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Week of Welcome 2014
Schedule of Events

  • Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
  • Mandatory Residential Hall Floor Meetings
    9:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
  • First Year Experience: Move-in Table
    Location: Ferguson Center Plaza
    Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    First Year Experience and Parent Programs will be hosting an information and welcome table on the Ferguson Center Plaza for first-year students and their families. Students and their families will have the opportunity to learn about various areas at UA and connect with our office!

    GROW: Graduate Orientation and Welcome
    Graduate School
    Location: River Market
    Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    New UA graduate students will be invited to the beautiful River Market venue to listen to live music, network with other new students, meet Graduate School staff and faculty and Graduate Student Organization officers. New graduate students will also get to learn about campus and community resources while enjoying free food and drinks. At the registration table, each student will receive eight mock business cards that will have their name on it. Each student who successfully networks and gives away all eight of their cards to other students or campus representatives is eligible to enter to win door prizes at the end of the event. This activity will help students interact and learn to professionally network.

    Screen on the Green
    University Programs
    Location: University Quad
    Time: 10 p.m. - 12 a.m.
    Enjoy a free movie under the stars with University Programs! Watch Maleficent on The Quad with your friends enjoying a free popcorn and drink!
    Bus Route: North Perimeter

  • Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
  • IFC Meet and Greet
    Interfraternity Council
    Location: Manderson Landing
    Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    This is a chance for new students to meet UA’s IFC Fraternity leaders in the UA community! Enjoy a cookout, live band, cornhole tournament and learn about the different IFC fraternities on campus. This event will allow men who are interested in joining IFC fraternities, or simply those interested in learning about UA's Greek community, a chance to interact with representatives from different groups as well as other men who are going through the recruitment process.
    Bus Route: Gold

    Mandatory Residential Hall Floor Meetings
    6 p.m.

    WOW Kick-Off
    The Division of Student Affairs
    Location: Coleman Coliseum
    Time: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    Join us at Week of Welcome Kick-Off at Coleman Coliseum as we experience University Programs’ version of Xtreme Games! Take part in the first pep rally of the season with The University of Alabama Cheerleaders & Yell Crew. Afterwards, experience zip-lining and Skydiving Simulation, as well as enjoy a BMX and X-pogo performance. Attendees will also enjoy free foods from restaurants around the Tuscaloosa area. Start off your Week of Welcome right at Kickoff 2014!
    Bus Route: Crimson

  • Monday, Aug. 18, 2014
  • Gorgas Open House
    University Libraries
    Location: Gorgas Library
    Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    UA libraries are not the typical library. These popular on-campus gathering places are for students to study and hang out! They also come equipped with everything you need to help you become academically successful at The Capstone. From the latest research to a state-of-the-art recording studio, UA libraries have you covered. Come see for yourself! Join us in Goragas Library for free pizza and fun giveaways.
    Bus Route: Blue Express, Blue, Crimson

    Veteran and Military Affairs Open House
    Veteran and Military Affairs
    Location: One BB Comer
    Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Come enjoy a friendly game of foursquare, corn hole, video game tournaments and much more! Beat the heat with snow cones while meeting other Veteran students, service members and dependents. Also learn about the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs and the many services they provide such as printing, computer lab access and textbook rentals.
    Bus Route: Crimson, Blue, Blue Express

    Out-of-state Student Social
    The 49 Out of State Student Organization
    Location: South Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium
    Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet other new students while looking out over the field at Bryant Denny Stadium! All out-of-state, international and transfer students are welcome to join us in The Zone for free food, fun and a few words of encouragement from our guest speaker. Come out and meet the students from the 49, UA’s very own out-of-state student organization, as well as representatives from the Association of Residential Communities, the International Student Association, and University Programs.
    Bus Route: Blue, Crimson, Green

    National Student Exchange Sweet Treat Exchange
    National Student Exchange & Dean of Students
    Location: TBA
    Time: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Join the National Student Exchange (NSE) and Dean of Students as we welcome NSE program participants with sweet treats! Incoming students have the opportunity to make connections with the other participating students, as well as establish a relationship with faculty and staff.
    Bus Route: Gold

    Black Faculty/Staff Association Open House
    Black Faculty/Staff Association
    Location: Carmichael Hall
    Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Contact: Dr. Utz McKnight
    New students and their families are cordially invited to join The Black Faculty and Staff Association at the Gorgas House. BFSA members will share information about the group’s activities for the upcoming year that focus on their mission of advocating educational equity and excellence. Refreshments will be served. Register at
    For more information contact Dr. Utz McKnight at (205) 348-3803 or
    For more information about BFSA:
    Bus Route: Blue, Crimson

    Parker Adams Program Ice Cream Social
    The Parker Adams Program
    Location: Harris Hall
    Time: 3:30 p.m.
    This program will be open to any student in Harris Hall and we will be introducing Parker Adams staff, faculty and peer leaders. There will be games and a brief welcoming as students enjoy refreshments!

