FAMU and FSU Students Prepare for New Academic Year - SLIDE SHOW

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 22, 2012

Thousands of students will be starting college classes next week.
Today is move-in day here at FAMU and at FSU. We've seen a lot of parents dropping their college kids off and helping them move into their dorms. Many of them will be leaving their homes with their parents to live on campus.

Students on both campuses began moving in as early as 7:00 this morning. FAMU is welcoming students back to the hill this fall by celebrating Welcome Week 2012. Five days of fun activities have been planned to help students meet peers with similar interests and to highlight campus programs. Welcome Week will run from August 22 - 26. FSU is also celebrating the start of the new semester all week with Seminole Sensation Week. Florida State started this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of its newest residence hall, Traditions Hall.

You can find the complete schedule below.


FSU Begins New Academic Year

Residence Hall Move-in: Residence halls will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 for about 6,400 students who will be living on campus this semester. The move-in will be preceded by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 7:45 a.m. to open the university’s newest residence hall,Traditions Hall. For more information, contact Adrienne Frame at (850) 644-2860 or aframe@admin.fsu.edu.

Seminole Sensation Week: The annual prelude to the fall semester that helps Florida State students connect with one another and sample some of the extracurricular activities that energize campus life begins Aug. 22 and runs through Aug. 26. For more information, contact Allison Black, assistant director of student activities, at (850) 645-7364 or asblack@admin.fsu.edu or click here.

Freshman Class: The fall semester will begin Aug. 27 for an estimated 41,000 students, including about 6,000 freshmen. This year’s freshman class is one of the most academically accomplished in the university’s history. For more information, contact Janice Finney, director of admissions, at (850) 644-1328 or jfinney@admin.fsu.edu.

New Student Convocation: Florida State University will honor its incoming first-year students and welcome them officially into its community of scholars during New Student Convocation, an hour-long ceremony scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. For more information, contact Jennifer Buchanan, assistant vice president for Faculty Development and Advancement, at (850) 644-6876 or jbuchanan@admin.fsu.edu or Robin Leach, associate dean of students, (850) 644-2428 or rleach@fsu.edu.

President’s Backyard BBQ: Presented by the FSU Student Alumni Association, the second annual back-to-school bash will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, immediately following the university’s New Student Convocation. Barron and his wife, Molly, are opening up their home to host freshmen and other first-year students to a unique college experience — and what could be one of the biggest backyard barbecues ever held. For more information, contact Mandi Young, senior director of programs and outreach, at (850) 644-4021 or mandi.young@fsu.edu.

80th Anniversary of Honors Program: Over eight weeks this fall, Florida State University will celebrate the 80th anniversary of its Honors Program with events for students and alumni, as well as an effort to raise $80,000 to benefit the new Honors, Scholars and Fellows House, a four-story structure that is already under construction facing Landis Green. The commemoration — “Honoring the Past, Building for the Future” — begins with a welcome event for this year’s incoming Honors Program students from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, in the courtyard outside the entrance to Landis Hall. For more information, contact James Mathes, director of the University Honors Program, (850) 644-1841 or jmathes@fsu.edu.


FAMU “Welcome Week” Unites Students Before Fall Classes Begin

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) is excited to welcome students back to the hill this fall and will celebrate the occasion during Welcome Week 2012. Five days of fun activities have been planned to help students meet peers with similar interests and to highlight campus programs. Welcome Week will run from August 22 - 26.

“Welcome Week is a special time for our students as they embark upon a new academic year,” said Marvin Green, director for Student Activities. “We have several activities planned that are designed to engage students in campus life, including the Orange and Green Scrimmage Game, the Spirit and Talent Showcase, and a fashion show for the online store e-Rattler.com.”

During Welcome Week, students can also enjoy game night in the Student Union, a campus-wide scavenger hunt, dodge ball, cookout and much more. For a complete schedule, see below.

Free shuttle service will be provided for students to the 12th Annual Grape Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 25. The event will feature grape stomping and health fairs featuring more than 30 local organizations.

The week culminates on Sunday, August 26 with the Freshmen Pinning Ceremony from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. This event is designed to enhance morale amongst FAMU students, improve retention rates, and encourage students to graduate in four years or less. The first pinning ceremony occurred last year and is quickly becoming a memorable tradition among faculty and students.

The scheduled activities are as follows:

Wednesday August 22
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Residence Hall Move-In (Gibbs, Paddyfoote, Sampson and Young)

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Late-Night Kick Back (Free food music and games)
Grand Ballroom

Thursday August 23
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Residence Hall Move-In (Truth, Cropper, Diamond, McGuinn and Wheatley)

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Target Promotions (Games, music and prizes)
The Set

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Mega FAMU-ly Game Night
Efferson Manning Student Union Building

Friday August 24
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Move-In Zone 3
Residence Hall Move-In (Palmetto North, South and Phase III)

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Soiree and E-Rattler Launch
The Grand Ballroom

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Dodge the Strikers (Dodgeball)
Gaither Gymnasium

10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Target Store
FAMU goes to Target to Shop!

Saturday August 25
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
12th Annual Grape Harvest Festival (Shuttles will be provided.)

7 a.m. – Noon
ALL Facilities: Move-in for the remaining class of 2016 residents

Noon – 2 p.m.
Journey to True Womanhood
The School of Architecture

Noon – 2 p.m.
Man to Man: It is your Brand.
Grand Ballroom

3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
FAMU-LY cook out and pool social
The Pool

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Orange and Green Scrimmage Game
Bragg Memorial Stadium

8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Our Day
Beauty in the Ballroom
Grand Ballroom

Sports on the Hill
Hansel E. Tookes Student Recreation Center

Sunday August 26
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Service on the Set

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Class of 2016 Meet and Greet/Taste of Sodexo, Inc.
The Set

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Freshmen Pinning Ceremony
Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Campus After Dark
Grand Ballroom

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Spirit and Talent Showcase
Gaither Gymnasium

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