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Welcome Bulldogs!  Check out the variety of Fall Welcome 2016 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.

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

2016 Weeks of Welcome Events 

Title Description

International Student Orientation

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time:  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Satellite Student Union

Especially for new incoming international students, this orientation program is coordinated through International Student Services and Programs.

MS in Industrial Technology New Student Orientation

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time:  11 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: IT 220

New student orientation for new incoming MS Industrial Technology students.

Latino Awareness Social

Friday, August 19, 2016
Time:  9:00 a.m.
Location: University Courtyard

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

GLBT+ Awareness Social

Friday, August 19, 2016
Time:  11:00 a.m.
Location: University Courtyard

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

African American Awareness Social

Friday, August 19, 2016
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Location: University Courtyard

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

New Student Convocation 

Friday, August 19, 2016

  • 2:15 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 (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 at the Student Recreation Center immediately after the conclusion of the New Student Convocation.

For more information, visit the New Student Convocation webpage.

Back to School Bowl Bash

Sunday, August 21, 2016
Time: 4 to 9 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.

Campus Welcome Tents

Monday - Wednesday, August 22 - 24, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Maple Mall and Speaker's Platform

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

Student Health and Counseling Center Welcome

Monday - Wednesday , August 22 - 24, 2016
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!

Target Back to College Night

Tuesday August 23, 2016
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.

Panhellenic Information Session

Wednesday August 24, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Residence Dining Hall

Looking for friendships that will last a lifetime? Interested in serving your campus and your community while pursuing your academic goals? Look no further than Greek Life!  Sorority membership provides you with endless opportunities for academic excellence, leadership development, community service, and developing lifelong friendships.

Traditions Day and Student Organizations Fair

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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.

Fresno State Night at the Square at Campus Pointe

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time:  4 - 8p.m.
Location: The Square at Campus Pointe

The Square at Campus Pointe joins in the welcome festivities in kicking off the new academic year! Meet the Fresno State Football and Soccer teams from 5- 8 p.m. with live broadcast from 4 - 7 p.m. and players signing from 6 - 7:15 p.m.

Be sure to visit the various Campus Point restaurants and retailers for discounts!

Cross Cultural and Gender Center Open House

 

Monday, August 29, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Cross Cultural and Gender Center (Thomas Building Room 110)

Come on by the Cross Cultural and Gender Center (CCGC) and check the the various programs, services, facilities of the CCGC and meet the wonderful staff.

Club Sports Expo & Greek Day

Monday, August 29, 2016
Time:  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Memorial Gardens

Don't miss your chance to check out the variety of involvement opportunities through Fresno State's Club Sports teams and by joining a fraternity or sorority

Joining a club sports team is a great way to get involved with the school and compete all over the state and for some clubs the country.

Looking for friendships that will last a lifetime? Interested in serving your campus and your community while pursuing your academic goals? Look no further than Greek Life!

Learning Center Open House

Monday, August 29 - Friday September 2, 2016
Time:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Learning Center, Basement of Library

Welcome to new and returning students!  Stop by the Learning Center and learn more about our variety of services and programs including tutoring, classes, workshops and consultation.

Asian Pacific Islander Welcome Reception

Monday, August 29, 2016
Time:  5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Vintage Room

Welcome reception for Asian Pacific Islander students, staff, faculty and administrators.  Open to all.  Free.  Food. Drinks. 

Turnt Up Tuesday

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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!  Be sure to tour the Center's facilities, explore fitness classes & intramural opportunities. Free and open to all students.

Panhellenic Information Session

Tuesday August 30, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: University Student Union 312-214

Looking for friendships that will last a lifetime? Interested in serving your campus and your community while pursuing your academic goals? Look no further than Greek Life!  Sorority membership provides you with endless opportunities for academic excellence, leadership development, community service, and developing lifelong friendships.

Community Service Opportunities Fair

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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.

Learning Center Information Table

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Time:  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Speaker's Platform (across from the USU)

Welcome to new and returning students!  Stop by the Learning Center information table and learn more about our variety of services and programs including tutoring, classes, workshops and consultation.

LGBTea

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Cross Cultural and Gender Center (Thomas Building Room 110)

Welcoming social for the Fresno State LGBTQ+ community and allies.

College of Arts and Humanities New/Continuing Student Convocation

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Time: 12 noon
Location: Satellite Student Union

The College of Arts and Humanities welcomes their College's new and continuing students to their Fall Convocation.

Student-Parent Meet and Greet

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Kremen Building Room 54

Are you a student who is also a parent?  Come join in a meet and greet with fellow student-parents throughout campus!

Headphone Disco

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Satellite Student Union

Experience the latest and quietest dance craze for free! Grab a pair of headphones, pick your favorite DJ from our live lineup, and let the beat take you away. Be sure to show your valid Fresno State student ID at the door.

Welcome Black

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Time:  5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Satellite Student Union

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

SAFARI

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time:  10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Location: University Student Union Balcony

The Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Fair And Resource Information or SAFARI, takes place every fall semester on the balcony of the University Student Union. The fair is designed to help students learn more about what Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is and how the services provided by Student Affairs and Enrollment Management help them get through college.