Friday, September 6, 2013
OU Welcome Week festivities continue through Sept. 13By Eric Reikowski, media relations assistant
The fall 2013 semester is already in full swing at Oakland University. The student community will continue the celebration with another edition of the fun-filled extravaganza known as Welcome Week. Festivities will run through Friday, Sept. 13.
The celebration kicked off on Tuesday, Sept. 3, with a variety of events for new students. Jumpstart for Transfer Students was followed by Orientation II for first year students, and a new student life video was debuted at this year's New Student Convocation and annual Involvement Fair.
“OU’s campus life is alive and well with lots of diverse events to welcome our new and returning students back for the new school year,” said Jean Ann Miller, director of the Center for Student Activities. “There’s something for everyone to get connected and enjoy their OU experience.”
Check out the new student life video, "We're Ready for Anything" below.
Next up, on Friday, Sept. 6, the Sigma Pi Fraternity will host its 19th annual Pig Roast in tandem with the SPB Carnival from 7 p.m. – midnight at the north side of the Oakland Center. Prior to those events, students can get revved up at the Athletics and Grizz Gang’s Jumpin’ Jamboree from 4-6 p.m. in Hamlin Circle, between Hamlin and Vandenberg Halls.
The OU Football Club
will make its first public appearance with an inter-squad scrimmage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Auburn Hills Civic Center Fields, located at Featherstone and Cross Creek Parkway, just west of Squirrel Road. Admission to the scrimmage and all home games is free, and tailgating is allowed, but no charcoal or alcohol is permitted. View the full season schedule here
Other highlights throughout the week include Grizz Fest for student, Greek and club sports organizations and community businesses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the mall area in front of Kresge Library; the annual 9/11 remembrance at 8:46 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, and the 12th annual Campus Recreation vs. University Housing Tailgate Party and Volleyball Challenge from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 12, at the Ann V. Nicholson Apartments.
The celebration will close on Friday, Sept. 13, with a series of events, starting with the kickoff to Oakland’s Hispanic Month Celebration from noon-1 p.m. in the Oakland Center Fireside Lounge. The evening lineup includes Friday Night Live featuring Sailesh the Hypnotist, a world-class performer who has been called the best hypnotist on the planet. He was nominated for Entertainer of the Year and his hypnotherapy sessions have reportedly helped people with everything from boosting memory power to conquering phobias. The event is set for 6 p.m. in the Vandenberg Dining Center, located in Vandenberg Hall.
In addition, the Evasons Mentalist Duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. For the past 30 years, the award-winning husband/wife team has brought their amazing mind-reading act to audiences in more than 35 countries.