Welcome Week 2015

August 21st-29th


Friday, August 21st

Men’s Soccer vs Lincoln College | 7:30pm Kiwanis Stadium

Saturday, August 22nd

New Student Service Project – Details TBA

Roller Rave | 8:00pm-midnight | SLB Gym | The Student Life Department presents Roller Rave, the high energy skating party. “No outdated music at this event, it’s all about current hits!”

Sunday August 23rd

Jello Olympics | 2:00pm Quad | Sponsored by Christian Student Fellowship | Jell-O Olympics will provide a great opportunity for new students to meet other members of the campus community and get involved in campus life. Come on out for an afternoon of fun which will include Jell-O relays, throwing Jell-O, and much, much more!

Men’s Soccer vs Lincoln Land | 2:30pm Kiwanis

Welcome Week Mass | 4:00pm LRH Great Room | Sponsored by Catholic Student Organization

Monday, August 24th

Can You Dig It? | 4:00-6:00pm Rec Park | Sponsored by Men’s Club Volleyball

Sangamon Auditorium Backstage Tours | 4:30-6:00pm Meet at Sangamon Auditorium Lobby | Sponsored by Sangamon Auditorium

Tuesday, August 25th

AWC Welcome to UIS Meet and Greet | 11:00am-1:00pm Location TBD | Sponsored by AWC

Career Prep and Connection Check Up | 11:30-1:30pm PAC Concourse | Sponsored by Career Development Center

Chancellors Picnic | 4:30-6:00pm PAC Plaza | Sponsored by Chancellor’s Office and Student Life | Join the UIS community as we celebrate a new academic year, and the 20th Anniversary of University of Illinois Springfield! With a welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, great music, and Chancellor Koch; this is a picnic you don’t want to miss!

Transfer Night at TRAC | 6:30-9:30pm TRAC | Sponsored by Campus Recreation | Transfer Students- come visit us at TRAC for a quick tour and overview of all Campus Recreation has to offer.  Tour includes: TRAC fitness areas, Group Fitness studio, Racquetball courts, Arena, Lobby with ping pong.  Also included is discussions on Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Outdoor Adventure trips, Nutrition, & much more!  Whole fruit smoothie samples will be served for FREE as a healthy snack as well as a free water bottle.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Greek Life Educational | 9:00pm Brookens Auditorium | Sponsored by Greek Affairs Board | Greek Life Educational is to educate prospective members of Greek Life. During this time, the UIS Greek Affairs Board will discuss which Greek organizations are on campus, the differences of each, and discuss dos and don’ts of Greek Life.

Hypnotist Frederick Winters | 9:00pm-10:30pm TRAC Arena | Sponsored by Student Life | Student Life will be hosting the beloved Welcome Week tradition, hypnotist Fredrick Winters! Winters never disappoints with his hilarious and extremely interactive show. Watch as friends, strangers, or maybe yourself be hypnotized into some funny comedic scenes!

Wednesday, August 26th

Management Information Systems Open House | Noon-3:00pm Location TBD | Sponsored by Student Chapter of Automated Information Systems

Involvement Expo | 4:00-6:00pm Quad | Sponsored by Student Life

Puerto Rican Fair | 8:00pm Location TBD | Sponsored by Alternative Spring Break and Organization for Latin American Students | This event will be a mini fair to get students to learn about Puerto Rican culture, heritage, history, and try some food. They will also gain more information about Alternative Spring Break and the trip this year and the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS). At this event we will have different stations that students can visit to learn about each of these.

TRAC Fitness Group Excercise Demo | 9:00-10:00pm Location TRAC | Sponsored by Campus Recreation | Grab your friends and join Campus Recreation from 9pm-10pm @ TRAC for demonstrations of Group Fitness classes that will be offered this fall!  Come get a taste and learn about Bootcamp, Group Strength, Cycling, Yoga, Zumba, & West Coast Swing.  Fitness classes at UIS are available to all fitness levels as instructors have been trained to provide modifications to every exercise movement


Thursday, August 27th

On Campus Employment Fair | 11am-1pm PAC Concourse | Sponsored by Financial Aid

Career Prep and Connection Check Up | 11:30am-1:30pm UHB Lobby | Sponsored by Career Development Center

Make Your Own Bookend @ Brookens Library | 1:00-3:00pm | 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. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!! We’ll also be giving away buttons and other opportunities for free stuff!  (Not available in all states. Some restrictions apply. Please consult with your physician before using bookends)

Camp, Canoe, and Kayak with Campus Rec | 3:00-5:00pm UIS Pond | Sponsored by Campus Recreation | Demonstrations on how to canoe, kayak and basic camping along with getting in the boats onto the water.

