The Must-See Events of Welcome Week 2015

Whether it’s welcome home or welcome back, VCU’s Welcome Week 2015 is bound to be an exciting, fun-filled week of free food, fun and freebies for new students and returners alike.

Welcome WeekThis year’s Welcome Week features a wide variety of new and traditional events geared towards VCU’s diverse student body – from canoeing, to movie nights, to food trucks, to informational events and everything in between – Welcome Week 2015, which takes place from August 15- 23, will be another must-go week of events filled with opportunities to become a part of VCU, explore what VCU has to offer and to get empowered to build your future here and beyond.

While every event guarantees a good time, we have the highlights right here! All events listed below are open to all, while some events in the full schedule are geared towards specific audiences. For the full line-up of events, visit or download the guidebook app for VCU Welcome Week 2015, available for both Android and Mac in the app store.

Saturday, August 15

What: Novelty Night

When: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Virginia Rooms, University Student Commons

Why should I go?: Novelty Night will feature a photobooth and free henna tattoos! Bring your friends and get some new pictures for your dorm room or apartment!

What: Saliesh the Hypotist
When: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. performances

Where: Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons
Why should I go?: Always been curious about a hypnotist? Your attention will be glued to the stage in anticipation of what might happen next. The high energy, completely interactive show guarantees a good time!

PlayfairSunday, August 16

What: Playfair

When: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Siegel Center

Why should I go?: Playfair features a variety of collaborative, entertaining team building activities which guarantees you’ll walk away with some new friends and some VCU spirit!

 What: Fun Run/Walk with Convocation Speaker Zoë Romano

When: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Where: The Wellness Resource Center; 815 S. Cathedral Pl.

Why should I go?: You’ll get the opportunity to hit the pavement for a brisk walk or energizing run with Welcome Week 2015 Convocation Speaker Zoë Romano, the first to ever run the route of the Tour de France. The run will start at The Well and end with a tour of Rec Sports. Goody bags provided! Bring your VCU ID. Space is limited to the first 60 students who register, so reserve yoZoe-Romano-profileur spot early by calling The Well at 804-828-9355.

Monday, August 17

What: Learning Innovation at VCU

When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Academic Learning Commons, 4th Floor

Why should I go?:  Visit the many high-engagement environments in the Division of Learning Innovation and Student Success to see what helps to make your VCU academic experience distinctive and successful. Visit the Academic Learning Transformation Laboratory (ALT Lab), with the latest in creative, technology-enhanced active learning, including the famous “Jazzmosphere” and our new gaming and learning lounge and the Writing Center, where our writing consultants will tell you how they can help you reach your goals. We like to think of it as a “mind spa” to help you tap into your best thinking to succeed in reading, writing, and research for any class!

What: Ask an Advisor

When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Hibbs Hall first floor
Why should I go?: Stop by the University Academic Advising office to get tips on how to

make your college experience successful. Come talk to an academic advisor to answer questions regarding your courses, schedule, academic support services and to schedule your first advising appointment. We’ll help you discover skills for success!

What: Bike Tour of Richmond
When: 3 p.m.
Where:  Outing Rental Center, 130 South Linden Street

Why should I go?: No need to register, first come first served. Trip includes bike rental

and helmet. FREE! There is no better way to see Richmond than on a bike! Our leisurely trip will show you many of the enjoyable places that you can ride to right from the middle of campus. This fantastic orientation to the city will give you an introduction to many of the parks, shopping areas, restaurants, historic buildings, and landmarks in RVA.

What: Library Fest
When: 2-4 p.m.
Where:Cabell Library

Why should I go?: Free food, fun and a chance to win a pair of Beats headphones!

Come explore the wonders of Cabell Library, we’ll have tables set up throughout Cabell Library with information, refreshments, Starbucks samples and various giveaways including a chance to win Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones. Come join us at the Library Fest!CMNfpYpWUAAV1mx

What: Guante
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: University Commons Theater, University Student Commons

Why should I go?: Guante is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist, educator and writer. He and/or his work has appeared on Upworthy, MSNBC, Racialicious, Feministing, MPR, The Progressive, City Pages’ “Artist of the Year” list and URB

Magazine’s “Next 1000” list. He’s shared bills with Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, Brother Ali, Dead Prez, Sage Francis, Andrea Gibson, Doomtree, Zion I and more. Guante also founded the MN Activist Project and Hip Hop Against Homophobia concert series, writes articles at Opine Season and elsewhere, and facilitates writing/performance workshops for youth.

into-the-streets-service-plungeTuesday, August 18

What: Into the Streets Service Plunge

When: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Common Ground, University Student Commons

Why should I go?:  To join this annual tradition where teams of students volunteer at local nonprofit agencies for a morning of service. From helping with farming, the elderly, the environment and more, there is a project for everyone. For details on each project and to register, visit, log in using your VCU ID, and RSVP for yourself and a friend for the project that appeals to you. FREE giveaways and lunches to all who register! For additional questions contact Beth Ward, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at
Into the Streets

What: VCU Career Services Drop-In Hours
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: University Student Commons, Room 143

Why should I go?:  To meet with a career adviser during Welcome Week to review your resume, make a plan for finding a part-time job, learn about career advising overall, or talk about any other career-related topics of your interest! Light refreshments will be provided. No appointment needed – just stop by!

