By Michael Wunder, News Editor
The sighting of one swallow doesn’t mean it’s summer, at least according to Greek philosopher Aristotle. However, if the great thinker were a UNO student, perhaps he would agree that one Welcome Week does a fall semester make.
Welcome Week, the annual event designed to “ramp up Maverick Pride,” according to the event’s website, kicked off Monday afternoon with Student Affairs and Services displays, live music, a photo booth, airbrush tattoos and free food—a college student favorite.
Monday night played host to a block party at Scott Hall featuring a DJ, games, wacky trikes and more. Nighttime events are aplenty this year, adding another layer of variety to the festivities.
“We have many evening events planned this year for students who live on campus and those who want to come back and participate,” said Barb Treadway. “By offering a variety of activities, events and entertainment, we are able to reach everyone.”
Welcome Week is planned by a committee composed of members from various campus organizations, including residence life, student activities, faculty, student affairs and/or student services staff, service learning, alumni center and recruitment, The Gateway and university relations.
Four students, including Student Vice-President Bret Harrell, are also on the committee.
“They are student leaders who are very active and know what students like,” Treadway said.
The goal of Welcome Week is to build community, instill institutional pride, encourage contact between students and faculty and provide leadership opportunities for students, according to a mission statement released by the committee.
The first Welcome Week was held more than 30 years ago in the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza. Hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled for students.
“This was before Welcome Week was a national trend at colleges and universities,” Treadway said. “Obviously it has grown over the years.”
The event has a number of sponsors, but this year’s primary sponsors are Pepsi, Wells Fargo and Aksarben Cinema. However, the MBSC also sponsors events as well.
“Thanks to the Director of the MBSC, Jim Welch, we are able to provide fun, educational and exciting events all week,” Treadway said. She also extended thanks to the committee.
Academic Department displays will be the focus of Tuesday’s afternoon events. Idle students can be entertained by Vibenhai, a rock group, or “wowed” by a wandering magician. Free food will begin at 11:30 a.m. until supplies last.
The new maverick logo will be unveiled Tuesday night during a 5:30 to 6 p.m. pep rally on the west side of Sapp Field House. A business fair will take place at the HPER building from 6 to 7:30 p.m. After the fair, students can head to Caniglia Field to watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in Sokol Vision.
Wednesday afternoon will feature live music and food. In the evening, students will be able to get their carney on at Carnival Night on Caniglia Field. The event will feature a Monkey Motion ride, an inflatable obstacle course, a hot air balloon and karaoke.
A Clubs and Organization fair will take place Thursday afternoon and will feature music from DJ Animale. That night, there will be live music and free food at the University Village Clubhouse Parking Lot.
A brand new convocation event will take place Friday at noon. During the event, freshmen students will be officially welcomed to UNO. The HPER building will host a Midnight Mojo event from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Treadway and other members of the committee are eager for the rest of the week.
“We are excited for the students to return and hope to see them all during the weeks events.”