WMU News

WMU back-to-school events

August 27, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Monday, August 31, marks the first day of classes and the beginning of WMU's fall semester. The preceding weekend and the first part of the week are full of activities and highly visual events that provide good opportunities to note the arrival on the WMU campus of thousands of new and returning students. Students will begin moving into the residence halls at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and a large group of volunteer "Bronco Buddies" will be on hand to assist in the move. Large numbers of students will be found at the WMU Bookstore and the Bronco Mall in the Bernhard Center and at the Student Employment Referral Service in Ellsworth Hall. Sunday, Aug. 30, Western Welcome Week will begin. Bronco Bash, the largest and most visual student gathering, will take place Monday, Aug. 31, as the whole campus community gathers for the annual street fair in the Fountain Plaza near Miller Auditorium.

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Bronco Volleyball Sept 1 and Sept 4-5
CommUniverCity Night Football Sept 3
Ultimate Tailgate Sept 3
Bronco Bash
Aug 31
Bronco Stampede
Aug 30
Gold Rush Aug 30
Nontraditional and Graduate Student Services Fair Aug 26

Getting to know you just got a whole lot easier -- On Sunday, Aug. 30, introverts and extroverts will get together from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Waldo Stadium for the Bronco Stampede, an entirely new Western Welcome Week activity. The stampede will allow new students -- including freshman, transfer and international students -- to meet one another and get acquainted through organized ice breakers and team building and group interaction exercises. A collaborative effort sponsored by a variety of student-oriented offices, the event promises to be a fun way for an expected crowd of 1,500 to 2,000 new students to get to know each other better. In case of rain, the stampede will take place in the University Arena in Read Fieldhouse. For more information about the event, persons may contact Stevan J. Veldkamp, assistant director of student life, at (616) 387-2115.

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New students get into the spirit of things -- Immediately following the Bronco Stampede Sunday, Aug. 30, new WMU students will have a chance to learn how to be better Broncos during a special event just for them. The 12th annual "Gold Rush: An Introduction to Spirit and Tradition" is scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. in Waldo Stadium. About 3,000 students are expected to turn out to hear a welcoming address by WMU President Elson S. Floyd and take a crash course in how to sing the alma mater and fight song. The event will feature presentations by Dean of Students Diane K. Swartz and student leaders as well as appearances by the Bronco Marching Band and Buster Bronco. The students also will be reunited with their former orientation leaders. Following the program participating students will move to Hyames Field, where pizza and music will be provided and they will be encouraged to mingle with administrators as well as faculty and staff members. In case of rain, Gold Rush will take place in the University Arena in Read Fieldhouse. For more information about the event, persons may contact Stevan J. Veldkamp, assistant director of student life, at (616) 387-2115.

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18th Annual Bronco Bash just keeps getting better -- Bronco Bash '98 is set for 3 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in the Fountain Plaza near Miller Auditorium. More than 17,000 students and campus community members are expected to attend the 18th annual event, which is a welcome-back-to-campus celebration for the University and Kalamazoo communities. It also is designed to introduce new students to campus and community resources. With nearly 400 booths available, students will be able to peruse the wares of area merchants and get information about University departments and student organizations. This year's Bronco Bash also will incorporate WMU's annual Volunteer Opportunities Fair, which seeks to match student volunteers with area nonprofit agencies. Novelty entertainment activities at the bash will include the popular Orbitron as well as Bouncy Boxing, Human Bowling, and the M-4 motion simulator. A festival atmosphere will prevail as students sample cotton candy and elephant ears while they enjoy the entertainment. Three area radio stations will be broadcasting live from the bash and those attending also will hear performances by several popular area bands. The bash is being coordinated by the Campus Activities Board and the Office of Student Life. It is being sponsored by Apple Computers, Kinko's, Centennial Wireless, Grand Valley Co-op Credit Union, WIDR, WKFR and WRKR. For more information about the bash, persons may contact Todd T. Hufford, coordinator of campus programming in the Office of Student Life, at (616) 387-2115.

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Food, football and fireworks on schedule as 'CommUniverCity' crowds gather for fall's biggest sports event -- The newly completed Bill Brown Alumni Football Center and a possible record game attendance of 35,000 will help set the stage for the launch the 1998 Bronco football season. The fifth annual CommUniverCity Night game Thursday, Sept. 3, will feature the Broncos' season opener against Northern Illinois University beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Waldo Stadium. As in past years, the event will feature private tailgate parties in a 53-tent Corporate Village set up on nearby Hyames Field. A record crowd of about 10,000 is expected to attend the tailgate parties from 5 to 7 p.m. and they will be entertained by the U.S. Navy's "Top 40 Band." The game will get under way following the traditional coin toss, which will be done this year by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Thomas Richards, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command. In use for the first time during the evening game will be the corporate suites that are part of the newly completed Bill Brown Alumni Football Center at Waldo Stadium. The dual purpose areas serve as coaches' offices except on game days. The center also includes new locker rooms for visiting and home teams, an auditorium and facilities for training, strength and conditioning. For more information about CommUniverCity Night, persons should contact Irene L. Bracken, coordinator of corporate relations in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, at (616) 387-3062.

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Students to join community celebration with 'Ultimate Tailgate' -- While CommUniverCity participants gather to celebrate the start of the football season, WMU students will gather for their own pre-game celebration, called the Ultimate Student Tailgate. The event is set for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, at Kanley Track. This free event will feature games, prizes and refreshments (of the non-alcoholic variety). To participate, students simply show their WMU ID. For more information about the tailgate, persons may contact Dr. William C. Gross, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation, at (616) 387-2695.

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Resources showcased for graduate and nontraditional students -- Graduate and nontraditional students -- those over age 25 -- will have a chance to become better acquainted with the University during an event Wednesday, Aug. 26. The annual Nontraditional and Graduate Student Services Fair is set for 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. As many as 400 students are expected to attend and take advantage of the opportunity to take care of such business as securing a student identification card, purchasing a parking sticker or even having their blood pressure checked. More than 40 University offices and departments will be on hand to meet with students and review the services and resources that are available to assist them. On-site child care will be provided and refreshments will be served. A series of door prizes will be awarded during the event. They include a $150 voucher for course work through the Division of Continuing Education and three credit hours of graduate tuition. For more information about the event, persons should contact Julie A. Scrivener in the Graduate College at (616) 387-3570.

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Lots of first-week volleyball action and excitement -- Opening night for the 1998 Bronco volleyball campaign, Sept. 1, will feature a contest versus Chicago State followed by a "Meet the Team" reception. It is a busy opening week for the Broncos, who host the "Bronco Spike-Tacular," Sept. 4-5, and will face Kansas and Auburn in that tournament. Volleyball versus Chicago State begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, at University Arena. The "Meet the Team" reception will be held immediately following the contest and is open to everyone attending the opening night contest. Refreshments will be served and players will be available for autographs. On Friday, Sept 4, WMU will meet Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) at 2:30 p.m. and Kansas in a contest beginning at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 5, the Broncos will face Wisconsin-Green Bay at 2:30 p.m. and Auburn beginning at 7:30 p.m. All contests are part of the "Bronco Spike-Tacular" tournament and will be played at University Arena. Other tournament contests, not involving the Broncos, begin at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For ticket information, call the Athletic Ticket Office at 616 387-3092 or toll free 888 4-WMU-TIX.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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