UNCW Welcomes Newest Seahawks

Thursday, August 13, 2015

UNCW Welcomes Newest Seahawks

UNC Wilmington will officially welcome new students and aid them in their transition to college during its annual UNCWelcome program.

“UNCWelcome 2015: Take Flight” provides students with engaging social activities and informative events during the first three weeks of the fall semester to help them become acclimated to their new community and prepare them for a successful academic year. 

The series of events kicks off with Move-In on Aug. 15. More than 1,700 campus and community volunteers will be on hand to assist the almost 2,200 first-year and transfer students moving into on-campus residences. Including freshmen and transfer students living off-campus, the incoming freshman class numbers almost 3,500.

“This is one the greatest times of the year. The excitement is incredible and students, faculty and staff are so excited to feel the energy of the campus coming back to full strength,” said Jon Kapell, director for Campus Activities & Involvement.

New events have been added this year targeting non-traditional and military students. All events are open to all students, but these events highlight these populations, Kapell said. 

“The UNCW Military Resource Lounge will open this fall as a new space dedicated to our military students, so we are eager to see the reaction to this new space on campus,” he said.

Convocation, the university’s official academic welcome, is slated for Monday, Aug. 17 at Trask Coliseum. First-year students will meet at the clock tower for a class photo and the unveiling of the Class of 2019 flag. They will be joined by transfer students for their first “Trask Trek.” Brad Walker, associate professor of early childhood, elementary, middle, literacy and special education, will be the featured speaker.

Other signature events include the Beach Blast on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and fireworks celebrating the first day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

“I want our students to come away from UNCWelcome feeling like they have found a place to make a difference and engage at UNCW,” Kapell said. “There are so many things to do and no one should be bored in the first three weeks – or ever – while at UNCW. This is their new home away from home and attending UNCW should be one of the highlights of their lives.”