First Year Program

Blue & Gold Welcome Week

The excitement of a new school year 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 ment 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, new to the UNK campus, or just want to get reacquainted with the Univeristy, Blue and Gold Welcome Week will provide you with the information and tools you need to make your college tranistion and experience a successful one. Participate, dicover, 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 with any questions about Blue & Gold Welcome Week!

Schedule by Day

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

3:30 pm

^*Meet with your New Student Enrollment (NSE) Group – Campus Greens
Team Leaders will contact you regarding your campus meeting location!

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
Enjoy the Pride of the Plains Marching Band Exhibition performance including the 2013 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 Sandhills Room
Members of the Division of Student Affairs staff share things you will need to be successful and to enjoy your new community as a commuter student.

8:45 – 10:15 pm

*Playfair – Cope Stadium/Foster Field
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 Reclamation Dance – Nebraskan Student Union Courtyard
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! Go Lopers!

7:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast (Available & On Your Own) – The Market @ 27th Street & Louie’s Diner
Enjoy a delicious breakfast in The Market @ 27th Street or Louie's Diner before you head out for the day.

8:30 am

Grab breakfast and meet up with your Loper Leaders to kick-off Saturday morning events!

9:00 am

^*Jon Vroman – “Living College in the Front Row” – Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room
Jon Vroman will share with you fun and easy to implement tips designed to increase your success at UNK by “Living College Life In The Front Row.” Over the past decade, more than 100,000 students have been inspired to positively shift their campus culture by stepping up as leaders.

10:00 am

^*Operation: Super Start (College 101/Rotating Sessions)
^*Lunch w/ your Academic College & Deans

Are you ready for classes? Through this fun, interactive event, you will discover how to make your UNK career successful! Learn about what to expect in the classroom, the Library, and important services on campus that will assist in your success at UNK. Then, enjoy lunch with your academic college's faculty and Dean.

2:00-4:00 pm


5:00-7:00 pm

Loper Bingo – Campus Greens
Come enjoy Loper Bingo for your chance to win some great prizes!

8:00 – 10:00 pm

Lopers Under the Lights – Cope Stadium/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.


Religious Opportunities
Here is your opportunity to attend the Sunday service of your choice. Choose from a host of Campus Ministry groups (information can be found at or in your Residence Hall). Transportation will be arranged by the individual ministries.

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.

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Party in the Park – Harmon Park
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! Sponsored by UNK Greek Affairs and UNK Intramurals.

8:00 – 9:30 pm

^Stand Up for Diversity Comedians Wil Sylvince and Rob Haze– Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room
UNK and Loper Programming and Activities Council are excited to bring two hilarious comedians to campus in conjunction with NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity show. The NBC Stand-Up for Diversity College Tour is part of a continuing effort of the part of NBC to discover more comedic voices from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Wil Sylvince and Rob Haze will for sure put on a show that you won’t want to miss!

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!

7:00 – 9:00 pm

First Day of Tutoring Available at the Learning Commons - Calvin T. Ryan Library 2nd Floor

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 at the Hilltop Movie Theater. 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
Still need to fill that empty space on your wall? Here’s your last chance to buy the best posters around!

6:00 – 7:30 pm
8:00 - 9:30 pm

^*Sex Signals – Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room
Blending 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.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Success Series: What is this thing called a syllabus? - NSU Cedar Room
Hear from a current faculty member on the importance of understanding your class syllabus!

5:00 pm

Greek Life Information Session – NSU Ponderosa Room
Are you interested in learning more about what fraternities and sororities are like at UNK? If so, make sure to swing by one of the informational sessions to hear from some of our current Greek students at UNK and get more information on how to join!

Campus Ministries Kickoff Night

5:00 pm

The Navigators
Join us for a grill out! Come hang out and play games at 5pm, with food served at 5:30. Learn about what we do and how you can get involved to grow in your walk with Jesus. Find us between the Bell Tower and Founders Hall. Contact: Luke DeBoer, 308.999.9304,

5:20 pm

The Newman Center
821 W. 27th St (Coke machine on front porch) -- We will begin with dinner (home cooked meal), then share some fun activities to help new students meet new people @ UNK and the Newman at the fountain @ 5:20pm -- Newman Center students will be there to walk over with you. Contact info: Sr. Rosemarie Maly, 308.234.1539 or

7:00 pm

Vantage Point
Meet us in room 312 of the Student Union for our semester kickoff!
Contact: Jonathan, 308.234.1185 Kelley, 308.440.9686

8:00 pm

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Join us for our first meeting of the semester in the Health and Sports Center, room 150-151.