    You are Here
    Honors College
    Location: Ridgecrest Community
    Time: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
    Join Honors College for our semester preview day! Twelve stations will be placed around the Ridgecrest community, each with a unique preview of involvement through service, social events, etc. See what Honors College has to offer for Fall 2014!

    NCNW - 2nd Annual SPLASH Pool Party
    NCNW, GGC, & University Programs
    Location: UA Lower Rec Pool
    Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    The SPLASH event invites students of all various ethnic and racial backgrounds to join NCNW and GGC in our 2nd Annual SPLASH (Students Persistently Learning and Achieving Smart Habits). UA students will gather together and share their unique perspectives in a fun, informal social setting while enjoying catered food, a live DJ and giveaways! Register at
    Bus Route: Green, Blue, Blue Express

    Baptist Campus Ministries
    Location: Baptist Student Union, 401 University Blvd
    Time: 6:45 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Do you like great music, games, making friends and meeting new people? Then don’t miss Survival! All freshmen and transfer students are welcome to join the party to get help adjusting to life at UA. Cost is $10 which includes pizza and an event t-shirt.
    Bus Route: Blue Express, Green

    Free Pizza and Bowling
    First Baptist College Ministry
    Location: First Baptist Student Building
    Time: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Join us for a night created to welcome incoming and returning students with free pizza and bowling! The event will start downtown in the student building at First Baptist and make its way to a local bowling alley for a great chance to meet new people while becoming familiar with Tuscaloosa.

    Student Night at Target
    Target & University Programs
    Location: Target Shopping Center
    Time: 10 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
    Need any last minute supplies? Target will open after hours just for students! A DJ will provide fun and entertainment throughout the night as students shop at discounted prices. Students will receive giveaway bags, special coupons, and product samples. Transportation will be provided to and from Target. Shuttle buses will pick up from the following locations: Riverside/Ridgecrest, Tutwiler and Burke/Parham.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
  • Ripple Effect: Freshman Day of Service
    The Center for Sustainable Service & Volunteerism
    Location: Register at the Ferguson Center Plaza at 9 a.m.
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Excellence in service begins with The Center for Sustainable Service & Volunteerism Ripple Effect! Freshmen and transfer students are invited to begin their community service career with this annual event. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Ferguson Center Plaza and service begins at 10 a.m. Transportation will be provided to various project sites where students will volunteer until 1 p.m. Students will work alongside community members and UA student leaders, faculty and staff. A free lunch will be served immediately following students’ return to campus. To register for this event visit:
    Bus Route: Gold

    Mandatory Residential Hall Floor Meetings
    5 p.m.

    New Student Convocation
    Dean of Students and University Programs
    Location: Foster Auditorium (TBC)
    Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Become an official member of the UA family at New Student Convocation, taking place in Foster Auditorium. University administrators will be on hand as the Class of 2018 takes the Capstone Creed. All new freshmen and transfer students are invited to attend. A reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will follow in the Malone-Hood Plaza outside of Foster Auditorium.
    Bus Route: Crimson

    Night at the NEW REC
    University Recreation
    Location: Student Activity Center at Presidential Village
    Time: 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
    Your first official trip to the NEW Student Activity Center at Presidential Village as a UA student will come with a live DJ, food and a variety of extreme and recreational activities! Highlighted areas of the facility include the massive 40-foot climbing wall, the cycling studio featuring brand new state-of-the-art spin bikes and a three-court gymnasium with an enclosed multi-activity center for sports like indoor soccer and floor hockey. Each level will have something for you and all of your friends, so bring your ACT Card and come join the fun!
    Bus Route: Green, Blue, Blue Express

  • Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
  • Welcome Back Breakfast
    University Programs
    Location: Ferguson Center Plaza
    Time: 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Start the semester off right with a free Welcome Back Breakfast with the Student Government Association at the Ferguson Center Plaza! Stop by on your way to class to pick up breakfast to go!
    Bus Route: Gold

