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Weeks of Welcome

The first two weeks of each semester are called “Weeks of Welcome” (or WoW for short). Each campus coordinates a variety of social activities and educational programs aimed at easing the transition to college-level work after the summer break. WoW events are a great way to meet other students, interact with faculty and staff, and get better acquainted with university resources, opportunities, and expectations.

Weeks of Welcome

Please join us for the fun and exciting Weeks of Welcome activities to learn more about the University while connecting with your peers.

Blue Ridge Campus

Week of August 20 - 24

  • Putt Putt at Cohutta Mini Golf

Monday, August 20

  • Monday Minis, 8:30-12:30 p.m., Enjoy Chic-Fil-A minis to kick off the first day of class in the Lobby

Tuesday, August 21

  • Pizza and UNG Bingo, 11:15-12:45 p.m., Room 113

Wednesday, August 22

  • It's a Sweet Week of Welcome enjoy UNG cupcakes, 10:00-2:00 p.m., Lobby
    • Stop by and meet with a UNG Library Representative in the Lobby

Thursday, August 23

  • Convocation Luncheon and Corn Hole on the Lawn, 11:00-2:00 p.m.

August 27-30

  • Tube the Toccoa River Event for students

Cumming Campus

Wednesday, August 22, 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Get to know SGA Welcome Table, first floor lobby

Thursday, August 23, 11 am - 1:00 p.m.

  • Cornhole Tournament open to all students, faculty and staff

Tuesday, August 28, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Student Counseling and Student Disability Services Welcome Table

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28-29, 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Library Welcome Table, second floor lobby
    • Pool Your Resources! Featuring Photo booth treats, library information and giveaways

Wednesday, August 29, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Student Convocation followed by lunch at the Pavillion

Dahlonega Campus

Friday, August 17

  • RHA Kickoff, 9 p.m., Banquet Hall on Top of Chow
    • Join us for a movie! "Ocean's 8"

Saturday, August 18

  • RHA Kickoff, 9 p.m., Banquet Hall on Top of Chow
    • Join us for a movie! "Black Panther"

Sunday, August 19

  • Student Convocation, 7 - 8 p.m., Convocation Center
    • All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Student Convocation. Join us for this event which welcomes new and returning students to the UNG community and a new academic year. New students will line-up behind the Convocation Center at 6:15 p.m. and returning students can use the main entrance of the Convocation Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, August 20

  • Welcome Tents, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Various Locations
  • Sealed with a Kiss, 12 - 3 p.m., Hoag Patio
  • Campus Outreach Cookout, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Promenade
  • "Sundae on Monday" BCM Welcome Fellowship, 7:15 p.m., BCM Center
    • BCM Welcome Meeting and Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, August 21

  • Welcome Tents, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Various Locations
  • Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Welcome Day, 12 - 2 p.m., Hoag ABC Rooms
    • Come join us for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Welcome Day! This is an event designed to make all students feel welcome on campus, build a sense of community, and introduce the services that Office of MSA offers.
  • Tees to Dye For, 12 - 4 p.m., Promenade
    • Who doesn’t love a free t shirt? Come meet the women of Alpha Gamma Delta on Wednesday, August 22 and snag one!! We will be on the Promenade from 12-4. Trust us, these tees are to DYE for.
  • Back to School Grill Out, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Lewis Patio
    • Come kick off the school year with the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi as we grill burgers, play corn hole, and have a great time on Lewis Patio!
  • The BIG Game Show, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Hoag Auditorium
    • Come and experience a live game show like you see on TV! Multiple chances to play and win several gift cards. Over $1000 will be given away. Stick around for legit hangs and frozen treats after the show.
    • Sponsored by The Living Room

Wednesday, August 22

  • Craft Your Future: Make Your Vision Board, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hoag Student Center
    • Sponsored by Career Services
  • Sigma Kappa Wishes you an EXTRA Special Year, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hoag Patio
    • Come get some EXTRA special gum from the ladies of Sigma Kappa.
  • Chillin w/ KD, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Hoag Patio
    • Grab a popsicle and chill with the lovely ladies of Kappa Delta! 
  • BCM "The Great Hamburger Stake Out", 6 p.m., BCM Center
    • Music, Food, Friends and Free!!!
  • Freshman Dance and Toga Party, 8 - 11 p.m., Memorial Hall Gym

Thursday, August 23

  • Color with Arts Guild, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hoag Patio
    • Shake off those beginning semester nerves and come color with the Arts Guild! Coloring pages and materials for new and returning students will be provided.
  • Drink Pink with Phi Mu, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hoag Patio
    • Drop by for free pink lemonade and popcorn
  • Explore Downtown Dahlonega Block Party, Downtown Dahlonega
    • The Annual UNG Student Block Party will showcase local businesses and familiarize students with downtown Dahlonega. There will be music, scavenger hunts, giveaways, and prizes! Don't miss out on this huge opportunity to get to know our students and local businesses!
    • Learn more about the event on Facebook.
  • Hypnotist: Dale K, 8 p.m., Memorial Gym
    • Sponsored by Nighthawks Entertainment Board
  • Young Life College Kickoff, 8 p.m., Hoag ABC
    • The start of Young Life where we have a lot of fun talking about faith, college life and what it looks like to be a leader. The best night of your week.

