Raise High, Remember MLK through Service and Readjust to Campus Life

Welcome Back Week celebrates the start of the semester with events Jan. 12-19.

Raise High, Remember MLK through Service and Readjust to Campus Life
January 12, 2015

By Brittney Dunkins

Cold weather and short days can make getting back into the swing of campus life tough, but George Washington University students can look to Administration and Hallmark Program’s annual Welcome Back Week for guidance on the transition.

The series of events Jan. 12-19 feature a host of activities to prepare students for academic and social success during the spring semester.

Director of Administration and Hallmark Programs Bridgette Behling said that the “simple winter welcome” is a great occasion for new and returning students to access campus resources and opportunities.

“We want our students to feel prepared for the upcoming semester and connected to the community,” Ms. Behling said.

From the Colonial Health Center grand opening and launch of Healthy GW to a resource fair for Corcoran School of the Arts and Design students and the annual MLK Jr. Day of Service and Leadership, the week of events promises a high-energy start to the semester.

George Washington Today reporter Brittney Dunkins rounded up highlights for Welcome Back Week.  A full list of events and details is available online.

Monday, Jan. 12

George’s Heroes
5 p.m., Thurston Hall, TV lounge
This bystander-intervention training hosted by the Center for Alcohol and other Drug Education kicks off a week of activities for the annual Welcome Back Week.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Writing U.S. Resumes for International Students
3 p.m., Marvin Center, Room 309
The Center for Career Services will offer international students tips on translating their skills in the U.S. job market by assisting with English language proficiency and resume formatting.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

Corcoran Student Services Fair
1 p.m., Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, White Halls and White Walls
Staff members from more than nine departments will welcome Corcoran School students and offer insight into campus resources.

Colonial Health Center Open House, Healthy GW Launch
4 p.m., Marvin Center, ground floor
Take a tour of the new combined wellness center for medical, mental health and health promotion and prevention services. The ceremony will celebrate the launch of Healthy GW with speakers George Washington President Steven Knapp and Student Association President Nick Gumas.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Message from the Mountaintop
9 a.m., Kogan Plaza
GW students, faculty and staff will read excerpts from the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. in remembrance of his contributions to the modern civil rights movement in America. “Dr. King's words change hearts—that is our take away, a changed heart,” said Michael Tapscott, director of the Multicultural Student Services Center.

Saturday, Jan. 17

GW Men’s Basketball vs. George Mason and Pre-Game Alumni Tailgate
2:30 p.m., Alumni House
Before watching Colonials compete in the “Battle of the Orange Line” at the Charles E. Smith Center, join Alumni Relations and FutureU for a reception at Alumni House. Details on the tailgate are here; the game begins at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

MLK Jr. Day of Service and Leadership
10 a.m., Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom
More than 600 GW volunteers participated last year completing more than 2,400 hours of service at 12 sites across D.C. to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King. The 2015 event registration is full. Contact the Center for Student Engagement and Public Service to join the waitlist