UW-Platteville prepares to welcome back students
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is preparing to welcome students back to campus for the 2018-19 academic year. To begin the year, students and their families are encouraged to participate in the university’s Welcome Weekend activities. Welcome Weekend will begin on Saturday, Sept. 1 and conclude on Monday, Sept. 3.
“The ultimate goal of Welcome Weekend is to get new, and even returning students, connected to UW-Platteville as well as the Platteville community,” said David Nevins, director of campus activities. “They need to hear about the resources we provide to assist in their success. Our efforts are simply designed on research to help us retain students and assist in their overall success.”
The weekend begins with new student move-in from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. During this time, the Textbook Center will open at 9 a.m. for students to pick up textbooks for the fall semester. Students will need their Pioneer Passports. New students will also have the opportunity to walk campus with a current student to find where their classes are located beginning at 10 a.m. In the afternoon, all new students must attend the Welcome Convocation at 2 p.m. to learn about a culture of care, mandated information, student leadership and tips for collegiate success.
Students will have the opportunity to engage with the Platteville community through the Platteville Chamber of Commerce Merchant Scavenger Hunt and Welcome Picnic. The scavenger hunt begins at 3:45 p.m. and gives out dozens of prizes for participation. The students will also be offered their first meal plan dinner at City Park at 5:15 p.m. At 8 p.m., Playfair will be open for students to connect through the ultimate icebreaker with current campus leaders.
On Sunday, welcome education and resource sessions will begin at 11:30 a.m. to inspire, motivate and educate students and staff with leadership projects. UW-Platteville will be joined by special guest Jason Levasseur, an award-winning musician, keynote speaker and summer camp program director, as he presents “Rock Star Project!” One student who attends will be going home with a 50-inch flat screen TV, and many other valuable prizes will be available. Bridgefest, an event including inflatable games, over 60 current student organizations and music by WSUP Campus Radio, will follow at 3:30 p.m.
Skillet will be performing at Bo Ryan Court in Williams Fieldhouse at 8 p.m. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. Tickets for Skillet are available for purchase in the Markee Pioneer Involvement Center or www.uwplatt.edu/cpr/skillet.
Monday will conclude with an opportunity for students to participate in Pioneers Pay It Forward, an annual community service project that focuses on cleaning up parks, restoring trails and painting. In addition, Pizza Palooza and an outdoor movie will be played on the West Lawn of the Markee Pioneer Student Center between 8 and 11 p.m. A second 50-inch flat screen TV will be given away by Academic Support Programs on the first day of class.
“To pull off this weekend, we use virtually every support program and department on campus,” Nevins said. “It's important that we work together to assist our students in getting connected to us, and by default, assisting in their goals. We know through research that students who take part in Welcome Weekend activities are more successful and get connected to the institution. That in turn assists in their satisfaction and our retention.”
For a full list of Welcome Weekend events, visit www.uwplatt.edu/welcome-weekend/welcome-weekend-schedule.
Written by: Dalton Miles, Student Writer, Communications, 608-342-1194, email@example.com