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Week of Welcome (W.O.W.)

Student Affairs hosts the St. Thomas University (STU)
First Year Convocation & Week of Welcome (WOW) for all new and transfer students.

Student Affairs hosts the St. Thomas University (STU) First Year Convocation and Week of Welcome (WOW) for all new and transfer students. The goal is to provide students and parents the foundation for a holistic approach on transitioning to college life from high school or from another college or university to STU. New and transfer students, along with their parents, will attend these week long events for information about academic programs, social and personal growth, health and wellness, intramurals, and university resources. Administrators, faculty, staff and students are brought together to demonstrate how the St. Thomas University family begins the process of developing “Leaders for Life”. Week of Welcome offers you the opportunity to:
  • Meet your fellow Bobcats and create lifelong friendships.
  • Meet key administrators, faculty and staff.
  • Meet the Student Government Association (S.G.A.) and other student leaders.
  • Learn how to become a leader for life through student leadership and faith formation.

Activities for the Week

(MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS)

To download Week of Welcome Agenda please click the links below
Friday, August 21, 2020

Class Photo with President David A. Armstrong, J.D.
Fernandez Family Center at 2:20 pm – 2:45 pm
Mandatory to all first-year students. Join our 10th President of St. Thomas University David A. Armstrong, J.D., as we take a class photo. There will be an informative Bobcat Parents section during this time in the lobby pertaining to Title IX and Student’s Health Registration.

Gymnasium – Students
Lobby – Parents

Holy Mass
Fernandez Family Center at 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Join us as we bless the start of your academic career in our Catholic faith formation.

First-Year Convocation Ceremony
Fernandez Family Center at 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Mandatory to all first-year students. Join us as we officially kickoff your academic careers. Complimentary caps and tassels will be available.

The Bobcat Luau
Fernandez Family Center : Soccer Field at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come celebrate the beginning of your exciting academic careers with us. There will be live music, food and so much more. Open to all first-year students, parents, and friends.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Walk Your Class Schedule: Campus Classroom Tour
Student Center Pavilion at 8:00 am – 9:30 am
First year students join one of our Bobcat student leaders on a tour of STU’s academic buildings. The goal is to help you find your classrooms prior to the first day of school. Do not forget to bring an easily accessible version of your class schedule.

Bobcats Serve
Goldbloom Convocation Hall at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bobcats gather to serve their community at St. Thomas University. Bobcats will gather on campus, meet with student leaders, and engage in hands-on activities throughout campus. Registration is required! Multiple projects available on campus. Hours will be awarded for your service.

First Year Social
Rathskellar & Student Center Lobby at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join us for an opportunity to socially interact with your fellow Bobcats in a safe environment. Student leaders will provide interactive leadership activities for the students to help develop self-awareness, confidence and networking skills. There will be live music and so

Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Great Hunt (First-Year students)
Student Center Pavilion at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Welcome to all first-year students! Come test your knowledge of our campus resources and learn where things are around campus. Join the hunt and see if you can track down a list of important resources across our University!

Mass & Ice Cream Social
The Chapel of St. Anthony at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us as we start the year with a PAW concert, followed by Holy Mass. There will be complimentary ice cream available after Holy Mass.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Bobcat Talks (Keys to Success)
Bobcat Hall of Fame at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join our student leaders as they provided helpful tips to all students pertaining to surviving college.

Outdoor Laser Tag
Villanova Courtyard at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join us as we partake in a fun outdoor recreational sport with laser tag. Bring your friends and form a team.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Girl Talk
Bobcat Hall of Fame at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A confidential and safe space for female Bobcats to come together to share stories, experiences, and grow! Support group is led by our Mental Health Therapist and ran by students like YOU for students like YOU! This is an opportunity to connect with your fellow Bobcats! This group takes place each Tuesday for the remainder of the semester!

Karaoke Night
Rathskellar at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come out and enjoy a night of singing with your fellow Bobcats. Karaoke night will be held once a month.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

SGA’s Common Hour Kick-off & Work Study Fair
Fernandez Family Center at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Come join our Student Government Association as they kick off the first Common Hour celebration of the year. There will be live music, food and games. In addition, if you are interested in finding federal work-study employment on campus, come prepared to meet your potential boss, as several departments will be present.

International Students Orientation
Bobcat Hall of Fame at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
International student orientation for Fall 2020 covers important immigration, employment, and cross-cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning at St. Thomas University.

IGNITE the Year! Young Adult Group
Student Center Area at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a night of food, social activities, and Faith Formation at Campus Ministries’ first Ignite Young Adult Group of the year. Group is held each Wednesday for the remainder of the semester. See you there!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Guy Talk
Bobcat Hall of Fame at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A confidential and safe space for male Bobcats to come together to share stories, experiences, and grow! Support group is led by our Mental Health Therapist and ran by students like YOU for students like YOU! This is an opportunity to connect with your fellow Bobcats! This group takes place each Tuesday for the remainder of the semester!

Bobcat Bonfire
Villanova Courtyard at 8:00 pm – 10: 00 pm
Make your own s’mores over a fire pit as you mingle with your friends and enjoy music and food. Hosted by your Resident Assistants.

Friday, August 27, 2020

Paint with a Twist
Fernandez Family Center at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come be creative and paint with your friends over a glass of mocktails and live music. Show us your painting skills!

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Food Truck Bobcat Rally
Fernandez Family Center Parking Lot Area at 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us at St. Thomas University’s first food truck Bobcat Rally. There will tons of food trucks, games, and music. Show us your Bobcat spirit.

Welcome Bash (Party)
Fernandez Family Center at 10:00 pm – 2:00 am
Come help us welcome all of our first-year and returning students as we party the night away to begin the year. There will be refreshments served.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Holy Mass
The Chapel of St. Anthony at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a night of prayer and faith formation. Sunday mass is held each Sunday for the remainder of the semester.

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