USF Week of Welcome Underway

The spring semester Week of Welcome celebration puts some new twists on old traditions.


Food is always a staple during Week of Welcome celebrations. Photo credit: File photo


By Daylina Miller News Writer


TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2011) – Free food. Loud music. Games and giveaways. These are the staples of any successful college event. The University of South Florida’s bi-annual Week of Welcome (WOW), which occurs the beginning of the spring and fall semesters, is no different.


The spring WOW is in its third consecutive year and is kicking it up a notch with some new twists to old traditions with events like the graffiti glow dance party in the Marshall Student Center (MSC) ballroom and a pirate invasion in the MSC amphitheater.


“It’s an opportunity for current and new students to come and meet one another, eat free food, and do activities,” said Jessy Rosenberg, assistant director for New Student Connections. “We facilitate the mixing so students can find some commonality.”


Here’s what various organizations and departments at USF have in store for you next week:


Monday, Jan. 10:


Campus Welcome Stations 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Need to be steered in the right direction? Look for New Student Connections at Welcome Stations at Cooper Hall, the SVC breezeway and the chemistry building, where you can meet USF staff and current students who are there to provide directions to your classes and other useful USF info.


Commuter Coffee Break 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Interact with new and returning students at Maple Drive between the Sun Dome and business building. Enjoy coffee and bagels and be sure to pick up a WOW brochure.


Tuesday, Jan. 11:


Commuter Coffee Break 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Interact with new and returning students at Lot 8C near Engineering II and III.


Involvement Invasion 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join the Center for Student Involvement as the Marshall Student Center lawn becomes invaded by more than 70 student organizations/departments for this Gasparilla-inspired Patio Tuesday. Learn how to get involved on your campus, while enjoying free food, music and pirate-themed activities and giveaways.


Wednesday, Jan.12:


Commuter Coffee Break 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Interact with new and returning students at Lot 9A near the psychology building.


Taste of the Arts 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Enjoy free food, music and art in the Fine Arts courtyard.


Welcome Business Bulls 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Come out to the covered walkway in front of the business building to meet other business bulls and enjoy free food and a live DJ. Free College of Business t-shirts will be given out to declared business majors with a USF I.D. while supplies last.


Transfer Mixer 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Come out and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with the Office of New Student Connections at the MSC, Room 3707. Here you can learn how to get involved, make friends, eat great food and play some fun games – like speed-connecting, a fun version of speed-dating without the dating part and human poker – for a chance to win prizes.


Hot Chocolate Social 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Join current and future educators at the College of Education rotunda to learn more about the college and meet your classmates while beating the chill with a steaming cup of cocoa.


Movies on the Lawn 9 p.m.
Join the Campus Activities Board as they feature The Social Network with free popcorn and soda. Head out to the MSC lawn, or if it’s raining, the Oval Theatre.


Thursday, Jan. 13:


Commuter Coffee Break 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Interact with new and returning students at the East side of the Collins Parking Garage.


Learn.Connect.Lead 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Want to develop your skills as a student leader at USF? Come out to Learn.Connect.Lead, a leadership opportunities fair that showcases various student leader positions available around campus. Sponsored by New Student Connections and Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and held in the MSC Ballroom.


Greek Expo II  5:30p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Join the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and learn more about the 42 chapters on campus, what recruitment looks like and what to expect as a member of a fraternity or sorority. Free food and refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority Life at the Marshal Student Center Ballroom.


Friday, Jan. 14:


First Year and Transfer Meet and Greet 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

New Student Connections welcomes all first year and transfer students to their meet and greet to eat free food, listen to great music, play some games and meet new friends in MSC, Room 3200. Stop by to speak to current students, take a tour of the office and learn about opportunities to get involved and connected to campus. Students who stop by wearing green and gold attire will receive snacks and a free promotional item. 


Centre Gallery opening reception 7p.m. - 9 p.m.
Stop by Centre Gallery in MSC, Room 2700, to enjoy the conclusion of the week-long "Interactive Art" exhibit, hosted by the Centre Gallery and College the Arts Council. The reception will feature free food and live performances by students from the College of the Arts. 


Bulls Nite Out: Graffiti Glow 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
The Campus Activities Board will be hosting a glow in the dark dance party in the MSC Ballroom. They’ll give you a white t-shirt and highlighters to decorate your own shirt and write on the shirts of others. Students can also participate in glow-in-the-dark mini golf and laser tag and grab some free food.

Saturday, Jan. 15:


Stampede of Service  8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

SOS is USF's largest day of service. Students will meet up at the MSC Amphitheatre bright and early to spend time with friends or with their student organizations to have a positive impact on the community by serving more than 60 organizations in the Tampa Bay. SOS is projecting more than 3,500 students in attendance for SOS 2011. The deadline to register has passed for this event so be sure to sign up this fall for SOS 2012.


For more information, please visit the WOW website at


Daylina Miller covers student activities and trends. She can be reached at 813-500-8754