University of Central Arkansas’ back to school Welcome Week kicks off Sunday with 2,000 freshmen moving into residence halls on campus.
Campus leaders have changed the way the school will handle the inflow of freshmen students by dividing them into two groups.
The first group has a time slot of 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, and includes freshmen moving into Baridon, Bear, Carmichael, Conway and Hughes halls.
The second group with a time slot of noon to 4 p.m. includes freshmen moving into Arkansas, Bernard, Farris, Short-Denney and State halls.
“Last year, we had a bit of trouble getting people unloaded and moved in as quickly as we would have liked,” said Colin Stanton, director of new student programs. “This year, by splitting up the campus and extending our hours to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. we hope to alleviate some of that stress and make things run smoothly as possible for our incoming students and their families.”
Stanton said Housing and Residence Life, UCA Police and the Student Orientation staff decided to split the residence halls because of the opening of Bear Hall in Fall 2012 and Baridon Hall becoming a primarily freshman hall this year.
Maps with directions to the residence halls can be found at www.uca.edu/orientation/move-in-day.
On move-in day, 80 Student Orientation Staff (SOS) volunteers will assist freshmen as they move into their residence halls.
In addition, a group of UCA faculty and staff will serve as Faculty and Administration Support Team (FAST) Movers and help freshmen bring belongings to their dorm rooms.
The SOS staff will also accompany freshmen from their halls to the Welcome Week events.
UCA says including the SOS staff, more than 700 volunteers from 40 different registered student organizations, campus departments, and community organizations will participate in the various activities during Welcome Week.
The day freshmen move in, Housing and Residence Life offices will be open, and Financial Aid offices will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A freshmen welcome lunch is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Crafton Alumni Pavilion.
Monday’s events include the Countdown to Classes session in the Ida Waldran Auditorium from 9 to 10 a.m.. This is the time for students with burning questions about logistics and their lives on campus to get answers.
A mandatory College Meetings session follows from 10:30 a.m. to noon, where students will meet deans, faculty and department heads in their colleges.
Picnic lunch with the faculty follows on the McAlister Hall lawn.
Monday afternoon and evening feature several events for new students, including Midnight Madness, a popular casino night held at the Student Center and hosted by the Student Activities Board.
Students can learn how to get the most out of college by attending Tuesday morning’s Ultimate College Experience session with tips and advice for the start of their college career at Ida Waldran Auditorium 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Battle of the Halls to determine who will hold the year’s championship title takes place Tuesday beginning at 4:15 p.m. on the McAlister Hall lawn.
Illusionist Mike Super will entertain students at Reynolds Performance hall from 9:30 to 11 p.m.
Students will have a chance to get a handle on Greek life at UCA by attending Wednesday’s All Greek Everything session at Ida Waldran Auditorium at 1 p.m.
Conway Daze, a fair of more than 100 campus organizations, departments and Conway businesses, will be held at the UCA practice field and Bruce Street Wednesday from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
A football season preview will take place immediately after Conway Daze at nearby Estes Stadium.
Welcome week concludes with a closing ceremony in the Student Center courtyard at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
UCA classes begin Thursday.
Events are subject to change, and the full Welcome Week schedule can be found at www.uca.edu/orientation/welcome-week.
Students can download the Welcome Week schedule with a free app called Guidebook.
Using the Guidebook app, freshmen can add events to their personal calendars, provide feedback for events, and post directly to Twitter and Facebook.
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