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Welcome Week Schedule of Events

Blugold Welcome is every incoming Blugold's official welcome to campus in the fall! Our schedule of events kicks off the academic year beginning with move-in and continuing through the first week of classes. We host a variety of welcoming activities and several social get-togethers to connect our Blugolds with the campus and surrounding community. You won't want to miss it!

Please watch this page for important updates. This page will be the most current source of information.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

New Student/Transfer Student Move-in | 12pm-4pm | Residence Halls

Environmental Adventure Center (EAC) Open Hours | 3pm-9pm | Hilltop Center
The EAC houses our climbing and bouldering wall activities, equipment rentals (kayaks, bikes, etc.), and is the center for our Freshman Connection program and other awesome adventure trips. Check out their offerings during open hours throughout Blugold Welcome week!

Thursday, September 1, 2022

New Student/Transfer Student Move-In | 8am-4pm | Residence Halls

Drop-in Choir Auditions | 1pm-5pm | The Suites (upper campus)
We’re proud to be “Wisconsin’s Singing University” and we hope you’re eager to join! Be a part of an inclusive group of 400+ students who all share a point of interest — singing. Create harmonies in one of our six ensembles and perform regionally, nationally and internationally alongside some of your closest friends. Joining a choir gives you credit towards your degree and a chance to work with nationally acclaimed guest artists. These ensembles are open to all students — all you need to do is audition!

Environmental Adventure Center (EAC) Open Hours | 3pm-9pm | Hilltop Center
The EAC houses our climbing and bouldering wall activities, equipment rentals (kayaks, bikes, etc.), and is the center for our Freshman Connection program and other awesome adventure trips. Check out their offerings during open hours throughout Blugold Welcome week!

Run EC! | 5pm (and other times throughout the week) | Hilltop Center
Run EC is a way for runners and joggers of ALL abilities to explore the running routes around the university and Eau Claire, led and accompanied by fellow
Blugolds! Typically 2-4 mile routes. Times throughout Blugold Welcome Week are below - join in on the fun!

  • Friday, September 2: 5pm, meet at Hilltop Center
  • Sunday, September 4: 10am, meet at Hilltop Center
  • Monday, September 5: 1:20pm (after 'Run the Hill'), meet at Hilltop Center
  • Wednesday, September 7: 5:00pm, meet at Hilltop Center
  • Friday, September 10: 10am, meet at Hilltop Center

The UWEC Running and Triathlon Club is a low stress club where you attend the practices that fit your schedule. We are a social club that likes to
stay in shape!

Wing Meetings | 7:30pm | Residence Halls
Hosted by your RA and not-to-be-missed, you get to meet neighbors, discuss community standards, learn about res hall policies and getting involved in Hall Council!

Friday, September 2, 2022

Academic Opening Day (*required for first year students) | 8am-2pm | Various Locations, Lower Campus
Join the entire incoming Blugold class for your official welcome to the university! Academic Opening Day is required of all new first year students, and a general schedule is provided below. Stay tuned to your UWEC email for further details!

  • 7:45am - breakfast stations open (several locations on upper/lower campus); grab breakfast and head to Zorn!
  • 8:30am - Students should be seated in Zorn Arena
  • 8:45am - Academic Opening Day begins with Speakers in Zorn Arena!
  • 9:45am - Students are dismissed from Zorn Arena to go to Meet & Greet locations (check your email)
  • 10-11am: Academic Meet & Greet Program
  • 11-1pm: Lunch Rotations and Other Activities (check your email) - we'll have a Sport EXPO fair, class t-shirt pickup, and a class-wide scavenger hunt!
  • 1:40pm: Blugold Marching Band performs on the Campus Mall!
  • 2pm: Get to the Campus Mall to take the Class of 2026 photo!

RecConnect (*transfer students only) | 10am-1pm | Hilltop Center
A transfer student orientation including small group programs that connect transfers and help them navigate, engage and become successful on campus. Advance registration required.

Club Sports Expo | 11am-2pm | Lower Campus Mall
Interact with over 30 club sports, learn more about intramural sport offerings, and take part in a Spikeball tournament!

Environmental Adventure Center (EAC) Open Hours | 2pm-10pm | Hilltop Center
The EAC houses our climbing and bouldering wall activities, equipment rentals (kayaks, bikes, etc.), and is the center for our Freshman Connection program and other awesome adventure trips. Check out their offerings during open hours throughout Blugold Welcome week! These hours will remain the same every day through the fall semester. 

