Welcome Week Means Bearkats are Back

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Activities Lined Up For Welcome Week
The Office of Student Activities will introduce incoming freshmen to SHSU and welcome the rest of campus back for the fall semester.

"Welcome Week is an opportunity for the university to put its best foot forward with the students and give them a warm welcome to college life,” said program coordinator Brandon Cooper. “It's an opportunity to familiarize as well as entertain them while they are transitioning into their new surroundings.”

On Aug. 20, Student Activities will teach students about the many traditions at SHSU during Ravenfest, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quad. Prizes such as televisions and gift certificates will be given away and students who have a meal plan will be allowed to eat through Aramark Dining Services.

On Aug. 21-22, the office and KSAM radio will host Bearkat Mania from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“Huntsville businesses and organizations have booths and giveaways to familiarize students with what the community has to offer,” Cooper said.

Students will be able to try their luck with the annual Casino Night, on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.

Games will include slot machines, black jack, craps and roulette, and participants will be given chips to play with that allow them a chance to win free prizes.

In addition, an expert on study skills will show students how to enhance their study habits and improve their grades with “Better Grades In Less Time” on Aug. 24.

The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

Events such as those held during Welcome Week help new students with the transition to college life while providing entertainment for both new and returning students, Cooper said.

“By attending these events, students walk away with a new perspective on what lies ahead for them at Sam Houston State University,” he said. “It also gives them a chance to learn things they didn't know previously and meet new people."

Welcome week will also include many other events, which will be held through Aug. 31. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.shsu.edu/calendar/ or call 936.294.3861.