Welcome Week Schedule

Check out all that 2015 Welcome Week has to offer!

Most events are optional. Some are required.

ALL are designed to make you feel at home.

Required Events for First Year Students:
Sunday, August 16

All programming beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, August 17
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.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Living & Learning Community (LLC) Neighborhood Block Party
Fred D. Brown, Jr. Residence Hall Courtyard

The Living & Learning Community (LLC) Neighborhood Block Party welcomes LLC students and their parents to enjoy a break after moving in! Come meet fellow LLC students and faculty/staff who collaborate with your community throughout the year. Grab a bite to eat, pick up your member t-shirt, enjoy the music, and relax. Welcome home LLC students!

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.

6:50 p.m.
Open Practice
Neyland Stadium
Come watch Head Football Coach Butch Jones and Team 119 as they hold an open practice in historic Neyland Stadium. There is free admission and parking for this event. Go Vols!

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.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
SGA Presents: Slap the Rock
The Rock
Join Student Government Association in the first annual “Paint the Rock” event! This is a great opportunity to build community with other first-year students and your friends in SGA. Expect great conversations and lots of Rock selfies!

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Groups 1 – 89: Playfair, TRECS (G-7)
Groups 90 – 178: Small Group Meeting, Various Locations 
Check Guidebook 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 – 89: Small Group Meeting, Various Locations
Groups 90 – 178: Playfair, TRECS (G-7)
Check Guidebook for exact details

6:00 p.m.
Torch Night
Thompson Boling Arena
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
UT Pep Rally
It’s Great to be a TENNESSEE VOL! This is the time to learn the Volunteer cheers, hear from coaches, sing Rocky Top with the Pride of the Southland band for your first time as a UT student!

Following the Pep Rally
New Student Picnic
Humanities/Clarence Brown Theatre Plaza

8:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
Headphone Disco
Presidential Courtyard
Come join the Campus Entertainment Board for a night of fun in a unique experience called the Headphone Disco, where students are invited to dance the night away to the music of two competing DJ’s by wearing special headphones. Half the party could be screaming the words to “Don’t Stop Believing”, while the rest are dancing to electronic dance music. You don’t want to miss this amazing event!

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Inroads to UT: Multicultural Student Symposium
John 23
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.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SPEAKologist: Alcohol Edition
253 Hodges Library (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 rad UT flare and UT croakies.

UNITE Cookout
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presidential Courtyard
Love tailgates, traditions, and alumni networking? Well, we’re the place for you!  Come learn more about becoming a member of UNITE at the UNITE Cookout. There will be free hotdogs, games, good times, a prize wheel, and UT giveaways so don’t miss out.

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

6:30 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m. (Following the Life of the Mind activity)
Caribbean Splash Jam
TRECS Pool (F-7)
The Annual Caribbean Splash Jam is one of the first social and recreational programs of the year and has served as a signature event in the UT Welcome Week Celebration. The Caribbean Splash Jam is a poolside mixer complete with light refreshments, live music, fun, and games. The Black Cultural Programming Committee (BCPC) hosts this event in an effort to provide an opportunity for students to engage in a festive and fun environment. Splash Jam is intended to provide an atmosphere that will allow first-year students to establish friendships before fall semester classes begin while also encouraging interaction with returning students, faculty, staff, and administrators. For more information, email bcpc@utk.edu or call 865-974-6861.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Inroads to UT: Multicultural Student Symposium
John 23
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.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SPEAKologist: 
SPEAKologist Certification Class: RSVP (Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention)
253 Hodges Library (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 rad UT flare and a free t-shirt.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
RecFest
TRECS  (F-7)
Come join the RecSports Department as we open the doors to TRECS and showcase some of our facilities, programs, and services. We’ll also be grilling up FREE BURGERS & DOGS! It’s a fun time!

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!

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Center for Career Development Open House
Student Union
Visit the new Center for Career Development Office to pick up your planner for the 2015-2016 year! Tour the new facility and enjoy food, giveaways, and get a caricature drawn of you in your future career by a professional artist. Register for Hire-A-VOL at teh event to be entered into a drawing for a VolShop gift card. Career Development staff will be on hand to show you hwo to use our assessments and resources to explore major and career options, and gain experience through part-time jobs, internships, and full-time jobs.

