Week of Welcome

Week of Welcome Leaders selected for 2014-2015

2014-05-08 16:55:28

Week of Welcome

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (May 8, 2014) – Week of Welcome (WOW) is one of the most beloved traditions at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). It takes place at the start of each semester and consists of social, educational, and informational programs to welcome new and returning students back to campus.

An integral part of WOW are the WOW Leaders, chosen in advance to fulfill a number of important requirements, including assisting in preparation, welcoming guests, setting the tone, showing school spirit, encouraging participation, and – most important – having fun.

"Week of Welcome Leaders are really vital for the campus, because they set the tone for the rest of the semester during the first week of school," says Erika Drake, a senior and WOW Leader majoring in elementary education. "Their energy and dedication make each event memorable and they make each student feel included."

Drake's fellow WOW Leader Erin Coffey, a freshman chemical engineering major, agrees. "Whether you are an incoming freshman or a returning, transfer, international or non-traditional student, WOW allows everyone to start the year off on the right foot," she says. "And it's our job to make everyone feel at home and welcome them to the UAH family!"

Needless to say, it takes a special kind of person to convey the level of enthusiasm and school spirit required of the position. So each year, the search is on for "energetic and hard-working students who love UAH," says Kacey R. Schaum, Assistant Director for Student Life.

They must also apply and interview, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be involved on campus in some capacity, among other things. If selected, WOW Leaders receive a small stipend as well as the chance to meet new students, make an impact on campus, and gain and develop leadership skills.

WOW Leader and junior civil engineering major Andy Hall, for one, is looking forward to his August 15 start-date. "I've been given an opportunity to not only help students feel comfortable coming to college," he says, "but also to leave them with an impression of what kind of person they want to be during their time here at UAH."

And who knows? Perhaps one day the kind of person they'll want to be is a WOW Leader themself!

Week of Welcome Leaders 2014-2015

  • Chase Sweeney
    Tullahoma, TN
    First-Year
    Computer Engineering
  • Kelley Shaffer
    Huntsville, AL
    Junior
    Communications
  • Robert Hicks
    Bradenton, FL
    Sophomore
    Aerospace Engineering
  • Dakota Booth
    Buhl, AL
    First-Year
    Aerospace Engineering
  • Lauren Eason
    Huntsville, AL
    First-Year
    Political Science
  • Kelly Marie Steinberg
    Huntsville, AL
    Junior
    Chemistry
  • Sijia Li
    China
    First-Year
    Chemical Engineering
  • Hillary Sharpe
    Huntsville, AL
    Senior
    Psychology
  • Sarah Iftikhar
    Cartersville, GA
    Sophomore
    Electrical Engineering
  • Kailyn Murphree
    Arab, AL
    First-Year
    Nursing
  • Bailey Maze
    Arab, AL
    First-Year
    Nursing
  • Megan Breland
    Scottsboro, AL
    Junior
    Nursing
  • Andrew Hall
    New Market, AL
    Junior
    Civil Engineering
  • Erin Coffey
    Hillsboro, AL
    First-Year
    Chemical Engineering
  • Erika Drake
    Madison, AL
    Senior
    Elementary Education
  • Taylor Bono
    Madison, AL
    Junior
    Biology/Pre-Med

For more information, contact:
Kacey R. Schaum
256.824.5420
Kacey.Schaum@uah.edu

OR

Diana LaChance
256.824.6878
diana.lachance@uah.edu


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