Classes for the fall semester at WKU begin Aug. 24. Here are some key events and reminders:
Class of 2019 arrives Aug. 15-16 for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan
First-year students will begin arriving Aug. 15-16 for M.A.S.T.E.R. (Making Academic and Social Transitions Educationally Rewarding) Plan activities. (Check out the list of move-in times for residence halls.) M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan events begin Aug. 16 and continue through Aug. 20.
The M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan schedule features educational workshops and informational sessions as well as numerous other activities including Opening Ceremony, Class of 2019 photo, CloseUP Theatre Troupe performance, WK&U street festival, Big Red’s Blitz community service event and Campus and Community Involvement Fair.
Welcome Program for Commuter Students Aug. 16
Commuter Student Services will present a Welcome Program for Commuter Students on Aug. 16 at Downing Student Union. The event is designed to provide the information first-year and transfer commuter students need to help make their WKU experience as successful as possible. Registration will begin at 3 p.m. on the DSU third floor followed by the program from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. WKU President Gary Ransdell will welcome commuter students at 6:30 p.m. Commuter students will participate in the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Convocation at 8 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan educational sessions for first-year commuter students will be held Aug. 17.
President will welcome students, other groups to WKU
In addition to welcoming the Class of 2019 during a Meet and Greet for students and parents at noon Aug. 16 and during the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Convocation at 8 p.m. Aug. 16, WKU President Gary Ransdell will welcome Confucius Institute Chinese teachers at 5 p.m. Aug. 13; commuter students at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16; Gatton Academy first-year students at 7 p.m. Aug. 17; new WKU faculty members at 7 p.m. Aug. 18; international students at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 19; WKU student-athletes at 4 p.m. Aug. 23; Kelly Autism Program students at 5 p.m. Aug. 23; and Honors College first-year students at 7 p.m. Aug. 24.
WKU Owensboro Student Orientation Aug. 18
Student orientation sessions for WKU Owensboro students will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Badgett Conference Center at the WKU Owensboro campus. Students are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions. These orientation sessions introduce resources and opportunities available to students on the WKU Owensboro campus.
Residence halls open Aug. 20
Residence halls open for all non-M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan participants at 8 a.m. Aug. 20.
Academic Transitions Program Aug. 20-21
ATP (new student orientation) sessions will be conducted Aug. 20-21 at Downing Student Union.
WKU Glasgow New Student Orientation Aug. 20
Student orientation sessions for WKU Glasgow students will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Glasgow Community Room at the WKU Glasgow campus. Students are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions. These orientation sessions introduce resources and opportunities available to students on the WKU Glasgow campus.
Graduate student reception Aug. 20
A welcome reception for graduate students will begin at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Augenstein Alumni Center.
President’s Opening Convocation Aug. 21
The President’s Opening Convocation for faculty and staff will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 21 at Van Meter Hall.
Following the convocation, WKU Regional Campuses will host a meet and greet at WKU’s Faculty House. Remarks will begin at 10 a.m.
Ransdell Appreciation Night Aug. 22
The WKU Alumni Association’s Owensboro Chapter will host a Gary Ransdell Appreciation Night at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at WKU Owensboro, 4821 New Hartford Road. The event will feature an art demonstration by Aaron Kizer. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Welcome Back WKU Festival Aug. 26
The annual event, hosted by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at the South Lawn.
Welcome Back WKU Glasgow Aug. 26
WKU Glasgow will host its second annual “Welcome Back WKU Glasgow” at noon Aug. 26 to allow community businesses and organizations to share information and resources with students.
WKU Glasgow Military Student Services Center dedication Sept. 2
WKU Glasgow will celebrate the grand opening of its Military Student Services Center at 10 a.m. Sept. 2.
WKU Glasgow ‘Back to School Bash’ Sept. 2
WKU Glasgow will kick off the school year with its second annual “Back to School Bash,” sponsored by Service One Credit Union, to welcome back students at 10 a.m. Sept. 2.
Football Family Fun Night Sept. 3 at WKU Owensboro
WKU Owensboro will host a game-watching event Sept. 3 as WKU takes on Vanderbilt in the football season opener. The game will be shown on a screen on the WKU Owensboro lawn. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.; the game begins at 7 p.m.
WKU’s International Year of South Africa will begin in September with The Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela, a traveling exhibit of quilts at the Kentucky Museum. The exhibit will be open Sept. 8-Jan. 31. The exhibit opening reception on Sept. 9 will serve as the kickoff to International Year of South Africa events that will continue during the 2015-16 academic year. More than 30 International Year of South Africa events are already scheduled; visit the IYO calendar of events for the latest information about upcoming programming.
Veterans Upward Bound accepting students
Attention U.S. Military Veterans, Guardsmen and Reservists: Veterans Upward Bound at WKU is accepting new students for the fall 2015 semester. This free program includes refresher classes, financial aid advising, gas stipends, scholarships and more. To learn more, call (270) 745-5008.
Many offices and departments at WKU are using social media to connect with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Learn more at WKU’s Social Media directory at http://www.wku.edu/social/
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