CONCERT + After Party: Uncommon Denominator | 7pm | Campus Mall
Grab a friend and get pumped for our Opening Day concert - Uncommon Denominator! Voted the #1 best cover band in the Chippewa Valley in the 2020, 2021, & 2022 “Best Of” reader’s poll in Volume 1 magazine, these Blugold alums create an experience you won't forget.

And join us after the concert for a glow dance party sponsored by Multicultural Student Services and the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center!

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Returner Student Move-In | 8am-4pm | Residence Halls

Eau Claire Farmer's Market | 9:00am | Downtown Eau Claire
Free shuttles leave from Towers Hall at 9:00am and head to our Downtown Eau Claire Farmer's Market! Note: shuttles will only be dropping off - students will need to walk back to campus.

The farmer's market is located in an open-air pavilion along the Chippewa River, have local musicians perform each Saturday, and create a spot for friends and neighbors to meet. Check it out by yourself or with a friend!

UWEC Football Game vs. Loras College (Iowa) | 3:00pm | Carson Park
Free shuttles leave from Towers Hall starting at 1pm and go until 3pm. Tailgate starts at 1pm with food and drinks for the first 400 attendees, + games, music, and more! Shuttles will bring students back from Carson Park to campus from 5-6pm. 

Moonlight Mile + Upper Campus Extravaganza! | 7:00pm | Upper Campus (variety of locations)
Music, food, and energy will guide your way to activities across upper campus that are sure to be a good time! Sand volleyball, Indoor games (billiards, table tennis, air hockey, bouldering wall), glow sports, and outdoor games (Kubb, bag toss) + a campfire and s'mores! The 'Moonlight Mile' will be an opportunity for all students to celebrate wellness on campus and explore the campus at night, with lots of glow-fun!

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Returner Student Move-In | 8am-4pm | Residence Halls

Sex Signals (3 separate shows) | 4pm, 6pm, 8pm | Schofield Hall
Sex Signals has become one of the most popular sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses through its unorthodox, humor-facilitated and inclusive approach to examining our culture, sex, and prevention strategies like bystander intervention. A two-person team of highly-trained educators takes the audience on an interactive, relevant, and often-hilarious exploration of the cultural messaging we receive about gender, sexuality, sexual health and intimate relationships. It examines what roles culture and privilege play in justifying unhealthy and dangerous beliefs about what is acceptable social and sexual behavior. *First year students only - check with your RA to see which show you should attend.

Davies Party | 9pm-midnight | Davies Student Center + Campus Mall
Welcome to your new living room and hang out, Davies. Free food, fun and activities throughout the building. We've got free bamboo plants, films, Mario Kart, a photo booth, board games, grocery bingo and more!

Monday, September 5, 2022

Returner Student Move-In | 8am-4pm | Residence Halls

Tour de Rec | 11am-1pm + afternoon activities | Various Locations, Upper Campus
Join UWEC Recreation for FREE food, fun + fitness, and participate in our annual 'Run the Hill' event with your friends at 1pm! Be sure to check out our other activities happening this afternoon as well: compete in a bag toss tournament, or check out our zip line and ropes course!

  • Zip Line and Ropes Course Open | 11am-3pm | Behind Oakridge Hall, Upper Campus
  • Bag Toss Tournament | 2pm-4pm | Horan Backyard, Upper Campus

Tie Dye Affair | 1pm-4pm | Behind Governors Hall, Upper Campus
Your RAs will host walk-overs for your building-specific tie-dye rotation between 1pm-4pm. Bring your t-shirt (shirts will be available for purchase - just 5 bucks! - ahead of time) and connect with your new friends in creating a tie dye masterpiece. Come try various Eau Claire pizza places and vote on the best pizza! You will get to try a slice of pizza from each place to cast your vote to crown the best pizza of Eau Claire. Bring your appetites and join in on lots of good fun!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Multicultural Student Services office - Open House + Muffins! | All Day | Centennial Hall, Rm. 1106
Tour our Multicultural Student Services office space, and chat with staff while you're there. Be sure to stop by and grab some muffins on your way to your first class! (while supplies last) Happy first day, Blugolds!

Library After Dark | 6pm-10pm | McIntyre Library
Join us for our annual back-to-school party, McIntyre Library After Dark. This free event for students includes laser tag, life-size Clue, a 9-hole mini golf course, free pizza, and much more! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Blu's Orgs Bash | 11am-2pm | Campus Mall
Learn how to get involved in one or more of our 230+ student organizations here at UWEC.

