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Friday, August 10, 2012

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IU welcomes new and returning students to campuses across the state

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Aug. 10, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University will begin welcoming new and returning students to its eight campuses next week.

Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 20, at IU Bloomington, IU Kokomo, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Classes at IU East, IU Northwest, IU South Bend and IU Southeast are back in session on Monday, Aug. 27.

On the Bloomington campus, the Office of First Year Experience Programs and campus programming partners host Welcome Week, which helps incoming students learn about and connect with people, places, services and opportunities at IU.

"Familiarity breeds comfort and confidence," said Melanie Payne, associate director of First Year Experience Programs and director of New Student Orientation, who coordinates the week. "We plan Welcome Week with all that in mind; it is designed to familiarize students with all that IU has here for them: the people, the connections, the services. When students become comfortable and confident, they are more likely to reach out for help or ask questions. And, at IU, the support and opportunities are just waiting for them."

While a complete list of Welcome Week activities is available online, signature events on the Bloomington campus include:

IU's "party animals," those personified animal figurines that represent the university's Street Smart campaign for personal safety, will be visible throughout the week. Incoming students can also use the free SCVNGR smartphone application to explore the Bloomington campus and earn points toward free prizes. Follow Welcome Week news on Facebook and on Twitter at @IUBloomington and @IUFYE, and use the hashtag #IUWW12 for all the latest updates.

IU's other campuses also host events to welcome incoming students, including:

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