Welcome Week 201 5 kicked off with a blast at West Virginia University last week – and it’s still going strong.

As the university continues to nurture student engagement, even more events are being planned during the first week and weekend of the semester.

Thursday (Aug. 20) and Friday (Aug. 21) offer a continuation of some of the weekday events, such as the Welcome Week Information Fair and the Try Climbing event. Students can stop by the information fair from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily in the Mountainlair Commons. At the fair, students can sign up for Mountaineer Maniacs, learn about study abroad, check out what’s planned for WVUp All Night this semester, as well as learn about many other campus resources.

Students can face their fear of heights at the Try Climbing event at the Student Rec Center climbing wall from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. WVU’s 50-foot indoor climbing wall features an assortment of hand-holds, crack climbs and overhangs, while the bouldering cave includes high angle climbing surfaces. Beginner to experienced climbers are welcome.

On Thursday (Aug. 20), students can move to a new beat with Contra dancing at the Creative Arts Center from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Contra dancing is a form of community square dancing and is a great way to experience old-time Appalachian culture.

Friday (Aug. 21) is Mountaineer Spirit Day and everyone is encouraged to sport their gold and blue. There are also a range of events to wrap up the first week of a new year. The Graduate Education Welcome Back event takes place at the Mountainlair Plaza from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Graduate students can network, enjoy free food and listen to great live music.

Friday night, students should head to the Mountainlair Food Court at 9 p.m. to join the Center for Service and Learning as they partner with the SGA and Maniacs to commit to one million hours of service this year. The first 200 students will receive free t-shirts. Afterwards, students can talk with the Student Government Association President George Capel and his executive staff. They encourage students to ask questions and share their ideas.

Morgantown Sound, a lineup of the best regional bands, will take place from 9:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. at both the Mountainlair.
On Saturday (Aug. 22), a bus service for students will run from Evansdale Residential Complex and the Mountainlair to University Town Centre shopping center every half hour, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s WVUp All Night includes live music and free food from 9:30 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. Listen to Matt Poling and the Eazy Riderz Band, featuring Mountaineer football legend, Owen Schmitt.

Students are encouraged to share their photos from Welcome Week via social media using the hashtags #GoFirst and #WVU19.

For more information on Welcome Week and to view the class of 2019 photos, visit the Welcome Week website at: http://welcomeweek.wvu.edu.



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