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Weeks of Welcome


2015 Weeks of Welcome (WOW) Main Content

The Journey Begins Here!

Weeks of Welcome (WOW), is the kickoff to the academic year. Students are encouraged to attend programs and events that allow them to connect with peers, faculty and staff.

Information on academics, university life, organizations and safety will be available during the weeklong event - not to mention, plenty of food and fun.

2015 Weeks of Welcome

Saluki Startup & Weeks of Welcome poster

     Week 1:  August 23rd- 29th

     Week 2:  August 30th - September 5th

     Week 3:  September 8th - 12th 

     Saluki Startup
 gives new students an opportunity to engage with one another and take part in campus activities. You will be given the tools to enhance your academic, social and cultural experiences.

Watermelon Fest Eating Contest

Morris Library front lawn:  2 - 3:30 p.m.

Watermelon Fest has been a tradition at SIU for many years. Faculty and new students come together to meet for the first time and eat delicious watermelon. This year, New Student Programs has organized a watermelon eating contest.  We would like to invite students to participate in this competition.  The Watermelon Eating Contest is a fun and great way for new students to form a team and friendships.  There will be a total of 4 rounds during the contest. Each team will be going head-to-head until they are eliminated.  The finalists will then go to the final round where only one team will be called the 2015 Watermelon Eating Contest Champions. Each team member will be competing in every round, and the goal is to HAVE FUN!!

Click Here to sign up for the Watermelon Fest Eating Contest!

Sponsored by Office of the Chancellor and New Student Programs

Watermelon Fest competition

SIU Guidebook app

Download the Guidebook app and search "SIUC" for the complete guide with specific locations, dates, times, and details during Saluki Startup, Weeks of Welcome, and throughout the year.  Create a personalized schedule of events YOU want to attend, share on Facebook, check out pictures and more.  

CLICK HERE to view the official SIU Guidebook home page on your computer with specific event, locations, dates, and times.  

You can click on the left screenshot link below to download Guidebook on your iPhoneiPad or Android devices, or to view on the web.  You can click the screenshot link on the right to view information about the Guidebook app for Saluki Startup and Weeks of Welcome.  

SIUC 2015-2016 Guidebook
    Guidebook app instructions

For students and family members with disabilities, accommodations can be made for events and programs upon request. Please contact Disability Support Services at 618-453-5738 to discuss your request.

The first steps to student success!

First, Saluki Startup!


Thursday, August 20 - Saturday, August 22

Learn more about what it takes to be a successful college student, to help you meet other students, and to help you meet the faculty, staff, and community who are here to support you throughout your journey at Southern Illinois University.

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