Joplin, MO (SNS) – Students at Missouri Southern State University will be greeted as they return to campus with a variety of Welcome Week activities, set for Friday, Aug. 14, through Friday, Aug. 21.

Events will range from an outdoor movie to Water Warz and opportunities to explore campus clubs and organizations, as well as employment and volunteer opportunities with local businesses.

“Welcome Week is one of our favorite times of the year,” said Landon Adams, director of student activities. “It’s an opportunity for everyone to meet our new students and catch up with those who are returning. It’s important for our office to make a great first impression and we hope to do that once again this fall.”

Welcome Week activities, which are free to students, include:

Friday, Aug. 14

“Pitch Perfect 2”: 8:30 p.m., in the courtyard between the Student Life Center and McCormick Hall. The outdoor movie is open to students and guests. In the event of rain, the movie will be screened in Billingsly Student Center’s Phelps Theater.

Saturday, Aug. 15

Toga party: 8 p.m., inside the new FEMA shelter, adjacent to the residence hall complex. Students are invited to get creative and decorate their own toga and come learn about Greek Life on campus.

Sunday, Aug. 16

Campus Craze: 6 to 8 p.m., on the Oval. Come learn about the variety of student organizations available on campus and enjoy music and activities.

Monday, Aug. 17

Welcome Week Picnic: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Oval. The 14th annual event will include free food, a DJ, rock wall and mechanical surf board, spin art Frisbees and free T-shirts.

Tuesday, Aug. 18

President’s Ice Cream Social: 10:30 a.m., Lion’s Den. Stop by for free ice cream (while supplies last) and meet Dr. Alan Marble, president of Missouri Southern.

Water Warz: 6 to 9 p.m., on the lawn in front of the Student Life Center. The event will include a two-story water slide and water balloons. Students should come prepared to get wet!

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Community Day: 10:30 to 1:30 p.m., on the Oval. Area businesses and non-profits will be on hand. Students can sample products and explore job and volunteer opportunities.

Thursday, Aug. 20

Campus Involvement Day: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on the Oval. Representatives from registered student organizations will be available to visit with students about campus clubs.

Friday, Aug. 20

Survivor Night: 7 to 10 p.m., Tilt Arcade at Northpark Mall. There will be 200 free T-shirts available.