students participating in weeks of welcome activitiesAt Ball State, we know how important it is for your transition to include a variety of experiences that help you connect to the people, places, and traditions that will help you be successful in your first year and beyond. We have moved beyond a single week of activities to Weeks of Welcome because there are so many experiences we want to introduce you to, it will take a lot more than one week.

We encourage all students new to campus to attend these optional (unless otherwise noted) events to make the most of their first six weeks on campus. These events will provide the following...

  • Cardinal Spirit–generating school spirit for BSU Athletics and Student Organizations
  • Campus Geography–familiarizing students with campus locations
  • Academic Focus/Motivation–gearing up for college academic success
  • Campus Culture–acclimating students to independent life, inclusive environments, and BSU culture and traditions
  • Campus Resources–introducing important student services which promote safety, health, and belonging
  • Social–students meeting students; having FUN!

You can find a list of event dates and descriptions for Weeks of Welcome below. You can also use our campus map to find each event on campus.

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Weeks of Welcome Events

August 15 – September 28, 2024

Not only do we have events going on during the first week of the semester, but we also have events through September! Check out our campus event schedule below.

If you need an accommodation to participate in any of these events, please contact Disability Services or the event hosts directly.

Week 1
Monday, August 12 - Sunday, August 18

Thursday, August 15

9pm - 10pm - Chirp! Chirp! (Tradition Event)—Worthen Arena

Hosted by Ball State Athletics. Join Director of Athletics, Jeff Mitchell, for an introduction to Ball State Athletics! Meet the teams, learn the fight song, and see first-hand what it’s like to be a Ball State Cardinal! Mandatory for all incoming students. Contact Kevin Mulaney (kevin.mullaney@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

Friday, August 16

10am - 11am - Coffee with the Transfer Center—Student Center Starbucks (Hosted by the Office of Admissions: Transfer Center)

Attention, transfer students! Indulge in a complimentary coffee courtesy of the Transfer Center at the Student Center before embarking on a delightful day full of activities, where we joyfully celebrate our incoming students. Seize this golden chance to forge connections, delve into the vibrant offerings of Ball State, and make the most out of your university experience! Contact Bailey Morgan (blmorgan3@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

11am - 2pm - Student Employment Engagement—Scramble Light (Hosted by the Career Center)

This event will be to inform students about Student Employment. It will be a time for students to ask questions. They will be able to get all the information needed to start applying for jobs as well as learn about the employment paperwork that is required. Contact Maija Thompson (mjlewis@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

1pm - 3pm - Commuter Kick-Off: Get Connected and Get Giveaways—University Green, near Frog Baby (Hosted by the University College)

Commuters: Stop by the Commuter Success tables on University Green near Frog Baby to connect with the Commuter Success staff, get giveaways, play Ball State BINGO to win a hammock, and learn about campus resources. Contact Laura Pittman (lpittman@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

3pm - 5pm - Student Organization Activity Fair—Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation Center (Hosted by the Office of Student Life)

Come join us at the Activity Fair to learn more about the over 300 student organizations on Ball State's campus as a part of Weeks of Welcome. Representatives from over 100 student organizations will be present at this event. Contact Abby Haworth (anhaworth@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

8pm - 11pm - Rock the Halls—Beyerl Residence Hall, DeHority Beach, Noyer Lawn (Hosted by Housing and Residence Life)

Your Residence Hall Association is hosting a celebratory event to kick off the school year with obstacle courses and bounce houses, volleyball, spikeball, yard games. Snacks, ice cream and popcorn, music, and more! Open to all students. Contact the Residence Hall Association (rha@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

Saturday, August 17

1:45pm - 3pm - Freshman Convocation (Tradition Event)—Emens Auditorium (Hosted by the Office of the President)

The Freshman Convocation is the University’s official first Academic event for new students at Ball State. President Geoffrey S. Mearns and Provost Anand Marri will formally welcome new students to campus, speak about the exciting year ahead, and recognize the enduring values of our University: “excellence, integrity, social responsibility, respect and gratitude” as symbolized by our iconic Beneficence. Mandatory for all incoming students. Contact Stephanie Arrington (skarrington@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

3pm - 4:30pm - Academic Affairs Social (Tradition Event)—Quad (Hosted by Academic Affairs)

Join us in the quad following Freshman Convocation for free ice cream and the chance to meet with faculty and current students from all academic colleges. Meet your future faculty and peers or explore new academic opportunities. Contact Olivia Vecchiolli (obvecchiolli@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

Sunday, August 18

2pm - 4pm - Student Safety and Wellness Presentations (Tradition Event)—Emens Auditorium (Hosted by Student Affairs)

Join us on Sunday to learn more about student wellness opportunities and safety procedures at Ball State University. Mandatory for all incoming students. Contact Olivia Vecchiolli (obvecchiolli@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

MONDAY, August 19 - SUNDAY, August 25

Tuesday, August 20

5pm - 6pm - FSL 101—Student Center, Cardinal Hall A&B (Hosted by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life)

