Valley Ballyhoo set for Saturday

Western Carolina University’s “Week of Welcome” activities, coordinated by the A.K. Hinds University Center, include the university’s annual Valley Ballyhoo event for students on the Central Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

The event features live music, food vendors and outdoor activities, and student and community organizations will share information and host giveaways.

“We are doing everything we can to make sure this is an extremely fun and positive start for students,” said Keith Corzine, assistant vice chancellor for campus services. “We have all kinds of activities planned for the weekend and first week to not only stress the academic aspect of their education but also help students get engaged and connected.”

On Sunday, Aug. 18, “Now You See Me,” a film about an FBI agent and an Interpol detective tracking a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward audiences with the money, will be shown on the University Center lawn at 9:30 p.m.

The fifth annual student employment information fair will take place in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20.

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, an afternoon ice cream social will be held on the University Center lawn, and on Thursday, Aug. 22, rock band Relient K will perform in concert on the Central Plaza.

The week concludes with screenings of “Fast and Furious  6” in the University Center theater Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, and with the First Year Day of Service on Saturday, Aug. 24. New students are encouraged to take part in community-service activities on and off campus, including working on WCU’s new multiuse trail, assisting at the Catman2 Shelter and writing letters to those who serve or have served in the military.

Glenda Hensley, director of First Year Experiences, said the events as well as FYE opportunities are designed to help students find out about university resources and make the personal and social connections they need to succeed.

WCU is expecting to welcome a record number of students this fall with total student enrollment on track to top last year’s fall enrollment of 9,608, said Phil Cauley, director of student recruitment and transitions.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 19. WCU’s official fall enrollment will be established on Friday, Aug. 30, the 10th class day and the official census date as specified by the University of North Carolina General Administration.