Free Food! 'Nuff Said
Find out where to get free food with a side of information on campus during USF’s Week of Welcome.
By Jenna Withrow
USF.edu News Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (August 13, 2010) – There are two simple words that beckon the hearts (and stomachs) of the average college student.
For more than five years, new and returning students have filled their stomachs and minds during USF’s Week of Welcome (WOW). Occurring Aug. 18 through Aug. 28, WOW is one of the largest and most comprehensive student welcome experiences in the state of Florida.
“Anytime you say ‘food,’ people are going to be drawn in. But as you’re munching, you’re actually learning. It’s a time for everyone to hang out and learn about something that they might not have learned about otherwise,” said WOW Peer Advisor Leader and USF student Nicole John.
With more than 100 events occurring during the 11-day welcome celebration, there will be plenty of food — and information — to go around. Almost every day of WOW provides opportunities for students to eat the three basic meals, as well as munch in between. From chicken wings to chocolate ice cream, Week of Welcome satiates USF students’ hunger for food, friends and fun.
You can also work off some of the calories with tons of events during WOW.
So grab a plate and a pen, and check out our rundown of where to get free food on campus during WOW. For a complete schedule of Week of Welcome events, visit the WOW website.
Wednesday, August 18
Free Speech, Free Internet, and Free Pizza: Join FreeThinkers@USF for free pizza and a discussion on privacy and protected speech in the era of advanced technology and social media. This event takes place in MSC 2709 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WOW Kick-Off: New Student Connections opens Week of Welcome with a celebration for USF students and families. Enjoy free food, music, prizes and more! This event takes place in MSC Plaza from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Chill with the Queens: Learn about the service organization Eternal Legendary Queens while enjoying free ice cream. This event takes place in MSC 3707 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
MCWW Welcome Jam: As part of Week of Welcome, the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the Multicultural Welcome Week (MCWW), which features events designed to bridge the divide between incoming and returning students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Join their welcome jam for music, performances and free food. This event takes place in MSC Ampitheatre from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Thursday, August 19
International Luncheon and Cultural Showcase: Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Student Services and INTO USF for lunch and learn a few new things about students from different countries. This event takes place in MSC Ballroom A from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
LGBT and Allies Ice Cream Social: Grab a bowl of ice cream and allow the Office of Multicultural Affairs to introduce you to fellow students, staff and faculty from our LGBT campus community, including the Safe Zone Advisory Committee and Allies. This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Breakfast at Midnight: Crosswinds at USF invites you for free pancakes at midnight. There will be live entertainment, door prizes and the opportunity to meet some new people. This event takes place at the Crosswinds Building on Sycamore Drive from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday, August 20
ENLACE Welcome Breakfast: As a special welcome to new Latino freshmen and other first generation incoming students, join Engaging Latino Communities for Education (ENLACE), other student organizations, faculty and administrators for breakfast, games, dancing and more. This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
BCK Beach Bonanza: Housing and Residential Education brings the fun of the beach to USF. Come eat free food, play some crazy games, and make some new friends. This event takes place at Castor Beach from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Women's Soccer USF vs. UNF: Cheer on your Bulls as they kick-off their 2010 regular season when they host in-state foe UNF. Enjoy free food during the pregame student tailgate hosted by USF athletics! This event takes place at the USF Soccer Stadium from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Bulls Nite Out- Viva La Fiesta: Check out the USF tradition of Bulls Nite Out! Ride a mechanical bull, get your picture taken, try our queso fountain, get a caricature done, enjoy free food, watch dance performances and more! This event takes place in the MSC Atrium and Ampitheatre from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturday, August 21
H2O Splash: Come enjoy the sun, music, free food, and take a dip in the water at the fifth annual H20 Splash hosted by Lambda Theta Alpha. This event takes place at Andros Pool from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
CIA Welcome Back Picnic: Have some fun in the sun with Christians in Action (CIA). Learn about the organization, grab some food, and hang out with new and old friends. This event takes place on Castor/ Kosove Lawn from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Burgers & Bands: Take a break with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and come enjoy an afternoon with friends, live music, and burgers. This event takes place in the MSC Amphitheatre from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Crescent Hill After Dark: Come join the Black Student Union as well as many other multicultural organizations as they socialize over music, food, and laughter. This event takes place at MSC Crescent Hill Patio from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Get Your Grill On with Holly: Enjoy one of the last nights of summer with the Holly staff! Eat delicious food and meet new people, while obtaining information about how to get involved with the Housing & Residential Education Department. This event takes place at Holly J from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, August 22
Brunch with Bulls for Moffitt: Grab a late breakfast with Bulls for Moffitt. See what the organization is all about and learn how you can get involved in the fight against cancer. This event takes place in MSC 2707 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
USF Ladies Night: Ladies are invited to a night of pampering, manicures, pedicures, body art, food, and more with the Crosswinds at USF. This event takes place at the Crosswinds Building on Sycamore Drive from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Movie & Munchies: Have some delicious munchies and meet your neighbors while enjoying a movie. Join Housing and Residential Education to discuss this film with Professor Langford. This event takes place in Juniper Poplar Hall 1319 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ya Kuimba Coffee House: Love coffee? Join Baptist Collegiate Ministries and enjoy a cup of your favorite brew with a side of live music, live poetry readings, free food, and free conversation in this African themed coffee house. This event takes place in MSC 2709 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sprinkle in some fun with the OTLs: Reconnect with current and past Orientation Team Leaders while enjoying ice cream. You will also have the opportunity to find out how to transform yourself into an OTL for the summer of 2011. This event will take place at Holly J from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, August 23
