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Students: Get involved! It’s time to meet new friends, have fun, and learn about The University of Toledo during First Weeks events.

“Studies show that the first few weeks of college are critical for all students,” Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students said. “That’s why we want to make sure all UT students have the chance to learn as much as possible about the institution and all the resources we have to help them succeed. We also want to make sure they make friends, connect with administrators, faculty and staff, and have some fun, too.”  

first weeks 2016Check out some of the events the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership has planned to welcome students to campus:

Wednesday, Aug. 17
• Taste of Gateway, 4 to 8 p.m., the Gateway, located on the southwest corner of Main Campus at the corner of Secor Road and Dorr Street. See the shops, try the food, pick up free samples, play games, and enter a karaoke contest.

Thursday, Aug. 18
• Bonfire, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., the Flatlands. The Resident Student Association and the National Resident Halls Honorary will provide paint for the spirit rock and s’mores. WXUT and the Blue Crew will bring the entertainment.

Friday, Aug. 19
• Bike Ride to the Park, 1 p.m., Rocket Wheels Bike Share Station by Rocket Hall. A guide will lead bicyclists on the University Parks Trail on a ride to Wildwood Metropark Preserve. At the park, a naturalist will offer a tour of the grounds. Need a bike? Go to utoledo.edu/rocket-wheels. Monthly Friday rides will continue, weather permitting, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, and Nov. 2 and 17.

• Commuter Welcome Reception, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. First-year and transfer commuter students: Stop by for free ice cream before the New Student Convocation.

• New Student Convocation, 4 to 5 p.m., Glass Bowl. Rain location will be Savage Arena. UT President Sharon L. Gaber and faculty and staff members will welcome new students.

• After-Convocation Barbecue, 5 to 7 p.m., Lot 10 near the Glass Bowl.

• Movie Night, 6:30 p.m., Glass Bowl. Come out to see “Toy Story” (PG). Activities will include coloring stations, inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses, corn hole and more. Movie will start at 8 p.m.

• Foam Party, 8 p.m., the Flatlands. Dance and be lathered in foam! This event is sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming.

Saturday, Aug. 20
• Slip-n-Slide, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hill by Parks Tower. Meet classmates and have some fun and free food.

• Paint UT, 9 to 11 p.m., the Flatlands. Sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming, this paint party will feature black lights and electronic dance music.

Sunday, Aug. 21
• Jam Session, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Union steps. Learn about some of UT’s multicultural student organizations and support offices, and see a step show by members of the UT Greek community.

Monday through Thursday, Aug. 22-25
• Student Affairs Welcome Stations, various locations across Main Campus. Administrators, faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions and hand out freebies while supplies last.

Monday, Aug. 22
• Sundae on a Monday with President Gaber, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Centennial Mall. Share a cool treat with President Gaber. The first 500 people in line will receive a gift; hint: #selfiewithUTPrez.

• Personal Safety and Self-Defense Course, 6 to 8 p.m., Health Education Center Gym. Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn personal safety tips for school, office, home and public places, as well as self-defense tactics to try in a safe, comfortable setting. Participants should wear light clothing and tennis shoes, and they are advised to stretch and hydrate. Attendees must sign a liability release form to participate in the course.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

• Tuesday Tidbits, 10 a.m. to noon, Student Union Trimble Lounge. Hear about academic resources designed to help students succeed and graduate.

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House and Block Party, 5 to 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2500, Student Union Patio and Stairs. Learn about the office’s resources and check out the music, giveaways and food.

Wednesday, Aug. 24
• Student Involvement Fair, noon to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. There’s an organization for everyone; see for yourself! Get involved!

• Midnight Breakfast, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., location to be announced. Sponsored by Greek Life, this event is a chance for students to meet sorority and fraternity members and leaders.

Thursday, Aug. 25
• De-Stress Fest, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Counseling Center, Rocket Hall Room 1810. Stop by for a chance to win prizes, have a slice of pizza, pet a dog from the Toledo Area Humane Society, color, and spend a few minutes in a massage chair.

• Meet the Office of Public Safety, 6 to 8 p.m., basketball and tennis courts south of McComas Village. Get to know members of the UT Police Department, Health Science Campus Security, Support Services, and Radiation Safety and Health.

Friday, Aug. 26
• On-Campus Student Employment Part-Time Job Fair, 1 to 4 p.m., Student Union Rooms 2582 and 2584. Dress professionally, bring resumés, and meet representatives from departments and offices on Main and Health Science campuses. Apply for part-time and Federal Work-Study positions.

Saturday, Aug. 27
• Color Run, 10 a.m., the Flatlands. Details to be announced.

Sunday, Aug. 28
• The Big Event and Paint Your Pride, 10 a.m., Student Recreation Center. Show your school spirit and join the Division of Student Affairs to paint the Rocket insignia across campus. Then give back by volunteering to help in the community.

Monday, Aug. 29
• ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) Session, noon to 1:30 p.m., Center for Creative Education Room 0111 on Health Science Campus. Learn how to be a survivor and lead others to safety in life-threatening situations that involve a shooter or violent intruder. Attendance vouchers will be provided.

Tuesday, Aug. 30
• Tuesday Tidbits, 10 a.m. to noon, Student Union Trimble Lounge. Hear about academic resources designed to help students succeed and graduate.

• All Sorority Meet ’n’ Greet, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. Learn more about the Greek sororities and how to join.

Wednesday, Aug. 31
• Personal Safety and Self-Defense Course, 6 to 8 p.m., Health Education Center Gym. Attendees must sign a liability release form to participate in the course.

• Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Orientation, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. This event is mandatory for those going through recruitment to learn more about the process and the expectations involved with being a member of a sorority.

Thursday, Sept. 1
• President’s Barbecue, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Centennial Mall. Students and employees are invited to lunch. Activities will include inflatables, limbo competition and more.

• All-Fraternity Meet ’n’ Greet, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. Learn more about the Greek fraternities and how to join.

Saturday, Sept. 3
• Rocket to the Point, 8:45 a.m., meet at Transportation Center for a trip to Cedar Point. For $25, students can ride a bus to the amusement park, receive a park ticket and free (non-alcoholic) drinks. Space is limited; tickets on sale at Ask Rocky in the Student Union.

Thursday, Sept. 8
• Pep Rally, noon to 1 p.m., Student Union Steps. Join the UT football team and psych up for the game against Maine.

Saturday, Sept. 10
• President’s Tailgate Tent, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., lot 25 near Rocket Hall. Students are invited to meet President Gaber. Stop by for food, games and prizes.

• Toledo Student Run, registration starts at 5:45 p.m., between Larimer Athletic Complex and lot 10 by the Glass Bowl. Students will receive a free home-opener T-shirt and get to run on to the field and up into reserved front-row seats to watch the Rockets play Maine.

• Toledo vs. Maine, 7 p.m., Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with their Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; $25 to $60.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
• Silent Disco, time to be announced, Student Union Auditorium. The dance party is sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming.

Thursday, Sept. 15
• Pizza with the Police, 1 to 2 p.m., Parks Tower Lobby. Monthly event held across campus so students can meet UT police officers in an informal setting.

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/welcomeweek.

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