Fall Welcome

 fall welcome/PASSPORT DAY

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A STEP graduate assistant directs students during Fall Welcome Passport Day.

Fall Welcome is a three-day program that assists first-year students with their academic and social transitions to college life. Building on the foundation created at summer orientation, Fall Welcome will connect first-year students with Western Michigan University, other students, faculty, and staff. All first-year students are expected to attend Fall Welcome.

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The STEP Program plans and facilitates a Fall Welcome Program on day three called Passport Day. 400+ incoming students are bused to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences from main campus where they receive a “passport” that serves as a guide for touring open labs and department offices and also includes presentations about time management, metacognition, and meeting the Student Success Center content tutors. Students receive a stamp in their passport for every location they visit. The students with the most stamps are awarded prizes at the STEP BBQ. CEAS Registered Student Organizations also provide demonstrations including viewing the canoe from the concrete canoe team, and the AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) performs acrobatic shows with their student built radio controlled airplanes. The Sunseeker, Baja, and Formula teams are also on hand and display their student built cars.