Media Advisory: Welcome Weekend at UB begins Thursday

UB volunteers help new UB students move into the residence halls.

Thousands of students expected to move in and join events to mark the new school year

Release Date: August 23, 2017


BUFFALO, N.Y. – It’s that time again. The University at Buffalo will welcome the newest members of the university community beginning Thursday, Aug. 24, with a variety of informative – and fun – programs before classes begin on Monday.

With thousands of freshmen and transfer students arriving at UB, a variety of activities – both educational and social – are being held to help them adjust to campus life. It’s all part of a new initiative, New2UB, designed to ensure new students get off to a strong start at the university.

Here’s a partial list of events:

Thursday, Aug. 24:

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – New students move into UB’s residence halls: Ellicott and Governors complexes on the North Campus, and Clement and Goodyear on South Campus, assisted by faculty, staff and student volunteers.

Friday, Aug. 25:

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – New student move-in continues at the residence halls.
  • 4 p.m. – Opening Weekend welcome and interlocking UB photo at the Student Union Field. The annual event draws more than 2,500 first-year students – all wearing UB T-shirts – to form the university’s logo. A. Scott Weber, vice president for student life, will welcome students.
  • 5 p.m. – New students will have an opportunity to get to know each other at the Carnival to be held at Baird Point, where there will be carnival food, games, a zip line and fire dancers.
  • 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Late Night Social Activities, including a Silent Disco outside Goodyear and Clement halls, Late Night Outdoor Movie in the Student Union Field and Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag at Governors Complex.

Saturday, Aug. 26

  • 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – UB Pride and Service Day. Students will meet in the Student Union lobby before heading out for community service projects in Buffalo neighborhoods.
  • Noon – Discover Buffalo. Students will head by bus to spend the afternoon at Niagara Falls, the Elmwood Arts Festival or Canalside.
  • Noon to sunset – Outdoor Recreation. Students will enjoy canoeing and kayaking on Lake LaSalle as well as other outdoor fun.
  • 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Late Night Bash. Dance the night away and get a little messy at the Late Night Paint Party and EDM concert at the Student Union Field.

Sunday, Aug. 27

  • 3-5 p.m. – Cyclovia. Dozens of UB students and member of the campus community will join A. Scott Weber, vice president for student life, for a bike ride around campus beginning at the field next to the UB Bookstore. Cyclovia also will include people-powered activities such as skating demonstrations, a BMX stunt show, bike safety and registration information, yoga instruction and street art and performances.

The full schedule of events is available on the Welcome Weekend website.

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