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Please note: UNI Now is for all NEW INCOMING STUDENTS FIRST YEAR AND TRANSFER with structured programming from Wednesday August 21st - Sunday August 25th, 2019. For a list of UNI Now programming please visit the UNI Now tab. 
Welcome Week starts the first day of classes on Monday August 26th, 2019 and advertises events hosted on campus and around the community by campus affiliated groups. Events submitted for dates between August 26th - September 6th are displayed below as optional Welcome Week Events. 


August 21st


August 22nd

Scheel's Tailgate, Cedar Falls Scheel's Parking Lot, 5-7pm

Do not miss out on Scheels' UNI Panthers Tailgate Party! This tailgate is totally free to attend and open to the public, the fun goes down on Thursday, August 22nd from 5-7 in the Scheels' parking lot. Enjoy games, face painting, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers (while supplies last), a TNT Cheer demonstration and kids cheer clinic (starting at 6PM), and live music from the The Diplomats - Iowa at this free family event! Make sure to get your picture with TC, TK, the UNI cheerleaders and so many more.

For more information: visit

Women's Soccer vs Chicago State, Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, 6 pm

Come out to support your UNI women's soccer team at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex as they take on Chicago State! More information can be found at

August 23rd

PSE Yard Sale, Lawther Field, 11 am - 3 pm

Come out and join Pi Sigma Epsilon, a business fraternity on campus, as we host a yard sale! Check out gently used pieces at great prices and find that perfect addition to your dorm or apartment. All students welcome!

Contact: Matt Baker, Pi Sigma Epsilon,

Ultimate Frisbee Scrimmage, Bender Field, 2-4 pm

Come learn to play and scrimmage with new and old players! Open to all students. We will also have scrimmages on 8/24 and 8/25 from 10am - 12pm.

Contact: Clayton Phillips, UNI Ultimate,

Purple and Gold Scrimmage, McLeod Center, 6 pm

Join us at the McLeod Center for the UNI Volleyball team's Purple and Gold Scrimmage! More information can be found at

August 24th

Mayor's Entre-Tourism Bike Ride, Cedar Falls Community, 9 am

Join Cedar Falls Mayor, Jim Brown, and celebrate entrepreneurialism in Cedar Falls by bicycle! Cyclers will begin at the Cedar Falls Farmer's Market on West 3rd Street and ride to Runners Flat, Talk to Me Technologies, and Hansen's Dairy and Gasoline. The ride will end at Hansen's with the Kubo food truck and other vendors.  

See for additional information! 

Ultimate Frisbee Showcase, Bender Field, 4-6 pm

Come watch the current UNI Ultimate members and alumni scrimmage in a fast paced showcase!

Contact: Clayton Phillips, UNI Ultimate,

theRiver Lawn Party, Lawther Field, 7:30-11pm

theRiver College Ministry of Prairie Lakes Church, wants to welcome y'all into the school year with an evening of yard games, free pizza, and a dance party under the stars. Join us anytime between 7:30 - 11:00 pm on Lawther Field. 

Contact: Megan Kooker,

August 25th

UNI Choir Auditions, Gallagher Bluedorn, 1-5pm

 You don’t need to be a music major to join the choirs at UNI! Learn more at! *No auditions are necessary for Varsity Men’s Glee Club or Women’s Chorus.

Contact: John Wiles, Choirs,

Orchesis Dance Company Auditions, WRC Room 185, 2-3:30 pm

We will be holding auditions for the UNI Orchesis Dance Company. No dance experience is required! Come early to warm up and fill out audition paperwork. We hope to see you there! 

Contact: Madison Engelke,

August 26th

Welcome Week Breakfast!, 2422 College Street, 9 am - 12 pm

Threehouse is hosting a Welcome Week Breakfast for all coming back to campus! This is a grab and go breakfast, or stay and hang out! We will be having different foods each day: 
   Muffin Monday 
   Walking Taco Tuesday 
   Waffle Wednesday 
   Thirsty Thursday (smoothies that is!) 
   Frozen Pizza Friday 
   Come from 9 - 12 for a free breakfast, all are welcome! 

