Hundreds of students, family members and University employees converged upon the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University Saturday, Aug. 19. OBU hosted its annual move-in day event, welcoming 630 new students to Bison Hill. Current students, faculty and staff greeted a class of 555 first-time freshmen and 75 transfer students to campus.
Move-in day is a staple of the hospitality OBU extends to students and their families. As cars pull in front of the residence halls, throngs of Welcome Week Workers, also known as “Tri-W’s” (pronounced “Tri-dubs”), converge to greet the new students, while cheering, chanting, yelling and shaking their vehicles. Then, an army of Tri-W’s whisk the new students’ belongings away to their rooms, unloading their cars in a matter of seconds. This level of service makes an impression on new students and their families alike.
Move-in day is the kickoff to OBU’s Welcome Week, a time devoted to making new friends, learning OBU traditions and participating in fun activities during the lead-up to classes. Students meet in small groups, participate in community service projects, compete in “Ka-Rip Wars” as they learn the school yell, and participate in The Walk, as they officially join the Bison family.