The 2016 fall semester has arrived on the campus of McNeese State University. Every fall semester, McNeese has their Howdy Rowdy Welcome Week during the first week of classes to get the students involved in campus life and activities. Here's this years schedule for Howdy Rowdy Welcome Week:

Tuesday, August 23rd

9:00AM-12:00PM | New Ranch

McNeese Student Organization Fair

The annual student organization fair during Welcome Week gives students, faculty and staff a chance to become familiar with over one hundred recognized organizations on campus. Organizations will be recruiting new members and sharing what they have in store for the upcoming school year.

Wednesday, August 24th

9:00AM-12:00PM | New Ranch

Welcome Back Wednesday

As a promo for the Pokefest Carnival held later that afternoon, the Student Life Coalition will host free novelties provided by Special Ops Entertainment. Students will be able to make their own novelties to take home as well as pick up wristbands for unlimited rides at the Pokefest Carnival.

Wellness Wednesday

Also happening in the New Ranch, the Student Health Services will have a "Wellness Wednesday" program. Tables will have information regarding academic health, sexual health, emotional health, nutritional health, and healthy alcohol consumption.

Meet The Greeks

The thirteen Greek-lettered organizations at McNeese will be setting up tables and will have displays to give out information about joining their groups or supporting their philanthropic efforts for the new school year.

5:00PM-9:00PM | Memorial Gym Parking Lot

Pokefest Carnival

The McNeese Student Government Association, along with the Student Life Coalition, will host the Pokefest Carnival located in the Memorial gym parking lot. This event includes rides, carnival games, music, and free food for students. This will be an excellent opportunity for students to engage in a program that can encourage future campus involvement. Faculty, staff, and guests are welcome to participate in carnival activities for a designated fee.

Thursday, August 25th

9:00AM-12:30PM | New Ranch 

Campus Ministry Day

Many of the campus ministry student organizations and churches in the McNeese area will be in the New Ranch Atrium to give out information to students about the services that they provide, joining their organizations and attending their worship services and meetings.

Friday, August 26th

9:00AM-12:30PM | New Ranch

Community Day

Local businesses and community service agencies in the McNeese area will have booths in the New Ranch Atrium to culminate Howdy Rowdy Welcome Week. Several of these businesses will be marketing their products and services, while others could be offering some part-time employment and internships for students. Free promotional items, samples, and prize drawings will be available at various booths.

For any questions about Howdy Rowdy Week, call the Student Union and Activities Office at 337-475-5609 or e-mail