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EIU Welcome Weekend


What is Welcome Weekend?

Welcome Weekend offers educational and social opportunities for you to learn about community expectations and how you connect to Eastern - opportunities that will provide you with a solid foundation for both personal and academic success. You can take a sneak peak at the official Welcome Weekend program here!

Welcome Weekend 2022

Welcome Weekend 2022 Schedule: August 18-21

Thursday, August 18
  • 8 am: Residence Hall Move-In begins for new students
  • 7-9 pm: New Student Mixer - Silent Dance Party
    Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union
    Grand Ballroom

    Featuring live DJs, digital headphones, t-shirt giveaways, dance contest, mocktails, and more!
Friday, August 19
  • 9 am: Welcome Weekend Check-In and New Student Photo required for all new students
    O'Brien Stadium
2021 Class Photo
  • 10 am: Academic Showcases required for all new students
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Doudna Fine Arts Center Concourse
    • College of Health and Human Services: MLK Jr. Union, Charleston Mattoon Room
    • College of Education: University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union
    • Lumpkin College of Business and Technology: Lumpkin Hall Auditorium
    • Undecided Students: Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union
  • 11:30 am-1 pm: Community Picnic
    South Quad
    Join the entire community for lunch!  We'll provide the food, just show us your Panther Card and you're in!
  • 1-3 pm: Booth Library Open House with therapy dogs, games, prizes, and refreshments!
  • 1-3 pm: Student Recreation Center Open House
    Student Recreation Center (SRC)
  • 2-4 pm: School of the Arts Orientation required for all students majoring in Art & Design, Music, and Theatre
    Doudna Concourse
  • 7-10 pm: Up All Night Big Screen Movie
    Movie: "Jumanji:  Welcome to the Jungle"
    Tarble Arts Center Field
    Featuring big screen movie, t-shirt giveaways, community service project, refreshments, and more!
Saturday, August 20
  • 9 am-12:30 pm: Jumpstart to Give required for all freshmen
  • 1-3 pm: Find Your Classes Tours
    Tours depart from the Information Booth on the Library Quad
  • 3-5 pm: Panther Connections required for all new students
    Choose one program for the 3 pm session and one program for the 4 pm session.
    • Career Services - Buzzard Auditorium Rm 1501
    • Staying Active Through Campus Recreation - Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union
    • It's All Greek to Me: Fraternities and Sororities at EIU - University Ballroom, MLK Jr. Union
    • Top Places to Know - Charleston Mattoon Room, MLK Jr. Union
    • Campus and Community Safety - Lumpkin Hall Auditorium, Room 2030
    • Getting Around: Transportation Tips - Arcola Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union
    • Go To Bat for Yourself: What to Do When You Need Help at EIU - Coleman Hall Auditorium, Room 1255
    • Getting Involved in Student Government - Bridge Lounge, 2nd Floor, MLK Jr. Union
  • 7-11 pm: Quakin' the Quad
    South Quad
    Featuring mobile zipline, rock wall, inflatables, BINGO, refreshments, giveaways, and more!
Quakin in the Quad
Sunday, August 21
  • 12-3 pm: Find Your Classes Tours
    Tours depart from the Information Booth on the Library Quad
  • 1-3 pm: Freshman Connection Meet and Greet required for all students in Freshman Connection
    South Quad
  • 1-3 pm: Transfer Connection Meet and Greet required for all students in Transfer Connection
    South Quad
  • 3-5 pm: Find Your Fit
    • LGBTQIA+ Community
      Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Stevenson Hall Lower Level
    • First-Gen Students
      McAfee Gymnasium, Room 2621
    • EIU Students Who Are Parents
      McAfee Gymnasium, Room 2631
    • Commuting Students
      24-Hour Lounge, MLK Jr. Union (First floor, east wing, across from the Panther Pantry)
    • Christian Faith Communities
      Driveway between Doudna Fine Arts Center and MLK Jr. University Union
  • 7-8 pm: Convocation required for all new students
    Lantz Arena
  • 8 pm: First Night Spirit Rally
    O'Brien Stadium
    Featuring live performances, giveaways, contests, prizes, and more!
First Night 2021

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