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Week of Welcome

Fall 2021 WEEK OF WELCOME 

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What is WOW?

Week of Welcome (WOW) provides each student an opportunity to start the semester off right with signature programs and engaging activities. All programs and activities are designed to help you meet new people and get connected with the St. Petersburg campus community. Programs are hosted by a variety of offices to get you connected and learn more about what our campus has to offer! We are here to help you chart your path to success.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

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GET READY FOR WOW

WEdnesday, August 18th 

Information Tent |9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Fountain

Not sure where to go with all your first-week-of-school questions? Need direction to pick up your student ID? Look no further! We’ll be hanging out by the fountain to point you in the right direction. 

thursday, AUGUST 19TH

Information Tent |9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Fountain

Not sure where to go with all your first-week-of-school questions? Need direction to pick up your student ID? Look no further! We’ll be hanging out by the fountain to point you in the right direction. 

Hosted by: COMPASS Student Experience 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20TH

Information Tent |9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Fountain

Not sure where to go with all your first-week-of-school questions? Need direction to pick up your student ID? Look no further! We’ll be hanging out by the fountain to point you in the right direction. 

Hosted by: COMPASS Student Experience 

Get Ready for WOW |6:30 PM-7:30 PM | The Nest

Lets play BINGO! Come learn more about Week of Welcome and all the events happening the following week.

Hosted by: COMPASS Student Experience and Student Life & Engagement

 SATURDAY, august 21st

First-Year Convocation| Launches at 11 AM | Click Here!

First-Year Convocation is the official university welcome for new first-year students and a tradition at USF St. Petersburg campus. During this inspiring event, the USF St. Petersburg Community comes together to kick off your academic journey.

All new first-year students, family members, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. To commemorate the ceremony, students will receive a USF St. Petersburg memento symbolizing their commitment to graduate in four years. Make sure you use #USFSPConvocation to share your experience! Since this year we will be hosting a virtual Convocation ceremony, students will be able to pick up their memento during Peer Coach reveal on Saturday, August 21st, or during one of our Week of Welcome Tents on Monday, August 23rd or Tuesday, August 24th. 

Hosted By: COMPASS Student Experience

Peer Coach Reveal|5:00 PM - 6:00 PM |Bayboro Breezeway

Can we get a drumroll? The wait is over - it's time to find out who your Peer Coach is! During one of our favorite Week of Welcome traditions, you'll be able to connect with your PC and other first-year students. Your PC will be your go-to person for all things USF, so don't miss this chance to meet your newest BFF.

Hosted By: COMPASS Student Experience

Student Goverment Island Party Lūʻau | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM |The Edge

A great way to kick off the school year! There will be dancing, food, games with prizes, swimming, and more. Don’t miss out on this campus tradition; come get to know your Student Government leaders, and learn how to get involved.

Hosted By: Student Government

 SUNDAY, August 22nd

Explore the City of St. Petersburg! 

Take the day to explore your new city. Check out visit FLORIDA  and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater for their top places on where to explor St. Petersburg.

WEEK OF WELCOME | MONDAY, august 23rd

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Welcome Tent | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Harborwalk

Not sure where to go with all your first-week-of-school questions? Look no further! We’ll be hanging out on Harborwalk to point you in the right direction. 

Hosted By: COMPASS Student Experience 

Fraternity + Sorority Life Information Session | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM |TEAMS LINK

Are you interested in joining Fraternity and Sorority Life? Join the Student Life and Engagement and Fraternity and Sorority Life teams for a brief information session on how you can start your FSL Experience here at USF! Learn more about the four FSL Councils at USF (Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Association), upcoming FSL recruitment/intake events, and the benefits of joining a FSL organization. (Session 1 of 2)

Hosted By: Student Life and Engagement

Student Life Live! | 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Youtube/Facebook Live

This upcoming live show promotes the best of student life and offers engaging interviews and tips/tricks for students

Hosted By: Student Life and Engagement

Fraternity + Sorority Life Information Session | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Teams

Are you interested in joining Fraternity and Sorority Life? Join the Student Life and Engagement and Fraternity and Sorority Life teams for a brief information session on how you can start your FSL Experience here at USF! Learn more about the four FSL Councils at USF (Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Association), upcoming FSL recruitment/intake events, and the benefits of joining a FSL organization. (Session 2 of 2)

Hosted by: Student Life and Engagement 

#HowToCollege: Mastering Canvas & Decoding Your Syllabi |7:00 PM - 8:00 PM| Instagram: usf_nsc

With the first day of the summer semester just one day away, it's time to Get Ready for Classes! Join us at 7pm to learn more about how to utilize Canvas and decode your course syllabi to maximize your success and start the semester strong.

Hosted By: Department of Student Support Services/New Student Connections/COMPASS

Tuesday, August 24th 

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Welcome Tent | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Harborwalk

Not sure where to go with all your first-week-of-school questions? Look no further! We’ll be hanging out on Harborwalk to point you in the right direction. 

