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    We are excited to welcome you to campus. Scroll through this page to find activities specifically for new students. Go Bears!


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    We are excited to welcome you to campus. Scroll through this page to find activities specifically for new students. Go Bears!



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  • Welcome | Spring 2015
    In collaboration with ASUC


    Wednesday, January 14

    Residence Hall Move-In Day
    Students residing in the residence halls for spring 2015 will receive an email in late December with spring move-in details.  Students may move into the residence halls beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

    Cali-wood 7:10PM | Unit 1 Courtyard
    Come join Unit 1 in a Karaoke competition and enjoy a movie and pizza in the courtyard.

    Thursday, January 15

    Makeup CalSO 8AM-5PM | Crossroads Plaza
    This is a special one-day orientation program for first-year and transfer students, and their parents and guests, who are not able to attend a program in November. CalSO is the best introduction to UC Berkeley for new students. At CalSO, students will begin to navigate their new campus, meet fellow new students and current student CalSO Leaders, learn about important UC Berkeley requirements, traditions, campus resources, and culture. Pre-register at calso.berkeley.edu.

    New Student Community Meetings & Social 7PM | See description for locations
    Please attend the new student welcome meeting at your specific residence hall unit to receive important information regarding living in the residence halls, a chance to meet the staff, and socialize with other new students. After the meeting will be a social and fun activities! (Mandatory meeting for all residential students). Unit 2 will be located in the APR. Unit 3, Max Martinez, and apartments will be located at the Unit 3 APR. Unit 4 will be located in the Foothill Assembly Room. Clark Kerr Campus will be located in Building 8 Main Lounge.

    Friday, January 16

    New Student Convocation 10AM-11AM | Wheeler Auditorium
    The official university welcome by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele and other esteemed speakers. All new undergraduate students are encouraged to come celebrate the beginning of a new journey at UC Berkeley.

    Lunch 12PM-1PM | Crossroads
    Mix and mingle with fellow new students and CalSO leaders. All students must pick up their meal ticket at New Student Convocation prior to lunch.

    Bear Pact (Mandatory) 1:30PM-3PM | Wheeler Auditorium
    This mandatory presentation will teach you about important issues faced by college students: sexual assault and harassment, mental health, and alcohol use. Learn about the many ways you can maintain a balanced lifestyle and the resources on campus that can help you in this pursuit. You will also gain strategies to take care of friends, classmates, and roommates. The Bear Pact presentation supports students in meeting the Violence Prevention Education Requirement. Students must bring their Cal 1 Card and a pen.

    Unit 3 S'Mores and Movie Night 7PM | Unit 3 Fire Pits/APR
    Come on down for s'mores and a movie! Grab a friend, bring your appetite, and enjoy some crunchy, chocolatey, sticky goodness while building new connections with your neighbors!


    Saturday, January 17

    Fiat Lux New Student Retreat 10AM-4PM | Anna Head Alumnae Hall
    Make your UC Berkeley experience shine brightly!
    Sign up to attend the Fiat Lux New Student Retreat!  Fiat Lux is the University's motto and it translates to "Let there be light."  This retreat is designed to welcome you to UC Berkeley and connect you with other students - in essence, to help you make your UC Berkeley experience shine brightly!   At the retreat, you'll have the chance to connect with other Spring Admits, get to know some first year and transfer students, and figure out what is your leadership color (are you blue, green, orange, or gold).  All this because you attended the Fiat Lux New Student Retreat so sign up today.

    Sign up here:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fiat-lux-new-student-retreat-tickets-14971679697
    Lunch is provided. Attend all day and you'll get your $10 back.  At the end of the day, we will check attendance and we will refund the $10 to you!

    Open Mic Night 8PM | Clark Kerr Campus, Building 8 Main Lounge
    Got a hidden talent you want to share with the world? We’d love to hear it! Come on up to Clark Kerr to show us your talent and cheer on others. Lots of snacks to be provided!

