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Welcome Week Schedule

2018 Welcome Week Signature Events

Sunday, August 19
*Class Photo at Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex – 5:00 p.m.
*New Student Picnic at McClung Tower Plaza – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Local Concert Series (hosted by Campus Events Board) at Humanities Amphitheatre – 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Monday, August 20
*Torch Night and *Rocky Top Rally at Thompson-Boling Arena – 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Please use Entrances B, C, D, E ONLY

Tuesday, August 21
Transfer Welcome – Learn more about this event here!
Class Schedule Tours

Wednesday, August 22 – FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

Thursday, August 23
Rocky Top Traditions

Friday, August 24
Student Engagement Fair – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Vol Night Long – 9:00 PM – 11:59 PM

*Asterisks denotes required events for New Vols

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Various Residence Halls

Moving into your residence hall. Visit the Housing site for all of your move-in information. Move-In Information

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
New Student Class Photo
Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex

Join other new Vols for the New Student Class Photo. This is an opportunity to make a unique UT memory and be a part of a new tradition here on Rocky Top. This event is required for all first-year students.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
New Student Picnic
McClung Tower Plaza

Welcome to Rocky Top! Join the rest of our incoming students for dinner on the McClung Tower Plaza. You will be escorted here following the New Student Class Photo. This event is required for all first-year students.

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Local Concert Series
Humanities Amphitheatre

Join Campus Events Board for the first annual concert series, The Local, to hear awesome local bands and discover activities to go to throughout your time on Rocky Top.

Bands include: The Holifields, Vanosdale, and Posey Pike

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
BCPS Splash Jam

This event provides a fun-filled environment that allows us to welcome first-year and returning students to the University of Tennessee. We will have food, a live DJ, games and our greek organizations will be performing at the event.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Year Commuter Summit
Panhellenic Building – Multipurpose Room

You don’t have to live on campus to make the most of your first year here at UT!

First-Year Commuters are invited to kick-off Welcome Week with a commuter check-in and dinner before heading off to Torch Night & Rocky Top Rally. Join us to meet and connect with other first-year commuter students, pick up commuter swag, and begin your UT journey.

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Torch Night & Rocky Top Rally
Thompson-Boling Arena

Join us in Thompson-Boling Arena for Torch Night and the Rocky Top Rally!

The Torch Night Ceremony is a Tennessee tradition observed since 1925 when all new students are formally welcomed to the university community. Each fall, upperclassmen symbolically pass down the Torch of Preparation to the freshman class. Rocky Top Rally is an opportunity for you to engage with athletics and learn more about what it’s like to cheer on the Vols on game days! This event is required for all first year students.

Please use Entrances B, C, D, E ONLY

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CHEW on This: Surviving Stress and Feeling Your Best
Hodges Library – Mary Greer Room

Does college really have to mean high stress, never sleeping, and the Freshman 15? Drop in for a Q&A with a Wellness Coordinator to get the facts on staying healthy at UT. Free items will be provided along with healthy snacks!

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“Be Smart, Be Safe, Be a Vol” Make-up Session
Alumni Memorial Building – Room 210

Did you miss the “Be Smart, Be Safe, Be a Vol” session during orientation? You will need to attend this important session to complete your new student orientation experience. Attendance will be taken at this event.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CHEW on This: Cookies and Consent
Hodges Library – Mary Greer Room

Didn’t learn about consent in high school and still feeling a little confused about what it means? Come meet Consent expert Fletcher Haverkamp and talk about how you can give and obtain consent for sexual activity. Cookies and swag will be provided.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Come see what RecSports has to offer! From Intramurals and Sport Clubs to Group Fitness classes and Outdoor Trips & Rentals. Enjoy giveaways, snacks, and activities while engaging with RecSports staff and sport clubs at the annual RecFest!

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Transfer Welcome
Strong Hall – Room 101

Each year during Welcome Week, Adult and Transfer students are invited to participate in Transfer Welcome. Transfer Welcome participants will have the opportunity to hear about how the Office of New Student and Family Programs support and connects them to the University of Tennessee, interact with Transition Coaches from First Year Studies and student leaders from across campus, and meet and interact with other Adult and Transfer students. Best of all, there is an opportunity to ask the questions you need answers to about being a Volunteer – what’s it like to be a Transfer student, where are my class, and other first day of class need to know information, and finger foods will be served!

We cannot wait to meet you on Rocky Top!

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Schedule Tours
The Seal – outside of Hodges Library

Need help finding your way around campus and getting to classes? Join one of your orientation leaders for a tour of campus focused on helping you find your classes. Tours will start at the Seal and leave at 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:15 PM, and 4:00 PM. Don’t be late and miss out on this great chance to get to know UT!

