Welcome Weeks

Highsmith Student Union serves as the coordinator for Weeks of Welcome every Fall semester and Welcome Back Week every Spring semester. In bringing all of the university’s major events together to welcome students back to campus, our Welcome Week 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.

 

WEEK 1: August 14 – 22

  • Saturday, August 14

  • Curse of the Ghost Ship – Mobile Escape Room (4:00pm – 8:00pm) – Climb aboard a ship that requires you to solve clues and riddles in order to escape the fate of sailing the eternal seas! This ship will be docked at the Quad.
  • Ride or Dye with SGA (5:00pm – 7:00pm) – Make a “Bulldog blue” tie dye t-shirt with the Student Government Association on the Quad. (T-shirts provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own.)
  • Field Day & Cookout (7:00pm – 9:00pm) – Get in on the fun with students at this year’s field day and cookout on the Mills Hall volleyball court.
  • Think Fast Trivia (8:00pm – 9:30pm) – Ready to test your knowledge and potentially win cash prizes? Join us in the Blue Ridge Room (Highsmith Student Union).
  • Star Gazing at Observatory (8:30pm – 11:00pm) – Jump on a shuttle bus from Governor’s Hall – which runs every 30 minutes – to gaze at the stars!
  • Sunday, August 15

  • Live at 5 Concert (5:30pm – 7:00pm) – Grab your blanket, a bite from a local food truck, and listen to singer-songwriter/producer Almost Owen perform on the Quad. Food trucks (Cecilia’s, Daddy D’s, and Baires) will be serving from 4:30pm – 7:30pm.
  • Monday, August 16

  • Bulldogs and Bites (9:00am – 10:00am) – Visit the Asheville Campus Entertainment (ACE) table for snacks on your way to class on the TD Bank Plaza (between Phillips and Rhoades-Robinson Halls).
  • Poster Sale (10:00am – 6:00pm) – Find the perfect poster (or 3!) for your room aesthetic by visiting Poster Invasion on Reed Plaza (outside Brown Hall).
  • Advising Table (10:00am – 2:00pm) – Have questions for an advisor but too busy to make an appointment? The Advising team has you covered! Stop by TD Bank Plaza (between Phillips and Rhoades-Robinson Halls) to chat with one of our friendly advisors. Rain location is Highsmith first floor.
  • Bulldog Chalk Walk (7:00pm – 9:00pm) – Join the Residential Education team as they chalk up the Corridor (sidewalk between Ponder and Governors Hall).
  • Tuesday, August 17

  • Poster Sale (10:00am – 6:00pm) – Find the perfect poster (or 3!) for your room aesthetic by visiting Poster Invasion on Reed Plaza (outside Brown Hall).
  • Learn S’More About Dining & Campus Rec (3:00pm – 5:00pm) – Grab a ‘mallow and chat with our Dining Services team on Mills Plaza (in front of Mills Hall).
  • Wednesday, August 18

  • Poster Sale (10:00am – 6:00pm) – Find the perfect poster (or 3!) for your room aesthetic by visiting Poster Invasion on Reed Plaza (outside Brown Hall).
  • Therapy Dogs (11:30am – 1:30pm) – Join PEPAH in loving on some doggos to relieve any first-week stress out on Mills Plaza (in front of Mills Hall).
  • Advising Table (10:00am – 2:00pm) – Have questions for an advisor but too busy to make an appointment? The Advising team has you covered! Stop by TD Bank Plaza (between Phillips and Rhoades-Robinson Halls) to chat with one of our friendly advisors. Rain location is Highsmith first floor.
  • Thursday, August 19

  • Experience UNC Asheville (11:00am – 1:00pm) – This event, featured on the Quad, is the Student Org Fair, Resource Fair, AND Part-Time Job Fair all in one place. Stopping by Experience UNC Asheville will definitely be time well spent!
  • Get Rec’d (7:00pm – 10:00pm) – Check out all the action that will be happening throughout the Student Recreation Center… dodgeball, cornhole, and more!
  • Friday, August 20

