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Sep 07, 2018

New students at Oregon State University – Cascades will kick off the academic year  with Move In Day, Convocation and a slate of helpful workshops, opportunities to meet faculty, social events, outings and team challenges.

The activities are all part of Welcome Week, a program that connects new students to the campus community and to services that can help them succeed, particularly during the sometimes stressful first year of college.

Welcome Week takes place Sept. 16 to Sept. 20.  Highlights of the week include:

  • Move In Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 16, Residence Hall -- Faculty and administrators continue a tradition, volunteering to help families move students into the residence hall. Housing staff anticipate 130 residential students, including nearly 70 first-year students.
  • Convocation, 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Sept. 17, Tykeson Lawn -- The 2018 Convocation speaker is Capt.Trish Connolly of the City of Bend Fire & EMS Department. Connolly was the first female firefighter hired by the department and the first female to be promoted to fire captain. She is one of only three department employees to have completed the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.
  • Afternoon Outings - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 17, various locations -- Students will choose from rafting on Big Eddie, a walk on the Deschutes River trail, an outing to Sun Mountain Fun Center and rock climbing.
  • Beavers on the Town: Bend Scavenger Hunt, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 18 -- New students will explore downtown Bend as they search for scavenger hunt clues.
  • Majors Mixer & Brunch, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 19, Tykeson Hall, first floor -- Faculty from various degree programs will share information about academic majors and opportunities in their fields.

Fall term classes begin on Sept. 20. To learn about OSU-Cascades visit

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore., features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. The campus expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.