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First Week 2014

Saturday, Sept. 13

Get to know your UMass Hometown!  |  Homecoming 2014  |  UMass Dining  |  Store and Textbook Annex Hours  |  Student-Run Businesses  |  Student Activities and Involvement  |  UMass Football

Saturday, September 13

Special Saturday Program for Campus Families with Young Children
10 a.m. – noon
Mill River Playground, Amherst
Arts & crafts, family concert with Roger Tincknell, light lunch and information for families.
Sponsored by the Office of Family Resources

Panhellenic Council Recruitment Session
7 – 9 p.m.
Student Union Building
For women interested in joining one of the seven sorority chapters of the Panhellenic Council.
Sponsored by the Panhellenic Council

Sponsored by Student Affairs and Campus Life, the Center for Student Development, UMass Dining Services, & many other campus partners 

Get to know your UMass Hometown!

Thursday, September 18
Celebrate Amherst Block Party
5 – 9 p.m.
Downtown Amherst
This event brings thousands of people downtown for the lively street fair including food booths, multiple stages with music, circus performers, bounce houses, and tables from many area organizations! The streets become your playground in this fantastic community event. Come check it out!

Homecoming 2014

September 22 – September 27
UMass Football returns to McGuirk! Celebrate with a whole week of spirit events and school traditions! For more information check out

UMass Dining Presents:

Monday, September 1
Welcome UMass Barbecue at Haigis Mall during dinner

Tuesday, September 2
Guest Chef Mai Pham at Hampshire DC during dinner

Wednesday, September 3
Guest Chef Alex Ong at Worcester DC during dinner

Thursday, September 4
General Mills Breakfast… Worcester, Franklin & Hampshire DCs

Friday, September 5
Best of New England at Hampshire DC, all day

Saturday, September 6
Baby Berk menu featured in all DCs for dinner

Sunday, September 7
Delivery Express menu featured in all DCs for dinner
Jazz Brunch at Worcester, Franklin & Berkshire DCs

Monday, September 8
Mid-Autumn Festival at Worcester & Hampshire DCs

Tuesday, September 9
Get Moving, SPE menu featured in all DCs for dinner

Wednesday, September 10
Grand Opening Ceremonies at Campus Center, 10:45 a.m. Ribbon Cutting.
Guest Chef Bruno Wehren at Hampshire DC for dinner

Thursday, September 11
Guest Chef Bruno Wehren at Hampshire DC for dinner

Friday, September 12
Guest Chef Bruno Wehren at Worcester DC for dinner

UStore and Textbook Annex Hours

Date                               UStore            Textbook Annex
Sun. August 31                 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.           11
a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mon. September 1              9 a.m. – 6 p.m.             9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Tues. September 2         8:30 a.m.
– 7 p.m.             9 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Wed. September 3         
8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.             9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thurs. September 4          8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.             9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri. September 5               8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.             9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Support your Student Businesses!

Tuesday 9/2
Campus Design and Copy opens for business.
10:30 a.m. 403 Student Union.
Pick up student academic packets, make copies, and buy planners and AGENDAS, made from recycled paper.

People’s Market opens at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Union.
Bagels, coffee, chai, tea and other small production beverages, as well as cheese and healthy snacks.

Wednesday 9/3
Bike Coop opens for business at 1:00 p.m. in 319 Student Union next to Earthfoods.
Bike repairs, parts, accessories and free air for tires!

Sunday 9/7
Greeno Sub Shop located in Greenough Residence Hall at 5:00 p.m.
Subs, wraps, snacks, and fun.

Sweets & More Snack Bar located in Field Residence Hall in Orchard Hill.
8:00 p.m. brings brownies, ice cream, milkshakes, and more.

Sylvan Snack Bar opens at 6:00 p.m. in McNamara Residence Hall
featuring quesadillas, snacks, and more!

Monday 9/8
Earthfoods Café opens at 11:00 a.m. to serve vegetarian and vegan entrees prepared fresh each day, often featuring kale as the vegetable of the day, depending on student farm availability.
310 Student Union.

Connect to Student Activities and Involvement

On Facebook - UMassStudentActivities
On Twitter - UMassSAI
On Instagram - UMassSAI

Interested in getting involved?

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UMass Football

Sat. September 6
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cheer on the UMass Football team in the west and the east. This year, there are three games at McGuirk and three games at Gillette Stadium. For more information, go to