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UNI classes begin Monday, Aug. 25; ''Welcome Week'' offers variety of activities

August 21, 2003

Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- From the performance program 'Voices for Change,' Saturday, Aug. 23, designed to create a safe place to talk about violence on campus, to a 'Welcome Weekend Service Project' to benefit the Cedar Valley Food Bank, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30, and each day in between, 'Welcome Week' on the University of Northern Iowa campus offers something for everyone.

'Voices for Change' is a thought-provoking program required for all new students, according to Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator at UNI's Maucker Union. It will be presented by the SAVE (Students Against a Violent Environment) Forum Actors, a campus-wide interactive performance group dedicated to violence prevention at UNI. The hour-long sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m., in Schindler Education Center, Room 244-246. Students are divided into attendance groups by residence halls, and a 1 p.m. Sunday performance is scheduled for those who miss their Saturday slot.

Also, Saturday, Aug. 23, the Union Plaza will be the site for a 'BBQ Blast,' with free hotdogs, chips and pop from 4 to 7 p.m. The a cappella group 'Four Shadow' will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Hypnotist Jim Wand will perform at both 8 and 10 p.m. in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Great Hall.

UNI President Robert Koob will preside over Sunday's 4 p.m. Convocation, also in the GBPAC's Great Hall, welcoming new students to the 2003-2004 academic year. At 5 p.m., the Panther Bash will offer free food, prizes and fun on the lawn across from the GBPAC. A welcome reception for new and returning international students, with a traditional country roll call, will take place in the Great Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Weekday activities include:

Monday, Aug. 25 -- Welcome Back Cookout Under the Tent, 5-6:30 p.m., Center for Multicultural Education South Lawn.

Tuesday, Aug. 26 -- Information tables about various student organizations and activities will be set up in Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- The Quads-- Hagemann, Shull, Noehren and Rider Residence Halls-- will hold a dance, beginning at 9 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28 -- A 'drive-in movie,' featuring 'The Matrix Reloaded,' is scheduled for 9 p.m. in the Quads Courtyard. Students are asked to bring a blanket. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided. Rain location is Maucker Union.

Friday, Aug. 29 -- A 'Beach Bash' will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Lawther Field. Free food, sno-cones, inflatable activities and much more are scheduled. Rain date is Sept. 5.

Students can sign-up at activities throughout the week, or at the Student Activities Office in the Student Services Center, Room 103 Bartlett Hall, to help the Cedar Valley Food Bank, as this year's Welcome Weekend Service Project. Participants will receive a free t-shirt and lunch, and transportation will be provided. For more information, call (319) 273-2783.

Sponsors for the week's events include the UNI Women's Studies Program, Maucker Union, Student Life Team, UNI Convocation Committee, UNI Alumni Association, International Student Services, Center for Multicultural Education, Student Activities, Quad Residence System and B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ).

UNI classes begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25.