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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. 10, with the annual welcome cookout. This year’s theme is “ETV – Tune In To Win.”

“Our various activities provide students an opportunity to connect and make new friends, meet faculty and staff, and get acclimated to 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. 10
“ETV – Tune In To Win” Welcome Cookout, Sweetheart Circle, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy free food, prizes and more. The cookout is open to all Georgia Southern students, faculty, staff and their families.

Saturday, Aug. 11
The film “Accepted” will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Russell Union Theatre. Admission is free.
Trivia game show “Think Fast,” Russell Union Ballroom, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Built around the concept of team effort, Think Fast is a trivia-based game show. Participants can win prizes and money.

Sunday, Aug. 12
“Eagles Night Out” will be held at the RAC from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Inflatable games, prizes, free food, RAC sporting facilities and more will be available. Enjoy the music of Black Violin from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 13
“Blizzard of Bucks,” Russell Union Ballroom, 9 p.m. Blizzard of Bucks, the original crazy game show, is bigger, better and more fun. Contestants will be chosen at random to participate in wild and zany games for a chance to win cash and prizes. The grand prize winner will receive an opportunity to step inside the “Incredible Money Machine” to go for the dough in a swirling sea of green.

Tuesday, Aug. 14
Comedian Jessi Campbell will take the stage in the Russell Union Ballroom from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Campbell will discuss everything from the outrageous emergency room she worked in to the simple things in her life. Her quick wit and fast-paced style keep audiences entertained from the moment she hits the stage.

Wednesday, Aug. 15
The film “Spiderman 3” will be shown on the big screen as an outdoor movie at the Russell Union Rotunda. The movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the free movie under the stars.

Thursday, Aug. 16
At X-Treme Air, participants can experience the feeling of falling at 120 mph without jumping out of a plane. X-Treme Air is powered by inverted DC-3 airplane propellers. RAC Pavilion, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Comedian and game show host Grant Edmonds will entertain in a fully interactive, audience-participatory comedy game show where every contestant will win cash. Russell Union Ballroom, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 17
“Eagles After Dark: Outdoor Laser Tag,” RAC Pavilion, 9 p.m. to midnight. Suit up in real laser tag uniforms and guns.

Friday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 19
Eagle Entertainment is sponsoring a Welcome Week trip to Busch Gardens and Tampa, Fla. Cost of the trip is $100 per person and includes a two-day pass to Busch Gardens/Adventure Island Waterpark, transportation by bus, hotel room for Saturday and breakfast at the hotel on Sunday. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due at sign-up with the balance due on Thursday, Aug. 16, by 4 p.m. Payment may be made by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. For more information, or to sign up, contact the Office of Student Activities in Russell Union Room 1058 or call 912-486-7270.

Monday, Aug. 20
“The Price is Right” game show, Russell Union Ballroom, 9 p.m. A scaled down version of the popular game show will allow students to win a variety of prizes.

Tuesday, Aug. 21
“Balloons by Lester and Art by Susan,” Russell Union Rotunda, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. He’s got some of the best BPM (Balloons per Minute) in the business. She’ll paint (almost) anything (almost) anywhere you want. Together they are the best husband and wife novelty team in the business.

Wednesday, Aug. 22
The 2007 Business Expo and Student Organizational Fair will be held outside the Russell Union Rotunda area from 10 a.m. to 2 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.

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

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