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Friday, August 19, 2011

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IU prepares to welcome new, returning students

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Aug. 19, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- School is nearly back in session at Indiana University's eight campuses throughout the state.

IU will begin welcoming new and returning students next week with fall semester classes beginning Monday (Aug. 22) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU Kokomo and IPFW. IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast are back in session Aug. 29.

To prepare for the upcoming school year, IU students will participate in, among other campus events, a New Student Welcome at IUPUI on Sunday (Aug. 21); IU Bloomington's annual Move-In Day and Freshman Induction Ceremonies (Aug. 24); and the first-ever formal induction ceremony for new students at IU South Bend (Aug. 26). (For more information about welcome and student orientation activities at IU campuses, see links at the bottom of this story.)

IU Bloomington Welcome Week

IU Bloomington will host "Proud Traditions: Welcome Week 2011. Presented by the IU Office of First Year Experience Programs, the week of activities begins Wednesday morning (Aug. 24) at 8 a.m., when residence halls open for Move-In Day and students begin settling into their new homes.

For the week's signature kickoff event, incoming freshmen and their families are invited to take part in one of two Freshman Induction Ceremonies, an IU tradition for more than 70 years. Presiding over each 45-minute induction ceremony will be IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Karen Hanson, executive vice president and provost of IU Bloomington. Participants will also will learn "Hail to Old IU," the official alma mater, and hear about some of the university's ceremonial traditions before adjourning to an induction picnic.

Welcome Week helps incoming IU Bloomington students prepare for the college experience and is designed to connect students with the people, places and resources of IU.

"When students feel more comfortable and connected with their surroundings, they can focus more easily, they are more likely to reach out for assistance when they need it, and they feel more 'at home,'" said Associate Director of First Year Experience Programs and Director of Orientation Programs Melanie Payne, who coordinates the week. "They are more likely to be successful and graduate from Indiana University. We plan Welcome Week with that in mind -- to help students connect with the opportunities and people at IU."

"Welcome Week isn't only the kickoff to fall semester -- it's the opportunity to make new friends, experience the excitement of campus and learn about the culture of Indiana University," said IU junior Annie Rowland.

"Welcome Week is my favorite time of the entire year," said IU junior Malena Zook. "There is nothing better than so many new Hoosiers coming together in excitement for their journey at IU. Welcome Week made me feel like a part of the university -- it's exciting to know that the IU family is about to grow!"

In addition to events in all residential areas, the week's highlights at IU Bloomington include:

Wednesday, Aug. 24:

Thursday, Aug. 25:

Friday, Aug. 26:

Saturday, Aug. 27

Sunday, Aug 28

During the first two days of classes, IU Guides will be stationed throughout campus with maps and information to help students find their way.

Throughout the following weeks there will be a variety of events that include the IU Student Involvement Fair (Wednesday, Sept. 7), Mall Madness at College Mall (Thursday, Sept. 8), Freshman Family Weekend (Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18), Bloomington Multicultural Expo (Sunday, Sept. 18) and a Habitat for Humanity build (Sept. 29-Oct. 7), among many other activities.

Students can get daily Welcome Week updates and highlights on Twitter (follow OTeamatIU) and on Facebook ("like" IU First Year Experience Programs).

Additional information on campus welcome, student orientation activities

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