Spirit Team’s Welcome to UIS | 4:00-6:00pm LRH Great Room | Sponsored by Spirit Team | Come hang out with team members of Spirit Team! There will be fun activities, food, and drinks. Prospective members are encouraged to attend

Art Night | 6:00-9:00pm VPA | Sponsored by Art Student League | Art Night is a wonderful opportunity for students and teachers to experience creating in a college art studio setting.  Our guests will create some original art and meet with current UIS Visual Arts students.  Art faculty will be in their studios and classrooms giving demonstrations in which everyone can participate and create their own works in different mediums. Students will be able to tour our Visual Arts facilities including newly renovated classrooms, studios, gallery space, and equipment available to all students.

Ultimate Nacho Night | 8:00pm LRH Great Room | Sponsored by Christian Student Fellowship | Night of fun filled with Nachos! 

Dodgeball Night | 9:00pm-midnight SLB Gym | Sponsored by Dodgeball Club | Dodgeball is a great way to get in shape and meet new friends. Drop in and out at any point throughout the night, there’s no obligation to stay. Teams are formed on the spot.

Spoken Word Poet: Lady Caress | 9:30pm Location TBD | Sponsored by Student Activities Committee

Friday, August 28th

Service-a-thon | Various times and locations, Register online here | Sponsored by Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum Trip | 10:00-11:30am | Sponsored by History Club | Students will meet in the front of the lower level of UHB on Friday morning at 10:00 AM to check in and get a finalized head count. We will then make our way to the provided transportation and head to the museum (629 South 7th street Springfield, IL 62703) and enjoy a private tour of the museum and a chance to speak with the local member of the National Women’s Relief Corps. The tour and visit should take roughly an hour. Around 11:15 we will head back to UIS and unload in the same spot that we were picked up at in time for a causal lunch in PAC. Lunch, although not officially part of the HC event, is open to any student (from the fieldtrip) wanting to grab a quick bite and get to know each other or answer any questions new students might have.

Diversity Center and LGBTQA  Open House | 11am-1pm SLB 22 | Sponsored by Diversity Center and LGBTQA Resource Office | We have prizes, giveaways, finger food and information

Afternoon at Lincoln Memorial Gardens | 12:30-3:00pm | Sponsored by Students Allied for a Greener Earth

Phriday Kick Off on the Quad | 1:00-3:00pm Quad | Sponsored by Phi Kappa Tau | To celebrate the first Friday of classes, the brothers of Phi Kappa Tau will be out on the quad with music, bags, Frisbee, and more!

Fun-4-Fun Carnival | 3:30-6:00pm Quad | Sponsored by Sisters with Vision, Kinky and Curly, The Cygnets, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Men’s Soccer vs Millikin | 7:30pm Kiwanis

CS Club Game Night | 9:00pm-1:00am SLB Multipurpose Room and Stars Lounge | Sponsored by Computer Science Club


Saturday, August 29th

Inaugural Welcome Week Bike Ride | Meet at TRAC 10am, return est. 1pm | Come join us as we ride from campus to Scheels and back. Meet at TRAC at 10am with your bike, if you have one. If not, Campus Recreation has 10 bikes and helmets* available for students to check out. We will be taking a break at Scheels, so bring some $ for lunch (or some fudge). Click on the following link to register: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/5934849 *Helmets must be worn by students checking out bikes. Other riders are also expected to wear them, although they are not provided

Athletics Backyard BBQ

Welcome Week Concert | 7pm TRAC Lawn | The Student Activities Committee, Student Life and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs presents, up and coming Nashville country-rock musicians, Mockingbird Sun, and Ryan Lafferty to perform energetic sets, featuring a modern country sound. Head on out to the TRAC lawn to kick off the new school year with some great music and other UIS students!