    Sunday, January 18

    Alactraz Tour 10AM-5PM | Downtown Berkeley BART
    Take a trip to San Francisco’s most popular tourist attraction. Join other new students and some current students in a tour of the infamous Alcatraz. Tour tickets and transportation are provided for free. Participants should bring money for food. Space for this trip is limited, register now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alcatraz-trip-tickets-14971807078

    DIY Crafts/Spruce Up Your Room Extravaganza 1PM-4PM | Foothill Assembly Room
    Ring in the new semester with some awesome decorations and stuff for you and your room! We have loads of supplies for you to be creative and accomplish all your DIY desires. It’ll be a pinterest wonderland. Make a new cork bulletin board, pennant banner, hollowed out book, photo clothespin line, whatever your heart desires

    Unit 2 Spring Fest 8PM | Unit 2 Courtyard
    Join unit 2 in celebrating the spring semester with fun and games! Activities include: tie dye, flower pot decorating, facepainting, photobooth, raffle prizes, & lots of snacks and fun!

    Tuesday, January 20

    First Day of Classes

    L&S Schedule Planning 3PM-4PM | 262 Evans

    Wednesday, January 21

    L&S 4 Steps to Success for Transfer Students 12PM-1:30PM | 100 Cesar Chavez

    L&S Schedule Planning 1PM-2PM | 262 Evans

    L&S 4 Steps to Success for 1st-3rd Year Students 3:30PM-4:30PM | 262 Evans

    Thursday, January 22

    Calapalooza 11AM-4:00PM |Sproul Plaza
    All students are invited to this activity fair where you'll have the opportunity to meet representatives from various student organizations. Learn more about ways to get involved and see many performances by student groups.

    L&S Schedule Planning 2PM-3PM | 262 Evans

    Friday, January 23

    L&S Schedule Planning 3PM-4PM | 262 Evans

    Spring Welcome Concert ft. Lil B 7PM | Memorial Glade
    ASUC SUPERB and New Student Services want you to start your semester off right with a FREE Spring Welcome Week Concert featuring Lil B "THE BASEDGOD". Jam out with us on Memorial Glade on Friday January 23rd at 7pm for a memorable event that you won't want to miss.

    About Lil B:

    Brandon "Lil B" McCartney of Berkeley, CA penned his first Billboard 200 hit at the age of 15 with his group The Pack. His song "Vans" received nationwide airplay and worldwide distribution through Jive Records, launching Lil B's career as a recording artist.

    Since his early successes, Lil B has recorded nearly 3,000 songs, self produced and directed hundreds of music videos and developed an army of online and real-world supporters with a creative style and originality unmatched in the entertainment industry.

    Lil B is a published author and the architect of the “Based” lifestyle - a philosophy that encourages positive thinking and creative expression in the pursuit of happiness and helping others.


    Saturday, January 24

    An Evening with Natasha Leggero 8:30PM | Anna Head Hall

    Natasha Leggero, actress, writer, and accomplished stand-up, will be performing a stand-up comedy show at UC Berkeley in the Anna Head Alumnae Hall on Jan. 24, 2015 at 8:30 PM, followed by a brief meet and greet. Known for her sharp humor and skillful satire, Leggero starred in the Emmy nominated series Burning Love, was recently on The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, and can be seen regularly on The Tonight Show and the Chelsea Lately roundtable. She's also appeared in TV shows such as Community, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development, Reno 911, and Key & Peele. Her movie appearances include Neighbors, He's Just Not That Into You, and Let's Be Cops.

    Get a New Student Priority Pass and bring it to the show: http://natashaleggero-superb.eventbrite.com

    Tuesday, January 27

    L&S Schedule Planning 1PM-2PM | 262 Evans

    Wednesday, January 28

    L&S 7 Steps to Choose a Major 3:30PM – 4:30PM | 262

    Residential Academic Center Open Houses 8pm | Specific Location is at each academic center
    Come and find out about all of the services you can access right in your own complex from computing, residential tutoring, and academic support. It's a great opportunity to meet your Resident Faculty and other staff that can help support you on your academic journey at Cal! Refreshments served too! http://academicservices.berkeley.edu/


    Welcome | Fall 2015

    Students: check back here in mid-August for events information.

    Campus Partners: check back here in late June to find out about submitting an event for the calendar.