The week before fall classes begin is full of events and activities for your student and your whole family.  From golfing at WSU’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course to summer concerts and academic success workshops, this is a week your student will not want to miss.  Book your hotel rooms now as lodging will be limited.  Visit the Week of Welcome Website for a complete list of events in addition to those highlighted below.

Residence halls open August 16 at 8:00 am.  As your son or daughter moves into their residence hall, current WSU students, staff and faculty volunteers will come out to help them move in and welcome them to the Cougar Family. Move-In Welcome 2014 will be all day on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17.  Look for our team of volunteers wearing dark grey t-shirts. If you know when you plan to arrive, let us know when you will check in so we have enough volunteers at your son or daughter’s residence hall to assist you.

The Office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) has been encouraging diversity at WSU for over 25 years!  Each of the student centers will be hosting an open house for students and their families to meet their staff and mentors, get to know current WSU students and tour the student centers.  The African American Student Center,  Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center and Asian American Pacific Islander Student Center will host open houses on Tuesday, August 19 at 2:00 pm and the Native American Student Center open house is August 19 at 2:10 pm.  MSS will also host CONEXION, a reception to welcome new multicultural students to campus, on Sunday, August 24 at 3:00 pm.

Join us for a special production of Las Memorias, a theatrical production telling the true stories of Latino and first generation students in Washington on August 19-21 at 7:30 pm in Jones Theater.  If you are not able to attend the production in Pullman, Las Memorias will be in Othello, Wenatchee and Yakima as well.  Check the Las Memorias website for show times and locations.

On Friday, August 22 you are encouraged to attend University Convocation, the official welcome for all new WSU students, their families and new faculty at WSU in Beasley Coliseum at 10:00 am.  Following Convocation, join us for lunch at the All-Campus Picnic.  The picnic is free to all students with a Cougar Card.

After the All-Campus Picnic, join the Pullman community for The National Lentil Festival, August 22-23.  Just a short walk from the center of campus, the street fair on August 22 begins at 5:00 pm.  On August 23 you are invited to watch the lentil parade, enjoy a pancake breakfast and much more!

Check out the Week of Welcome website for even more events.  There are so many activities you won’t be able to do them all!