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

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

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

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 College of Nursing and College of 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.  We have had students from multiple departments collaborate in our lab from areas such as to develop research projects in the healthcare areas. 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.

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

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
CASNR Cookout
UT Gardens

Congratulations – You are now a member of the CASNR 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 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. All incoming CASNR students are encouraged to attend!

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.

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!

8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Rainbow Rave
International House Great Room

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.

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

Trying to get involved on campus? Want to make a difference? Interested in developing your leadership? 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.

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!

7:00 p.m.
Panhellenic Bid Day

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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.


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!

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!