Welcome Week 2016

August 20th-27th, 2016


Saturday, August 20th

SMTD Bus Trip | Noon-4:00pm | Sponsored by Student Life | Learn to navigate the SMTD Buses to local grocery stores and restaurants! Start at the UIS Teardrop

College Night at the Fair: State Fair Shuttle | 5pm-Midnight | Sponsored by New Student Orientation & Parent Relations, and Student Life | Free shuttle to the State Fair (admission to the fair not included)

Sunday, August 21st

Jello Olympics | 3:30pm-5:30pm Quad | Sponsored by Christian Student Fellowship

Welcome Week Mass | 6:00pm PAC C/D | Sponsored by Catholic Student Organization

Wing and Court Meetings (Residential students) | 9pm See your RA for each areas location | Sponsored by Residence Life

Monday, August 22nd

Classes Begin!

Secretary of State: Mobile DMV Unit | 11am-4pm PAC Concourse

East Campus Open House | 2pm-5pm SLB, SAB, HRB, BSB | Sponsored by Diversity Center, Women’s Center, Student Life, Stars Lounge, The Journal, LGBTQA Resource Office, Heath Services, Office of Disability Services, Counselling Center, Dean of Students, Career Development Center and Volunteer Center | Come visit all of these offices, find out more about them and meet the staff and build a free meal on the way! Prizes and free food! 

Commuter Student Social | 4pm-8pm Stars Lounge | Sponsored by Student Life and Stars Lounge | Want to find a place to spend time between classes without having to go all the way home, come hang out in Stars Lounge! With 2 Billiards tables, 5 Xbox 360s, 1 Xbox One, Fooseball, Big Screen TVs and more this is a great place to unwind, relax and hang out.

Movie Night: Neighbors 2 | 9pm Brookens Auditorium | Sponsored by Residence Life

Tuesday, August 23rd

Career Bytes | Noon-2pm PAC Concourse | Sponsored by Career Development Center | Student will be asked to write down 1 step leading to their career goals on a white board then have their picture taken holding the whiteboard.  Pictures will be sent to student during mid-semester and posted on social media during the course of the semester if permission received. Additionally, offering a fun video shoot of “What did you want to be when you were in grade school” with relevant props for students to use for the video clip with a student sharing their childhood and current career aspirations 

Brookens MYO Bookends | 1:00pm- 3:00pm Founders Residence Hall | Sponsored by Brookens Library | Are your text books in piles all over your room?  Do you have problems finding the right book while running off to class?  Have no fear, the Brookens Librarians are here.  Come to Founders Hall and decorate your own super-cool, professional strength bookend that reflects your personal style AND holds your books neatly on your book shelf.

Backstage Scavenger Hunt | 3:00pm-5:00pm Sangamon Auditorium | Sponsored by Sangamon Auditorium

Chancellor’s Picnic | 4:30pm-6:00pm PAC Plaza and Quad | Sponsored by Student Life and the Office of the Chancellor | Join us in kicking off the new academic year with this long standing tradition as the Chancellor welcomes you to campus and the community shares a meal together on the Colonnade

Transfer Night | 6:00pm-8:00pm TRAC | Sponsored by Campus Recreation | Open house for transfer students to learn about programs offered at TRAC and receive free smoothies.

Group Fitness Demo | 9:30pm-10:30pm TRAC | Sponsored by Campus Recreation | Sample of group fitness classes offered by Campus Recreation. These classes are free to students with TRAC membership, try them first!

Wednesday, August 24th

Involvement Expo | 4:00pm-6:00pm Quad | Sponsored by Student Life | A chance to see just about everyone and everything at UIS! Last year 140 groups set up on the Quad to meet students, and hundreds of students came out to find out how to get involved in clubs, organizations, local non-profit organizations and even meet some of the neighboring businesses to find out what is in Springfield!

Hypnotist Frederick Winters | 9:00pm TRAC | Sponsored by Student Activities Committee | Award winning and ever entertaining, long standing Welcome Week tradition, SAC Presents Frederick Winters. 

Thursday, August 25th

On Campus Employment Fair | 11:00am-1:00pm PAC Concourse | Sponsored by Financial Assistance | Looking for an On Campus Job? Come meet the on campus employers and see what jobs are available. 

ITS Data Center Tour | 1:00pm-3:00pm HSB 127 | Sponsored by Information Technology Services | ITS recently upgraded and remodeled our campus data center located in the lower level of HSB. The data center houses a multitude of servers that keep our campus services and resources up and running – email, Blackboard, the UIS website to name just a few! We will be offering tours of the data center throughout the event, giving students an opportunity to see the infrastructure that keeps our technology services running as well as the chance to ask questions of IT professionals.

Camp, Canoe, Kayak and Disc Golf | 3:00pm-5:00pm UIS Pond | Sponsored by Campus Recreation | Learn how to camp, canoe, kayak, and disc golf.

Impractical Improv | 6:00pm PAC C/D | Sponsored by Forensics Team

Ultimate Nacho Night | 8:00pm-10:00pm LRH Great Room | Sponsored by Christian Student Fellowship

Greek Life Informational | 9:00pm Brookens Auditorium | Sponsored by Greek Life Council

Club Sports Open House | 9:00pm-11:00pm TRAC and SLB Gym | Sponsored by Campus Recreation | Think you might be interested in joining a Sport Club? Want to see what they are all about? Stop by TRAC and talk to/play with our clubs. Clubs in attendance will be Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Volleyball, Soccer, and Squash. Dodgeball will take place in SLB Gym.

Friday, August 26th

Service-a-Thon | Various Times and locations all day | Sponsored by the Volunteer Center

Quad Field Day | 1:00pm-5:00pm Quad | Sponsored by Student Life and Campus Recreation | Come out and play! From Bags to Bubble Soccer to a Trailer full of Video games, we’ve got games galore! 

Women’s Center TGIF – MYO Dorm Decoration | 2:00pm-5:00pm Women’s Center (SLB15) | Sponsored by the Women’s Center | Make door hangers, trinket boxes, photo frames and more – decorate and personalize your new room at UIS. Snacks and Friends included!

International Welcome Party | 4:00pm-7:00pm SLB Gym | Sponsored by International Student Services | This is a welcome party for new international students. The aim is to provide an opportunity for new and current students to meet and make connections with each other. New international students, student organizations, orientation leaders, as well as faculty and staff will be invited to help welcome the new international students to our campus community. Food and beverages will be served.

Saturday, August 27th

Prairie Star 5K | 8:30am | Sponsored by Campus Recreation | For more information and registration see Campus Recreation

Athletics BBQ | 4:00pm-6:00pm TRAC Lawn | Sponsored by UIS Athletics

Men’s Soccer | 7pm Kiwanis Stadium

Glow Party | 9:00pm-Midnight SLB MPR | Sponsored by Student Life | Celebrate a successful first week of Fall 2016 with a Glow Party! Over 1000 glow sticks provided. Free admission, must show ICard, UIS Students only.