  • Job Lounge (10:00am – 3:00pm) – Drop in to the Career Center for brownies, browsing on-campus/local part-time opportunities, and bringing your resume game up a level!
  • Advising Table (10:00am – 2:00pm) – Have questions for an advisor but too busy to make an appointment? The Advising team has you covered! Stop by Reed Plaza (outside Brown Hall) to chat with one of our friendly advisors. Rain location is Highsmith first floor.
  • Rec Recess (12:00pm – 2:00pm) – Celebrate the end of the first week of classes with some cornhole and bucketz games with Campus Recreation staff on Reed Plaza (outside Brown Hall).
  • Second Year Mixer (2:00pm – 4:00pm) – Meet and greet your fellow second-year students on campus with this fun mixer hosted by SGA on Reed Plaza (outside Brown Hall). This event is for students in their second (sophomore) year.
  • Greek Games (5:00pm – 7:30pm) – Get to know our fraternities and sororities on campus as they battle for victory with lawn games on the Quad!
  • Outdoor Movie: Soul (8:00pm) – Bring a blanket and a friend to watch the Disney-Pixar movie, Soul, under the stars on the Quad.
  • Saturday, August 21

  • Ingles Hometown Tour Concert (time TBA) – Enjoy a free live concert, featuring Kaitlyn Baker and Joe Lasher, located on the Quad!
  • Sunday, August 22

  • Gardening Day with Southside Community Garden (10:00am – 1:00pm) – Connect with local Asheville at the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center garden! Please note that this is a community-sponsored event hosted for BIPOC individuals by our community partner.

WEEK 2: August 23 – 29

  • Monday, August 23

  • Therapy Dogs (11:30am – 1:30pm) – Join PEPAH in loving on some doggos to fight the Monday blues out on Mills Plaza (in front of Mills Hall).
  • Tuesday, August 24

  • Sweet Tea with Your AD (11:30am – 1pm) – Enjoy an iced sweet tea with the AD (Area Director) of your residence hall.
  • Retro Game Night (5:00pm – 7:00pm) – Take a step back in time and play fun games including Dance Dance Revolution, Rock Band, Wii, and more in the Grotto of Highsmith Student Union.
  • Fitness Expo (7:00pm – 9:00pm) – Join the Campus Recreation team for a fitness room orientation & group fitness class expo in the Sherrill Center.
  • Glowga (time TBD) – Channel your inner yogi with this fun, glow-in-the-dark group yoga event hosted by Campus Recreation. Event will be help on the Intramural Field.
  • Wednesday, August 25

  • Legacy Link Up & Informational (7:00pm – 8:30pm) – The LEGACY Mentorship Program invites women of color to socialize and learn more about this mentorship program through an information session in Highsmith Student Union 125.
  • Thursday, August 26

  • Campus Blood Drive  (10:30am – 4:00pm) – Join UNCA’s life saving legacy and donate or volunteer at the Campus Blood Drive hosted by the Key Center in Alumni Hall (Highsmith Student Union)! Register to donate at redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: uncasheville) and/or sign up to volunteer by emailing keycenter@unca.edu.
  • New Transfer Welcome Pizza Party (11:00am – 2:00pm) – The Academic Success Center wants to celebrate and welcome our new transfer students with a pizza party on the Quad near the flagpole. The rain location will be Brown Hall 217.
  • Spirituality Fair (12:15pm – 1:45pm) – Learn about all the ways you can find spiritual community on and off campus at this event in the Blue Ridge Room (Highsmith Student Union).
  • Mario Kart 8 Tournament (8:00pm – 10:00pm) – Show off your kart driving skills at Campus Recreation’s E-Sports launch party in the main lobby of the Sherill Center. Watch out for those boomerang flowers!
  • Friday, August 27

  • Campus Blood Drive  (10:30am – 4:00pm) – Join UNCA’s life saving legacy and donate or volunteer at the Campus Blood Drive hosted by the Key Center in Alumni Hall (Highsmith Student Union)! Register to donate at redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: uncasheville) and/or sign up to volunteer by emailing keycenter@unca.edu.
  • Campfire & Cornhole (12:00pm – 2:00pm) – Enjoy even “s’more” time with Campus Recreation staff at this pop-up event on Reed Plaza (outside Brown Hall)!