The University Record, August 13, 1997


U-M ready to welcome new students with week of activities

Volunteers gave away yo-yos at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs this summer to publicize the Year of the Humanities and Arts (YoHA). Photo by Paul Jaronski

"Welcome to Michigan," a week-long series of programs and activities to welcome new students, will kick off Aug. 30 and continue through Sept. 7.

The New Student Convocation will be held 7-8 p.m. Sept. 2 in Hill Auditorium, followed by "Escapade!" an extravaganza at the Michigan Union featuring games, prizes, food and entertainment. New this year is "Artscapade!" 8-11 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Museum of Art, offering performances, hands-on art, games, giveaways and refreshments.

There also is a special program related to the University's "Year of Humanities and Arts" (YoHA), called "YoRenaissance," which will be held 1-4 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Rackham Building. Included are workshops on "Location, Location, Location," "The Past Aro und Us," "International Folk Dances" and "Racially Mixed . . . But Not Mixed Up." Participants will receive YoHA yo-yos or posters.

Other Welcome to Michigan events include:


Academic programs for all students as well as some related to specific schools or colleges, and sessions on U-M Learning Communities, such as the 21st Century Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and the Residential College.


Residence hall open houses and hall-specific activities and meetings.


Information sessions on the programs and services offered on campus, including a Work-Study Job Fair, information table about the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and Festifall, with information on 300 student organizations, 30 area non-profit agencies and many U-M departments.


Workshops on writing support, computing at the U-M, diagnosing learning style, the library system, managing money and time management.

There also are athletic/recreational opportunities, religious activities, multicultural events, sessions for transfer students and activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

For more information about Welcome to Michigan, contact the Office of New Student Programs, 764-6413, or send e-mail to For information on YoRenaissance, call 763-6048, or send e-mail to