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Opening Weekend welcomes new students to UB

Volunteers lend a hand as new UB students move in on Opening Weekend.


Published August 22, 2013

The newest members of the UB community begin arriving on campus today, and the university will welcome them and returning students with a variety of fun-filled and informative events before classes start on Monday.

Opening Weekend offers students the chance to learn about UB resources and campus services, as well as attend social events and meet fellow students.

In addition to ice cream socials, open houses and job fairs, students can take bike and walking tours of the North and South campuses, and bus tours to such popular off-campus destinations as Niagara Falls, the Niagara Outlet Mall or the Elmwood Arts Festival.

President Satish K. Tripathi will hold his annual “meet and mingle” at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Slee/Clemens Courtyard, North Campus. Tripathi; his wife, Kamlesh; and other members of the UB community will welcome students, their parents and other family members to the start of 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 Homecoming & Family Weekend or a “Family Gear” Basket. All participants will receive an exclusive family gift.

Another UB tradition—the interlocking UB photo—also will take place at 3:30 p.m. on the Student Union Field. An estimated 1,800 students will come together to form the university’s logo. The first 1,800 students will receive a free T-shirt.

The New Student Picnic—one of the signature events of Opening Weekend—will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Baird Point, North Campus. New students and their families can enjoy a free, first-come, first-served chicken barbecue while meeting UB faculty, staff and other new students. Hypnotist Cris Johnson will perform at 5:30 p.m.

Opening Weekend activities will continue on Saturday with “UB in the Community,” in which students volunteer off campus with local community groups. Also on the agenda are the tours of campus and off-campus destinations, and the Welcome Back Bash.

Opening Weekend kicks off “Fall into UB,” a month-long, campus-wide series of special events designed to celebrate the start of the academic year.

For the full schedule of events, visit the Opening Weekend website.