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Blugold Welcome

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

Thursday, September 1, 2022

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

Wing Meetings | 7pm | 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 encompasses a speaker series, major meet & greets, class photo, a performance from Blugold Marching Band, t-shirt pick-up, and a class-wide scavenger hunt!

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.

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

CONCERT - 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!

Saturday, September 3, 2022

UWEC Football Game vs. Loras College (Iowa) | 1:00pm | Carson Park
Free shuttles leave from Towers Hall starting at 11:30am and go until 1pm. *Tailgate starts at 11am with hotdogs, games and more!
Shuttles will bring students back from Carson Park to campus from 3-4pm. 

*=tentative timeframe

Additional events | Live music in The Cabin, Campus Film Series, Downtown Farmer's Market Shuttles
More to come!

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

Sunday, September 4, 2022

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 plants, films, Mario Kart, a photo booth, board games, grocery bingo and more! Special giveaways will be announced throughout the night so be sure to follow @uwecinvolvement to find them throughout the building.

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

Monday, September 5, 2022

Tour de Rec | 11am-1pm | Various Locations, Upper Campus
Join UWEC Recreation for FREE food, fun + fitness. Join our annual 'Run the Hill' event with your friends at 1pm!

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 join your new friends in creating a tie dye masterpiece, all while enjoying a sampling of Toppers Pizza!

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

First Day of Classes Giveaway! | 7:30am-10am | Various locations, Lower Campus
Want free breakfast on your way to your first class? Be sure to stop by one of our lower campus breakfast locations ahead of class to grab some sustenance. And celebrate your first day as an official Blugold!

Multicultural Student Services office - Open House | All Day | Centennial Hall, Rm. 1106
Tour our Multicultural Student Services office space, grab some refreshments and chat with staff while you're there!

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.

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.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

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 music, yard games, caricatures, free Blugold merchandise, community gift cards and coupons, as well as information on UW-Eau Claire's governing student organization.

Friday, September 9, 2022

UW Meets EC | 5pm-9pm | Downtown Eau Claire
Downtown tour to discover with EC has to offer with fun giveaways, activities and so much more! 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)

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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