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Weeks of Welcome programs connect students to campus

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UNG will host Weeks of Welcome events on each of its five campuses during the first two weeks of school.

Free food, T-shirts and other items will be handed out to students as part of the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Weeks of Welcome during the first two weeks of school on all five of its campuses.

"What we're trying to do is provide opportunities for students to connect with the campus early on," said Darcy Hayes, director of orientation and transition programs at UNG.

Student convocation is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Convocation Center on UNG's Dahlonega Campus, noon Aug. 22 on the Quad at the Oconee Campus, 11 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Blue Ridge Campus, noon Aug. 27 at the gym on the Gainesville Campus, and noon Aug. 29 on the Cumming Campus at the outdoor pavilion.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) will hold a Welcome Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Robinson Ballroom on the Gainesville Campus and from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Hoag ABC Rooms on the Dahlonega Campus.

Various campus administrators will speak at the MSA events, while a club leader expo will highlight some of the offerings on the campuses. A lunch will be served at the Gainesville event and refreshments at the Dahlonega event.

Nathan Cheesman, coordinator of orientation and student leadership at UNG, said shirt giveaways provide new students with "another thing that physically connects them with the university." Cheesman said helping students navigate campus is another vital aspect of the Weeks of Welcome.

One of the signature Weeks of Welcome gatherings is the Starlight Celebration and fireworks event set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the G.W. Bailey Amphitheater on the Gainesville Campus.

A First Saturday of Service is set for Aug. 25, with students meeting on the Hoag Patio on the Dahlonega Campus and dispersing to various community service projects in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County. A Second Saturday of Service, scheduled for Sept. 1, will start at the Oconee Campus.

The city of Dahlonega is hosting the Explore Dahlonega Downtown Block Party featuring free food and other giveaways Aug. 23.

See the Weeks of Welcome page for a full list of events.

Weeks of Welcome events

Dahlonega:

Aug. 19 – Student convocation, 7-8 p.m., Convocation Center

Aug. 21 – Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Welcome Day, noon to 2 p.m., Hoag Great Room

Aug. 23 – Explore Downtown Dahlonega Block Party, 5-7 p.m., downtown Dahlonega

Aug. 25 – First Saturday of Service, Hoag Patio

Aug. 29 – Nighthawks Fest (club fair), 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hoag Patio

Aug. 29 – The Women of UNG are sponsoring a self-defense class, 6 p.m. Continuing Education Center

Aug. 29 – Outdoor Movie Night: "Avengers Infinity War," 9 p.m., Drill Field

Aug. 30 – Women's soccer game vs. Converse College, 5 p.m., UNG Soccer Complex

Gainesville:

Aug. 17 – Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Welcome Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Robinson Ballroom

Aug. 20-21 – Welcome tents, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Student Center Patio & Nesbitt Lobby

Aug. 23 – Doughnuts with the Deans, 9-10 a.m., Student Center Patio

Aug. 27 – Student convocation, noon to 1 p.m., Gym

Aug. 28 – Sea of Knowledge, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hosch Library

Aug. 29 – Nighthawks Fest (club fair), noon to 1 p.m., 5-6 p.m., Student Center Patio

Sept. 1 – Second Saturday of Service

Cumming:

Check back soon for events, which will also be added on the Weeks of Welcome site

Oconee:

Aug. 20-21 – Welcome table, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Quad

Aug. 22 – Student convocation, noon, Quad

Aug. 22 – Grab and go welcome dinner, 5 p.m., Quad

Aug. 28 – Doughnuts with the Deans, 9 a.m., Quad

Aug. 29 – Nighthawks Fest (club fair), noon and 5 p.m., Quad

Aug. 30 – "Black Panther" presented by STEP, LEO and Nighthawks Entertainment, 6 p.m., Room 726

Blue Ridge:

Aug. 20 – Enjoy free Chick-fil-A chicken minis, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lobby

Aug. 21 – Pizza and UNG Bingo, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Room 113

Aug. 22 – UNG cupcakes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lobby

Aug. 23 – Student convocation luncheon and corn hole on the lawn, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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