This week the University is hosting its annual weeklong event to welcome new and returning students to campus.
Zach Marshall, external relations team member, said Welcome Week has a series of events that take place all week long hosted by various businesses, clubs and organizations on campus.
“The purpose for Welcome Week is to create connections,” Marshall said. “Whether it be making new friends, beginning an interest with a certain Auburn University club or even just finding new places to eat, it is very enjoyable for everyone who attends.”
Monday morning between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Bobby Woodard, vice president of academic affairs, will be on the Student Center green space with free waffles, hash browns and bacon from Waffle House.
There will be various events throughout the day from free popsicles and pizza for freshman only to a campus wide scavenger hunt with prizes like Apple Watches and various gift cards, according to Marshall.
Marshall said on Tuesday, Victoria Secret’s PINK will be set up on the concourse from noon to 4 p.m. handing out gifts and promotional items.
There is a long list of events that take place on Wednesday but, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a War Eagle Welcome Dinner for all students that will have a question and answer session with a panel of former football players, a visit from Aubie and a free Italian dinner, according to Marshall.
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Marshall also said that on Thursday, between 10 a.m. and noon, there will be an exotic petting zoo set up on the Student Center green space. That night, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a Welcome Week race with free food, a giant game of twister, a photo booth, a dance marathon with DJ Connor Moore and a special appearance by Aubie.
A block party to learn about different student organizations will be hosted on Friday night, from 5 p.m. to midnight, with free pizza and a special performance by Judan & the Lion, according to Marshall.
According to Marshall, the school of Kinesiology will be hosting an after dark Neon Vibe 5K fun run on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Marshall said on Sunday you can join the White Water Rafting club on the Chattahoochee River for $25.
Margaret Ferguson, executive director of Welcome Week, said she thinks the week will get students excited about the upcoming school year.
“Welcome Week is a time for organizations to showcase what opportunities they can bring to students,” Ferguson said. “Auburn has so much to offer and I think this is the time that students really get to see it all in one week.”
Marshall said he believes Welcome Week will help show students a very diverse and unique set of paths they could take during their time as Auburn students.
“There is a home for everyone here at Auburn and I believe it is our job as Welcome Week to help them find it,” Marshall said.
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