Fall NSO Schedule

2019

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Friday, August 30

First-Year Move-In Day

8 AM Undergraduate International Student Advising - Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall

All degree seeking, undergraduate, international students are required to attend this orientation overview and advising session.

10 AM - 6 PM Parent Services Fall Welcome 

We welcome new UMass families to campus on move-in day for first-year students. Staff, students and parent volunteers will be on hand to greet families, share resources and answer questions. We also have a special surprise for you to make for your UMass student!

5 PM  Commonwealth Honors College Induction Ceremony - Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Students and their families are invited to the Honors Induction Ceremony. Following the ceremony, students will go to dinner in the Dining Commons. Families are invited to join them before saying their goodbyes.

7- 8:30 PM First-Year Student Floor Meetings - located in your Residence Hall

See your Resident Assistant (RA) for details on your meeting.

8 PM - 12 AM The Big U - Haigis Mall

A campus carnival brought to you by the University Programming Council (UPC). 

9 PM -  12 Midnight Late Night Dining - Berkshire Dining Commons

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Saturday, August 31

Transfer Move-In Day

10 AM RAP Meet and Greet - in Your Residence Hall

Students living in RAPs meet with your RA for a short get together and picture, then go to brunch together. 

11 AM - 1 PM Brunch - at the Dining Commons (DCs)

11 AM & 11:45 AM  Tour of Permaculture Garden - Franklin Dining Commons

Learn about gardening techniques that are more than just sustainable and meet new, like-minded friends!

12 - 2 PM  Adventure into Amherst - Downtown Amherst

Come and meet your downtown neighbors and find out why it’s called a perfect place to live. Local business owners are eager to welcome you to your new home.  Enjoy music, delicious food, deals at local shops and much more!  Meet in your residential areas to walk into town.

2:30 - 3:30 PM  UMass Food Tour - Meet outside Campus Center Auditorium

Explore the many options and hidden gems from UMass Dining! 

2 - 5 PM  Ice Skating - Mullins Center Practice Rink

Chill out on the ice with your new friends!

2 - 5 PM  Drawn Together - Campus Center Auditorium (Lower Level)

Bring your friends or make some new ones while you create your masterpiece including coloring, card making, and learning about community service opportunities.

2 - 5:30 PM  UPlay - Intramural Fields next to the Mullins Center

Play lawn games, enjoy inflatables, and get information about intramural sports jobs. Snacks, giveaways, and games await you.

6 PM  Many Voices. One Community. - Mullins Center

Each new student brings a unique voice to our campus community. Join us for award-winning international cuisine, performances and conversations about all the differences that together make UMass a strong and inclusive living and learning community. (Tonight's dinner will be served at this event, not in the Dining Commons.) Please note: patrons of the Mullins Center will be required to walk through metal detectors when entering the venue. To expedite the process, we ask that students remove cell phones from their pockets and encourage you to avoid bringing bags to the facility. Purses and other small personal bags are allowed but will be inspected at all entrances and may delay your entry to the arena.

8 PM  Out of State & International Student Meet-Up - Marriott Center, Campus Center, 11th floor

Learn about useful resources and local customs while connecting with other out of state and international students.

9 PM - 12 Midnight  Mall Madness - Catch a Bus to the Hampshire Mall from your Residential Area

UMass invades the Hampshire Mall after hours! Catch a bus from your residential area to Hadley for special student discounts, giveaways, laser tag, skating, and even a late-night movie!

9 PM - 12 Midnight Late Night Dining- Berkshire DC

9 PM - 1 AM The Residence Hall Association Presents: Hallapoloza - Campus Center Auditorium

The Residence Hall Association presents a night full of over-sized games, crafts (including Stuff N’ Animal, sand art, and more), a swag giveaway, and of course lots of free food catered by UMass #1 Dining. Have fun making memories and capturing them with the photo booth. Also come meet the students who will help make UMass your home away from home.

