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Online Hawkeye Welcomes and Events

Online Hawkeye Welcomes

Prefer to come to a virtual Hawkeye Welcome instead of being in-person in a group? Join the online small group experience everyday (Monday, August 17 through Saturday, 22) at 1:00 pm. Click the date and time below and login with your HawkID to enter the room at that time.

Friday, August 21: 1:00 pm

Saturday, August 22: 8:00 am

Saturday, August 22: 1:00 pm

Online Events - click on the title to join an event

Date Time Title Description
Ongoing Virtual Dunk Contest

Upload a video to YouTube of your best dunk(s) on the hoops at either the Fieldhouse, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, or behind Burge or Slater Residence Halls. Fill out this form by Sunday, August 23rd. The person with the best dunk will receive a private tour of Kinnick Stadium for you and your friends!

Ongoing Sustainability Bingo!

Take part in Sustainability Bingo! hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

During the week, complete 4 or more easy and quick sustainability tasks on your Bingo card and win a free plant for your dorm or apartment and a goodie bag from the Office of Sustainability! Available on our website and social media, Sustainability Bingo! can be completed by anyone interested in learning more about Sustainability at Iowa. Topics in Sustainability Bingo! range from campus connections to community resources. When you cross off 4 things, you will earn a free plant and a gift bag of goodies from the Office of Sustainability.

Ongoing Facts & Folklore Tour

View the Iowa Facts and Folklore interactive map. You’ll learn about the legends, history, folklore, and traditions of the University of Iowa as well as tips and tricks for navigating your new Hawkeye home!

Friday, August 21
10:00- 11:30 am
Engineering: A Smart Start

Meet engineering professors and students. Learn specific strategies for how to be successful in engineering. Hear stories of what went right ... and not so right ... when starting in engineering. Benefit from words of wisdom from faculty members, students, and Engineering Student Success Team staff members. Have a light-hearted, and valuable, virtual time together. 

Friday, August 21 10:00- 11:00 am Hawkeyes Give Back

Why do people give? There’s a spark, a pull, a passion, an experience—something that propels one human being to reach out and freely offer to help another succeed. And so begins a chain, a network of those who are making a difference. Enter Hawkeyes. We are collaborative, caring, hardworking, and forward-thinking. Together, we have the power to change the world.

Friday, August 21 1:00- 2:00 pm CLAS Welcome Party Variety Show

Featuring Comedian Clara Reynen (Class of 2020) and other AWESOME performances. 
Attend the event and enter to win multiple door prizes! 

Friday, August 21 1:00- 2:00 pm Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs 101

Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs both provide an opportunity to continue playing sports you love, or try a new sport and have some fun. Attend this information session to learn about the differences between Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs, and what sport opportunities are available to students through Recreational Services.

Friday, August 21 2:00- 2:30 pm What's It All About: Student Legal Services Join us in learning about the services provided by Student Legal Services (SLS). SLS attorneys have been providing confidential advice and representation to University of Iowa students since 1971. Our practice areas include criminal law including alcohol-related offenses, landlord-tenant disputes and small claims court.
Friday, August 21 2:30- 3:30 pm Self-CAREnival

This is the greatest show! Come learn self-care and other mental wellness tips to help you maintain your mental balance during your first semester. Fill your mental health toolkit with mindfulness practices, quick anxiety fixes, and tactics for overcoming homesickness. Join us for the chance to win exciting prizes! University Counseling Service (UCS) therapists will be your ringmasters for the evening.

Friday, August 21 2:30- 3:00 pm What's It All About: Online Security In this session, Information Technology Services (ITS) will discuss how to protect your online identity. Two-Step Login with Duo Security is required. We’ll help you enroll using an app on your phone that verifies it’s you accessing your accounts. You’re not protected until you enroll, so enroll today!
Friday, August 21 3:00- 3:30 pm What's It All About: Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is free, course-specific, peer-facilitated group study session that helps students review course content and learn strategies for success. SI sessions are held multiple times per week by a SI Leader. Leaders are successful students who have already mastered the course material. SI sessions are designed to be a fun and interactive way to learn the course material through group activities, discussions, and games! Every year, SI has over 20,000 attendees at the sessions. Come to this session to learn more about this resource!

