Undergraduate Orientation

Welcome Week

You might be wondering "what is welcome week?" Well, it's a continuation of your Orientation to UMBC. There is no way to give you all of the information you need to be successful at UMBC in one day, so Welcome Week is designed to follow up on your summer orientation day. Over the course of the week, you will have the opportunity to learn more about campus and what your life as a UMBC student will be like. You and your classmates will be assigned to a Woolie (welcome week leader), who will serve as a guide and resource for you during the Welcome Week program. Your Woolie will review the entire schedule of events with you and meet up with your group prior to each session so you can go to the events together. Your Woolie will be there to help you get acclimated to UMBC, so don't hesitate to ask him or her any questions you have.

Below are a few of the highlights of Welcome Week. We hope you will plan now to take some time off of work so you can fully participate and get connected to your UMBC community.

"My favorite part of Welcome Week was meeting tons of new people and being able to decide which events I wanted to go to. It wasn't so structured that I had no time for myself, but it was structured enough so that I felt comfortable."

WELCOME WEEK 2014 HIGHLIGHTS

The full Welcome Week schedule will be available on line the first full week in August. Please plan to join us beginning on August 23rd and if you have questions about Welcome Week, please email welcomeweek@umbc.edu. Welcome Week continues through Labor Day weekend, please plan to join us!

Below are a few highlights from the week, but there are close to 100 events between August 23 and September 1.

Welcome Week Booklet  
Saturday, August 23rd

New Residential Student Move-in

First Year Commuter Retreat
3rd floor, University Center
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Check-in begins at 10:00 a.m. Prior sign up required at Commuter Retreat.

Retriever Fest
The Commons, Main Street
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This fun move-in day activity will feature on-campus resources and giveaways! Stop by and check it out. This is a great time to connect with offices that you need to do business with or learn more about.

Grab Some Grub
True Grit's
10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The campus Dining Hall, True Grit’s, is open all day to students and families. If you have a meal plan you must present your red UMBC ID card. Those without meal plans, including family and friends, can take advantage of the “Move In” special, every True Grit’s meal purchased get the second meal ½ off. True Grit’s door price for lunch is $9.75.

Campus Tour
The Commons Info Desk
11:30 a.m.
New students and families are invited to take a tour of campus. A current student will lead the tour.

You Say Goodbye, We Say Hello
The Commons Quad
3 p.m.
Wrap up your move-in day with greetings from staff, enjoy some light refreshments, and get your official welcome! New students and family members are invited to attend. All of the activities following this reception are designed for UMBC students, so this is your opportunity to say goodbye to your family so you can participate fully in the Welcome Week activities.

Meet your RA and Woolie
Your Floor Lounge
4 – 5:15 p.m.
This is a great place to meet UMBC student leaders and your new classmates and learn about all the exciting Welcome Week events.

Dinner with Woolie Group
True Grit's Dining Hall
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
To avoid long lines, please stagger your arrival time based on the schedule below: Chesapeake, Susquehana, and Erickson Halls- 5:30 p.m.; Patapsco, Harbor, and Potomac Halls and the apartments- 5:50 p.m..

Meet up with Your Woolie Group
8:15 p.m.
Meet up with your Woolie group and head over to the RAC for Playfair!

Extreme Socializing: Playfair
Retriever Stadium
8 – 10 p.m.
It's your first day at UMBC and you probably don't know very many people. This high-energy session is the easiest way to meet your new classmates. Wear comfortable shoes. You don't want to miss this!

Free Gameroom Play
The Commons, Gameroom
Open until 12 a.m.
Come and wind down with a game of pool or ping pong. The gameroom is a great place to hang out with new friends. Open all day and late night!

Sunday, August 24th

Brunch
True Grit's Dining Hall
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Circle the "Loop"
9 a.m.
Meet up on Center Road in front of University Health Services Start your morning with a brisk 2 mile walk around the "loop."

Welcome Day for Transferring Students
The Commons, Skylight Room,
8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Get Retriever Ready with an interactive day of information and connections. Join other UMBC students, community college ambassadors, and Transfer Student Network mentors for an engaging experience at the National Aquarium in Baltimore to help you prepare for your UMBC journey. Free food and transportation included. Prior sign-up required at umbc.edu/ocss/get_connected/welcome_transfer.html.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means at UMBC: Group B (Chesapeake, Susquehanna, Erickson, Harbor)
University Center Ballroom
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Back by popular demand, Dr. Maura Cullen will inspire you with her entertaining and thought-provoking presentation. We are caught in times of political correctness, where "saying" the right thing is worlds away from "doing" the right thing. UMBC is a diverse community and we have much to learn and teach each other. Join Dr. Cullen on an important step in the journey!

