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UNI sponsors annual Welcome Week Aug. 24-30; Convocation Wednesday, Aug. 28<br>

August 21, 2002

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host its annual Welcome Week, Sat., Aug. 24 through Friday, Aug. 30. This first week of school is packed with activities designed to welcome new and returning students to UNI.

The 'New Student Bash,' an annual welcome for freshmen and transfer students, will be presented by the UNI Alumni Association, beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, on the Lawther Hall lawn. Sponsored in part by the UNI Alumni Ambassadors, University Book and Supply, Papa John's Pizza and Pepsi, the bash will feature Playfair, a performance group that blends audience-participation comedy routines, games and team building exercises. In addition to free food and games, door prizes will be given away. Mix 96 will provide musical entertainment and special guests from UNI's athletics program will assist.

Convocation, formally honoring the opening of the academic year and all the stages of the learning process, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. This year's speaker is UNI alumnus Carl Boyd. Boyd received his B.A. in criminology and sociology from UNI in 1987, and his J.D. from Drake University in 1991. He is an attorney with Starks & Boyd, P.C., in Chicago.

Other events taking place across campus throughout the week include a rooftop barbecue, performances by a hypnotist, a block party, a battle of the bands, a beach bash, an international student reception, sessions on creating a safe campus and a drive-in movie.

For a complete list of events visit