Marshall gearing up for Week of Welcome | Marshall University

HUNTINGTON – After a long, hot summer, Marshall University is gearing up to welcome a new class to campus life.

The annual Week of Welcome is a weeklong event designed to introduce freshmen (as well as some transfer students) to college life. This year’s Week of Welcome will begin Tuesday, Aug. 15, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. This year the university has over 1,800 students enrolled in “UNI 100” to take part in the event.

“Week of Welcome is a university-wide, collaborative effort to welcome, educate and socialize freshman students to the Marshall University campus, academic expectations, resources and long-standing traditions. When freshmen arrive on campus, they will find a team of staff volunteers and peer mentors who are ready to support them in their transition into their first semester of college,” Sherri Stepp, the director of University College, explained.

“During WOW, students will attend classroom sessions and larger events to explore the sexual assault and substance abuse awareness, health and safety, bystander responsibilities, value of diversity and a new program designed to explore the history of our university’s namesake, John Marshall.”

Tuesday’s events will include a family picnic on the Memorial Student Center campus, a “goodbye time” for students and their families, and the “first floor meeting” where students will learn about life in residence halls. There will also be an optional party called Thundering Through the Decades, which will be held at the Marshall University Rec Center.

Starting Wednesday, students will be divided into groups and take part in several “UNI 100” class sessions over the course of the week. These will cover a variety of different topics, such as “Traditions: The Rise of Marshall,” which is about the history of the university. Another class, “How Our Differences Will Bring Us Together,” will educate students to the advantages of learning in an environment with people of different races, religions and cultures.

There will also be a safety class called “Learning to Intervene as a Bystander.” Students will also meet with the dean, associate dean and staff of their respective colleges Wednesday.

The week will also have a variety of recreational activities.

“There are a variety of optional activities available to students attending Week of Welcome. There are large-scale events, including a student and community viewing of ‘We Are Marshall’ at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Wednesday and the Thundering Herd Rally at Pullman Square on Thursday. Campus events include Thundering Through the Decades, a silent disco, RecFest, an escape room, the Wild for WOW Carnival, multiple student leadership information sessions, special interest sessions and more,” Stepp said.

Friday will be highlighted by the class photo at the John Marshall Statue and President Jerome Gilbert’s freshman convocation.

In addition to the main campus in Huntington, there will be events throughout the week at the South Charleston Campus and the Mid-Ohio Valley Center as well as Teays Valley Regional Center. For a full schedule of Week of Welcome events, visit