Fresno State prepares to kick off the fall 2017 semester with several events this week and next. On Aug. 17, Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro will deliver his annual Fall Assembly State-of-the-Campus talk to faculty and staff. On Aug. 18, University Courtyard move-in day for Residence Halls will begin for students and will continue through the weekend. On Aug. 21, New Student Convocation and Bulldog Bash will welcome new students to campus with celebratory festivities. On Aug. 22, classes begin. FresnoWOW welcome back activities will be ongoing, culminating Aug. 25 with Fresno State Night at Campus Pointe. Full press release below.


Fresno State ready for fall semester with Castro talk, move-in, FresWOW

(August 16, 2017) — Classes at Fresno State begin Tuesday, Aug. 22, with a projected enrollment of 24,850 students.

But the campus begins its back-to-school action starting Thursday (Aug. 17) when University President Joseph I. Castro delivers his State-of-the-Campus talk to employees followed by students moving into the University Courtyard residence halls Friday morning.

The first of 860 student residents begin moving into nine halls at 9 a.m., Aug. 18 and through the weekend. They will be greeted by the University’s Baggage Buddies — members of student clubs who volunteer to provide a warm welcome and help incoming students unload suitcases, bed linens, TVs and other college-living essentials.

President Castro and other administrators will greet students and parents during the welcome barbecue from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. The Bulldog Marching Band makes its 2017 debut at about 5:45 p.m. President Castro talks to the Bulldog residents and their families at 5:30 p.m. See calendar at

At the Faculty-Staff Fall Assembly at 9 a.m. tomorrow in the Save Mart Center, Castro will address University employees. He will discuss salaries and announce funding for infrastructure upgrades to the near-70 year-old Shaw campus that include modernizing many older parts of the campus and 12 of the most widely-used classrooms. He will also review recent University accomplishments as he begins his fifth year as University President.

At 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, the University will formally welcome its newest students at the free, public New Student Convocation in the Save Mart Center whereJes Therkelsen, Media, Communications and Journalism professor, will give the keynote address on the topic of curiosity.

The Bulldog Bash after-party follows at 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center next to the arena.

The action picks up with the first day of classes Tuesday as #FresWOW Weeks of Welcome events continue. Several activities are planned including Traditions Day and Club Fair on the University Student Union Balcony at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23. Other events include “Fresno State Night” at Campus Pointe Friday, Aug. 25.

The full updated schedule of events can be viewed at

For more information about welcome events, call the Student Involvement Center at 559.278.2741.

Traffic and parking are often congested the first few days of instruction, so students and employees are reminded to arrive early, campus officials said.


Related links:

#FresWOW Weeks of Welcome –

University Courtyard –

New Student Convocation –

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