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August 26, 2004
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
Welcome Week Introduces Students To A New Year
Beginning a college career is a major change for high school graduates who must adjust to new friends, new classes and new surroundings. Those same challenges face transfer and non-traditional students.
South Dakota Tech uses the annual Welcome Week to help students transition successfully to life at the university. During the week, students meet each other, visit fraternity and sorority houses, memorize the school song and learn secrets to college success.
Tech’s Welcome Week begins Saturday, Aug. 28, and continues through Friday, Sept. 3. The highlights include:
Saturday, Aug. 28
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: New students move into residence halls.
Sunday, Aug. 29
6 p.m.: Students compete for prizes donated by local businesses during Prize-A-Palooza, a new ice-breaker designed by Tech’s orientation team.
8 p.m.: Comedian and speaker Wendi Fox brings the “Alcohol Insanity Tour” to the Surbeck Center Ballroom to teach students about how alcohol abuse has become a national catastrophe. Fox draws from her own personal experience of being raised in an alcoholic environment to demonstrate the dangers of alcohol abuse.
Monday, Aug. 30
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Students get to know Rapid City by visiting parks, tourist attractions and businesses.
7 p.m.: Travelin’ Max uses music, conga lines and giveaways to teach South Dakota Tech traditions, including the school song, to incoming freshmen. Also during the show, freshmen receive their green beanies. Tradition holds that the frosh, as they are known, will wear the beanies until halftime of the M-Week football game September 25.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
5 p.m.: President’s Picnic, Quad
7 p.m.: New and returning students learn how to handle common college life situations during Student Life Skits, performed by staff, faculty and students in the King Center.
Friday, Sept. 3
9 p.m.: Students attend the Welcome Back Dance, the first big party of the year held in the Quad.
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