The University of New Orleans is gearing up for the Week of Welcome, a week of events designed to embrace and celebrate all of our students and especially those who are new to campus.
The Student Government Association together with Student Affairs, Student Involvement and Leadership, Student Housing, Aramark and the Service Coalition have put together a great line-up of activities to mark what University of New Orleans President John Nicklow called “one of the most exciting times of the entire year.”
"We are thrilled to welcome our returning students back to campus and we are excited to be joined by our new students,” Nicklow said. “We think this Week of Welcome will be a great way for students to get the school year off to a fun and engaging start."
The activities launch on New Student Move-In Day at Pontchartrain Hall on Aug. 12 and continue in advance of the first day of classes, which start, Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Here are some of the highlights:
Saturday, Aug. 12
New Student Move-In Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the newly refurbished Pontchartrain Hall. Resident Assistants and campus volunteers will be on hand to hand over dorm keys and help new students move into their dorms.
Move-In Day BBQ and Student Organizational Fair, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Pontchartrain Hall Courtyard. Come socialize and get acquainted with all the ways students can be involved at UNO!
Recreation and Fitness Center Social, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come enjoy the Rec Center’s pool and basketball courts, which will be open. Also enjoy the new Jamba Juice unveiling.
Sunday, Aug. 13
Brunch in The Galley, 10 a.m. Join us at the University Center’s largest dining spot for a special Welcome to Campus brunch with all the yummy fixings, including vegetarian options as always.
Day of Service at City Park, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join students and staff from across campus in giving back to the New Orleans community. Those who are interested in participating should RSVP to Antonio Torres, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snowballs and Pool Party, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., at Privateer Place. New Orleans snowballs will be served poolside.
Sand Volleyball Tournament and Food Trucks, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., outside the Human Performance Center. The Student Government Association, UNO Athletics and Aramark come together to make this a fun event. Because, of course, sand and food trucks go together.
Monday, Aug. 14
Meet Pontchartrain Hall with Resident Assistants, 10 a.m., mandatory for residents. Meet with your RA to learn more about the hall and review expectations for the upcoming year. Coffee and donuts will be served.
New Student Convocation, 4 p.m. at the UNO Lakefront Arena, which is just down the road at 6801 Franklin Ave. Catch a shuttle to the UNO Lakefront Arena starting at 3 p.m., when they will begin picking up students in front of the University Center. Hear from university leaders who are excited to welcome you to campus the Privateer way!
After-Convocation Taste of New Orleans Dinner, Music and Fun, 5 p.m., also at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Enjoy games, New Orleans-style food and socializing with other students, faculty and staff until the shuttles start running folks back to campus at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 15
Complimentary Jazz Brunch at the Sandbar, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come enjoy some tunes and brunch at UNO’s favorite place to socialize while appreciating the fine musicianship this campus produces.
Fall Concert, Dinner and Fireworks, 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Amphitheatre. Join UNO students for live music, dinner and ice cream at 5 p.m. and a fireworks display at 8 p.m.