What: First-Year Student Mixer

When: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
Where: Bear Hall Lawn, MCV Campus

Why Should I go?: The First-Year Student Mixer is an opportunity for new students on

the MCV Campus to connect and collaborate over music, food and dance. Come out and join your peers for a couple of hours of fun.


What: Paint Your Culture

When: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: University Student Commons, Room 215

Why should I go?: Students will have the chance to step out of their comfort zone and

explore their cultural creativity through an intentional painting session. OMSA will provide all the materials needed including canvases, paints and aprons. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience painting you will be given step-by-step instructions and make sure you walk away with a masterpiece. Pre-registration is required at Space is limited.

What: Open Mic Night
When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons

Why should I go?: To join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs for a live show that features YOU! We encourage students to not only come out and support their fellow Rams but also sign up to show off your spoken word, music or comedic talents. Featuring Good Clear Sound.

Wednesday, August 19

What: New Student Convocation, Ram Spirit Walk and Block Party

When: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Siegel Center, Block party at Monroe Park following the Spirit Walk
Why should I go?: To be formally welcomed to your new home! Hear from VCU’s leaders, including VCU President Dr. Michael Rao, and learn more about VCU. The keynote speaker for this year’s convocation will be Zoë Romano, the first person to run the route of the Tour de France. Following the Convocation The Ram Spirit Walk will welcome new students and celebrate their entrance into the University community with a rousing pep rally and a marching band-led walk from the Siegel Center to Monroe Park, where students can bring their VCU Card, get a meal, meet new people and listen to the sounds of a great local DJ!

What: DSA MCV Campus Orientation Fair

When:11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,

Where:  Larrick Student Center

Why should I go?: To attend a  special event for first-year students. Meet representatives from departments throughout the MCV Campus and learn what services are available to graduate and professional students. Free lunch for the first 400 students!

What: Rec Sports Night

When: 6 -10 p.m.

Where: Cary St. Gym and Field

Why should I go?: To check out everything Recreational Sports has to offer. Special activities at Cary Street Gym include: Rec Sports T-Shirt Giveaway (6-9 p.m.), Climbing wall is open (6-9 p.m.), Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) Yoga (6 p.m.), Water Exercise Class (7 p.m.), Inner Tube Water Polo (8 p.m.), Personal Fitness Trainer Info Session (7-10 p.m.), Group Exercise Classes (check schedule), Medic (6-8 p.m.), Indoor Soccer (8 p.m.-Midnight), Water Volleyball (6-9 p.m.). At Cary Street Field we will be having on-going activities which include slack line, corn hole, fitness obstacle course, photo booths, snow cones, dunk tank, Sports Club Fair (7-9 p.m.), Mass Group Exercise Class (6:30 p.m.), Bubble Soccer (7:30 p.m.), Moonlight Yoga (9:30 p.m.).

What: Nutrition Fair

When: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Shafer Dining Court – First Floor

Why should I go?” To meet the vendors who proudly serve you VCU and learn what healthy products they offer on campus. Free samples and prizes available!

Thursday, August 20

What: The Great Bike Roundup

When:10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:University Student Commons Plaza

Why should I go?: The Great Bike Roundup is an event to encourage people to ride bikes for any reason, to learn to do so safely, to learn about all the bike-related resources and opportunities at VCU and in Richmond, to register their bikes with VCU PD, to meet local bike shops, and to have fun participating in games, raffles, scavenger hunts, and more.

What: Block Party: MCV Campus

When: 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: Bear Hall Lawn (MCV) (Rain Location: Larrick Student Center – Court End Ballroom)

Why should I go?: Celebrate and embrace the opportunity to network with others! Enjoy the fabulous “Doors Wide Open” band, balloon artists, caricaturist, jumbo Jenga game, raffles and giveaways.

Friday, August 21

What: Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities (SOVO) Fair

When: 3 – 6 p.m.,

Where: Siegel Center

SOVO2015logoFallWhy should I go?: The Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities (SOVO) Fair is one of the annual traditions at VCU. It’s an exciting event that serves as a kick off to promote student engagement in campus life and the Richmond community. Student organizations have tables to showcase their groups and recruit new members. Community agencies from around the city participate to raise awareness and recruit volunteers for both short and long-term placement. Information on organizations and other involvement opportunities will be provided. Bring all of your Welcome Week raffle tickets to be entered into the big prize drawing!

Saturday, August 22


When: 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Floyd Avenue, in front of the University Student Commons

Why should I go?:Come out to enjoy the diverse food trucks that Richmond has to offer!

Stop by tables outside of the University Student Commons for a FREE $5 voucher to use at any of the food trucks!

What: RamRock the Block


When: 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Floyd Ave, in front of the University Student Commons

Why should I go?: To join the fraternity and sorority community for an afternoon of fun

featuring games, food and prizes!

To keep up with Welcome Week on social media, follow us on Twitter at @VCUwelcomeweek, on Facebook at and on Snapchat at vcucommons!

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