School of Mines News
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August 25, 2005
Contact: Breanna Bishop, Information Specialist, 394-2693
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.
The School of Mines 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 Sunday, Aug. 28, and continues through Friday, Sept. 2. The highlights include:
Sunday, Aug. 28
6:30 p.m.: Students compete for prizes donated by local businesses during Prize-A-Palooza, an ice-breaker activity.
8 p.m.: During “Happy Hour,” speaker Bernie McGrenahan draws on personal experience to teach students about alcohol abuse in the Surbeck Center Ballroom.
Monday, Aug. 29
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Students get to know Rapid City by visiting parks, tourist attractions and businesses.
6:30 p.m.: “The Ultimate Road Trip” is an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of getting involved on campus and ways to do so.
8:00 p.m.: Travelin’ Max uses music, conga lines and giveaways to teach School of Mines 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. 30
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
8 p.m.: Students attend the Welcome Back Dance, the first big party of the year held in the Quad.
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