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Transitions - Fall 2019

Opening Day is Friday, August 23! Check out our Commonly Asked Questions for more information.

SOAR is just the beginning!

As the summer comes to a close, first year students arrive at Western New England University and unlock a world of new opportunities. There will be many avenues to explore and plenty of opportunities for involvement. It is by taking full advantage of all that the University has to offer, that you will access the possibilities. It is through your participation that you will make connections and establish relationships. Going to Transitions events will be the beginning of memories made and stories yet to be told.

Your Guide to Transitions 2019

What is Transitions?

Transitions ushers in the academic year and allows students to explore the realities associated with academic and social responsibility. Transitions is filled with opportunities to join a club, sign the Community Covenant, attend Fall Convocation, search for employment at the job fair, go to the  annual BEARfest event, go to Six Flags, attend Amazing Experience, play black jack at the Casino Night Gala, listen to great live bands on the Commonwealth Lawn, and engage in friendly competition at Bear Olympics.

What is Happening on the First Weekend?

Lots! We have made every effort to make your first weekend at college fun and entertaining while allowing time to settle into the University community. On Friday, August 23, the residence halls will open for resident students beginning at 9:00 a.m. Upon arrival to campus, you can’t miss the welcome tents on Deliso Lawn. There, students and parents can pick up a welcome packet, their campus mailbox key, and grab brunch. The bookstore and Enrollment Services are open too! Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet the student’s Peer Advisor. Students will pose for their class photo at Golden Bear Stadium. Friday evening marks the first social event of the semester sponsored by Student Senate and hosted by the Peer Advisors, and features comedian/hypontist Jim Spinnato.

On Saturday, August 24 will head out to the annual BEARfest program where there is much to do from swimming, to volleyball, to team building experiences as well as get your class T-shirt. In the evening there will be a huge Casino Night program with fantastic prizes. This is an event that you will remember for years to come! Sunday, students have the opportunity to make necessary schedule changes, sign up to go to the Holyoke Mall for shopping, or head to Commonwealth Lawn for some fun games and great food at Fun in the Sun(day)!

Mark Your Calendars

During the Transitions Program, students’ Peer Advisors will give out a planner and the Student Handbook. Be sure to write in these important events. The Transitions Program doesn’t end with the first weekend. During the first week, varsity athletes will come together for the Varsity Athlete Meeting.

Labor Day Weekend is the second weekend of the semester and it is a long one! Is there anything to do? Of course there is! Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, students who signed up for an Amazing Experience will head out on their, go karting, aquarium, Newport, or paintball trip. On Sunday, everyone can enjoy a drive-in movie on Commonwealth lawn sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Monday, September 2, is BEAR Olympics, where students compete in teams according to residence hall in our very own version of the Olympics! Commuter students are more than welcome to attend, and join the team for their favorite residence hall! So, thinking about going home? Think again! You haven’t experienced Labor Day Weekend until you have done it Western New England style!

Last but certainly not least are two important events; the Student Employment Fair on Tuesday, September 3 and the Student Activities Expo on Thursday, September 5. Each event will afford you the opportunity to check out the multitude of ways to get involved both on and off campus. Mark these dates in your calendar, and don’t miss out on all that the Transitions Program has to offer!


Friday, August 23

  • Residence halls open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Students and parents are greeted at the Transitions welcome tents on the Deliso Lawn.
  • Students and parents have the opportunity to meet student’s Peer Advisor.
  • College Bookstore is open.
  • Enrollment Services is open.
  • Representatives from area places of worship are available.
  • Students pick up their campus mailbox keys.
  • Peer Advisors host First Night at Western New England featuring comedian/hypnotist Jim Spinnato.

Saturday, August 24

  • College Bookstore is open.
  • Enrollment Services is open.
  • Students are invited to participate in BEARFest at Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA. Team challenges, recreation and time with your classmates...an event not to be missed.
  • Students are invited to attend a campus wide Casino Night Gala hosted by the Campus Activities Board and the Residence Hall Association in the evening. This huge event is sponsored by Student Senate.

Sunday, August 25

First Year students have the opportunity to take a mini-trip off campus to a local mall to take care of some last minute shopping. Come and join us on the Commonwealth lawn for kanjam, cornhole, volleyball, and great food at Fun in the Sun(day)!