Curtis high five

President Deborah Curtis high fives students as they walk around campus and through the arch at the corner of 3rd and Cherry Streets during the March Through the Arch in Welcome Week 2018.

Indiana State University’s Welcome Week starts Friday, August 16 and runs through Saturday, August 24. It offers events to help students adjust to being on campus, have fun and get involved. 

After Move-in Weekend spent unpacking, one of the biggest events for incoming freshman is the March through the Arch, Sunday, August 18 at 6 p.m. That’s when members of almost every campus organization line the sidewalk along Cherry Street to give freshmen high fives and treats as they march all the way to the Arch on Third Street.

That same evening, “Taste of Terre Haute” takes place on the Quad from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ISU hosts restaurants from all over Terre Haute, so students can come get a “taste” of what they have to offer. 

From 8 to 10 p.m., the annual Fountain Party is a great way to meet new friends and become familiar with organizations on campus. 

Monday, August 19 is Donaghy Day, a memorable day of giving for every Sycamore. Indiana State is known for its community service and there is no better way to start the school year off as a Sycamore than Donaghy Day. Every freshman is required to participate in the fun community service day, which starts at 8 a.m. when students are split into groups, put on buses and transported to numerous service locations around Terre Haute.

From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. that day, each College hosts an open house where students can learn more about their intended majors.  From 6 to 8 p.m., ISU offers an event called “Where are my classes?”  Where small groups of students tour campus with to their class schedules to find the rigt classrooms before the first day.

Tuesday, August 19 is the first day of classes at Indiana State. To celebrate the beginning of a new school year, a “First Day” Photo Booth is available from 9 a.m. to noon by the Fountain on both Tuesday and Wednesday, August 20. 

If you’re interested in Greek life, a Fraternity and Sorority Life Carnival is at Wolf Field, Thursday, August 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students considering membership in fraternities or sororities at ISU can informally meet members of Greek organizations and ask questions.

Students looking for an on-campus job can attend the Student Employment Job Fair, Friday, August 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Dede 2 and 3. Student jobs ranging from food service to  groundskeepers and desk attendants are available.

To round out Welcome Week is the Terre Haute Farmer’s Market, Saturday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at Meadows Plaza. Back on campus at Wolf Field from 4-6 p.m. is Faithfest and a  Glow Dance and Karaoke Party follows from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Dede’s. 

This first week on campus is a crucial time to get out and meet new people, learn where places are and have fun. 

Welcome Week events help new students connect with each other and also with upperclassman, who can talk about the memories and friends they made from Welcome Week events and why its so important to get out and get involved.