FresWOW 2015

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Welcome Bulldogs!  Check out the variety of Fall Welcome 2015 events below.  All events are FREE and open to all students unless otherwise noted.

  • For a calendar view of Weeks of Welcome events, click HERE.
  • For the Weeks of Welcome 2015 flyer, click HERE.

All participants are welcome to the events below. If you need special accommodations please call 559.278.2741.

2015 Weeks of Welcome Events 

Title Description

Campus Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Start at East side of University Dining Hall

Work together in a team solving clues in a race to get from one destination to another on campus. At each destination, answer trivia questions and complete physical challenges to get the next clue. Residents of University Courtyard can win points in the color games competition and there will be a chance to win prizes and giveaways for all.

Back to School Bowl Bash

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Time: 4 to 10 p.m.
Location: Bulldog Bowl (Lower Level of University Student Union)

Strike while it’s hot and free! Today the Bulldog Bowl offers free bowling, billiards and Xbox gaming for Fresno State students. Come on in, cool off, shoot some pool and try out our new state-of-the-art bowling system. You can even take a selfie and blast it out to the scoring screens and your favorite social media sites. Free and open to all students.

New Student Convocation 

Monday, August 24, 2015

  • 2:00 p.m. Save Mart Center doors open, Welcoming Line begins
  • 3:00 p.m. New Student Convocation (Save Mart Center)
  • 4:00 p.m. Bulldog Bash After-Party (Student Recreation Center)

Especially for New Students: Convocation is a time to celebrate the excitement of a new academic year as we welcome you! New Student Convocation is our official ceremony welcoming you to the Fresno State family! All new students (freshmen, transfer and graduate students) are expected to attend. Join us for the fun! Make new friends, find out what it means to be part of Fresno State, get your free Fresno State t-shirt and SWAG, and enter to win great prizes! Don’t forget to bring your ID card.

Who attends? YOU - plus 5,700 new Fresno State students - are expected to attend this ceremonial induction into the University.

Continue the celebration at the Bulldog Bash After Party at the Student Recreation Center immediately after the conclusion of the New Student Convocation.

For more information, visit the New Student Convocation webpage.

Campus Welcome Tents

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 25 and 26, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Various locations on campus

Help is here! Friendly staff are available all day to help you find your way - look for Welcome Tents at various locations on campus

Services for Students with Disabilities Welcome Back

Tuesday - Wednesday, August 25 - 26, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Services for Students with Disabilities (Henry Madden Library 1202)

Come check out the variety of resources at Services for Students with Disabilities located on the main floor of the Library!  For more information visit

Student Health and Counseling Center Welcome

Tuesday - Thursday, August 25 - 27, 2015 
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Location: Student Health and Counseling Center at Shaw and Barton

Your Student Health and Counseling Center staff and volunteers will be outside of the building to welcome you to campus, answer questions about our services, and give you FREE stuff to start your semester off right!

LGBT+ Awareness Social

Tuesday August 25, 2015
Time: 4 p.m. 
Location: Graves Rec Room / University Courtyard

Come meet faculty, staff and other students who are interested in LGBT awareness. All are welcome, regardless of sexual orientation.

Target Back to College Night

Tuesday August 25, 2015
Time: 9:30 - 11:30p.m.
Location: Target at Sierra Vista Mall (900 Shaw Ave, Clovis)

Target at Sierra Vista Mall will extend their hours especially for Fresno State students!  Enjoy live DJ, various events and activities, plus win raffle prizes as you shop for your back-to-school supplies.

Traditions Day and Student Organizations Fair

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Outside University Student Union

Take a break with TimeOut and get acquainted with our fine Fresno State traditions. Learn about Vintage Days, student government, Greek Life, and lots of other proud traditions from hundreds of active on-campus student organizations. Find out how to get involved in life outside the classroom and get a flavor for our agricultural traditions including free samples of Fresno State ice cream and grilled corn. Free and open to all students.

African American Awareness Social

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Baker Rec Room / University Courtyard

Come meet faculty, staff, and other students who are interested in African American awareness. All are welcome, regardless of culture or background.

College of Health & Human Services Student Services Center Open House

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: McLane 194

Stop on by the College of Health and Human Services Center Open House to check out their various resources and meet the CHHS advisors.

Latina/o Awareness Social

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Graves Rec Room / University Courtyard

Meet faculty, staff, and other students who are interested in Latino awareness. All are welcome, regardless of culture or background.

Aram, Aram - CineCulture Film Screening

Friday, August 28, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Peters Education Center Auditorium (inside the Student Recreation Center)

Don't miss out on CineCulture's first film screening of the Fall 2015 semester!  

Discussant: Christopher Chambers (Director)

Aram, Aram is the first American independent dramatic film to take movie viewers inside the Armenian Community of Los Angeles. Indeed, a tragic accident uproots Aram, a 12-year-old Armenian boy, from his idyllic Beirut childhood, sending him to live with his grandfather in Los Angeles. Aram begins a new routine at his grandfather’s humble shoe repair shop and becomes friends with a young Latina from the neighborhood market. Lured by a gangster’s bravado to unite Armenians against the neighborhood Latino thugs, Aram is drawn into a dangerous urban culture that clashes with his grandfather’s values. Aram struggles to make sense of his new surroundings, his soulful eyes conveying a deep internal conflict between mourning for his old life and forging a new independent identity. Featuring well-known Armenian talent, first time director Christopher Chambers’ moving film portrays the complexities of life within the insular enclave of Little Armenia. 85 minutes. In English and Armenian with English subtitles.  Co-sponsor: Armenian Studies

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.  Visit for more information.

