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Welcome Weekend has come and gone, and now it’s time for the work to begin. But before we do, let’s take a look back at the whirlwind weekend that was, and all the fun our newest Polar Bears packed into their first college weekend.
Move-In day kicked it all off bright and early on Thursday, Aug. 21. In addition to the Orientation Leaders, staff from Admissions, Campus Security and Student Affairs, along with more than 140 members of Klondike's Crew, helped new students get settled in their new homes. The move-in experience was more efficient this year thanks to a new format and traffic pattern that allowed families to get in and out of unloading zones more smoothly.
At Convocation, the new students and their parents were formally introduced to ONU.
A new event this year was the signing of the ONU Spirit Rock.
Playfair has been an annual Welcome Weekend tradition for years, and it's still just as fun as ever.
For the second year, the entire incoming class posed for a class photo on the Tundra in the shape of a giant O-N-U. Afterwards, they watched ONU President Dan DiBiasio and First Lady Chris Burns-DiBiasio take the ice bucket challenge.
The weather didn’t cooperate for the Friday night block party and concert, but fortunately ONU has a really big building for just such an emergency.
Ada Civic Engagement day is an early introduction to ONU’s dedication to volunteerism and community service. Led by the President and First Lady, 250 new students ventured out into the community to help 38 local organizations, businesses and churches.
A highlight of Welcome Weekend each year, Greekapolooza introduces the incoming class to ONU’s vibrant Greek Life community with loads of fun on the Tundra.
There are more than 200 students clubs and organizations on campus, and many of them were on hand for Welcome Fest this year. If any student arrived at ONU wondering what they could do outside of class, they got their answer on Sunday.
Welcome Weekend concluded with a perfect evening on the Tundra and an outdoor screening of the film Divergent.