Welcome Week Planned for UT Students

KNOXVILLE — The long days of summer have come to an end for University of Tennessee students, but campus events are planned to make the transition back to classes as painless as possible.

Welcome Week 2006, sponsored by the office of Student Activities, is an eight-day schedule of entertainment activities and opportunities designed to assist freshmen in their college transition by connecting students with campus resources, other students, faculty and staff.

The events are set for the first week students return to campus — move-in day for residence halls begins Saturday, August 19, and classes begin Wednesday, August 23.

“We know the first few days on campus are exciting and sometimes overwhelming for students,” said Anton Reece, director of Student Activities. “We hope some of these activities will help familiarize students with all the opportunities available to them.”

The Welcome Week schedule also includes campus-wide events taking place through the week such as sorority and fraternity recruitment and hours of operation for some campus locations.

The schedule of events for Welcome Week:

Saturday, August 19
–RecSports Hours of Operation, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., TRECS and Aquatic Center
–Sorority Recruitment Orientation, 10-11:30 a.m., Thompson-Boling Arena
–Sorority Recruitment Open House, 2:30-8:10 p.m., Panhellenic Building
–Karibu Tena (which means “Welcome Back” in Swahili) Welcome Back Celebration (sponsored by Minority Advisors Program), 3-6 p.m., Black Cultural Center. Student organizations, local business and churches will be on hand to greet students. Step performances and the Love United Gospel Choir will entertain.
–Down Under Recreation Center Open House, 2-6 p.m., University Center
–Movie: National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (sponsored by Central Program Council), 9 p.m., Humanities Amphitheater, free admission (rain location: University Center auditorium)

Sunday, August 20
–RecSports Hours of Operation, 12-8 p.m., TRECS and Aquatic Center
–Down Under Recreation Center, 2-6 p.m., University Center
–Freshman Picnic, 5:30-7 p.m., Circle Park
–Wild Video Dance Party, 9:30-11:30 p.m., Presidential Courtyard

Monday, August 21
–RecSports Hours of Operation, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., TRECS & Aquatic Center
–RecSports Information Booth, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Center Plaza
–Ice Cream/Lemonade Spree (sponsored by Minority Student Affairs), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Black Cultural Center
–Sorority Recruitment Round 1, 1:30-7 p.m., Panhellenic Building
–Caribbean Splash Jam (sponsored by the BCPC and Caribbean Student Association), 8-11 p.m., Aquatic Center
–VOLFEST! (sponsored by the United Residence Hall Council), 4-7 p.m., Presidential Courtyard. The afternoon party features games, entertainment and refreshments to welcome students back to campus.

Tuesday, August 22
–RecSports Hours of Operation, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., TRECS & Aquatic Center
–RecFest, 4-7 p.m., TRECS Plaza
–RecSports Information Booth, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Center Plaza
–Sorority Recruitment Round 1, 1:30-7 p.m., Panhellenic Building
–Beyond the Borders Welcome Back Party (sponsored by the International House), 8-11 p.m., I-House parking lot (rain location: inside I-House)
–Meet the Greeks (sponsored by I-House), 7:30 p.m., Strong Hall Basement

Wednesday, August 23
–RecSports Hours of Operation, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., TRECS & Aquatic Center
–Fraternity Recruitment Information, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Presidential Courtyard
–Ignite Kick-off, 4:30 p.m., Fiji Island (across from TRECS). Ignite is a networking and leadership development group for students.

Thursday, August 24
–RecSports Hours of Operation, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., TRECS & Aquatic Center
–Fraternity Recruitment Information, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Presidential Courtyard
–UT Dining Day (free to students, samples, prizes, and more), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Presidential Courtyard
–Battle of the Bands, 4-8 p.m., TRECS
–Pillage & Plunder @ the Vol Wall, 5-7 p.m., HPER Building
–Group Exercise Kick-Off Class, 6-8 p.m., TRECS Studio 11
–Sorority Recruitment Round II, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Panhellenic Building

Friday, August 25
–RecSports Hours of Operation, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., TRECS & Aquatic Center
–CarniVol Down Under, $5 admission covers billiards, bowling, table tennis and refreshments, 8 p.m. to midnight, UC Down Under
–Sorority Recruitment Round II, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Panhellenic Building
–Fraternity Recruitment Information, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Presidential Courtyard
–Welcome Reception for Adult Students, 4-6 p.m., UC Room 207
–Movie: “V for Vendetta” (sponsored by Film Committee) $1 with UT ID, $2 without UT ID, 7 p.m., UC Auditorium

Saturday, August 26
–RecSports Hours of Operation, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., TRECS & Aquatic Center
–Sorority Recruitment Preference, 4:30-9 p.m., Panhellenic Building
— Movie: “V for Vendetta” (sponsored by Film Committee) $1 with UT ID, $2 without UT ID, 7 p.m., UC Auditorium

Sunday, August 27
–RecSports Hours of Operation, Noon to 11 p.m., TRECS & Aquatic Center
–Sorority Recruitment Bid Day, 1:30 p.m., Panhellenic Building
–Fraternity Recruitment Picnic, 5-7 p.m., Circle Park

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 974-5455.


Contacts:

Student Activities, 974-5455

Beth Gladden, media relations, 974-9008, beth.gladden@tennessee.edu