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Green Fair
HSS Amphitheater/ Pedestrian Walkway
Have fun on a giant slip and slide, playing human foozeball, eating free food, or winning a cool prize all while learning how to improve your sustainable living habits.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Political Science Meet and Greet
Toyota Room in the Howard Baker Center
Political Science Meet and Greet For Class of 2019: Meet your faculty and learn about opportunities within your major.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CASNR Welcome Social
Plant Biotechnology Building Room 156/157
Welcome to the University of Tennessee and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). The Dean of CASNR, Dr. Caula Beyl, and the faculty/staff of the college invite you to enjoy an afternoon on the Ag Campus with your peers! Come out and enjoy FREE food, games, music and fun before classes start. There will also be CASNR prizes; see you there!

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
MSL Welcome Back Celebration
Black Cultural Center (H-5)
The MSL Welcome Back Celebration provides an opportunity for first-year and returning students to participate in the Fall Open House for the Office of Multicultural Student Life. This open house features a student organization fair where students can learn about getting involved with our multicultural student organizations; tours of the Black Cultural Center that also provides information on our Tutorial and Book Loan Programs; live entertainment by students; and give-a-ways from our community partners which includes churches, hair salons and barbershops, ethnic restaurants and much more. This celebration is a great way to meet new people from all diverse backgrounds, make new friends, and find useful resources. This event is held annually as a part of the UT Welcome Week Celebration, so be sure to come out to get connected, see the fraternities and sororities participate in an exhibition step show, and learn more about student organizations, departments, local churches, beauty and barber shops, and community agencies.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Beyond Borders Dance Party
International House (I-5)
International food, music, and dance! American and international students are invited to join the International House as we celebrate the diverse cultures represented at UT with our annual dance party.

9:30 a.m.
Welcome Back Commuters!
White Avenue Parking Garage
Off-Campus and Commuter Services, Parking and Transit Services, Volunteer Dining, VOLshop, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards hope you start this year off right! We will have breakfast and free water bottles filled with resources to ensure your success! We’ll see you at the White Avenue Parking Garage!

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
EECS Welcome Back Celebration
Min Kao Building
The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Welcome Back Celebration is a large-scale event designed to showcase accomplishments of the EECS department and to provide students with academic and professional resources before the school year begins. This year, the EECS Welcome Back Celebration will take place on Wednesday, August 19th from 10am to 5pm in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building. Our event will feature:
– ​A Pizza Party for all entering freshmen in engineering
– Employer and student organization booth fairs for networking and recruiting
– Lab tours showcasing the research conducted by EECS students and faculty
– Demonstrations of student and industry projects (ex. robots created by our IEEE Robotics Team)
– Information sessions on new student involvement opportunities in EECS
-Social media raffle to encourage student engagement with EECS on the web

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
UT’s Farmers Market
UT Gardens on UT’s Agriculture Campus
It’s a great day for a picnic! Pick up dinner and a cool drink from VietGrill and enjoy the sights in the UT Gardens! While you’re at the market, buy ingredients for this week’s dinner and upport our local producers! The UT Farmers Market occurs every Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the UT Gardens.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Center for Leadership & Service Interest Session
Fred Brown Hall Multipurpose Room
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.

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
McClung After Dark

McClung Museum
Grab a flashlight and head to the McClung Museum for an after-hours tour of the galleries. Encounter mummies from ancient Egypt and skeletons of dinosaurs that may have once roamed campus! This is a unique chance to get to know your campus museum.

9:30 a.m.
Welcome Back Commuters!
11th Street Parking Garage
Off-Campus and Commuter Services, Parking and Transit Services, Volunteer Dining, VOLshop, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards hope you start this year off right! We will have breakfast and free water bottles filled with resources to ensure your success! We’ll see you at the 11th Street Parking Garage!

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
SophoMORE Fest
Panhellenic Building Multipurpose Room
This event is for sophomores only and features representatives and sophomore resources from your campus support partners including the Center for Career Development, Office of Undergraduate Research, Center for Leadership & Service, 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)
The OUTreach CENTER welcomes new and returning LGBTQQIA and ally students to campus! Discover all of the programs, events, and organizations at UT for LGBTQQIA students. We want you to know that at OUTreach, you belong here.

