The quiet summer months will be replaced by the bustle of approximately 500 students moving into dormitories on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Aug. 16.  As is tradition, NEO will greet those students with its annual Welcome Day celebration. 

Campus officials say that NEO's Welcome Day will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the campus mall and will help new students feel more at ease about beginning or continuing their collegiate career. 

The event is sponsored by Crossland Construction, Business Imaging Systems, Metal Fab Trophy and Screen Printing, High Winds Casino, Bethany Christian Church, AT&T, Miami Chamber of Commerce, Cable One, Addtronics, Eye Associates of Miami and Arvest Bank. 

“Sponsorships from our local businesses are what make this event happen year after year,” said Christen Stark, director of the Public Relations and Marketing Department.  “NEO is incredibly grateful to our eleven sponsors of the 2008 Welcome Day festivities.”

Welcome Day will feature departmental brunches beginning at 10:30 a.m. in locations throughout campus.  A new addition to Welcome Day, the brunches will allow students to meet instructors from their major and other students who have chosen the same career path. 

Welcome Day will also include information sessions for parents and students beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium and Student Activity Center respectively. 

Students will be given valuable information on campus-life, getting involved in intramurals, clubs and organizations, and discovering local entertainment.  The first 400 students to attend will receive a free shirt. 

At their session, parents can find answers for those last-minute questions regarding campus safety, academics, student challenges, resident life and financial aid.

All Welcome Day participants will be treated to a free picnic on the NEO mall beginning at 12:30 p.m.  While enjoying their lunch, students can tour the Club and Business Fair to learn the details on NEO's dozens of organizations and about Miami's businesses. 

The Financial Aid Office, Admissions, Bookstore and Business Office will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

There is no registration required to participate in Welcome Day. 

For more information, call the NEO Student Recruitment Office at (918) 540-6291.