The Week of Welcome (WoW) is a week of FREE events welcoming first year and transfer students to campus and welcoming back returning students to Xavier University. Week of Welcome is coordinated and promoted by the Office of Student Involvement, but made possible by the dozens of clubs and departments sponsoring events throughout the week. WoW 2017 takes place August 20-29.


2016 Schedule

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

Sunday, August 21

Student Mass
Center for Faith & Justice
Saints--all are welcome to begin the year with this weekly mass that is usually presided over by Fr. B. If you don’t know him yet, you soon will. If you have never been called a saint, he will change that too.
Bellarmine Chapel | 4:00pm

Common Ground-It's Church, mostly.
Center for Faith & Justice
Common Ground is a weekly Protestant worship service on campus, a space where students from a wide variety of Christian backgrounds can come together to worship, pray, engage Scripture and encounter God. Join us to kick-off this weekly service--and get a Common Ground T-Shirt.
Outdoor Amphitheatre | 8:00pm

Student Mass
Center for Faith & Justice
Join us for mass, last chance! This service is focused on the student community and is a great way to kick off every week of your time at X.  Bellarmine Chapel | 10:00pm

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Monday, August 22

B2C: Bagels to Class    
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)   
Enjoy a bagel on us! The Xavier Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America is having a breakfast to-go station for the early-risers walking to class. An assembly line will be ready to greet students with bananas, cream cheese and a variety of bagels.                                                                                                        Xavier Yard South | 9:00am-10:00am        

Taste of Xavier
Auxiliary Services  
Xperience what Xavier has to offer this year! Brought to you by Auxiliary Services, this event will open your eyes to EVERYTHING you need to survive college life. From dining to laundry - parking to printing, Auxiliary Services is your town marketplace at college. Learn more about these services and receive free items and coupons: Auxiliary Services, Dining Services, All For One Shops, US Bank, Document Center, Parking, Mailing Services, All Card and X Cash, Laundry, Vending, Copy & Print, Pepsi, Pizza ATM, Catering.
Xavier Yard South | 11:00am-2:00pm            

Pancake Bingo Bash   
Xavier LGBTQ Alliance
Come enjoy some fun and colorful pancakes and test your luck at trivia-bingo to win gift card prizes!    
GSC Outdoor Amphitheatre | 12:30pm-2:30pm    

Round of A-PAWS for Fall 2016
Animals, People & the Environment at Xavier (APEX)
Enjoy some puppy love and delicious snacks with APEX (Animals, People, and the Environment at Xavier).
Xavier Yard North | 3:00pm-4:00pm

Snack Time
Center for Faith and Justice
Shed some light on the adventures you will have this year... Come and get to know the CFJ! Cookies, lemonade and take home treats... all with the CFJ sun.                                                                                                             Husman Stage | 2:00pm-4:00pm

Xavier University Police Department
The Xavier University Police Department and students from the Xavier University Criminal Justice Society are partnering to discuss common safety issues pertaining to matters of interest ranging from personal safety to fire safety.  Learn from the experts ways to be proactive in addressing potential risks both on campus and off.                                Xavier Yard South | 5:00pm-7:00pm        

Coffeehouse Night
Calling all Xavier artists! Bring your poetry, prose, guitar, voice, or any other artistic talent to share. All are welcome to perform.
The Arrupe Overlook | 7:00pm-9:00pm    

Root Beer Rosary
Life After Sunday
Join the members of Life After Sunday in praying the Rosary...make your mother proud. Afterwards, we will be enjoying root beer floats!  Come for a chance to center yourself in prayer and meet new people.  Bellarmine Side Chapel | 9:00pm-10:00pm    

Vote! Summer 2016 Study Abroad Photo Contest
Center for International Education
Vote to determine the Summer 2016 Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners! Photos are posted to the Xavier International Facebook page. Like a photo to vote!
Online | Monday-Wednesday

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Tuesday, August 23

App Match
Entrepreneurship Club
Match the idea and concept to the app.                                                    GSC Outdoor Amphitheater | 11:30pm-12:45pm        

