Welcome Week Ushers in New OBU Students, Changes

Five hundred Oklahoma Baptist University new students and several hundred upperclassmen will be greeted by changes to their orientation week when they arrive on campus Saturday, Aug. 19 for the energy-charged Welcome Week activities.

One of the most notable changes will be the exclusion of Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium from the activities due to construction inside the structure that is scheduled to last until November. Activities previously held in Potter are being moved to the Noble Complex.

Other changes include adding a larger subgroup structure to the Welcome Week small groups, replacing "Freshman Lip-Sync" with a new program, "Skongs," a combination of skits and songs, and the pairing up of each Welcome Week small group with a faculty member.

"We hope that each small group of new students and a faculty member will be able to share a meal together sometime during the week," said Monica Mullins, assistant dean of students. "We are looking for ways for the faculty to interact with students during Welcome Week and hopefully beyond."

The theme of the 2000 orientation week is "Welcome to the Herd."

Welcome Week orientation is designed to integrate new students into campus life before classes begin.

Activities include small group sessions led by upperclassmen Welcome Week Workers, a "Stake Your State" picnic, an ice-cream social for students and area churches, "A Day in the Life" student life simulation, academic meetings, a coffee shop evening fellowship, and an intercollegiate intramural tournament.

New students also take part in the university's Fall Challenge evening services led by Odus Compton, OBU's Baptist Collegiate Ministries director, and Jami Smith, worship leader.

The week will conclude with a concert featuring Bebo Norman.

Parents also have orientation activities on Saturday including "new parent orientation," a reception with OBU's president Dr. Mark Brister, and a prayer time with all new students and parents.

Classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 23.