Hosted By: COMPASS Student Experience 

Umoja Breakfast |10:00 AM -11:30 AM | USC Ballroom

The Umoja breakfast is an annual breakfast geared towards students of color that connects students of color and faculty/staff of color. The purpose of the breakfast is to really assist first students of color with their transition to campus.

Hosted By: Office Multicultural Affairs

Graduate Students Welcome Tent |10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Harborwalk

Stop by the Office of Graduate Studies Welcome Tent on Harborwalk for free USF swag and information on other resources available for graduate students.

Hosted By: Office of Graduate Studies

Photo Scavenger Hunt | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Courtyard between Poynter Library and Bayboro Hall

Join the Orientation Leaders for this team-based scavenger hunt activity! You'll work together to decipher clues and explore campus, documenting your progress with photos along the way. When you arrive, you will be able to sign up as a team (max size 6) or as a free agent to be placed on a team. Don't be late! The hunt will commence right after we go over rules and break into teams. Check @usfsp_orientation on Instagram for updates in case of inclement weather.

Wednesday, August 25th 

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Green Wednesday | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Harborwalk

Green Wednesday, established at the Sarasota-Manatee campus in 2017, is an opportunity for the USF community to come together and showcase their Bull Pride! You can participate in this OneUSF tradition by wearing your favorite GREEN swag or come stop by the tent to grab your free green goodies!

Hosted By: COMPASS Student Experience Office

USF Education Abroad Information Table | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Outside the Nest

Interested in studying abroad? Stop by the USF Education Abroad table to learn more about your options as a USF student!

Hosted By: USF Education Abroad

Wednesday in the O: Welcome Edition | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | SLC Lobby

Wednesdays in the O is a signature event hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. This particular Wednesday in the O will be very social and interactive, which we will provide games and award students prizes. The program will focus on welcoming our new students to campus, while welcoming our upperclassmen back to campus. If you are interested in fun games, free prizes, and delicious food, we hope to see you there!

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs

Meet n' Greet: Find your Match with HAB! |6:00 PM - 8:00 PM| USC Ballroom 1

Are you interested in finding friends on campus? Maybe even your true love? Join HAB for Meet n' Greet: Find your Match happening Wednesday, August 25th at USC Ballroom 1 from 6 - 8pm.
You will have the opportunity to engage with other Bulls in this fun, fast-paced, face-to-face speed-dating style event!

Hosted By: Harborside Activities Board

Thursday, August 26th

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SLC 2nd Floor Open House | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Outside the SLC

Have you been to the second floor of the SLC? Come check us out and meet staff from the Wellness Center and Career Services while you have some free breakfast goodies! Learn about the free resources and services available to students and get some yummy coffee too! Open to students, staff, and faculty!

Hosted By: Wellness Center and Career Services

Get on Board Day | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Harborwalk

Get on Board Day is USF St. Petersburg campus' annual activities fair! Stop by to meet student organizations, campus departments, and off campus community organizations who want you to GET INVOLVED!

Hosted By: Leadership and Student Organization

Fall Civic Engagement Fair| 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | USC Ballrooms

The Center for Civic Engagement will host representatives from approximately 20 community partners to introduce the mission of their organization, as well as recruit students interested in volunteering or interning with them. Possible interest areas include food insecurity, the environment, and health.

Hosted By: Center for Civic Engagement

Resume Relay Table Harborwalk| 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Harborwalk

Stop by the Career Services Resume Relay activity! Challenge your friends to see who can solve our resume puzzle activity faster! Free giveaways and lots of Resume and Job Advice!

Hosted By: Career Center

*Rescheduled to September 9th!*

What's Your Leadership Style? | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | The Edge

Join us for a fun and interactive exploration of the way your unique personality traits impact your leadership style. Be ready to move around the room, meet other students, and live your leadership!

Hosted By: Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership

Friday, August 27th 

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** POSTPONED**

Family Reunion | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM |Harborlawn

We are back! Students, faculty and staff- it has been too long! Come on out to our Family Reunion to see some old faces and meet a lot of new family members as we welcome all of our new students to the USF St. Petersburg campus. There wil be free food, DJ playing music, and lots of engagement with our campus community.

Hosted By: Student Life & Engagement

Move Night: Mr. and Mrs. Smith | 7:30 PM |The Reef

Come unwind after the first week of the fall semester!

Hosted By: Student Life & Engagement

Saturday, august 28th

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Transfer Welcome Day| 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM | SLC

Welcome to campus, transfers! Whether you are returning to campus in-person or this will be one of your first semesters, join us for a warm welcome. RSVP to Transfer Welcome Day for all the info you’ll need to start your semester out strong! We will have sessions featuring a warm welcome, campus resources, how to prepare for the fall semester, a tour, and more! Be sure to complete the attached Form to indicate what sessions you’re interested in attending during the event. https://bit.ly/TransferWelcomeDayF21 

Hosted by: COMPASS Student Experience Office