Welcome Week: What’s Happening

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As a first year student, attending Welcome Week activities was important because I met other new students, spent time with my community advisors (CAs), and got to know my way around campus. Welcome Week is a time for students to unwind, adjust to their new home, and blow off some steam before the semester kicks off!


Here is the current Welcome Week schedule of events. You can find details of each event on the Welcome Week website or the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN) website:


Thursday, August 30

New Student Move-In to Residence Halls

*4:30-6:30 p.m. Floor Meetings and Dinner at Dreyfus University Center

*7 p.m. Can I Kiss You? Teaching Consent and Respect in Relationships

Multi-Activity Center, Health Enhancement Center

9 p.m. Outdoor Movie – Ocean’s 8

Colman Field


Friday, August 31

7-9:30 a.m. Breakfast

Food Court, Dreyfus University Center

*10:15-11:30 a.m. Convocation

Multi-Activity Center, Health Enhancement Center

11:30 a.m. Class Photo

Health Enhancement Center Football Practice Fields

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. New Student Picnic and Vendor Fair

DeBot Dining Center Field

*1:30-2:10 p.m. The Five Secrets to Winning College

Quandt Fieldhouse, Health Enhancement Center

*2:10-3 p.m. Diversity and Inclusion Training

Quandt Fieldhouse, Health Enhancement Center

3:30-5 p.m. Campus Tours and City Bus Tours

Meet by the city bus sign in front of the Dreyfus University Center

5-7 p.m. Dinner

Food Court, Dreyfus University Center

7-10 p.m. Dreyfus University Center House Party


Saturday, September 1

9 a.m.-Noon Labor of Love

Multi-Activity Center Entrance

Labor of Love is one of my favorite activities of Welcome Week. Students gather to give back to their community by volunteering their time and talents for a few hours. Last year my group went to a local animal shelter to garden, and afterwards we may have gotten to pet a few cats! Can you tell I love cats?!


9 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch

Food Court, Dreyfus University Center

11 a.m.-4 p.m. UW-Stevens Point Tech Essentials

Second Floor Computer Lab, Dreyfus University Center

1 p.m. Football Game: UW-Stevens Point vs. Carroll University

Community Stadium at Goerke Field

1 p.m. Women’s Soccer: UW-Stevens Point vs. Lawrence University

Point Soccer Bowl

3-5 p.m. College of Letters and Science and College of Natural Resources Academic and Career Advising Center Open House (see schedule for locations) 

4:30-7 p.m. Dinner

Food Court, Dreyfus University Center

8 p.m. Comedian Eric O’Shea

Quandt Fieldhouse, Health Enhancement Center


Sunday, September 2

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Returning Students Move-In

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch

Food Court, Dreyfus University Center

3-10 p.m. Riverfront Jazz Festival

Pfiffner Pioneer Park, City of Stevens Point

4:30-7 p.m. Dinner

Food Court, Dreyfus University Center

8 p.m. Ball Drop

Colman Track

9:30-11:30 p.m. Late Night with Target and Buffalo Wild Wings (Buses depart from Reserve Street by May Roach Residence Hall) 


Monday, September 3

7 a.m.-7 p.m. Food Court Open

Dreyfus University Center

9 a.m. Group Run in Schmeeckle Reserve

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free Outdoor Rental Equipment

Schmeeckle Reserve

Another favorite Welcome Week activity of mine if the free outdoor equipment rental. It’s always fun to explore Stevens Point by water!


Noon-3 p.m. RecFest and Bubble Soccer

DeBot Dining Center Field

12:30-2:30 p.m. Diversity and College Access: Ice Cream Social

Alumni Room, Dreyfus University Center

3:30-4:30 p.m. Group Fitness Event

Health Enhancement Center

4-6 p.m. Ranger Challenge

Parking Lot F (behind the Quandt Fieldhouse)

5 p.m. Local EdVenture: Green Circle Trail Group Bike Ride

Meet in Parking Lot E

7-10 p.m. Residence Hall Association Welcome Back Dance

Colman Field


Free Admission for Fitness Centers during Welcome Week:


Cardio Center, Allen Center

August 30, 6:45 a.m.-8 p.m.

August 31, 6:45 a.m.-8 p.m.

September 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

September 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

September 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Strength Fitness Center, Health Enhancement Center

August 30, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

August 31, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

September 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

September 2, 12-6 p.m.

September 3, 12-6 p.m.


First year students living in the residence halls are required to go to events starred with an asterisk (*). All others are optional and voluntary, but you will have tons of fun going to all events listed!


Along with all these fun and informational events going on, it is recommended that you get your textbooks at the University Store and Text Rental located in the Dreyfus University Center. Avoid long lines by getting your books right away when arriving on campus!


Download “Corq” app for more information about Welcome Week activities.


I hope you have a safe and fun Welcome Week!


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