Welcome Week engages new SU students


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 First-year and transfer students cheer and show their SU pride at the Welcome Week spirit rally. The rally was one of many events available to students during move-in week, allowing students to learn more about campus and meet their future classmates. 

Shippensburg University welcomed first-year and transfer students to campus Wednesday during its annual fall Welcome Week.

The week kicked off with move-in and was filled with ways that students could explore campus, meet new people and discover all that SU has to offer. With the theme of “service above self,” Welcome Week showed students ways to be successful and explore their whole potential at SU. Activities included success conferences, spirit rallies, a 5K run and breakfast bingo.

At Thursday’s Welcome Rally, Spanish professor José Ricardo Osorio and associate professor of geography and earth science Sean Cornell taught students the importance of “service above self” in the Shippensburg community. 

“Some of the most powerful lessons you can learn here at the university are those that you learn when you take a few minutes to embrace and support those around you and learn from their perspectives and experiences,” Cornell said.

The theme of service and success continued Friday at the Success Now! Expo (SNExpo). Organizations from around campus including intramural sports, campus ministries, the library and Learning Center, ROTC, the Women’s Center and Ship Votes set up booths to inform students how they can become involved on campus and in the Shippensburg community. Undergraduate students were also among the booths presenting research projects.

SU freshman Kaylyn Lampel said she enjoyed the SNExpo because it gave her an opportunity to learn about the different opportunities on campus that she had not known before.

“You learn a lot,” Lampel said. “It’s not just the same stuff.”

Later in the evening, SU spirit erupted from Seth Grove Stadium at the spirit rally. The SU Marching Band played as students filled the stands. In between songs, SU’s sports teams introduced themselves and announced when the first games of their season would take place. Director of Campus Activities and the Ceddia Union Building Marsha Bonn and her son, Owen Bonn, encouraged students to attend the SU 5K Service Fun Run/Walk on Saturday afternoon to benefit Owen, who is currently fighting retinoblastoma.

Welcome week will continue this Wednesday and Thursday and end with a performance from hypnotist Michael C. Anthony Thursday evening.


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