Get the Scoop on Study Abroad
Center for International Education
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Learn about study abroad opportunities and enjoy an ice cream cone.    
GSC Outdoor Amphitheater | 1:30pm-3:30pm    

Where in the U.S. will your (Alternative Breaks) travel take you?
Center for Faith and Justice/Alternative Breaks                  
Where in the U.S. will your (AB) travel take you? Customize your own cup of trail mix and hear more about Alternative Breaks' year of service, education, and reflection from some very eager ABers!  You will get the chance to learn about all of the social justice issues AB focuses on all around the country and think about where your AB travel might take you. Along with snacks, there will be pictures, trivia, information, and AB giveaways!                                                                                                     
Xavier Yard North | 1:00pm-4:00pm

CDI Family Reunion    
Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Black Student Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)   
Join us for a fun-filled, family oriented cookout and explosive performance from the renowned dance company, Step Afrika! There will be music, food, games, and activities to welcome all members of the Xavier Family into the new year.
Xavier Yard South | 1:00pm-4:00pm        

Consensual Chillin: Icepops
Xavier Students Against Sexual Assault (XSASA)
Come chill with XSASA and enjoy an icepop while learning about who we are and what we hope to accomplish this year.                                    Xavier Yard South | 1:00pm-2:30pm            

Can-Jam Tournament
Club Ultimate Frisbee
Come play can jam with the men's and women's ultimate teams! Get to know the team and learn how to throw a disc with the best of them! If you like throwing round discs and a little competition, then this is the event for you! There will be free food so come out and have some fun with the Ultimate teams! There will also be Spikeball, another great game!                                                                                                             Sand Volleyball Courts | 4:30pm-6:30pm    

History Club
Come out and play a fun game of Jeopardy! Questions will range from History to Sports to Xavier Trivia! There will be snacks and drinks provided and the winning team will receive fun prizes! Come show off your knowledge and have a good time!                                                     Alter 301 | 5:00pm-7:00pm            

BBQ & Cornhole Event
Criminal Justice Society
The CJS BBQ/Cornhole Event will consist of hamburgers and hot dogs made on the grill for anyone interested in coming.  We will also have four total cornhole boards present for anyone to play while enjoying hot dogs and hamburgers.  Water and soda will also be provided.                                                                                            Xavier Yard South  | 6:00pm-7:30pm    

Body Sculpt on the Upper Yard
Changing Health, Attitudes, and Action to Recreate Girls (CHAARG)
Bring your yoga mat and start your year off right with an energizing body sculpt class led by O'Connor instructor and CHAARG's very own Emily Lowe! You’re invited to meet new people, learn about how CHAARG encourages a happy + healthy lifestyle and find your fit!                          Xavier Upper Yard | 7:00pm-8:00pm    

Macaron Tasting
French Club
Come join the French Club in a FREE tasting of macarons provided by the Macaron Bar. This is a great chance to meet the French Club board and learn about our upcoming events for the year!
Starbucks at University Station | 7:00pm-8:30pm

Sand Volleyball
Enjoy the opportunity to play in a non-competitive game of volleyball! Or just come to watch and have conversations with new people!
Sand Volleyball Courts | 8:00pm-10:00pm    

Fireside Chat
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Students would be able to roast marshmallows and make s'mores and mingle. Meet new people at the beginning of the year.    
Basketball Court Patio | 8:00pm-10:00pm

Navigating the Journey
Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice
Join the Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice for a relaxing and introspective time with other students and some of the theology faculty at Xavier University. Along with refreshments and a reflection on practices of self-care and spirituality, this will be a chance to practice and learn the significance of walking labyrinths.
Xavier Yard North | 9:00pm-10:00pm

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Wednesday, August 24

OH, SNAP! Interfaith Photos
Center for Interfaith Community Engagement
A smile means love in every language! Grab your friends – new and old – and snap a couple shots at our open-air photo booth.                          Xavier Yard South | 11:00am-2:00pm

Rowing on the Yard
Club Crew        
Come out and see what crew is all about. Try it out, and get a cool gift. Come meet a fun bunch of people.  Get a chance to try out rowing on an erg, and find out how to join the team.                                                Xavier Yard North | 11:00am-2:00pm        

