Posted August 21, 2014

New Owls arrive on campus

Video Production: Gina Benigno

For students and their families, moving away to college marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

At Temple, Student Move-In kicked off Sunday morning and continues through the week and into the weekend, with approximately 5,550 students moving into university residence halls over a seven-day period.

Once on campus, Temple University’s Welcome Week helps ensure that new students feel right at home.

“Welcome Week helps incoming students get familiar with the Temple community as well as the city of Philadelphia,” said Christopher Carey, director of Student Activities.

Events such as floor mixers in the residence halls and a Residence Tug-of-War Competition encourage students to get to know each other. An after-hours shopping trip to Target—complete with free samples, giveaways and entertainment—provides students with an opportunity to pick up forgotten items, find that perfect decorative, dorm-room accessory or stock up on school supplies.

An important part of the Temple experience is extracurricular activities. Over 150 student organizations and clubs as well as university departments will set up tables at this year's Temple Fest, an outdoor festival meant to inform students on ways to get involved with the university community.

The highlight of the week is Convocation, the ceremony that represents the official beginning of the academic journey for new students. The event will be streamed live Friday, Aug. 22 at 11:00 a.m.

That night, students can let loose at TU Palooza, an evening full of games, music and giveaways, and even ride a zipline through campus. The week winds down on Saturday at the Liacouras Center with a comedy show featuring Craig Robinson, best known for his role as Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin on NBC’s Emmy-winning series The Office.

“Residential life at Temple is growing, so Welcome Week is growing along with it," Carey said.

Siobhan Redding
Posted In: Campus News
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