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First Year Program

Blue & Gold Welcome Week

The excitement of a new academic semester is celebrated throughout UNK and the Kearney community as we welcome new students into the UNK family through Blue and Gold Welcome Week! As a new student there are many things to do to prepare for your time at UNK, so make sure to check out the New2UNK guide to help you become familiar with the UNK campus. Whether you are new to the college experience or  new to the UNK campus, Blue and Gold Welcome Week will provide you with the information you need to make your college transition and experience a successful one. Participate, discover, and take advantage of all that UNK has to offer!

Please feel free to contact the First Year Program office at (308) 865-8291 or email at firstyear@unk.edu with any questions about Blue & Gold Welcome Week!  If you are interested in participating in the Blue & Gold Showcase event, please contact the Student Life office at (308) 865-8523 or click here to complete the registration form.

Schedule by Day

* - denotes events that are required
^ - denotes events that will ask for a NUID

7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dining Services Open – The Market @ 27th Street & Louie’s Diner
Enjoy breakfast or lunch at either The Market @ 27th Street, located in the Nebraskan Student Union or Louie’s Diner, located in University Residence South.

8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Residence Halls Open for New Student Move In – All Residence Halls

2:30 pm
Family Orientation – Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room
Join members of the UNK Administration and staff to learn about how to support your student during their time at UNK. A quick tour of UNK Student Services offices will be given to point out the location of the offices your student will utilize. Finally, all family members will be escorted over to the Health & Sports Complex to observe their student’s official Loper welcome!

3:30 pm
^*Meet with your Blue & Gold Welcome Weekend Group – Campus Greens
Pick up your postcard at the time of move-in (commuter students will receive in the mail) to learn your group assignment and then meet your Loper Leaders on the campus greens to kick off the weekend’s events.

4:00 pm
^*Chancellor’s Welcoming Convocation – Health & Sports Center
Welcome to the UNK family! Join Chancellor Kristensen, current students and faculty/staff to hear about how to get the most from your UNK experience.

5:00 - 8:00 pm
Blue and Gold Showcase – Campus Greens
Join us for our traditional welcome festival with over 200 Kearney area businesses and campus organizations! Meet the Kearney community, enjoy live entertainment and get FREE stuff.

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Chancellor’s Picnic – Campus Greens
All students, parents, faculty, and staff are invited to attend this complimentary picnic hosted by Chancellor Kristensen.

7:00 – 7:30 pm
Marching Band Exhibition Performance – Foster Field
Enjoy the Pride of the Plains Marching Band Exhibition performance, including the 2014 pre-game and season-opening halftime show.

7:45 – 8:45 pm
*First Residence Hall Floor Meeting – In Your Residence Hall
Get in and get settled. Hang out with your roommates, floor mates, and hall mates. Your Resident Advisors and Graduate Hall Directors will lead you through some great activities to help you make your new hall your home away from home.

7:45 – 8:45 pm
*First Year Commuter Student Meeting – Nebraskan Student Union Cedar Room
Members of the UNK staff will share things you will need to know to be successful and to enjoy your new community as a commuter student.

8:45 – 10:15 pm
*Playfair – Cushing Coliseum Fieldhouse
Playfair is like nothing you have experienced before! It’s a totally interactive, fun way to make new friends, start building those relationships that will last a lifetime & share your Loper Pride.

10:15 pm
Loper Rock the Night – Cushing HYPER Gym
Sponsored by RHA (Residence Hall Association)
Don’t miss this incredible dance with hit music and Tropical Sno! Hang with new people and have a blast.
8:00 am
^*Loper Breakfast & Meet your Loper Leaders – The Campus Greens
Get up and enjoy breakfast with your floor mates, Loper Leaders and current faculty/staff members.  Loper Leaders will then guide you through the morning activities.