Bobbing for Apples
Education Club
Education Club invites you to bob for apples! You can bob for an apple or create your own caramel apple while learning about the clubs plans for the upcoming year.                                                                               Husman Stage | 12:00pm-1:00pm            

Sign Language Club
Learn more about American Sign Language Club and what we have planned for the year. There will be a chance to win prizes!                      Xavier Yard North | 1:00pm-2:30pm

Xavier Bites
Come get free cookies and smoothies with Xavier's only cooking club, Home-X. Take a bite or sip while learning more about our club!
Xavier Yard North | 1:30pm-3:30pm    

Career Development Office's Guide to Working with Muggles
Career Development Office
You may want to avoid thinking about life after graduation, but working in the Muggle world can often be confusing and intimidating. Stop by our table for FREE MAGICAL giveaways and learn about how the Career Development Office (CDO) at Xavier School of Witchcraft and Wizardry can help you get a head start! The CDO offers guidance on traditional Muggle office attire,  internship experience, non-magical resumes and more!
GSC Concourse | 2:00-4:00

Build Your Own Sundae
Her Campus Xavier University
Join Her Campus Xavier and build your own ice cream sundae!  Get to know more about what we do while enjoying your ice cream and prizes!Husman Stage | 2:30pm-4:00pm

International WoW Hour
Center for International Education
Share some delicious international snacks and a cup of coffee with new and returning international and domestic students.
Outdoor Amphitheater | 3:30pm-4:30pm

Taste of Cincinnati
Student Activities Council (SAC)
Come and enjoy some free local cuisine and live music out on the yard weather permitting! A great way to see a student organization and meet new people! 
Xavier Yard North | 5:00pm-6:30pm    

Spanish Club
Join Spanish Club for a taza de cafe! Come enjoy a cup of coffee and get to know our club. Aside from tasty coffee, food and drinks, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with existing members of our club. Our goal on campus is to promote cultural diversity and education though various cultural activities throughout the year. Come out and say Hi or Hola and of course enjoy a cup of coffee!
Outdoor Amphitheater | 7:30pm-9:00pm

S’mores Night
In the Loop
This isn't your grandma's crochet circle! Enjoy s'mores with XU's fibers and yarn club while making a mini pom pom Blue Blob!
Xavier Yard North | 8:00pm-10:00pm

X-Treme Fans Open Meeting        

                                        X-Treme Fans                                                                                 
Come to the first open meeting for X-treme Fans! Learn what it's like to be a student fan at Xavier, how the ticketing process works and about all of the programming opportunities provided by the X-treme Fans Board!  Free dessert will be served!                                                     
Cintas Center Court | 8:00pm-8:45pm

Gentlemen Organized for Achievement and Leadership (GOAL) & Ladies with Emphasis on Achievement and Distinction (LEAD)     
Come out have fun and sing with GOAL and LEAD.                
Gallagher Student Center Lower Level | 8:00pm-10:00pm

Frozen Fencing                                                                                 
Club Fencing                                                                                      
Join Club Fencing for glow in the dark fencing, fencing demonstrations by our members, and popsicles.
Xavier Yard South | 9:30pm-10:30pm

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Thursday, August 25

The Fantastic Four
TRiO, Student Support Services
When life gives you LEMONS! ---Make Lemonade! Come enjoy some refreshing lemonade and get to know the FANTASTIC Fours. 
GSC Outdoor Amphitheater | 1:30pm-2:30pm            

Learn How to Play League of Legends
Xavier University Gamers Alliance
Come on out and join the XU gamers alliance as we play league of legends hangout and make new friends, we will be discussing our club as well as teaching any potential new comers.
Hailstones 4 | 2:40pm-4:45pm        

Dunk the Bursar
Office of the Bursar
Come one, come all to watch the Bursar fall…in a dunk tank that is!! Impress us with your knowledge Bursar related material and earn chances to dunk members of the Xavier University staff into a 500 gallon dunk tank. Refreshments will be provided. 
Outside of Musketeer Mezzanine | 2:00pm-4:00pm    

