Special Feature: Wildcat Welcome 2010

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Welcome, Wildcats!

Move-In Day launches a weeklong host of activities for students and parents

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September 9, 2010 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Wildcat Welcome is in full gear! Thousands of new Northwestern students received assistance from their new Wildcat friends as well as their families as they found their new homes on campus Tuesday during Move-In Day 2010.

The week of Wildcat Welcome activities for students and parents runs from Sept. 14-20. To get a peek at how the orientation activities are playing out, be sure to check out our multimedia moments. 

Hours after moving into their residence halls, new students got a special welcome to the institution they will call home for the next four years as they participated in the second annual March Thru the Arch. Cheered on by upperclassmen, the freshmen and their parents paraded from the Arch, the iconic gateway to campus at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road, to Deering Meadow. Filling the historic field in their initiation into the Northwestern community, the Class of 2014 participated in their first class photo.

President Morton Schapiro delivered welcoming remarks to parents, and a reception followed at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion/Norris Acquatic Center. And in a concluding convocation Monday, Sept. 20, at Crown Sports Center, President Schapiro will welcome the new students with his usual wit and conversational manner. Judging from the busy first year of his presidency, meeting with students from Chicago to Qatar to China, his enthusiasm about Northwestern’s global reach and breadth of opportunities is bound to be contagious.

The week's activities also include new student convocations for Northwestern’s six schools, sessions on careers in law and medicine, studying abroad, civic engagement and environmental initiatives, fitness classes and stargazing at the Dearborn Observatory. The entertainment includes A Capella Fest, Kaleidoscope Dance, printmaking, a student production of “Romeo and Juliet,” the legendary comedy of Second City and a trip to Six Flags Great America.

Click here for more information on Wildcat Welcome activities.