Welcome Week Schedule

Check out all that 2014 Welcome Week has to offer!

Most events are optional. Some are required.

ALL are designed to make you feel at home.

Required Events:
Sunday, August 17

All programming beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, August 18
3:00 p.m. Small Group Meeting, Life of the Mind Discussion & Activity

10:00 p.m.
Video Dance Party
Presidential Courtyard

Celebrate move-in day by dancing the night away with a DJ and two 30 foot video screens playing popular music videos.

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
OIT Help Desk
Presidential Courtyard
UT’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) will set up a table to help incoming first-year students with their computer issues. OIT will get your computer running and connected to UT’s wired and/or wireless networks. They will also be handing out flyers and information about OIT services.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Commuter Student Check-In
Circle Park

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Groups 1 – 80: Small Group Meeting, Various Locations
Groups 81 – 160: Playfair, TRECS Intramural Field
Check your Welcome Week Brochure for exact details
Time to start Welcome Week with a bang! During your first small group meeting you will get to know other new students and create your new home on Rocky Top. Your Welcome Leader will give you insight into your first week at UT, teach you common university language and traditions, and even more!

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Groups 1 – 80: Playfair, TRECS Intramural Field
Groups 81 – 160: Small Group Meeting, Various Locations
Check your Welcome Week Brochure for exact details

4:45 p.m.
Find-A-Class Campus Tour for Transfer Students
Meet at Humanities Amphitheater
Take some time to find where your classes will be held this fall. Student leaders will take you on a specialized campus tour to help you find where your classes are located. This will be a fun time and will help in familiarizing you with campus.

6:00 p.m.
New Student Picnic

After the New Student Picnic
Torch Night
Ayres Hall Lawn, The Hill
Torch Night is a Tennessee tradition that has been observed since 1925 when all new students were formally welcomed to the University community. Each fall, the upperclassmen symbolically pass down the Torch of Preparation to the freshman class at Torch Night.

After Torch Night
Night in Neyland
Neyland Stadium
This is your Big Orange Welcome held in Neyland Stadium! This is the time to learn the Volunteer cheers, hear from coaches, sing Rocky Top with the Pride of the Southland band, and experience Neyland Stadium for your first time as a UT student!

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Inroads to UT: Multicultural Student Symposium
Black Cultural Center
Students within the Multicultural Mentoring Program will be able to engage in meaningful activities to aid with your academic, social, and personal development. Students will meet, develop relationships, and network with upper-class mentors, UT faculty, and staff in an enjoyable and interactive environment.

1:00 -3:00
We Bleed ORANGE- Health Information Technology in Simulation Lab
Temple Hall, HITS Lab
Do you really know what it means to bleed orange? Come experience the HITS (Health Information Technology in Simulation) Lab, a collaborative lab between the Colleges of Nursing and Engineering.  Within this stimulated health space, students  can experience real life automated manikins and technology that mimic caring for patients.  This lab is also dedicated to innovative ideas and creativity to develop technology for the future world in healthcare.  The HITS team of faculty researchers work together to create innovative ideas for healthcare. Students from multiple departments are involved in developing and implementing these healthcare technologies into real world solutions. Come see how we Bleed Orange!

3:00 – 6:30
Small Group Meeting
Life of the Mind Discussion
Life of the Mind Activity

5:30 – 7:30 
Welcome Home- Student Veteran Dinner
Hermitage Room, University Center
Are you a new or returning student veteran? If so, make plans to join the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans for dinner.
Due to limited space, please RSVP to ashleyblamey@utk.edu by Wednesday, August 13.

7:30 p.m.  - 10:30 p.m.
Caribbean Splash Jam
Experience the Caribbean UT style at the Annual Splash Jam Pool Party. You will enjoy live entertainment, Greek Stroll-Off, free food, games, prizes and lots more!

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SPEAKologist Certification Class
Hodges Library 253
Come and participate in a fun & interactive one-hour training provided by the Center for Health Education & Wellness  that will certify you to be a SPEAKologist. A SPEAKologist noun \speek-ō-lə-jist\ is a member of the UT community who is committed to being an active bystander and is trained to Speak UP! for others. All participants that attend will receive a free t-shirt.

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Be Smart, Be Safe, Be a Vol
Alumni Memorial Building 210
Join the staff from the Center for Health Education & Wellness and the UT Police Department to learn about personal safety, college life, and relationships and sexual activity.  This fun and interactive session will teach you about the importance of making smart decisions as a college student and resources for safety here at UT.  You will also learn about the “Vols Help Vols” and “Volunteers Speak UP!” initiatives on campus.  This session is required for new students who did not attend “Be Smart, Be Safe, Be a Vol” during orientation.  Attendance will be taken.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Tennessee education will definitely exercise your mind, but you can keep your body fit and relieve some stress with the help of RecSports. At RecFest, you can try out some of the hundreds of programs and activities – such as intramural and club sports, aquatics, group fitness sessions, personal training, outdoor programs, and the climbing wall – that are included in your automatic Rec Sports membership. Don’t feel like climbing a wall or trying a martial art? Come for the free food, giveaways, inflatables, and games!

