First-year students pose for a group photo in the plaza during Welcome Week.

We greeted enthusiastic first-year and transfer students during Welcome Week, and provided a special program of activities to help them connect to each other and the university; to engage with their new home and the broader community; to understand and prepare for the expectations of learning and living at college; and to know the resources available to help them succeed. Popular special sessions were led by faculty and staff who volunteered to share their interests or favorite local spots. The engagement continued during the first week of classes with the student activities and clubs fair, and fun community-building events each night.