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A Warm Welcome for New + Returning Wildcats

Ignite the Night lanterns at dusk

9/3/18 | New and returning Wildcats alike were welcomed back to JWU’s Providence Campus this past weekend. Although Wildcat Welcome officially lasts the entire first week of the academic year, Labor Day weekend is especially jam-packed — from the hustle and bustle of move-in to all kinds of athletics (men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey teams play their season openers), food, karaoke and a Saturday night appearance by comedian Matt Bellassai.

Sunday marked the start of a new JWU tradition: Ignite the Night, designed as an opportunity for the entire campus community (including JWU alumni) to welcome the Class of 2022. The evening began with a barbecue dinner at Snowden Hall. At dusk, Wildcat Willie led new students on a procession through the Gaebe Gates, followed by the hanging of illuminated lanterns around the quad.

Enjoy your time at JWU — it goes by really fast!”


Once the lanterns were lit, Student Government Association (SGA) President Will Ortiz welcomed the newest Wildcats: “I want to encourage you to get involved. We all have our different strengths. You can join a sports team. You can volunteer. You can study abroad. There is so much available to you! And don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it — the Center for Academic Studies helped me when I was having trouble writing essays. There are so many support systems here.” Most of all, he reminded the crowd, “enjoy your time at JWU — [it] goes by really fast!”

After Ortiz’ brief remarks, students congregated in front of Snowden, where they toasted S’mores over open coals. It was a picture-perfect end to a grand new Wildcat tradition.

Welcome, Wildcats!

Moving in

Olivia Pienta and Damien Cook chat as they move into their new res hall

Wildcat Willie high-fives new students at Ignite the Night

New students file into Gaebe with their lanterns

Toasting S’mores over open grills

More S’mores!

Topics: Providence Campus Life