Fall semester begins at A-State

JONESBORO – Welcome, A-State students!

The Fall, 2017 semester kicked off this past weekend with move-in day on Saturday and First-Year Convocation on Sunday, but the week is just getting started for new students at the home of the Red Wolves.

Monday, Aug. 21

Classes begin, and the Student Activities Board officially kicks off Welcome Week from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the Heritage Plaza lawn on the east side of the Reng Student Union.  SAB members also will hand out protective viewing glasses in preparation for the historic solar eclipse that peaks in the afternoon; caution is strongly encouraged and students are advised to use certified ISO 12312-2 solar viewers (or equivalent) when observing the eclipse.

The Multicultural Center will host a “welcome back” ice cream social from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at its headquarters, Suite 3003 in the Reng Student Union.

Arkansas Biosciences Institute will host a solar eclipse viewing party starting at 12:30 p.m. at ABI, 504 University Loop West.  (Everyone will be cautioned to use proper eye protection).

The Student Activities Board is hosting Backroad Anthem in its Concert on the Lawn, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Heritage Plaza.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

SAB will host a series of Pinot’s Palette guided painting classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Plaza. This is free to all A-State students, and freshmen will be given VIP treatment. The painting will be a Red Wolf head.

Non-traditional students are invited to a free welcome lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Non-Traditional Students Lounge on the second floor of the Student Union.

A-State Greek Life’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities are hosting events during Welcome Week to engage students and help them to learn more about being a member of an NPHC organization, including Meet the Greeks at 6 p.m. between Kays and University Halls.

Wednesday, August 23

From 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the Community and Organization Fair will be at Heritage Plaza.   Community vendors and student organizations will set up on the lawn and surrounding area to promote their organizations and businesses.

NPHC sponsors Back to School Hump Day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Unity Park and the Freshmen Talent Show at 6 p.m. in the Fowler Center.

Thursday, August 24

At DiversiTEA, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will mingle and play board games from around the world. The first several students in attendance will receive a voucher for a free Starbucks coffee or tea. This event will be in the SunBelt Lounge, behind Starbucks, in the Student Union.

The “Why not NPHC?” forum starts at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium

The Midnight Dance Party, starting at 11:45 p.m., will feature DJ King Vick, glow sticks and bagg-o at Heritage Plaza.  SAB presents the party to help everyone unwind from the first week of classes.

Friday, August 25

The Student Activities Board and Volunteer A-State are teaming up to provide a campus cleanup effort, 2-5 p.m.  Students may volunteer for as much or as little time as they prefer. SAB and Volunteer A-State students will have a booth set up on the first floor of the Student Union where volunteers may pick up trash bags and gloves.  A social media contest will pit participants in competition for weirdest piece of trash, biggest piece of trash and more.

NFL Greek Flag Football Tournament starts at 5 p.m. at the intramural fields.

It’s National Banana Split Day, so students need to “bring your own banana (byob)” and celebrate with ice cream, laser tag and entertainment in the heart of campus, 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday, August 26

A pool party is set for 12-4 p.m. at Wolf Creek Apartments, and an NPHC party starts at 10 p.m.

To follow A-State’s Welcome Week, go to ArkansasState on Facebook and Twitter.

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