UNCG Rawkin’ Welcome Week

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Maryam Mohamed
  Staff Writer

GREENSBORO – As the 2016-2017 school year quickly approaches, UNC Greensboro has begun hosting their annual Rawkin’ Welcome Week events.

These events primarily focus on welcoming students to the school and gives them a taste of the campus.

“We choose to host Rawkin’ Welcome Week every year because we see it as an important time for students to become connected to campus, learn traditions, and make new friends,” stated UNCG Interim Assistant Director Austin McKim. “The transition to college is challenging, and we view Rawkin’ Welcome Week as an important way to help students transition successfully to UNC Greensboro.  RWW allows students to feel at home at UNCG right from the start.”

There are several activities that new students can expect to participate in, ranging from outdoor events to concession stands at the Moran Commons.

Some key events include: Fall Kick-Off, 8/23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., College Avenue: An annual tradition that allows UNCG students and faculty to engage with one another and familiarize themselves with the school campus! Fall Kick-off has been held for almost 30 years and is a great way for students to visit varying booths and enroll into new clubs/organizations. This is ideal for interest groups that want to expand their association and recruit new members. Activities at this event include: interactive games, giveaways, and free concessions.

Spartan Service Day, 8/27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.:  A university-wide day of service, this event sees students working in teams to make a difference in the community. The event aims to promote interest in serving the Greensboro community, on-campus and locally. Pre-registered transportation is provided.

Opening Carnival, 8/27, 5-8 p.m., Quad Lawn:  A great way for students to socialize with one another and participate in entertaining contests/games. Thousands of students attend this gathering as it appeals to different types of people. With dozens of activities to choose from, everyone will definitely find something that suits their interests. Festivities consist of: rock climbing, game trailer basketball & dart, zorb balls, V4 bungee extreme, and custom name rings.

McKim explains that although the events may seem generic, they actually take a lot of thought, planning, and coordination.

“Events are chosen for RWW by a planning committee.  There is a planning committee of many different offices across that meet and plan different events,” stated Austin McKim. “Those respective offices choose what events and programs they want to hold during RWW.”

Although the exact number of years that this event has been going on is uncertain, the committee estimates it to be six.

To inject variety, Rawkin’ Welcome Week events are modified and diversified every year to accommodate incoming classes.

“It is our goal to make sure that new students feel welcome and comfortable on the school campus every year,” says McKim.

Other events include massages, Aug 26  4 – 6 p.m., at the Kaplan Center, McIver 140’s Aug 29 at 4 p.m., and  Textbook Reading Workshop 10 a.m., and the Aug 30 Time Management Workshop in McIver 140.

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