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Weeks of Welcome Activities Reach Out into the Community

SEPT. 1, 2006--Several campus and community activities are planned for new and returning students during Weeks of Welcome at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls that begin Sept. 3.

WOW is designed to give students the opportunity to meet other new students, connect with upper class group leaders, and get to know the University, while engaging in fun and educational events. This year the event also gives students a chance to get involved in the community, including a door-to-door food drive in River Falls, volunteer work at a Habitat for Humanity home site in Hudson, a Kinnickinnic River clean-up along the South Fork and other "WOW Adventures" on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Residence halls open Sunday, Sept. 3, and students will make their own music videos from 9 p.m. to midnight in Hagestad Student Center. On Monday, Sept. 4, a performance by comedian-hypnotist Frederick Winters is at 6 and 8 p.m., in the North Hall Auditorium. Winters has been named Top Campus Entertainer of the Year almost 10 times. The event is free and open to the public.

While classes begin on Sept. 6, Tuesday, Sept. 5 is full of events. Dubbed "Academic Day," students can meet faculty, staff and other students in their major and college. A student involvement fair is at 11 a.m. on the Student Center east end lawn, showcasing various student organizations. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Presidents Room, Student Center, commuter and transfer students can attend a welcome-back event. The evening culminates with a free "Big Ole Block Party" featuring games, prizes and singer/songwriter Jason LeVasseur from 5 to 7 p.m. on the west end lawn of the Student Center. LeVasseur's style fuses together numerous influences creating a "charismatic propulsive acoustic pop" sound.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, some 100 new and returning students will embark on a "WOW Adventure," push up their sleeves and get out into the community to work on volunteer projects. The group Campus and Community Fighting Hunger and Homelessness will canvas River Falls neighborhoods collecting non-perishable food donations for the local food shelf.

The UW-RF Habitat for Humanity group will contribute to the completion of a new HFH home in Hudson. Activities may include painting and roofing. The group leaves River Falls sat 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m.

The UW-RF Earth Consciousness Organization will assist in a community cleanup of the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River. The campus chapter of the Smiles for Kids organization will lead a craft activity at Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul. The group KinniConnections will take an overnight trip to Ontario, Wis., to help with clean-up and trails and prairie restoration at Wildcat State Park. Meal and camping gear will be provided to the volunteers.

The first week of WOW events culminates with renowned singer/songwriter Shevy Smith, who will perform Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. at the Wall Amphitheatre. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Smith began playing the piano at age 4 and picked up the guitar at 14. Her songs are based upon first-hand experience and laden with emotion and imagery for the listener.

On Thursday, Sept. 14 activities continue with a performance by comedian Dave Coulier at 9 p.m., in Brandy's of the Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. As an actor/comedian/voice-over artist, Coulier starred in the hit ABC-TV series 'Full House," which aired for eight seasons. His voice is heard on cartoons such as "Scooby-Doo," "On Muppet Babies," and "The Real Ghostbusters."

For more information about Weeks of Welcome events call the UW-RF Student Leadership Center at 715-425-4444.


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