Thousands of new and returning students will converge once again upon UND's campus


David L. Dodds

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Thousands of new and returning students will converge once again upon UND's campus

The population of the University of North Dakota’s campus community is about to explode!

Thousands upon thousands of new and returning students, their families and friends soon will be filling residence halls and taking site-seeing tours up and down University Avenue in anticipation for the new academic year that’s about to start. UND Welcome Weekend officially kicks off Saturday (Aug. 22), when the doors of residence halls will be flung open and able staff and volunteers will be on hand greet and assist another crop of eager students.

Many of these students ? those who are becoming a part of the UND family for the first time ? will have plenty of opportunities to get acclimated to their new homes on campus over the next several days before the first full day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25. With concerts, luncheons, socials and more, the students, including the incoming freshman class, will feel right at home.

A few of these special events that new students will want to note are the Class of 2019 Photo and Pep Rally set for 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23, at Memorial Stadium. Then there’s New Student Convocation at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 24 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. This is a special moment for students as they embark on their academic path here at UND. An All-Campus Luncheon will follow Convocation at the Gorecki Alumni Center right next door.

Welcome Weekend eventually will usher in Welcome Week ? Aug. 25-30 ? with even more fun and informative events for new and returning students.

'One-Stop' hub

New and returning students should be sure to visit or call One-Stop Student Services, which opened last September on the first floor of the Memorial Union. One-Stop is a game changer for student services. It’s an all-in-one destination where students can access services and answers to questions on admissions, student accounts, financial aid, parking services and more.

New developments

This year, we are celebrating several construction projects that are winding down around campus. Once finished, they are sure to make the UND student experience even better. For instance, the former Wilkerson Dining Center, now known as Wilkerson Commons, has undergone a major addition and renovation that will make it one of the premier collegiate dining and gathering facilities in the region. On the east side of campus, the massive UND Athletics High-Performance Center is about to open as one of the largest indoor practice facilities around. It will provide much-needed year-round training space for football, track and field, baseball, softball and more.

The UND School of Law also is set to open the doors on its renovation and expansion this fall. Other construction projects currently underway include a new headquarters for the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, a new hub for Unmanned Aerospace Systems education and research at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; and the College of Engineering & Mines’ new Collaborative Energy Complex.

Important events

Here is a rundown of everything you need to know about UND’s Welcome Weekend and the week beyond. In closing, let us be some of the first to say ? Welcome to UND! And if you’re returning ? Welcome back!

David Dodds University & Public Affairs writer

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