9:45 am
^*Life as a Loper Orientation – Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room
Are you ready for classes and life outside of the classroom?  Through this interactive morning of events, you will discover how to make your UNK career successful!  Learn about what to expect in the classroom, how to be safe on campus and hear from the Dean for the Division of Student Affairs.
     ^*Tom Krieglstein, “Dance Floor Theory” – Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room
     Tom Krieglstein will share with you fun and easy to use tips designed to increase your success at UNK by implementing your own “Dance Floor Theory.”
     ^*Lunch w/ your Academic College & Deans – Various Campus Locations
     Loper Leaders will escort you to lunch with your academic college's faculty and Dean, this will be a great opportunity to meet faculty and administrators from your College.

2:00 pm
FREE TIME

5:00 – 7:00pm   

Loper Bingo – Louie’s Diner located in University Residence South
Sponsored by the UNK Alumni Association
Come enjoy a game of Bingo, Loper style!  It’s a great way to relax and win some great prizes and enjoy dinner at Louie’s Diner.

8:00 – 10:00 pm

Lopers Under the Lights – Foster Field
Get fired up to be a Loper!  Don’t miss this celebration as UNK Athletics hosts the eighth annual “Lopers Under the Lights”. Meet your UNK sports teams; enjoy free food, great music, and chances to win prizes.
Morning 
Religious Opportunities
Here is your opportunity to attend the Sunday service of your choice.  Information can be found here or in your Residence Hall for each Campus Ministry service.

1:00 – 3:00 pm  
Campus Class Roam – Nebraskan Student Union Atrium
Worried about getting confused on your first day of class? Bring your schedule to the Student Union Atrium and hook up with a current student who will help you find your classrooms, the Library and other important locations on campus.

5:00 – 7:00 pm  
Party in the Park – Harmon Park
Sponsored by UNK Greek Affairs and UNK Intramurals.
Come out to Harmon Park to try your hand at sand volleyball, a big splash competition, and other games along with getting some free barbecue!

8:00 pm
^Comedian Tracey Ashley – Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room
Loper Programming and Activities Council along with First Year Programs is excited to welcome Tracey Ashley! Nominated by Campus Activities Magazine as “Best Female Performer” Tracey will surely leave you laughing for days. With her seamless storytelling and hilarious tales of being raised in the South, to settling down in the Midwest and of good ol’ life itself, you won’t want to miss this night of comedy.

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES!


11:30 – 1:30 pm
Campus Ministries Root Beer Float Party – Cope Memorial Fountain
Come meet UNK's campus ministries to find opportunities to plug-in and grow spiritually while at UNK!

7:00 pm
Get the Scoop on Sororities and Fraternities – NSU Cedar Room
Why is being Greek so great? Come grab some ice cream and get the scoop from our current Greek students about why you should consider the opportunity to join a Greek organization.

7:00 – 9:00 pm
First Day of Tutoring Available at the Learning Commons - Calvin T. Ryan Library 2nd Floor
Learning Commons is only open from 7-9 PM for the first week of school and will resume regular hours of 9AM to 9PM M-F and 7-9PM Sundays during the second week of classes.

7:00 pm
Navs Word & Worship Kickoff – Campus Greens
Finish off your first day of class by joining The UNK Navigators to kickoff the school year together with some fun, some worship.  Stick around afterwards to hang out with new friends and eat some ice cream together!"

7:00 pm
CSF Ultimate Frisbee – Campus Greens north of Cope Memorial Fountain
Come join Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) students for Ultimate Frisbee!

9:00 pm
Back to School Movie Night - Hilltop 4 Theatre, 5037 2nd Ave.
The Peer Health Education Office invites you to a popcorn and movie night. The movies will be announced during Blue & Gold Welcome Week.  Stop by the Nebraskan Student Union Welcome Desk to pick up a voucher for FREE admission.  Hurry because they won’t last long!
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Beyond the Wall Poster Sale – Nebraskan Student Union
Need to fill that empty space on your wall? Here’s your chance to buy posters of your favorite movies, actors, singers, cartoon characters, and more!

6:00 – 7:30 pm OR 8:00 – 9:30 pm
^*Sex Signals – Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room
A unique combination of improvisational comedy, education and audience participation “Sex Signals” explores the issues surrounding dating, how mixed messages and gender role stereotypes contribute to misunderstandings between sexes. Bring your friends to attend one of the two sessions and enjoy the show!

