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Sign up to take part in Fall Welcome activities

June 28, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Faculty and staff members are encouraged to get involved in the 2010 Fall Welcome week by participating in the program's campuswide activities and volunteering to help out during some of them.

Several deadlines are approaching for those interested in participating and volunteering for this year's program, which begins with early check-in Monday, Aug. 30, and officially runs from Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

Fall Welcome is a four-day program that all first-year students are expected to attend to help them make the academic and social transition to college life. Building on the summer orientation program, it connects first-year students with WMU, other students, and faculty and staff members.

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to assist with scheduled activities. The deadline to volunteer is July 2.

Volunteers will receive the official Fall Welcome T-shirt as well as a community service button. To volunteer, contact Eric Braman at fye-fall2@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2338.

All faculty members are invited to join the platform party at the Fall Welcome Matriculation Ceremony from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Miller Auditorium.

The ceremony will include an academic pledge and matriculation pinning, formally enrolling more than 3,300 new students and giving them an immediate sense of belonging to the WMU community. For the ceremony, administrators and faculty members should wear regalia, which may be ordered online at wmich.edu/regalia through Sunday, Aug. 1, free of charge.

Following the ceremony, faculty members are invited to attend a free pizza lunch in Miller Plaza. This Pizza with the Profs event is a great way to personally welcome new students and connect with them in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

To participate in the Matriculation Ceremony, Pizza with the Profs or both events, make reservations by Friday, Aug. 6, to Liz Ryan at fye-fall4@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2338.

For more information, visit First-Year Experience Programs online.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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