Weeks of Welcome

Surrounding the start of classes will be USF’s Weeks of Welcome, or WOW, Monday, Aug. 19 - Sunday, Sept. 1. Freebies, discounts, advising, library tours, free food, ice cream and more – these special events – will offer students, especially new ones, the opportunity to get to know each other, USF, and our San Francisco community.

A WOW mainstay, CAB presents Dons Night Out (DNO), is among the events that will help kick off the academic year on Monday, Aug. 19. This celebration that welcomes students to campus, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Warrior Memorial Gym, features performances by student groups and bands, games and more. Last year, the crowd estimated at 1,500 students. 

Below you will find the FALL 2019 WOW Schedule:

8/19 5:30pm - 6:30pm Transfer Student Meetup Student Meet Ups Fromm, Maraschi Room Reception to provide Transfer student with resource and start building community. Meet students from the Transfer Nation-Student Organization.
8/19 6:30pm - 7:30pm Veteran/Military-Affiliated Student Meetup Student Meet Ups Getty Lounge Students will enjoy appetizers and refreshments as they mingle with fellow new and current veteran/military-affiliated students.
8/19 7:30pm - 10pm Dons Night Out Student Meet Ups Sobrato Center Join the Campus Activities Board at their annual fall music festival! Hang out with new friends and meet returning students for a great concert, fun activities, unique photo ops, and more. This event is only for the USF community, bring your One Card for entry.
8/20 11am - 2pm University Ministry Kickoff Campus Connections Gleeson Plaza Join the University Ministry (UM) team for our first event of the year!
Meet the UM staff! Learn how to get involved with UM! Enjoy FREE carnival-themed food and petting zoo! For more info, please email um@usfca.edu.
8/20 11am - 12pm From Community to the Capitol: Strategies for the Common Good Campus Connections Fromm Hall, Broad Conference Room Want to learn more about opportunities on campus around civic engagement, public service, and community activism? Join the Leo T. McCarthy Center staff to learn strategies on how to make an impact throughout your time at USF and on.
8/20 8pm - 10pm Target Night Student Meet Ups 2675 Geary Blvd Our yearly tradition is exclusive to USF students! 5% off towards your purchase, raffle prizes, and giveaways. Don't miss out! 
8/20 11am - 1pm Resumania Workshop with Career Services Things You Should Know UC 1 Polish your resume before the Part Time Job Fair on August 21. Career counselors will give you the tips and tricks to make your resume stand out.
8/20 6pm - 7pm Things I Wish I Knew Before San Francisco Things You Should Know McLaren 252 Do you have any questions you want to ask before classes start? What do successful students say are the things they wish they knew before they started college? Come to this session to ask a panel of students all of your last minute questions, and learn some tips for success in your first year and beyond! Open to all students. Refreshments will be provided.
8/20 6:15pm - 7:00pm Cycling Fitness & Wellness Koret Aerobics Room An exhilarating class that allows you to travel to another dimension whilst getting your sweat on! Pedal through hill climbs, sprints, and many other challenging drills and exercises to music for a heart-pumping workout. With guided focus and motivation, instructors create a fun experience for everyone!
8/21 6pm - 7:30pm LBGTQIA+ Student Social Student Meet Ups McLaren 251/252 Are you a student looking for community who identifies as LGBTQIA+? Please join us at the LGBTQIA+ Student Social for games, roundtable discussions, and community building. This event is intended to immerse you in what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ student at USF and raise your awareness of the resources intended to support you during your time here. Refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity to win raffle prizes.
8/21 7:30pm - 9pm Latin Dance Workshop Student Meet Ups School of Education 040 Whether you are a beginner or just want an excuse to dance, come out and learn the basics of Latin dancing! We’ll be teaching everyone how to dance the basic steps of cumbia, bachata, merengue, and salsa.
8/21 11:30am - 1pm Part-Time Job Fair  Things You Should Know McLaren Conference Center  On- and off-campus employers offer part-time positions at this event--Federal Work-Study and non-Work-Study. Résumés are recommended. 
8/21 5pm - 6pm Navigating Muni Things You Should Know Fromm Hall, Broad Conference Room With Muni, you're just a ride away from everywhere in San Francisco. Learn more about how to navigate SF and discover tips to get to your final destination from a student's perspective.
8/21 12:15pm - 1:00pm Fitness Interval Training (FIT) Fitness & Wellness Koret Box Room This class incorporates kettlebells, TRX Suspension Trainer, battle ropes, body-weight exercises, med balls, sprint intervals and challenging high-intensity circuits to pack a punch to your lunch break! Be prepared to be challenged and break a sweat.
8/22 11:30am - 1pm Rec Sports Day on the Green Campus Connections Gleeson Plaza/Welch Field Learn more about the Rec Sports programs including Club Sports, Intramurals, Outdoor Adventure Trips, Welcome Weekend Trips, Group Fitness Classes, Personal Training, Aquatics and more! You don't want to be REC-LESS and miss out on FREE tacos and t-shirts! *First 100 receive a special prize.
8/22 11:30am - 1pm The GREEN ROOM performance cafe OPENING  Campus Connections EDUCATION 045 - The GREEN ROOM As part of the new USF STAGES performance venues initiative, we are opening the doors of The GREEN ROOM: jazz cafe, art gallery, social space, performance venue, maker shop, all-around student space for creating art and connections. The basement of the ED building, under Presentation Theater!
8/22 12pm-1pm Opening of the Year Interfaith Prayer Service Campus Connections Privett Plaza This Interfaith service celebrates and asks Divine blessing upon the USF community at the start of the academic year. Campus faith partners, clergy, faculty, and students from many faith traditions present in the USF community come together to hear readings from sacred scriptures and pray as a community. All are welcome!
8/22 5pm - 8pm Opening Celebration for Studio Misión: The Artist Studio as Medium by René Yañez featuring The Great Tortilla Conspiracy and the Chulita Vinyl Club  Campus Connections

