Welcome week

With one of the largest freshman classes ever and many returning upperclassmen, Southeastern's Welcome Week was full of activities, programs and the grand opening of a renovated game room. Welcome Week had something for everyone.
The week began on Monday, Aug. 24 with "Aiming for A's," an academic resource fair. This fair informed students about the plentiful options and avenues available at Southeastern geared toward student success.
According to Kay Harrison Maurin, director of Disability Services, one of the 12 different participating organizations, the program was targeted to all students. Maurin said they wanted to promote the various programs and make students aware of all the tools and advantages at their disposal.
Monday also included the reopening of the game room in the Student Union. After remaining the same over the last two decades, the game room was due for a make over.
"There had never been anything done to it," said Jonathan Ambrose, director of the Student Union. "The pool tables were 25 years old."
After installing new pool tables, Ambrose realized the rest of the Game Room should follow suit. The renovation included the addition of bar stools and tabletops around the room, along with the uncasing of the familiar stuffed lion.
The game room was also renovated into a lounging area nicknamed the "Chillax Room." The lounging area has a brand new big screen television, Wii Nintendo game system, love seats and a coffee table complete with armless couches and cards ready for any spades challenge or poker contest.
No new name has been chosen for the game room yet, and suggestions continue to come in for the game room naming contest. Suggestions have included "The Cage" and "Roomie's Room."
After finding out where to study and where to kick back, students got a chance to find out how to get involved. Tuesday's Student Organizational Fair gave students an opportunity to see the various student organizations open to them around campus.
A variety of organizations participated, including fraternities Delta Tau Delta and Kappa Sigma and sororities like Sigma Sigma Sigma and Omega Phi Alpha. Religious groups were also in attendance, such as the Catholic Student Organization and Praise-N-Motion, as well as some specialty organizations like the American Assembly for Men in Nursing and the Organizational Communication Association.
According to Jennifer Frederick, director of Student Organizations and Strategic Initiatives, the fair was meant to promote student organizations in general while also allowing the participating organizations to recruit potential members. It was also an opportunity to network with the other organizations.
On Wednesday, Welcome Week concentrated on providing students with the tools necessary to stay safe during the current storm season. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) put on a "Hurricane Party" aimed at preparing students for any major storms that may affect campus this fall.
CAB provided pizza and drinks to students while also giving out supplies and information on how to stay safe while evacuating or riding the storm out at home. Pamphlets and posters provided tips on what to shop for and what to avoid while student workers also helped students sign up for Southeastern's FirstCall system, which alerts students of emergencies around campus.
"[It was] very successful," said Theron Batie, a student worker for CAB and director of the Hurricane Party, "We gave out a lot of information on hurricane safety and preparation."
To close out the week of free information, networking and giveaways, Welcome Week provided students with an opportunity to prepare themselves for activities that are a bit more costly. Thursday's Part-Time Job Fair featured over 40 employers in the Student Union, looking for prospective employees. Students filled the Union to browse the various job opportunities.
Danielle Lapuyade of Career Services called the event successful, citing the fact that all 41 employers ran out of applications.
From showing students how to Aim for A's, where to "Chillax," how to get involved, how to survive and where to work, Welcome Week endeavored to ensure a successful semester for Southeastern students.