The hot summer temperature outside easily allows many of us to forget that another year of Jet Life is just around the corner. For others, the first day of college is a magical experience. Moving into residence halls, meeting classmates for the first time, and family farewells are just a few memories hundreds of students will look back on.
Friday Aug. 19, 2016 marks the beginning of an exciting three-day welcoming weekend at Newman University known as "Jet Days." Jet Days is an orientation experience for freshmen and transfer students filled with many events throughout the weekend.
The student move-in activity kicks off Jet Days starting early on Friday morning. Students and family will have the help of Newman staff to provide some extra Jet fuel to carry boxes to the students' rooms.
Orientation Leaders, a group of experienced and knowledgeable Newman students, will assist students with the orientation process while breaking out into groups led by an Orientation Leader.
An official welcome will be made by Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. and other Newman leaders Friday afternoon.
Following the Newman Welcome event, comedic musician Jason LaVasseur returns for another Jet Day appearance. He will be on stage in the Performance Hall in the De Mattias Fine Arts Center while performing comedic music. Watch a clip of LaVasseur's performance from last year's Jet Days here.
Later that evening students will head to Wichita's own Crown Uptown Theatre for a night of wonder featuring magician Daniel Martin.
On Saturday Aug. 20, Jet Days continues with many events including a Family Farewell Lunch, T&T (Traditions and Transitions) Class, and a special presentation by motivational speaker Bill Cordes.
Students will let loose on Saturday evening during the Welcome Back Bash at the Newman University Founders Plaza and finally wrapping the day with Mass (optional).
Sunday concludes with Residence Hall meetings. Students taking advantage of living on campus will learn about all the great benefits and expectations of campus living.