The university supports student efforts to take the lead in shaping the learning and living environment.
Many student organizations work with the Office of Student Involvement and other university groups to plan events and bring exciting guests, artists, and speakers to campus. Please see below a listing of campus activities, programs, and traditions.
If you want to see what is happening in the Fall 2017 semester, click here for our calendar!
Each incoming student at Wittenberg University has the opportunity to participant in the four-day, transition experience called New Student Days. During this time first year students are placed in groups with two orientation assistants to assist with the social, educational, and inclusive experience of attending college. Students will become more comfortable through identification of campus resources, building relationships with peers, faculty, and staff, and enjoying late night entertainment sponsored by student organizations.
Kick-off your search for the right organization for you by attending the annual Involvement Fair hosted by all campus student organizations! Enjoy great food and music by WUSO (Wittâ€™s student-run radio station) while you browse the many involvement opportunities Witt has to offer and sign up for those that sound interesting. With over 100 different organizations and activities, thereâ€™s something for everybody! The world is yours to discover, so take the first step by trying something new!
Witt Wednesdays & Weekend Series
What better way to break up the week than with a Witt Wednesday? Each Wednesday on campus, there is something for everyone to do to relieve their stress and hang out with friends. Common events include a free night at the movies (exclusively for Wittenberg students), trivia in Founders, or the exceptional entertainment events brought to campus by Union Board including a variety of comedians, live music, the annual Build-a-Tiger, or a special movie showing in Founders. Take a study break with friends on and enjoy some good food, great people and make memories!
Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program was developed specifically for first-year students who want to make a difference & distinguish themselves as leaders on campus. Participants will be able to identify the eight components of the social change model of leadership articulate ways in which leadership is a process rather than a position. Student will learn more about their personal values and how each impacts your approach to congruent leadership. During this six week program, students will build community with their peers to enact positive change on campus or in the Springfield area.
Join us in welcoming home our beloved alumni on this September weekend. Watch the Wittenberg Tigers Football game played at Edwards-Maurer Field after attending the tailgating events hosted by Union Board and other individual organizations. Be sure to stay for half time to see the crowning of the new homecoming royalty. To learn more about Homecoming at Wittenberg, please visit the Alumni Relations website.
During family weekend, parents, siblings and relatives are invited to experience and explore life on Wittenbergâ€™s campus: our studentsâ€™ home away from home. Families may choose to attend any of the various weekend activities to get a glimpse into the history of Wittenberg University, the academics, sporting events, nightlife, and even off-campus activities. To see the schedule for Family Weekend 2017, please click here.
SPARK Conference Series
Designed to encourage engagement, illustrate the power of vocation, and illuminate the mind around oneâ€™s purpose, Wittenbergâ€™s SPARK Leadership Series delivers thought-provoking TED Talk-style presentations in a uniquely Wittenberg way. This program offers short, engaging and creative presentations intended to inspire attendees to think critically about their potential and their future while at Wittenberg and well after they graduate. Featured keynote presenters (alumni, faculty, students and staff) will share their accomplishments, passions and commitment to their values as they help students navigate their own Wittenberg experience. SPARK has three overarching goals: vocation development; connectedness-identity development; and intercultural awareness. Check back here to see the Fall 2017 dates, topics, and submission of presentation.
All siblings of Wittenberg students are invited to spend the weekend during Spring Semester on campus and join us for many festivities! Start the first night off right by attending a featured guest for some entertainment and excitement. In the past these guests have included magiciansâ€™, hypnotists, an illusionist and more! Saturday join the fun at the carnival, located in the HPER center, where you may participant in a variety of activities.
Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony
From honoring student organizations and advisors of the year; to celebrating diversity, health and wellness, or contributions to spiritual life; to recognizing our unsung heroes - this annual ceremony celebrates individuals, organizations or events that have impacted the campus community in a positive way. Nominations are gathered from the entire campus community, and through a selection committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff, winners are selected and recognized at this campus-wide event. Please check back here to nominate an individual or organization in the Spring 2018 semester. For a list of previous winners, please click here.
WittFest is all-day fun you donâ€™t want to miss! As a Union Board sponsored event, we put on a music festival full of entertainment, great food, inflatables, and (of course) awesome music! Each year, Union Board brings in guest performers that entertain students during the weekendâ€™s events. Past concert headliners have been Time Flies, Hoodie Allen, and 3OH3! Additionally, auditions are held for students and alumni who wish to perform in the music festivities. Students are able to support their peers as they see their talents performed on stage.