New Student Programs

WOW Volunteer Opportunities


On behalf of the Weeks of Welcome Committee and Office of New Student Programs, I would like to extend an invitation to be a part of the 2013 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 new and returning students to campus.

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.


 (WOW Calendar dates for first six weeks: Sunday, August 11-Saturday, September 21).

To submit your events: complete the attached excel template spreadsheet and email to Megan Green at before the deadline.

Deadline for all event submissions: Friday, July 12, 2013

All event submissions will be used to include in a large calendar publication that will be printed and distributed to the new students during the first few days of classes.  They will also be available on the WOW website page at



(Wednesday, August 14th at Oak Residence Hall)

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 Home Crew members. This opportunity would allow you to mingle and assist by unloading, and carrying boxes to the new student’s rooms.

To volunteer as a Welcome Crew member, please email Megan Green at 



(Sunday, August 18th at 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Millennium Student Center (MSC)

This is the welcoming picnic for all faculty, academic administration, 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 the academic life, and reassure their decision to coming to UMSL.



(Sunday, August 18th at 6:30 pm; Millennium Student Center to Thomas Jefferson Library)

Immediately following the Welcome Picnic, a new tradition will be born! 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 many things but mostly a special meaning of accomplishment for getting to UMSL and now starting this new journey and experience at UMSL. 

To sign up to be a Serendipity Sendoff volunteer, please email Megan Green,


(Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20 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 represent 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 with their Fall semester.

To sign up for a Help-A-Triton volunteer, please email Megan Green, 



(Wednesday, August 21 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!

To participate and have a table to represent your student organization or department, please email Megan Green,



We thank you for your interest in welcome new students to campus. In an effort to plan accordingly, we are strongly encouraging all volunteers to sign up before August 1st.


If you should have any questions, please contact Megan Green, Director of New Student Programs at or 314-516-5036.

Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to your presence at Weeks of Welcome!