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Welcome Week to bring big fun

Submitted by Cheyenne Banner on August 22, 2012 – 12:32 pmNo Comment

Angelica Scott, a freshman nursing major, came away a winner at the Casino Night in Ledbetter Hall on Aug. 16. Photo by Chelsey McNiel

UALR will have its doors wide open Aug. 23 to 30, with fun activities, music, free food and games to welcome new incoming freshman as well as returning students.
Welcome Week has been put together by the Office of Campus Life to give students the opportunity to relax, meet and greet, eat, have fun and gain the confidence that this will be the best year of their college career. It will be a gathering for students and faculty to come together and enjoy good times before the stress begins.
Beginning Aug. 23,  the DSC will serve free ice cream with the Vice Chancellors. This event will give everyone the opportunity to get acquainted and become familair with the faculty and staff.
There will be a Back 2 School event in motion on Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will take place at the Donaghey Student Center’s Upper Concourse. Everyone will have a chance to receive school supplies; free food, and listen to a variety of music. There will also be a caricature artist joining us from out of town.
“This is an event we traditionally hold during welcome week, because there’s no better way to welcome our students back than free school supplies, free food, and a rockin’ good time!” said Emily Cox, The University Program Council adviser.
The campus recreation open house will take place Aug. 27. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the DSC. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to get involved with games and activities.  Later that evening, the university will be hosting a campus-wide event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. called UALR After dark, followed by the University Program Council Social from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ledbetter Hall.
The university will be hosting the Norman Magic Experience from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ledbetter Hall on Tuesday Aug. 28. “Norman Ng visited us last fall, and was a HUGE hit!  We had over 225 students that came out and enjoyed his talents.  All of the attendees of last year’s show were truly floored and requested that we bring him back this semester, so we did!” said Cox.
The Student Organization Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Ledbetter Hall. This event will allow students to get involved and learn leadership skills that will help them endure the college experience.
The university will be hosting Burgers at Bailey at 11 a.m. on Aug. 30 at the Bailey Alumni Center. This will be an all-day event, so please bring your friends and family to enjoy the free food, live music, activities and fun. There will also be three prizes given away. To enter the drawing, you must “Like” the UALR Alumni Association on Facebook for a chance to win.
“I expect over a thousand people to spread the lawn at the Bailey Alumni Center. There will be plenty of food and live music for everyone” said Derek Boyce, membership coordinator of the alumni center.
The Diamond Café will be hosting a Food Wars event on Aug. 31. from noon until 1:30 p.m. The event will include an eating contest and the winner will win a Barnes and Noble Nook tablet.

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