Giving Students a Back to School Welcome
September 13, 2012
By Stephanie Thara
For many CSU campuses, the fall term has already kicked into high gear. At the beginning of the new school year, each of the 23 CSU campuses typically hosts a unique event to welcome incoming and returning students. The events bring a wave of school spirit that resonates throughout the entire campus, with university and Greek organizations participating to promote social interaction. Food vendors give students a taste of what they can nosh on throughout the year, and the campus offers a variety of services and resources to bolster student success. Fun and exciting welcome back activities for fall 2012 include:
- CSU Dominguez Hills hosted a “Block Party,” which included a Taco Tuesday, an outdoor movie screening, a live band, and a watermelon eating contest.
- As part of CSU Bakersfield’s Convocation Weekend, families attended the Roadrunner Parents Association "Family Day" luncheon, a carnival and resource fair for students, and a new student pinning ceremony.
- “Be a Part from the Start” welcomes students to CSU Channel Islands with opportunities to connect with other students and enhances their knowledge of the various resources available on campus.
- CSU Monterey Bay’s Otter Days featured a hypnotist, dating doctor, bike ride with Associated Students, root beer float giveaway, outdoor recreation excursion, pool party and cultural jam, among other events.
- CSU Stanislaus’ Warriors in the Quad looped students in with a Warrior game show, mini golf games, free snow cones, raffles, ring tosses, and giveaway prizes.
- Chico State greeted students with a “Tour de Taco” bike tour of popular taco trucks, the Sutter Sidewalk Ice Cream Social, and the opportunity to be in a unique photo shoot where students, faculty and staff filled in the numbers “1,” “2” and “5” to honor Chico State’s 125th Anniversary.
- Cal State East Bay opens the 2012 fall quarter with al Fresco—a festival that introduces new students to CSUEB life through students performances, obstacle courses, and club information booths.
- At Cal State Fullerton’s Discoverfest, students had the opportunity to learn more about activities, programs and clubs at the university while enjoying free food.
- Cal Maritime Homecoming Weekend 2012 in October will help new students get acquainted through a “meet and greet” with President Cropper, Oktoberfest luncheon, bonfire and s’mores, oral history video booths and sailboat rides.
- Sonoma State students started off the school year with the Big Nite, a celebration extravaganza with free food, countless activities, giveaways, and carnival rides.
The Humboldt Orientation Program successfully welcomed new students and their families to campus with campus tours, discovery sessions of the services and resources available, and student mingling activities.
- Students that attend Cal State Long Beach’s Smorgasport will enjoy a rock-climbing wall, five-way bungee, painless paintball, two-way joust, billiards, bowling and the opportunity to connect with new classmates.
- Cal State L.A. will welcome students with social mixers, academic advising and information tables, cultural and gender-focused gatherings and discussions, and a live performance by Lila Downs and Las Cafeterias.
- Chitra Divakaruni, author of “One Amazing Thing”—the freshman common reading book—provided this year’s keynote at Cal State Northridge’s Freshman Convocation.
- Cal Poly Pomona brings in the class of 2016 with BroncoFusion where new students can connect with faculty/staff/students, attend informative workshops, watch student performances, and enjoy carnival games and a resource fair.
- Sacramento State kicked off its 13th annual Phlagleblast, the University Union's welcoming celebration, featuring free entertainment, food samples, giveaways, and discounted services.
- Cal State San Bernardino will give new undergraduate students the opportunity to discuss academic choices with advisors, explore majors and career options, and get a taste of living in the residence halls among their new peers for a weekend.
- San Diego State held Aztec Nights where students enjoyed night-time fun fests like a campus carnival, outdoor movie screening and Templo del Sol where new students learn the fight song, meet new friends, and get into the Aztec groove.
- During San Francisco State’s Welcome Days, new freshmen and transfer students had a “zero waste” lunch, heard from informational panels, and took part in volunteer projects around campus as part of a day of community service.
- As part of San José State’s Fall Welcome Days, students ate ice cream, lined up for caricatures and took a ride down giant inflatable slides while meeting new people and learning about SJSU organizations and departments.
- Bulldog pride ensued at Fresno State’s Welcome Bash with a “meet and greet” with university athletes and coaches, an appearance by the Bulldog Marching Band, and free Fresno State ice cream and corn.
- More than 3,000 new students will begin their Cal Poly San Luis Obispo careers by giving back to their new community as a part of the Week of Welcome’s Days of Service, which enriches a student’s college experience and provides students opportunities to make a difference through service.
- Cal State San Marcos held two Weeks of Welcome filled with an ultimate Frisbee competition, campus torch relay, Olympic photo booth, Cougar tailgate followed by a women’s soccer game and numerous organization fairs.