Candidate Meet-and-Greet
Political Science Club
Political Science Club will host a meet-and-greet with local candidate X, for X position, and provide campaign opportunities for its members. 
GSC Outdoor Amphitheater | 4:00pm-5:00pm            

Citizens of the World
Come Join Citizens of the world as we learn about the world via trivia, dancing and food. Fun prizes and fun people. We look forward to seeing you.
GSC Clocktower Lounge | 4:55pm-6:55pm        

Cookout on the Yard
Unified for Uganda
Come join Unified for Uganda for hot dogs and a cool treat on the Yard!Xavier Yard North | 5:30pm-7:00pm            

Meet the Greeks
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Meet the current members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Xavier University, a collaborative organization of nine historically African American international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities.
Starbucks at University Station | 6:00pm-7:00pm        

eXplore CFJ
Center for Faith and Justice
Join the CFJ for the first in a series of evenings where you can form new friendships, explore CFJ opportunities, meet the staff and pick meaningful ways to create a home on Xavier's campus! 
GSC 310 - CFJ | 6:30pm-7:30pm            

US History Trivia Night @ Ryan's Pub
Young Americans for Liberty
Come join Xavier University's Young Americans for Liberty for a fun night of US History trivia! Teams of four students will compete and show off their knowledge of US history in categories like Presidents, Legislation, Wars, Pop Culture, and more! 
Ryan's Pub | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Ultimate Frisbee
Come out for a friendly game of Ultimate Frisbee. Get ready to compete to become the next champion!
XU Soccer Complex  | 9:00pm-11:00pm    

The Jungle Book - Late Night Movie
Student Activities Council
Don't miss the first Late Night Movie of the year: Disney's "The Jungle Book" 
Xavier Yard  | 9:00pm-11:00pm    

Late Night BBQ
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Learn more about the organizations that are in NPHC and get some good food and mingle with current members of NPHC.    
Xavier Upper Yard | 10:00pm-12:00am    

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Friday, August 26

God's Ice Cream Parlor
Center for Interfaith Community Engagement
There are many different flavors in God’s ice cream parlor, and they are all sweet! Cool down and join Rabbi Abie to experience all the different flavors in God’s Ice Cream Parlor. 
Bellarmine Circle | 11:30am-2:00pm        

AED Scavenger Hunt
Health Services Club
Come join us in a campus scavenger hunt for AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for a chance to win awesome prizes and gift cards! 
Husman Stage | 12:00pm-1:00pm            

Pick a Duck
Resident Student Association
Pick a duck for a chance to win various prizes and also learn about RSA and our plans for the year! 
Xavier Yard South | 1:00pm-2:00pm        

Colleges Against Cancer
Have you attended a Relay for Life before? Are you interested in joining the club that organizes Xavier's own Relay that raised over 20,000 dollars for cancer research last year? Come join us and learn more about Xavier's Colleges Against Cancer club and enjoy some snowcones too! 
GSC Outdoor Amphitheater | 2:00pm-4:00pm

Salat al-Jumat - Friday Prayer for Xavier's Muslim Community
Center for Faith & Justice (CFJ) and Muslim Students Association
Join the CFJ & MSA to find your Muslim brothers and sisters on campus as we say prayers together. Start your year off right; start your year with God. 
Interfaith Chapel, Husman | 2:00pm-3:00pm        

African Students Association
Come brighten up your day by joining the Xavier African Students Association and the Xavier community in a showcase of African culture with plays, stories, games, dance, and food as we celebrate community and togetherness.
Xavier Yard North | 2:00pm-4:45pm            

T-Shirt Giveaway
Office of Student Involvement
Stop by and talk to the OSI! Free T-shirts to the first 500 students!    
GSC Outdoor Amphitheater | 3:00pm-4:00pm            

A caBellas Concert
A caBellas
Come and sit back and relax as Xavier's Female a cappella group host their first concert of the year! 
Outdoor Amphitheater | 5:00pm-5:45pm    