Thacher Gallery, Gleeson Library Geschke Center

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition of Studio Misión: The Artist Studio as Medium by René Yañez. The event includes edible prints created by The Great Tortilla Conspiracy and music by the Chulita Vinyl Club.

Studio Misión:
The Artist Studio as Medium by René Yañez
August 19-November 4, 2019
Thacher Gallery
Gleeson Library - Geschke Center

Studio Misión offers a look into the world and prolific creative process of San Francisco artist and curator René Yañez, focusing on his final years from 2016 to 2018. Bringing together Yañez’s most recent projects and sketchbooks—seldom seen outside of his close circle of friends—the works seen here reveal his state of mind, his medically-induced visions, the faces of the Mission District that meant so much to him, and the politics that he fought to the very end. 
Curated by Rio Yañez Co-presented with Latin American Studies and the Center for Latinx Studies in the Americas (CELASA).
8/22 8pm - 9:30pm Performing Arts Open House Campus Connections Studio Theater, Lone Mountain Love to perform? Dance, Music, and Theater opportunities are everywhere at USF! Come meet reps from the Performing Arts Department and dozens of student clubs—from Hula Dance Ensemble to USF Voices and the College Players!
8/22 11:45am - 12:15pm Undocumented and Unafraid at USF: Navigating the University as an Undocumented Student Student Meet Ups UC 415 Want to learn more about what it means to be an undocumented student at USF? You and your family members are invited speak to representatives from the USF Task Force to Support Undocumented Students and learn more about the opportunities and resources available to you.
8/22 10:30am - 12:30pm Off Campus Referral Support Drop In Hours Things You Should Know University Center 505 Drop-in support/information for students interested in seeking off-campus mental health services.
8/22 6pm - 7pm Safety in the City Things You Should Know Fromm Hall, Broad Conference Room Meet with USF’s Public Safety as they share tips and strategies about being safe both on campus and in the City of San Francisco
8/22 4:30pm - 5:45pm Yoga Fitness & Wellness Koret Aerobics Room Emphasizes physical and mental relaxation through a series of postures. This class improves breathing, alignment, balance, strength, and flexibility. Open to all levels.
8/23 6pm - 8pm Off The Grid Friday Night Food Truck Party* Student Meet Ups Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture Welcome to California’s largest evening Street Food market. Each Friday Off the Grid invites thousands of guests to dine, unwind and connect at their flagship destination market at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC). With diverse street food from a rotating lineup of more than 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food creators, live DJs, entertainment, and weekly themed programming Fridays at Off the Grid are a staple of the FMCAC experience. Check out all your favorite gourmet food vendors in one place! 
*Only open to new students and pre-registration required
8/23 11am - 2pm Library Inside Out! Things You Should Know Gleeson Plaza and Lawn (right in front of the Library's Los Lobos de Loyola statue!) We're bringing our favorite things inside Gleeson Library | Geschke Center out to Gleeson Plaza/Lawn! Stop by for refreshments, games, prizes, info about the library, or to relax in our outdoor lounge with a book. If the weather's rainy, come on inside Gleeson, we'll set up the festivities on the second floor common area of the library!
8/23 9am - 10am Core & More Fitness & Wellness Koret Aerobics Room This class is geared towards strengthening your core muscles (abdominals, hips, glutes, low/ upper back, shoulders) with emphasis on proper form to enhance hip and spinal stability. This class utilizes your bodyweight and or equipment such as dumbbells, KBs and bands to take you through a low to moderate intensity class. Everyone and anyone can benefit from this class.
