Weekend of Welcome 2017

August 15-19: Week of Welcome (WOW) is a campus-wide set of programs and activities introducing new first-year and transfer students to the Baldwin Wallace experience.

Week of Welcome

Office of Student Life

(440) 826-2356, orientat@bw.edu

August 15-19, 2018

Week of Welcome (WOW) takes place the five days prior to the start of classes. Sessions are designed to be a continuation of your summer orientation experience.  You will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and fellow students, and discover the many opportunities our campus has to offer.  There are also plenty of social events to help you meet new people and have fun!

WOW is for all new (residential, commuters, first-year and transfer) students, and attendance at many of the sessions is required, so please plan on being on campus for the week.

There is no need for parents/families to stay after moving students to campus. WOW activities are for students only.

Schedules for Conservatory Students and Fall Student-Athletes

Students in the Conservatory of Music and student-athletes participating in fall sports, have modified schedules for WOW. Please click on the appropriate link below for your particular group for details.

Schedule for Students

Schedule is subject to change. Final schedule will be provided at check-in.

($) - Cost applies. Use your Jacket Express card or cash.

Wednesday, August 15

Move-in Information

If you are planning to live on campus this fall, move-in for all new students is August 15 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. We will send more specific move-in details and tips to your BW email as WOW approaches.

2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

New Student Check-In - required for all students
*Commuter Student Check-In 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.*

Union Lobby (Strosacker Hall) 
At check-in you receive:

  • WOW booklet, which contains the schedule for the week
  • Ticket to attend the color group reunion cookout
  • Wristband to attend the kickoff entertainment

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Color Group Reunion Cookout
Union West Lawn (Rain site - Union Ballroom)

8 p.m.

WOW Kickoff - required for all students
Lou Higgins Recreation Center

9:30 p.m.

The Human iPod Entertainment
Student Activities Center (SAC)

Thursday, August 16

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Placement Exams - English
Marting Hall, Room 209

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Meet Your School - required for all students
Various locations around campus

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Work Study Fair
Union Lobby (Strosacker Hall)

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

WOW Fest
North Quad (Rain site: Lou Higgins Recreation Center)

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

You, Me, & Diversity - Round 1 -required for all students
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Dinner is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Commuter Activity Board Cookout
For commuter students only
Heritage Hall Courtyard (Outside Commuter Lounge)

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

You, Me, & Diversity - Round 2 - required for all students
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Evening with the Hypnotist
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Friday, August 17

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Placement Exams
Mathematics and Computer Science Building

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lunch is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Meet Your Advisor - required for all students
Various locations on campus

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Class Photo - required for all students
Carmel Lawn

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Convocation - required for all students
Lou Higgins Recreation Center

4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Convocation Reception - required for all students
East Grand Street Walkway

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Be a Catalyst for Change: Creating a Safe Campus Culture at BW - Round 1
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Luau Dinner
West Lawn of the Union (Rain site - Union Ballroom)

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Be a Catalyst for Change - Creating a Safe Campus Culture at BW - Round 2
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

9:30 p.m.

The choice is yours:

Bonfire at the Circle of Warmth
Sponsored by Office of Residence Life
Circle of Warmth (West Lawn)

Prism Concert Preview
Fanny Nast Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

Saturday, August 18

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Breakout Informational Sessions

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lunch is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Social Networking Event - required for all students
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Line Dancing Lessons
Sandstone III, Union (Strosacker Hall)

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Social Networking Event - required for all students
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Dinner is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Meet the Fraternity and Sorority Community
North Quad (Rain site: Lou Higgins Recreation Center)

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Inflatables/Ice Cream
Sponsored by Greek Council
North Quad (Rain site: Lou Higgins Recreation Center)

10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

WOW Luau Dance Party
Student Activities Center (SAC)

Sunday, August 19

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Church Services
On & off campus

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lunch is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Class Schedule Tours/Information Table
Lobby, Union (Strosacker Hall)

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Dinner is available ($)
Ballroom, Union (Strosacker Hall)

9:30 p.m.

Residence Hall Floor Meetings