Group Run 
Club Triathlon    
Trying to stay in shape this school year? Like to run but aren't sure of good routes?  Meet up with Xavier's Triathlon Club and we'll show you our favorite routes!  Be sure to wear your running shoes! 
Outside GSC Entrance | 6:00pm-7:00pm    

Xavier Men’s Soccer Home Opener
Xavier Athletics
Xavier Men's Soccer takes on Evansville in their home opener. The first 250 students in attendance will receive a giveaway TBA courtesy of X-Treme Fans.
XU Soccer Complex | 7:00pm-9:00pm            

Wild n' Out in White Party
Black Student Association
Let's kick off the year with a bang. Come to BSA's Icebreaker. All-White attire required. 
Xavier Upper Yard | 7:00pm-11:00pm            

The Jungle Book - Late Night Movie
Student Activities Council (SAC)
Don't miss the first Late Night Movie of the year, Disney's "The Jungle Book."
The Arrupe Overlook | 11:00pm-1:00am        

Late Night Xavier
Student Activities Council (SAC)
Free Entertainment!  Free Activities!  And Free Food await you at your first Late Night Xavier event!  This one features the amazing cover band music of Noah Hoehn along with awesome inflatables, carnival games and carnival food!  See you at LNX!
Gallagher Student Center | 11:00pm-1:00am

Bonfire & S'mores                                                              
Meet new people around the warm glow of a campfire and enjoy free S’mores.                                      
Husman Stage | 9:00pm-11:00pm

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Saturday, August 27

Group Bike Ride
Club Triathlon
Like to bike for exercise but don't know any cycling friendly roads?  Meet up with the Xavier Triathlon Club and we'll show you our favorite routes.  This is a no-drop ride, all skill levels welcome!
Meeting at Husman Stage | 10:00am-12:00pm

Dig It with Life After Sunday
Life After Sunday
Join Life After Sunday for sand volleyball as we BUMP up our Catholic faith, SET up our spiritual lives for the year, and SPIKE away our beginning-of-the-semester stress!  Popsicles and refreshments will be served! 
Sand Volleyball Courts | 11:00am-12:30pm

Smoothies & Water Balloons
Xavier Students Against Destructive Decisions Every Day (X-SADD-ED)
Beat the heat with smoothies, and water balloons!  Make new friends & enter for a chance to win a gift card!
Xavier Yard North | 3:00pm-4:00pm

Urban Farm and NEXUS Garden Tours
Xavier Sustainability, Xavier Urban Farm, NEXUS Garden
Sustainability Club and the Xavier Urban Farm will be hosting tours of the farm and NEXUS garden on campus. After the tour(s), there will be a picnic-like event with food partially provided by the Sustainability Club plot at NEXUS.
NEXUS Garden picnic tables, Xavier Urban Farm | 5:00pm-6:30pm        

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
NABA GRAB A DAB of ICE-CREAM will allow incoming students to network with their respective classes while enjoying Cincinnati's own GRAETER's ICE-CREAM.    
GSC Outdoor Amphitheater | 5:00pm-6:30pm        

Don't Tell Anna Improv Show
Don't Tell Anna
Don't Tell Anna (DTA) is Xavier's oldest improv comedy troupe. DTA will celebrate its 20th year on Xavier's campus and you to be a part of our kickoff show. We will perform a series of improv games centered on your prompts. Feel free to bring friends, family and anyone who enjoys laughter. We aim to make the Xavier community laugh together.
GSC Theatre | 9:30pm-10:30pm

The Jungle Book - Late Night Movie
Students Activities Council
Don't miss the first Late Night Movie of the year, Disney's "The Jungle Book."  
The Arrupe Overlook | 11:00pm-1:00am            

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Sunday, August 28

Dance Your Socks Off: Tie Dying with the Dance Team
Xavier Dance Team
Come tie dye a pair of socks with the dance team! (Socks and tie dye provided.)
Xavier Yard South | 11:00am-12:30pm    

Sand Volleyball Tournament
Men's and Women's Club Volleyball                                                   
Play in (or cheer on) the sand volleyball tournament at the Sand Volleyball Courts. This is a great chance to meet both club volleyball teams and ask questions!   
Sand Volleyball Courts | 1:00pm-3:30pm                                          

