Wisconsin Welcome 2019: Get Excited!

The new semester is just around the corner, and we’re excited to welcome (and welcome back) current students, and incoming freshmen and transfer students to campus. The start of the semester is an exciting time of the year. New students from all over the world are stepping on to campus for the first time, and for many, it’s their first time living independently. It’s the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and create memorable new experiences. 

A student hugs Bucky while being welcomed on campus.

“Students should take advantage of the opportunity to engage in Wisconsin Welcome events so they can meet new friends, explore campus, and have fun with other incoming freshmen and transfers. Using the app (go.wisc.edu/welcome) is an easy way to find events that are happening each day,” said Katie Cummings, communications coordinator at Center for the First-Year Experience.

Wisconsin Welcome offers events for incoming students to meet new friends and find their place in the community during the first three weeks of the semester. There are events for everyone, but we’ve highlighted several below that you should be sure to check out:

Wednesday, August 28

Farrell Dillon – Comedy Magic Show

7 p.m. in Gordon & 10 p.m. in Lake Mendota Room

 

Thursday, August 29

Playfair: The Ultimate Icebreaker

8 – 10 p.m. at the Near West Fields

 

Friday, August 30

International Student Welcome & Information Fair

12 – 3 p.m. at the Pyle Center

 

Live Band Karaoke

10 – 11 p.m. in Gordon Dining and Event Center

 

Saturday, August 31

Jaboukie Young-White and Jon Rudnitsky

7 p.m. & 9 p.m. at the Wisconsin Union Theater

 

Glow Party

10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m in the Holt Center

 

Sunday, September 1

Sunburst Festival

7 – 10 p.m. at Union South

 

Late Night Skate

9 – 11 p.m. at the Shell

 

Monday, September 2

Labor Day on the Terrace

11 a.m. – 11:55 p.m. at the Terrace

 

Monday Funday

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Cole Residence Hall

 

Terrace Paintacular

3 – 5 p.m. at the Terrace

 

Free Laser Tag with Rec Well

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Near West Fields

 

Tuesday, September 3

Chancellor’s Convocation

1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Kohl Center

 

New Student Ice Cream Welcome

3 – 5 p.m. at Alumni Park

 

Badger Welcome BBQ 

5 – 8 p.m. in Dejope and Gordon Dining

 

Wednesday, September 4

Badger Fest 2019

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

W Project

6 – 7 p.m.

 

GSCC Ice Cream Social and Resource Fair

4:30-6:30 p.m. in Memorial Union

 

Multicultural Orientation and Reception

6 p.m. in Memorial Union

 

Start of Free Group Fitness with Rec Well

 

Wednesday, September 11

Rec Well Bash

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Sellery Basketball Courts

 

Student Organization Fair

5 – 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center

 

Thursday, September 12

 

Student Organization Fair

5 – 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center

 

Glow-in-the-Dark Volleyball and Bingo

7 – 11 p.m. in the Natatorium

 

Thursday, September 19

Glow-in-the-Dark Fitness

7:30 – 9:45 p.m. in the Natatorium

 

 

Thursday, September 26

UHS flu shot kickoff

10 a.m. to 2 p.mm, 333 ECM

 

Light of the Moon 5k

7:30 p.m. at Near East Fields and Lakeshore Path

 

These are just a few of the many events you can check out during Wisconsin Welcome. Go to go.wisc.edu/welcome for more events and information, and use #WiWelcome on social to stay connected.

 

** For students moving in Labor Day weekend: Several key campus departments are making themselves available over the 2019 Labor Day weekend to answer questions and provide resources. On Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Union South main lobby you will be able to access campus services. More: https://studentaffairs.wisc.edu/updates/labor-day-weekend-hours-for-key-campus-services/