Interfaith Intercultural Welcome Dinner

Friday, August 28, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: ICCF (2111 E. Nees Ave, Fresno)

Especially for new international students interested in learning more about local community centers, houses of workshop and ongoing cultural and social events, come participate an Interfaith Intercultural Welcome Dinner hosted by the Interfaith Alliance of Central California. For more information or to RSVP contact

Luau Pool Party

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Fresno State Aquatics Center

Beat the Fresno heat and take a dip in Fresno State's Aquatic Center and enjoy live DJ, games and activities, plus food! Free and open to Fresno State students.

Learning Center Open House

Monday - Friday, August 31 - September 4, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Learning Center (Henry Madden Library, Lower Level)

Ever wonder where to go on campus for additional support with assignments or classes? If so, come and check out the Learning Center's Open House. The Learning Center offers tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI), academic coaching, and study strategies for Fresno State students to be successful in their classes. Free agendas will be available to all students in addition to raffle prizes and more. Pick up your tutoring, SI or Academic Success Workshop schedules this week!

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Eat & Greet: Snack Attack Monday

Monday, August 31, 2015
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Locations: University Center, Thomas Building, University Student Union, Library, Family Food Science, Health Center

Find your way around the many Student Affairs and Enrollment Management offices in the center of campus and grab a snack while you're there!  Swing on by various buildings throughout campus - pick up your "monopoly card" and get signatures to enter to win a prize.

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Eat & Greet: Progressive Lunch

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Locations: Joyal Administration Building and Student Recreation Center

Work your way through the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management offices within the Joyal Administration building and Student Rec Center to gather your lunch! 

Turn't Up Tuesday

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: Student Recreation Center

Come check out your Student Recreation Center's awesome open house! Featuring live DJ, free t-shirts, prizes and fun plus an opportunity to meet the Club Sports teams. Be sure to tour the Center's facilities, explore fitness classes & intramural opportunities. Free and open to all students.

Fresno State Lobby Corps

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University Student Union 308

Curious about legislative affairs and lobbying tactics?  Check out Associated Student, Inc. (ASI) Lobby Corps. Each year our Lobby Corps sends Fresno State students to lobby at the State Capital and to participate in a statewide student leadership conference.

Women's Volleyball vs. Cal Poly

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Save Mart Center

Check out Women's Volleyball against the Cal Poly Mustangs! For Women's Volleyball's full schedule visit

Community Service Opportunities Fair with Taste of Service

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Lawn in front of the Kennel Bookstore

The Fall Community Service Opportunities Fair, open to students, faculty and staff, will feature community and campus agencies sharing volunteer, internship, and job opportunities. Students are able to personally meet with representatives from local community benefit organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities that can assist in fulfilling service-learning requirements.

Welcome Black

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Time:  5 - 7 p.m.
Location: North Gym 118

Reception for new/returning African and African American students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Club Sports Expo

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time:  10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Memorial Gardens

Don't miss your chance to check out the variety of Fresno State's Club Sports teams! Joining a team is a great way to get involved with the school and compete all over the state and for some clubs the country.

ASI Student Tailgate

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time:  5 p.m.
Location: Red Lot Space #57

Be sure to check out your Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Student Tailgate at the Red Lot (next to Bulldog Stadium) as we gear up for the first football home game!

Fresno State Football vs. Abilene Christian

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: Bulldog Stadium

Don't miss out on the first football home game of the season - root our Fresno State Bulldogs as we take on the Abilene Christian Wildcats!   Click HERE for student ticket information.

Student Cupboard Open House

Friday, September 4, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: IT 144

Come visit us in our new location in IT 144!  The Fresno State Student Cupboard provides current Fresno State students, with access to healthy food and hygiene items. Free and open to all students.

Sweet Dreams - CineCulture Film Screening

Friday, September 4, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Peters Education Center Auditorium (inside the Student Recreation Center)

Discussant: Lisa Fruchtman (Director)
Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide in 1994. Close to a million were killed by neighbors, friends and even family members. Horror swept through the entire country. And when it was over, those who remained were broken, dead inside. The country has made great strides in economic recovery, but "people are not like roads and buildings" says Kiki Katese, a pioneering Rwandan theater director. "How do we rebuild a human being?" Kiki decided to start Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda's first and only women's drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict. There was only one requirement: to leave the categories of the past at the gate. For the women—orphans, widows, wives and children of perpetrators—the group has been a place to begin to live again, to build new relationships, to heal the wounds of the past. Yet the struggle to survive and provide for their families still persists. So when Kiki came up with the idea to open Rwanda's first and only ice cream shop, the women were intrigued … What was ice cream exactly and how would they do it? Kiki invited Jennie and Alexis of Brooklyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream to come to Rwanda to help the drummers open their shop, which they aptly named Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams). Sweet Dreams follows this remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the genocide to create a new future for themselves. "Because of our history, people know how to fight against, but not for," Kiki says. "We want to change that equation." 89 minutes, in Kinyarwanda with English subtitles.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions. Visit for more information.

Women's Soccer vs. CSU Northridge

Friday, September 4, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Soccer/Lacrosse Field

Check out Women's Soccer home opener against the Northridge Matadors!  For Women's Soccer's full schedule visit