountainlair Plaza

West Virginia University’s newest Mountaineer mascot Brock Burwell was born to be a Mountaineer, and on Sunday (Aug. 22) he will tell the University’s newest students how they, too, are meant to be at WVU.

Burwell, who began wearing Mountaineer garb as a 2-year-old and grew up knowing he was WVU bound, will speak to approximately 5,000 freshmen at the University Welcome.

The event, a University 101 requirement for freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 29 credit hours, will bring all of the class of 2014 together for the first and only time of their college career. The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Coliseum and last approximately 40 minutes.

“Everything these students have done in their lives has led them to this, and them being here is really the epitome of their lives,” Burwell said. “The University Welcome is a great time for students to realize that they are part of something bigger than themselves. I am excited for them, and want to congratulate them on making one of the best decisions of their lives. No matter what happens during their college career, and their lives, they will always be welcome in the Mountaineer family.”

In addition to Burwell, students will hear from WVU President James P. Clements, Provost Michele Wheatly, Student Government Association President Chris Lewallen, current student Melissa Moraes, music professor Keith Jackson and two young alumni: Beth Belch and Lisa Costello.

Students who live in the residence halls will be bused to the Coliseum beginning around 1 p.m. Entertainment including trivia, a Mountaineer Idol performance and door prizes will be held prior to the event. There will also be opportunities for audience interaction.

Students will receive a gold WVU t-shirt and a WVU class ring keychain at the event.

For more information on these and other Welcome Week activities taking place, visit .



CONTACT: Stephanie Ballard Conrad, University Events

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