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The University of Toledo has a slew of events slated to bring together students to start the academic year.

“Our Weeks of Welcome events encourage involvement and success,” Dr. Sammy Spann, associate vice president and dean of students, said. “We want students to make new friends, learn about the University, and meet faculty and staff through their journey to become a successful Rocket.”

Check out some of the events the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs has planned to welcome students to campus:

Friday, Aug. 24

• Paint Party, 8 p.m., the Flatlands. Dance! Paint! Make new friends! This event is sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming.

Saturday, Aug. 25

• Slip-n-Slide, 11 a.m., hill by Parks Tower. Presented by the Interfraternity Council, the water event is a cool way to learn about Greek life at UT.

• Bonfire, 8 p.m., the Flatlands. The Resident Student Association hosts this annual tradition that includes pizza.

Sunday, Aug. 26

• New Student Convocation, 4 p.m., Glass Bowl. Rain location: Savage Arena. UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Vice President for Student Affairs Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Provost Andrew Hsu and others will welcome new students and talk about what it means to be a Rocket.

• After-Convocation Barbecue, 5 p.m., the Flatlands.

• Jam Session, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Steps. Members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council will step it up to showcase the UT Greek community.

Monday, Aug. 27

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500. Stop by to learn about the programs and services that support UT’s multicultural students.

• Candy Cab, 11 a.m., Main Campus. Fans of “Cash Cab” take note: You can catch a free ride on campus and have a chance to win prizes. Members of the UT Police Department, UT Medical Center, Title IX Office and Rocket Wellness will offer golf cart rides and ask health and safety questions.

• Sundae on a Monday with President Gaber, 4 p.m., Centennial Mall. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge. Be there to meet President Gaber — and for ice cream.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

• Run. Hide. Fight. Training, 10 a.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. UT Police will provide products and resources to help prepare and respond to a violent intruder. Materials for training provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Reserve a seat: utoledo.edu/depts/police/webforms/run-hide-fight.html.

• Candy Cab, 11 a.m., Main Campus.

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

• Student Involvement and Part-Time Involvement Fair, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Centennial Mall. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Auditorium and Rooms 2582 and 2584. Looking for a job? How about an organization dedicated to something you’re passionate about? There’s something for everyone; stop by and see!

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women Ice Cream Social, 2 p.m., Tucker Hall Room 0168. Find out about the center, its services and events.

• Candy Cab, 3 p.m., Main Campus.

• Late Night Breakfast, 9 p.m. to midnight, Thompson Student Union South Dining Hall.

Thursday, Aug. 30

• Run. Hide. Fight. Training, 8 a.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. Reserve a seat: utoledo.edu/depts/police/webforms/run-hide-fight.html.

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Greek 101, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Interested in joining a sorority or fraternity? Stop by and learn about the expectations, requirements and benefits of Greek life.

Friday, Aug. 31

• Office of Multicultural Student Success Open House, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Pop in and Plan Your Semester, 1 to 3 p.m., Carlson Library Room 0200. Come in for some popcorn — and help to organize a study schedule for this semester.

Saturday, Sept. 1

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

• Toledo vs. Virginia Military Institute, 7 p.m., Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Tuesday, Sept. 4

• Writer’s Block Buster, noon, Writing Center, Carlson Library Room 0130. Learn tips and tricks for busting through writer’s block.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

• Big Event Committee and Service Showcase, 11 a.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Find out about the Big Event, UT’s largest student-run service project.

• Who’s Got the Time? 3 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591. Members of the Center for Success Coaching will offer learning strategies and time management techniques.

Thursday, Sept. 6

• Run. Hide. Fight. Training, 11:30 a.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. Reserve a seat: utoledo.edu/depts/police/webforms/run-hide-fight.html.

• Who’s Got the Time? 3 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591. Members of the Center for Success Coaching will offer learning strategies and time management techniques.

Friday, Sept. 7

• Club Carlson, 7 p.m., Carlson Library. Check out the open house, complete with mini-golf, escape room and more.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

• Education Abroad Expo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centennial Mall. Learn about international study, internships and service learning, as well as volunteer, teaching and travel opportunities.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

• Money $ense, 4 p.m., Carlson Library Room 2024. The Center for Success Coaching will offer strategies to keep tabs on finances.

Thursday, Sept. 13

• President’s Backyard Barbecue, noon to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall.

• Money $ense, 4 p.m., Carlson Library Room 2024.

Friday, Sept. 14

Night at the Rec, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Student Recreation Center. Stop by for a workout! For more information, go to utreccenter.com.

Saturday, Sept. 15

• UT vs. Miami, noon, Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; go to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Monday, Sept. 17

• Personal Safety and Self-Defense, 8 p.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room. Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn 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 class.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

• Pizza With the UT Police, 11:30 a.m., Centennial Mall. Stop by to meet members of the Office of Public Safety, have a slice of pizza, and play some games.

For a complete list of Weeks of Welcome events, go to utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/welcomeweek.

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