Baylor Welcome Week Set for Aug. 21-24

Aug. 6, 1996

Approximately 2,500 new freshmen and an estimated 500 transfer students will participate in Baylor University's annual Welcome Week Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 21-24, with the theme titled "Take the Victory."

Welcome Week began at Baylor in 1979 and is an orientation program for new students which emphasizes the intellectual, social, spiritual and physical aspects of college life.

Students participate in small groups of about 15 to 20 students and discuss various topics related to Baylor life. In the past these groups have been called "mini-conference" groups, but this year Welcome Week will have an Olympic theme. The groups will be called "city groups" and what were called "seminar groups" will be "country groups."

On Wednesday morning, Aug. 21, Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. will address the students in Ferrell Center. That evening, the students will be bussed to Floyd Casey Stadium to enjoy an Olympic Festival. The new students will tour the stadium then go out onto the field for a halftime show which will feature the Baylor Yell Leaders and John Morris, the voice of the Baylor Bears. Following the halftime show there will be a giant mixer for the students.

On Thursday evening, Aug. 22, Dr. Winfred Moore, the W. Winfred and Elizabeth Moore Visiting Distinguished Professor in ministry guidance, will speak at a candle lighting ceremony. Also on Thursday, students will have the opportunity to dine in the homes of different faculty members.

On Friday, Aug. 23, Dr. William D. Hillis, vice president for student life, will speak to the students. Also that day students will participate in their city groups in various activities.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, the students will participate in a community service project called "Bubble Busting." At 8 p.m. in the Ferrell Center, a dance will be held for the students.

Twelve steering committee members and more than 650 student volunteers, as well as several staff members and administrators, are responsible for organizing Welcome Week.

For more information, contact Robert Bobo at the Welcome Week Office at 755-3638.

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