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First Week scheduled for new students Aug. 20-24

August 10, 2015
By cnp
Posted in Community Events

University of the Ozarks will welcome its incoming freshman class on Aug. 20-24 with First Week, a series of events to help new students become oriented to college life at the University.

Ozarks is expecting approximately 250 new freshmen and transfer students for the Fall 2015 Semester. Classes officially begin on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

First Week, presented by the Student Life Office, will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, with the opening of the residence halls for moving in. There will be a welcoming ceremony for new students and their families at 2 p.m. and a president’s welcome picnic at 6 p.m. that evening.

The annual Matriculation Ceremony will continue to be one of the First Week highlight at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, followed by lunch for students, parents and the campus community. The weekend will also include small group information sessions, a closing ceremony, opening convocation and a variety of guest speakers and entertainers.

"There will be some traditional events such as Matriculation, but there will also be some exciting new additions as well as improvements to some old favorites," said Emma Curry, director of campus activities. "The many people responsible for recruiting students to Ozarks have outdone themselves this year to bring in a large and motivated group of students. Now we’re excited and geared up to welcome these students and get them engaged the right away."



Thursday, August 20
9:00 am                        Residence Halls Open for New Student Move-in
11:00 am – 1:00 pm      Lunch – Seay Student Center
2:00 pm                        New Student and Family Welcome – Walton, Seay Theatre
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm        Special Interest Sessions – Boreham Business Building
5:00 pm                        Matriculation Rehearsal –Walton, Seay Theatre
6:00 pm                        Dinner – President’s Welcome Picnic – President’s Home
7:30 pm                        T-Shirt Mania and Ozarks Outdoors Activities – Campus Mall  
9:00 pm                        Residence Hall Meetings          
10:00 pm                      Ice Cream Social – Smith/King Plaza

Friday, August 21
7:00 – 10:00 am            University Coffee Shop (open for drop in cash and credit customers)
7:30 – 9:30 am              Breakfast – Seay Student Center
8:00 – 10:00 am            Commuter & Late Arrival Registration– Seay Student Center
10:00 am                      Matriculation Line up – Walton Lobby
10:30 am                      Matriculation Ceremony- Walton, Seay Theatre
12:00 pm                      Matriculation Luncheon – Family Farewells – Seay Student Center
2:15 pm                        Ozarks Experience Break-Out Sessions – Individual Classrooms
3:00 pm                        Hooray! Building a Community of Classmates! ft. Stephen Gray – RCC
4:30 pm                        OL – Small Group Sessions – Individual classrooms
6:00 pm                        Dinner – Seay Student Center
7:30 pm                        Creative Dating ft. Stephen Gray – Walton, Seay Theatre
9:00 pm                        Mixer – Smith/King Plaza

Saturday, August 22
7:30 – 9:30 am              Breakfast – Seay Student Center
10:00 – 12:00 pm          OL – Small Group Sessions – Individual Classrooms
12:00 – 1:30 pm            Lunch – Seay Student Center
1:30 – 2:30 pm              Rapid Fire Informational Sessions – Walton, Seay Theatre
3:00 pm                        Women’s Soccer Exhibition Game – Hurie Field
6:00 pm                        Dinner – Seay Student Center
8:00 pm                        Hypnotist, CJ Johnson – Walton, Seay Theatre

Sunday, August 23
Carpool to local churches
1:30 – 3:00 pm              University 101 – Walton, Seay Theatre
3:00 – 4:00 pm              OL – Small Group Sessions – Individual Classrooms
5:30 – 7:30 pm              Dinner & Closing Ceremony – RCC & Walton, Seay Theatre
9:00 – 11:00 pm            Free Movie Night, Clarksville Cinema

Monday, August 24
9:00 – 12:00 pm            Transfer Orientation – Cumberland Room, Cafeteria
1:00 – 3:00 pm              Work-Study Job Fair – Rogers Conference Center
7:00 pm                        Opening Convocation – Walton, Seay Theatre
7:30 pm                        Opening Activities – Campus Mall