The 15th annual Welcome Week Picnic will jump-start the first day of school at Missouri Southern State University.  The annual event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, on the Oval.

Come grab lunch during the Welcome Week Picnic!

Come grab lunch during the Welcome Week Picnic!

The picnic will include free food, a live DJ and fun activities including an obstacle course, a life-size game of Hungry Hungry Hippos, a sand art station and spin art Frisbees. At noon, 500 free T-shirts will be handed out to students with valid student IDs.

The picnic will kick off a full week of activities for new and returning students.

TUESDAY, AUG. 23

President’s Ice Cream Social: 10:30 a.m. (while supplies last), in Billingsly Student Center. Dr. Alan Marble and members of the Presidents Council will dish up ice cream sundaes to welcome students back to class.

Speed Meeting: 7 to 9 p.m., Lions’ Den. Free to freshmen students. Great prizes!

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24

Community Day: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on the Oval. Students will be able to visit with area businesses and non-profits at over 90 booths to sample products and explore job and volunteer opportunities.

THURSDAY, AUG. 25

Campus Involvement Day: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on the Oval. Students can get information and register for organizations on campus.

FRIDAY, AUG. 26

Survivor Night Extreme: 7 to 10 p.m., Campus Oval. Featuring a zipline, archery tag and more.  Free T-shirts will be handed out to students to the first 200 students presenting valid student IDs.