Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Welcome Week 2012 to feature activities, events on campus
The Oakland University community will ring in a new semester with another edition of the fun-filled extravaganza popularly known as Welcome Week.
Festivities will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with a variety of programs for new students. Jumpstart for Transfer Students will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Recreation Center, followed by the New Student Convocation from 3-4 p.m. in the Athletics Center and Involvement Fair from 4–5 p.m. outdoors in front of Kresge Library. Later that evening, the Center for Student Activities (CSA) and the Greek Council will sponsor “The Walk” to Meadow Brook Hall, with tours leaving from Hamlin Circle at 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Among the events set for Wednesday, Sept 5, are several open houses, a barbecue and a yard show. The Oakland University Student Congress (OUSC), The Oakland Post, Student Program Board, Student Video Productions and WXOU campus radio station will host open houses from noon – 2 p.m. on the lower level of the Oakland Center. Student Veterans at OU will have a welcome reception from 4-6 p.m. in the Oakland Center Fireside Lounge. Additionally, a welcome barbecue sponsored by the Association of Black Students and Center for Multicultural Initiatives will take place from 6-9 p.m. at Hamlin Basketball Court. Rounding out the evening, the National Panhellenic Council will host its annual Yard Show from 9-11 p.m. at Hamlin Basketball Court.
On Thursday, Sept. 6, Development, Alumni and Community Engagement will host the Community Business Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Oakland Center Fireside Lounge, main hallway and Gold Rooms. The Gender and Sexuality Center will host an open house from noon – 4 p.m. in Oakland Center Room 49D. The evening will spotlight OUSC’s annual Rock4Rights from 7-10 p.m. in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms.
The action continues on Friday, Sept. 7, with the “Celebrate the 28 Campaign,” sponsored by CSA and Orientation and New Student Programs. An ice cream social featuring live music from local band Killer Flamingos, this event will take place from 3-5 p.m. in the Oakland Center Pioneer Food Court and recognizes the achievements of sophomores who successfully completed 28 credits in their first academic year. A number of other festivities are planned, including a welcome reception hosted by the International Students and Scholars Office from 4-6 p.m. in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. The evening will bring more excitement with a trio of events beginning at 7 p.m. in the Upper Fields: the grand opening of the new bonfire pit from 7-8 p.m., Sigma Pi fraternity’s 18th annual Pig Roast from 7 p.m. – midnight, and the SPB Carnival from 7 p.m. – midnight.
The campus will also hold a 9-11 remembrance at 8:46 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, outdoors between North and South Foundation Halls. The Grizz Fest for Student and Greek Organizations will be held that day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. outdoors between North and South Foundation Halls.
Other Welcome Week highlights include the CSA Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Oakland Center Fireside Lounge, main hallway, and Gold Rooms. Later that day, the 11th annual Campus Recreation vs. University Housing Tailgate Party is planned from 6-8 p.m., followed by the Flag Football Challenge from 8-9:30 p.m. in the Upper Fields.
The week will close on Friday, Sept. 14, with the SPB Comedy Night, featuring Upright Citizens Brigade, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe that first gained fame in the early 1990s performing at Chicago’s Improv Olympic theatre and later launched an eponymous television series which aired on Comedy Central from 1998-2000. The event will take place from 7-10 p.m. in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms.
For a complete listing of Welcome Week activities and events, view the flyer.