Friday, August 21 3:00- 4:00 pm Tippie College of Business: Meet Your Advisor

Before classes start, the Tippie College of Business academic advisors want to meet YOU! Come hang out with us and get to know some of your Direct Admit Seminar classmates as well. Watch for an email invitation and Zoom link to join the fun!

Friday, August 21 7:00- 9:00 pm Netflix Party: Murder Mystery

What do I Need? Laptop/Tablet/Desktop, A Netflix account, Google Chrome web browser, and the Netflix Party plugin are required. 

How can I participate? 

1. Visit from a Google Chrome web browser 

2. Install Netflix Party 

3. Login to Netflix from a Google Chrome web browser 

4. The party URL will be available no later than 3:30 pm on the event page each day. 

5. Click on the party URL, which will redirect to Netflix’s website, then click on the “NP” icon to the right of the URL address bar and you will automatically join the party. 

6. Choose a user icon, add your name, and enjoy the show! 

Friday, August 21 9:00- 10:00 pm Open Mic with Mikki Hommel

Do you love karaoke? Want to have some fun listening to your peers perform?! Come join us for open mic, featuring musician Mikki Hommel. Mikki is the siren of New York’s Lower East Side, a soulful singer-songwriter whose voice has been captivating audiences in Alphabet City since 2009.Mikki’s improvised songs show off her quick wit and sharp tongue. Charming the crowds with songs created from just a few audience suggestions, Mikki has showcased her music improv at venues including The Village Lantern, Karma Lounge, Rearview Comedy, The New York Comedy Club, The Broadway Comedy Club and last year’s New York Musical Improv Festival. 

Click here to join! (passcode 251903)

Friday, August 21 9:00 pm- 12:00 am Speed Sketchers

Come get your caricature drawn by one of the fastest caricature artists in the world! Artist will draw the students individually and will upload the digital caricatures to a site where each student can download their drawing for print or social media.

Friday, August 21 9:00- 11:00 pm Intention Bracelets

Intention Bracelets: Is there a word that has a significant meaning for you? Come make your own intention bracelet and get to know your peers!

Friday, August 21 9:00- 11:30 pm Natterdoodle, hand lettering workshop Do you love the look of hand lettering, but are not sure where to start?  Nationally recognized lettering artist, Natalie of NatterDoodle is here to help. Natalie thrives on sharing her love of lettering in a workshop setting. If you can write in cursive, or even if you can just print, OK, even if you can just hold a pen – with practice and instruction you can develop a unique hand lettering style. This workshop is a pen party with a focus on feeling more colorful, creative and connected while familiarizing yourself with hand lettering basics. Turn your ordinary handwriting into a creative, faux-ligraphy style all your own. 
Saturday, August 22 1:00- 2:00 pm Get Involved with Undergraduate Student Government! The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) gives students the opportunity to use their voice to affect real change on campus and connect with peers. Join us for an online webinar to get to know our senators and find out how you can get involved!
Saturday, August 22 7:00- 9:00 pm DM After Dark Interested in Dance Marathon? Come to DM After Dark! The event will take place on August 22 and is a chance for incoming students to learn about our fight against pediatric cancer. Students can come to socialize, play games and learn how to get involved right away! Dance Marathon will be hosting activities including Bingo, Just Dance, Karaoke and more. DM After Dark is the perfect way to wrap up On Iowa! week and get to know more people here on campus. Although things look different this fall, Dance Marathon remains rooted in its mission to foster community here on campus in a safe and healthy environment. Come join us virtually on August 22 at 7 pm via Zoom.
Saturday, August 22 7:00- 9:00 pm Comedian Brent Pella

Brent's live show is a mixture of stand-up and original characters in a high-energy format that's inspired by experiences of growing up with a single mother, the audacity of adulthood, and attempts at becoming a "conscious bro." Brent currently lives in Los Angeles and headlines comedy clubs and colleges around the US.