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Syracuse Welcome 2010 to receive new first-year and transfer students Aug. 25-26

August 16, 2010

Carol Kim Masiclat
(315) 443-8568

Very soon now, some 3,500 first-year and transfer students will arrive at Syracuse University for the start of the fall semester. When they do, Syracuse Welcome, SU’s award-winning orientation program, will help them get acclimated and ready to start the new academic year.

In its eighth year, Syracuse Welcome kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 25 as new students are greeted by hundreds of student and staff volunteers. These volunteers will assist students with move-in and help them get familiar with campus. Once settled, new students will participate in events and experiences designed to get them acquainted with each other, the campus, its resources and the greater Syracuse community.

“Our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers mean so much to the success of Syracuse Welcome,” says Greg Victory, director of the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs. “Because of the sheer number of volunteers, we’re able to help each new student and their family make the transition smoothly. And that’s just the beginning of the sustained connection and support they’ll get from our office and the entire campus community during their transition to SU”.

Signature features of Syracuse Welcome include:

  • Assistance from the Goon Squad, 700 current student volunteers who help unload cars and move items into rooms;
  • Home to the Dome, a spirited event celebrating the arrival of students in the Carrier Dome;
  • Orange Blast, an evening of fun and games in various locations on campus; and
  • Parents Convocation, an official welcome and informational session for parents.

Welcome to the academy
As always, intellectual engagement will play a central role in Syracuse Welcome. The Chancellor’s Convocation for New Students opens the academic year Friday, Aug. 27 in the Carrier Dome. SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor will greet students and their families and introduce the inaugural first-year experience. The convocation begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends with SU’s traditional Lunch on the Turf, after which families will be encouraged to depart campus.

Students will also attend academic advising sessions, new student receptions and convocations for their home school or college.

Welcome to Central New York
Once again, Syracuse Welcome will introduce students to the wealth of opportunities for fun and engagement off of campus. On Saturday, Aug. 28  SU hosts “Feel the Pulse of Syracuse,” an exploration of downtown Syracuse and the Connective Corridor. Students will visit the heart of the downtown area to sample the cultural, commercial and social offerings of Armory Square and venues along the Connective Corridor.

The evening will feature a taste of Armory Square restaurant offerings in a street festival atmosphere; a chance to shop in the historic Armory Square district; and a sampling of eclectic showcases of live music and dance. As the evening unfolds, giant puppets from the Open Hand Theater, along with the SU Marching Band will move a festive procession along Armory Square. The evening will culminate at the John Mulroy Civic Center for a performance by comedian John Pinette. Community partners of SU’s Pulse Performing Arts program, along with local cultural and nonprofit organizations, will engage with students and offer ways to involved in the Syracuse community.

Note: traffic volume in and around the University will be heavier than usual, due to the move-in on Aug. 26 and 27. Assisted moves will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Those traveling in the University area should keep this in mind as they enter and leave the area. On Aug. 28, Walton and Franklin streets, between Fayette and Jefferson, will be closed from 4-9 p.m. Free parking for patrons of Armory Square businesses is available all day in the Atrium Garage on Fayette and Franklin streets.

For a complete listing of the week’s events, visit The site also contains answers to frequently asked questions, updated schedules and registration information. Syracuse Welcome is a University-wide effort coordinated by the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs.

For more information on Syracuse Welcome 2010, contact the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs at (315) 443-1012.

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