Dinner To Commemorate Welcome Week's 25th Anniversary

Aug. 22, 2003

by Amanda Lewis, Student Newswriter

More than 150 past steering committee members will attend a dinner to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Baylor University's Welcome Week at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Bobo Baptist Student Center.

The Welcome Week program, geared toward incoming freshmen and transfer students, invites new students into the Baylor family and encourages them to develop a well-rounded outlook on their college experience. Since its introduction in 1978, Welcome Week has structured its activities around a wheel with four spokes which symbolize the importance of intellectual, spiritual, social and physical development with Jesus Christ at the center of that process.

Members from all 25 committees will meet for dinner and fellowship before joining Welcome Week 2003 participants for a concert by Christian artists The Benjamin Gate and Bleach at 8:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. The dinner will give alumni a chance to meet with old friends and reflect on their time as Welcome Week leaders.

"Welcome Week was a lot of work, but it stretched me and helped me develop leadership gifts. In addition, as a freshman, Welcome Week helped me fit in to campus life and set a spiritual tone for which I am forever grateful," said Susan Rowell, a 1981 steering committee member. "The next two years spent as a min-con leader also contributed to my overall personal development and, hopefully, I contributed positively to the lives of the freshmen in my groups. I am glad to see that Welcome Week is still a vital part of Baylor life."

For more information regarding the 25th Anniversary Dinner or other Welcome Week activities, contact Dub Oliver, dean for student development, at (254) 710-1020.

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