Press Release

Welcome to your new HOME! Welcome Weekend set to kickoff Friday, August 18


Sherry Mercurio
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Urbana, OH (August 11, 2017)

Welcome to your new HOME!
Welcome Weekend set to kickoff Friday, August 18

Welcome Weekend is a required event for new Urbana University students and serves as a comprehensive introduction to the academic and social environment at the University. Throughout Welcome Weekend, you’ll meet other new students, faculty, and staff while engaging in a variety of programs and interactive events on campus.

Throughout the weekend, you’ll engage in small groups led by upper-class Urbana students who will share the ins and outs of being and becoming a successful Blue Knight. Student Leaders will introduce you to the many resources and services available to you as a student and answer your questions as you prepare to start classes on Monday. Whether you are living on campus or commuting from home, Welcome Weekend is essential for your transition to Urbana. As an incoming student, attendance at Welcome Weekend events is one of our first expectations of your University Seminar (UNI199) class. We look forward to seeing you Friday, August 18.

For more information about Welcome Weekend, contact the or call 937-772-9281.

Welcome Weekend Schedule

Friday, August 18
1:30-4 pm:               Check-In *

Until 5pm:                 VIP Event
                                 Urbana University Bookstore, Student Center 

5pm:                         Welcome Dinner for Students & Families  *
                                 Commons Dining Hall


6:30pm:                    Welcome to Urbana University!  *
                                 Sara Landess Room
                                 Meet Knitro and learn about lots of Urbana traditions!

8pm:                         Playfair!  *
                                 Urbana University Stadium
                                 This is a series of fun activities and games to help meet other students and
                                 build community. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to enjoy     
                                 this event to the fullest!

Saturday, August 19

9am:                         Breakfast
                                 Commons Dining Hall
                                 New International Student Meeting
                                 Commons Dining Hall
                                 Learn the ins and outs of your I-20, Student Policies, and more.

10am:                       UNI 199 Session *
                                 Get your official New Student T-Shirt, Meet your UNI 199 instructor, peer
                                 mentor, and classmates

11am:                       Community Meetings  *
                                 Sara Landess Room
                                 Learn about how Urbana seeks to be a Community of Respect and how you
                                 might engage in your new community through residence life and our
                                 comprehensive student involvement activities and programs.

11:30am:                  Community Breakout Meetings  *
                                 Sara Landess Room
                                 Break out by residence halls and commuter students

Noon:                       Lunch
                                 Commons Dining Hall

1-5pm:                      Afternoon Rotations  *

  • Teambuilding (YMCA)
  • Online & Academic Success Workshop (Kelly Evans-Wilson)
  • Healthy Relationship Workshop (Project Woman)
  • Stay Safe on Campus (Campus Security)

5pm:                         Dinner
                                 Commons Dining Hall

7pm:                         Blue Knight Block Party!  *
                                 Monument Square
                                 Enjoy what the City of Urbana has for you! Sample food from downtown
                                 restaurants, food trucks, enjoy live music from New Haven (a band of all
                                 UU alum), check out the downtown merchants, and more!

Sunday, August 20

9:30am:                    Knights4Christ Morning Worship
                                 Moore Conference Room, Student Center

10:30am:                  Morning Yoga (Lotus Yoga Studio)
                                 Moore Conference Room, Student Center

11:30am:                  Brunch
                                 Commons Dining Hall

1pm:                         Returning Student Check-In
                                 Student Center

3pm:                         Urbana Plunge  *
                                 Meet at Student Center
                                 Take the knowledge of Urbana that you learned last night and put it to the
                                 test in this photo scavenger hunt around downtown!

5pm:                         Dinner
                                 Commons Dining Hall

7pm:                         Welcome Back Celebration
                                 Student Center
                                 Enjoy a night of hanging out at the Student Center and enjoy the night
                                 before classes start. Enjoy an ice cream sundae station, games, and much

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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