2010.08.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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Free Food, Live Music, Pep Rally Part of Welcome Week 2010
Omaha - New students, returning students, faculty and staff the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will enjoy free food, live music, outdoor activities and a screening of the 1985 film “The Goonies” during the first week of the fall 2010 semester.
Welcome Week – Monday, Aug. 23 through Friday, Aug. 27 – is designed to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year and, for about 2,500 students, the beginning of their undergraduate college careers at UNO.
A number of free events are planned during Welcome Week, a popular annual offering for UNO students, many of whom reconnect after a summer of travel, working, classes or studying abroad.
When UNO students participate in Welcome Week events, their attendance will also support the stocking of food pantry shelves at the Salvation Army. The fundraiser is sponsored by No Frills Supermarkets.
UNO officials estimate that about 12,000 students, faculty and staff will participate in the week-long celebration.
The week’s schedule of events is as follows. Free lunch is served Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All activities run 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Unless otherwise indicated, the daytime events occur on the Milo Bail Student Center outdoor plaza on the south side of the building.
Wells Fargo has returned as the sponsor of 2010 Welcome Week.
Supporting sponsor No Frills Supermarkets will donate cans of food to the Salvation Army Food Pantry based on the number of UNO students who attends 2010 Welcome Week events. The UNO Service-Learning Academy and the University of Nebraska Foundation organized the community engagement initiative. A display with more information about the charitable initiative will be constructed during Welcome Week on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center, near the north entrance.
Visit www.unomaha.edu/welcome/ for additional event and sponsor information.
Monday, Aug. 23
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Live music by Bossphilly, bungee run in the Pep Bowl, photo booth, airbrush tattoo artist, student affairs displays
Lunch at 11:30 a.m.: Mavwich Monday
5:30 p.m. – Durango Nights block party near the Maverick Village and University Village student housing developments (free food, prizes, mini golf, caricature artist)
Tuesday, Aug. 24
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Live music by DJ RCON, photo booth, magician, UNO Athletics Maverick Roadshow (free T-shirts, information about the O-Zone student-rewards program and a drawing to win a free iPod, courtesy of Metro Credit Union), academic department displays
Lunch at 11:30 a.m.: Teriyaki Chicken Tuesday
5:30 p.m. – UNO Athletics Pep Rally at Sapp Fieldhouse
6 p.m. – Omaha Hot Spots, a showcase of area businesses, at the School, Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (free food, prizes)
8:30 p.m. – Screening of “The Goonies” on Al F. Caniglia Field (rain location: Sapp Fieldhouse), with free pizza provided by Godfather’s and soda courtesy of UNO Athletics
Wednesday, Aug. 25
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Live music by Anchondo, Velcro wall in the Pep Bowl, photo booth, cartoonist, community engagement displays
Lunch at 11:30 a.m.: Walking Taco Wednesday
6 p.m. – Scott Village “Think Fast” game competition (free food, prizes)
Thursday, Aug. 26
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Live music by DJ Animale, photo booth, student clubs and organization fair
6 p.m. – Free concert at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village (67th and Center Streets), featuring Tyrone Wells, and Fitz and The Tantrums. Free pizza and soda from Godfather’s to the first 300 UNO students. Student organization display tables. Sponsored by Maverick Productions and Durango Nights.
Friday, Aug. 27
9:30 p.m. – Midnight Mojo at Family Fun Center (71st and Dodge Streets). UNO students will receive unlimited hot dogs and soda, with unlimited access to the main attractions, including miniature golf, the XBOX café, trampoline ball; one free laser tag or paintball session; and 20 tokens. Students can pay $5 at the door for unlimited paintball and laser day. Free shuttles will be available for students from University Village and Maverick Village to Family Fun Center.
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s metropolitan university. The core values of the institution place students at the center of all that the university does; call for the campus to strive for academic excellence; and promote community engagement that transforms and improves urban, regional, national and global life. UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908.
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