On behalf of the Weeks of Welcome Committee and Office of New Student Programs, I would like to extend an invitation to be part of the 2014 Weeks of Welcome (WOW) experience.

The Weeks of Welcome (WOW) program is designed to connect the UMSL community together by providing educational, entertaining, cultural and creative programming to enhance the UMSL Experience for new and returning students.

In support of this tradition, we are asking for your participation in a few of the Weeks of Welcome events as your schedule permits. Please reference below the “snapshots” of ways YOU can help welcome new students to the UMSL community.


Please email newstudentprograms@umsl.edu with questions.


Please email heisslerk@umsl.edu for questions or if interested in volunteering.


(Friday, August 22 at Oak Residence Hall---New Students Move In Day)

New students living in Oak Residence Hall will be moving in on this day. As these new students move into their new home, we are seeking volunteers to help serve as Welcome Crew members. This opportunity would allow you to mingle and assist by unloading, and carrying boxes to the new student’s rooms.

(Saturday, August 23 at Oak and Villa Residence Hall---Returning Students Move In Day)

Returning student living in Oak Residence Hall will be moving in on this day. As these returning students move back onto campus, we are seeking volunteers to help serve as Welcome Crew members. This opportunity would allow you to mingle and assist by unloading, and carrying boxes to the returning students rooms.


(Sunday, August 24 at 4:30 pm: Meet in front of Thomas Jefferson Library)

The Serendipity Sendoff will welcome new students to the Triton family and officially kickoff the new academic year. We are looking for volunteers including current students, faculty, staff, and alumni to line the pathway leading from the Millennium Student Center to the Alumni Circle just south of the Thomas Jefferson Library. The Serendipity Sendoff will include a ceremonial passing of the torch to the incoming class. Serendipity which means “good fortune” is to represent this new journey.  Immediately following, the Welcome Picnic will begin at the Millennium Student Center.


(Sunday, August 24 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Millennium Student Center (MSC)

This is the welcoming picnic for all faculty, staff, new students and families to University of Missouri-St. Louis. There is an opportunity for you to mix and mingle with incoming students to make a connection, discuss campus life, and reaffirm their decision to attend UMSL.


(Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26 at 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, various locations around campus)

Help-A-Triton is here for you! Students, faculty, and staff from all over campus spend the first two days of each semester staffing Help-A-Triton tables located in high-traffic areas to assist students navigate the campus. We are seeking volunteers to staff various table locations across north and south campus to help new Tritons by passing out campus maps, assisting with questions, distributing Weeks of Welcome program booklets, and wishing them good luck as they begin their Fall semester.


(TBA dates during first six weeks, various times and locations)

New students will have the opportunity to sign up for one of six WOW Adventures trips around the St. Louis area. We are looking for a few volunteer guides to assist and lead a group of new students to the various trips, and enjoy mingling and introducing them to their new city. The following trips may include: Cardinals baseball game, City Museum, Delmar Loop, Downtown Gateway Arch, History Museum and Zoo. Please sign up if interested and we will follow up with an update on WOW Adventure details during the summer.


(Wednesday, August 27 at 11:00 am – 1:30 pm; North Campus Quadrangle)

The Fall Expo is a great opportunity for student organizations and departments to welcome new students and encourage them to Get Involved!

SPACE FOR THE FALL EXPO HAS REACHED CAPACITY. To be put on the waitlist for a table to represent your student organization or department, please CLICK HERE.


Faculty and staff will have an opportunity to purchase a Welcome Crew t-shirt to wear during the first few days of classes. More information to come later this summer! 


To reference the 2014 Weeks of Welcome schedule, please visit www.umsl.edu/wow.

If you should have any questions, please contact Kelly Heissler, Coordinator in New Student Programs at heisslerk@umsl.edu or 314-516-5291.

Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to your presence at WOW.