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Sunday, September 1

8 AM - 6 PM  New2U Tag Sale - Curry Hicks Cage

Come shop around for all your thirfty desires: futons, TVs, mini-fridges, storage containers, clothing and LOADS MORE.

10 AM - 12 PM  Yoga by the Pond  - Campus Pond

Take some time for yourself on the hectic move in weekend and enjoy a yoga session by the scenic campus pond!

12 Noon - 5 PM  UFest - Goodell Lawn

Join us for a campus festival featuring: Student Performances & Best of NSO Open Mic, Interactive Displays, Games, Carnival Activities, Library Tours, Sidewalk Chalk and UMass Dining Food Tents. Lunch will be at UFest, and not the Dining Commons.

4 - 7 PM  Ice Skating - Mullins Center Practice Rink

Chill out on the ice with your new friends!

5 - 7 PM  Dinner at the DCs

7 PM  Transfer Welcome Reception - Marriott Center, Campus Center, 11th floor

Meet other incoming transfer students while you learn about campus resources. Show off your UMass knowledge for a chance to win awesome prizes!

7:30 - 10 PM  Get Your Game On - Learning Commons, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Get your semester off to a winning start! Come enjoy a night of fun, games, and prizes!

8 PM  LOL @UMass Comedy Show - Haigis Mall

A fun comedy night that features three hilarious comedians. 

9 PM - 12 Midnight Late Night Dining - Berkshire and Worcester Dining Commons

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Monday, September 2

11 AM - 12 PM Off-Campus Student Meet Up - Off Campus Student Center, 103 Bartlett Hall

Meet fellow off-campus students and get to know your Off Campus Student Meet Up before heading to lunch and your college meetings. Lunch for off campus students to be provided by NSO.

 

12 PM - 12:45 PM - Lunch/ College Meetings by College

Lunch: CNS, ISOM, CICS, ENGIN, NURS, EDUC

College MeetingsGet ready for the start of the semester with a welcome from your dean.

  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts: Campus Center Auditorium
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
  • School of Public Health & Health Sciences: Mahar Auditorium 

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM - Lunch/ College Meetings by College

Lunch: HFA, SBS, PHHS

College MeetingsGet ready for the start of the semester with a welcome from your dean.

  • College of Education: Integrative Learning Center N151
  • College of Engineering: Campus Center Auditorium 
  • College of Information and Computer Sciences: Mahar Auditorium
  • College of Natural Sciences (including Stockbridge): Mullins Center
  • College of Nursing: Skinner Hall
  • Isenberg School of Management: Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

2 - 2:30 PM  Pick Up Your University T-Shirt - Mullins Center Concourse

2:30 PM  New Students Convocation & Class Picture - Mullins Center

Your offical welcome to UMass Amherst and the start of the fall semester! Immediately following Convocation, join your classmates for your class picture. Then follow the band in the traditional Minuteman March to the Fall Welcome BBQ.

Please note: patrons of the Mullins Center will be required to walk through metal detectors when entering the venue. To expedite the process, we ask that students remove cell phones from their pockets and encourage you to avoid bringing bags to the facility. Purses and other small personal bags are allowed but will be inspected at all entrances and may delay your entry to the arena.

4 - 7 PM  Fall Welcome BBQ - Haigis Mall

The UMass community unites for food, fun and a chance to see old friends and make new ones! Open to all students, returning and new!

4 -7 PM  Ice Skating - Mullins Center Practice Rink

Chill out on the ice with your new friends!

9 PM - 12 Midnight Late Night Dining - Berkshire and Worcester Dining Commons

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Tuesday, September 3

First Day of Classes

Check your schedule in SPIRE for class times and locations

Auditions for the Music & Dance Department's many ensembles

Play an Instrument? Love to sing? Don’t leave those talents at home – make them part of your UMass experience – click here for more information.

 Fall Welcome and #40DaysofUMass

Your welcome to the UMass community continues with Fall Welcome and #40DaysofUMass. Check these pages daily for events, tips, updates, and resources throughout the first 40 days of your UMass experience. 

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