Published Aug. 14, 2013

Non-traditional student sessions now part of Welcome Week

Non-trad-asaurus logoWelcome Week at Washburn has something for everyone. Whether you graduated from high school in May and are starting your college experience with long-time friends at your sides or you're a non-traditional student who spent years in the real world before deciding on a Washburn education, you’ll find what you’re looking for this week. And, of course, returning Ichabods are welcome to participate in any and all activities!

A group of non-traditional students worked with Mabee Library staff to put together two information sessions for students like them, which are new to the official Welcome Week program this year. The sessions will be held at the library on Friday, at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Shannon Kennedy, a mass media major, said the idea came out of a section of the College Experience/First Year Experience course tailored for older students that she attended last year. Because of connections made through that class, she said, a group of non-traditional students is forming a group they call Non-trad-asaurus that can serve as an informal mentoring system. Kennedy said the group is defining non-traditional student as anyone who doesn’t come to college for the first time directly from high school and takes its name from the idea that they are the “old dinosaurs” on campus.

The students’ vision is that the non-traditional students who are feeling in the swing of things will mentor the newest students as they adjust to juggling school and life commitments, including work and children, Kennedy said.

She said the information sessions are important because she doesn’t want any other student to attend for an entire semester before realizing there is a cafeteria in the Memorial Union that is open to everyone.

“I never got a tour,” Kennedy recalled of her own transition to Washburn after years in the workplace. “I absolutely would have come to something like this. ”

The transition took time and effort, but Kennedy said she now feels as much a part of Washburn as anyone. She’s serving as a community liaison for Washburn Student Government Association this year, among other activities.

Each of the sessions on Friday will cover the same material – including a tour, information about childcare available near campus, study tips, career services, the student success center and a question and answer session with students like Kennedy. Each session is expected to last about two hours. Cookies, punch and prizes will be on hand.

Welcome Week at a glance:

Thursday, Aug. 15
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Move-in
6-7:30 p.m. Playfair (SRWC)
7:30-9:30 p.m. Rock the Rec (SRWC)

Friday, Aug. 16
8:30-10 a.m. WU Run (Mabee Library)
9-10 a.m. Mabee Library Meet and Greet
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Personalized campus and Greek tours (Memorial Union)
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Scorch on the Porch (Memorial Union porch)
3-4:30 p.m. Perfect Party (Memorial Union, main level)
8-9 p.m. Norm Magic Experience (Memorial Union, main level)

Saturday, Aug. 17
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Personalized campus and Greek tours (Memorial Union)
7-10 p.m. Casino Night (Memorial Union, main level)

Sunday, Aug. 18
6-7 p.m. Sundaes on Sunday (Living Learning Center lobby)
7-9 p.m. Movie Night (Memorial Union, main level)

Monday, Aug. 19 – Classes begin
3:30-4 p.m. Freshman Class photo (All first year students are welcome, Memorial Union porch)
4-5 p.m. Convocation (White Concert Hall)
5-6 p.m. Campus Picnic (Memorial Union)
5:30-8 p.m. WU Fest (Memorial Union lawn)
8-8:30 p.m. Traditions Night (Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl)

Don't forget: Join the conversation about Welcome Week on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with #bodww13. Check in 10 or more times on Foursquare and get a free T-shirt!