PACK Welcome Week

Before you dive into your first term of classes, we have a jam-packed week of exciting activities to help you become acclimated to campus life. From speakers, to socials, to signing your name on the sidewalk, join your fellow new wolves to begin making your mark at WOU!

Fall orientation is your time to get to know all about WOU, make new friends, and  explore various opportunities available to you as you embark on your journey at Western Oregon University!

What Happens During PACK Welcome Week?

We’re glad you asked!

PACK Welcome Week takes place the week before fall term classes begin. Throughout the week, current students will lead the way through a variety of activities to help you become more familiar with WOU. We had everything from motivational speakers, resource fairs, drive-in movies, and more (but we don’t want to spoil the surprises)! You’ll get to meet other incoming students and form connections while learning what it means to be a wolf. We can’t wait to see you there!

PACK Welcome Week 2024 will take place from September 22nd-28th, 2024.

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Find some of our previous PACK Welcome Week festivities here!

Check out some of our highlighted events from past PACK Welcome Weeks!

Convocation with Monti Washington

Presenting – Convocation with a welcome from President Jesse Peters and keynote from nationally-known speaker Monti Washington! A product of a one night stand, abused in foster home after foster home, and raised sleeping in parks were just a few of the daunting obstacles in Monti’s journey From the Streets to the Stage. Be ready to be engaged, encouraged, and empowered by Monti who has obtained two college degrees, become a state basketball champion, award winning poet, McDonald’s All-American nominee, nationally recognized actor, and co-founder of, a non-profit organization aimed at inspiring youth to be TRU The Real U.

The Dave Ahdoot Show

Presenting Dave Ahdoot: A comedian, writer, and actor based out of New York City! David has appeared as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, and has executively produced, written, and/or starred in shows on NBC digital, HBO, TBS, and CBS. Join us for a lively evening of laughter and excitement! Dave will set you up with your new best friend!

Welcome Week Dance with Light it up

Light It Up is quite simply the Worlds Wildest Glow Party blending sound, light and one fantastic DJ. Crack a glow stick and come get on the dance floor for a truly fun start to your first week at WOU.

Welcome to Monmouth & Independence Celebration

Join us at Main Street Park for booths featuring local businesses with tons of free giveaways for students, as well as other entertainment. Sponsored by WOU, MICC, and Monmouth Business Association. Wolfride will be availbe to take students to and from the park.

Drive-In Movie - & Horseracing

Bring your blankets and sleeping bags to watch a drive-in movie. The movie will be shown on a giant drive-in screen! Come grab some popcorn from our booths and place your “bets” on video horse-racing to win some great prizes. 

Diversity Speaker

Victoria Alexander will be doing a keynote conversation on diversity, equity, inclusion, and implicit biases. She is a public speaker, PhD student, and third-generation educator focused on racial justice.

Game Night

Let the games begin… Join the fun all night long in the WUC! With eight fun game rooms all happening at once, from an interactive game show to an escape room, we will surely have something that will make you want to go all in. There will also be a photo booth, tons of PRIZES, and all the snacks you could want!

Work Study Fair & Hiring On-Site

This fair is a great opportunity to meet with local employers seeking: part-time workers volunteer help work study students. Come meet some of the wonderful employers from the local area and find out how you make the most of your opportunities. We encourage you to complete your resume and bring it along. If you need assistance with your resume, or want to know what to expect from a fair, feel free to visit CPP, WUC119 and talk with a professional

C-Word: Consent Program

The C-Word: Consent is an interactive, educational program that uses a combination of audience interaction, improv exercises, and thoroughly researched information to break down walls and have a frank, difficult, but needed conversation about sex and consent. This program covers a wide range of topics that include effective boundary setting, online behavior, bystander intervention, and survivor resources.

New Student Sunrise Breakfast

Join your peers for this early morning tradition! Watch the sun rise on your WOU experience and reflect on everything you want to accomplish. President Jesse Peters and ASWOU president Kodee Harwood will be speaking. Enjoy pancakes courtesy of the Vice President of Student Affairs. The traditional signing of the PACK Welcome Week will take place immediately after. You wouldn’t want to miss out on these WOU Traditions!

Signing of New Student Week Walk

Leave your “paw print” – come sign your name on the sidewalk with your fellow wolves! Leave your legacy!

Professor Panels and Mini Classes

This is a unique opportunity to meet a Western professor before classes even begin! You will be able to see what faculty members are like outside of the classroom as they share about themselves and what they expect from the students enrolled in their classes. Do not miss your chance to get the inside information about how to succeed academically at Western. Residence hall students should talk to your PLUS Team member about your meeting time and location.

ROLL into Fall Term LASER-Focused

What’s better than one exciting large-scale event? Two of them! SAB is hosting the ultimate glow in the dark roller rink and fun packed laser tag. Whether you’re looking to skate the night away or for some friendly competition, we’ve got you covered for the night!

Midnight movie at Independence Theater

Take a ride to the Independence Cinema and enjoy a late night movie with just your peers! Indy Cinema partners with campus constantly to bring entertainment to the area. Bring your WOU ID and $5 cash to get in! Ticket sales end at Midnight. Wolfride will drive you over! Meet in H-lot outside of Ackerman Hall.

PWW Variety Show and Video

Come and be razzle-dazzled at the 2022 Variety Show! The Variety Show is a traditional PACK Welcome Week event that showcases the abilities of students at WOU! All attendees are encouraged to dress up as theme park characters. We hope you join us for the ride!

Contact the department of New Student & Family Programs | (503) 838-9482 | M-F, 9am-5pm | Virtually & On Campus (WUC 210)