8/24 10am - 1pm Beach Yoga* Student Meet Ups Baker Beach Rest and reset your mind, body, and spirit and experience the magic of yoga; 75-minutes of mindful movement in nature. Reconnect to the beauty and rhythm of nature as you watch the waves crash at Baker Beach. All levels of experience including new yogis welcome! Just bring a beach towel. 
*Only open to new students and pre-registration required
8/24 6:00 PM Men's Soccer Game Student Meet Ups Negoesco Stadium Come out and root for our Dons. The first 300 USF students through the gate will receive a free pair of USF Sunglasses! Show your student ID to receive your free sunglasses. Open to ALL students!
8/24 10:30am - 11:20am Kickboxing Technique Fitness & Wellness Koret Box Room Overview and application of all the various striking techniques in kickboxing. From the ground up, participants will learn to utilize punches and kicks through multiple facets of Kickboxing and striking martial arts. These techniques will be taught through group drills, partner work, and bag/pad work. No sparring will be conducted. It is recommended that you bring your own gloves and wraps although we do have gloves you can borrow.
8/25 7pm - 8:30pm Mass of the Holy Spirit  Campus Connections St. Ignatius Church The opening mass of the academic year is the Mass of the Holy Spirit, Sunday evening, August 25, at 7 p.m. Please join us for this beautiful liturgy which asks God’s blessing for the coming school year. The Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, President of USF, will preside for this liturgy. All are welcome! *Only open to new students and pre-registration required
8/25 10am - 2pm Treasure Island Festival ‘Dog Days of Summer’* Student Meet Ups Treasure Island Located in the heart of the bay on Treasure Island TreasureFest is a modern urban market for 15,000+ that houses ~400 curated vendors selling originally-made and designed items, artists, and all things local and unique to the Bay Area including 35+ food trucks and live music! Celebrating all things local. SHOP. EAT. DRINK. PLAY. *Only open to new students and pre-registration required
8/25 11:30am - 12:20pm Kickboxing Conditioning  Fitness & Wellness Koret Box Room Full body conditioning stressing muscular endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, and relative strength specific to kickboxing. Through the use of circuits, burnouts, weights, and the application of kickboxing techniques, participants will build a solid foundation for kickboxing.
8/26 11:30am - 1pm Fall Sustainability Fair Campus Connections Gleeson Plaza Composting, electric buses, and meatless meat? Welcome to San Francisco! Join Sustainable USF for our first ever Fall Sustainability Fair, and discover how fun and fulfilling living a sustainable lifestyle can be! Enjoy free food, play fun games, and win eco-friendly prizes!
8/26 11:45am - 12:45pm Open House for New & Returning Students - Swig Program in Jewish Studies & Social Justice Campus Connections Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 111 Open to all students - current, curious, and future students interested in the Minor in Jewish Studies and Social Justice.
8/26 6:00 PM ASUSF Meet & Greet Campus Connections UC 4th Floor Lounge Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF) Senate advocates for student voices to be heard and carried forward in order to inspire progress and promote positive change in the USF community. Come out and share the love for advocacy and addressing student concerns with ASUSF at our Meet and Greet! 
8/27 11am - 1pm Off-Campus Student Appreciation w/ Coffee and Donuts Student Meet Ups Lo Shiavo OCL Pop Up Series: Welcome Back/ OC Students: Also gain info on Renter's Insurance/Intro to resources of SF, Disaster preparedness and Apt. Inventory
8/27 6pm - 7:30p Asian and Asian American Student Welcome Student Meet Ups McLaren 251 & 252 Welcome (back) to the USF community! Start your fall semester on the right foot by celebrating the Asian and Asian American community with us! Learn more about campus resources, check out the music/dance performances, and connect with Asian and Asian American student organizations. This event is free and open to all new and returning students, so join us for some yummy Asian snacks and get a chance to win raffle prizes!
