BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will welcome new and
returning students this weekend with the traditional Opening
Weekend activities designed to help acclimate incoming students and
provide veterans with some fun-filled events before the start of
classes on Monday.
Freshmen move into their residence halls on Thursday and Friday,
and throughout the weekend will have the opportunity to learn about
UB resources and campus services, attend social events and meet
fellow students, learn their way around the North and South
campuses and take bus tours to such popular off-campus destinations
as Niagara Falls, the Niagara outlet mall or the Elmwood Arts
President Satish K. Tripathi will hold a "meet and mingle" at
3:30 p.m. on Friday in the courtyard of Slee and Clemens halls,
North Campus. Tripathi; his wife, Kamlesh; and other members of the
UB community will welcome students, parents and families to a new
academic year. Those attending 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.
Also at 3:30 p.m. Friday, the annual interlocking UB photo will
be taken on the Student Union Field. More than 1,300 students will
come together to form the university's logo. Those participating
will receive free T-shirts.
The New Student Picnic, one of the signature events of Opening
Weekend, will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Baird Point. New
students and their families can enjoy a free, first-come,
first-served chicken barbecue while mingling with UB faculty and
staff. The Aerial Angles acrobats will perform at 6 p.m. at Baird
Opening Weekend activities will continue on Saturday with UB in
the Community, a series of activities focused on improving
Buffalo's neighborhoods, as well as campus bike and walking tours;
bus tours to Niagara Falls, the Niagara Falls outlet mall and the
Elmwood Arts Festival; and the Welcome Back Bash at 9:30 p.m.,
featuring music, a foam pit-dance party, and food and prizes.
Sunday's activities include the "We are UB" Community Photo on
the steps of the Health Sciences Library on the South Campus
uniting the campus and neighboring community in UB pride; the
Welcome Back BBQ in the Ellicott Complex on the North Campus; and
Movie Night with screenings of "The Avengers" outside in the
Student Union Field and "Men in Black III" in the Student Union
Theatre on the North Campus.
Opening Weekend kicks off "Fall into UB," a month-long,
campus-wide series of special events designed to celebrate the
beginning of the academic year
"Fall into UB" is focused on welcoming new students and their
families, as well as welcoming back returning students," says
Thomas Tiberi, director of student life. "All opening events are
free and guaranteed to help students feel at home."
For a full schedule of events, visit the Opening Weekend