Welcome Weeks

Weeks of Welcome (WoW) provides new students and returners the opportunity to learn about campus resources, make new friends, have fun, and start weaving themselves into the fabric of student life at UNC Asheville. Our WoW activities are centered around the idea that every student belongs here, presenting a plethora of opportunities for students to get engaged in co-curricular learning along the way.

Below, you will find the event schedule for Welcome Back Weeks which will take place from Monday, January 10 – Saturday, January 22, 2022. The schedule has been intentionally created with a combination of in-person and virtual opportunities for students to feel welcomed and connected to campus, while also recognizing the importance of everyone’s health and safety. To that end, we hope you’ll join us as we kick off the Spring 2022 semester!

Not sure where you’re going? Check out our campus map!

Welcome Back Weeks: January 2022

Monday, January 10

  • 10:00am – 2:00pm | Back-to-School Support with the Academic Success Center | In-person or Virtual

    • Stop by Ramsey Foyer (Whitman side) in-person or drop by virtually if you’re looking for assistance with your spring schedule, curriculum questions, and academics at UNC Asheville in general!

Tuesday, January 11

  • 9:00am – 5:00pm | Engaging with Transfers: Live on Instagram | Virtual

    • Are you a new transfer student on campus? Check out the Office of Transition & Parent Programs’ Instagram page (@uncavltransition) to connect with helpful staff members and engage in virtual polls!
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Fitness Center Orientation | Student Recreation Center

    • Get introduced to the Campus Recreation Fitness Center! Drop in for tours and Q&A with the fitness staff.
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm | Kahoot! Game Night | Virtual

    • Virtually join Highsmith Union’s team HERE on Tuesday, January 11th at 6:00pm for a Virtual Kahoot! Game Night! Put your trivia knowledge to the test in categories like Sports, Marvel, Disney, and more. No teams necessary – come as you are. Winners will receive a pint of The Hop ice cream!

Wednesday, January 12

  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm | Virtual Drag Bingo: Hosted by Honey Davenport | Virtual

Honey Davenport Headshot

We are excited to announce that Drag Queen Honey Davenport from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 will be hosting a virtual Bingo night for UNCA students! Join us from your personal device wherever you are with the chance to win items including (but not limited to) an Amazon Firestick, Echo Dot, and a UNCA swag bundle, along with the chance to have a screenshot photo opportunity with Honey! Capacity is limited to the first 300 guests, and registration is required. CLICK HERE to register for this virtual event!

 

Thursday, January 13

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm | Rec Recess

    • Drop by for cornhole and more with Campus Recreation! Make a whole and win a prize, and get all your recreation questions answered.

Friday, January 14

  • 10:00am – 2:00pm | Back-to-School Support with the Academic Success Center | In-person or Virtual

    • Stop by Ramsey Foyer (Whitman side) in-person or drop by virtually if you’re looking for assistance with your spring schedule, curriculum questions, and academics at UNC Asheville in general!
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Wellness in the Workplace | Virtual

    • The Career Center is inviting three panelists who bring unique perspectives on what constitutes wellness in the workplace, from company culture to physical resources. Join virtually here!
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Get Involved Interest Session | Virtual

    • Find out how you can help plan concerts, Homecoming events, even start a new organization on campus! Highsmith’s team wants to help you have fun this semester! Can’t make it? No sweat! There will also be a meeting next Friday 1/21. Participants can virtually join HERE and will earn 750 NowPoints for attending.

Tuesday, January 18

  • 9:00am – 10:00am | Morning Mingle with OMA | Highsmith 237

    • Get to know the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Tuesday’s Morning Mingle! Join them for pastries, hot chocolate, and a chance to tour the Intercultural Center. Hope to see you there!
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm | Transfer Student Program | Highsmith 202

    • Stop by this drop-in event for transfer student support from staff in the Career Center and Office of Transition and Parent Programs!
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Rainbow Chat | Virtual

    • Virtually join the Office of Multicultural Affairs for their first Rainbow Chat of the semester! These spaces are a way for students in the LGBTQIA+ community to connect with each other, discuss relevant topics, explore identity, and participate in activities. Registration is not required.
  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm | Virtual Kahoot! Trivia Night

    • Join Fraternity and Sorority Life on Tuesday, January 18th at 7 PM for a Virtual Kahoot Trivia Night!  Put your trivia knowledge to the test in categories including Animals, Music, Movies, and History.  We will be playing in teams of 2-4 people.  Don’t have a team?  No problem!  You can join a team once you log onto the Zoom call.  Winners will receive prizes.  You can find the link HERE.

Wednesday, January 19

  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm | Wellness for the Semester | Career Center

    • From activities like coloring pages to energizing snacks to resources about stress management, this event is a great way for students to think about wellness and how they’re going to make this semester their best one yet. Please note this is a drop-in event and will take place in the Career Center.
  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm | Fitness Center Orientation | Sherrill Fitness Center

    • Get introduced to the Campus Recreation Fitness Center! Drop in for tours and Q&A with the fitness staff.
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm | Yoga Flow | Sherrill 351

    • Register for free in the UNCA Campus Rec appointment app for this Movement Medicine Flow Yoga class. Yoga mats available for use and perfect for newcomers to yoga.

Thursday, January 20

  • 4:00pm – 7:00pm | Glow Up with Campus Rec | Mills Plaza + Highsmith

    • Campus Recreation invites you to an assortment of fun! Their team will be offering activities including a campfire, cornhole, E-sports, and a glow-in-the-dark cycle class. 

Friday, January 21

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Get Involved Interest Session | Virtual

    • Find out how you can help plan concerts, Homecoming events, even start a new organization on campus! Highsmith’s team wants to help you put your creativity to use this semester! Can’t make it? No sweat! There will also be a meeting next Friday 1/21. Participants can virtually join HERE and will earn 750 NowPoints for attending.
  • 9:00pm – 11:00pm | Silent Disco Party ft. Just Dance (Night 1) | Highsmith Grotto, 1st Floor

    • This event will kick off a special TWO-NIGHT program of Silent Disco – a wireless headphone dance party! Attendees are given multiple choices of music throughout this 2-hour event. Make sure to arrive to Highsmith’s Grotto early! Highsmith Student Union staff will be monitoring capacity for health and safety reasons. Just Dance will also be featured thanks to Campus Recreation’s Esports staff. Students earn 1500 NowPoints for attending.

Saturday, January 22

  • 9:00pm – 11:00pm | Silent Disco Party Highsmith Grotto, 1st Floor

    • This event will be the second night of a special two-night Silent Disco program – a wireless headphone dance party! Attendees are given multiple choices of music throughout this 2-hour event. Make sure to arrive to Highsmith’s Grotto early! Staff will be monitoring capacity for health and safety reasons. Students earn 1500 NowPoints for attending.