Leave Your Mark: Group A (Patapsco, Potomac, Commuters, Apartments)
The Commons, Main Street
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This is your class art project. What do you want to accomplish at UMBC? What gifts do you intend to share with this community? What will your UMBC legacy be? In this interactive session, new students literally leave their mark on UMBC’s campus. The finished product displays your uniqueness and the connections you have with your classmates. Artistic ability not required!

Pick-Up Kickball Game
Erickson Field
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Meet on Erickson Field if you want to play an old school game of kickball. All skill levels welcome! This is also a chance to meet some of your Student Government Association.

Interfaith Center Open House
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Office of Student Life's Interfaith Center, Student Development & Success Center Come experience what the diverse religious and spiritual community at UMBC can offer you. Visit the OSL Interfaith Center, which serves as the focus of religious and spiritual life on campus, and meet people who are able to connect you with various faith-based campus groups.

Leave Your Mark: Group B (Chesapeake, Susquehanna, Erickson, Harbor)
The Commons, Main Street
1 – 2 p.m.
This is your class art project. What do you want to accomplish at UMBC? What gifts do you intend to share with this community? What will your UMBC legacy be? In this interactive session, new students literally leave their mark on UMBC’s campus. The finished product displays your uniqueness and the connections you have with your classmates. Artistic ability not required!

Lunch with Woolie Group
True Grit's
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
True Grit's for Residential Students; The Commons, Main Street Lounge for Commuters.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means at UMBC: Group A (Patapsco, Potomac, Commuters, Apartments)
University Center Ballroom
1 – 3 p.m.
Back by popular demand, Dr. Maura Cullen will inspire you with her entertaining and thought-provoking presentation. We are caught in times of political correctness, where "saying" the right thing is worlds away from "doing" the right thing. UMBC is a diverse community and we have much to learn and teach each other. Join Dr. Cullen on an important step in the journey!

What is in your Academic Tool kit?
3:15 – 5:15 p.m.
(listed below by academic areas)
Your first semester will be characterized by many new challenges and experiences, and we want your first year to be the best it can be. What tools do you possess that you know will contribute to your success? What are some tools you might need to add to your “success” tool kit? Come hear suggestions and tips from faculty, staff, and students who know what it takes to be successful at UMBC. Learn what to expect in the classroom and how to identify co-curricular activities that will enhance your academic, personal, and social life. Get answers to the questions that are causing you the greatest concern from people who know UMBC best.

Humanities/Performing Arts Majors
Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Room 132
Acting, Africana Studies, American Studies, Ancient Studies, Asian Studies, Communications and Media Studies, Dance, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Modern Language and Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Theatre.

Social Sciences Majors
Sherman Hall, B-Wing, Room 003, Lecture Hall 4
Anthropology, Management of Aging Studies, Asian Studies, Economics, Financial Economics, Geography, Health Administration and Policy, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology.

Visual Arts Majors
Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Room 216

Engineering and Information Technology Majors
Information Technology and Engineering (ITE) Building
Room 102 and 104 (Lecture Hall 7 and 8)

Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Mechanical Engineering

Exploratory/Undecided Majors
University Center, Room 312

Natural Science and Mathematics Majors
Meyerhoff/Chemisry Building, Lecture Hall 2
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Emergency Health Services, Environmental Science/Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Physics Education, Statistics, *Premedical, *Prephysical Therapy, *Predental, *Predentistry, *Predental Hygiene, *Prenursing, *Preoptometry, *Prepharmacy, Prephysician Assistant, *Presonography, *Preveterinary Medicine, *Premedical and Research Technology
*These areas are not majors, but require that students select a major in a particular discipline. Please attend the presentation that includes the major you plan to pursue. If you are undecided about your major, you are welcome to attend any session that includes majors that relate to your interests.

Dinner
True Grit's
5 – 6:30 p.m.
To avoid long lines, please stagger your arrival time based on the schedule below: Chesapeake, Susquehanna and Erickson Halls – 5 p.m.; Patapsco, Harbor and Potomac Halls, apartments – 5:20 p.m.

Retriever Cookout
The Commons, Flat Tuesdays
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Join other new transfer students for a fun b-b-q!

Class Schedule Tours
7 – 8 p.m.
Start location set by Woolie Group, Commuters meet in The Commons, Commuter Lounge You start classes in a few days! This is a personalized tour to help you locate your classrooms so you aren't late for your first day of classes. Be sure to bring your course schedule.

