Welcome Days begins Aug. 22

New students and their families are invited to Welcome Days, five days of activities designed to introduce incoming freshman, transfer and international students to SF State’s campus community.

Photo of students gathered for Welcome Days Student Information Fair

Students congregate for Welcome Days' Student Information Fair.

Welcome Days features information sessions on a variety of topics, including tips for student success and opportunities for parents to attend panel discussions. New students will meet their administrators at the Faces of the Community program. University President Leslie Wong, Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell and other campus leaders will deliver remarks.

The activity schedule allows just as much time for fun as it does for learning. Movie night on the quad, a carnival on the west campus green, a scavenger hunt and the Student Life dance party will give new students a chance to interact with each other and make friends.

“Welcome Days gives participants an opportunity to develop their own support network from the first day they arrive on campus,” Greenwell said. “New students connect with faculty, staff and administrators and also just get a sense of the variety of events, programs and services available to them as SF State students.”

Photo of students gardening behind the Mary Park Residence Hall

Students tend the culinary garden located behind the Mary Park Hall dormitory.

For the first time students will experience their first college lecture as part of Welcome Days. Professor of English Language and Literature Bruce Avery will lead the lecture, “The Surly Sullen Bell: Why Shakespeare Now?” in the McKenna Theatre on Friday Aug. 23. The talk will examine how Shakespeare’s four hundred-year-old writings remain relevant for a 21st century audience.

Saturday’s activities will begin with the One Community Day of Service. San Francisco Recreation and Parks will help students beautify the Lake Merced area, while other groups of volunteers will work with Facilities to plant native, drought-resistant plants and a plot of culinary gardens.

Welcome Days begins with University Housing’s move-in day on Thursday Aug. 22 and culminates with the Student Information Fair Tuesday, Aug. 27. Monday Aug. 26 is the first day of fall semester classes.

For more information please visit: http://www.sfsu.edu/~welcome/

-- Gianna Devoto