University Events and Student Programs

Welcome Week

welcome week

Thursday, August 15

  • New Student Move-In / 9 AM - 5 PM
  • First year and transfer students living on campus get room keys and receive valuable information from a variety of campus departments. Please proceed to your building assignment for check in.

    • New Student BBQ / 11 AM - 1 PM

    Dubuis Lawn

    Enjoy free food and meet fellow cardinals!
    Sponsored by Campus Life & Residence Life

    • Pinning Ceremony / 6 PM

    McDermott Convocation Center

    Join us for an opportunity to meet new & returning students and receive a special welcome from UIW administrators, faculty, and student leaders. The evening starts with a special pinning ceremony to commemorate your beginning at UIW and a reception to immediately follow. We invite all new students and their parents or spouse to attend.
    Sponsored by Campus Life, Student Government Association, & University Mission & Ministry

    Saturday, August 17

    • Cardinal Camp / 9 AM - 5 PM

    McDermott Convocation Center

    Earn your Cardinal wings at Cardinal Camp 2013! A one-day camp to meet fellow students, have fun, and learn about life at UIW. Cardinal Camp has activities for everyone such as: obstacle courses, water wars, and small-group time with returning UIW students.
    Register for $10 at
    Sponsored by University Events & Student Programs

    • Men’s Soccer Game / 7 PM

    Benson Stadium

    Support your UIW Men’s Soccer team as they take on San Jacinto College!

    • Cardinal Crawl / 7:30 PM

    Dubuis Lawn

    CRAWL from party to party in celebration of the new academic year! Enjoy live music, free food, free t-shirts, and multiple parties in one night at this annual event.
    Sponsored by Residence Life

    Sunday, August 18

    • Welcome Mass & BBQ / 10:30 AM

    Our Lady’s Chapel & Dubuis Lawn

    Students and their families are invited to the first mass of the academic school year at our lady’s chapel. Then join University Mission & Ministry for a welcome barbecue on Dubuis Lawn.
    Sponsored by University Mission & Ministry

    Monday, August 19

    • First Day of Class

    Stop by the Student Center in Marian Hall to ask questions and get your campus map!

    • Welcome Week Concert / 4 - 7 PM

    River bank behind Natatorium

    Take a break from the first day of classes and join us for free food and live music!
    Sponsored by University Events & Student Programs

    Tuesday, August 20

    • Student Center Giveaway / 11 AM - 2 PM

    Marian Hall

    Stop by the Student Center in Marian Hall to make your own free personalized dog-tags!
    Sponsored by Student Center

    • Meet the Greeks¬† / 5 - 7 PM

    Marian Hall Ballroom

    Stop by to meet the UIW fraternities and sororities. Enjoy great music, hang out, and make new friends.
    Sponsored by Interfraternity Council & Panhellenic Council

    Wednesday, August 21

    • Campus Life Vendor Fair / 11 AM - 2 PM

    Marian Hall Ballroom

    Stop in and visit some of the many vendors that provide services to UIW.  Over $2,000 in free giveaways!
    Sponsored by Campus Life

    • Student Center Giveaway / 11 AM - 2 PM

    Marian Hall

    Stop by the Student Center in Marian Hall to make your own free personalized dry-erase boards!
    Sponsored by Student Center

    • Welcome BBQ & Soccer Match / 2 - 7 PM

    Back Soccer Fields

    Spend the afternoon playing soccer and making new friends! Soccer teams must sign up by 2:00 pm at the back soccer fields. The Barbecue begins at 3:30 PM. All are welcome to attend!
    Sponsored by International Affairs

    • Money Tree Game Show / 7 - 9 PM

    Marian Hall

    Win up to $500 at the Money Tree Game show!
    Sponsored by Student Center

    Thursday, August 22

    • Student Center Giveaway / 11 AM - 2 PM

    Marian Hall

    Stop by the Student Center in Marian Hall to make your own free personalized photo tiles!
    Sponsored by Student Center

    • CAB Luau / 8 PM- 12 AM

    Sand Volleyball Court

    Join the Campus Activities Board for their first event of the semester with free food, games, a water slide, and sand volleyball!
    Sponsored by Campus Activities Board

    Tuesday, August 27

    • SGA Activities Fair / 11 AM - 2 PM

    Kahlig Westgate Circle

    Get involved! Join and learn about all the organizations on campus at the Activities Fair!
    Sponsored by Student Government Association

    • Transfer Connections / 12 - 1:30 PM

    Library Auditorium

    We invite all transfer students to come learn about how to get involved at UIW!
    Sponsored by First Year Engagement, Admissions, and Campus Life

    • UIW Veterans Meet & Greet/ 12 - 2 PM

    Dubuis Lawn

    Join us to welcome our student veterans and military family members. Stop by for food and fun with free Frito-Pies!
    Sponsored by UIW Student Veterans Association (SVA) and the Center for Veterans Affairs

    Wednesday, August 28

    • Mass of the Holy Spirit / 12 PM

    Our Lady’s Chapel

    Sponsored by University Mission & Ministry

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