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Rainbow Rave
Panhellenic Building
Looking for a fun time? Come to the second annual Rainbow Rave, an LGBT+ friendly black-light, dance party. Free food and glow sticks will be provided.

Big Orange Friday

9:30 a.m.
Welcome Back Commuters!
G 10 Parking Garage
Off-Campus and Commuter Services, Parking and Transit Services, Volunteer Dining, VOLshop, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards hope you start this year off right! We will have breakfast and free water bottles filled with resources to ensure your success! We’ll see you at the G 10 Parking Garage!

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open House
Dunford Hall
In an effort to highlight our new office locations in Dunford Hall, several Student Life offices are hosting an Open House, August 21st from 3-5 p.m. We will have food, games, and resources about our offices. Our staff and students are excited to welcome YOU!
The following offices are participating:
• Career Opportunities for Student with Disabilities
• Center for Leadership and Service
• Center for Student Engagement
• NPHC/MGC
• Office of Disability Services
• Student Government Association
• Student Union

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

VOLink Student Engagement Fair
Pedestrian Walkway (I/J-5)
Welcome to the hub of student organizations at UT! Registered Student Organizations at UT are a strong, growing community of over 400! Find the latest information, resources and events from the Center for Student Engagement at the Student Engagement Fair.  Student organization leaders are across campus participating in service, philanthropy, academic research, international and domestic causes, competing nationally in their sports, engaged in fellowship and much more!  Join some of UT’s student organizations on Pedestrian Walkway on Friday, August 21st from 7-10 PM for a chance to learn more about ways you can find your niche, engage with campus, and get in VOLved!

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
VOL Night Long: Playground Days

HSS Amphitheater
It’s a throwback to your childhood at the first Vol Night Long of the semester! We will feature laser tag, giant twister, frozen yogurt, arts and crafts, and other fun activities from your childhood. This event is free to all students and guests, and a great way to meet new people during Welcome Week.

8:00 a.m. – 8: 30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Start Time
Fun Run
Pedestrian Walkway Near Hodges Library
The University of Tennessee Army ROTC Rocky Top Battalion invites all First Year students to participate in the First Annual Fun Run. Come join us for a run (or walk) across the historic UT Campus while getting a chance to get to know your new classmates.  There is no cost to register and the first 300 participants will receive an event t-shirt. Please register for the Fun Run here

Monday, August 24
SGA VolleyVol Tournament and Social: Let SGA serve you!
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Volleyball Court by Dunford Hall (Dunford Horseshoe)
Do you want to learn more about your Student Government Association and meet other students? Stop by for refreshments, fun conversations, and a great time!

Tuesday, August 25
Welcome Week Climbing Trip
3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Look Rock

Cost: $5, Register by Aug. 24
Come sign up for an outdoor climbing trip with the RecSports Outdoor Program to Look Rock just outside of Maryville. Register at the Outdoor Center located on the Fitness Level of TRECS. All trips are beginner friendly!

Wednesday, August 26
Part-Time Job Fair
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thompson Boling-Arena
The part-time job fair is for all UT students seeking flexible job opportunities. Employers from UT and Knoxville community will be in attendance, offering part-time employment.

Wednesday, August 26th
Welcome Week Kayaking
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tennessee River Blueway
Cost: $5, Register by Aug. 24
Come sign up for a kayaking trip with the  RecSports Outdoor Program on the Tennessee River. Register at the Outdoor Center located on the Fitness Level of TRECS. All trips are beginner friendly!

Thursday, August 27th
Welcome Week Sunset Hike
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
House Mountain
Cost: $5, Register by Aug. 25
Come sign up for a hiking trip with the  RecSports Outdoor Program to House Mountain located just outside of Knoxville. Register at the Outdoor Center located on the Fitness Level of TRECS. All trips are beginner friendly!

Friday, August 28th
Welcome Week Mountain Biking
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Urban Wilderness
Cost: $5, Register by Aug. 26
Come sign up for a mountain biking trip with the  RecSports Outdoor Program to local trails in Knoxville. Register at the Outdoor Center located on the Fitness Level of TRECS. All trips are beginner friendly!