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Weeks of Welcome Events


Check back frequently; events will be added as they are submitted!





9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.    Late-Night Breakfast Bingo | Piazza and Rialto Dining Centers

Win prizes of up to $250 in value in a game of late-night bingo, complete with a full hot breakfast!




11:45 a.m. - Panther Picnic | Bender Field

Join the UNI community on Bender Field for a cookout-style lunch, games, and live music.

7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.- Hypnotist 

Location: Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC)

Back by popular demand, join us for free as we pack the Great Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center for one of two hypnotist shows!

7:00 p.m. - Close - Wellness & Recreation Center Open House

Receive information and learn all about UNI sport clubs, intramurals and the fit class pass!

Contact: Tim Klatt, timothy.klatt@uni.edu319.273.7120



6:00 p.m. - The Good Life - Root Beer Float Party

Campanile - The Good Life college ministry will be handing out root beer floats to all students. There will be 9-square and other games as well great opportunities for new students to connect with other students and leaders. Rain date will be Saturday August 19th at 6pm

Event Contact Person: Allison Bailey:




9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Zumba Fun

Location: Wellness & Recreation Center North Gym

Zumba is the fitness craze that fuses Latin-based rhythms with motivating music, unique moves, and challenging combinations. 

Contact: Dana Foster, dana.foster@uni.edu319.273.5859

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Explore the Cedar Valley Trails

Meet by Maucker Union Outdoor Fountain (groups depart at 9:30 promptly!)
Walk, run, or bike – you choose!  Walk:  enjoy a leisurely guided walk led by Tallgrass Prairie Center staff which will explore the Campus Preserves and trail system near campus.  Run: The Panther Pacers Running Club will lead a run on trails leading to downtown Cedar Falls and back.  Bike:  UNI staff members who enjoy cycling will lead you along paved trails near campus, through Black Hawk Park and around Big Woods Lake – must bring your own bike and helmet to participate.  Note:  the Run group will stop at Downtown Panther Prowl before returning to campus.

Contact: Kristin Woods,, 319.273.2815

10:00 a.m.- 1:00p.m.- Downtown PantherProwl

Local restaurants and other businesses on Cedar Falls Community Main Street welcome new UNI students to their annual Panther celebration.  TC will be on hand to help welcome new students to downtown Cedar Falls...their new home away from home!

Free transportation for students at two on campus locations.

North side campus pick up: Bus stop in front of multimodal parking garage 

South side campus pick up: Curris business building 

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Hang Out with DM

Location: Volleyball courts behind Campbell Hall

An opportunity for new/returning students to come play yard games and eat cookies while learning more about UNI Dance Marathon from the executive board. 

Contact: Logan Winford,, 319.899.3560

1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.- Paddle on the Pond 

Location: North of Wellness & Recreation Center and North Dome Parking Lot

Join Outdoor Recreation for fun on the pond!  Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards will be available.

Contact: Andy Martin, andrew.martin@uni.edu319.273.7164

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 .pm. - College Hill Block Party 

Location: College Hill

Join us on College Hill for a giant slip and slide, celebrity dunk tank, live DJ, and lots of good times.

Contact: Kathryn Huber,, 319.830.6338

7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. - Welcome Ball, sponsored by UNI Ballroom/Swing

Location: Maucker Union Ballroom

We welcome our students back with a fun night of dancing. For those who may not have danced before, have no fear because we will be teaching a Swing and Waltz lesson before the dance starts. The lessons will start at 7:00 and 7:45 pm. At 8:30 pm we will start our social dancing for the night. This will provide plenty of opportunities for you to meet many of your fellow Panthers. As with everything we do through our organization, no partner and no experience are necessary to have fun dancing.

Contact: Corey Spiess, UNI Ballroom/Swing,

8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Games Under the Lights

Intramural Fields West of the UNI-DOME
The West Intramural fields will be lit up and ready for sport clubs to show off their skills, recruit new members and Intramurals will also be ready for flag football.  Come out and play!

Contact: Luke Bartlett,, 319.273.4768 



2:30 p.m. - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Ice Cream Social

Location: Sabin Hall Lobby

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences welcomes new and returning students. Meet faculty and other students of your college while enjoying ice cream.