Contact: Jordan Lange, Threehouse Campus Ministry,

Student Interior Designers of Northern Iowa Welcome Picnic, Lawn Outside Latham Hall, 3-4 pm

Join us for a welcome picnic hosted by Student Interior Designers of Northern Iowa! This event is open to all students interested in design. It is free to attend and there will be door prizes, lawn games, and food!

Contact: Peter Lo, Student Interior Designers President,

Welcome New Graduate Students!, Maucker Union Ballroom, 3:15-4:30 pm

New graduate students enrolled in on-campus programs will learn about the Graduate College, hear about graduate student life from a student panel, and become acquainted with the services and resources offered by the Graduate College and Rod Library that will contribute to their success. 

Contact: Susie Schweiger, UNI Graduate College,

Welcome Back BBQ, Maucker Union Coffee House, 5-9 pm

Join us for the Annual Center for Multicultural Education Welcome Back BBQ! Enjoy food, fun and music while having the opportunity to visit with campus resources. 

Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education, 

Glow in the Dark Frisbee, Bender Field, 9-11pm

 Unwind after the first day of classes in a laid back, welcoming environment. Come toss a glowing frisbee on the field next to Bender Hall with the UNI's ultimate frisbee teams. All skill levels welcome! Popsicles and glow sticks provided. Reach out on twitter for more info @UNIUltimate or @UNIMonium. 

Contact: Mackenzie Ruddy, Women's and Men's Ultimate Frisbee,

August 27th

Military and Veteran Student Services Open House, Veteran Center, 11 am - 1 pm

Military and Veteran Student Services is hosting an open house for military and veteran students, spouses and dependents! Come join us in our office on the top floor of Maucker Union to learn where the VET Center is located. This is also a great opportunity to to learn more about and gain interest in joining UNIVA.

Sponsored by Military and Veteran Student Services,

Women's Club Volleyball Open Gym, WRC Courts 7/8, 6:30-8:30pm

 Come play some fun and competitive volleyball! Open gyms will be the first two weeks of school on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm. The third week of school we will be hosting tryouts on those same days and times for the upcoming season. We hope to see you there! Go Panthers!

Contact: Grace Erpelding, Women's Club Volleyball, 

UNI Entrepreneurs Club Kickoff, Rod Library ScholarSpace (301), 7-8 pm

FOOD & FRIENDS. Join us at the Rod Library Scholar Space (Room 301) for our first meeting of the semester. Meet with fellow students interested or involved in the entrepreneurs community on campus and in the Cedar Valley. Free food and drinks will be supplied to kick off the year. 

Contact: Maddie Palmersheim, Entrepreneurs Club,

Chi Alpha Launch Service, Lang Hall Auditorium, 8-9:15 pm

Chi Alpha is a Christian community at UNI. On the first Tuesday of the school year, we will come together for our first service in Lang Auditorium. At our services, you'll be welcomed into a warm, friendly environment where students are excited to see you and want to get to know you. The service will consist of high-energy worship music and engaging biblical teaching. We will have an after party following service where you can get to know other students. Check out for more information! 

Contact: Lexi Bartell, Chi Alpha President,

August 28th

Uprising Magazine Kick-Off, Maucker Union, 10 am - 1pm

Come pick up the latest issue of Uprising Magazine and check out what Uprising is all about! There are opportunities for everyone from graphic designers to photographers to writers, even to our fashionistas and models on campus! Sign ups to learn more information will be available.

Contact: Sarah Ritondale, Uprising Magazine President,

BASIC Freshman & Transfer Student Welcome Party, Lawther Field, 3-6pm

Join us on Lawther Field for FREE food, games, music, and connecting with community! Come and go as you please, we would love to get to know you! 

