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Welcome back to campus, Shockers! We hope you enjoyed the first week on campus and have started settling into your classes.

You showed us your spirit as members of Shocker Nation, and we’re still not done helping you get involved with your peers. Check out all of the upcoming Welcomefest events, designed to connect you with other Shockers, the campus and the rest of the community, and find more ways to get involved through Student Engagement, Advocacy and Leadership (SEAL).

And make sure to utilize some of the services Wichita State has to support you as a student of WSU:

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Looking to get involved on campus? The next month will be full of events to help immerse you in the college experience at Wichita State.

The 2023 Welcomefest, hosted by numerous student groups and campus departments, will take place during the next four weeks and feature dozens of activities. Most events are available at no additional charge and provide you a chance to socialize, learn about the campus and find ways to connect with the community.

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Shockers can attend on-campus Wichita State fine arts and athletics events at no additional charge with a Shocker ID, thanks to the Student Government Association.

Support your fellow classmates and faculty while exploring the creative pursuits WSU has to offer and display your Shocker pride at home athletic games.

Image of orange lights around a concert stage and hands in the air at night. "Join us" and "Concert Committee" in big orange text, and "weekly on Tuesdays from 5-6P.M. in RSC room. 238 and "Student Activities Council" in white text at lower right hand corner.

Student Activities Council (SAC) is looking for students who are interested in learning more about event planning and those who want more of a say in what artists SAC brings to Wichita State.

Students can join the normal SAC member meetings at 4:15 p.m. every Tuesday in 233 RSC to become a full SAC member, or just attend the concert committee meetings from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday in 238 RSC.

Joining this committee will take some commitment, and it will need volunteering throughout the planning process until the concert date as well as planning ahead for future events the following semester.

The Tornado Alley Press is having a print sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 in the RSC. There will be multiple prints by different artists.

If you are interested in meeting guild members and getting more information, check out our table! Support student artists and the printmaking guild. Cards and cash are accepted.

Are you interested in joining? We are always accepting new members.

Destress Fest

SAC, Student Activities Council, will be hosting the Destress Fest from Dec. 5-8. At this moment we are open to receive submissions from departments and organizations who would like to host any relaxing, decompressing, and unwinding events for Wichita State students to participate in before final examination week. The deadline to submit events is Nov. 18.

Shocktoberfest 2022 October 20-29 Student Engagement, Advocacy & Leadership

There are just a few days left of Shocktoberfest 2022 — a campus tradition that’s 32 years strong.

Highlights include Shocker Madness on Thursday at Koch Arena, Fright Night on Friday and Heskett Center and the marquee event: Songfest on Sunday at the Wichita Orpheum Theatre.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will be hosting its third annual Jersey Jam on Nov. 4 in the RSC Ballroom. Doors will open at 10:06 p.m., and all revenue will go toward the preservation and strengthening of WSU’s oldest fraternity.

For tickets, email Devin Moore at dwmoore3@shockers.wichita.edu or  Zach James at zejames@shockers.wichita.edu.

Tickets are $12 for general admission without a jersey, $10 for general admission with a jersey, $7 for presale, and $5 for Greek admission. All guests must be 18 years or older with valid photo identification. No weapons, backpacks, purses, containers or outside food or drink will be allowed into this event.

Experience the entire month-long celebration as students return to campus to begin the fall 2022 semester.

Welcomefest takes place during the first four weeks of each semester and features dozens of activities. Popular programs awaiting new and returning Shockers include Clash of the Colleges and Involvement Fair.

Hosted by various student groups and campus departments, most events are free and give all students a chance to get acquainted with each other, learn their way around campus, and find ways to connect with the community.

International Buddy Program Spotlight on student Nicole Bloomquist. Below Nicole name is her major which is Political Science and Spanish and her minor which is homeland security. There is a also a wushock image and image of Nicole and her international buddy Ana with the caption Nicole with her buddy, Ana from Paraguay

Hear from our International Buddy Program participants about their experiences in the program. Featured is Nicole Bloomquist, who was paired with exchange students from Paraguay and Spain. Visit www.wichita.edu/studyabroadspotlights to read more about her experience and others.