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Welcome Week 2017 to Jump-Start Fall Semester

Welcome Week events kick off first day of school at UHD. Photo: Thomas B. Shea

The fall semester is approaching quickly, and new and returning UHD Gators will kick off the academic year by participating in a variety of exciting activities and events during the biannual Welcome Week extravaganza.

Welcome Week 2017 events, Aug. 21-25, are designed to help new students make the transition to college life and to welcome back returning students. Students will enjoy a few old-standing traditions, as well as new events, such as “Start Strong, Stay Strong, Finish UHD Strong,” and “UHD Downtown Adventure.”

On Aug. 21 and 22, UHD Sports & Fitness will host, “Sports on the Deck,” in the Portico area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can meet with the Houston Dynamo and Houston Rockets Street teams, as well as the UHD Club Sports Teams and staff.

UHD faculty will mix and mingle with students during “Pizza with Professors” on Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. in Room A300. Students are also encouraged to meet their counselors at “LemonAID and Cookies” at
1 p.m., Aug. 23 and 24 in the Food Court.

Other events include “Taco Tuesday Night,” “Fitness Frenzy,” and “Resume Review,” an event that connects students with career coaches to discuss resumé preparation for potential jobs on- or off-campus.

Tremaine Kwasikpui, director of Student Activities said Welcome Week, is a great way for new students to get a true taste of what life as a UHD Gator is really like.

“Welcome Week is always a busy and exciting week,” he said. “However, we want to engage new and incoming freshman with the rest of our University community. This event-filled week is also an opportunity for students to meet new friends, get involved, and have fun before they start hitting the books.”

Food, fun, and free giveaways—three things that college students love—will be available at Gator Pit Welcome Stations and distributed by Welcome Week volunteers. Welcome Week volunteers also will be available to answer questions of new students and give directions.
Gator Volunteers Needed

Acclimating new students to UHD is a campus-wide effort. Student Activities are seeking enthusiastic, blue-wearing volunteers. Not only is volunteering a rewarding experience, but it gives you a break from your everyday routine for an opportunity to make connections with the newest additions to the Gator community. Please select the day(s), time(s) and location(s) you would like to volunteer for on the Volunteer Form.

All students are encouraged to view a complete schedule and details of Welcome Week events, at the Student Activities. Welcome Week 2017 will provide you with everything you need to start your college career off right. And, don’t forget to follow UHD on Twitter and Instagram to share your Welcome Weeks memories using #UHDWelcome.