8/27 12pm - 1pm Nutrition Workshop - Diet Myths Debunked Fitness & Wellness UC 402/403 Join Health Promotion Services as they debunk the most common nutrition myths so you can feel more confident about your nutritional choices. 
8/28 2:30pm - 4pm Communication Studies Carnival Campus Connections McLaren 251 Join faculty and majors at the Communication Studies Carnival! Learn more about our classes, activities, and opportunities. We'll have carnival food and music!
8/28 6pm - 7pm Mental Health Matters Fitness & Wellness McLaren 252 It is easy to get too caught up in academics and forget about taking care of yourself, so come join us and learn all about mental health. We will explore the various ways to care for your mental health while at USF and even how to look out for your fellow Dons! You can come by yourself and meet new friends or even come as a group. Everyone is welcome and everyone will benefit.
8/29 11:30am - 1pm Student Leadership and Engagement (SLE) Involvement Fair Campus Connections Gleeson Plaza Come chat with 100+ student organizations and campus departments about ways you can get involved. Meet new friends, keep active, build your leadership skills, and explore your interests!
8/29 6:30pm - 8:30pm  Meet the Greeks Campus Connections; Student Meet Ups McLaren Complex Want to learn more about social fraternities and sororities at USF? Join us for Meet the Greeks. You’ll have an opportunity to meet members of our community and representatives from each of our ten chapters.
8/29 10:30am - 12:30pm Off Campus Referral Support Drop-In Hours Things You Should Know University Center 505 Drop-in support/information for students interested in seeking off-campus mental health services. Drop-in hours recur every Thursday throughout the academic year.
8/30 7pm - 9pm Lyricist Lounge Campus Connections University Center 4th floor lounge  Share your art or listen to others share theirs! Come through for Lyricist Lounge, a monthly open mic event that encourages and supports the art of spoken word poetry, singing, and other forms of self-expression. This month's theme is "Find Your Voice".
8/30 10am - 4pm Apply for an Arrupe Immersion Things You Should Know University Ministry Apply for an Arrupe Immersion! Please visit our office for more details on upcoming immersion trips. Arrupe Immersions are local and global experiences designed to open participants' eyes to the realities of the world.
8/31 9am - 5pm University Ministry New Student Retreat & BBQ Campus Connections Golden Gate Park (Meet in Toler Hall 122, University Ministry Office) A fun day to meet new friends, and explore connections to self, community, values, spirituality, and USF. Students of all faiths (or none) are welcome. Find out what it means to say I Am Jesuit Educated! The day will end with a fun BBQ & lawn games in Golden Gate Park. Register for this event
8/31 5pm - 9pm SF Giants Game* Student Meet Ups Oracle Park  The Giants are proud to invite all fans out to Oracle Park to celebrate the most popular comic strip of all-time, "Peanuts"! Your special event ticket includes a ticket to the Saturday game versus the San Diego Padres and a collector's-edition Peanuts/Giants item!! On this day, we celebrate the influential work of one of the most beloved comic strip authors and illustrators in history, Bay Area-native, Charles M. Schulz. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with the three World Series trophies, visit the Giants Highlight Theater to watch last season's highlights, and get loud with ball park fun! *Only open to new students and pre-registration required
8/31 8:30am - 9:20am Boxing Fundamentals Fitness & Wellness Koret Box Room Learn the basics of boxing, improve coordination and build up your work capacity. This class is for everyone, you will build a solid foundation both in boxing and overall conditioning. No sparring will be conducted. It is recommended that you bring your own gloves and wraps although we do have gloves you can borrow.
