WEEK OF WELCOME

THE KICK-OFF TO FALL 2017

2017 Week of Welcome events

Please also see our extended weekend hours during New Roo Weekend (Aug. 26-27).

Session Title Date Start End Room/Location Description
Group Exercise Classes Monday 8/21/17 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center Week of Welcome Group Exercise Classes
Fitness Equipment Orientation Monday 8/21/17 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center   Fitness equipment orientations are available at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center from 6 to 9 p.m. at a drop-in basis.
Adding Value to Your Major Tuesday 8/22/17 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Student Union
Purpose: Present undergraduate, non-business majors with information on the College of Business Administration's new Experiential Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree. Prior to entering the Experiential MBA program, students must complete all coursework related to their undergraduate major, in addition to four required business-related courses. The program is based on an interactive cohort-model and provides students with hands-on, educational experience.
Group Exercise Classes Tuesday 8/22/17 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center Week of Welcome Group Exercise Classes
Fitness Equipment Orientation Tuesday 8/22/17 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center   Fitness equipment orientations are available at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center from 6-9pm at a drop-in basis.
Adding Value to Your Major Wednesday 8/23/17 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Student Union
Purpose: Present undergraduate, non-business majors with information on the College of Business Administration's new Experiential Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree. Prior to entering the Experiential MBA program, students must complete all coursework related to their undergraduate major, in addition to four required business-related courses. The program is based on an interactive cohort-model and provides students with hands-on, educational experience.
Group Exercise Classes Wednesday 8/23/17 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center Week of Welcome Group Exercise Classes
Fitness Equipment Orientation Wednesday 8/23/17 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center   Fitness equipment orientations are available at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center from 6-9pm at a drop-in basis.
Early Morning Yoga 8/23/17 9 a.m. 10 a.m. Coleman Common Are you ready to de-stress and get motivated for the semester ahead? Join us right outside of the Student Union for Early Morning Yoga on Coleman Common! Yoga will be offered at 9am on Wednesday, August 23 and Friday, August 25. Bring a mat (or towel) if you have one, some will be available for use as well. Breakfast snacks, water, and raffle prizes will be available! This is event is co-sponsored by the Department of Student Life and the Student Rec & Wellness Center.
Lucky Bamboo 8/23/17 1 p.m. 3 p.m. Student Union - Second Floor Join the Department of Student Life for a LUCKY BAMBOO EVENT! Learn about the various ways to get involved on campus, meet our staff and ask questions about involvement, and take home your very own painted pot and lucky bamboo plant! Limited quantities are available.
Union-A-Palooza 8/24/17 8 p.m. 11 p.m. Student Union You won't want to miss the Student Union's kickoff event for the fall semester, Union-A-Palooza! This HUGE event features all types of activities and freebies scattered throughout the three floors of the Student Union. There will be music, dancing, free food, inflatables, caricatures, balloon artists, Zippy, and more!
ZPN Movie Series: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Friday 8/24/17 8 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Student Union Theater Enjoy a free showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Free with a valid Zip Card. Guests are $1. Come for a chance to win a $50 giftcard!
Adding Value to Your Major Thursday 8/24/17 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Student Union
Purpose: Present undergraduate, non-business majors with information on the College of Business Administration's new Experiential Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree. Prior to entering the Experiential MBA program, students must complete all coursework related to their undergraduate major, in addition to four required business-related courses. The program is based on an interactive cohort-model and provides students with hands-on, educational experience.
Group Exercise Classes Thursday 8/24/17 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center Week of Welcome Group Exercise Classes
Fitness Equipment Orientation Thursday 8/24/17 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center   Fitness equipment orientations are available at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center from 6-9pm at a drop-in basis.
"Find your Fit" Freshmen Workshop 8/24 8/24/17 5 p.m. 6 p.m. Rec Center The "Find your Fit" Freshmen Workshop includes tips, strategies, and advice for adjusting to college life and utilizing your resources on campus, specifically the rec center. The workshop will include a presentation and a tour of the fitness floor & rock wall.
Welcome Week Workout 8/24/17 9 a.m. 10 a.m. Coleman Common Join us right outside of the Student Union for "Welcome Week Workout"! From beginner to advanced workout enthusiasts, this program will teach you tricks for a workout anywhere...at home, your res. hall, office, etc.! Welcome Week Workout will be offered at 9am on Thursday, August 24 on Coleman Common. Breakfast snacks, water, and raffle prizes will be available! This is event is co-sponsored by the Department of Student Life and the Student Rec & Wellness Center.
First Year Student Service Project 8/24/17 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Two: One-Campus or Community Site Do you love volunteering? Looking for a way to meet some new people? Want to give back to the community? If you answered YES to any of these statements...then this event is for you! Join us for the opportunity to volunteer either on-campus with RePlay for Kids or at the community agency, Nazareth Housing Development Corporation or United Way! Transportation, snacks, and an awesome [bright green] t-shirt will be provided to each volunteer! Volunteer shifts are from 10am-12pm. To reserve a spot for this program simply email serve@uakron.edu!
VIP Campus Tours 8/24/17 1 p.m. 2 p.m. Meet at SU - Commuter Lounge Join the awesome staff from the Alumni Association for a behind-the-scenes tour of campus! This VIP Tour will take you to offices, rooms, and spaces not typically seen...or places that you wouldn't normally have access to! Sounds fun, right? We hope YOU will be one of our VIPs and join us for a tour! The tour group is limited to 40 students. Be sure to check-in at the Student Union - Commuter Lounge starting at 12:45pm.
