Bulldog Welcome Week

BWW 2023

A BIG BULLDOG WELCOME

Your first week at UMD starts here. We have a whole lineup of events that will prepare you for your arrival on campus and beyond!

How to Prepare:

  • Come into all phases of Welcome Week with open eyes. Try new things or be willing to attend events you want to attend even if it's without anyone you know!
  • Find all Welcome Week/Welcome Back Events on Bulldog Connect
  • Download the Bulldog Mobile App.
  • Follow us on Instagram @KirbyUMD
  • Have questions? Ask them! [email protected] 

BULLDOG WELCOME WEEK 2024

Schedule still being finalized - check back later for more details

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Wednesday, August 21st

Bulldog Bash
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Ordean Court

Volleyball
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Field 1 & 2

Glensheen Concert on the Pier - Ross Thorn with Life Parade!
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Glensheen Mansion - Bus will pick students up from UMD in Maroon Lot B

Kickball
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Field 1 & 2

Planetarium Show: What Does Your Zodiac Sign Really Mean? - Learn the story of your zodiac sign, why it has changed, and the surprisingly scientific history behind astrology.
7:00 - 7:30 PM
Planetarium

DIY Terrariums - Join our Kirby Program Board in potting your own succulent plant!
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Kirby Commons

Planetarium Show: What Does Your Zodiac Sign Really Mean? - Learn the story of your zodiac sign, why it has changed, and the surprisingly scientific history behind astrology.
8:00 - 8:30 PM
Planetarium

Movie: An Extremely Goofy Movie
8:00 - 10:00 PM
Bohannon Hall 90 (Boh 90)

Mocktails & Mario Kart 
8:30 - 10:00 PM
Kirby Ballroom

Thursday, August 22nd

Sex, Drugs, and Mental Wellness - College Survival Tips
9:00 - 10:00
Solon Campus Center 21

University Honors (UH 101) - UH is an amazing program designed to point you to success as a student, a citizen, an employee, and as a human being. There are still a few seats available Fall 2024. If you are interested, this workshop is for you!
10:00 - 11:00
KAML 119 (UH Classroom)

College Learning Hacks - Are you ready for your college-level courses? Take 30 minutes to level up your high school skills to meet the new challenges of college. In this session, you will add to your inventory of learning strategies, learn how to get through all that reading, and discuss ways to manage stress. Plus you'll hear about UMD’s three best resources to hack your learning!
10:00 - 11:00
Solon Campus Center 21

Study Abroad Info Session - Get the undivided attention of study abroad staff as they fill you in on the nuts and bolts of studying abroad.
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Garden Room

College Learning Hacks - Are you ready for your college-level courses? Take 30 minutes to level up your high school skills to meet the new challenges of college. In this session, you will add to your inventory of learning strategies, learn how to get through all that reading, and discuss ways to manage stress. Plus you'll hear about UMD’s three best resources to hack your learning!
11:00 - 12:00 PM
Solon Campus Center 21

Survivin', Vibin', Thrivin' - Comfort, growth, panic. Get in the zone. How to ground yourself in times of transition so you’re thrivin.
11:00 - 12:00 
RDC Split Rock Room

Bulldogs Give Back - Make the most of your time in Duluth by volunteering in the community! Learn about how you can get involved with various local non-profits to make a difference. We'll share information about student organizations, campus programs and other community resources that can help you get involved. Come for the information, stay for the free swag and door prizes!
11:00 - 12:00
Solon Campus Center 120

Get Out the Vote - Welcome to UMD! Come learn how to get yourself registered to vote at your new home.
12:00 - 1:00
Solon Campus Center 21

Ojibwe Bingo & Resource Trivia - The Center for American Indian and Minority Health welcomes you to learn about American Indian resources at UMD and Duluth. We will play Ojibwe language bingo with prizes!
12:00 - 2:00
Montague 80

Food Trucks
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Ordean Court

Bulldog Bash
12:00 - 3:00 PM
Ordean Court

Transfer & Commuter Student Social
2300 - 3:45 PM
Kirby Rafters & Ballroom

Bulldog Welcome Week Kickoff
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Romano Gym 

Planetarium Show: From Earth to the Universe - The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity's oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. 
7:00 - 7:30 PM
Planetarium

Karaoke
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Kirby Lounge

Build-a-Bulldog 
7:00 - 9:00 PM (*line starts no earlier than 6:30 PM)
Kirby Rafters 

Planetarium Show: From Earth to the Universe - The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity's oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos.
8:00 - 8:30 PM
Planetarium

Movie: Toy Story 3
8:30 - 10:00 PM
Bohannon Hall 90 (Boh 90)

