2021 WOW Schedule – First Year Students

A reminder that masks are required for all indoor events and recommended for outdoor events.  The wearing of masks is always supported by our community.

Friday, August 27

Time Location Event Audience
8:00am-4:00pm Across Campus First Year Students Move In First Year Students
9:00-11:00am Virtual ISSS New Student Meetings

International students meet your ISSS Advisor! Attend this virtual meeting to meet other international students in your major field. Ask any last minute questions and learn about ISSS resources and events.  Click the link below to join!

 

Virtual- Link to New Student Meetings

 

Hosted by: International Student & Scholar Services

 

First Year and Second Year Students
10:00am-3:00pm Student Union 304ABC Resource Fair

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
10:00am-3:00pm Fairfield Way

Rain Location- 304ABC

Welcome Tents

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
11:30am-2:15pm Union Street Market, Quick Service Restaurants, Putnam, North, South & Gelfenbien Lunch

Only UConn students and staff are allowed in the dining halls.

First Year Students
12:00-4:00pm The William Benton Museum of Art front and back patio Museum Open House at The Benton

 

Join The Benton Museum for a T-shirt/Sticker give away, outdoor exhibition scavenger hunt, chalk drawing on the back patio, and student member signups!

 

Hosted by: The William Benton Museum of Art

First Year Students and Returning Students
2:00pm Residence Halls WOW Leaders in Residence Halls First Year Students
2:00-4:00pm McMahon Hall 183 ISSS Open House

 

International students be sure to stop by the ISSS Open House for a coffee, a snack and a quick tour of our office. Learn about upcoming events, programs and how to get support from your ISSS advisor.

 

Hosted by: International Student and Scholar Services

First Year and Second Year Students
2:00-4:00pm Student Union 4th Floor Cultural Center Open House

 

At the Cultural Center Open House, students will move through each Center with a scavenger hunt. Grab bag prizes will be available for winners of the scavenger hunt. While searching for scavenger hunt items and tasks in each location, students will have the opportunity to speak with student leaders and Cultural Center staff about programming and resources available there, as well as to become acquainted with other students who are interested in diversity & inclusion work.

First Year Students
3:00-4:00pm Virtual ISSS New Student Meetings

International students meet your ISSS Advisor! Attend this virtual meeting to meet other international students in your major field. Ask any last minute questions and learn about ISSS resources and events.  Click the link below to join!

 

Virtual- Link to New Student Meetings

 

Hosted by: International Student & Scholar Services

First Year and Second Year Students
3:30-5:30pm Student Union Ballroom and Student Union 303 First Gen Student Welcome Event

 

First Year Programs and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion would like to extend an invitation to welcome our new First Generation students and their families. Please join us for a Welcome Reception in your honor in the Student Union Ballroom, SU 303 for an opportunity to meet and network with other First Generation students, faculty, and staff. Light refreshments will be served. An RSVP is required to attend this event and can be found here

 

Hosted by: First Year Programs and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion

First Year Students
4:00pm Across Campus Time to Say Goodbye!

 

WOW program begins for First Year Students

 
4:00-5:30pm All Dining Locations Dinner in the Dining Halls

Only UConn students and staff are allowed in the dining halls.

First Year Students
5:45-6:30pm Residential Halls Residential Life First Community Meetings

 

Students will meet with their Resident Assistant for the first time.

 

Hosted by: Residential Life 

First Year Students
6:30-7:30pm Outside Residential Areas First Year Students Meet with WOW Group and WOW Leaders

 

First year students will meet with their WOW group and WOW leader outside of their residential areas.  Groups will to go the Student Union/Great Lawn together.

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
7:00pm Morrone Stadium UConn Men's Soccer Game

 

Come out and support the UConn Men's Soccer team as they take on Bryant in Morrone Stadium!

 

Hosted by: Athletics

All Students
7:30-11:30pm The Great Lawn Fire Pits, Glo Swings and More!

