HBU Welcome Week Had Something for Everyone

From Tug-O-War to worship, HBU’s Welcome Week provided activities for every student to enjoy.

Welcome Week began Thursday, August 25, with freshmen move-in followed by a Beanie Ceremony at which each new freshman received a blue and orange beanie to wear for the first week of classes. The afternoon and evening had many activities, including a Q&A for parents and families and a Welcome Dinner in the Brown Courtyard.

Over the weekend, students learned about campus facilities, student life, and community churches, and illusionist Jared Hall performed on campus. A Worship Service was held in Dunham Theater for students Sunday morning.

As classes began Monday, some students were out at tables collecting t-shirts for a t-shirt swap. Any student could trade an old t-shirt for a new HBU Husky shirt. On Wednesday, Opening Convocation allowed all students and faculty to hear from President Robert Sloan about the purpose of life and the story of the Creator God.

After Convocation, the traditional Tug-O-War between freshmen and upperclassmen ended in an upset. Throughout the history of Houston Baptist University, the upperclassmen have always won the war, which forces the freshmen to wear their beanies for an extra week after Welcome Week. However, this year, the freshmen pulled together and beat their upperclassmen.

The different student organizations on campus set up booths around Holcombe Mall Thursday afternoon to showcase what they offer to students this year. Sororities, fraternities, pre-professional associations, Christian-based groups, and more explained how they create places for students to feel welcome and be involved.

The Volleyball and Soccer teams also had games throughout the week that students could attend to cheer on their fellow Huskies.

To learn more about HBU Student Life, visit hbu.edu/student-life.