The University of Arizona

Wildcat Welcome: Tradition with a Taste for Fun

By Rebecca Ruiz McGill, University Communications | August 15, 2012
Students will begin moving into their residence halls on Aug. 15. (Photo by Patrick McArdle/UANews)
Students will begin moving into their residence halls on Aug. 15. (Photo by Patrick McArdle/UANews)

Find community, a job or your way around campus during Wildcat Welcome and its 10 days filled with events and activities that will instill UA pride and tradition in new and returning students.

The Taste of the Union will take place on Aug. 18.
The Taste of the Union will take place on Aug. 18.
Aug. 21 will feature the Bear Down Ice Cream Bash from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the UA Mall. Free ice cream will be available to everyone, while it lasts.
Aug. 21 will feature the Bear Down Ice Cream Bash from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the UA Mall. Free ice cream will be available to everyone, while it lasts.
On Aug. 24, the Rec Center invites UA students to a celebrate the beginning of classes with a pool party from 12:30-3 p.m.
On Aug. 24, the Rec Center invites UA students to a celebrate the beginning of classes with a pool party from 12:30-3 p.m.

New and returning students are invited to experience the 10 days of events that make up Wildcat Welcome, which begins today with early move-in to the University of Arizona residence halls.

Wildcat Welcome events are free and open to students and their families, though some events require registration. All events are geared toward helping new and returning UA students feel at home.

The UA is offering a variety of events and promotions just for Wildcat parents, including the Wildcat Family Conference, Proud Parent Social, Bon Voyage Brunch and half-off coupons for Campus Recreation.

Student activities are as follows:

Wildcat Welcome kicks-off on Aug. 15 with early move-in for students who requested a jump start on calling the UA home. The official move-in begins on Aug. 16. at 8 a.m.

Throughout the Wildcat Welcome, the UA Police Department will offer campus safety information on the UA Science Library lawn. The first event will be held on Wednesday from 1-4 p.m.

On Thursday at 6 p.m., the sold-out Wildcat Fiesta will take place. If you missed registration for the Fiesta, or if you are not a freshman, volleyball on the Mall starts at 6 p.m.

On Aug. 17, new Wildcats will experience UA Clicks, a program developed to help students learn the systems and technology they will use inside and outside of the classroom. UA Clicks is an all-day event with sessions assigned by college. At 7 p.m. it’s Wild Night Movie time on the Mall with free food and drinks and an inflatable screen to cozy up to with your own chair or blanket. Volleyball on the Mall again will take place and is free and open to everyone starting at 6 p.m.

The last day of residence hall move-in is on Aug. 18. That evening from 6-9, students are invited to the Residence Hall Association Block Party/Taste of the Union event. Students will get free tastes of the delicious and healthy offerings at the Arizona Student Unions during the event, which will be held at the Student Union Memorial Center. Activities, entertainment and prizes are part of the fun.

At 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, the UA will offer free bus rides for students to Target to stock up on school supplies. The event will feature music and the chance to win prizes including free gift cards, coupons and free samples.

On Aug. 19 at 4 p.m., transfer students are invited to participate in a mixer in the Student Union Memorial Center Suite 404.

The Wildcat Welcome keynote event will take place on Sunday from 6-8:30 p.m.: All students are invited to attend the New Student Convocation and Celebration featuring welcomes from UA President Ann Weaver Hart, Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat, the Cheer Team and the UA Pep Band. The ceremony will highlight UA pride and traditions.

As the first day of classes roll in on Aug. 20, students can look for the UA Ask Me tent located on the UA Mall. The tent, which will help students find their way around the bustling campus, will be open through Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Welcome refreshments will be available for UA students at the Disability Resource Center on Aug. 20-24 from 9-11 a.m. in the lobby. The center collaborates with students, faculty and staff to create educational environments that are usable, equitable, sustainable and inclusive of all members of the University community. 

From 5-7 p.m. on Monday, all UA students are invited to participate in Wildcat Night at the Rec to learn more about sports clubs and intramurals, and on Aug. 24, the Rec Center invites UA students to a celebrate the beginning of classes with a pool party from 12:30-3 p.m.

The second day of classes, Aug. 21, brings with it the Bear Down Ice Cream Bash from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free ice cream will be available to everyone, while it lasts. Also on Tuesday, the UA campus will honor sustainability efforts with the Amazing Green Race, a hunt from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Highland Quad that explores sustainability efforts on campus. Participants will have a chance to win a bike and will enjoy pizza and Italian Ice afterward.

Aug. 22 will feature three important events: the Student Involvement Fair, the Student Employment Fair and the Finding Community Welcome. The Involvement Fair will take place on the UA Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and students can learn and join UA sports and honorary or service-based clubs. The Employment Fair will be held in the Student Union Memorial Center North Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and students will have the opportunity to connect with UA departments and programs to find jobs on or near campus.

The Finding Community Welcome begins at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 and looks to help the 40,000 students on campus get involved and feel at home. The event will feature presentations from African American Student Affairs; the Disability Resource Center; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs and other student resource centers.

To learn more about the events and to find others not listed, visit the Wildcat Welcome schedule for details.