Welcome Week 2019

August 24th-Sept 2nd, 2019

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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 August 24th

L4L Volunteer Project | Time TBD | Members of Leadership for Life will be volunteering together to kick off the year!


ISO Welcome Bash – Sponsored by Indian Student Organization | 5pm-10pm Student Union | ISO welcome bash is a welcome party for all the freshers coming for fall 2019. That would be a great time for new students to collaborate and build up friendships.

Sunday August 25th

CSF Jello Olympics | 2pm-4pm Quad | Compete in jello relays and then throw jello at each other!

Welcome Week BBQ – Sponsored by Athletics | 4pm-6pm Student Union North Patio | FREE event on campus to kick off the 2019 – 20 Academic Year.  FREE FOOD for all that attend.  Open to students, faculty, staff, and community.

Women’s Soccer | 3pm Kiwanis | UIS Prairie Stars Women’s Soccer Home game vs Saint Ambrose University (exhibition)

Enchanted Beauty: True Love’s First Kiss (Drag Show) – Sponsored by GSSS | 7pm-9pm Student Union Ballroom | Learn how Enchanted Beauty gets woke by true love’s first kiss after the evil fairy queen enchants her to an endless sleep. A professional drag show production featuring female impersonators in the roles of Beauty, the Queen, and the True Love. Get woke too by joining the groups, programs, and services of the Gender & Sexuality Student Services office. Free giveaways, rainbow flags, audience prizes, and magical themed food. Part of Welcome Week.

Monday, August 26th

Resume Mania – Sponsored by Career Development Center | 2pm-4pm SAB 50 | Students can drop-in or call-in to have their resume and cover letter critiqued by our staff. If they do not already have a resume or cover letter, they can build one using an online tool called OptimalResume. Also, students can get help with using CareerConnect to find internship and job opportunities, as well as prepare for the Foot In the Door Fair (on-campus & part-time jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities) on August 29th.

Welcome Week Kick Off – Sponsored by Student Life and Student Activities Committee | 4pm-7pm Student Union North Patio | Live music, customized air brush pennants to decorate your room, games, free sno cones and more! 

Movie Night: Avengers End Game – Sponsored by Residence Life | 9pm-11:30pm Outside of LRH | The Department of Residence Life will be sponsoring an Outdoor Movie Night on the first day of classes! Please join us for a showing of Avengers, End Game, with FREE popcorn and snacks provided! We will plan to be under the stars in the courtyard between LRH and FRH, pending good weather or will move into the LRH Great Room if needed. Bring a blanket and a friend!

Tuesday, August 27th

Resume Mania – Sponsored by Career Development Center | 2pm-4pm SAB 50 Students can have their resume/cover letter critiqued by our career staff. Also, get helped in starting with CareerConnect and various tools.

Chancellor’s Picnic – Sponsored by Student Life | 4:30pm – 6pm Student Union Plaza | A campus tradition, the Chancellor welcomes the students, faculty and staff to another academic year with a picnic sponsored by Welcome Week and Student Life. All are welcome to come and socialize with each other and celebrate the start to a great year. 

Law and Crime Pop Culture Trivia Night | 6pm -7:30pm Student Union Ballroom | Come join the award-winning UIS Mock Trial Team for a night of Kahoot trivia on all your favorite shows, books, and movies about lawyers and crime

 Wednesday, August 28th

Involvement Expo – Sponsored by Student Life | 4pm-6pm Quad | Join Student Organizations, Campus Departments, and Community Members, explore what UIS and Springfield have to get involved with! 

Men’s Soccer (Scrimmage) | 6pm Kiwanis | vs. Scott Gallagher U18/19  Development Academy

Speed Friending and Pizza – Sponsored by University Bible Fellowship | 6:30pm-8pm PAC G | The University Bible Fellowship is inviting all new students to Speed Friending & Pizza in the LRH great room, August 28th, at 6:30 pm! If this is your first year or you’re a returner, we invite all new students to come and sit down and “speed friend” with us!


Thursday August 29th

ODS Open House – Sponsored by the Office of Disability Services | 10am-Noon HRB 80 | The Office of Disability Services staff will provide food, giveaways, and information about our office, accommodations, and services. Specialists will also be available to meet with any current or prospective students.

Hang with Brookens – Sponsored by Brookens Library | Brookens Overhang 11:30-1:30pm | Hang out with Brookens and learn all about resources and services that will lead you to success!

2019 Foot in the Door Fair – Sponsored by Career Development Center, Internships and Prior Learning, Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center & Student Life | 3:00-5:30pm Student Union Ballroom | The Career Development Center at the University of Illinois Springfield is excited to announce the 2019Foot in the Door (FITD) Fair being held on Thursday, August 29th from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the UIS Student Union Ballroom.  The Foot in the Door Fair is intended to bring students and employers/organizations together to discuss a variety of career opportunities such as part-time jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. We have invited a wide variety of recruiters offering a broad range of available positions with local employers and organizations! We hope you will join us at this event and get your “Foot in the Door” to both on and off-campus opportunities! 

Nacho Night – Sponsored by CSF | 7pm-9pm LRH Great Room | Eat some nachos, play games, and enjoy great conversation!

Comedy Show Ft. Nate Jackson & B Dhat – Sponsored by Student Activities Committee | 8:30pm-10pm Student Union Ballroom | SAC will be hosting a comedy night with Nate Jackson and B Dhat

Friday August 30th

Service-a-Thon – Sponsored by Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center | Register for volunteer opportunities online here

Women’s Soccer (Scrimmage) | 5pm Kiwanis | vs Purdue Northwest

Welcome Party – Sponsored by International Student Services | 5-8pm Student Union Ballroom  | The International Student Welcome Party is a great opportunity for all new students for Fall 2019 to find new friends at the beginning of their new campus life. Senior students, various student organizations, staff and faculty will welcome and support new students.

Bonfire with the Bros – Sponsored by Phi Kappa Tau, Zeta Zeta Chapter | 9-11pm Larkspur Fire Pit | Come out and start the semester off with a bang! The brothers of Phi Kappa Tau is hosting a welcome week bonfire for the entire campus. Stop by for some hot chocolate and marshmallows. Hope to see you there!

Saturday August 31st

Delta Welcome Week Game Night | 7pm-9pm SLB Gym | The members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are hosting a huge laser tag event!

Deke Diner – Sponsored by Delta Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Beta Colony | 6pm PAC Restaurant | This event will provide free food to attendee’s in a diner atmosphere. Brothers of DKE will serve the food and socialize with attendee’s to help create a fun environment.

Monday Sept 2nd

Splash with SAC | 2-4pm Outside of Founders Residence Hall