Winter Term Student Programming - Undergraduate Students
To: W&L Undergraduate Students
From: Sidney Evans, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Date: Thursday, January 14
Let me start by saying we are excited to have students back on campus for Winter Term. As we begin the semester, providing engaging, COVID-safe and fun ways for students to socialize is an important part of our planning. We understand the importance of student life outside the classroom - it's a huge part of the college experience, and we recognize COVID-19 has significantly impacted what were previously "normal" activities enjoyed by so many on our campus, including those of us in Student Affairs. We have missed seeing you at athletic events and student organization activities and have missed you stopping by our offices just to chat.
As we begin Winter Term, Student Affairs, Student Activities, Campus Recreation, Residential Life, and numerous student organizations are working hard to provide programming to help students connect in these challenging times. We learned a lot in delivering programming last semester, and we are excited to build on the activities that resonated with students, as well as introduce new ones. If you have ideas for programs, please let us know so we can help make them happen.
Below is an overview of various programs designed to help students connect this term. Activities are being organized and announced on a daily basis, so I encourage you to frequently check the Student Dashboard and related social media platforms for the latest information.
In addition, I know many of you are wondering what the plan will be for Greek recruitment. The timing of Greek recruitment is currently under careful consideration by the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) and the faculty, and a separate announcement will be sent as soon as a firm decision is made.
W&L's Student Activities team is gearing up for a stacked semester complete with Contact Committee speakers, a campus-wide scavenger hunt, Netflix viewing parties, Dinner and a Movie nights, and a new Podcast Club. A weekly newsletter with information about the latest programs will be sent to all undergraduate students in the next week. The Student Dashboard is another resource highlighting events this term. If you have suggestions or ideas for student programming during Winter Term, please do not hesitate to share them with your class dean or Kelsey Goodwin (Director of Student Activities).
Office of Inclusion and Engagement (OIE)
OIE supports the university's mission by striving to foster a culture in which all community members feel entirely welcome and able to participate. Winter Term events will get started quickly with a week's worth of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration activities, which will be followed by LGBTQ and religion panel speakers, "Communi-TEAs" with OIE Ambassadors and much more.
The Outing Club will have programs and events posted on its website by the end of this week, with the plan to deliver 15 to 20 in-person outdoor trips/skill sessions per week. Students will be able to sign up for various adventures across the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Whether you're a beginner or more experienced participant, you'll be able to register for wilderness hikes, bike rides, paddling trips, trail running, horse rides (weather permitting), and campfires, to name a few.
The group is setting up a second indoor bouldering and core training site at the Pavilion to encourage rock climbing and core strength/flexibility programs. A meet and greet hangout program featuring hot coffees, chocolates and snacks outside the Pavilion will also be available for those who want to socialize after an activity (or without one) at a fun outdoor spot, around two new fire pits.
Cold weather won't stop intramurals. Tournaments in everything from dodgeball to ping pong to volleyball are set for this term. The Fraternity Cup League also has an exciting roster of events prepared. If running is your hobby of choice, then plan to take part in our virtual 5k and 10k runs or our weekly 4-mile group runs. Students can also take advantage of the daily Open Rec Hours at the Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center. Check the Intramurals Instagram @wlu_intramurals feed for the latest team and individual sporting opportunities.
Office of Career and Professional Development (CPD)
CPD supports and empowers students to discover, navigate and achieve their career and professional goals through hands-on advising and tailored resources, programs and events. In addition to scheduling individual appointments with Career Advisors, students can participate in virtual events and programs throughout Winter Term. The Foundations of Career Development series will cover topics such as professional documents, developing your story, networking, interviewing and succeeding on the job. Join Career Advisors for several new "Careers in" industry overview programs, and hear directly from alumni about their careers during the industry-focused "Career Series" events. All events will be posted in Handshake. Sign up for CPD emails and follow along on Instagram @wlucareers to stay up-to-date.