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Aug. 15, 2008

UI holds annual welcome week activities for students

The University of Iowa will welcome new and returning students this year during Welcome Week, which runs Saturday, Aug. 23 through Saturday, Aug. 30. The week will feature a variety of educational and social activities including the Field House Frenzy, the President's Block Party and the Taste of Iowa City.

During Welcome Week, students can connect with various organizations, services, offices and programs through the Student Organization and Information Fair, and get help finding their way around campus. Two booths will be set up in high-traffic areas around campus -- Kautz Plaza behind Calvin Hall and the east side of the Pentacrest -- to provide new students with directions to buildings and to Welcome Week venues.

Welcome Week also presents several opportunities for first-year students to explore Pick One activities as part of a new program encouraging them to get involved on campus. The Student Organization and Information Fair, the Student Job Fair and the Recreational Services' Kick-Off Classic are great ways to explore options, Welcome Week Chair Tara L. Edberg said.

"This year we have added three major events," Edberg said. "And through these events the students will get an idea of what it means to be a Hawkeye."

The week starts Saturday, Aug. 23 at the UI Field House with the Field House Frenzy. There, students can play sports, try out giant inflatable games and play tailgating games while enjoying free pizza, popcorn and healthy snacks.

At the President's Block Party on Sunday, Aug. 24, students can learn about Iowa traditions like the "Iowa Fight Song," eat free food and enjoy live entertainment. First-year students will receive a free class of 2012 t-shirt and have the chance to win prizes including dinner with President Sally Mason.

Other Welcome Week activities include the Taste of Iowa City in downtown Iowa City on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The UI, in conjunction with the Iowa City Downtown Association, is partnering with more than 25 local restaurants that will offer "taste portions" of their menus and a chance to experience downtown Iowa City shopping and music. First-year students will receive an allotment of free food tickets, and additional tickets can be purchased.

Pop-culture author Chuck Klosterman will be the featured speaker for the inaugural Cassandra S. Foens, M.D. Lecture that night at the Englert Theatre at 8:30 p.m. Klosterman's books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of the University Book Store and a book signing will follow the lecture.

"Welcome Week is a remarkable time to discover the university, meet new friends, get involved and explore the endless opportunities that are offered during your college experience," UISG President Maison Bleam said.

For more information on Welcome Week, visit, or contact the Office of Student Life at 319-335-3059.


Saturday, Aug. 23

Field House Frenzy: free pizza, popcorn, and healthy snacks while trying giant inflatable games, playing sports and, tailgating games, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., UI Field House

Sunday, Aug. 24

President's Block Party: free food, entertainment and prizes, 4 to 7 p.m., 102 Church St.

Monday, Aug. 25

Campus Directions Booths: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Pentacrest and Kautz Plaza

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Campus Directions Booths: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Pentacrest and Kautz Plaza

Recreational Services Kick-Off Classic: free games and t-shirts, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hubbard Park, IMU

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Student Organization and Information Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hubbard Park, Iowa Memorial Union

Transfer Student Welcome: free pizza, drinks and prizes, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., C131 Pomerantz Center

Community of Color: 3 to 6 p.m., Currier Residence Hall Multipurpose Room

Taste of Iowa City: UI students should bring University ID Cards, 4 to 8 p.m., Blackhawk Park at the corner of Washington and Dubuque St.

An Evening with Chuck Klosterman: pop culture author, 8:30 p.m., Englert Theatre

Thursday, Aug. 28

Chuck Milligan: free hypnotist, 9 p.m., MacBride Hall Auditorium, hosted by Campus Activities Board (CAB)

Friday, Aug. 29

Student Job Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., second floor walkway, University Capitol Centre in the Old Capitol Mall

Friday Night Concert Series: featuring The Diplomats of Solid Sound, 6:30 p.m., Pedestrian Mall in front of Sheraton Hotel

Saturday, Aug. 30

Iowa vs. Maine Football Game: 11:05 a.m., Kinnick Stadium

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Writer: Aly Dolan