Commuter Coffee Break: Grab a cup of coffee and a bagel from Commuter Student Life and the Center for Student Involvement. Learn about the services available for commuting students and how to get involved. This event will take place in the Sun Dome Parking Lot from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Hot Dog You're Back: Enjoy a free hot dog, chips and a drink provided by the Marshall Student Center staff. Get your picture taken in front of the Bulls fountain with friends and enjoy some island music. This event will take place in the MSC Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A Slice of Pizza and a Taste of Support: Join Students with Disabilities Services and the Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence prevention for pizza, trivia games, prizes and more! This event takes place in the SVC Breezeway from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Be Seen on the Big Screen: Meet fellow movie film fans and the University Film & Video Association at USF at a fun-filled event with food, movie trivia board games and live hilarious improv played via webcast on a Big Screen! This event takes place in MSC 2709 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Meet The Greeks: Are you interested in creating lifelong bonds with others who share your similar views and cultural backgrounds? Then, join The Unified Greek Council for free food and drinks at this event. Each fraternity or sorority will share information and then perform stepping, strolling, and saluting. This event takes place in the MSC Ampitheatre from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Crosswinds Ping Pong Tournament: All USF students are invited to enter to win amazing prizes for the First Annual Crosswinds Ping Pong doubles or singles tournament. There will be free food for everyone! This event takes place in the Crosswinds Building from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
BBQ with Hillel: Come relax after your first day of classes and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers at USF Hillel Jewish Student Organization. This will be a great time to meet Jewish students at USF and establish new connections. This event takes place at the Hillel Jewish Center on Sycamore Drive from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bulls Connection Café: Grab some coffee, play some games, meet new people, and get to know the Navigators Christian Ministry. This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 24
Free Cup of Joe from GI Joe: The Student Veterans Association and the Office of Veterans Services will be offering free coffee and pastries. Just one of many ways our USF Student Veterans are giving back. This event takes place in the SVC Breezeway from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Just Dance: Come out and learn about how you can make a difference in the community with Dance Marathon! Meet the members of the board and enjoy some food after visiting info tables. This event takes place in the MSC Amphitheatre from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Chat N Chew: Do you have any idea what USF professors will expect from you as a new student? This is your opportunity to visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs and diverse group of faculty members who will share tips for your success. This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
LSAT Prep 101: Learn the steps on how to take the LSAT and what you need to know for getting into law school. Afterwards join Kaplan and Phi Alpha Delta for some tasty treats! This event takes place in MSC 3709 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Junkyard Games: Get to know the student leaders from the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement! Come learn more about leadership development at USF and enjoy some junkyard snacks and prizes. This event takes place in MSC 2702 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Free Fall Food: If you are hungry and looking for some free food and fun come join the USF Baptist Campus Ministries for a cookout and play volleyball, Rockband or board games. This event takes place in the Baptist Student Center on Sycamore Drive from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Movie & Munchies: Join Housing & Residential Education and the faculty-in-residence, Sociology professor Shawn Bingham, for a movie night. This event takes place in Maple C from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Progressive Black Men's Spade Tournament: Come out and meet the members of the Progressive Black Men's organization, while enjoying a fun and competitive atmosphere. There will be free food and drinks, as well as prizes for the winners. This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Wednesday, August 25
Greek Expo 2010: Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Join the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and learn more about the 40 chapters on campus, what recruitment looks like and what to expect as a member of a fraternity or sorority. This event takes place in MSC 2100 BC from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Taste of the Arts: The College of Arts boasts a number of talented students who love to showcase their skills. Come enjoy an afternoon of student performances, art displays and refreshments. This event takes place in the Fine Arts Building (FAH) Courtyard from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Art and Ice: Join the USF Contemporary Art Museum and the USF Honors College in enjoying New Orleans style SnoBalls while checking out the exhibition Carlos Garaicoa: La enmienda que hay en mí/ Making Amends. This event takes place at the USF Contemporary Art Museum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