    Crimson Compass
    Auxiliary Services & University Programs
    Location: UA Campus (Ferguson Plaza, Southwest corner of Quad, Lloyd Hall, Shelby Hall)
    Time: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Need to know where your classes are located? You’ve got questions about campus? We’ve got answers! Look for one of our Crimson Compass volunteers on the first and second day of class who will be ready to help you with any questions you have about campus. Volunteers can also show you how to use the Maps function on UA's iPhone, Blackberry and Android apps.
    Bus Route: Gold, Crimson, Green, Blue, Blue Express

    Kick Off MyCareer
    Career Center at C&IS
    Location: Reese-Phifer
    Time: 8 a.m.
    Come join representatives of The Career Centers at C&IS and Culverhouse for our welcome back breakfast! Learn about the many services and resources we offer and how we can help you Kick-Off Your Career! Locations: Reese Phifer Hall (front steps) Bidgood Hall, Room #249

    FREE Steak Lunch
    Baptist Campus Ministries
    Location: BCM Student Center, 401 University Blvd
    Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Celebrate the first day of classes with BCM’s annual FREE steak lunch! Meet new friends and learn about the opportunities to serve our campus and community through BCM. Come and go as your schedule allows!

    Bowling with the Gents!
    GGC: The Grandeur Gentlemen’s Coterie
    Location: Bama Lanes
    Time: 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
    Join the Grandeur Gentlemen’s Coterie for a night of bowling at Bama Lanes! You will not only enjoy a night of bowling fun, but will be interactively encouraged to take charge of your first semester and “get the ball rolling.� Students will receive a college survival guide upon entry, have the opportunity to speak with various UA departments and compete for themed giveaways pertaining to collegiate success. Shuttles will provide transportation to and from the event. Register for this event at

  • Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
  • Week of Welcome Open House
    Student Alumni Association and FATE
    Location: Alumni Hall
    Time: 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
    Want to learn about the largest student organization on campus? Come to Alumni Hall for an open house featuring Student Alumni Association and FATE. In addition to learning about about how you can play a role in traditions and excellence here at The Capstone, you will also have the chance to win raffles and door prizes and enjoy refreshments.

    Here’s the 411
    Mentor UPP: Undergraduate Peer Partnering
    Location: ENGenuity Lab-162 Paty
    Time: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
    Members of the Mentor UPP from the Upper Division College of Engineering will share their campus and educational experiences with incoming freshmen and transfer students. Students will be able to engage in an interactive discussion via satellite with staff advisors and the senior consultant for the college’s career center.

    C&IS Scavenger Hunt
    College of Communication & Information Sciences
    Location: Reese Phifer
    Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Basements, departments and ghosts - Oh my! Learn about the various departments and programs in the College of Communications & Information Sciences, as well as the history and layout of the building, with a fun, interactive scavenger hunt! Meet other students studying communications, connect with faculty and learn about the resources of Reese Phifer Hall!
    Bus Route: Crimson

    On the Town: Barons Game
    University Programs
    Location: Regions Field, Birmingham, Ala.
    Time: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    University Programs will give students the opportunity to go to see the historic Birmingham Barons in a baseball game against the Chattanooga Lookouts in Birmingham, Ala. at Regions Field. Students will sit in a private deck while enjoying a catered dinner. Also, students will be recognized as they are entering the stadium. Students can register at Sign in will be at The Ferguson Loop at 5:30 p.m..

    Spectrum LGBTQA+ Mixer
    Location: Ferguson Center Room 309
    Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Spectrum, the campus organization for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies, invites all new and returning students to meet and greet new people and their members. Spectrum welcomes all students to the organization and wants to issue a special welcome to all LGBTQ+ freshmen at UA. Light refreshments will be provided.
    Bus Route: Gold

    Explore Better Together
    The Center for Sustainable Service & Volunteerism
    205 Gorgas
    Location: Crossroads Community Center
    Time: 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
    The Crossroads interfaith initiative “Better Together� will partner with The Center for Sustainable Service & Volunteerism, Capstone International to host “Explore Better Together.� Students will learn about the different religious and secular beliefs represented on campus through fun exchanges, interfaith panel discussion and dinner.

  • Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
  • Around the World at UA
    Capstone International Center
    Location: B.B. Comer Lawn/ Promenade
    Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Capstone International Center presents “Around the World at UA.� Join the English Language Institute, Study Abroad and International Services as we journey through the counties and across continents sharing cultural treats and secrets right here in our own backyard! We warmly welcome all students to mix and mingle on the promenade with us, International Club members, and each other. Learn from fellow students about U.S. states and other countries, meet new people, try some great new desserts, and enter to win prizes. We look forward to seeing you!