Convocation 8/25/07 11:30 a.m. Noon FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field President Matthew Wilson and Undergraduate Student Government President Taylor Bennington will welcome students. Convocation will be followed immediately by the New Student Welcome Reception at nearby Coleman Common
Glow Party 8/25/17 10 p.m. Midnight Student Union Grand Ballroom Get your late night started off right by joining us for a Glow Party in the Student Union! Students will receive a t-shirt with glow in the dark ink, highlighters, and glow in the dark accessories to create your own glow in the dark look for the evening. There will be music, dancing, free food, and a photo booth!
ZPN Movie Series: Baywatch Friday 8/25/17 8 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Student Union Theater Enjoy a free showing of Baywatch
Free with a valid Zip Card. Guests are $1. Come for a chance to win a $50 giftcard!
Group Exercise Classes Friday 8/25/17 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center Week of Welcome Group Exercise Classes
Fitness Equipment Orientation Friday 8/25/17 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center   Fitness equipment orientations are available at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center from 6-9pm at a drop-in basis.
Early Morning Yoga 8/25/17 9 a.m. 10 a.m. Coleman Common Are you ready to de-stress and get motivated for the semester ahead? Join us right outside of the Student Union for Early Morning Yoga on Coleman Common! Yoga will be offered at 9am on Wednesday, August 23 and Friday, August 25. Bring a mat (or towel) if you have one, some will be available for use as well. Breakfast snacks, water, and raffle prizes will be available! This is event is co-sponsored by the Department of Student Life and the Student Rec & Wellness Center.
VIP City Tours 8/25/17 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. Meet in Student Union - Commuter Lounge Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of Akron! This VIP City Tour will take you to local eateries, outdoor study spaces, and unique venues just steps from campus! Led by former and current Zips, this tour will end with a FREE dessert from a local bakery for all participants! We hope YOU will be one of our VIPs and join us for a tour! The tour group is limited to 40 students. Be sure to check-in at the Student Union - Commuter Lounge starting at 9:15am, tour will leave promptly at 9:30am.
Late Night at the Rec 8/25/17 7 p.m. 12 a.m. Rec Center Kick off your college experience by joining hundreds of other students for “Late Night at The Rec.” Campus Focus will be hosting this event which includes the largest dodge ball game of the year, Zorbs Soccer, and FREE pizza throughout the evening. All of the regular REC activities which include the pool, basketball, futsal, climbing wall, and fitness equipment will also be available. This will be a great chance to meet both our student leaders and many other new students on campus as well. Don't spend your first weekend alone in your dorm, come out and join us for a night of fun!
-Food provided from 7-midnight
-Zorbs Soccer from 7-10
-Dodge ball from 10-midnight
-Regular REC activities ongoing until close
ZPN Movie Series: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Saturday 8/26/17 8 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Student Union Theater Enjoy a free showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Free with a valid Zip Card. Guests are $1. Come for a chance to win a $50 giftcard!
ZPN Movie Series: Baywatch Saturday 8/26/17 8 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Student Union Theater Enjoy a free showing of Baywatch
Free with a valid Zip Card. Guests are $1. Come for a chance to win a $50 giftcard!
Wecome Weekend Hypnotist/Illusionist Kid Ace 8/26/17 11 p.m. 1 a.m. Student Union Ballrooms Stay up late on Saturday by joining the Zips Programming Network for a hypnotist/illusionist right here in the Student Union Ballroom at 11pm. This comedy hypnosis show is a fun, fast-paced show with audience participation. We will also be doing audience raffle prizes and giving away FREE t-shirts to the first 100 students! Grab your friends and volunteer to be part of the show by getting hypnotized. Stay up late with ZPN!
Group Exercise Classes Saturday 8/26/17 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center Week of Welcome Group Exercise Classes
Fitness Equipment Orientation Saturday 8/26/17 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center   Fitness equipment orientations are available at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center from 6-9pm at a drop-in basis.
Ice Cream Social 8/26/17 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Student Union Ballrooms Stop by this event to meet all the social fraternities and sororities at UA while enjoying free ice cream! Chapters will have display tables set-up and their members will be able to answer questions about how to join fraternity or sorority and what being a member is really all about. This event is a great way to meet new people. All UA students are invited to come and learn more about fraternity and sorority life!
Akron Heart Walk 8/26/17 10 a.m. 11 a.m. UA Stile10 Athletic Field House Come out to walk for a good cause. The American Heart Association and the University of Akron have teamed up to help bring awareness to Heart healthy lifestyles. Come to the Stile Fields House for fun activities that promote heart health and participate in the 2.2 mile walk. The event is free but donations will be accepted.
RooFest 8/27/17 1 p.m. 3 p.m. Student Union Did you know UA has more than 340 student organizations on campus? Don't miss the chance to meet half of these groups at RooFest....UA's LARGEST involvement fair! Activities will take place throughout the Student Union; join the Department of Student Life for an afternoon of involvement, freebies, and lots of fun activities!
Group Exercise Classes Sunday 8/27/17 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center Week of Welcome Group Exercise Classes
Fitness Equipment Orientation Sunday 8/27/17 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center   Fitness equipment orientations are available at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center from 6-9pm at a drop-in basis.
Mile High Challenge 8/28/17 1 p.m. 9 p.m. Rec Center  Rock Wall The goal is simple: climb a total of 5,280 feet -- the height equivalent to that of one mile -- over the course of the semester. To reach this goal requires commitment and a lot of climbing:

