CSELO welcome week celebrates the university community

As the start of a new semester and a new year are in full swing, this year’s Welcome Week events have united the university community, students and faculty. The Center for Student Engagement, Leadership and Orientation (CSELO) organized the Welcome Week events which began at the start of classes and continued throughout the first week.

Welcome Week activities and events included Greek Life Open House, Flag Football Tournament, Twisted Thursday, Charger Pride BBQ, Helmet Disco and many more.

The week’s events kicked off Monday morning with a t-shirt giveaway at Bartels Student Activity Center (BSAC) and Charlie’s Snack Shack at Sheffield Hall Gazebo. On Tuesday, SCOPE held its TOTE-ally SCOPE event for BSAC undergraduates. Wednesday began with a Greek Life Open House located in the Bixler/Gerber quadrangle before the Graduate Student Engagement Fair took place in the Alumni Lounge. The festivities continued on September 1 with a flag football tournament hosted by Charger REC at Zolad Stadium on Thursday morning. Events continued Friday through Sunday with a trip to Lake Compounce and WestFest 2022, culminating in an outdoor movie night at the Bixler/Gerber quad on Monday night.

Jordyn Hackett-Slimm, criminal justice major and orientation coordinator for CSELO, encourages new students to get involved by using the Corq app to access daily events happening on campus. “All daily happenings on campus are posted on Corq where it lists dates, times and locations. Once a new student is connected to Corq, they can also use their pass to access events!” Hackett-Slimm also encourages students to check out Charger Connection for upcoming events on campus this semester.

“My favorite part of being a leader is creating new relationships and helping new students find their way,” says Hackett-Slimm. She remembers feeling overwhelmed as a new freshman. “I love being able to help others find their place here, whether as a member of an RSO [Recognized Student Organizations]or how to find a job on campus, or even just find their favorite place to study.

Hackett-Slimm says she believes Welcome Week can help “create a positive climate on campus” as a way for students to connect and that “Welcome Week is for all students and promotes conviviality through the various activities that occur. Taking the time to show up to just one event could be a great opportunity to meet someone new.

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Edward L. Robinett