UM to Give Students ‘Griz Welcome’ with Events Aug. 25-Sept. 9

August 14, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana and the Missoula community will welcome students arriving for fall semester with a full slate of “Griz Welcome” events from Friday, Aug. 25 to Saturday, Sept. 9.

“We are fired up for the start the academic year,” said UM President Sheila Stearns. “Our new students bring us their hopes and quite literally, their futures. Continuing students bring back their energy and ideas for changing the world. We are ready for them!”

Stearns invites students and their parents to join her for a social event in the stadium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, to kick off the first week of school. UM’s campfire convocation tradition officially begins the academic year on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Additionally, students can watch movies on the Oval and participate in outdoor recreation opportunities as they familiarize themselves with campus and all of its offerings. A full schedule follows.

Friday, Aug. 25

  • Game Room Night – 6-10 p.m., University Center Game Room. A chance to enjoy some friendly competition over billiards, ping-pong, gaming consoles and board games.

 Saturday, Aug. 26

  • Speed Friending – 7-9 p.m., UC Ballroom. Participants will get two minutes to talk to each person with a few discussion points to lead the way.

 Sunday, Aug. 27

  • Rafting Trip – 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Alberton Gorge. A thrilling raft trip on class III whitewater west of Missoula. Students may register by calling UM Campus Recreation at 406-243-5171.
  • President’s Stadium Social – 7-8:30 p.m., Adams Center Hall of Champions and Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Students will tour the Hall of Champions and use the players’ tunnel to access the stadium field and meet President Sheila Stearns. This event features cold treats, Monte the mascot, the UM Marching Band, music and more.

Monday, Aug. 28

  • Bear Fair –7-9 p.m., University Center. Students can cruise the UC to get connected with programs, clubs and people.

 Tuesday, Aug. 29

  • Silent Disco – 8 p.m.-midnight, UM Oval. Dancers wear headphones with colored lights to indicate to other dancers which channel they’re tuned into.

 Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • Rafting Trip – 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Alberton Gorge. A thrilling raft trip on class III whitewater west of Missoula. Students may register by calling UM Campus Recreation at 406-243-5171.
  • Environmental Ethics in and Outside the Classroom – 10:30 a.m.-noon, UM Campus Recreation Center. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring water for a thought-provoking learning experience with UM Professor Christopher Preston.
  • Campfire Convocation – 8-10 p.m., UM Oval. Campus and community members and the UM Marching Band will welcome UM’s newest cohort of students to the academic year. Treats are served around campfires, fire season permitting.

 Thursday, Aug. 31

  • Classes Begin
  • University Center Art Gallery Opening Reception – 4-6 p.m., UC Gallery. Enjoy appetizers during the unveiling of UM student artist Anne Yoncha’s exhibit “Tell Me There’s a Mathematical Equation for Being Alive.”
  • Residence Hall Floor Meetings – 5-9 p.m., various residence halls. Students living on campus will meet with their Resident Assistant and fellow floor members.
  • Movie on the Oval: “The Incredibles” – 9-11 p.m., UM Oval. Free popcorn and soda will be served as students make themselves comfortable on the lawn for a big-screen viewing experience.

Friday, Sept. 1

  • Grocery Bingo – 7-9 p.m., University Center Ballroom. This social event centered around bingo comes with the chance to win groceries.

 Saturday, Sept. 2

  • Hike the M with an Adviser – 10 a.m.-noon, M trailhead. Take a trip to the iconic M on Mount Sentinel with someone who can answer all your college questions.
  • Griz Football Game – 1 p.m., Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Join Griz Nation as the Griz take on Valparaiso in their first home game of the season. Student tickets and guest passes are available at 7 a.m. each Monday before home games online at http://www.gogriz.com/studenttickets.

 Sunday, Sept. 3

  • Free Fitness Week Begins – Campus Recreation Center. All dues-paid students can access the fitness and recreation center with their Griz Card year-round, but during Free Fitness Week, all classes and activities are free, too.
  • Campfire, Games on the Oval – 4-7 p.m., UM Oval. A variety of yard games will be available for students, and – fire season permitting – students also can relax by a campfire and make s’mores.

 Monday, Sept. 4

  • Labor Day – No classes, offices closed.
  • Shakespeare in the Parks: “Macbeth” – 5:30-8 p.m., UM Oval. Classic theatre performed by professional touring actors.

Tuesday, Sept. 5

  • Free Freshmen Golf – All day, University Golf Course. New students can play a round or hit a bucket of golf balls at UM’s fantastic course at the base of Mount Sentinel. Beginners welcome.
  • Shakespeare in the Parks: “You Never Can Tell” – 5:30-8 p.m., UM Oval. Classic theatre performed by professional touring actors.

 Wednesday, Sept. 6

  • Open Play on the Oval – Noon-3 p.m., UM Oval. Join a fun pick-up game of soccer, football or volleyball.

 Thursday, Sept. 7

  • Student Employment Fair – 9 a.m.-4 p.m., University Center Ballroom. Employers representing opportunities on- and off-campus will accept resumes and offer job information.
  • Rainbow Welcome – 4-7 p.m., UM Oval. The UM Allies and LGBTQ community members host an ice cream social with special guest Missoula Mayor John Engen, campus administrators and more.
  • Movie on the Oval: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – 9-11 p.m., UM Oval. Free popcorn and soda will be served as students make themselves comfortable on the lawn for a big-screen viewing experience.

 Friday, Sept. 8

  • WelcomeFeast – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., UM Oval. A chance for everyone on campus to enjoy music, free food and games while getting to know more about campus organizations and departments.
  • Glow Fest – 7-10 p.m., Fort Missoula Bella Vista Pavilion. Missoula Parks and Recreation invites students to check out the new regional park at Fort Missoula with food vendors, music, custom-built glowing games and giveaways.

 Saturday, Sept. 9

  • Service Saturday – 9 a.m.-noon, UM Dining Lommasson Garden. Students can connect with nature while meeting new people and improve campus food gardens.
  • Research Adventure with Erick Greene – Time TBA, Hellgate Osprey nest. Join UM Professor Erick Greene to learn about the local osprey population and the nest with a worldwide audience. Email michelson@mso.umt.edu for more information.
  • Out of the Darkness Missoula Walk – Noon-3 p.m., McCormick Park. Join the Missoula community to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. To register visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/event/missoula.
  • Trivia Night – 7-9 p.m., University Center Ballroom. Students are invited to showcase their random knowledge bases during this social event with great prizes.

 For and up-to-date schedule of events, visit https://www.umt.edu/residencelife/rh/GrizWelcome/default.php, or more information call Hailey Michelson, program adviser, UM Student Involvement Network, at 406-243-5776 or email hailey.michelson@umontana.edu.

 

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Contact: Hailey Michelson, program adviser, UM Student Involvement Network, 406-243-5776, hailey.michelson@umontana.edu.