99 times on the tallest 53.5 foot section of our wall;
132 times on the 40 foot section of our wall, or;
203 times on the shorter 26 foot section of our wall.
Participants can also combine the different wall heights as they see fit, and a tracking sheet is provided to record your progress.

This event is held annually and is very popular. Those who complete this challenge receive the coveted "Mile High Challenge" t-shirt, and the cost to participate is inexpensive:

$10 if you already have your belay certification;
$15 if you need to earn your belay certification.
Because we cannot provide enough staff to belay everyone during this semester long event, becoming belay certified is required.
Polymer Welcome Station Monday 8/28/17 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Goodyear Polymer Center Meet the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Don't miss the Polymer Demonstrations and Giveaways
Learn about Polymers and exciting career opportunities in our state's #1 industry
Welcome Team Monday 8/28/17 7 a.m. 6 p.m. Throughout Campus Can't find your way to class? Need help finding where the Roo Express picks up for a certain route? Find a Welcome Team table! Staffed by volunteers throughout the first two days of class, Welcome Team is there to help you with any questions you may have. We'll also have parking maps and helpful resources to help you get around!
Crate Stacking 8/29/17 4 p.m. 6 p.m. Rec Center  Blue Courts Crate Stacking is a balance and technique based activity that creates a unique challenge unlike other climbing activities. While arranging plastic milk crates in a single vertical tower, and balancing atop, you will attempt to build the highest stack. Individuals of all climbing experience levels will enjoy testing their limits and tackling the challenge. No registration necessary.
Polymer Welcome Station Tuesday 8/29/17 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Goodyear Polymer Center Meet the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Don't miss the Polymer Demonstrations and Giveaways
Learn about Polymers and exciting career opportunities in our state's #1 industry
Welcome Team Tuesday 8/29/17 7 a.m. 6 p.m. Throughout Campus Can't find your way to class? Need help finding where the Roo Express picks up for a certain route? Find a Welcome Team table! Staffed by volunteers throughout the first two days of class, Welcome Team is there to help you with any questions you may have. We'll also have parking maps and helpful resources to help you get around!
Party in the Penthouse 8/30/17 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Simmons Hall 306 Please come enjoy some snacks, music, and games while learning about the services at the Counseling and Testing Center and meeting the staff.
Free Personal Training Session 8/31/17 5 p.m. 8 p.m. Rec Center Free Personal Training will be offered at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center for students. Please meet the certified trainer at the Wellness Suite at one of the following times: 5pm, 6pm, or 7pm. Each session is 60 minutes.
"Find your Fit" Freshmen Workshop 8/31 8/31/17 5 p.m. 6 p.m. Rec Center The "Find your Fit" Freshmen Workshop includes tips, strategies, and advice for adjusting to college life and utilizing your resources on campus, specifically the rec center. The workshop will include a presentation and a tour of the fitness floor & rock wall.
Undergraduate Polymer Degree Programs Information Session (and free pizza) 8/31/17 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Goodyear Polymer Center room 218 Join the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering for pizza and an informational session about our new Undergraduate Minor program and other opportunities to engage in polymer education at UA.