Friday August 24

  • Give Yourself a Hand, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Hoag Patio
    • We will have a painted banner that students can put their handprints on using latex gloves so they can "give themselves a hand" for completing their first week of classes!
    • Sponsored by the Nighthawks Entertainment Board
  • "Survival Daze" for Freshman and Transfers, 6 p.m., BCM Center
    • New Friends, “Under The Big Top” Banquet, Concert, T-Shirt and More!! Register online or @ BCM Center.

Saturday, August 25

  • First Saturday of Service, Hoag Patio; 8:30 a.m. check-in; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. onsite 
    • Join us in giving back to the community by volunteering for community service at various locations throughout Lumpkin County.
  • Annual Starlight Celebration, 5:30 p.m. - Dark, Gainesville Campus - G.W. Bailey Amphitheater
  • "Dinner & A Movie" on the BCM Lawn, 7 p.m., BCM Lawn 

Monday August 27

  • Pop by with Delta Phi, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hoag Patio
    • Come join the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon as we welcome you back to school! 
  • Greek-A-Palooza, 6 - 8 p.m., Promenade
    • Enjoy free pizza and inflatables while you meet the men and women of UNG Fraternity & Sorority Life.
  • BCM "Worship and The Word", 7:15 p.m., BCM Center

Tuesday, August 28

  • Free Coffee with Phi Sig, 7:45 - 11:00 a.m., Dunlap Lobby
  • Multicultural Student Affairs Clubfest, 12 - 2 p.m., Hoag Patio/Hoag Free Speech area
    • Join us for fun, snacks, and swag out on the patio, and check out our clubs! The following clubs will be represented: Asian Student Alliance, Black Student Union, Gay Straight Alliance, Latin American Student Organization.
  • Blame it on the Alcohol, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 29

  • Nighthawks Fest, 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Hoag Patio (Rain Location: Rec Center)
  • The Women of UNG are sponsoring a self-defense class, 6 p.m., Continuing Education Building
  • Welcome to Swing Dance, 6-8 p.m., Promenade
    • The Swing Dance Association will host a lesson with a free dance at the end that allows students to learn something new and fun and get the opportunity to meet new people. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Nighthawk Entertainment's Outdoor Movie: Avenger's Infinity War, 9 p.m., Drill Field

Thursday, August 30

  • Women's Soccer Game: UNG vs. Converse College, 5 p.m., UNG Soccer Complex
    • Come watch the UNG women's soccer team dominate Converse College!
  • Latin Dance Night, 7 - 10 p.m., Hoag Great Room
    • A dance/social that features a dance lesson before hand that covers basic Latin dances i.e. salsa.

Gainesville Campus

Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24

  • Community Social Awareness Club, School Supply Collection, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Student Center
    • Collecting school supplies for the Boys & Girls Club of Lanier

Monday, August 20

Tuesday, August 21

Wednesday, August 22

  • Welcome Back Hypnotist: David Hall, Student Center Commons, 12 p.m. (hosted by Nighthawks Entertainment)
  • Bookstore Fall Bash, Bookstore, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., free t-shirt with purchase of any textbook

Thursday, August 23

Saturday, August 25

  • Starlight Celebration, Amphitheater, Gates open at 5:30 p.m., Fireworks at dark, $10 per carload, free for cars with valid UNG parking permit.

Monday, August 27

  • Convocation, Gym, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 28

Wednesday, August 29

Oconee Campus

Monday, August 20

  • Welcome Table, 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Quad
  • Campus Activity Gear & Letter Art, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Quad

Tuesday, August 21

  • Welcome Table, 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Quad
  • Arrive Alive Tour, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Quad
  • Bookstore Fall Bash, All Day, Oconee Bookstore

Wednesday, August 22

  • Convocation, 12:00 p.m., Quad
  • Grab & Go Welcome Dinner, 5:00 p.m., Quad

Thursday, August 23

  • Escape Room, 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m., Atrium

Friday, August 24

  • Adulting 101, 12:00 p.m., Quad

Monday, August 27

  • Balloon & Body Art, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Quad
  • Speed Friending, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Quad

Tuesday, August 28

  • Doughnuts w/the Deans, 9:00 a.m., Quad
  • WOW Library Event: Pool Your Resources, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Library

Wednesday, August 29

  • Nighthawks Fest, 12:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m., Quad

Thursday, August 30

  • Black Panther presented by STEP, LEO, & Nighthawks Entertainment, 6:00 p.m., Room 726

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