Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Javelina Welcome serves as introduction to campus

KINGSVILLE - August 15, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will receive a proper Javelina Welcome when they arrive for the fall semester Friday, Aug. 25. Activities geared toward both the new students and those returning are scheduled during Javelina Welcome. Students may register and check in with the Javelina Welcome staff from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Students living in the campus residence halls will be checking in from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25. They will be assisted by the Move Crew, including administrators, faculty, staff and fellow students who come to help carry the students’ belongings to their rooms.

Students and their parents may take a break from moving in and have lunch with the staff of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Mothers and daughters are invited to attend a welcome reception hosted by the Inter-Sorority Council at 2 p.m. Friday in room 219 of the MSUB.

If cooling off is what you need after a long hot move-in experience, a popsicle social will be held at 2 p.m. in the TV lounge of the MSUB.

All students and their families are invited to attend an official welcome at 3:30 p.m. Friday in ballroom A of the MSUB. Key administrators will join faculty and staff in greeting attendees.

The deans of the different colleges will meet with students from their colleges at 3 p.m.

The locations for these meetings will be announced at a later date.

Residence hall activities begin Friday evening at 7 p.m. Students have the opportunity to meet their resident advisor and their hall mates. They also will learn about living together in a residence hall community.

Later that evening students will attend Playfair, a team-building event geared to help new students make friends on campus. The program will get underway at 8 p.m. in the MSUB ballrooms.

The end the first day on campus right, the film, Over the Hedge, will be shown on the lawn between Fore and Hill Halls beginning at 10:30 p.m.

Students have the opportunity to start their college careers off the on the right foot by participating in a university community service project from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 26. Those interested should meet in ballroom A of the MSUB. Community service is a key component of leadership and citizenship and the A&M-Kingsville family is active in the life of the Kingsville community and the surrounding area.

Saturday afternoon will begin with a seminar at 1:30 p.m. in ballroom A of the MSUB entitled The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus2Career. This program gives students the confidence they need to survive their first college year and use their entire college experience to drive themselves toward future career success.

That will be followed by a series of mandatory workshops from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students attend the workshops by group listed in the information packet. Each session will last 30 minutes and will be held in the MSUB.

The workshops and their locations are Javelina Spirit: It’s Connection to Health and Wellness, ballroom A; Campus Safety: A Community Responsibility, room 221; Nobody Told Me About That!, room 219AB; and Honor Code, room 219C.

After dinner, Dive into the SUB will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight. Students are encouraged to explore the MSUB including the university’s largest sub sandwich and the Cue Shack. There will be a PlayStation 2 challenge and a professional caricature artist.

Students can walk around campus with their class schedule and a tour guide from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, during the Went on the Campus Tour…Now I Am Lost session. Also that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. will be a session entitled Aiming at A’s—How to Make the Grade at TAMUK. The location of this workshop will be assigned by group number.

This session is designed to provide you with the skills you will need to make graduation a reality. This program is sponsored by Coastal Community and Teachers Credit Union, IBC, Sallie Mae, Wells Fargo, Suntrust and Kleberg Bank.

Students can have one last laugh before starting classes when Buzz Sutherland performs at 8 p.m. Sunday in ballroom A of the MSUB. Sutherland was named Comedian of the Year by the National Association of Campus Activities the last five years the award was given and Entertainer of the Year the final year the award was given. He is the 2006 Comedian of the Year as named by Campus Activities magazine. Sutherland has appeared on HBO’s Comic Relief and MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 28, so no activities are scheduled that day.

An On-campus Job Fair will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. Campus departments needing help and students needing part-time or work-study hours are invited to attend.

If it’s time for a cool treat, students may visit the TV lounge in the MSUB to partake of a giant banana split starting at 7 p.m.

Student organizations will have booth set up at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the MSUB and mall area for the Involvement Fair. Representatives from a wide variety of student organizations will be there with information about their groups.

Wednesday’s activities will conclude with nationally known hypnotist Tom DeLuca who will perform at 8 p.m. in a location to be announced at a later date. DeLuca opens windows to the imagination by combining the power of suggestion with his volunteers’ innate creativity. He was voted Entertainer of the Year for four years by colleges and universities across the country. He also was the 2001 Performing Artist of the Year. DeLuca has appeared on NBC’s Dateline, on Maury Povich, CNN’s Showbiz Today, Regis Philbin and PBS’s Charlie Rose Show. He also has been featured in Rolling Stone and People magazines.

Thursday, Aug. 31 is the first Wacky Jueves of the semester. Join your fellow students in the TV lounge in the MSUB from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see what’s happening during the first session.

The entire campus celebrates Spirit Day Friday, Sept. 1, when offices are decorated and everyone wears blue and gold to honor the first home football game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2.

The final event in the Javelina Welcome is the CAB Night at the Movies. Mission Impossible III will be shown at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in room 100 of the Biology Earth Sciences building.

For more information about any of the Javelina Welcome events, call 361-593-2760.

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