Fraternity and Sorority Life 101. This is an hour-long informational session to go over everything FSL related. During this time, we introduce all our councils and chapters on campus. We talk about how to get involved, what recruitment looks like, the benefits of joining an organization, and more! We have students from our organizations join us to present and answer all questions. Contact Zachariah Brumfield (zsbrumfield@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

Wednesday, August 21

11am - 2pm - University College Welcome Fair—North Quad Lawn (Hosted by University College)

Come to the North Quad Lawn to meet University College staff, play yard games, have some refreshments and meet the staff. University College includes Academic Advising, Commuter Success, the Learning Center, First Year Experience, Student Athlete Support Services, and Student Success Coaching. We’ll be playing corn hole, giant Jenga, spike ball, giant connect 4, and others. We hope to see you there! Contact Laura Pittman (lpittman@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

4pm - 6pm - Meet the Greeks—University Green (Hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life)

Welcome to all! Come join our community on University Green to learn more about Fraternity and Sorority Life. Each of our chapters on campus will be here tabling and sharing information about their chapters and how to get involved. This is an informal meet and greet! Contact Zachariah Brumfield (zsbrumfield@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

 

Thursday, August 22

4pm - 5pm - Transfer Thursday Student Panel—Lucina Hall: Room 105 (Hosted by the Office of Admissions: Transfer Center)

Are you a transfer student eager to ensure a successful journey at Ball State? Join us for an enriching transfer student panel discussion, where you can gain valuable tips and insights from current, accomplished transfer students who will openly share their experiences, triumphs, and advice. Get all your questions answered and set yourself up for a thriving college experience! Contact Bailey Morgan (blmorgan3@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

6m - 7pm - Multicultural Center's Welcome Celebration—University Green (Hosted by the Multicultural Center)

The Multicultural Center is back for our annual Welcome Back Celebration! There will be free food, games, and multiple student organizations there to show you how to get involved on campus. Contact Sydney Huynh (sydney.huynh@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

MONDAY, August 26 - SUNDAY, September 1

Monday, August 26

5pm - 6pm - FSL 101—Student Center, Cardinal Hall A&B (Hosted by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life)

Fraternity and Sorority Life 101. This is an hour-long informational session to go over everything FSL related. During this time, we introduce all of our councils and chapters on campus. We talk about how to get involved, what recruitment looks like, the benefits of joining an organization, and more! We have students from our organizations join us to present and answer all questions. Contact Zachariah Brumfield (zsbrumfield@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

Tuesday, August 27

10am - 2pm - Commuter Success Welcome —Arts and Journalism Building/Atrium (outside of Barnes and Noble) (Hosted by the University College, Commuter Success Program)

Stop by the Atrium (right outside of the bookstore) anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday between 10 am and 2 pm to connect with our peer mentors, student success coaches, and other commuter staff. Learn about resources for commuters. Pick up a commuter welcome kit. And hear about all our events/activities for the Fall Semester! Contact Laura Pittman (lpittman@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

2pm - 3pm - Meet and Greet with the Advisors—University Green (Hosted by the Academic Advising)

Stop by University Green anytime between 2-3 p.m. to connect with your academic advisor. This is a great time to meet your academic advisor if you haven't met them yet OR to just stop by and say hello. Contact Dani Witzigreuter (dlwitzigreu2@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

Wednesday, August 28

10am - 2pm - Commuter Success Welcome—Arts and Journalism Building/Atrium (outside of Barnes and Noble) (Hosted by the University College, Commuter Success Program)

Stop by the Atrium (right outside of the bookstore) anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday between 10 am and 2 pm to connect with our peer mentors, student success coaches, and other commuter staff. Learn about resources for commuters. Pick up a commuter welcome kit. And hear about all our events/activities for the Fall Semester! Contact Laura Pittman (lpittman@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

Thursday, August 29

1pm - 2pm - Transfer Thursday—Indiana Connection Lounge, Career Center, Lucina Hall Room 220 (Hosted by the Office of Admissions: Transfer Center & the Career Center)

Attention, transfer students! Step into the Indiana Connection Lounge and be part of our enriching academic success workshop. Discover a wealth of tools and resources generously provided by the Career Center, guiding you towards a bright future in your chosen career path. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to empower your academic journey and receive thoughtful tokens of appreciation. Join us and embrace a world of possibilities! Contact Bailey Morgan (blmorgan3@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

1pm - 2pm - Virtual Meet & Greet with the Advisors (Through Zoom) — Zoom: https://bsu.zoom.us/j/97518663307?pwd=R0ZVcWhDdlV1K1pwckdFMEI5Zk 50UT0 (Hosted by Academic Advising)

Connect with your academic advisor virtually (through Zoom) at your convenience. Just login anytime on August 29 between 10 am and 2 pm to "see" your advisor through Zoom. This is a great way to meet your academic advisor if you haven't met before or to just say "hello" if you have! Contact Dani Witzigreuter (dlwitzigreu2@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

MONDAY, September 2 - SUNDAY, September 8

Tuesday, September 3

10am - 8pm - Learning Center Munchies Week— North Quad 350 (Hosted by the Learning Center)

