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UConn Class of 2002 to arrive Aug. 29 (Released: 8/28/98)

by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications.

Storrs , Conn. -- More than 2,500 freshmen and transfers to the University of Connecticut will arrive in Storrs Saturday to begin the 1998-99 academic year -- the first time since the early 1970s that UConn has invited new students to come to campus before upperclassmen. (Sophomores, juniors and seniors will begin arriving Sunday.)

The new students and their parents will be treated to assistance moving into residence halls, courtesy of faculty and staff volunteers, the opportunity to complete any business or book-buying transactions they may have missed during the summer, and an academic convocation, with welcomes from President Philip Austin, Chancellor Mark Emmert, student leaders and others. The day concludes with a picnic.

On Sunday, freshmen will break-out into about 100 groups of 25 or 30 students each to discuss the book Amistad -- all freshmen were mailed a copy of the book earlier this summer. That afternoon, they can compare their thoughts with those of the book's author, former UConn publicist David Pesci, who will address the community at 2:30 in Jorgensen Auditorium.

Events during UConn's Week of Welcome (WOW) include:

Saturday, Aug. 29

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Husky Haulers: UConn administrators, faculty, and staff will help new students and their parents haul furniture, stereo equipment, computers and other belongings to their rooms;
  • 2:30 p.m. Academic convocation: Featuring President Philip Austin and Chancellor Mark Emmert. Harry A. Gampel Pavilion;
  • 4 - 6 p.m. UConn Alumni Association New Student Picnic: Hillside Road, between Student Union and UConn Field House, featuring dozens of five-foot-long grinders
Sunday, Aug. 30
  • 1-2 p.m. Small Reading Group Meetings: Various locations;
  • 2:30 p.m. The Freshman Reading, with Amistad author David Pesci. Jorgensen Auditorium.

Monday, Aug. 31

  • Noon - 4 p.m. Back to Campus Festival, with games, rides, and contests. UConn Co-op.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

  • 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Back to Campus Festival (continued). UConn Co-op;
  • 9 a.m. - noon. Student Job Fair. Student Union Ballroom;
  • 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Husky WOW Picnic, Medieval Magic, free to the community, with actors in period dress, games and two bands.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

  • Classes begin.