The annual Welcome Week activities took place this weekend to give a warm welcome to freshmen and transfer students as they began their journeys at ISU.
Kate Lafrenz, dean of students specialist, said the main purpose of Welcome Week is to connect new students to ISU resources and help them get acclimated to campus life.
“This week was a great way to start the year and show the freshmen what they can experience here at ISU,” Welcome Week intern Ryan Fernandez said.
Welcome Week, formally known as Passages, began Wednesday and ran through Sunday evening.
“As students move in, we do check-in, where they get a free academic planner and also an ID wallet with a schedule of the weekend events and information on the student code of conduct,” Lafrenz said.
Students also had the opportunity to enjoy a free magician show in the Brown Ballroom on Wednesday night. Lafrenz said approximately 600 students attended.
The free bowling, billiards and highlighter party at the Bowling and Billiards Center was also well received by students on Wednesday night.
“We had a zip line and giant waterslide Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. on the Quad, as well as a luau at night,” she said.
The luau was a main highlight of the weekend as it was complete with donated sandwiches and kitchen cooked chips from Famous Dave’s. Lafrenz said about 1,200 students were out on the Quad for the event.
“The luau was something new that we had this year,” she explained. “We were incredibly excited about the turnout of the luau.”
Approximately 3,000 students gathered in Braden Auditorium on Friday afternoon for their official academic welcome to the university.
President Flanagan as well as diversity speaker Hudson Taylor spoke to the new students at this required event.
The highlights of Friday included Meijer Mania, live band karaoke and free dinner on the Quad in the evening.
The Quad was invaded by ISU’s newest faces Saturday evening as they enjoyed free Papa John’s pizza and an outdoor concert by the band Sleeperstar.
Up Late @ State hosted “Glow it Up” on Schroeder Plaza, which was complete with glow sticks and complementary food and beverages.
The schedule of events for Sunday included an outdoor adventure trip, Milner Library orientation and Kickoff ‘Que.
Welcome Week is funded through the students’ fee of $35 that is added to their first year bill, Lafrenz said.
Lafrenz deemed this year’s Welcome Week a success based on the high participation levels at each event and the positive feedback she has received.
“Through overhearing conversations of students, we get a lot of positive comments about the events we host,” she added. Fernandez was also pleased with this weekend’s outcome.
“Welcome Week was a huge success this year,” Fernandez explained. “We had a lot of people turn out at the events and I feel like everyone really enjoyed themselves.”