BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will welcome new and
returning students back with open arms during Opening Weekend, UB's
tradition of offering students a fun, event-packed weekend before
the beginning of the fall semester.
This year's festivities will kick off at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug.
26, on the Student Union Field, UB North Campus, where the annual
interlocking UB photo will be taken. The photo requires more than
1,200 students wearing UB T-shirts to fill in the border of a
massive outline UB's iconic logo. The photo is then taken from
above by helicopter.
here for images of all previous interlocking UB photos.
here for video of last year's interlocking UB photo.
At 3:30 p.m. Friday, a meet and mingle with UB President Satish
K. Tripathi will be held in the courtyard of Slee Hall and Clemens
Hall. The president, his wife, Kamlesh Tripathi, and other members
of the campus community will welcome parents and families to a new
academic year at UB. Attending students will have the chance to win
$100 toward books at the University Bookstore, an iPad, a free
registration to Family
Weekend or a "Family-Gear" Basket. All participating students
will walk away with an exclusive family gift.
Click here for a
calendar of Opening Weekend events.
The new-student picnic will start at 4:30 p.m. on Baird Point,
where new students and their families will enjoy a free chicken BBQ
as they mingle with UB faculty, staff and other new students. The
picnic will feature a sneak-preview of the edge-of-your-seat
acrobatic talents of the Aerial Angels, who will begin their
fire-eating and trapeze-flying act at 6 p.m. The picnic is
sponsored by AT&T, Geico and UB Student Affairs.
Opening Weekend continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, outside
of the Student Union with "UB in the Community," a daylong series
of events and hands-on activities that harness the enthusiasm of
new students, who will participate in activities aimed at improving
Buffalo neighborhoods. Students who've spent the morning
volunteering can then relax with a bus ride at 3 p.m. to either
Niagara Falls for some sightseeing, the Niagara Falls Outlet Mall
for shopping or the Elmwood Festival of Arts for a mix of both.
Saturday will culminate with the Welcome Back Bash at 9 p.m. in
the UB Student Union lobby on the North Campus. There will be free
music, dancing, food, prizes and the Bash's famous foam pit to
"The Welcome Back Bash is a great opportunity to meet up with
people you may have met at orientation, or if you are an
upperclassman, your friends from previous years," says Daniel
Ovadia, a junior-year business administration major from East
Meadow. "Everyone is smiling, and it really is a lot of fun. It's
hard to describe how much fun it is to someone, so you just have to
go check it out for yourself."
for video of last year's Opening Weekend.
Sunday's revelry starts at 1 p.m. on Kunz Field as students
gather to "Hear the Thunder!" as UB's marching band, "Thunder of
the East," performs with bands from local high schools, including
Lancaster, Medina Central, Mount St. Mary Academy, Pioneer and West
Click here to see a
video of a "Thunder of the East" performance.
At 3 p.m. the "We Are UB Community Photo" will be taken outside
of the Health Sciences Library on the South Campus. This photo will
include both students and members of the surrounding community.
"The goal of the community photo is to unite UB, our students
and Buffalo's University Heights District neighbors in a fun and
memorable gesture of our cooperation and pride in Buffalo," says
Tracey Eastman of UB Student Affairs.
The first 500 people to join the community photo will receive a
free UB T-shirt.
Sunday ends with Movie Night at 9:30 p.m. Students can watch
this year's film either indoors at the Student Union Theater, or
outdoors on the Student Union Field, both on the North Campus. Free
popcorn and soda will be available for a free showing of "Pirates
of the Caribbean 4."
"Opening Weekend helps new students get the academic year off to
a great start," says Eastman.
"It helps familiarize them with the campus; get them moved in
comfortably; gives them a chance to meet other students, faculty
and staff; and helps them learn about the student-focused services
and programs available to them. It helps them begin to build great
Although Opening Weekend officially ends Aug. 28, other fun and
community-building events will continue into September. On Monday,
Aug. 29, a 100-foot banana split will be served in the Student
Union lobby from noon to 2 p.m., a sweet treat to mark the start of
Students of the Undergraduate Academies will also enjoy the
"Dinner for 12 Residents" event that night, which brings 12 new
students who don't know each other together for a meal, possibly
creating friendships that will last throughout their college
"This helps students meet folks on campus who will help them
with their academic and personal goals in an informal setting,"
says Hadar Borden, administrative director of UB's Undergraduate
"Our students fondly equate it to a higher-education version of
a McDonald's birthday party. We reserve the space in advance with
balloons, and we promote an on-campus event with a gift to
Academies students will also get the opportunity to work with Grassroots Gardens of
Buffalo, a local non-profit organization dedicated to community
gardening. On Aug. 24, Academies students will volunteer in several
existing community gardens in Buffalo, investing their time in the
neighborhoods that surround UB.
Samina Raja, UB professor of urban and regional planning is on
the board of Grassroots Gardens. She helped organize the effort and
produced a video message for participating students.
for Raja's video message to students about Grassroots
During the month-long September Welcome Passport program,
students will receive a sticker for each September Passport event
they attend. Collecting eight stickers makes students eligible for
a raffle, where they could win a digital reading tablet, $200 in
Campus Cash or $200 toward books.
Click here for
a calendar of September Passport events.
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university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system that is its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
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