Contact: Ally Henson, hensona@uni.edu

   Model United Nations Meet & Greet Session, 5-6pm

Join us for a brief introduction along with a meet and greet session on Wednesday, August 28 from 5-6 PM in Sabin 025 (building is next to Maucker). No prior experience needed. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Contact: Alladin Dafalla, Model United Nations, 

Rainbow Reception, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 5-7 pm

 Rainbow Reception is the annual welcome back celebration of queer and trans life at UNI, taking place this year at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, August 28 from 5-7 PM. 
   It's a party! You are welcome to come and go as you please, though a short program will take place partway through the event to introduce some of the key leaders on our campus. Organizations from on and off-campus will be present to share their resources. Staff and faculty will be present to greet students and share their advice. Great food (including vegan and gluten-free options) will be available as appetizers. There will also be a photo booth so you can kick off the year with a pride-themed photo. 
   Anyone who identifies within the LGBTQ+ community or wishes to celebrate with our community is welcome to attend. We especially encourage new students to attend to learn about resources and meet peers. Allies are also welcome to attend to welcome new and returning students. For more information about the event or to download the full flyer, visit 

Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Services,

UNI Men's Club Soccer Tryouts, Location TBD, 5:30-7:30 pm 

Tryout to be a member of the 2019 - 2020 men's club soccer team! There will be an evaluation of technical and tactical play, as well as a testing of your soccer IQ and a possible fitness evaluation. You can expect to participate in small sided games, large scale games, and drills based on position. Please bring water, shin guards, cleats, and your UNI ID, as these items will not be provided for you. Attendance is required Thursday night, with optional tryouts on Friday and Saturday. More information about the other dates will be given the first night. Please contact us if you have any questions or conflicts! 

Contact: Felipe Alonso, UNI Men's Club Soccer President,

New Student Welcome, St. Stephen the Witness, 7-9 pm

Are you a new student on campus looking for community, friendship, and fun? Come to our New Student Welcome to learn more about St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center, meet other new students, and enjoy some snacks!

Contact: Whitney Klym, St. Stephen the Witness,

The Good Life Fall Kickoff, Maucker Union Ballrooms, 8-9:30 pm

The Good Life College Ministry will be kicking off the new school year in the Maucker Union Ballroom! All students are invited to come and experience worship, a message from the Bible, and opportunities to connect to a deeper community of students! 

Contact: Joy Miller, The Good Life College Ministry President, 

August 29th

Pi Sigma Epsilon Recruitment 2019, Curris Business Building Hall of Flags, 9 am - 3 pm

Pi Sigma Epsilon is a marketing and sales business fraternity that is open to all majors.  Come check out the opportunities and growth we have to offer students! Find PSE tabling for the first two weeks of classes! 

Contact: Abbey Hoskins,

College Hill Farmers Market, Corner of College St. and 22nd, 4-6 pm

Stock up on your local goodies and produce this week at the market. Show your student ID and get a $1 CHFM Buck to spend at the market! Stop by the informational tent and pick up your bucks and don't forget to ask for your free rewards card too. 
   The market also offers a rewards program that allows you to get discounts at College Hill Businesses for spending money at the market. Shop at the market to earn punches, and you get discounts to Copyworks, Greenhouse Kitchen, Icon donuts, Little Bigs, Milk Box Bakery, Mohair Pear, Octopus, Sidecar, The Shakery, and Social House. Follow us on social media to find out what is fresh each week, special events, and more! Facebook (College Hill Farmers Market), Instagram/Twitter (@collegehillfm) and Snapchat (collegehillfm) 

Contact: Jodie Huegerich,

   Join IDT for a Day, 4-6 pm 

IDT Dance Company is a non-audition and no experience required dance organization on campus. We include many international styles, such as folk, latin, ballroom, hip hop, and much more. Try out one of our classes to learn some of our favorite folk dances and hear about the amazing routines prepared for our fall show! Join IDT for a day on Thursday, August 29 from 4-6pm in the Wellness Recreation Center 185. 

