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Janet Frank, wife of UNM President Robert Frank, serves ice cream to a student at last year's Welcome Back Days.

The University of New Mexico Student Activities Center (SAC) and the Associated Students of UNM (ASUNM) welcome students back to campus with the annual “Welcome Back Days,” Aug. 15-22. Events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UNM Duck Pond. Each day features a variety of information tables, free food and live entertainment at various locations.

“Welcome Back Days is a long-standing tradition at UNM that provides access to the resources students need for success,” said Ryan Lindquist, associate director of SAC. “Information booths will provide opportunities for students to take advantage of.”

The  weeks begins with Operation Lobo Move-in, an event that helps welcome students to residence housing by helping them unload and move their belongs into their dorm rooms.

Students can join 2,000 of their peers for casino games, Henna tattoos, karaoke, free food , student organization information, giveaways and much more at Friday Night Live (Aug. 15) in the Student Union Building (SUB) from 8 – 11 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 17, UNM’s Class Crawl begins on the north side the SUB mall immediately following Freshman Convocation. Bring a printout of your class schedule and get a personalized tour to where your classes are located.

If you have never seen a movie under the stars, stop by Johnson Field at 8 p.m. to watch the summer hit, Godzilla on a 30-foot screen. The movie and popcorn are free, just bring a friend and a blanket.

Welcome Back Days include events to get students back in the academic swing of things as well as introducing them to many of the great programs and communities the university has to offer.

Event Schedule

Friday, Aug. 15
Friday Night Live – Join over 3000 students in the SUB from 8-11 p.m. for free food every 30 minutes, casino games, photo booths, henna tattoos, video games, student organizations information, dancing, UNM athletic teams and more.

Sunday, Aug. 17
Class Crawl – Don’t be lost on your first day of class! Print a copy of your schedule and get a personalized tour to where your classes are. Meet on the SUB Mall after Freshman Convocation (approximately 5-6 p.m.)

Movie on the Field – See the summer’s biggest hit, Godzilla, at 8 p.m. on Johnson Field. This movie is drive-in style. Bring a blanket and the SAC will provide popcorn. This event is free and open to all.

Monday, Aug. 18
UNM President’s Ice Cream Social & Departmental Information Day – Join UNM President Robert G. Frank at the Duck Pond from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for his annual ice cream social. UNM departments will be handing out great information too. Free ice cream from 12-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 19
Safety, Health, Wellness and ROTC Information Day - Learn about healthy lifestyles and valuable campus safety tips from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Duck Pond. Free watermelon from 12 – 1 p.m.

Godzilla – A free showing of will premiere in the SUB Theater at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug 20
Women’s, LGBTQ and Cultural Day – At the Duck Pond from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. UNM’s ethic centers, Women’s Resource Center, LGBTQ and other resources will be handing out information. Free green chili stew from 12 – 1 p.m.

North Campus Day – Representatives and information booths will be on hand to answer questions and offer information from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Basic Medial Sciences Building on North Campus.  Free hot dogs from 12 – 1 p.m.

Godzilla – Another free showing of the monster mash-up in the SUB Theater at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 21
Student Organization Information Day – Get involved at UNM by speaking with student organization leaders, many actively recruiting new members, from over 200 groups. Free pizza from 12 – 1 p.m.

Godzilla – Final free showing the SUB Theater at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22
Campus Employment and Community Service Day – At the Duck Pond from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. learn about opportunities on campus, work-study and student employment positions as well as community outreach and volunteer opportunities at UNM and in the great Albuquerque community. Free hotdogs from 12 – 1 p.m.

Career Services will host a student job fair on Friday, Aug. 22, which will give students an opportunity to meet with many UNM departments, program representatives and off-campus work study partners looking for students interested in working on campus. For more information, visit Career Services.

For more information, visit the Student Activities Center.