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Howdy Rowdy Welcome Back 2018

Howdy Rowdy Welcome Back 2018

Howdy Rowdy Welcome Back 2018 

August 20-24 & August 27-30

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If you are a first-time freshman and need information concerning the "Engage Track" click here.


Week 1:

August 20-24
Monday, August 20
“Meet the Greeks”
9:30am – 12:30pm / Quad
Join the 14 Greek-lettered organizations within the McNeese Greek Unity Board for a day filled with food, fun, and fellowship.  Organizations will set up table displays to distribute information about joining their groups or supporting their philanthropic efforts for the new academic year.
Campus Involvement Seminar** (Engage Track)
6:30pm – 8:00pm / Parra Ballroom
The Student Union & Activities Office will host a seminar that will guide new students on their path to getting involved on campus.  Current student leaders and University administrators will present opportunities to establish a deeper connection to the University.  The seminar will be interactive.  Refreshments will be provided.
Tuesday, August 21
McNeese Student Organizations Fair** (Engage Track)
Session 1: 9:00am – 12:00pm / Parra Ballroom
Session 2: 6:30pm – 8:00pm / Parra Ballroom
The annual Welcome Back Student Organizations Fair is a chance for students, faculty, and staff to become acquainted with our 100+ recognized student organizations.  Organizations will be recruiting new members and sharing information about their plans for the new school year.  Music and refreshments will be present at each session.

Click here to RSVP an organization for the Student Organizations Fair!
Wednesday, August 22
 “Welcome Back Wednesday”** (Engage Track)
11:00am – 1:00pm / New Ranch Atrium
The Student Life Coalition will host a day of free novelties, food, and music in the Student Union-New Ranch.
Thursday, August 23
“Get Connected Day”** (Engage Track)
9:00am – 12:00pm / New Ranch Atrium
Various student support departments and academic areas will host table setups in the New Ranch to meet new students, give information about the services they provide, and to answer general questions.
Friday, August 24
“Community Day”
9:00am – 12:00pm / Parra Ballroom
Local businesses & community service agencies in the McNeese area will have booths in the New Ranch Atrium to culminate Howdy Rowdy Welcome Week.  Several businesses will be marketing their products and services, while others may be offering opportunities for part-time employment and internships for students. Most tables will offer free promotional items, samples, and prize drawings.

Click here to register a business or organization for community day!

Week 2:

August 27-30
Monday, August 27
Engage Informational Session** (Engage Track)
6:00pm – 7:30pm / Parra Ballroom
Engage is a new student engagement online platform that will be utilized by departments and student organizations.  The platform will be uses to connect students to meaningful and guided opportunities, to track student involvement, and to showcase the impact engagement has on the student experience.  This session will include a tutorial for how to fully utilize the platform and its mobile application.  Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, August 28
“SGA Day”
10:00am – 12:30pm / New Ranch Atrium
The McNeese Student Government Association will host a day to show its appreciation of the McNeese student body.  Come to this event to learn more about how you can be connected to and involved with the organization.  There will also be free food, music, and cool giveaways.
Wednesday, August 29
“Wellness Wednesday”** (Engage Track)
9:00am – 12:00pm / New Ranch Atrium
Student Health Services will coordinate a program to promote student wellness.  In order to succeed in college (and in life), it is important to be WELL. There will be tables with information and resources on the following topics: academic health, emotional health, nutritional health, sexual health, and healthy alcohol consumption.
SGA Opening Meeting** (Engage Track)
4:00pm – 5:00pm / Baker Auditorium (Farrar Hall)
The McNeese Student Government Association will host its opening meeting for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Come to hear from your student leadership and learn how you can be actively engaged with SGA this school year!
Thursday, August 30
McNeese Campus Ministries Day
9:00am – 12:00pm / New Ranch
McNeese’s many campus ministry student organizations will be present in the New Ranch Atrium to distribute information to students about services they provide along with how to join their organizations.  There will also be information available regarding attendance to their worship services, meetings, and free lunch programs. 
Student Life Coalition Opening Meeting** (Engage Track)
2:00pm – 3:00pm / Old Ranch (Student Union)
The McNeese Student Life Coalition will host its opening meeting for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Leaders of the organizations will share their program plans for the school year and explain how any student can volunteer or serve as a committee member in the organization.


  • Call the Student Union & Activities Office at 337-475-5609 or email with any questions about Howdy Rowdy Welcome Back.