Contact: Erin Kamp, IDT Dance Company, 

Multicultural Reception, Commons Ballrooms, 4:30-6 pm

The Center for Multicultural Education is hosting their first Multicultural Reception with a reception to take place Thursday, August 29th from 4:30 - 6pm in the Commons Ballroom. The purpose of this reception is to connect all multicultural students, staff and faculty to provide opportunities for engagement and resource sharing. RSVP is highly suggested, but not required to attend. You can RSVP by clicking here.

Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education, 

Open Melt Night, UNI Metal Casting Center, 5-7:30 pm

The American Foundry Society (AFS) would like you to join us for an open pour night to learn more about the manufacturing industry. Along with being able to fill a mold, we will be serving FREE pizza after the pour. 

Contact: Taylor Clemons, Student Chapter American Foundry Society,

Women in Business Info Session, Curris Business Building 003, 6-7 pm

 Come learn about what Women in Business is! We are open to any and all majors with a goal of service, fun, and professional development. This will be a short session to go over what we do throughout the year and how you can be involved! 

Contact: Allie Noggle, Women in Business President,

Sundaes and Sororities, Maucker Union Rooftop, 6-8 pm

Enjoy ice cream sundaes and learn more about involvement in Sorority Life at UNI!

Contact: Madeline Ann, Panhellenic Council Member, 

Women's Club Volleyball Open Gym, WRC Courts 7/8, 6:30-8:30pm

 Come play some fun and competitive volleyball! Open gyms will be the first two weeks of school on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm. The third week of school we will be hosting tryouts on those same days and times for the upcoming season. We hope to see you there! Go Panthers!

Contact: Grace Erpelding, Women's Club Volleyball, 

Nav Night, Schindler Education Center Room 220, 8-9 pm

 Come join us for our first Nav Night of the semester! Nav Night is our weekly large group meeting, a time to gather with and meet new friends while exploring and talking about teachings from the Bible. 

Contact: Scott Aamodt, 

BASIC Kickoff/Party on the Lawn, Lang Hall, 8-10 pm

BASIC is Back! Join us in Lang Hall at 8pm for musical worship, teaching, and community! Afterward, stick around for the Party on the Lawn for free food, connections to community, & more! Open to all students!

Contact: Ally Henson, hensona@uni.edu

August 30th

Women's Soccer vs Nebraska-Omaha, Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, 6 pm

Come out to support your UNI women's soccer team at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex as they take on the University of Nebraska - Omaha! More information can be found at

   Theatre Student Organization Launch Party, 7-9 pm

 The Student Theatre Organizations (UNISTA, APO, and USITT) are hosting a Launch Party! Come get to know the board members, hear all about UNISTA's upcoming season, get questions answered in a tell-all Q&A session, and mingle with new people while enjoying ice cream! UNISTA, APO, and USITT would all love to see YOU there! Invite your friends, everyone is welcome to come to the APR (Strayer-Wood Theatre Basement Level)!

Contact: Zoe Sneed,

Welcome Ball, 7-11 pm

   Come celebrate the start of the school year with beginner ballroom lessons and ballroom dancing all night! Join us in the Maucker Union Ballroom from 7-11pm.

Contact: Madison Schroeder, UNI Ballroom/Swing,

TGIF Bonfire and Volleyball, St. Stephen the Witness, 7:30-11 pm

 It's the first TGIF of the semester at St. Stephen's, so join us for an evening of volleyball, snacks, and a bonfire!

Contact: Whitney Klym, St. Stephen the Witness,

August 31st


September 1st

The Good Life Student Grill Out, Redeemer Church, 10:30 am - 2 pm

All students are invited to experience a Sunday Gathering at Redeemer Church (815 Orchard Drive, CF), the local church that The Good Life College Ministry calls home. After the Gathering will be a grill-out with free food and games for all students! Contact us if you need a ride! 

Contact: Joy Miller, The Good Life College Ministry President, 

September 2nd


Holiday - No Classes, All University Offices Closed 


September 3rd

Donut Social, Maucker Union Rooftop, 3-6pm

Enjoy donuts and mingle with current members of Sorority Life at UNI! 

