Welcome Week Provides Texas Fun for Campus

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Whether you’re an incoming freshman, a new transfer student or a returning Comet, Welcome Week 2013 will give you a taste of what UT Dallas is all about.

Student groups and campus departments have planned enough creative activities to fill two weeks this year. Highlights include the Cometville Carnival on the Mall, Rec ‘n’ Wild water games at the softball fields, a talent contest and a 1920s-themed Dive-In Movie at an on-campus pool.

“Welcome Week will have something for everyone,” said Kecia Baker, assistant dean of students. “Students can enjoy music, sports or just sample different kinds of food. The activities are varied enough for everyone to get involved and to feel welcomed.”

The week will begin with the formal University Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 25, a ceremonial event for incoming students that marks the start of their academic careers at UT Dallas.

A more festive social celebration then takes over, with music, games, dancing and plenty of food and snacks.

Highlights include Kevin Sandbloom and Hundred Waters performing in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 in the University Theatre. Students will find their Lone Star bearings at the annual Texas Party, featuring a live band, bull riding, midway games and line dancing. The popular event will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 in the Student Union. For details about activities from Aug. 25 through Sept. 7, visit the Welcome Week website.

Capture the spirit of Welcome Week. Submit photos to [email protected] by midnight on Monday, Sept. 9. Winners will be announced on Sept. 11. Winning photos will be posted on the UT Dallas website and Facebook page, and in Student Affairs marketing materials. See the Welcome Week website for more information. Welcome Week festivities are designed to celebrate new arrivals to campus, including thousands of students who have just moved into residence halls.The events will include some water fun to go with the still-warm weather.

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].