    Wesley Luau
    Wesley Foundation
    Location: 505 9th St.
    Time: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Join Wesley Foundation in kicking off the school year with a Luau themed event from 3-8 p.m. We will have food, music, and an inflatable water slide on the Wesley Lawn. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about UA’s Wesley Foundation, so come on. Don't forget your swimsuit!

    Ferguson Student Center Grand Opening
    University Programs
    Location: Ferguson Center
    Time: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Come experience the unveiling of the new Ferguson Student Center. Each space will feature new highlighted amenities for the UA community to enjoy. Enjoy free food as you watch special performances, then experience laser tag, movies and much more! Close the evening with a light show and presentation from ONYX.

  • Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
  • Tour T-Town
    The Division of Student Affairs
    Location: Leave from Ferguson Center Plaza
    Time: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Get to know your home for the next four years! Learn your way around town and explore all the coolest places in the local area including Midtown Village, Downtown Tuscaloosa, the new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Historic Downtown Northport, the best restaurants and much more! Meet at the Ferguson Center Plaza where the buses will depart. Register at to reserve your spot.
    Bus Route: Gold

    Back to School Carnival
    Al’s Pals
    Location: Mckenzie Court Community Center
    Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Al’s Pals are inviting you to a Back to School Carnival. Students will have the opportunity to meet current Al’s Pals mentors and the children they work with. Come see how fun and rewarding it is to be an Al’s Pals mentor. For more information on Al’s Pals, go to

    Greekfest Alabama Interfraternity Council
    Location: Campus Drive East Lower Perimeter Parking Lot C
    Time: 6 p.m. - 12 p.m.
    This welcome back concert will feature major national musical acts. All proceeds from the concert go to support the Billfish Foundation, a national charity for marine life preservation and Greek Relief Foundation, a local charity and student organization which helps families and the Tuscaloosa community affected by tornados and other natural disasters. Tickets are sold online at

  • Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
  • First Generation Students Information Fair
    Office of Student Involvement
    Location: Ferguson Center- Room 322, the Heritage Room
    Time:11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    This event will bring together several campus partners such as Student Affairs, Financial Aid, and Registrar’s Office to specifically reach out to first-generation students. This is a great opportunity for students to see some of the many campus resources available to UA students.

    BBQ and Patio Party
    Bloom Hillel
    Location: 380 9th St.
    Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Live music and hot BBQ welcome new students to campus! Join Bloom Hillel, Baptist Campus Ministries, St. Francis, and Canterbury Chapel as we host a WOW Patio Party. Meet new friends, faculty and campus ministry professionals in this festive environment. Live music provided by VooDoo Saints. Don’t miss this one!

    Back-to-School Concert
    Afro American Gospel Choir
    Location: Ferguson Theater
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Celebrate the start of the new school year with a performance by the award winning Afro American Gospel Choir. The members of the Afro American Gospel Choir all share a common enjoyment for ministry through song and dance, and they would love to share that with you! Register to attend at

    National Pan-Hellenic Council Convocation
    Location: Ferguson Ballroom
    Time: 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    The NPHC convocation is an opportunity for incoming students to meet the Greeks and find out more information about NPHC. Students will have the opportunity to hear from all four Greek councils. Students will gain a better understanding of each organization, minimum qualifications and contacts that will help them through the membership intake process. Join NPHC for valuable information, cake and giveaway door prizes. Tickets are available at

  • Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
  • Getting Connected to Wellness
    Womens Resource Center
    Location: Ferguson Promenade
    Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Come check out the involvement fair at the Ferg to learn more about essential departments on campus like the Women's Resource Center, Crossroads Community Center, Health Hut, Office of Student Conduct, Recreation Center, Safe Zone and Student Health and Wellness. Members from each area will be on site with free food, games, giveaways and prizes to give more information on all the resources these offices offer and how they can help you succeed here at The Capstone.

    Advising 101
    Mentor UPP: Undergraduate Peer Partnering
    Location: ENGenuity Lab, Paty 162
    Time: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    College of Engineering advisors will be on hand to share the basics of advising. They will orient incoming students on the importance and mechanics of the academic advising process to be successful in their college experience. Advisors will be available to answer college specific questions or direct students to the appropriate resources.

    College Adjustment
    Counseling Center
    Location: Housing area at this time TBA
    Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Adjusting to college life can be tough, so be on the look out for Counseling Center staff on Monday, August 25th. They’ll be traveling door to door through residence halls passing out information about the Counseling Center and how to adjust to college. They will also have giveaways for lucky residents throughout the night.

