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

Click here to view a campus map.  Note: all events listed below have coordinates associated – locate the letter that is listed next the event and number on the map found here. The location each event occurs in will be found within this area of the map.

Click here for a listing of campus building codes.

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
OIT Help Desk
Presidential Courtyard (G-5)
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.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
One Stop Express Student Services Extended Hours
One Stop in Hodges Library (J-5)

Beat the rush! Take advantage of our special move-in weekend hours. In-person visits only.

7:00 p.m.
VFL Fan Appreciation Open Practice
Neyland Stadium (K-5)
This is your chance to see Team 118 before the 2014 football season. Gates 14, 20, & 21 will open at 6:00 p.m. with practice beginning at 7:00 p.m. Coach Jones wants to create a game-like atmosphere and he needs YOUR help! See you there, Go Vols!

10:00 p.m.
Video Dance Party
Presidential Courtyard (G-5)
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 (G-5)
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.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
One Stop Express Student Services Extended Hours
One Stop in Hodges Library (J-5)
Beat the rush! Take advantage of our special move-in weekend hours. In-person visits only.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Commuter Student Check-In
Circle Park (J/K-6)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Groups 1 – 91: Small Group Meeting, Various Locations
Groups 92 – 180: Playfair, TRECS Intramural Field (G-7)
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 – 91: Playfair, TRECS Intramural Field (G-7)
Groups 92 – 180: 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 (I-5)
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. Make sure to bring a printed copy of your fall course schedule with you to this event.

6:00 p.m.
New Student Picnic (K-5)

After the New Student Picnic
Torch Night
Ayres Hall Lawn, The Hill (L-4)
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 (L- 5/6)
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 (H-5)
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 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
We Bleed ORANGE- Health Information Technology in Simulation Lab
Temple Hall, HITS Lab (H-6)
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 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Small Group Meeting
Life of the Mind Discussion
Life of the Mind Activity

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Home- Student Veteran Dinner
Hermitage Room, University Center (K-4)
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
TRECS Pool (F-7)
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!

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
After Hours Coffee House sponsored by CRU
Gazebo Park on Melrose Avenue by Presidential Courtyard (G-5)
Come by, play some games, meet some people, and grab a drink and a snack. Rain location is under Reese Hall in Presidential Courtyard (G-5)

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SPEAKologist Certification Class
Hodges Library 253 (J-5)
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 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Be Smart, Be Safe, Be a Vol
Alumni Memorial Building 210 (L-5)
Join the staff from the Center for Health Education & Wellness and the UT Police Department to learn about personal safety, college life, 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.
RecFest
TRECS Plaza (F-7)
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 (I/J-5)
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!

Stop by the Pedestrian Walkway and grab your BIG ORANGE Kroger bag filled with samples and food from some of your favorite brands. Bring your roommates or meet new VOLS and join us for corn hole, music and other great giveaways!

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 the opportunity to have any remaining questions answered before the school year begins. Please click here to pre-register for this event by August 18.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
CASNR Cookout
UT Gardens (C-9)
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 (I-5)

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 18.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
MSL Welcome Back Celebration
Black Cultural Center (H-5)
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 18.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Beyond the Borders
International House (I-5)
Who doesn’t love free food, music, and dancing?  Come to the International House to meet international students from around the globe and enjoy the fun!

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
After Hours Coffee House sponsored by CRU
Gazebo Park on Melrose Avenue by Presidential Courtyard (G-5)
Come by, play some games, meet some people, and grab a drink and a snack. Rain location is under Reese Hall in Presidential Courtyard (G-5)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
VOL fest
Presidential Courtyard (G-5/6)
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 (K-4)
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 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 (K-4)
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.
SophoMORE Fest

Ballroom, University Center (K-4)
This event is for sophomores only and features representatives and sophomore resources from your campus support partners including Career Services, Office of Undergraduate Research, Center for Leadership & Serivce, Student Success Center, and more. This is a great opportunity to interact with your sophomore peers, win great door prizes, and free pizza. SEE YOU THERE!

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
OUTreach Open House
OUTreach Center, Melrose Hall (I-5)
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 (I-4)
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 (K-4)
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.

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
After Hours Coffee House sponsored by CRU
Gazebo Park on Melrose Avenue by Presidential Courtyard (G-5)
Come by, play some games, meet some people, and grab a drink and a snack. Rain location is under Reese Hall in Presidential Courtyard (G-5)

10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Target Shopping Event
Various Pick-Up Locations
DJ & Music. Refreshments. Shopping. The Target After-Hours Shopping Event has all the stuff you’ll need to get the year rollin’. Drawings for prizes, which include:  $50 Target Gift Card, $50 iTunes Gift Card and a Small Refrigerator. Just show up at one of the bus stops and we’ll get you there and back!
Stops are located at Hess Hall on Melrose Avenue, Front of Brown Hall on Andy Holt Avenue and behind Humes Hall on Andy Holt Avenue. The first pickup will be at 9:00 p.m. and the second at 10:45 p.m.

 

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7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 
VOL NIGHT LONG
Student InVOLvement Fair & Welcome Week Concert
Pedestrian Walkway (I/J-5)
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 in a few of our 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 dancers and musicians!

Interested in experiencing the best late night entertainment on Rocky Top? Then come out to the Humanities Amphitheater at 10:00 P.M. on August 22nd to help the Campus Entertainment Board kick the year off right at their CarniVol! There will be FREE food, carnival style games and entertainment as well as a live DJ to get the year started. You don’t want to miss this! Free to students who opted in and $3 for students who did not opt in and the general public.

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
After Hours Coffee House sponsored by CRU
Gazebo Park on Melrose Avenue by Presidential Courtyard (G-5)
Come by, play some games, meet some people, and grab a drink and a snack. Rain location is under Reese Hall in Presidential Courtyard (G-5)

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
UNITE 101
Tyson Alumni House (J-4)
Life is sweeter in UNITE! Come and enjoy a cold treat as you learn more about UNITE, meet current UNITE members, and learn about member benefits. UNITE is the largest student spirit organization at the University of Tennessee! With more than 1,200 members, UNITE connects students with UT traditions, alumni, and volunteer projects. Hope to see you there!

8:00 p.m.
Regal Orange & White Movie Night

Lindsey Nelson Baseball Stadium (H-8)
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!