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
7:30-11:30pm Student Union Late Night and Lawn Games

Join Late Night for an evening of small programming in the Student Union! Pick up a plant for your room, participate in a craft or board game with your new roommates, make a s’more in the SU North Patio fire pit, or take an activity to go!

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students

Saturday, August 28

Time Location Event Audience
7:00-9:15am Putnam, North, South, & Gelfenbien Dining Units Breakfast

Only UConn students and staff are allowed in the dining halls.

First Year Students
9:00-11:30am Fairfield Way Pictures with Jonathan the Mascot!

 

Welcome to UConn! What better way to kick off the school year than to snap a picture with Jonathan the Mascot?  Grab your phone and head to Fairfield way to meet the mascot and share your photos #uconn2025!

 

Hosted by: Spirit, Pride and Tradition

All Students
10:00am-2:00pm Student Union 304ABC Resource Fair

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year and Second Year Students
10:00am-2:00pm Fairfield Way Welcome Tents

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year and Second Year Students
10:00am-2:00pm Graduate Storrs Hotel (on campus) Welcome Back, Huskies! Move in Market

Moving back to campus? Join Graduate Storrs, Ladymade + HuskyTHON for an afternoon of back-to-school celebrations! Curated by Ladymade, the Back-to-School Market will feature 15+ CT-based local vendors. Shop handcrafted items, clothing, paper goods, and card supplies. Don't miss the tarot card reading to see what's in store for your fall semester!

Facebook Event

All Students
11:00am-2:00pm Across Campus Campus Tours

Interested in a guided tour of campus? Curious about where your classes will be this semester? Join your WOW Leader for a guided campus tour! Please see your WOW Leader for more information.

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
11:30am-2:15pm Available at all units except Buckley Lunch

Only UConn students and staff are allowed in the dining halls.

All Students 
12:00-1:30pm Student Union 104 New Commuter Lunch

Join Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services for our New Commuter Lunch on Saturday, August 28th from 12pm-1:30pm in room 104 of the Student Union. You can also join us virtually for the event. We ask that you please RSVP by 8/26:

https://offcampus.uconn.edu/new-commuter-wow-lunch-rsvp/

Hosted by: Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services

First Year Students
12:00-3:00pm Oak Hall 101 AsACC Open House

The Asian American Cultural Center(AsACC) will be hosting their annual Open House on August 28th to introduce new and interested students to the center and its events. If you would like to hear about our different organizations and learn how you can join, come through! Any questions please reach out to asacc@uconn.edu.

Hosted by: AsACC

First Year and Second Year Students
12:00-4:00pm The William Benton Museum of Art front and back patio Museum Open House at The Benton

 

Join The Benton Museum for a T-shirt/Sticker give away, outdoor exhibition scavenger hunt, chalk drawing on the back patio, and student member signups!

 

Hosted by: The William Benton Museum of Art

All Students
1:00-5:00pm Outside Front Septs of Student Recreation Center UConn Rec Kickoff Party

 

Interested in learning more about UConn Recreation and all we have to offer?  Stop by the SRC, by the Business Quad, on Saturday to learn about our offerings in fitness, outdoors and competitive sports while playing some games, having some fun and grabbing some free swag!

 

Hosted by: UConn Rec

All Students
3:00-5:00pm Student Union Ballroom METAS Kickoff!

 

Mentors and mentees in the program are invited to this event to kick off the new academic year.  For many, this is the first time meeting one another, and we hope to build the sense of community at the start of the year.  There will also be a showcase of student organizations and a mini-involvement fair to check out student organizations affiliated with PRLACC

 

Hosted by: The Puerto Rician/Latin American Cultural Center and for any questions please reach out to metas@uconn.edu

Mentors and First Year Students already signed up as Mentees for METAS
4:15-5:15pm Available at all units except Buckley Dinner

Only UConn students and staff are allowed in the dining halls.

First Year Students
6:00-7:15pm Sherman Family Sports Complex Playfair for First Year Students

 

With Playfair, seeing is believing! It is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It’s entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships!