University Lutheran
1814 W. 24th St -- S ‘mores & a Movie -- Take a break from classes and join your friends here at University Lutheran!! Meet new and old friends as we enjoy s ‘mores, getting to know each other, and an outdoor movie!! Rides will be given from campus to UL!! Contact info: Judy - 236-8253 or

9:00 pm

United Campus MinistryJoin us for the United Campus Ministry Worship in the Fireside Room of the Nebraskan Student Union. Meet at 8:40 pm in front of the Nebraskan Student Union main doors for an icebreaker!

Christian Student Fellowship
Join us Wednesday in front of the union for live music, ice cream, & hear a little bit about the CSF community. Contact info: Joel Cedar 308.991.8446
Parker Loghry 308.391.0149 Kelli Sajevic,, 816.560.5163 Rachel Sanderson,, 308.293.3553

9:15 pm

Campus Lutheran
Meet us at the fountain at 9:15pm to walk to the Campus Lutheran, for Evening Prayer at 9:33pm with dessert to follow! Contact: Pastor Rachel Hacker, 308.234.1828


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!

8:00 – 10:00 pm

Destination Downtown – Downtown Kearney on The Bricks
Explore Downtown Kearney! Enjoy live music, student discounts, prizes, free food, “Minute to Win It” games, an eating contest, and other awesome activities. Buses run from the Union and URS to “The Bricks” until 11:00 pm.


^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 $3.00 and be eligible for other discounts


^Bus Trip to Nebraska State Fair – pickup & drop off at Nebraskan Student Union
Are you interested in attending the Nebraska State Fair? UNK will be providing transportation from campus to the State Fair in Grand Island. Students are responsible for the $10 gate fee to enter the State Fair. Trips will begin at 10:00 am and conclude at 11:00 pm. For a complete schedule go to the website: Bus Trip to Nebraska State Fair.

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 $3.00 and be eligible for other discounts.

7:00 pm

Mud Tug 2013 – Softball fields west of the Frank House
Join us for the first ever UNK Mug Tug. Teams will consist of 6 “tuggers” with 2 alternates and can register online through Intramural Sports. There will be men’s, women’s, and co-ed divisions with a champion from each as well as an overall champion. The event will start off with a celebrity tug off. Don’t miss out on this inaugural event! Sponsored by Intramural Sports & First Year Program

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Success Series: How to get involved on Campus – NSU Cedar Room
Hear from a current staff member on the importance of getting involved!

5:00 pm

Greek Life Information Session – NSU Ponderosa Room
Are you interested in learning more about what fraternities and sororities are like at UNK? If so, make sure to swing by one of the informational sessions to hear from some of our current Greek students at UNK and get more information on how to join!

6:30 pm

Soccer Blue & Gold Scrimmage – Cope Stadium/Foster Field
Come experience a preview of the 2012-2013 Soccer team as they display their talent for the first time this season. Bring your appetite and indulge in an Ice Cream Bar exclusive for UNK students.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Student Organization Fair – Campus Greens
Getting involved at UNK will enhance your college experience. Stop by the fair to get information from 150+ Student Organizations at UNK and talk with current student leaders to find out where you can get involved.

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Blue Gold Brigade (BGBG) Information Night! - Alumni House, 2222 9th Ave (Just south of Founders Hall across Hwy 30)
Come and have some popcorn or a slushy and check out what the student organization Blue Gold Brigade (BGBG) is all about!

4:30 am – 6:30 pm

^Loper Tailgate – Cope Stadium/Foster Field (enter through south gate)
All UNK students can enjoy a BBQ during pregame in the confines of Cope Stadium. Meet coaches, eat great food and get ready for kick off vs. the Ichabods of Washburn.

6:00 pm

^UNK vs Washburn FB – Cope Stadium/Foster Field
It doesn’t get any better than this. Join Loper Nation under the lights for the 2013 season opener vs. conference rival Washburn. FREE T-shirts for the first 500 students in attendance.

9:00 – 11:30 pm

Them & Us Outdoor Concert– Campus Greens
Loper Programming and Activities Council is excited to bring UK-based multivocalists and beatboxing pioneer Killa Kela and DJ and vocalist Ami Carmine. The show will be a mix of commercial and electronic music, where songs you know and love are mashed up and remixed, then weaved between beatboxing and vocals. The duo has collaborated with various artists including: Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Prince, and members of The Black Eyed Peas.