UMass Amherst Back-To-School Information

Important dates

* Sun., Sept. 6 - First-year students move in
* Mon., Sept. 7 - Returning students move in
* Tues., Sept. 8 - Registration Day
* Wed., Sept. 9 - First day of classes

Welcoming convocation for the Class of 2002 will be held Sun. Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mullins Center. The opening fanfare will be played by professor Walter M. Chesnut, campus herald. The new students will be welcomed by Chancellor David K. Scott; Student Government Association (SGA) President Salwa Shamapande; professor of biochemistry and microbiology Anne Simon; and Karen Miranda, of the Class of 2001. Performing at the Mullins Center will be the Doo-Wop Shop, an a capella group of undergraduate men. The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, under the direction of professor George N. Parks, will present musical selections from the upcoming 1998 season. The UMass cheerleaders and dance team will also be on hand to entertain the crowd.

In keeping with a recent University tradition, the convocation will be immediately followed by First Night, a series of festive events in the Campus Center and the Student Union Building. Activities will include The First Night Dance-in /Club 2002, a dance in the Student Union Ballroom; a First Night movie, "Deep Impact," in the Campus Center Auditorium, at about 9:30 p.m., sponsored by the SGA; and the Best of the Open Stage, a performance by first-year students in the Blue Wall Coffee House, sponsored by the New Students Program. Refreshments will be available in the Commonwealth Room in the Student Union Building, courtesy of Auxiliary Services. New students will also have an opportunity to sign up for an array of outdoor activities scheduled for Monday, and hosted by the Outing Club. All First Night events are sponsored by the Student Government Association and the convocation planning committee, and are free.

Day One/First Week will kick off on Mon. Sept. 7, with bus tours leaving the Hasbrouck bus stop every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour includes bus information and a tour of downtown Amherst. Also on Monday, tours of the Textbook Annex and classroom buildings will leave from the front steps of the Student Union Building every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A wide variety of student groups and organizations will have informational displays along the Campus Center Concourse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Campus Activities Office and the New Students Program. Workshops and information sessions will be held on the lower level of the Campus Center throughout the day. Students who signed up for Outing Club activities will depart from the steps of the Student Union Building at scheduled times.

Also on Mon. Sept. 7, a day-long FunFest is scheduled for the Library Lawn, alongside the Campus Pond, from noon - 4 p.m. New students are invited to enjoy free food and festivities. The event will include carnival games, prizes, snacks, and college kits filled with free give-aways. The first 500 people to arrive will receive a free UMass T-shirt. The event is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Relations Society, as well as Auxiliary Services.

Tues. Sept. 8 - The First Week movie, "Primary Colors," will be shown in the Campus Center Auditorium at 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Office and is free.

Wed. Sept. 9 - A first-run movie, "Mulan," will be shown outdoors on Metawampee Lawn, adjacent to the Campus Center complex, at dusk. Also scheduled will be tethered hot air balloon rides, and more. Balloon rides begin at 6 p.m. The events are sponsored by the First Week committee and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Refreshments will be served.

Thurs. Sept. 10 - A blues show featuring popular blues singer and guitarist K.J. James will be held in the Campus Center Auditorium at 8 p.m. Following the concert, the movie "Primary Colors" will be screened.

Fri. Sept. 11 - A variety of events will be held as part of "A Taste of UMass" in the Student Union Ballroom at 8 p.m. The event will include: comedian Rudy Rush at 8 p.m., kicking off this year’s "Something Every Friday" series. Following the performance will be a DJ dance, beginning at approximately 9 p.m., also in the Student Union Ballroom. Also on Friday evening, the movie "Mulan" will be shown in the Campus Center Auditorium at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Mon. Sept. 7- Fri. Sept. 11 - WMUA will hold its annual poster sale from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.