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University welcomes students back to campus

Georgia Southern University’s Welcome Week, the traditional kick-off for the fall semester, will begin on Friday, Aug. 11, with the annual welcome cookout. This year’s theme is ‘Blues, Beads and the Bayou.”

‘Our various activities provide students an opportunity to connect and make new friends, meet faculty and staff, and get acclimated into the university setting,” said Bill Pickett, director of student activities. ‘This is especially important with our first-year students. We want them to feel like Georgia Southern is their new home and to get them connected immediately.”

Following are the activities taking place:

  • Friday, Aug. 11
    ‘Blues, Beads and the Bayou” Welcome Cookout, Sweetheart Circle, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a free New Orleans style meal including crawfish, jambalaya, red beans, rice, hamburgers and hot dogs. Prizes will also be given away. The cookout is open to all Georgia Southern students, faculty, staff and their families.
  • Saturday, Aug. 12
    Carnival at the Russell Union. Students will enjoy a fun-filled day of free activities at the Russell Union including inflatable games, carnival concessions, music and prizes from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    The Dancing Head vendor will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. where students can make their own free dance DVD.
    The film ‘Mission Impossible III” will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Russell Union Theatre. Admission is free.
  • Sunday, Aug. 13
    ‘Eagles Night Out – Mardi Gras Madness” will be held at the RAC from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Inflatable games, laser tag, prizes, free food, RAC sporting facilities and more will be available.
  • Monday, Aug. 14
    ‘Bayou Breakfast” will take place between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Russell Union Rotunda. Enjoy New Orleans culture with some famous Dixie Bread Pudding.
  • Students can ‘Pop Into Career Services” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for more information on their services and part-time jobs.
    Free Henna Tattoos will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Union Rotunda. Additionally, free Cajun and bayou favorites from Popeye’s will be available.
    The Out-of-State and International Student Welcome Reception will be held at 5 p.m. in Lewis Hall.
    ‘Lost” survival daze slip-n-slide and pizza party for all students will take place at the Baptist Student Union at the corner of Harvey and Chandler Roads.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15
    Students can ‘Pop Into Career Services” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for more information on their services and part-time jobs.
    ‘Happy Hour” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Union bus stop area. Students can enjoy an open bar with mocktails and other drinks to cool off in the Georgia heat. They can also receive a crash course in D.U.I. prevention from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department and Health Services. Watch as students, faculty and staff attempt to maneuver through an obstacle course under the impairment of beer goggles.
    The Transfer Student Welcome Reception will be held at 5 p.m. in Lewis Hall.
    The Residence Hall Leadership Kickoff will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Eagle Village courtyard for all residence hall students. Students will enjoy free food, games and learning about getting involved in their residence hall. For more information, visit www.gsuhousing.com/rha.
    “FAT Tuesday Laughter.” Enjoy the crazy comedian Adam Ace in the Russell Union Ballroom at 9 p.m. The event is free, but seating is limited.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16
    ‘Fire on the Bayou” is sponsored by the Russell Union and Student Life offices. Enjoy spicy eats, chicken fingers, snacks and more in the Russell Union Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The Multicultural Student and Faculty Reception will be held in the Russell Union Ballroom at 4 p.m. Join the Multicultural Student Center and University administrators as they welcome diverse students and faculty to campus. This annual event introduces new students and faculty to a snapshot of the multicultural experience at Georgia Southern. It also provides an opportunity for those new to campus to meet continuing students, faculty and staff from various backgrounds.
    The film ‘The Break Up” will be shown on the big screen as an outdoor movie at the Russell Union Rotunda. The movie begins at 9 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie under the stars.
    ‘Ice Breaker 2006″Come party with the Ice Cold Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in the Third Annual Ice Breaker Party from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Williams Center.
  • Thursday, Aug. 17
    Eagle Entertainment wants U! Join Eagle Entertainment and help plan activities on-campus. Stop by the Russell Union Rotunda between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up an application. Free lunch will be provided.
    ‘So You Want to Be a Leader – Prove It.” Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. come by the Russell Union Rotunda to learn how to develop your leadership skills at Georgia Southern.
    ‘Cajun Crazy in the Boro” all night long at The French Quarter CafE. All students, faculty and staff will receive 50 percent off any food items from 6 p.m. to close with the Georgia Southern ID. Enjoy live entertainment and the casual Mardi Gras atmosphere. For more information on The French Quarter CafE, visit their Web site at www.frenchquarterstatesboro.com.
  • Friday, Aug. 18
    Create your mystic Mardi Gras mask at the Russell Union Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eagle Entertainment will provide all the free supplies. Make your stylish mask to be ready for the Masquerade Ball.
    ‘Step Into Statesboro” is a chance for students to volunteer with agencies in the Statesboro community. Registration will be held from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Russell Union Rotunda. Volunteering will take place from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. followed by a free dinner at 4 p.m.
    The second annual Halo 2 Tournament will be held in the Russell Union Ballroom from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Stop by the Office of Student Activities to pick up a registration form or download it online at www.eagleentertainment.com. Registration is $5 per person if completed online and $10 per person the day of the event. Participants will compete for $500 or more in prize money. Several systems will also be set up for participants and guest to enjoy.
    The ‘Intrigue Masquerade Ball” will be held in the Williams Center from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. featuring live music, a taste of New Orleans Carnival and a costume contest. Free tickets will be available in the Office of Student Activities Thursday, Aug. 17.
  • Sunday, Aug. 20
    Meet at the Baptist Collegiate Ministries house at the corner of Harvey and Chandler Roads at 10:30 a.m. to attend one of the local churches for worship and a free lunch.
  • Monday, Aug. 21
    Residence Hall Leadership applications are due for any position by 10 p.m. in their respective hall offices. For more information, visit www.gsuhousing.com/rha.
    Hypnotist Dale K will perform in the Russell Union Ballroom at 9 p.m. The event is free, but seating is limited.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22
    ‘House Calls” will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. University faculty and staff members will visit the first-year students living on-campus. Students who are in their room at the time of the visit will be entered in a drawing for a free ipod.
    Residence Hall Leadership elections will take place in the respective residence hall offices between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23
    The 2006 Business Expo and Student Organizational Fair will be held outside the Russell Union Rotunda area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local businesses will be on hand to provide information, coupons and free merchandise. Recognized student organizations will also be there to provide information to students.
    Residence Hall Leadership elections will take place in the respective residence hall offices between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 25 – Sunday, Aug. 27
    Join Eagle Entertainment as they go White Water rafting in Erwin, Tenn. Cost of the trip is $100 and includes transportation, a full day of rafting, some meals and lodging. Stop by the Office of Student Activities in Russell Union Room 1056 to sign up. The last day to sign up is Friday, Aug. 18. For more information, call 486-7270.

Welcome Week is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Eagle Entertainment.

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