Contact: Madeline Ann, Panhellenic Council Member, 

Uprising Magazine Meeting, Maucker Union Elm Room, 5-6 pm

Come to Uprising Magazine's first meeting for fall of 2019! We will cover who we are and what our magazine is about as well as our goals for this semesters magazine. We also will want to get to know a bit about you so we can discover your potential here! Anyone from models to graphic designers to writers to photographers are welcome. No experience needed! We look forward to seeing you! 

Contact: Sarah Ritondale,

Women's Soccer vs Saint Ambrose, Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, 6 pm

Come out to support your UNI women's soccer team at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex as they take on St. Ambrose! More information can be found at

September 4th

Volunteer Fair, Maucker Union Ballrooms, 11 am - 1 pm

Come check out this event to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the Cedar Valley! This is a great opportunity for new and returning students to find ways to get involved during their college experience. 

Contact: Kristina Kofoot, Advisor for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance,

Get Social @ Rod Library, 3:30-5:30 pm

Come check us out at Rod Library! Get FREE Starbucks Coffee, Coca Cola product sampling, and cookies in the Book Bistro. All students have a chance to win $50 UNI Book & Supply gift cards! Register at The Learning Center, UNI Museum, Digital Media Hub, and information tables. Meet librarians, tutors, tech experts, and library staff who'll help guide you through the semester. Door prizes for the first 25 students to enter! 

Contact: Melinda Beland,

Supply Chain Management Association Kickoff Social, Moonfire Ridge, 4-9 pm

We would like to welcome you to the Supply Chain Management Association fall semester kickoff/social! Our adviser, Chris Schrage, will be opening her house to all current and prospecting club members. Chris' address is 10439 S. Avenue, New Hartford, IA 50660. Expect food, games, socialization, and other outdoor activities. Network with club members and new students. Club representatives will also run through updates and what opportunities will be available as the semester progresses. We would really hope to see you there! 

Contact: Colin Kirchhoff,

MISA Kickoff, Curris Lawn, 5-6:30 pm

If you are a business deciding major or a MIS (Management Information Systems) major you are encouraged to come to the MISA Kickoff! There will be dinner and snacks provided, along with games and 4 companies to start your professional network with! There will also be prizes to win through competitions and raffles!

Contact: Lauren Vander Waal, MISA VP of Public Relations, 

Grill Out with Kappa Sigmas!, 2540 College Street, 5-7 pm

Come out and enjoy some FREE grilled food with the brothers of Kappa Sigma. This will be a great way to relax from a stressful week at school and make some new friends! All students welcome!

Contact: Elliot Phillips, 

UNI International Justice Mission Fall Kickoff, State College Room Maucker Union, 7-8 pm

Join us for our first meeting of the year to play games, meet new people, and learn how you can join the fight to end human trafficking. 

Contact: Raelynn Meade,

September 5th

Paletería, Memorial Garder (behind Maucker Union), 12-1:30 pm

Come enjoy some paletas, Latinx frozen treats, and get to know more about UNIdos, our Latinx organization on campus! All are welcome! 

Contact: Ayah Al-Durazi, Program Coordinator for UNIdos,

Ice Screen Print Social, Industrial Technology Center Room 18, 3-5 pm

 I screen, you screen, we all screen (print) for ice cream! Students who attend our Ice Screen Print Social will have the chance to see how screen printing t-shirts is done for other clubs and organizations on campus as well as enjoy a sweet treat. 

Contact: Marisa Willenborg, Co-President GraFX Club,

CHFM Street Market, College Street, 4-6 pm

The College Hill Farmers Market will host another street market event on September 5th on College Street between 22nd and 23rd streets. Come learn from Waste Trac, shop for local products, grab a bite to eat from Kubo and La Calle, and enjoy live music by Taylor Kobberdahl. Follow us on social media to find out what is fresh each week, special events, and more! Facebook (College Hill Farmers Market) and Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat (@collegehillfm)

Contact: Jodie Huegerich,

American Marketing Association Club Kick Off, John Deere Auditorium (CBB), 5-6 pm

Join American Marketing Association (AMA) at the Kick-Off meeting to learn about AMA and how you can get involved this upcoming year! We are committed to equip you with tools and resources it takes to gain experience during college so you have a successful career after graduation. We are open to all majors! 

