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U of M ready to welcome new students to campus

Move-in begins Aug. 26; Welcome Week kicks off Aug. 28

August 23, 2013

Media note: To access any events during move-in or Welcome Week, media are asked to contact the University News Service in advance.

Thousands of new students will begin their collegiate experience at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities on Monday, Aug. 26, when first-year students begin moving in to their residence halls. After two days of move-in, the University will kick off its nationally renowned Welcome Week activities.

"We want students to be connected and feel a sense of belonging so they can succeed in and out of the classroom," said Beth Lingren Clark, director of the U of M's Orientation and First-Year Programs. "Welcome Week provides students with an opportunity to engage with their peers and be introduced to a large number of resources available to facilitate a successful transition to the U."

Now in its sixth year, Welcome Week aims to improve student engagement, first year retention and ultimately graduation rates by equipping students with the knowledge and resources to make a successful transition from high school to collegiate life. It has proven to be a very successful program with students and parents, and serves as a model that is increasingly being emulated by colleges and universities around the country.

Led by more than 430 upper class Welcome Week volunteer leaders, students take part in Welcome Week activities in small groups.

Each of Welcome Week's six days from Wednesday, Aug. 28 to Monday, Sept. 2, features a different theme. More information and a complete schedule of Welcome Week activities can be found at

Media opportunities include:

Monday, Aug. 26
Move-in begins (10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 6 – 8:30 p.m.)

  • President Eric Kaler will be on hand to welcome students and families from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the SuperBlock, which includes Centennial Hall, Frontier Hall, Pioneer Hall and Territorial Hall, and is located at 701 Fulton St. S.E., Minneapolis.
  • For interviews or b-roll opportunities with Kaler, please contact Steve Henneberry (612-624-1690,

Multicultural Kick Off (11 a.m. and 6 p.m.)
More than 400 students of color are expected to take part in these unique welcome activities.

  • 11 a.m., Willey Hall (225 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis), Room 125: Opening Ceremonies
  • 6 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth St. S., Minneapolis): Entertainment Showcase featuring a diverse variety of U of M and local music and dance performances.

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Move-in continues (10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 6 – 8:30 p.m.)

  • 10 a.m. – Noon: President Kaler and his wife, Karen, along with Mort and Alice Mortenson and President’s Office staff, will assist with move-in at the 17th Ave. Residence Hall, 326 17th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.
  • For interviews or b-roll opportunities, please contact Steve Henneberry (612-624-1690,

Target run (10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.)

  • Nearly everyone forgets something for their room or needs snacks to share with their new friends, so students can take dedicated buses for the popular late night shopping trip to Target.
  • 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., trip to Roseville Target (1515 County Road B W., Roseville)
  • Please contact Kate Lohmuller ( or 612-761-6863) if interested in covering this event.

Wednesday, Aug. 28 - Welcome Week Kick Off Day
Pride and Spirit night (7:45 - 9:15 p.m.)

  • New students will form giant block ‘M’ on the field at TCF Bank Stadium, which will be used as the Class of 2017 picture. A pep rally, featuring Gophers Athletic Director Norwood Teague, Gophers football coach Jerry Kill, the marching band and others, will take place before the picture.
  • 7:45 – 9:15 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium, 2009 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis (students to form block ‘M’ at 8:30, picture to be taken a few minutes before 9 p.m.)
  • Media are asked to enter using the Jackson County gate. The normal media entrance at Dodge County will not be open.

Thursday, Aug. 29 - College Day
Convocation (9:45 - 10:45 a.m.)

  • This is the official welcome ceremony for new students. Numerous faculty will be present and President Kaler will deliver remarks to the Class of 2017 in this high-energy event. The annual Convocation video also promises to add a spark.
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m., Mariucci Arena, 1901 Fourth St. S.E., Minneapolis
  • Media are asked to use the Fourth St. entrance for this event and to RSVP to be issued a credential.

Football game vs UNLV (6 p.m. kickoff, TCF Bank Stadium)

  • All new students will receive a free ticket to the season opening game, along with a meal voucher
  • Students will enter through the Lincoln County gate from 4:30 - 5:45 p.m., media are invited to film and interview students as they attend their first Gopher football game. Media parking is available in the University Ave. ramp.

Friday, Aug. 30 - U of M Day
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., students will attend a wide variety of workshops at various locations, including:

  • Live Like a Student: Learn how to live within your budget, how to stay out of debt, where to find discounts on campus and other tips for financial success during your college career.
  • Respect U: See what it takes to Respect U and your University!  This event will expose students to critical issues that are important to the student community.
  • Making Strengths STICK: Gain more insight into the results of your StrengthsFinder tool taken earlier in the summer. This interactive session gives students a chance to learn more about the Strengths approach and how making them S.T.I.C.K. (through Skills, Time, Intention, Community and Knowledge) can help students create a meaningful and successful "U" experience.
  • Sustainability Action!: Understand how you can help live sustainably while collaborating with many U of M resources working to achieve the same goal.

Keynote Address

  • 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mariucci Arena: Motivational speaker Jermaine Davis talks with students about how to create an intentional first year of college and how to make the experience their own.

Saturday, Aug. 31 - Involvement and Engagement Day

  • Transfer students attend programming about adjusting to life at the U
  • Explore U (1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Mariucci Arena) – student organizations and local vendor showcase

Late night at the Mall of America (9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.)

  • The nation’s largest mall hosts the U’s new students for a late night of shopping, dining and entertainment
  • 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Please contact Melanie Hanson (952) 883-8853 at MOA if interested in covering this event.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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