Fall Welcome

 fall welcome/PASSPORT DAY

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Ken Domingue, STEP graduate assistant, directs students during the 2015 Fall Welcome Passport Day.

Fall Welcome is a four-day program that assists first-year students with their academic and social transitions to college life. Building on the foundation created at summer orientation, Fall Welcome will connect first-year students with Western Michigan University, other students, faculty and staff. All first-year students are expected to attend Fall Welcome.

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The STEP Program plans and facilitates a Fall Welcome Program on day four called Passport Day. 400+ incoming students are bused to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences from main campus where they receive a “passport” that serves as a guide for touring open labs and department offices and also includes presentations about time management, metacognition, and meeting the Student Success Center content tutors. Students receive a stamp in their passport for every location they visit. The students with the most stamps are awarded prizes at the STEP BBQ. CEAS Registered Student Organizations also provide demonstrations including viewing the canoe from the concrete canoe team, and the AIAA (The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) performs acrobatic shows with their student built radio controlled airplanes. The Sunseeker, Baja, and Formula teams are also on hand and display their student built cars.

Step kick-off BBQ

Dr. Paul Engelmann grills for incoming students during the fall 2015 STEP Kick-off BBQ. 

The STEP program hosts a Kick-Off BBQ the first Sunday of the fall semester for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. CEAS faculty and staff are encouraged to attend to meet the students in a relaxed environment. Registered student organizations (RSOs) for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences  set up tables to meet, talk, and recruit new students. The BBQ is held on main campus at the Valley Pond gazebo across from Engineering House (Valley III - Eldridge/Fox) the first Sunday after classes start in the fall semesters.