COEDU Ice Cream Social: Students will enjoy ice cream served by Dean Colleen Kennedy and faculty of the College of Education. It is a good time to meet your peers from the College of Education Student Senate as well as faculty and staff. This event takes place at the College of Education Rotunda in front of the main entrance of EDU from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Diversity with a Twist: Come out and explore your diversity while eating great food with friends. This is a great opportunity to meet with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and learn about multiculturalism in an interactive way. This event takes place in MSC 3707 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Get Plugged In: The Student Alumni Association (SAA), USF Ambassadors, Fraternity and Sorority Life and Student Government would like to welcome the Class of 2014! Enjoy free food, music and special performances by members of the National Pan Hellenic Council. This event takes place at Traditions Hall in the Alumni Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Old Skool: Enjoy a blast from your past with the Latino Fellowship as they play games like UNO and Connect Four while snacking on fruit roll ups, oatmeal pies and more! This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Chi Alpha's Annual Pizza Taste-Off: Chi Alpha is hosting a free Pizza Taste off, giving students a change to discover their favorite pizza from our top four local USF pizza joints! This event takes place in MSC 2709 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hillel Ice Cream night: Come to Hillel for delicious Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream. Meet new people, make new friends and learn about Hillel at USF. This event takes place at Hillel Jewish Center on Sycamore Drive from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
NCNW Presents "So Lady Like": Learn the do’s and don’ts of a college student lifestyle with the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW). Enjoy free food and mingle with friends. This event takes place in MSC 2100 A from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Movies on the Lawn- Iron Man 2: Campus Activities Board brings the movie theatre to you! Enjoy free popcorn, soda and watch Iron Man 2 on the big screen! This event takes place in the MSC Plaza from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Nav Nite: Join the Navigators Christian Ministry as they worship, meet new friends, hear a relevant message, and eat free pizza. This event takes place in MSC 2709 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 26
Breakfast Under the Oaks: Snag some of your breakfast favorites with Minority Pre-Professional Science Society/Minority Association of Premed Students (MPSS/MAPS) under the shady oaks! This event takes place at the MLK Plaza from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
College of Nursing Ice Cream Social: Why University of South Florida, Why Nursing, and Why Now? Join the College of Nursing for ice cream to learn more about nursing as a career. This event takes place at the College of Nursing from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pool-a-Palooza: Hot from walking around campus? Come stop by Andros pool and cool off and enjoy the music, a PB&J bar with plenty of fun toppings, and pool games and toys. This event takes place at Andros Pool from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sport Clubs Eat 'n Greet: Come out and meet the Sport Clubs Council (SCC) and the 50+ sport clubs they have to offer you. There will be free food, music, giveaways, and club demonstrations. This event takes place at the Campus Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
African Game Day: The African Students Association is hosting a African Game day with all of your favorites from back home as well as some good ones from America. Join us for fun, food, and music! This event takes place in MSC 3707 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Transfer Mixer: Come mix and mingle with fellow transfer students and explore the opportunity you have to get connected to the USF transfer community. Enjoy some free food, too! This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Round Up: It’s the first USF pep rally of the year! Come out and enjoy the biggest event during WOW with the Center for Student Involvement! There will be free food, games, prizes, and live performances by nationally-known comedians Bruce Bruce and Finesse Mitchell. This event takes place at the Sun Dome from 6 p.m. tp 11 p.m.
Friday, August 27
MINTS Welcome Breakfast: If you are a USF student not straight out of high school, then the M.I.N.T.S (Mature Independent Non-Traditional Students) are here for you. Join them for a free breakfast and find out about events they have planned for the semester and learn how to sign up to be a member. This event takes place in MSC 2709 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Out-of-State Student Social: If you are new to the Sunshine State and like meeting new students, enjoying free food and having a great time, look no further! The New Student Connections wants to get you excited about living in Florida while connecting you with students from all over the country. This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Overkill LAN 9.0: Baptist Campus Ministries invites you to Overkill LAN Party 9.0, a community for PC gamers with free food and free prizes. They will be playing TF2, CS:Source, HL2:Deathmatch, Left 4 Dead 2, Starcraft 2, and others. This event takes place at the Baptist Student Center on Sycamore Drive from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Welcome Back Shabbat: USF Hillel welcomes new and returning students for the first Shabbat of the year. There will be multiple choices for services followed by dinner. This event takes place at the Hillel Jewish Center on Sycamore Drive from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kanaboll: Come out and enjoy a night filled with music, dance, and food! Club Creole wants to provide you with an opportunity to experience Haitian culture with a carnival twist! This event takes place in MSC Amphitheatre from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sixth Annual After Hours: Stay up late for the WOW tradition with Campus Recreation and enjoy free food, friends, and some fun! Fitness contests, dance parties, intramural games and indoor pool party are just some of the things planned for you. This event takes place at the Campus Recreation Center from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday, August 28
Taste of USFFCU: Join the excitement of the USF Federal Credit Union and enjoy food samples, mix and mingle with students from across campus, win gift cards and prizes from local vendors, and get a taste of all the Credit Union has to offer. This event takes place in the Credit Union Parking Lot from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Barbershop: Come get some free food, get your hair braided, and play spades while meeting other USF students and finding out what Black Campus Ministry is all about. This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
USF Men's Soccer vs. Akron: Show your Green and Gold pride by cheering on your USF Men's Soccer team as they host Akron in their final exhibition match. Come enjoy free food and fun during the pregame student tailgate hosted by USF athletics. This event takes place at the USF Soccer Stadium from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cypress Maple Moonlight Meltdown: Come join the Cypress/Maple area for Housing & Residential Education’s fourth annual Moonlight Meltdown where students can enjoy delicious ice cream sundaes with all of the toppings you could want. This event takes place in Cypress E from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Jenna Withrow covers student activities and events at USF. She can be reached at 813-974-4014.