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year Students
7:45pm Student Union Mall Torch Lighting First Year Student Convocation Ceremony

 

The University traditionally begins the academic year with a gathering called the Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony. This official welcome event at UConn for first-year students marks the only time that the entire entering undergraduate class gathers as one.

 

Hosted by: University Events

First Year Students
8pm-Midnight Student Union Late Night and Small Programming

 

Join Late Night for an evening of small programming in the Student Union! Pick up a plant for your room, participate in a craft or board game with your new roommates, make a s’more in the SU North Patio fire pit, or take an activity to go!

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

 

First Year and Second Year Students
8:15pm-9pm Ice Cream Truck near The Benton First Year Student and Orientation Leader Meetup!

 

Hosted by: Orientation Services and Student Activities Major Events and Programs

 

First Year Students
9:30pm Student Union Theatre Movie - A Quiet Place II

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

 

First Year and Second Year Students

Sunday, August 29

Time Location Event Audience
7:00-9:15am Putnam, North, South, & Gelfenbien Dining Units Breakfast

 

Learning Community Students should plan to eat at this time.

Only UConn students and staff are allowed in the dining halls.

First Year Students
8:00-9:00am Meet outside Student Recreation Center Road Dogs

 

Join UConn Recreation for an introductory 2-mile run around campus. Get the heart pumping, meet new students and learn more about our Road Dogs offerings this year.  Check in at the front steps of the Rec Center.

 

Hosted by: Rec Services

All Students
9:00-11:30am Gampel Pavilion 13th Annual Learning Community Kickoff!

 

Each year, we gather all Learning Community members, faculty, and staff to celebrate a new year of Learning Communities (LCs), one of UConn’s largest programs, with speakers, games, activities, music and fun. Be prepared to start your year with lots of positive energy! Don’t forget to arrive early and wear your Learning Community t-shirt. Doors to Gampel open at 9:00am, and the event will be livestreamed on YouTube.

 

https://lc.uconn.edu/lckickoff/

 

Hosted by: UConn Learning Communities

Learning Communities Members
10:30-11:45am Available at all units except Buckley Brunch

 

All first year students should attend except for Learning Communities.

Only UConn students and staff are allowed in the dining halls.

First Year Students 
12pm Gampel Pavilion Welcome Speaker

Join members of the UConn community as this year’s speaker will welcome our new students and set the tone to excel academically and encourage each student to embrace all the opportunities ahead in your time here at UConn.

Join Michael Munoz (UConn CLAS '01) as he shares his journey from UConn to Google and the defining experiences along the way that have made him a leader in driving racial and social equity.

 

Hosted by: Office for Diversity and Inclusion

First Year and Second Year Students
12:00-4:00pm The William Benton Museum of Art Front Patio, Museum, and Back Patio Museum Open House at The Benton!

 

Join The Benton Museum for a T-shirt/Sticker give away, outdoor exhibition scavenger hunt, chalk drawing on the back patio, and student member signups!

 

Hosted by: The William Benton Museum of Art

All Students
1:00-5:00pm Seal Circle outside of Library HuskyTHON Kickoff Event!

 

Come enjoy a fun afternoon filled with carnival games, inflatables, tie dye, free food, live music by Wavy McGrady ft. The Loft, and more!

 

Hosted by: HuskyTHON and USG

All Students
2:30pm Various Locations Deans' Meetings

Academic Center for Exploratory Students (Aces)- Student Union Theatre

 

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources & The Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture- Schenker 151

 

School of Business- MCHU 102

 

School of Engineering- ITE80

 

College of Liberal Arts and Science- The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

 

School of Fine Arts- Von Der Mehden

 

School of Nursing- Storrs Hall WW16 – Sczesny Auditorium

First Year Students
3:00pm Student Union Terrace Honors Reception

 

Come meet Honors staff and other Honors students while you learn more about Honors students organizations and how to get involved!