Free Play
The Commons, Gameroom
7 – 10 p.m.
Grab a few friends and come out for a game of pool or ping pong or check out the video game systems.

Foam Party
Erickson Field
8 p.m.* – 12 a.m.
Soak up the last nights of summer! Join us for a wet and wild summer night, including a foam party, slip and slide, and other surprises. The inflatables start at 8 p.m. and the foam party kicks off at 9 p.m.

Monday, August 25th

Breakfast
True Grit's
7 – 9:45 a.m.

Making Connections: How to get around UMBC Transit
Commons Dr. and Park Rd.
10 – 11 a.m.
This session is designed for residential students as a way to get familiar with the Halethorpe/ Satellite Line and satellite parking. Please bring your red UMBC ID card with you.

Lunch
True Grit's
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m .

Fraternity and Sorority Information Session
LH 1
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The UMBC Greek community provides members the opportunity to develop leadership skills, scholarship and community commitment, while creating life-long connections and friends. Join current members of the UMBC Greek system as they share their stories and the benefits of "going Greek."

Commuter Social
Commons, Main Street
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
At this session, off-campus students will play games and win prizes, while learning about off-living options, MTA college discount program, transportation ioptions, parking and more. This social event is designed to ease your transition to UMBC and help you feel connected. Free lunch is provided.

Transfer Transitions: Making the Most of your UMBC Experience
Commons, 2nd Floor Student Organization Space
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Are you balancing work, home, and school? Come mix and mingle with fellow transfers while learning helpful hints and tips in the transfer experience from a panel of peers.

Public Service Announcements
University Center, Ballroom
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Get the real scoop on some of the ups, downs, trials, and tribulations of life at UMBC. Current student leaders will leave you laughing and informed about some tough decisions that are in front of you.

New Student Book Discussion
Assigned Areas by Woolie Groups
3 – 4:15 p.m.
Over the summer, all new students where expected to read Enrique’s Journey, one of the books you will read in your first-year English course, as well as other courses you may be taking. UMBC faculty, staff and students will gather in small groups for discussion. Call 410-455-2300 if you do not know where to meet.

Mosaic Center Open House
The Commons, Second Floor, 2B23
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the diversity of UMBC. Meet new and returning students, as well as faculty and staff. This is a time to get acquainted with each other and learn about some of the resources available to you at UMBC. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Dinner
True Grit's
5 – 7 p.m.
To avoid long lines, please stagger your arrival time based on the schedule below: Chesapeake, Susquehana, and Erickson Halls- 5:30 p.m. Patapsco, Harbor, and Potomac Halls; apartments- 5:50 p.m.

Residential Community Socials
Your Residence Hall Lobby
7 – 8 p.m.
Join us for an opportunity to unwind and socialize in your new home!

The Great Outdoor Movie Event: X-Men
The Quad
8 p.m.
Grab a blanket and a new friend to check out this summer's blockbuster TBD on our giant outdoor screen! The Student Events Board (seb) invites you to attend their version of a drive-in movie under the stars. Popcorn and plenty of free stuff will be on hand.

Tuesday, August 26th

Breakfast
True Grit's
7 – 9:45 a.m.

New International Student Orientation
UC 312 and Engineering Atrium
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This engaging and interactive program is required for all international students new to UMBC, and addresses immigration regulations and other topics relevant to international students. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

So You Want to Be a Healthcare Professional?
University Center, Third Floor
10 – 11 a.m.
Are you interested in becoming a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, nurse, physical therapist or other health professional? Join us for this special workshop, conducted by two academic advisors with a combined 40 years of health professions advising experience.

What is your Green Dot?
Commons 318
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
We’ve all been there… we’ve seen something happen right in front of us that we know is not OK: A couple yells at each other in the movie theater, a classmate tells an offensive “joke” during lab, your best friend calls and texts her partner non-stop. Witnessing these uncomfortable situations can leave us feeling helpless and unsure of how to react. Come to this session to learn how to intervene when you fear a situation has escalated from harmless to hazardous. We’ll help you answer the question; what’s your Green Dot?

Tour of your College Towns
Bus departs from Commons Dr. and Park Drive
10:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m.
Learn where to shop, eat, and play – all right in your new backyard. Hot spots you will hit include Patapsco Valley State Park, Double T Diner, Walmart, the Hollywood Theater, and local music and grocery stores. Seating is limited so sign up for one of the day's hour long trips at The Commons Information Desk.

