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Campus Life Spotlight: Winter WoW

Posted on Jan 25, 2011
WoW Team Leaders Welcome New Students to Campus.
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Campus Life Spotlight: Winter WoW

While other students were still enjoying the last few days of their winter break, a group of student leaders came back to campus early to help welcome the newest students to our UW-Superior community.  

The week of January 18th, Weekend of Welcome (WoW) team leaders learned about group dynamics, facilitation, and diversity. This training helps them to work with small groups of incoming students in order to provide them with a special and welcoming experience. According to Lead Student Anna Amys, "A liberal arts education places a lot of attention on diversity and our campus truly embodies this, so it is important that our team leaders are aware of the hate words and stereotypes that can be offensive not only to our international students, but to our domestic students as well."  

But training is not all work. Although they cover lots of information, it is also a fun experience. The team leaders get to know each other better through teambuilding activities and by hanging out during the training and WoW activities. The team leaders that assist with WoW participate because they want to share their UW-Superior experience with the new students. Lead Student Suzie Chung sums up the experience well, "Getting to meet the new students and helping them love UWS like I do is such a wonderful opportunity."  

Once the incoming students arrive to participate in Weekend of Welcome (WoW), they attend a number of educational sessions to learn about the various resources and services available to them at UW-Superior. However, it's also a week of fun activities to get them excited about being part of the campus life. Activities included bowling at Incline Station, MWC Fun Night, as well as laid back activities such as game night in the residence halls and making signs to cheer on the men's basketball team. During Friday's Explore the Twin Ports activities students either went swimming at The Edge Waterpark in Duluth or cheered on the men's hockey team at the Amsoil Arena.  

The Weekend of Welcome (WoW) program is important for a number of reasons. As Lead Student Anna Amys says, "I think WoW is a great program for incoming students because it allows them to kick off their first semester here in a fun fashion while introducing them to all of the resources we have here on campus and allowing them to form connections with other students, both new and returning, that will hopefully stay with them during the remainder of their time here."  

The Weekend of Welcome program is part of First Year Experience.

 

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