Week of Welcome Works to Bring UA Students Together

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University Programs — part of Student Life — resolves each year to bring University of Alabama students together near the start of the academic semester with a series of events that promote unity and strength through friendship – the Week of Welcome.

Here are some of this year’s activities.

Students form the script A on the field of Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2016.

Saturday, Aug. 19: Movie on the Quad: The annual event under the stars will take place after move-in to welcome students to their first night at The Capstone. The film will be “LaLa Land.” Free food, drinks, popcorn, t-shirts, and other giveaways will be provided.

Sunday, Aug. 20: Amazing Race: UP Edition. This event will give students a better understanding of their university by participating in the Amazing Race spinoff activity of monumental landmarks on campus. This event will take place at various locations around campus with its main area being housed in the Ferguson Student Center from 7-10 pm.

 Monday, Aug. 21: Yea, Alabama! Kickoff: This event will give students the opportunity to enjoy a variety of food, popsicles and summer activities. The Welcome Back BBQ will take place on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 22: Immersion Pizza Party: The Immersion Program will host a pizza party for 2,000 students on the Quad from 4 to 6 p.m. This event will feature a DJ, activities, and free pizza and drinks.

Tuesday, Aug. 22: Convocation Script A: This event is the annual Convocation welcoming the incoming freshmen and transfer students. It will include the Class of 2021’s Script A Photo, exclusive T-shirts and other giveaways. Students will go to Bryant Denny Stadium and take a class photo in the shape of an Alabama Script A. Note: Media will need to present credentials to be admitted for coverage of the event. Convocation Script A will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Wednesday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Aug. 24: Welcome Back Breakfast: On the first day of classes, students will be offered a free breakfast. Crimson Compass volunteers will greet students and answer questions about finding their classes. The Welcome Back Breakfast will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. on both days.

Thursday, Aug. 24: Music Glow Run: University Programs will partner with campus organizations to host a glow in the dark 5K that features music lining the track. Students will have the opportunity to participate in this interactive race in order to learn the importance of physical wellness, as well as facts and statistics about on campus organizations. The Music Glow Run will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. starting at Cyber Hall on the Bryce Campus.

Friday, Aug. 25: ONYX: The event will include exhibitions, information and performances from National Pan-Hellenic Council Greek organizations, on-campus dance organizations and minority-focused student organizations. This event will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ferguson Student Center.

Saturday, Aug. 26: Ripple Effect: The Center for Service & Leadership will be hosting an opportunity for students to serve in the community from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sites are to be announced.

Sunday, Aug. 27: Fun at the Rec: Fun @ the Rec showcases what University Recreation has to offer. Students will be able to meet others from around campus and discover ways to focus on their own health physical wellness. This event will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

Thursday, Aug. 31: Get on Board Day: The annual organization fair from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Ferguson Plaza features representatives from more than 550 student organizations as well as campus and community departments.

University Programs is a collaborative programming board that fosters community development through campus-wide events implemented by and for UA students.  The program is a division of Student Life and is an office of students creating and implementing free events for fellow students.


Richard LeComte, communications, rllecomte@ur.ua.edu, 205-348-3782

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.