Lunch
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
True Grit's or The Commons

Campus Jobs Fair
University Center, Ballroom
12 – 2 p.m.
Do you want to make some extra cash working on campus? If so, you'll want to attend the Campus Jobs Fair where representatives will be present to take your applications and provide on-site interviews. Be sure to bring copies of your resume.

New Student Line Up for Convocation
Albin O. Kuhn Library
3 p.m.
Be part of a UMBC tradition and process into Convocation with your classmates. Please meet in front of the library to walk down the academic corridor and into the RAC together. If raining, feel free to go directly to the RAC.

Convocation
Retriever Activity Center (RAC)
3:30 p.m.
Convocation marks the beginning of your UMBC career. Join students, faculty and staff as you are officially welcomed to UMBC by President Freeman Hrabowski, III, and others. Families are invited to attend.

Community Picnic
The Quad, (Rain location: True Grit’s)
The UMBC community is invited to share in this kick-off picnic. True Grit’s will not be open for business unless it is raining.

First Floor Meeting
Your residence hall floor or apartment building
7 p.m. *Please check in with your RA for exact time
It's time to meet all the residents of your floor, new and old. At this required session you will also get a more in-depth introduction to living in your community.

Big Crazy Fun Night
The Commons
8 – 11 p.m.
True to its name, this event will be jam-packed with activities and people. This is the kick-off event of the semester and your last hurrah before classes begin. Don’t miss out on the food, games, music and prizes!

Wednesday, August 27th

First Day of Classes
The time is finally here- your first day of class at UMBC. Enjoy learning!

Good Morning Commuters
Commons Breezeway
8:30 – 10 a.m.
On your way to your first class, stop by Good Morning Commuters for a complimentary breakfast! Pick up a bagel, coffee, and your Commuter Gold Card- - wear your Commuter Retreat t-shirt and your card is FREE.

Information Tables
Various Locations
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If you need assistance locating a building, office, faculty, staff member or a friend on campus, stop by one of our information tables. These tables will be located in three different sites: in front of the Administration building, at The Commons Information Desk, and between The Commons and Academic Services. One of our faculty, staff or students will be more than happy to help you.

Interdisciplinary Studies Open House
Fine Arts Building, Ground Floor 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

TSN Kickoff - UMBC Clubs and Orgs 101
Commons 331
12 – 1 p.m.
Meet UMBC student leaders and learn how to get involved with clubs and organizations at UMBC. This session will prepare you to attend the campus wide Involvement Fest program on 9/3.

Center for Women inTechnology Welcome Ice Cream Social
Engineering Building, Atrium
12 – 1 p.m.

Music Department Open House
Performing Arts and Humanities Building (PAHB), Concert Hall Lobby
12 – 1:30 p.m.

Study Abroad 101: Internationalizing Your UMBC degree
The Commons, Room 329
4 – 5 p.m.
Learn more about how you can include a summer, semester, and January (winter) term study abroad program into part of your UMBC undergraduate program. We will talk about program opportunities, earning credits overseas and financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Veterans Welcome Reception
The Commons, Flat Tuesdays lower level
5 – 6 p.m.
Connect with other veterans in an informal setting. Share stories and learn more about available campus resources.

LGBTQA Reception
UC 312
5 – 7 p.m.
LGBTQ? New to UMBC? Meet, mingle with LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty, connect with resources, and tour the Queer Student Lounge.

I Scream You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream!
The Commons, Terrace
8 – 9:30 p.m.
Congratulations! You've completed your first day of classes. What better way to celebrate than with free ice cream?

Thursday, August 28th

Information Tables
Various Locations
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
If you need assistance locating a building, office, faculty, staff member or a friend on campus, stop by one of our information tables. These tables will be located in three different sites: in front of the Administration building, at The Commons Information Desk, and between The Commons and Academic Services. One of our faculty, staff or students will be more than happy to help you.

Off Campus Student Services Roommate Social
Commons 318
12 – 1 p.m.
You found a place to live, but you’re still searching for someone to share the rent. Meet other off-campus students who need roommates and have lunch on us!

Open Mic Night
The Commons, Sports Zone
8 p.m.
Join the Student Events Board (seb) for Open Mic night. Show off your talents and grab some free food!

RSA S'more Social
Harbor Hall Courtyard
8 p.m.
Come join RSA for s'mores and learn about how you can get involved in your UMBC community.

Friday, August 29th

Commuter Connection Kick-off
The Commons Breezeway
12 – 1 p.m.