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Students Welcomed Back to Campus

Contact: Kelley Bozeman

UK's First Lady Patsy Todd and President Lee T. Todd Jr. greet an arriving new student last year.
UK's First Lady Patsy Todd and President Lee T. Todd Jr. greet an arriving new student last year.

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New to this year's events will be UK FUSION (For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods), a day in which the university community will come together and complete service projects throughout Lexington. UK FUSION will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25; beginning at Haggin Field, participants will be transported to various work sites. After UK FUSION, students can enjoy the Wildcat Rookie Camp at Commonwealth Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. This event features the pep band, cheerleaders, and mascots.

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August 19, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- As students begin to return to Lexington, the University of Kentucky will officially begin its fall semester from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in Memorial Coliseum, part of the 2003 Kentucky Welcome. Following the Cat Walk, a new student processional, and the Opening Convocation, students and their families will join President and Mrs. Lee T. Todd Jr., college deans, faculty, and staff in the Student Center Ballroom to mingle and talk about college life.

Campus Ruckus will be another event kicking off the fall semester. Beginning at 9 p.m. Aug. 23, students are invited to the Haggin Field for music, games, and a pizza taste-off. And on Aug. 24, students can participate in the Student Center Spectacular. This event, billed as “entertainment everywhere,” runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and is one of the most anticipated events of Kentucky Welcome.

New to this year's events will be UK FUSION (For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods), a day in which the university community will come together and complete service projects throughout Lexington. UK FUSION will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25; beginning at Haggin Field, participants will be transported to various work sites. After UK FUSION, students can enjoy the Wildcat Rookie Camp at Commonwealth Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. This event features the pep band, cheerleaders, and mascots.

Other events and activities planned as part of the 2003 Kentucky Welcome are listed below. A more detailed list is available by visiting 2003 Kentucky Welcome.

• Aug. 22
- 9 a.m.-7 p.m.: New students begin moving into residence halls.
- 3-6 p.m., Small Ballroom, Student Center: African-American Freshman Focus Orientation: Students and parents are introduced to UK's Multicultural Affairs staff, receive information about services and activities and discuss strategies for college success.
- 7-9 p.m., Haggin Field: Join in a volleyball game and enjoy free ice cream with members of several campus ministry groups.

• Aug. 23
- 9-11 a.m., 128 Erikson Hall: School of Human Environmental Sciences Continental Breakfast: New and returning students in this school, their parents, and guests are invited to meet the faculty. Brief remarks will be offered at 10 a.m.
- 9:30-10:30 a.m., Singletary Center for the Arts, Recital Hall: The Honors Program will welcome its students at this breakfast orientation.
- 10:30-noon, Helen G. King Alumni House, Legacy Reception: Students whose parents are alumni of UK are invited to an Alumni Association reception.
- 11 a.m.-noon, Student Center: Out-of-State Get-to-Know-You Gatherings: The UK Parent Association offers the opportunity for students and their families to meet other parents and students from their own states and regions.
- Noon-12:50 p.m., Student Center’s Center Theatre: "S.O.S. for Success" gives students tips on getting off to a good academic start at UK.
- Noon-12:50 p.m., Student Center’s Worsham Theatre: “Straight Talk: What every parent should know about college and alcohol” gives parents a chance to discuss the latest trends, attitudes and behaviors concerning alcohol on college campuses.
- 1-1:50 p.m., Student Center’s Worsham Theatre: Representatives from UK Police, Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Office of Residence Life will talk about campus safety.
- 3:30-4 p.m., Cat Walk New Student Processional: Residence hall students and their families will meet in the lobbies of their residence halls and walk together to the opening convocation in Memorial Coliseum.
- 8-9 p.m., residence halls: Students living in the halls will meet with their hall's resident director and staff.

• Aug. 24
- 2-3 p.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m., Student Center's Worsham Theatre: "The Date," a play about relationships, sex, violence and alcohol performed by UK students, gives students needed information about college dating.
- 2 p.m. or 3:15 p.m., Student Center Information Desk: Campus tours.
- 8 p.m., Student Center parking lot: Reality Check will feature simulated alcohol impairment games and free UK T-shirts.

• Aug. 25
- 8 a.m.-5 p.m., W.D. Funkhouser Building: Student Billing Services, Financial Aid, and University Registrar offices will be open to answer students’ questions. A help station will be available in the first floor lobby.
- 3-5 p.m., Health Sciences Building: College of Health Sciences Open House.
- 8 p.m.-midnight, Fraternity houses and recruitment locations: Fraternity Open Houses. Students interested in joining a fraternity are encouraged to stop by, meet the members, and ask questions.
- 9 p.m., Kirwan/Blanding Complex area (in case of rain, Commons Ballroom): outdoor movie, “The Matrix.”

• Aug. 26
- 8 a.m.-5 p.m., W.D. Funkhouser Building: Student Billing Services, Financial Aid, and University Registrar offices will be open to answer students’ questions. A help station will be available in the first floor lobby.
- 10 a.m.-8 p.m., various locations and start times: Open houses will be held at the Student Volunteer Center, Kentucky Kernel, the Kentuckian, Army ROTC, WRFL, the Disability Resource Center, Study Abroad Services, the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center, Student Activities Board, Student Employment, Campus Recreation, and Underground Fitness Center.
- 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., William T. Young Library: Tours.
- 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Memorial Hall: College of Engineering Orientation.
- 2-4 p.m., various locations: Academic college meetings. All new students should attend the meeting held by their college.
- College of Agriculture, Seay Auditorium, Ag Science Center
- College of Arts and Sciences, 118 White Hall Classroom Building
- College of Business and Economics, Atrium, Gatton Business and Economics Building
- College of Communications and Information Studies, Grehan Journalism Building
- College of Design (architecture only), 209 Pence Hall
- College of Engineering (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), Memorial Hall
- College of Fine Arts, lobby, Singletary Center for the Arts
- College of Health Sciences, (3-5 p.m., Aug. 25, see listing above) commons area, Health Sciences Building
- College of Nursing, first floor patio, College of Nursing Building
- College of Social Work, 620 Patterson Office Tower
- Undergraduate Education, outside, Miller Hall
- 6-8 p.m., Rose Bowl, William T. Young Library: Taste of UK. Campus Cuisine invites you to experience a free sampling of food.
- 6-9 p.m., Rose Bowl, William T. Young Library: Night of Flight. See UK and Lexington from a hot air balloon.

• Aug. 27
- Classes begin.


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