Keep Fit During Campus Life
Week of Welcome encourages students to build friendships while keeping fit with games and sports events.
By Jenna Withrow
USF.edu News Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (August 13, 2010) – The dreaded “Freshman 15.” It’s a possibility that no new student wants to face. But with so much free food available on campus during the first few weeks of classes, it’s easy to see how the pounds can pile on.
For 11 days straight, USF is celebrating the new school year with the Week of Welcome (WOW). The annual event engages new and returning students to get involved in campus life. There are more than 100 events to choose from, with a majority of them providing free food.
But even with all the plate passing, the Bulls still want students to beat the belly bulge. So they’re providing numerous games and activities in which students can participate. WOW encourages students to jump, bike, throw, kick, swim or dance their way into USF student life.
“It’s encouraging healthy habits. This is the first time you’re going to be away from home with the ability to buy the foods you like, eating until 2 or 3 in the morning. WOW is a great way for students to learn how they can stay active in fun ways,” said WOW Peer Advisor Leader Nicole John.
Lace up those sneakers, grab a friend or two, and get ready for some good old fashioned friendly competition with these WOW events!
Thursday, August 19
Jump into Fall with a Bang: Have fun with friends rappelling off the side of the ROTC building and shooting with simulated weapons systems with USF Army ROTC. This event takes place in the CW Bill Young Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Talk As You Walk Campus Tours: Need help finding your classes before school starts? Let New Student Connections and the Green and Gold Guides give you a head start by showing you the way. Bring your class schedule to the New Student Information Station for hourly tours. This event takes place at the Argos Center and Juniper-Poplar Hall from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Bull-O-Bash: Join Housing and Residential Education for some fun in the sun, music, games, and more! This event takes place in front of Juniper-Poplar Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Learning Commons Reality Show: Spend an afternoon with Undergraduate Studies and the Library in a scavenger hunt exploring the USF Tampa Library Learning Commons and discover the people and resources that can help you research, write, compute, and learn. This event takes place in the Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Meet the Navigators Ministry: The Navigators Christian Ministry invites you to participate in volleyball, basketball, frisbee, and more! This event takes place at the Beta Hall Basketball and Volleyball Courts.
Dance with D.A.S.A: Have you always wished for the chance to dance to the sensual beat of Bachata or the energetic rhythm of Merengue? Come out and join the Dominican American Student Association to learn. This event takes place in the MSC Amphitheatre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.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.
Sports-fest: Join the Navigators and play flag football, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. This event takes place at Fowler Fields from 3 p.m. to 5 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.
USF Campus Bicycle Tour: Enjoy a delightful bicycle ride through campus with the USF Bicycle Club to get better acquainted with the roads, bike lanes, and bike parking on campus. This tour gives you the opportunity to view USF's campus from a very unique perspective, the seat of a bicycle! This event takes place at the Campus Recreation Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Zumba with the Green and Gold Guides: Zumba is a fun way to exercise by dancing! So come out and try it with USF's Green and Gold Guides and get ready to laugh, feel the music, and feel the burn. This event takes place in MSC 2708 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 22
Kickin' it Old School: Wind back the clocks and join the Green & Gold Guides for a fun and friendly game of Kickball, old school style! Meet them at either the Juniper-Poplar desk or the Marshall Center Atrium at 5:45pm to walk to the field together. This event takes place at the Intramural Baseball Field from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, August 23
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.
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
Grand Opening of the Wellness USF Center: Explore ways to improve your personal health and well-being by visiting the New Wellness USF center. Have fun with obstacle courses, beer goggles, Jeopardy, free body composition testing, prizes and freebies. This event takes place in MSC 1504 from 11 a.m. to 1 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.
Text to Win: Show off your skills and win a prize in our fastest texter contest. Learn fun facts about the Asian culture with the members of alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority and Pi Delta Psi Fraternity. This evnt takes place in the MSC Amphitheatre from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dodgeball Tournament: Dodge, dip, duck, and dive with Campus Crusade for Christ! Meet new people and find a safe place to explore and grow in your faith. This event takes place in the Campus Recreation Center Upper Gym from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Skate Jam: Come out and enjoy $5 skating and music with the ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority and the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. This event takes place at USA SkatePlex at 5313 E Busch Blvd from 8 p.m. to 12 a.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
The Career Center's Wii Bowling Competition: Win a Nintendo Wii! The Career Center is launching it’s "We Believe!" 2010-2011 campaign, join them for a Wii Bowling competition and learn all about their services. This event takes place in the SVC Breezeway from 11 a.m. to 1 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.
Thursday, August 26
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.
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. to 11 p.m.
Friday, August 27
Out-of-State Student Social: If you are new to the Sunshine State and like meeting new students, enjoying free food, playing games, 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.
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.
Salsa and Bhangra: The Latin American Student Association, Students of India Association, and the Latin Dance Club invite all students to get a taste of two different cultures through music & dance! This event takes place in MSC 2100 AB 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
Community Plunge: Get a great work out while working for the greater good! Join fellow USF Bulls as they hit the streets of Tampa volunteering at over 25 community agencies. Register online at www.LeadandServe.usf.edu. This event begins at MSC North Patio and runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New Student Flag Football Tournament: Campus Recreation hosts its annual new student intramural flag football tournament open to all new and returning students. This event takes place at Fowler Fields from 11 a.m. to 7 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.
USF's Best Dance Crew: Celebrate dance and music like never before. The Multicultural Community and Greek Chapters will show off their best moves during this dance competition and win the title of Best Dance Crew for 2010. This event takes place in the MSC Amphitheatre from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Jenna Withrow covers student activities and events at USF. She can be reached at 813-974-4014.