WOW 2014 Celebration

Week of Welcome 2014 is now a week of memories, take a look back at this year's events. 

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2014) - The Week of Welcome at University of South Florida is underway – starting with incoming freshmen arriving on campus and moving into their residence halls. More than 700 volunteers joined the Bull Haul to assist many of the 5,500 students that live on campus in the USF residence halls. 

The USF Football team stepped up and did the heavy lifting for students moving into the Argos Residence complex - view a video from USF Athletics with the players lending a helping hand and welcoming the new Bulls to campus by making their transition a little easier.

                                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Aimee Blodgett | USF News

The Bull Haul had a record number of volunteers this year, including the football team, and the efforts to assist their fellow Bulls was widely appreciated by both students and their parents. The Bull Haul program also provides an opportunity for incoming freshman to connect with new friends and feel the spirit of Bull pride.

                                                                                                                                                                                Video by Katy Hennig | USF News

The kick off celebration Thursday afternoon at the Marshall Student Center had Bulls dancing and cheering to ring in the new 2014 - 2015 school year. USF System President Judy Genshaft, USF Bulls Athletic Director Mark Harlan, USF Student Government President Jean Cocco and Vice President Rhondel Whyte led the festivities.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Aimee Blodgett | USF News

Capture – the class photo tradition that is now in it’s third year – brought the class of 2018 out to Corbett Soccer Stadium to stand together and spell out the iconic U-S-F on the soccer field. New Student Connections, USF Athletics, Herd of Thunder Marching Band, the Alumni Association, Housing and Residential Education, Wellness USF, and Student Government organized the annual tradition. New students braved the heat to join in on the fun cheering for the Bulls! 

                                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Eric Younghans | USF Health

Check out a behind the scenes video as students from University of South Florida's Class of 2018 line up into formation to spell out U-S-F for their class photo.

                                                                                                                                                                               Video by Katy Hennig | USF News

On Saturday, August 23, new Bulls gathered together to “Charge” and participate in community service around Tampa Bay. The event is similar to the Stampede of Service, which is held in the Spring, and gives students the opportunity to take part in cleaning up, planting and making their community a better place. This is the first time the "Charge" event has been held and it was an overwhelming success. The Center for Civic Leadership and Engagement organized the event.

                                                                                                                                Photo by Casper Yen | USF Housing and Residential Education

Monday, August 25th marked the first day of classes for USF Bulls. USF System President Judy Genshaft connected with students at the Marshall Student Center and greeted them on their first day.

                                                                                                                                                                           Photo by Aimee Blodgett | USF News

The Week of Welcome included Late Night at Campus Rec, giving students the chance to learn more about programs and classes offered. The night began with a high energy Zumba-thon, dodgeball tournament, obstacle courses and bicycle safety presentations. 

                                                                                                                                                                              Photo courtesy of Campus Recreation

USF's annual pep rally and comedy show, Round-Up, featured comedian Chris D'Elia along with Bulls favorites Rocky the Bull, President Genshaft, sports teams, coaches, cheerleaders, and The HOT Band, for a spirited evening full of Bull Pride!


To stay involved well into the semester visit New Student Connections here.