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UT to welcome students for 2017-18 academic year

The University of Toledo is ready to welcome new and returning residents to campus for the 2017-18 academic year.

Students begin moving into residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 24. UT President Sharon L. Gaber will roll up her sleeves to help students unpack their belongings and move into their on-campus rooms 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25 at Carter Hall. She will be joined by Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, interim vice president for student affairs.

Fall classes at UT begin Monday, Aug. 28.

New Rockets will be welcomed to UT at the New Student Convocation at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 in the Glass Bowl (Rain location: Savage Arena) when Gaber and faculty and staff members will greet new students and talk about what it means to be a Rocket. The event will be followed by a barbecue in the Flatlands.

During the first few weeks of classes, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs has planned a number of events to encourage students to meet new friends, have fun and learn about the University.

“The first few weeks of school are so important for all students,” Dr. Sammy Spann, interim associate vice president and dean of students, said. “Weeks of Welcome events are designed to help students succeed by bringing them together with their peers and giving them the chance to meet faculty and staff while learning more about the University and having a good time.”

The events to welcome students to the new school year include:

Friday, Aug. 25

  • Foam Party, 8 to 11 p.m., the Flatlands. Dance and be lathered in foam! This event is sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming.

Saturday, Aug. 26

  • Slip-n-Slide, Kickball and Field Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carter Field. Meet classmates and have some fun and free food.
  • Paint UT, 8 to 11 p.m., the Flatlands. Sponsored by Campus Activities and Programming, this paint party will feature black lights and electronic music.
  • Bonfire, 9 p.m., the Flatlands. The Resident Student Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary will welcome students to experience one of the biggest campus traditions: painting the spirit rock. Come hungry for pizza. WXUT and the Blue Crew will bring the entertainment.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • Student Involvement Fair and Part-Time Job Fair, noon to 3 p.m., Centennial Mall. Rain locations: Thompson Student Union Auditorium and Rooms 2582/2584. Looking for a job? How about an organization dedicated to something you’re passionate about? There’s something for everyone.
  • Pep Rally, 12:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Steps. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Join the UT football team and psych up for the game against Elon. There’ll be food and prizes.

Thursday, Aug. 31

  • President’s Tailgate, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., lot 25 near Rocket Hall. Students are invited to meet President Gaber. Stop by for food, games and prizes.
  • Toledo vs. Elon, 7 p.m., Glass Bowl. Students are admitted free with their Rocket ID; faculty and staff can buy tickets half off with ID; $28 to $63.

Thursday, Sept. 7

  • President’s Backyard Barbecue, noon to 2 p.m., Centennial Mall. Students and employees are invited to lunch. Activities will include inflatables, competitions and more.

Monday, Sept. 11

  • Sundae on a Monday with President Gaber, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Steps. Rain location: Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge. Share a sweet treat with President Gaber. The first 100 in line will receive a gift. Hint: #selfiewithutprez.

For a full list of events, go to

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