After a summer of sunshine and freedom, Thunderbirds are flocking back to Southern Utah University and as soon as they land they'll be greeted with six days of activities and events from a comedian to a concert and even a paint dance at the 2013 Welcome Week.
SUU Student Association (SUUSA) is bringing all of campus a weeklong series of events to help acclimate all students to campus, from the skilled senior to the fledging freshmen. All events are free, family friendly, interactive and most importantly, memorable.
But freshmen aren't the only newcomers on campus this fall; along with the 1,300 plus new students another new member of the T-Bird family is Interim President Rich Kendell.
Encouraging all students to actively engage themselves in campus activities, clubs, organizations and events, President Kendell said he will be at every event manageable and participate in as many activities as possible.
"I am looking for ways, just like all students should be, to engage myself with everything this campus has to offer," he stated. "From the arts to athletics to convocations, you have a chance to learn, to create, to explore, don't just sit at home. So start with Welcome Week, it will be a chance to reconnect yourself to the University."
Running from August 26-31, each day of Welcome Week will bring new activities at locations all across campus and even Cedar City to, as Lance Lowry, SUUSA vice president of activities, stated, "Rekindle the fire and give a renewed sense of pride to carry you through the rigors of school."
The 2013 Welcome Week includes:
Monday, August 26
The wall-to-wall fun will begin Monday, August 26 with the annual BBQ on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are welcome to come to the Rotunda in the Sharwan Smith Student Center between classes to enjoy free food and activities sponsored by SUU's ROTC.
Tuesday, August 27
The fun will continue with a chuckle, a cackle and maybe even a giggle at Tuesday’s night comedian, Jeff Dye. With Jeff Dye being a campus favorite, arrive at the Centrum earlier then the 8 p.m. start time to get a good seat.
Wednesday, August 28
Starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28 activities will be lasting throughout the day. Beginning with the Women's Soccer game at 10 a.m. against University of California-Santa Barbara. Jumping then to the Sharwan Open, the first ever miniature golf tournament taking place throughout the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go through all 10 holes to win prizes.
The Gerald R. Sherratt Library will be welcoming all students to come to the Library on Wednesday and Thursday with candy, library swag and a chance to take a photo with the bust of Jerry Sherratt.
Thursday, August 29
Spreading the thunder past campus boundaries, Paint the Town will shut down Main Street from 5-9 p.m. bringing the entire Cedar City community a family friendly event with vendors and activities for all ages. Literally painting the town red, chalk will be available to add a splash of color to the streets and anyone can help paint a mural located between Pastry Pub and Centro Pizza on Center Street.
Along with an opportunity to win prizes and score amazing deals from local businesses, Paint the Town will also feature the Los Angeles band Radical Something at 7:30 p.m. on Main Street.
Friday, August 30
Proving that the student voice matters, SUUSA will be screening the Hollywood Blockbuster "Now You See Me" at 9 p.m. on the Practice Fields west of the Eccles Coliseum. The student body chose this movie and all are welcome to attend the free event. Be sure to bring blankets, couches, pillows or beanbags to make yourself comfortable.
Saturday, August 31
The culminating event is a campus favorite and will be a flurry of activity, and paint. The second annual Paint Dance will run from 8:30-11:30 p.m. on the Practice Fields west of the Eccles Coliseum. Wear white and be prepared to leave a different then you came.