Free Pizza, Free Speech! | 4:30-5:30pm | Centennial Hall, RM 2927
Calling first-year students! Do you want to learn about your constitutionally protected free speech rights on campus?
Join us for some pizza and a brief introduction to free speech on campus. We will also talk about other opportunities available through the Menard Center for Constitutional Studies at UWEC. To facilitate a better dialogue, space is limited. Register for the event HERE to save your spot! 

The CookOUT | 4-7pm | Behind Horan Hall 
Rain date: Thursday, September 8, 2022 - same time.

Join new and returning LGBTQA+ students and Allies in connecting with peers, faculty/staff and administrators who are supportive to this community. Come grab some free food, have a discussion, or just hang out.

Academic Skills Center Open House | 5pm-8pm | The Suites, 1st Floor
The Academic Skills Center and Housing and Residence Life are excited for a new partnership to bring tutoring and academic skills coaching to upper campus. Come see the new space, meet the staff, and learn about how to schedule appointments for your academic success! Door prize drawings awarded to attendees, and if a student wins, their RA and residence hall wing wins a prize too! 

Thursday, September 8, 2022

MSS Welcome Back Picnic | 11am-2pm | Chippewa Lounge Outlook
Join our Multicultural Student Services office and our cohosts of the event - the Alumni of Color Network - for a delectable picnic to celebrate the first week of classes!

Senate Social | 1pm-4pm | Campus Mall 
Rain site: Davies Student Center
Where a block party meets a student resource fair, join Student Senate on the Campus Mall for live music (from a special guest!), yard games, caricatures, free Blugold merchandise, community gift cards and coupons, as well as information on UW-Eau Claire's governing student organization.

Grocery Run! | 7:00pm | Target / Walmart
Forget to bring something important on your move-in list? Need to replenish your snack drawer after your first few days on campus? Want to purchase fun decor now that you're all settled in? Take one of our free shuttles to the Target/Walmart shopping area and stock up! Busses will leave from Towers Hall at 7:00pm and do round trips at 7:00pm and again at 8:00pm to the Hastings Way locations.

Outdoor Movie | 7:30pm | Campus Mall
Come to our first screening of the UAC film series! Grab a blanket, some popcorn, and a few friends to watch "Elvis" - an epic, big-screen spectacle from Warner Bros. Pictures and visionary, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks. Admission is free with Blugold ID!

UAC (University Activities Commission) presents a film nearly every weekend during the fall semester - and they offer a wide variety of quality films, both classics and recent award-winners, so students and community members can all find something they will enjoy.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Part-Time Job Fair | 11am-2pm | Campus Mall 
Rain site: Davies Student Center, 3rd Floor
Visit the UW-Eau Claire In-Person Part-Time Job Fair on the Outdoor Campus Mall to meet local and campus employers for part-time employment opportunities. 

•    Professional dress not required-but dress to make a great first impression
•    Bring copies of your resume to hand out to employers
•    Employers may be accepting applications at the event if you wish to complete them
•    Bring your Blugold card to sign in at the event
•    Research employers and check Handshake to learn about the organizations and openings available

UW Meets EC | 5pm-9pm | Downtown Eau Claire
Discover downtown Eau Claire and what it has to offer with fun giveaways, activities and so much more! Also take part in your first Food Truck Friday! Free shuttle starts at 4:45pm and leaves from Towers Hall Bus Stop to Phoenix Park until 7pm. PLEASE NOTE: The shuttle only drops off at Phoenix Park. You will need to walk back to campus (about 2 miles).

Saturday, September 10, 2022

International Fall Festival | 11am-5pm | Downtown Eau Claire
Free shuttles leave from Towers Hall at 11:00am and head to the International Fall Festival in downtown Eau Claire! Note: shuttles will only be dropping off - students will need to walk back to campus.

For over 30 years, this street festival has brought thousands of visitors to Downtown Eau Claire to enjoy a wide variety of food, music, vendors, and entertainment stretched over five blocks in the heart of our city. 

Sunday, September 11, 2022


Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 3:25pm

Cost: $125/Person (price includes game ticket and transportation on coach bus); guests of Blugold ID holders are welcome!

Sign-up at (space is limited, so register early!)

And watch for the December 4th bus trip when the Vikings take on the Jets!

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