9:30 pm
Community Assembly Night (CAN) - Your Residence Hall
Come learn about Community Assembly Night and leadership opportunities available in your hall.  Check with your RA’s for locations.
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Beyond the Wall Poster Sale – Nebraskan Student Union
Still need to fill that empty space on your wall? Here’s your last chance to buy the best posters around!

11:00 - 4:00 pm
Wellness Center Opening Events – Wellness Center
Check out the UNK master calendar for a list of all events happening to celebrate the opening of the new Wellness Center.

4:00 pm

Wellness Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Wellness Center
All are invited to come celebrate the opening of the new Wellness Center. Prizes, tours, demonstrations.

5:30 pm
"Spaghetting to Know you" Dinner - Newman Center (821 W. 27th St - Coke machine on front porch)
Come, enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner, meet students at the Newman Center and be introduced to new friends, who share your faith and values.

7:30 pm
“Back to School Bonfire & Games” – Holy Cross Campus Ministry
Join the Holy Cross Campus Ministry for a bonfire and games, everyone is welcome to join.  Located across the street from the Education Building at 1814 W. 24th St. 

10:00 pm
Mass – Newman Center Chapel

10:30 pm
"Sundaes on Wednesday" – Newman Center (821 W. 27th St.)
Enjoy ice cream sundaes, while meeting new students, enjoying fellowship and building community.
4:00 pm
Blackboard Training - MSAB Sisler Room
New students bring your own computer or mobile device and learn basic information about Blackboard.  Blackboard is web based courseware system where students can find course information and interact online with Faculty and classmates. Faculty use Blackboard to post course documents, create links, turn in assignments, hold online discussions and give tests.

5:00 pm
Welcome Back BBQ – Harmon Park
Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)
This annual BBQ is a great way to meet new people and is open for everyone to attend!

6:00 – 8:00 pm  
FREE CSF BBQ – next to the College Store on the corner of 14th Ave. & 25th Street
Come to the CSF campus house for some good home-cooking before attending Destination Downtown!

7:00 pm
Navs Freshmen Connection & Bible Study Kickoff – Bruner Hall 177
"Do you want to grow spiritually while at UNK?  Do you want to do so with other like-minded students?  This is your chance to meet other freshmen (and non-freshmen!) who want to grow spiritually by being a part of a small-group Bible study! 

8:00 – 10:00 pm
Destination Downtown – Downtown Kearney on The Bricks

Explore Downtown Kearney!  Enjoy live music, student discounts, prizes, free food, games, an eating contest, and other awesome activities. Buses run from the Union and URS to “The Bricks” until 11:00 pm.
11:00 – 2:00 pm
Inflatable Games – Campus Greens in front of the Nebraskan Student Union
Take a quick break in between classes to celebrate the end of your first week and enjoy time on the Inflatable Games.

5:00pm-close
^Big Apple Fun Night – Big Apple Fun Center 500 W. 4th Street
Join us at the Big Apple for a night of fun!  UNK Students with their Student ID will be able to purchase go-kart rides for $4.00 and be eligible for other discounts.

7:30 pm
^“School of Rock” at The World Theatre – 2318 Central Ave.
Grab a friend and enjoy this rocking classic movie at The World Theatre the only nonprofit, volunteer-run theatre in Kearney. Free tickets will be given away during Destination Downtown or $2 discount coupons can be picked up at the NSU Welcome Desk and regular price $5 at the door.  For more information go to: www.worldtheatre.eventbrite.com.
All Day
Explore Kearney
Take the time to explore your new town by taking a walk/run on the Hike and Bike Trail, one of the many beautiful parks or stop by one of the many museums in Kearney.  For more information about what is happening in Kearney check out the Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.visitkearney.org.