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Center for Career Development Welcome Week Open House
Center for Career Development – 2nd level Student Union

Visit the Center for Career Development Office to learn how we can support you finding and following your career path! Tour the facility and enjoy food, ice cream, giveaways, and get a caricature drawn of you in your future career by a professional artist. Register on Handshake at the event to get a free t-shirt. Learn about what skills employers want, and identify ways to gain those competencies and enter to win a VOL Shop Gift Card. Career Development staff will be on hand to show you how to use our assessments and resources to explore major and career options, and gain experience through part-time jobs, internships, and full-time jobs.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Celebration
Frieson Black Cultural Center

The Welcome Back Celebration is a time for entering and returning students to fellowship and reconnect with our diverse communities at UT and in the Knoxville area. Everybody, who is anybody, will be in attendance, and it is a great way to meet fellow students from all backgrounds, to make new friends, to find useful resources, and much more. The Welcome Back Celebration features foods from local restaurants, fraternities and sororities participating in a Greek Stroll, and information 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 – Great Room

International food, music, and dance! American and international students are invited to join the International House as we celebrate the diverse cultures represented at UTK with our annual dance party – a 20+ year tradition!

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Information Stations
Pedestrian Walkway, Alumni Memorial Building, Ayres South Lawn

Need help finding your way around campus and getting to classes? Have a question you need answered? Need a bottle of water? Come to one of our Information Stations for help and hydration during your first day on Rocky Top!

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CHEW on This: The Facts about Sexual Assault
Hodges Library – Mary Greer Room

Want to learn more about what sexual assault is, its prevalence at UT, and what you can do to prevent it? Join Us for Real Talk: The Facts about Sexual Assault to learn more. Pastries and swag will be provided.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Bash
Presidential Court Cafe

We’ve missed you! Swipe into PCB Cafe for a welcome back party jam-packed with games, giveaways, and of course – food!

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
UT Libraries’ Open House
Hodges Library

Drop by the UT Libraries’ Open House on the second floor of Hodges Library. Meet the librarian who specializes in your discipline. Take a quick tour. Learn about library resources. Win Prizes. Everyone is welcome!

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Slap the Rock with SGA
The Rock

Slap the Rock is an annual event hosted by SGA inviting first-year students to make their mark on campus and participate in one of UTK’s most fun traditions: painting the rock!

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Meet the Greeks – National Pan-Hellenic Council & Multicultural Greek Council
Strong Hall 

Are you a new, returning, or transfer student looking to build a better you? Are you looking for a way to make meaningful relationships to help enhance your personal and professional skills? Do you like planning or participating in cultural, service, and social related events? Then you need to come to Meet the Greek, a great way to start the school year learning more about UTK’s cultural based fraternities and sororities!

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Information Stations
Pedestrian Walkway, Alumni Memorial Building, Ayres South Lawn

Need help finding your way around campus and getting to classes? Have a question you need answered? Need a bottle of water? Come to one of our Information Stations for help and hydration during your first day on Rocky Top!

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rocky Top Traditions
UT Knoxville Main Campus – various locations

The University of Tennessee is an institution fueled by tradition. Take some time to find all 10 of the highlighted traditions on campus to learn more about the University’s story.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Orange You Proud to be a Vol
Pedestrian Walkway – East

The Dean and Associate Deans of Students will be handing out a free, healthy snack on Pedestrian Walkway! Come visit with us and learn about the office’s many services to connect and care for students.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
CHEW on This: Alcohol, Other Drugs, and You
Hodges Library – Room 253

Does everyone really drink alcohol or do drugs in college? Drop in for a Q&A session with a member of the UT Wellness staff to get the facts about alcohol and drugs so that you can make healthy and informed decisions that are right for you. Cookies and swag will be provided.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Leadership & Service Interest Session
Fred Brown Hall – Multipurpose Room

Come learn about leadership and service opportunities offered in 2018-2019!

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Information Stations
Pedestrian Walkway, Alumni Memorial Building, Ayres South Lawn

Need help finding your way around campus and getting to classes? Have a question you need answered? Need a bottle of water? Come to one of our Information Stations for help and hydration during your first day on Rocky Top!

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Student Health “Well”come Back Cookout
Student Health Building Lawn

Come meet the friendly staff at the Student Health Building and learn more about the services provided by the Center for Health Education & Wellness, Student Counseling Center, and Student Health Center. Free food, fun activities, and giveaways! (Vegetarian options will be available.)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Honors & Scholars Programs Open House
Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy – Suite 130

Come beat the heat and enjoy some ice cream! Meet the honors staff and other students from the 1794 Scholars, Chancellor’s Honors, Honors Leadership, and Haslam Scholars Programs. While you’re here, check out the honors study lounge.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ignite Reunion
Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Lawn

Reunion for any summer 2018 Ignite participants and Team Leaders! Join us to enjoy some BBQ and reunite with your former teams and leaders before heading over to the student engagement fair!

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Pride Center Open House
Pride Center and Melrose Courtyard

Come check out the Pride Center, its programming, involvement opportunities, and LGBTQ+ resources during its fall open house.

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Student Engagement Fair
Pedestrian Walkway

Come meet and mingle with more than 200 student organizations and local businesses to learn more about ways to be inVOLved on Rocky Top and in the Knoxville community!

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Night Crawler Blacklight Indoor Rock Climbing
HPER VOL Wall Indoor Climbing Gym

Climb in the dark with black lights illuminating the routes. Free shirts while supplies last.

9:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Vol Night Long
Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Plaza

Come out to the first of many Vol Night Long celebrations during your time as a volunteer. The first Vol Night Long of the year will include lazer tag, escape rooms, a magician and ballon artist, Pelican’s Snowballs, and pizza! You won’t want to miss this!

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