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.- College of Education Ice Cream Social

Location: Schnidler Education Center G.R.E.A.T Room (2nd floor lobby)

Welcome to all our new College of Education students! Enjoy free ice cream while checking out the completely remodeled Schnidler Education Center and connecting with fellow students and faculty. 

Contact: Jess Betts,, 319.273.3851



12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - UNI Eclipse Party

Location: Rod Library and outdoors south of the Campanile

Join the Earth and Environmental Science Department, UNI STEM, and the Iowa Academy of Science in a celebration of the Solar Eclipse on this first day of classes! Activities available in Rod Library HUB Room 287, and south of the Campanile. View the partial solar eclipse through a telescope, download free apps on your phone to explore augmented reality earth and space topics and become a part of citizen science, win special NASA surprises and more! Free to all UNI students, faculty, staff, and the public.


5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. - CME Welcome Back BBQ

Location: Outside the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), on the northeast side of Maucker Union

The CME annual Welcome Back BBQ is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Come join us for food, music, games, and fun! 

Contact: Jamie Butler Chidozie, CME Director,, 319.273.2250



8:00 p.m. - Chi Alpha Campus Ministry Tuesday Night Gathering

Location: Lang Auditorium

Chi Alpha is a Christian campus ministry that exists to give students an opportunity to encounter the love of God and grow in relationship with Jesus and others. Join us for our first gathering of the year as we worship, talk about the love of God, and hang out with one another! All are invited!

Contact: Jon Griffin, Chi Alpha President,



8:00 p.m. The Good Life Fall Kickoff

Location: Maucker Union Ballroom

The Good Life college ministry will be kicking off the year in the Maucker Union Ballroom. There will be community, music, and preaching that's all about Jesus! This is a great time to connect with other students and our leaders. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Contact: Allison Bailey, 


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. UNI Harvest Festival

Location: UNI Panther Plot, next to Biology Research Complex

The festival will feature free food and music as well as highlight the work of students. A number of groups from across UNI will participate in the event and highlight their sustainability and food-related events. 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. UNI ROTC Laser Tag

Location: West Gym

The UNI ROTC with help from the Iowa National Guard will present the most tactical laser tag experiecne at the University of Northern Iowa. Come show off your skills at the West Gym.

Contact: Trey Roosa,

7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Bash in the Stacks

Location: Rod Library

Rod Library will be hosting Bash in the Stacks. "What is this?" you ask? It is an opportunity to check out the Rod Library, play games, eat popcorn, be loud, and meet your co-Panthers. Follow Rod Library on social media for details. 

Contact: Melinda Beland, Rod Library:, 319.273.2802









12:00 p.m. - The Good Life Student Grillout

Location: 815 Orchard Drive

The Good Life college ministry welcomes all students to come to the 10:30 service at Redeemer Chruch. Afterward there will be a huge grillout for all students! Rides are available- just contact us with the information below!

Contact: Dirk Wiese,






6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Donut Social with Sorority Life

Location: Campanile 

Come to the Campanile for donuts with friends and talk to women about what Sorority Life has to offer here on campus. Get questions answered about life at UNI, sorority life, and/or upcoming Sorority Recruitment events. Rain location is the Hemisphere Lounge in Maucker Union. 

Contact: Emily Jones,, 319.721.4462 




5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Rainbow Reception

Location GBPAC Lobby

Join us for an evening of information sharing, networking, fellowship, and desserts to welcome back our LGBTQ+ students and allies to campus! All are welcome to attend this free event.

Contact: Emily Harsch, LGBT* Center,, 319.273.5428 



6:00 p.m. American Marketing Association Kick-Off

Location: John Deere Auditorium (CBB 109)

AMA is a non-profit business organization for young, passionate future marketers. Our mission is to successfully develop future marketers through professional interaction and exposure to current and relevant marketing information. We also place a strong value on service to the community and mentorship to students who have expressed interest in the field of marketing. All majors are welcome to attend!

Contact: Kennedy Elliott,, 319.504.3896