New students welcomed with week of activities

SF State will host 3,700 new freshmen and 3,600 new transfers from Aug. 23-28 for Welcome Days, an annual week of activities for new Gators and their families.

A photo of SF State Welcome Days in 2008.The week is aimed at welcoming incoming students and their families into the SF State community, orienting them to life as a Gator and providing them with information on a variety of SF State resources including academics, residence life and student life.

"We want students and their families to really feel like they are a part of the SF State community," said Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell. "We want to get them connected to resources on campus that will help them succeed while they're here and to give them opportunities to connect with their peers as well as with the broader campus community."

Events and programs include academic and student life open houses, a reception with key administrators, information on challenges faced by incoming students, a talent show and a movie on the lawn. Programs specifically designed for parents of new students include a panel on residence life, information on safety and wellness resources at SF State and the Parent and Family Program dinner.

"The entertainment in the evenings is popular among students," Greenwell said. "The talent show is always packed."

The University requests all incoming students attend Welcome Days on Aug. 24 and highly encourages them to participate in all Welcome Days events throughout the week. Activities on Aug. 23 are geared to new students who will live on campus and their families. In keeping with SF State's nationally recognized commitment to community involvement, student volunteers will fan out across campus and the city on Aug. 25 for a day of service. The week will conclude on Aug. 27 and 28 with events to welcome back returning students.

Students must RSVP for Welcome Days by Saturday, Aug. 18. For a full schedule of Welcome Days events, frequently asked questions and to RSVP, visit http://www.sfsu.edu/~welcome.

-- Jonathan Morales