BLT Cookout
Business Leaders for Tomorrow
Enjoy a grill out with your peers and have an opportunity to build your network.
Xavier Yard South | 2:00pm-:00pm    

Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae
Habitat for Humanity
Build your own ice cream sundae with many toppings.
Xavier Yard North | 3:30pm-3:45pm            

Come Grow with Us
The Montessori Institute and Montessori Education Club
Students will each be given small flower pot, seed, and soil to plant. We will have spray paint and stencils for students to decorate their pot. The students will be able to take their pot with them as a welcome gift. 
GSC Outdoor Amphitheater | 4:30pm-6:00pm

A Taste of True Love
Department of Theology
Many students hope that their college years will be an opportunity to find true love. An interfaith panel of Xavier faculty and alumni representing the Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions share their stories of finding their own true love and reflect on the wisdom from their religious traditions that supported them in their relationships and marriage. This event is sponsored by the department of Theology. Tasty refreshments will be served.
The Arrupe Overlook | 7:00pm-9:00pm

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Monday, August 29

Club Sports Council
Come get you lei's with Club Sports! Meet the teams on the lawn for some hot dogs and hawaiian fun!                                                  
Xavier Yard North | 2:00pm-4:00pm

Xavier Singers Performance
Xavier Singers
Xavier University Singers is a student run organization, choreographed by Xavier students and accompanied by a student led band. Students work rigorously to put on a show at the end of each semester. Shows consist of dancing, comedy, and of course, a whole lot of singing.  
Outdoor Amphitheater | 4:00pm-4:30pm

Harmon-X Welcome Back Concert
Come join Harmon-X at our Welcome Back Concert! Harmon-X, Xavier's all-male a cappella group, will be showcasing some awesome a cappella music. Listen, have fun, and enjoy some free pizza!    
The Arrupe Overlook | 5:30pm-6:30pm

Sundaes With the Divas
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Come out and grab some Sundaes with the Renowned Rho Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated!                                 
Center for Diversity and Inclusion | 7:00pm-8:00pm    

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Tuesday, August 30

SOL Brings Food Trucks
Student Organization of Latinos
Hungry for some authentic food? Come & enjoy FREE Mexican food from this delicious food truck(name of food truck) on (date) from (time). Student Organization of Latinos will be hosting and there will also be music so if you feel like dancing some salsa feel free to come! Xavier students with a valid all card only. 
Bellarmine Circle l 12:00pm-1:30pm

Cornhole Challenge                                                                       
Alumni Relations                                                                                 
Join the office of Alumni Relations for free treats and a Cornhole Challenge! Toss a bag on the board and win some free Xavier swag – the more you make, the more you win!  
Xavier Yard North | 3:00pm-4:00pm

Make Thyme for Yourself: Yoga and Herb Growing                      
Xavier Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG)                       
Come join SWAG for yoga on the Xavier Yard, followed by a build-your-own-herb activity! Everyone needs a little more thyme in their life.
Xavier Yard North | 7:00pm-8:30pm

Meet and Greet
Economics Association                                                                      
Meet and greet with some Econ professors and some of the heads for the Econ association.                                                                       
Smith Hall Atrium | 7:00pm-7:30pm

Pro-Life Movie Night
Students For Life                                                                              
Come watch Horton Hears a Who with us and meet new people! Free snacks and drinks will be provided.                                               
Kennedy Auditorium | 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Asian Pacific Society
Come and join Asian Pacific Society (APS) for a fun-filled night of singing your heart out . . . or listening to your friends who do! Grab food, drink and a free prize for the first 50 students!
Gallagher Student Center Lower Level | 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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Host an Event

Xavier University recognized student organizations, offices, and departments are invited to propose to host a Week of Welcome event.

Submit an Event Proposal for WoW 2017
- Registration Closes April 28 at 4pm


WoW is strictly for Xavier student organizations, offices, and departments. Vendors and outside organizations looking to have a presence during this week can propose to be a sponsor of Club Day.

Contact Crystal Guffey at for more information.