    Splash of Crimson
    University Programs
    Location: Tutwiler, Presidential Village I
    Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Now that you’re moved in, do your walls look a little empty? We’ve got a solution! Join us for a unique painting experience as Uptown Arts Uncorked comes to campus and walks you step-by-step through creating your own masterpiece to take home! Refreshments will be provided. Register at
    Bus Route: Crimson, Green

  • Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
  • Dive Into Friendship
    Crimson Kindness
    Location:West Side of The Quad
    Time:10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Dive into Friendship is and event inspired by SoulPancake’s “Take a Seat, Make a Friend � video. We will be setting up an interactive ball pit on The Quad for students to hop in and make a friend. It will be a lot of fun, so make sure to stop by!

    Its About Time!
    Mentor UPP: Undergraduate Peer Partnering
    Location: ENGenuity Lab, Paty 162
    Time: 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.
    Upper-Division College of Engineering students who are members of Mentor UPP will share their strategies for time management success with incoming freshman and transfer students. Staff advisors for Mentor UPP will be available to answer College specific questions.

    Study Skills
    Mentor UPP: Undergraduate Peer Partnering
    Location: ENGenuity Lab, Paty 162
    Time: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Upper-Division College of Engineering students who are members of Mentor UPP will share their strategies for success with incoming freshman and transfer students. Staff advisors for Mentor UPP will be available to answer specific questions or direct students to the appropriate resources.

    The College of Human Environmental Sciences
    The College of Human Environmental Sciences
    Location: Doster Hall
    Time: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Come get a preview of The College of Human Environmental Sciences. At this event students will have the chance to have a meet and greet with fellow students and faculty members. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about all student organizations within CHES. Come see what CHES has to offer!

    Globally-Minded Student Social
    Alabama International Relations Club
    Location:Ridgecrest South 2nd Floor Atrium
    Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Join us for snacks, games and a free raffle! This social is for students interested or enrolled in the following programs: International Studies (major/minor), Global Business concentration, International Honors Program, and the Global Studies Certificate. Anyone with an interest in international culture or politics is also welcome to attend. Learn about the Alabama International Relations Club and how to stay connected throughout the academic year.
    Bus Route: Gold

    Blend into The Capstone
    UA Blend
    Location:Ferguson Ballroom
    Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Blend into The Capstone is all about greeting incoming students with a spirit of diversity and inclusion. As an incoming student, attending this event will allow you to make connections with campus student leaders. Be prepared to receive personal insight on having a successful first year at UA. There will be speed friending, round table discussion, student question panel and free food! Start off your college career right with a fun night of Friending and Blending!

    Splash of Crimson
    University Programs
    Location: Ridgecrest South, Presidential Village I
    Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Now that you’re moved in, do your walls look a little empty? We’ve got a solution! Join us for a unique painting experience as Uptown Arts Uncorked comes to campus and walks you step-by-step through creating your own masterpiece to take home! Refreshments will be provided. Register at
    Bus Route: Crimson, Green

    The Mallet Assembly Open-Mic Night
    The Mallet Assembly
    Location: Ferguson Theater
    Time: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    Have a hidden talent? Join the Mallet Assembly for Open Mic Night in the Ferguson Theater. Sign up to participate at the Mallet Open Mic Night Week of Welcome 2014 Facebook page. First come, first serve, so sign up today! Come to take part in the variety show featuring you!

  • Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
  • Hoops for a Cause
    University Programs
    Location: Rec Center Courts
    Time: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    At this “Late Night� event, University Programs will host a charitable basketball tournament. The purpose of this event will be to collect school supplies for selected elementary schools around the city of Tuscaloosa. Each member of the teams and members of the audience, are expected to bring school supplies. Along with the donations, there will be a dunk contest, 3-point trick contest and more. With a $500 scholarship for the winning team, Hoops for a Cause is sure to be an outstanding event. Register at

  • Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
  • Safe Zone Open House
    The University of Alabama Safe Zone
    Location: Ferguson Center, Room 2419
    Time:5 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
    Safe Zone to welcome the campus community to the new Safe Zone space in the Ferguson Center. This event will bring together faculty, staff, and students in order to inform them as to where the new location is, as well as services that will be provided in that space.

    Get on Board Day
    University Programs
    Location: 7th Avenue
    Time: 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.
    Join us for UA’s annual Get On Board Day (GOBD): the place to find a student organization that meets your needs and interests. Held each semester, student organizations, campus departments, area businesses, and community agencies will set up shop on 7th Avenue. Come chat with them and start determining what you want to get involved with. Get ready for an evening of great information, prize giveaways and more!