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Blugold Welcome schedule set

| Samantha Johnsen

UW-Eau Claire is looking forward to welcoming Blugolds back to campus with several events taking place all over campus. 

*Please note that masks will be required for all indoor events. Physical distancing of 6 feet will be required for all outdoor events.

Sunday, Aug. 29

Davies Party| 9 p.m-midnight | Davies Student Center

Welcome to your new living room and hangout: Davies. There will be free food and activities throughout the building. We've got free bamboo plants, Mario Kart, local DJ westkorea, 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 out how to enter to win.

Monday, Aug. 30

Tour de Rec | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Upper Campus

Join UWEC Recreation for FREE food, fun and fitness

Zip Line and Ropes Course Open | 2-6 p.m. | Upper Campus

Bag Toss Tournament | 2 p.m. | Upper Campus

Carlos Andrés Gómez | 4/6/8 p.m. | Schofield Auditorium

Carlos Andrés Gómez is a Colombian American poet, speaker, actor and equity and inclusion strategist from New York City. He is the star of HBO's "Def Poetry Jam," TV One's "Verses and Flow" and Spike Lee's No. 1 box office movie "Inside Man." Carlos' honors include the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize, Foreword INDIES Gold Medal and the International Book Award.

*Check with your RA to see which show your residence hall will attend.

Tuesday, Aug. 31

ReConnect | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | **Transfer Students Only

A transfer student orientation will include small group programs that connect transfers and help them navigate, engage and become successful on campus.

*Advance registration required

Yard Games | 11:30 a.m. | Upper Campus

Tie-Dye Affair | 1-4 p.m. | Upper Campus

Purchase a fixer-treated T-shirt (just $5) from noon-1 p.m. in front of Crest Wellness Center, prior to the event! Your RAs will host walk-overs for your building-specific tie-dye rotation between 1-4 p.m. Bring your T-shirt and join your new friends in creating a tie-dye masterpiece, all while enjoying a sampling of Toppers pizza! 

Senate Social | 4-7 p.m. | Campus Mall (Rain Site: Davies Center)

This is one event 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 1 (Opening Day)

Keynote Speaker | 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Academic Meet and Greets | 9:30-11 a.m.

Lunch, Shirt Giveaway and Scavenger Hunt |11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Blugold Marching Band (BMB) Performs |1:30 p.m.

New Student Class Photo |2 p.m.

Second-Year Student Class Photo |3 p.m.

Competitive Sports Resurgence Expo |11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 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.

Women's Soccer Game |7:30 p.m. | Simpson Field

Thursday, Sept. 2 (Official First Day of Class)

UW Meets EC | 4-8 p.m. | Downtown Eau Claire 

Catch a free shuttle at Towers Hall and make your way to Phoenix Park where you will begin a walking tour of Downtown Eau Claire. Many local businesses and organizations will provide free samples, discounts, coupons, etc. 

'Library After Dark' | 6-10 p.m. | McIntyre Library

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

Friday, Sept. 3

The CookOUT | 4-7 p.m. | Behind Horan Hall, Upper Campus

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

Saturday, Sept. 4

UWEC Football Game vs. Luther College (Iowa) | 6 p.m. | Carson Park

Free shuttles leave from Towers Hall starting at 4:30 p.m. and go until 6 p.m. The tailgate starts at 4 p.m. with hotdogs, games and more! Shuttles will bring students back to campus from Carson Park from 8-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Blu's Orgs Bash | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Campus Mall

Learn how to get involved in one or more of our 230-plus student organizations here at UWEC.

UWEC Women's Soccer | 7:30 p.m. | Simpson Field