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July 2008

Release Date: July 21, 2008

ASU Students Step into Their Future with Rambunctious Weekend

The expanded Rambunctious Weekend welcoming Angelo State University students to campus Aug. 22-24 will be the inaugural event in the new first-year experience the university is initiating to help students grow comfortable in their new surroundings and succeed in the classroom.

Though the fun activities will range from cookouts to mud games to a block party, the ultimate goal is serious: to start students on the path to a successful college career and a bachelor’s degree.

“Rambunctious Weekend enables students to quickly enter the mainstream of campus life and have some fun,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo. “That first weekend, when they are moving in, is important to them and to the university.”

Dean of Student Life Nolen Mears said, “Rambunctious Weekend will help students understand that there are a lot of exciting things happening on the campus. They will also find out about the various opportunities they have to get involved.”

Mears said the university is broadening its retention efforts to help students complete their degrees. The early weeks of new students’ college careers are critical to their long-term success. Mears said most students make a “stay” or “go home” decision during the first few weeks of the semester. Giving new students the support necessary to make friends and participate in fun activities before classes begin helps them feel a part of the university life.

In addition to all the fun and games, Rambunctious Weekend has a serious component with the Fall Convocation at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. The convocation will resemble an ASU commencement ceremony with the traditional pomp and circumstance of graduation. Faculty and administrators will wear cap and gowns in a processional into Stephens Arena while the ASU band plays traditional academic marches. Then, new students will be invited to march onto the floor and take a seat opposite the faculty members.

During the convocation program, ASU President Rallo, top administrators and the presidents of the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and Student Government Association will welcome students and extend their wishes for a successful academic career.

“What we hope to do,” said Rallo, “is not only greet our new students but also inspire them to touch tomorrow by balancing academics and extracurricular activities so that they can grow as individuals and then re-join us in four or so years to receive their degrees.”

Rallo said by implementing Rambunctious Weekend at the start of the academic year and providing a variety of programs through the first-year experience, ASU is committed to giving students the resources to succeed in university life.

Though the planning has been going on for months, Rambunctious Weekend will officially begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 with the opening of ASU residence halls. ASU staff and administrators will be available to help students sign in and move into rooms. A hamburger cookout is scheduled at the ASU Pavilion for students and their parents. After convocation, a student PlayFair will follow on the Junell Center’s practice court.

The Friday activities will include a brisket cookout at the Pavilion, a student organization roundup, inflatable games, movies and other activities managed by University Recreation.

Saturday activities will begin at noon the next day with water inflatables around the Pavilion and will include an evening fajita cookout, a pep rally, sand volleyball, a magician and a block party with live bands and a DJ.

On Sunday a multicultural reception is planned at 2 p.m. in Mary Massie Hall and a 7 p.m. motivational speaker is scheduled at the Center for Human Performance. The Center for Human Performance will be open noon until midnight that Friday through Sunday for games and activities.

ASU classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 25.