Renegade Improv 
9:00 - 10:00 
Kirby Ballroom 

Friday, August 23rd

Financial Fitness - This is a workshop that will highlight financial budgeting methods, goal setting, smart borrowing habits, debt reduction practices, and measures that help build good credit. Participation in small and large groups is necessary in this workshop.
9:00 - 10:00
Solon Campus Center 120

Compounding Lotion with the College of Pharmacy - Students can join us in the College of Pharmacy to compound their own lotion!
10:00 - 11:00 
Life Science 160

Academic Stress Buster - If you are looking for innovative ways to balance academics and life, this might be the workshop for you. Discover how indulging your curiosity as a daily practice can not only enhance your learning but also melt your stress away! In this session, you’ll have the opportunity to practice a few effective strategies to tackle your academic stressors head-on and start your academic year on a positive note!
10:00 - 11:00 
Solon Campus Center 21

Maroon Small Groups 
10:00 - 11:30
Various Campus Rooms

Gold Small Groups 
11:30 - 1:00
Various Campus Rooms

Stay a-Float this Semester! - Enjoy root beer floats and learn how to stay organized, prioritize and stay on top school work.
11:30 - 12:30
Griggs Center

Study Abroad Panel - Interested in studying abroad? Hear from returned study abroad students as they fill you in about their experiences.
12:00 - 1:00 
Solon Campus Center 120

Air Force ROTC Q&A - Information on career and scholarship opportunities offered to students participating in Air Force ROTC.
12:00 - 1:00 
TBD

Meet Your Academic College!
1:00 - 3:00 PM
CAHSS - Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
CEHSP - Field House
LSBE - Montague 70 & 80
SCSE - Romano Gym 

Air Force ROTC Q&A - Information on career and scholarship opportunities offered to students participating in Air Force ROTC.
3:00 - 4:00 PM  
Garden Room 

Veterans Meet & Greet 
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Veterans Lounge

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Block Party 
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Kirby Terrace

RSOP Open House
6:30 - 8:00 PM
RSOP

Kickball
7:30 -8:30 PM
Field 1 & 2

Planetarium Show: Indecent Exposure: The REAL Greek Stories - Kidnapping! Murder! Sex! Find out what Zeus and the other Greek gods were really up to in these R-rated stories you were never told in school. (tickets $3 for UMD students)
8:30 - 9:00 PM
Planetarium

The Mentalist
8:00 -9:00 PM
Kirby Ballroom

Poker and Pool Tournament 
8:00 - 10:00 PM
Kirby Lounge

Planetarium Show: Indecent Exposure: The REAL Greek Stories - Kidnapping! Murder! Sex! Find out what Zeus and the other Greek gods were really up to in these R-rated stories you were never told in school. (tickets $3 for UMD students)
9:30 - 10:00 PM
Planetarium

Saturday, August 24th

Study Away at UMD - Want to learn how you can spend the semester in the mountains of Montana or on the beach in Hawaii? Maybe you want to see what life is like at a D1 sports school or at a big city school in New York or Miami? The opportunities for adventure are endless with National Student Exchange!
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Solon Campus Center 21

Maroon Small Groups 
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Various Campus Rooms

Gold Small Groups 
11:30 - 1:00 PM
Various Campus Rooms

The Hookup
11:30 - 12:30 (Maroon Groups), 1:00 - 2:00 (Gold Groups)
Kirby Ballroom

Community Engagement 
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Duluth Community Places

Get Crafty in the Library!
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Library

All Student Photo & Bulldog Scramble
8:00-10:00 PM
Malosky Stadium

WELCOME BACK WEEK 2024

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Sunday, August 25th

RSOP Morning Yoga
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Kirby Ballroom

Find Your Classrooms! - 
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Kirby Garage 

Meet the Greeks
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Kirby Terrace 

Planetarium Show: Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity - No longer the stuff of science fiction, the discovery of the black hole is a triumph of modern science. Explore the fascinating world of black holes in this program narrated by Academy Award nominated actor Liam Neeson. 
7:00 - 7:30 PM
Planetarium

Planetarium Show: Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity - No longer the stuff of science fiction, the discovery of the black hole is a triumph of modern science. Explore the fascinating world of black holes in this program narrated by Academy Award nominated actor Liam Neeson. 
8:00 - 8:30 PM
Planetarium

Monday, August 26th

First Day of Classes!
 

Tuesday, August 27th

Wednesday, August 28th

Glensheen Concert on the Pier - Bad Bad Hats with Yonder!
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Glensheen Mansion - Bus will pick students up from UMD in Maroon Lot B

Thursday, August 29th

Friday, August 30th