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August 20 - 23, 2015

University Board and Student Government kick off every new academic year with back-to-school programs, starting the Thursday before Fall classes begin with Mix It Up. Friday is Up All Nite, Saturday is Quakin' The Quad and festivities end Sunday with Student Government's First Night.

Events are all free to EIU students. Each year, event themes change along with the activities offered. Themes have included Fantasy Factory and Jammin' Jamaica, Spies Like US. Activities have included a rock climbing wall, free food, raffles, bingo, comedy shows, live reptiles and amphibians, free T-shirts, etc.

University Board and Student Government works with other departments and offices on campus to make these events possible. If you are interested in helping plan these events, look into joining University Board or Student Government.

2015 Back to School Events

NEW STUDENT MIXER - “Movie in the Quad”

Thursday, August 20, 8pm-10pm, South Quad


Up All Nite- “Under the Big Blue Top

Friday, August 21, 7pm-11pm, MLK Jr. Union


Quakin’ the Quad – "Panther Thrills: Carnival Night"

Saturday, August 22, 7pm-11pm, 9th Street Parking Lot


First Night - "First Night 2015"

Sunday, August 23, 6pm, South Quad

The final event of Back to School weekend is First Night. This event is a large scale pep rally that will show you how to "Bleed BLUE!" You will become familiar with the EIU fight song, President Perry, marching band, Billy, Student Athletes, and many more great EIU traditions.

Check out the "SLO Panther Fest Commercial" created by the Student Life Graduate Assistants at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtKPJI92mEs