8/31 9:30am - 10:20am Boxing Conditioning Fitness & Wellness Koret Box Room Work on strength and conditioning specific to boxing. Improve your boxing skills, relative strength, muscle endurance and conditioning!
9/1 10am - 1pm Indoor Miniature Golf Student Meet Ups Urban Putt Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district, Urban Putt is the City’s first and only indoor miniature golf course. Urban Putt offers guests a fun, only-in-San Francisco experience with top-notch food and drinks, and a fantastical, high-tech 14-hole mini-golf course. Steve Fox–along with a dream team of industrial designers, robotics engineers, welders and artists–has created a technically sophisticated playground for people of all ages, where imagination has free reign and all of the senses are engaged.
9/1 12pm - 3pm Labor Day Symphony in the Park Student Meet Ups Golden Gate Park The Golden Gate Park Band presents its 137th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years. These concerts take place in the wonderful setting of historic Golden Gate Park with the DeYoung Museum on one side, the California Academy of Sciences on the other, and the Japanese Tea Garden close at hand. Come and enjoy this “San Francisco treasure”. *Only open to new students and pre-registration required
9/1 10am - 11am Zumba Fitness & Wellness Koret Aerobics Room Full-body workout combining latin dance cardio and strength exercises that focuses on your abs, glutes, arms, and legs using free weights. Before class please grab a yoga mat, hand weights, and a water bottle.
9/5 12pm - 12:45pm Study Abroad Information Meeting Things You Show Know McLaren 252 Learn about all the study abroad opportunities available to you, how to apply, and hear/speak from students who have just returned from abroad! Lunch will be provided.
9/5 4:45pm - 7:45pm Certified Peer Education Training (Day 1 of 4) Things You Show Know UC 402/403 Interested in what it takes to become a peer educator. Learn more and get certified by the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA through the Health Promotion Services (HPS). All students who complete the training will be invited to join the HPS Health Outreach Team. Great on resumes! RSVP for this event to hold your spot.  
9/5 4pm - 5pm Create Art & Craft Friendships Fitness & Wellness UC 501 Learn to paint like a pro with a free Paint by Numbers kit provided by Health Promotion Services, and use the hour to interweave with other students and join their close knit community. This is an ongoing program, every Thursday from September 5th - November 21st.
9/7 10am - 3pm San Francisco Zoo Student Meet Ups San Francisco Zoo There’s a lot to see in this urban oasis nestled against the Pacific Ocean; the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is an urban oasis home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals. Covering 100 acres of land, the Zoo offers visitors the chance to get up close to some of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures on the planet and majestic peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants. *Only open to new students and pre-registration required
9/8 11:00 AM Museum of 3D Illusions Student Meet Ups Fisherman’s Wharf The world-class Museum of 3D Illusions has finally arrived in San Francisco! Don't miss out on this amazing experience; one of the hottest and latest attractions in SF! With over 40 completely interactive 3D painting exhibits, the Museum of 3D Illusions is the place where guests can let their imaginations run wild and experience a photo-op unlike any other! *Only open to new students and pre-registration required

Welcome Weekends

Welcome Weekends are trips for incoming first-year and transfer students. These fun, free outings take place during the beginning of each semester, designed to help new students connect with communities of support on campus. Welcome Weekend trip leaders help students learn to use their MUNI pass to discover local destinations, historic landmarks, and fun attractions. 

Learn more about Welcome Weekends.

Dons Fest Resources Fair


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