Contact: Morgan Zebuhr, AMA Co-President,

College Republicans Welcome Back Meeting, 6-7:30pm

This is our Kickoff meeting for College Republicans in the Maucker Union Elm Room. We will be talking about our upcoming events for the semester, talk about the news of the day, and have guests from American for Prosperity, the Buchanan County Women Conservative Club, and Blackhawk County Republican members. Papa John's Pizza will be provided by American for Prosperity! There will also be baked goods from the Buchanan County Conservative Women's Club! All are welcome! Bring a Friend!

Contact: Nicholas Schindler, UNI College Republicans,

Cedar River Productions Kick-Off Pizza Party, Lang Hall 2nd Floor Lounge, 6-8 pm

Come meet Cedar River Productions, talk about film production, and see if joining is something you would like to do! We offer free pizza and drinks, and all the encouragement you need to start making films of your own, alongside all of us. Any level of experience welcome! 

Contact: Tristan Feil, Cedar River Productions President,

September 6th

Photograph Scavenger Hunt, 2540 College St., 5-7:15 pm

Come out and compete in this year's Kappa Sigma photo scavenger hunt!! We will be including photographs of campus buildings, things inside of buildings and things you can find around campus. This will be a great way to help you get familiar with the campus and make some new friends! Open to all students! 

Contact: Elliot Phillips, phillead@uniledu

Glee Club Welcome Home Concert, Lang Hall Auditorium, 6-7 pm

Held in Lang Hall Auditorium, the Annual Glee Club Welcome Home Concert is a chance for the entire campus community to celebrate the upcoming school year, hear school songs, and experience the Glee Club's first concert of the year! 

Contact: John Wiles, UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club,

September 7th

UNI Table Tennis Tournament, WRC, 10 am - 4 pm

The UNI Table Tennis Club will be holding a small tournament for people interested in joining Table Tennis Club or are just looking for a good time! We will use the 3 tables that the WRC provides and will give out paddles for use if people don't bring their own. 

Contact: Kazek Israni-Winger,

UNI Dance Marathon Welcome Back Event, Seerley Park, 12-2 pm

Come on out to Seerley Park to learn what UNI Dance Marathon is all about, enjoy some free food, meet the executive board, and hang out with our miracle families! There will be yard games to play and a chance to win some prizes! We hope to see you there!

Contact: Jenna Willer,

African Union's Welcome Back BBQ, 2214 Merner Avenue, 4-6 pm

African Union's Welcome Back BBQ is an event for students to come eat, dance and get to know the Executive Board, members of African Union, and different students on campus. 

Contact: NeiAira Burt,

September 8th

Block Party, 2422 College Street, 5-7 pm

Threehouse will be holding its annual block party September 8th from 5 - 7 pm! The entire block of 25th st will be closed down between College St and Olive St for the party. There will be a live band, food, and games. All are welcome to come enjoy FREE food and celebrate the new school year!

Contact: Jordan Lange, Threehouse Campus Ministry,

September 9th


September 10th


September 11th

SCMA Collins Aerospace Meeting 

To begin our first general body meeting, we are hosting Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins) to come in and speak about their business and opportunities.Hear what they do in the supply chain industry, business processes, global trade/work and so much more! 

Contact: Contact: Colin Kirchhoff,

Women in Business Game Night, CBB 003, 6:15-7:30 pm

Come hang out with Women in Business to enjoy board games, snacks, and good company! Anyone and everyone is welcome to come! Feel free to bring your own favorite game or join in with the games provided. 

Contact: Allie Noggle, Women in Business President,

September 12th


September 13th