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Faculty and Staff

It’s an exciting time of year, as West Virginia University prepares to welcome new and returning Mountaineers back to campus for the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

While the return of students brings a lot of energy and excitement to campus, we recognize that it also brings a few challenges. It is our goal to make move-in weekend and Welcome Week as seamless as possible with limited interruptions for our faculty and staff, in addition to our students, parents and community neighbors.

We are being intentional in our approach to transitioning our Mountaineers to campus by offering a variety of activities and events to introduce our students to our positive culture of learning, serving and playing from their first steps on campus. The Welcome Week experience will begin Thursday, August 10, and extend through Tuesday, August 15, to acclimate our students to campus before fall semester classes begin Wednesday, August 16.

In the spirit of cooperation, we respectfully ask for the patience and positivity of our Mountaineer family as we work to get our students settled and make them feel welcome on our campus and in their new home.

Important information to help you prepare accordingly is detailed below.

When will students be moving in?

Please note that the majority of our 5,000 incoming freshmen will not be moving into residence halls during a weekday to narrow traffic and parking challenges for our faculty and staff.  

What activities will our students be participating in during Welcome Week?

In addition to participating in fun activities to welcome and acclimate them to campus such as FoodFest, Mountaineer Midway, Monday Night Lights, FallFest and WVUp All Night activities, our new Mountaineers will also be working with advisers from their college and majors to prepare them academically for the school year.

Additionally, students will be completing service projects around campus and in the Morgantown community.  Freshmen will be completing different adventure/service projects. If you see them around campus, feel free to lend a hand or offer a smile and encouragement to make them feel at home.

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Adventure/Service Projects

View Full Welcome Week Event Schedule

How can I best prepare for these events as a faculty or staff member?

First and foremost, bring your patience and understanding. There will be large-scale events occurring on campus from Aug. 11-16 that will limit parking and create traffic congestion, particularly Tuesday, Aug. 15. FoodFest will be held in Lot 49 beside the Student Recreation Center from 4 to 8 p.m. with set-up beginning early that day. FallFest will be held on Lot 77 beside the Health and Education Building from 4 to 8 p.m. with set-up also beginning early that day. 

Additional information about transportation and parking will be updated here as it becomes available. Please check back regularly.

I would like to volunteer to help our new Mountaineers with service projects by being a team leader or to lend a hand with Welcome Week events. How can I do that?

Faculty and staff are encouraged to work with their supervisors regarding participating in Welcome Week volunteer activities. We are encouraging supervisors to be flexible with employee participation in these activities to allow them to engage with our new students and give them a positive experience during their first days as a Mountaineer. More info will be coming.