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Class Schedule Tours
Kroger Campus Blitz
Pedestrian Walkway
Are you nervous about finding your classes on the first-day of school? Don’t know where certain buildings are located on campus? You are in luck! The 2014 Welcome Leaders are available to show you where all of your classes are located. Just bring your class schedule to the Pedestrian Walkway and the Welcome Leaders will help you out!

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Small Group Meeting for Transfer Students
Various Locations
These small group meetings will provide a more personal setting for you to interact and engage with other transfer students, meet new friends, and connect with one of our Transfer Transition Guides.  You will also have to opportunity to have any remaining questions answered before the school year begins. Please click here to pre-register for this event by August 11.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
CASNR Cookout
UT Gardens
CONGRATULATIONS– The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources would like to welcome all CASNR students to the UT Family! Join us for a special cookout in your honor in our magnificent UT Gardens, a highlight of the Ag Campus! Come and enjoy an afternoon/ evening of good food and fellowship with your fellow Ag classmates. In addition, you will have an opportunity to meet staff and faculty members from various departments. This event is specifically for incoming CASNR students- all CASNR students are encouraged to attend! The rain location will be Hollingsworth Auditorium.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Transfer Student Welcome
Humanities Amphitheater

The Transfer Student Welcome gives you an opportunity to relax and meet with other transfer students in a laid-back atmosphere. Join us as we enjoy a sweet treat to help you cool off at the end of the day.  We will also be giving away door prizes such as UNITE Memberships, Dining Dollars, and signed athletic gear (must be present to win). You don’t want to miss out on all the fun or goodies being given away!  Please click here to pre-register for this event by August 11.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
MSL Welcome Back Celebration
Black Cultural Center
Join us at Multicultural Student Life’s open house and welcome back celebration to find useful resources, meet new people, enjoy live entertainment and free food, tour the Black Cultural Center, see fraternities and sororities participate in an exhibition step show, and learn more about local churches, beauty and barber shops, restaurants and community agencies. This open house features a student organization fair where students can learn about getting involved with our multicultural student organizations.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
RockyTOP Kick-Off
Humanities Amphitheater
If you are a transfer student participating in RockyTOP (“Transfer Outreach Program”), make sure to attend this first mentor group meeting.  You will meet your Transfer Transition Guide at this event and learn more about what the program entails.  Please click here to learn more about RockyTOP and to sign up to participate by August 11.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Beyond the Borders
International House
Who doesn’t love free food, music, and dancing?  Come to the International House to international students from around the globe and enjoy the fun!

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
VOL fest
Presidential Courtyard
VOLfest is a traditional Welcome Week event hosted by the United Residence Halls Council (URHC). Come to experience a tie-dye station, giveaways, and opportunities to interact with other campus partners. Students can participate in Operation ID with UTPD, climb a rock wall with UTOP, and learn about numerous campus services!

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Center for Leadership & Service Interest Session
Shiloh Room, University Center

Trying to get involved on campus? Want to volunteer in the Knoxville community? Interested in developing your leadership skills? Come hear about opportunities available to you through the Center for Leadership & Service. Programs and classes in the CLS include Ignite, The Emerging Leaders Class, Alternative Breaks, the Leadership & Service Ambassadors, the LeaderShape Institute, the Leadership Knoxville Scholars program, the Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Day of Service, and a variety of additional opportunities held throughout the year all providing you with a variety of opportunities that can help you grow as a leader during your time at UT.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Central Program Membership Interest Session
Shiloh Room, University Center
Interested in planning and promoting campus events? Then come to this interest session to learn more about the Central Program Council (CPC)! The CPC is comprised of eight different student-run organizations; All Campus Events, Campus Entertainment Board, Cultural Attractions, Film, Issues, Visual Arts, Volapalooza Event Planners, and the Women’s Coordinating Council. The application deadline is September 5th. Go to go.utk.edu to apply today!

8:00 p.m.
Panhellenic Bid Day

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ballroom, University Center

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
OUTreach Open House
OUTreach Center, Melrose Hall
Our motto is you belong here.  Whether you are LGBTQQIA or an ally, join us at OUTreach, UT’s LGBTQ & Ally Center located in Melrose Hall. The open house is a great opportunity for you to meet new friends, find out about resources on campus, and sign up for a mentor.  Free refreshments will be served.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Debate Team Social
Baker Center Rooms 207 & 208
Interested in debate? Come to the debate team social to get a chance to get to know the team and see what UT debate is all about over some tasty treats.

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Rainbow Rave
Ballroom, University Center
Looking for a fun time? Come to the Rainbow Rave, an LGBT+ friendly black-light rave! There will be free neon paint and glow sticks.


7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 
Student InVOLvement Fair & Welcome Week Concert
Pedestrian Walkway

Still wondering about how you can become a true member of the VOLunteer family? Come to the Student InVOLvement Fair to learn about how to Get InVOLved through more than 200 student organizations. Come for the involvement opportunities and stay to watch the Welcome Week Concert featuring Planeta Azul, a Brazilian entertainment group of dancer and musicians!

Regal Orange & White Movie Night
Lindsey Nelson Baseball Stadium
Feel like taking a load off and just enjoying a great movie with friends?  Come join the entire Volunteer family at Lindsey Nelson Baseball Stadium to see a free outdoor movie provided by Regal Entertainment Group! We need your help! Click here to vote and select the movie that will be played!