 

Hosted by: Honors

First Year and Second Year Students
3:00pm Downtown Storrs Storrs Stroll

Head to Downtown Storrs on Sunday, August 29th at 3pm to kickoff the Storrs Stroll! Numerous downtown businesses have put offers in place this week to welcome new UConn students to the area. Check out the list of Storrs Stroll participants and make sure to bring the Storrs Stroll button so the businesses know to give you the new student deal! From 3-5pm, local Connecticut musician, Alex Tuohey, will be performing at the Betsy Patterson Square. Join us to enjoy the music and explore all the wonderful things Downtown Storrs has to offer!

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

First Year and Second Year Students
4:00-7:00pm African American Cultural Center- Student Union Room 407 AACC Welcome Back Pizza and Game Night

The African American Cultural Center will be welcoming students back at the AACC with a pizza party and game night!

Hosted by: AACC

All Students
4:15-7:00pm Student Union Ballroom and 304ABC Asiantation Kickoff Mentors/Mentees

 

This gathering is for new students who have been accepted into the Asian/Asian American Mentoring Program and their UConn Mentors.  Check-in starts at 4pm.

 

Hosted by: Asian American Cultural Center and for any questions please reach out to uconnamp@gmail.com.

First Year Students already signed up for AMP
4:15-7:45pm Available at all units except Buckley Dinner

Only UConn students and staff are allowed in the dining halls.

All Students
8:00pm

 

Doors open at 7:00pm!

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Comedy Jam Presented by SUBOG
Michelle Wolf

 

Join SUBOG for their annual Comedy Jam, featuring a soon-to-be announced nationally-touring comedian!  Doors open at 7pm!

 

Hosted by: SUBOG

All Students

The Next Few Weeks

Date Time Location Event Audience
Monday, August 30th TBA TBA Community Meeting

 

Contact your RA for details on time and location!

 

Hosted by: Residential Life

All Residential Students
Monday, August 30th 7:00pm Student Union 104 Huskies Bike Presentation

 

Attend this presentation to learn more about bike safety on UConn’s campus, and increase your bike education knowledge! This interactive presentation will guide new (and returning) students on general bike safety guidelines.

 

Hosted by: Phoebe Mrozinski/ BOLD Women’s Leadership Network

All Students
Thursday, September 2nd 6:00-10:00pm Student Union Terrace S'mores on the Terrace

 

Hosted by: Student Activities Major Events and Programs

All Students 
Friday, September 3rd 3:00-6:00pm UConn Bookstore Front Patio Discover UConn!

 

Find us at the main entrance of the bookstore between 3pm-6pm and embark on a fun scavenger hunt around the center of campus, and compete with other contestants for great prizes and giveaways! When you're done feel free to hang out and enjoy food and treats from some of the local vendors that the area has to offer!

 

Hosted by: UConn Student Alumni Association

New Students but all students are welcome to join!
Friday, September 3rd 6:30pm Morrone Stadium at Rizza Performance Center UConn Traditions Event at Men's Soccer Game

 

Students are welcome to attend the first annual Traditions Event that will take place at the UConn Men’s Soccer game on Friday, September 3rd  at Morrone Stadium at Rizza Performance Center. Students will get to learn UConn cheers, chants, and traditions during halftime! At the game, there will be free food, Dunkin’ tabling, and UConn Athletics apparel giveaways.

 

Hosted by: UConn Athletics

All Students
Friday, September 3rd 7:00pm Morrone Stadium at Rizza Performance Center UConn Men's Soccer Game

 

Come out and support the UConn Men's Soccer team as they take on URI in MOrrone Stadium!

 

Hosted by: Athletics

All Students
Friday, September 3rd 6:30pm Horsebarn Hill Sunset Yoga

 

Come out to Horsebarn Hill for an evening of yoga and relaxation.  Enjoy the stunning sunset views while participating in a yoga class taught for all levels.  Bring a mat and water if you have it!

 

Hosted by: UConn Rec

All Students
Saturday, September 4th 12:00pm Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field UConn Football Game

 

Come out and support the UConn football team as they take on Holy Cross in their first home game of the season!

 

Hosted by: UConn Athletics

All Students
Saturday, September 4th 6:00-11:00pm Fairfield Way SUBOG Block Party!

 

Hosted by: SUBOG

All Students