WOW Week festivities get underway this Friday, August 17th, with the fourth-annual “New Student Kickoff,” beginning at 10 a.m. The “Kickoff,” designed to welcome and acclimate new students to Dixie, will feature a special welcome assembly in the Burns Arena, followed by lunch and networking with DSC professors and instructors starting at 12 noon, at the fountain.
Dixie will also host its first-ever “Business to Student Expo” at the Student Activity Center. The expo will serve as an introduction of St. George area businesses and services to Dixie State students. Friday’s session will be open to all freshmen and new students from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The Expo will also be held for all students the following Monday and Tuesday, August 20-21, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
After the Expo on Friday from 3-6 p.m., students will have an opportunity to buy books, pay tuition and other fees, visit the Val A. Browning Library inside the new Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons, tour the campus and find classrooms. The Friday activities will conclude with the annual “Red Storm Splash,” which includes dinner and other activities at the Fountain beginning at 7 p.m.
Two more activities are planned for Saturday, August 18th, beginning with an introduction to DSC’s Campus Recreation Department from 8-10 a.m. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about and take advantage of numerous outdoor recreational activities, including mountain biking, hiking and other activities. Dixie State will also host a special workshop and audition for the “Raging Red” show choir in the Eccles Fine Arts Center’s band room (Room 156) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WOW Week activities will ramp up on Monday August 20th, with the annual Welcome Back Carnival, sponsored by DSCSA, featuring a barbeque and live music at the Encampment Mall from 6-9 p.m. Members of DSC’s student government, along with faculty and staff, will grill hamburgers for all in attendance, while representatives from virtually every department and club on campus will be manning information booths. The carnival will also feature blow-up toys, games, and a climbing wall provided by DSC’s ROTC program.
Another facet of WOW Week is the opportunity students will have to choose from over 100 on-campus clubs to join during Club Rush, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 22-23, on the Diagonal from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another highlight of the week includes Entertainment Dixie presenting “Mad Chad the Chainsaw Juggler” in the Gardner Center Ballroom on Wednesday, August 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to Dixie students, faculty and staff with current DSC ID, or $5 without ID at the door.
On Thursday, August 23rd, DSC students will participate in a campus service project at nearby East Elementary School beginning at 3 p.m. The annual Foam Dance will be held on Saturday, August 25, from 9-11 p.m., at the North Instructional Building Plaza. Admission to the Foam Dance is $5 for advance pre-sale with current DSC ID, or $10 at the door with DSC ID and $20 without ID.
WOW week concludes with two special weekend events, starting with the fifth-annual President’s Welcome Back Fun Run/Walk Saturday morning, August 25th, at 8 a.m., at Hansen Stadium. The Run/Walk is free to all Dixie State students, faculty and staff, and the community. The near 5-kilometer course will start and finish at the stadium and will weave around and through the DSC campus. In addition, all participants who beat President Nadauld to the finish line will receive a voucher good for 25% off any apparel or novelty purchase at the DSC Bookstore.
Registration forms for the event are available throughout the DSC campus with the first 250 entrants receiving a free t-shirt as early registration is encouraged, though entries will be accepted on race day. For additional information on the DSC President’s Fun Run/Walk or to register by telephone, please contact the DSC Campus Recreation Office at 435-652-7988.
WOW Week concludes on Sunday, August 26th, with the fifth-annual College Convocation at 7 p.m., in the Cox Auditorium. The convocation is free to attend and refreshments will be served at a reception following the event. The convocation, a non-denominational event, will feature an inspirational address from Mr. William H. “Bill” Child, who currently serves as Chairman of the Board for RC Willey. The convocation will set the pace for DSC students as they begin their academic year.
For more information on the various WOW Week events, please contact DSC Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Jordon Sharp at 652-7513