Learning Center Munchies Week: Come to the LC to meet with a tutor or learn more about our programming -- and grab a snack or drink while you are here! Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 8pm and Friday 10am - 2pm. Tuesday, 9/4: Tootsie Tuesday; Wednesday, 9/5: Watchamacallit Wednesday; Thursday, 9/6: Thursday Thursday (water & pop); Friday, 9/7: Fritos Friday. Contact Jenny Haley (jhaley@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

6pm - 8pm - Interfraternity Council (IFC) Cook Off— University Green (Hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life)

Welcome to all interested in joining a fraternity. Come stop by University Green to meet all of our Interfraternity Council fraternities on campus. Each of our chapters will be cooking/grilling food for you to eat and judge. This is an informal meet and greet with food, yard games, and music! Contact Tianna Pride (tianna.pride@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

Wednesday, September 4

10am - 8pm - Learning Center Munchies Week— North Quad 350 (Hosted by the Learning Center)

Learning Center Munchies Week: Come to the LC to meet with a tutor or learn more about our programming -- and grab a snack or drink while you are here! Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 8pm and Friday 10am - 2pm. Tuesday, 9/4: Tootsie Tuesday; Wednesday, 9/5: Watchamacallit Wednesday; Thursday, 9/6: Thursday Thursday (water & pop); Friday, 9/7: Fritos Friday. Contact Jenny Haley (jhaley@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

12pm - 7pm - Meet the Learning Center— Arts and Journalism Building (Hosted by the Learning Center)

Visit us at our table in the Atrium to get a bag full of moderately cool stuff, learn about the Learning Center, and maybe even sign up for tutoring (free t-shirt if you do!). Contact Jenny Haley (jhaley@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

Thursday, September 5

10am - 8pm - Learning Center Munchies Week— North Quad 350 (Hosted by the Learning Center)

Learning Center Munchies Week: Come to the LC to meet with a tutor or learn more about our programming -- and grab a snack or drink while you are here! Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 8pm and Friday 10am - 2pm. Tuesday, 9/4: Tootsie Tuesday; Wednesday, 9/5: Watchamacallit Wednesday; Thursday, 9/6: Thursday Thursday (water & pop); Friday, 9/7: Fritos Friday. Contact Jenny Haley (jhaley@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

Friday, September 6

10am - 2pm - Learning Center Munchies Week— North Quad 350 (Hosted by the Learning Center)

Learning Center Munchies Week: Come to the LC to meet with a tutor or learn more about our programming -- and grab a snack or drink while you are here! Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 8pm and Friday 10am - 2pm. Tuesday, 9/4: Tootsie Tuesday; Wednesday, 9/5: Watchamacallit Wednesday; Thursday, 9/6: Thursday Thursday (water & pop); Friday, 9/7: Fritos Friday. Contact Jenny Haley (jhaley@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

Monday, September 9 - SUNDAY, September 15

Tuesday, September 10

7:30pm - 8:30pm - Excellence in Leadership Speaker Series Presents: An Evening with Kelly Gordon—Pruis Hall (Hosted by Excellence in Leadership)

Join us for an evening keynote with Superyacht Captain and Ball State alumna, Kelly J. Gordon. Captain Kelly J. Gordon is an accomplished motor yacht captain whose start was far from the water as she grew up on a farm in a small town in Indiana. It was her drive to succeed, learn, and thirst for adventure that led her to a career in yachting. Now, Captain Kelly Gordon shares with you that story about her unusual path to yachting, her determination to reach her goals, and education to help you achieve your dreams. Captain Kelly is a Superyacht role model, mentor and educator who provides access to relevant educational resources for superyachting professionals. She produces upliftment programs, workshops, and speaking engagements designed to expand minds and capture hearts. Contact Olivia Vecchiolli (obvecchiolli@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.

11am - 1pm - Coaches Carnival on University Green— University Green (Hosted by the Office of Student Success Coaching)

Join us for the Coaches Carnival on University Green on Tuesday, September 10 anytime between 11 am and 1 pm. Stop by for some free carnival food and play some carnival-like games to learn all about the Student Success Coaching office and how we can help you be successful at Ball State. We promise no clowns will be in attendance! Bring a friend and pick up some free stuff. Contact Laura Pittman (lpittman@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

Thursday, September 12

5pm - 8pm - FAME (Fall Arts and Music Extravaganza) -- Brown Family Amphitheater (Hosted by the College of Fine Arts)

Preview upcoming Theatre and Dance productions, music ensembles; art by SOA students will be available for purchase; meet CFA clubs and student organizations; food trucks; CFA t-shirts/swag. Contact Stephanie Haglund (stephanie.haglund@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event. 

10am - 2pm - National Day of Encouragement: Get Some and Give Some! -- Art and Journalism Building (Hosted by the office of Student Success Coaching)

Join the Student Success Coaches on the National Day of Encouragement. Stop by the Atrium (right outside the bookstore) to get some encouraging words (or share some of your own). And take a minute to make your own encouragement bracelet to keep or give to a friend. Contact Laura Pittman (lpittman@bsu.edu) for accommodations for this event.