Welcome Back Week 2020

January 11th – January 20th

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Members of the UIS Class of 2019 and their orientation leaders, who are seated in front, gathered on the Quad to pose for a group photo.

Saturday January 11th

Women’s Basketball | 1pm TRAC

Men’s Basketball | 3pm TRAC


Sunday January 12th

Explore Campus

Food Services open 11am-11pm

TRAC open 4pm-11pm

Student Union Open 11am-11pm

Game Room open 1pm-11pm


Monday, January 13th

First Day of Classes

Commuter Student Social – Sponsored by Commuter and Transfer Student Organization | 2pm-4pm Brookens Library | Join the Commuter and Transfer Student Organization for a social at Brookens Library.  

Diversity Center, Women’s Center, & GSSS  Open House… “The Stories That Have Shaped Us” | 4pm-6pm – SLB 22 | The Diversity Center, Women’s Center, and Gender & Sexuality Student Services (GSSS)  will host an Open House. The event will allow for existing and incoming students to learn about the Diversity Center, Women’s Center, and GSSS. Resources will be provided for students along with major calendar updates around events for the spring that we hope students will participate in. During the Open House, students will be able to engage in a self-awareness, identity formation activity, that will allow them to create a short story about themselves (sharing the stories will be encouraged). Light music and refreshments will be provided.

Movie Night: Harriet – Sponsored by Student Life and UIS Performing Arts Center | 7:30pm Studio Theater

Group Fitness – Strength – Sponsored by Campus Recreation | 8pm-8:50pm TRAC Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, January 14th

Student Union 2nd Anniversary

Pop Into TRAC – Sponsored by Campus Recreation | 1-4pm & 6-9pm TRAC | Pop into trac on Tuesday 14th and enjoy free popcorn, group exercise demos and tours

Resume Mania – Sponsored by Career Development Center | 2pm-4pm | Get help writing a resume and/or cover letter – Have your resume, cover letter, and personal statement critiqued – Learn how to navigate CareerConnect and online systems – Find helpful career-building resources and tools

Group Fitness – Sound Meditation – Sponsored by Campus Recreation | 7pm-7:50pm TRAC Multipurpose Room

High Tech Magic with Trigg – Sponsored by Student Life | 8:30pm Student Union Ballroom | Trigg Watson is a new breed of magician. He prefers his iPad to a deck of cards. He likes robots more than rabbits. Growing up in Townsville Australia, Trigg first caught the “magic bug” after witnessing a magician at a young friend’s 4 year old birthday party.  Years later, Trigg has become known for his modern high-tech take on magic. Fresh from his appearances on the Pop TV’s “Don’t Blink”, Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us,” he’ll make you question what’s possible and have you laughing along the way.

Wednesday, January 15th

ODS Open House – Sponsored by Office of Disability Services | 12pm-2pm HRB 80 | The Office of Disability Services, will have an Open House with information about the accommodations/services provided to students with disabilities registered with the ODS. There will be a webinar available to view on Autism Spectrum Disorder. The staff of the ODS will be available to answer any questions. There will be refreshments and give – a- ways for students.

Resume Mania – Sponsored by Career Development Center | 2pm-4pm | Get help writing a resume and/or cover letter – Have your resume, cover letter, and personal statement critiqued – Learn how to navigate CareerConnect and online systems – Find helpful career-building resources and tools

Student Organization Fair – Sponsored by Student Life | 3:30pm-5:30pm Student Union Ballroom | Looking for a way to get involved with the UIS Community? Joining a Student Organization is an excellent way to connect with fellow students, gain life skills, and create memories while at UIS. 

60+ student organizations will be at the Student Union ready to meet you and show you what they have to offer 

Group Fitness – Cycle – Sponsored by Campus Recreation | 5pm-5:50pm TRAC Multipurpose Room


Thursday, January 16th

Get Involved – Sponsored by Leadership for Life & Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center | 1pm-3pm Student Leadership Center (Student Union 1st Floor) | Come and meet the Volunteer Center and L4L Community! Learn about opportunities to get involved with service!

Game Night – Sponsored by Career Development Center | 3pm-5pm SAB 50 | Play a game that helps you assert your desires, clarify your skills, consider the influences of other people and strengthen your voice with professional vocabulary. Free Pizza included!

Group Fitness – WERQ – Sponsored by Campus Recreation | 5pm-5:50pm TRAC Multipurpose Room

So You Think You Know Planned Parenthood – Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Generation Action | 6pm-8pm Student Union Ballroom | So You Think You Know Planned Parenthood is an event that will be a part of Welcome Week. It’s a trivia event focused on deconstructing the myths surrounding Planned Parenthood by showing the resources available through them. The even will educate those in attendance on resources, such as tests and medication.

Friday, January 17th

Start with SPARK – Sponsored by Brookens Library | 1pm-2pm Brookens Library | Drop by Brookens Library, grab some popcorn and a hot chocolate, and test your library skills by spinning our prize wheel, answering an easy question or two, and winning a vinyl sticker! Get to know our new peer research team, SPARK, and we’ll answer any questions you might have to prep you for any research anxiety you might have about the upcoming semester.

New International Student Welcome Party – Sponsored by International Student Services | 5pm-9pm Student Union Ballroom | New students will meet many seniors and other new students and can make a lot of connections each others so that they are ready for a new campus life at UIS. Join us to welcome new students.

Group Fitness – Karate – Sponsored by Campus Recreation | 6pm-6:50pm TRAC Multipurpose Room

Pretzel Day & Office Trivia – Sponsored by Christian Student Fellowship | 7pm-9pm LRH Great Room | Come eat at the pretzel bar and play some fun Office Trivia!

Fiesta Con OLAS – Sponsored by Organization of Latin American Students | 9pm-1am Student Life Building Gymnasium | Organization of Latin American Students will host a Party at SLB with drinks and numerous music representing LatinX Culture.

Saturday, January 18th

Group Fitness – Kickboxing – Sponsored by Campus Recreation | 11am TRAC Multipurpose Room

Roller Rave – Sponsored by Student Activities Committee | 9pm-1am Student Life Building Gymnasium | Roller skating event open to all.

Monday, January 20th

MLK Day of Service – Sponsored by Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center | Registration requiredDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence. MLK Day of Service is a way to honor his life and teachings by engaging in community action that continues to solve social problems. Service breaks down barriers by bringing people from different experiences together – volunteering can unite Americans of all ages and backgrounds while building stronger communities.

Start the day by participating in the community Unity March followed by a panel discussion on the impact of the legalization of marijuana in Illinois on students and the community.  Then, participate in a crazy fun Feed the Funnel party to pack thousands of delicious, healthy meals for local nonprofits. Meals packed in the community, by the community, for the community! 

Women’s Basketball 5:30pm TRAC

Men’s Basketball 7:30pm TRAC