Noon – 5 pm
Celebrating 125 Years of the Frank House - Frank House, 2010 University Drive
We would like to invite all members of the Kearney and UNK communities to join us and help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the George W. Frank House.  Experience the elegance and riches of the Victorian era while taking a walk through a 125 year timeline of the mansion's unique history. The event is free to the public, and there will also be free refreshments.

7:30 pm
^“School of Rock” at The World Theatre – 2318 Central Ave.
Grab a friend and enjoy this rocking classic movie at The World Theatre the only nonprofit, volunteer-run theatre in Kearney. Free tickets will be given away during Destination Downtown or $2 discount coupons can be picked up at the NSU Welcome Desk and regular price $5 at the door.  For more information go to: www.worldtheatre.eventbrite.com.
All Day
Explore Kearney
Take the time to explore your new town by taking a walk/run on the Hike and Bike Trail, one of the many beautiful parks or stop by one of the many museums in Kearney.  For more information about what is happening in Kearney check out the Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.visitkearney.org.

2:00 pm  close
^Big Apple Fun Day – Big Apple Fun Center 500 W. 4th Street
Join us at the Big Apple for a day of fun!  UNK Students with their Student ID will be able to purchase go-kart rides for $4.00 and be eligible for other discounts.

4:00 pm
^“School of Rock” at The World Theatre – 2318 Central Ave.
Grab a friend and enjoy this rocking classic movie at The World Theatre the only nonprofit, volunteer-run theatre in Kearney. Free tickets will be given away during Destination Downtown or $2 discount coupons can be picked up at the NSU Welcome Desk and regular price $5 at the door.  For more information go to: www.worldtheatre.eventbrite.com.
7:00 pm
Mud Tug 2014 – Multi-purpose Practice Fields (two lots south of Lot 29 on 15th Ave)
Sponsored by Intramural Sports & First Year Program
Join us for the 2nd Annual UNK Mud Tug. Teams will consist of 6 “tuggers” with 2 alternates and can register online through imleagues.com. There will be men’s, women’s, and co-rec division with a champion from each area. 
6:00 pm
Greek Life Information Session – NSU Ponderosa Room
Why is being Greek so great? Come hear from our current Greek students about why you should consider the opportunity to join a Greek Organization.

7:00 pm
Soccer Blue & Gold Scrimmage – Foster Field

Come experience a preview of the 2014-2014 Soccer team as they display their talent for the first time this season.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Student Organization Fair – Campus Greens
Getting involved at UNK will enhance your college experience.  Attend the fair to get information from our student organizations and talk with student leaders to find out where you can get involved.

7:00 pm
Cooking with Chef Andy - The Market @ 27th Street

Cooking with Chef Andy is a program that has been created for students with college life in mind.  The class will provide easy, budget friendly and fun cooking ideas!
12:15 pm
UNK Volleyball Classic:  UNK vs Western State of Colorado – Health & Sports Complex
Join Loper nation in the HSC for the 2014 season opening volleyball tournament!  Make sure to grab a friend and cheer on the Lopers.

5:00 pm
UNK Cross Country Team Trial – Meadowlark Hills Golf Course
Enjoy a preview of this year’s men’s and women’s team at one of the region’s best golf venues.

7:00 pm
UNK Volleyball Classic:  UNK vs Newman University – Health & Sports Complex
Join Loper nation in the HSC for the 2014 season opening volleyball tournament!  Make sure to grab a friend and cheer on the Lopers.

At Dusk
LPAC’s Outdoor Movie – South Side of Copeland Hall
Bring a blanket and relax; the pop and popcorn are on us!  Join a few hundred of your new friends on a beautiful Friday night and watch a new movie – to be announced in August.
12:15 pm
UNK Volleyball Classic:  UNK vs South Dakota Mines – Health & Sports Complex

Join Loper nation in the HSC for the 2014 season opening volleyball tournament!  Make sure to grab a friend and cheer on the Lopers.

7:00 pm
UNK Volleyball Classic:  UNK vs Northern State – Health & Sports Complex

Join Loper nation in the HSC for the 2014 season opening volleyball tournament!  Make sure to grab a friend and cheer on the Lopers.