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Aug. 27, 2004

U-M hosts events for new students

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Beginning with a weeklong program of events for new students, the University of Michigan's Office of New Student Programs, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership and Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs will host nearly 6,000 incoming students with its "Welcome to Michigan" programs.

Participation in the Welcome Program is voluntary, however new students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of everything the campus and community has to offer. This transition period is important for familiarizing students with their new environment.

Keeping with the theme, "Traditions Begin with You," the more than 200 planned events offer something for everyone. Ten of these events are planned to include the entire freshman class. Others are sponsored by student groups and University departments or community agencies.

Contact the Office of New Student Programs at 734-764-6413 or e-mail for more information on these activities:

Thursday, Sept. 2

7 p.m. New Student Convocation , Crisler Arena. This is the official kick-off to “Welcome to Michigan” and an introduction to the academic community.

8 p.m. Artscapade , Museum of Art. This event occurs right after convocation and introduces students to the arts at Michigan. Music, interactive games, tours and fine arts are all part of this event.

8 p.m. Escapade , Michigan Union. The union features food, music, dancing, comedy and more.

Friday, Sept. 3

9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Community Plunge . This day of service is designed to introduce new students to a wide array of community agencies for which they can volunteer.

4-6:30 p.m. Maize Craze , Palmer Field. This outdoor pep rally and picnic has become a major tradition and is guaranteed to produce laughs, sweat, and a great time! Participants can listen to the Marching Band, meet athletic coaches and participate in various activities.

10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Meijer Madness. Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Meijer   U-M has teamed with Meijer (area's largest mega-store) to present a night filled with shopping, games, music, free food and prizes. U-M   provides continuous shuttle service.

Saturday, Sept. 4

10 p.m.-1 a.m., Trilogy , Michigan League, Michigan Union, and Pierpont Commons

Michigan's student unions offer a different kind of party at each. Students can go to one or all three.

Sunday, Sept. 5

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Recreational Sports Expo . Palmer Field.   Rec Sports Expo is an effort to provide new students with information about all recreational and sports programs and services

8:30 p.m. Movie by Moonlight. Palmer Field U-M Greek organizations will show "Ferris Buellers Day Off."

Monday, Sept. 6

7-10 p.m. Pre-Class Bash , Palmer Field. This night before classes begin provides food, music and fun as well as information on how to get involved in residence hall activities.

U-M's office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs is sponsoring many events, including:

Wednesday, Sept. 1

2-4 p.m., The Re-mix, Michigan Union Anderson Room ABCD This event is the Asian Pacific American Convocation.

Thursday, Sept. 2

8-11 p.m., Open House , Michigan Union Room 2202. The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs hosts this open house.

Sunday, Sept. 5

2-4 p.m., Gererasian. Michigan Union Wolverine Rooms.

3:30-6 p.m, South Asian Game Day, Michigan Union Pond Room.

9-11 p.m., Drum Social, Michigan Union Kuenzel Room. The Native American Student Association presents this welcome drum social.

Monday, Sept. 6

2-4 p.m., Asian Pacific American Student Convocation . Michigan Union Anderson Room

4-10 p.m., Gimme 5 on the Black Hand, Trotter Multicultural Center. A Bar-B-Q, games and performances give students time to meet new friends.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

6-9 p.m., Thriving at Michigan , Angell Hall Auditorium A & D. A presentation of U-M resources available to students and presentations of various scenarios students may encounter will acquaint students with campus life.

Wednesday, Sept. 8

7-9 p.m. Black Professional Organization Day , Michigan League. Organizations from campus will present resources specific to various professional interests.

Thursday, Sept. 9

7 p.m. Indian American Student Associatio n, Michigan Union Ballroom. This is the fall mass meeting for IASA.

6:30-8 p.m. Reflections in Black:   Beginning In Unity , Mendelssohn Theater.

This Black convocation will present performances and slide show focusing on the history of Black students at U-M.

Friday, Sept. 10

7-10 p.m. BBQ , Trotter Multicultural Center. This Bar-B-Q is a welcome back celebration for Latino students.

Saturday, Sept. 11

2-7 p.m., Umoja BBQ , Palmer Field. Activities include dancing, DJs, basketball and board games.

3-7 p.m. Taste of Culture , Trotter Multicultural Center. Foods from around the world to   tempt taste buds.

Sunday, Sept. 12

4:30 p.m. Praise Fest . Steps of the Central Campus Diag.

Monday, Sept. 13

7-8:30 p.m.Vietnamese Student Association meeting, Haven Hall.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

8:30-10:30 p.m., Taiwanese-American Student Association meeting, Michigan Union Room 2105A.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

7:30 p.m., Persian Student Association , Michigan League Koessler Room.

Friday, Sept. 17

9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Bienvenidos Dance , Michigan Union, U-Club. Dancing to the rhythms of Latino and American pop music.

Monday, Sept. 20

6-8:30 p.m., Native American Student/Faculty Welcome Reception , Trotter Multicultural Center.

7:30 p.m., Korean Student Association meeting., Trotter Multicultural Center.

Contact: Joanne Nesbit
Phone: (734) 647-4418