Launching a New Academic Year

All members of the USF community prepare to welcome students to campus.

TAMPA, FLA. (Aug. 4, 2010) – August has arrived and the new academic year is right around the corner – actually even closer than many members of the USF community may think – with important opportunities for everyone on campus to help welcome students and contribute to the exciting launch of a new academic year.

Student Affairs would like to remind all employees that while classes don’t start until Monday, Aug 23, graduate and international students have already begun to arrive, and the campus will be alive with undergraduate students beginning on Monday, Aug. 16.

“In reality, the fall semester begins well before the first day of classes, and the entire university community needs to be ready to welcome – and to serve – new and returning students,” said Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Tracy Tyree.

“By the first day of classes, many students have already been on campus up to a week, preparing for the new semester and taking care of business. While we have made every effort to ensure that services such as dining, parking and transportation such as the Bull Runner are fully operational the week before classes start, I would like to encourage all departments to be prepared, as well.

“We’d like the entire campus community to think about its role in conveying a welcoming spirit for our students,” said Tyree.

A number of events are slated to take place before the first day of classes.

This year for the first time, a two-day, first-year student orientation targeted at out-of-state and international students will be held on Monday, Aug. 16 and Tuesday, Aug. 17. The final orientation for transfer students will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19.

On Wednesday, Aug. 18, the majority of residential first-year students will move into the residence halls across campus. Housing and Residential Education will conduct a central check-in process for all residence halls on Move-In Day, Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the Sun Dome between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. After checking in at the Sun Dome, students will proceed to their residence halls for move in.

On the afternoon of the 18th, New Student Connections will kick off its biggest Week of Welcome (WOW) ever at the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater – ten days of more than 100 activities. “We’d like to encourage all USF employees to be aware of the opportunities available for students during Week of Welcome and encourage students to participate,” said Keri Riegler, director of New Student Connections. Click here for a list of WOW events.

All USF employees will have the opportunity to help welcome students to campus by volunteering to serve at information stations across campus on Aug. 23 and 24. Details regarding sign up will be available shortly.

“There will be lots of activity all over campus and excitement as many new students arrive on campus to start their USF experience,” said Tyree. “Just by saying, ‘hello,’ or ‘welcome back,’ every member of our campus community can play a role in making an impact on our students as they begin a new academic year.”