Grab Some Grub

Find out where and when you can get free food during the USF Week of Welcome celebration.

 

 

By Jenna Withrow

USF.edu News

 

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2011) – As students search through the list of nearly 150 Week of Welcome events, one thought will be on their minds.

 

Where is the free food?

 

Every year, the University of South Florida hosts Week of Welcome (WOW). The campus-wide program helps new and returning students acclimate to campus life. The 11-day celebration is packed with social, informative and academic events where students can get to know other students, faculty and staff.

 

For students, free prizes and food are one of the biggest highlights of the celebration. That’s why we scoured the WOW schedule for anything and everything food-related. Grab your calendars and check out our list below. For the complete WOW schedule, click here.

 

Wednesday, August 17

 

Kickoff Your New Year at USF: "Kick-Off" Week of Welcome and your first year at USF! Enjoy free food, meet current USF students and staff, win great prizes, and learn what it means to be a USF Bull. This event takes place in the Marshall Student Center at 4:00 p.m.

 

Welcome Jam: A campus tradition, Welcome Jam is a huge party filled with food, fun and performances from many of the diverse student organizations at USF. This event takes place in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom at 8:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 18

 

Pizza, Picnic, Prayers & Games on the Green: Join the Catholic Student Union for a picnic lunch and some pick up Football and Frisbee. They’ll provide the food, the blankets and the games. This event takes place at the Castor Kosove Lawn at 12:00 p.m.

 

Smoothie King Give-away: The brothers of the Sigma Chi Fraternity are hosting a social for USF students. Stop by for free smoothies! This event takes place at the Sigma Chi House in Greek Village at 2:00 p.m.

 

LGBT & Ally Ice Cream Social:  This is a gathering where LGBT students and allies can come together to network and enjoy ice cream! This event takes place in MSC 3707 at 4:00 p.m.

 

Chillin’ with the Queens: Come join the ladies of Eternal Legendary Queens Inc. for some fun, free pizza, music and games. At the event, you’ll learn what they have to offer you! This event takes place in MSC 3711 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Breakfast at Midnight: After the CJ Johnson Comedy Hypnosis Show, head over to the USF Crosswinds Building for free breakfast, live bands, door prizes and games. This event takes place at the USF Crosswinds Building on USF Sycamore Drive at 11:30 p.m.

 

Friday, August 19

 

BCK Beach Bonanza: Grab lunch at the PB&J buffet, play some games and meet other students rooming in Beta, Castor and Kosove! This event takes place at Castor Beach at 2:00 p.m.

 

Freshman Shabbat Dinner: Have dinner with the student group Chabad on Campus while learning about the Jewish programs on campus. This event takes place in MSC 2709 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Movies & Munchies with Faculty in Residence: Meet other USF students and Dr. Brianne Stanback, the faculty in residence in Maple B, for a movie and snacks. They will be showing the movie “Old School.” This event takes place in Maple C at 7:00 p.m.

 

Soda Fountain at Holly: Turn back time to the days of soda fountains and sock hops! Join the staff of Housing & Residential Education for free burgers, soda floats, games, and music. This event takes place in Holly K at 7:00 p.m.

 

Cypress Maple Moonlight Meltdown: Make your own ice cream sundae with all of the toppings you can imagine! This event takes place in the Cypress E Community Room at 8:00 p.m.

 

Bulls Nite Out- “Journey to Atlantis” Pool Party: Put on your bathing suits and head to the first USF pool party of the year! Enjoy free food, drinks and activities as you journey to unearth what is believed to be the lost city of Atlantis! This event takes place at the Andros Pool at 9:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, August 20

 

CIA Annual Welcome Back Picnic: Come hang with Christians In Action! Learn more about our organization, grab some delicious free food, and have "fun in the sun" with your old friends and new neighbors. This event takes place at the Castor/Kosove Lawn at 12:00 p.m.

 

BBQ Luau with Pi Kappa Phi: Throw on your Hawaiian shirts and head over to the Hawaiian BBQ luau for free hot dogs, burgers, and pineapple drinks! This event takes place at the Greek Village Pool at 12:00 p.m.

 

Burgers and Bands: Take a break with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and come enjoy an afternoon with friends, good music, and burgers! Bring your roommates & friends and enjoy free live entertainment! This event takes place in the MSC Amphitheater at 4:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 21

 

Decoration for Donation: Come decorate a T-Shirt with the student organization Get Carded USF! Enjoy free pizza and drinks while learning more about how you can donate life. This event takes place in MSC 2702 at 12:30 p.m.

 

The F-Word: Educate yourself about social issues you will face at college, while enjoying free pizza and playing games with your peers! Come and spend some time with the student organizations that fight for your right to equality in your community. This event takes place in the MSC Amphitheater at 3:00 p.m.

 

Movies & Munchies with Faculty in Residence: Meet other USF students and Hal Vincent, the faculty in residence in Andros, for a movie and snacks. They will be showing the movie “Whip It.” This event takes place in JPH 1319 at 3:00 p.m.

 

S’Mores, Fro-Yo and More: Munch on s'mores and frozen yogurt as you participate in activities to win prizes. Learn about how you can serve your community, network with peers, and travel with Rotaract! This event takes place at Juniper Poplar Hall Lawn at 3:00 p.m.

 

Cookout with Cru: Come hang out with Campus Crusade for Christ for free food, games and giveaways. This event takes place at the Beta Basketball Courts at 4:00 p.m.

 

Café Real: Join the Baptist Collegiate Ministry for a cup of coffee in this Colombian themed coffee house! There will also be live music, free food and board games. This event takes place in MSC 2708 at 7 p.m.

 

Salsa Banghra: Want to learn about the Latin and Indian cultures? Join Latin American Student Association, Students of India Association, and the Latin Dance Club to enjoy a night of free food and dancing! This event takes place at the MSC Ballroom at 8:00 p.m.

 

Sprinkle in Some Fun with your OTL’s: Enjoy ice cream while you reconnect with your Orientation Team Leaders. You will also have the opportunity to find out how to become an OTL for the summer of 2012! This event takes place in Holly J at 8:00 p.m.

 

Monday, August 22

 

Student Financial Services Open House: Come see the new Student Financial Services space! Stop by the Information Desk where you can get a treat, make a payment and get your questions answered. This event takes place in SVC 1039 at 9:00 a.m.

 

Unity Festival: Want to experience unified diversity at its best? Enjoy performances, food and more with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. This event takes place at the MSC Amphitheater at 11:00 a.m.

 

Unity Showcase Mixer: Join the Unified Greek Council for a showcase of all the diversity and culture within the USF community with performances, information, games and free food. This event takes place at the MSC Amphitheater at 5:00 p.m.

 

Kickin’ It with WIN: Put on your gym clothes and head to this self-defense workshop! Also enjoy free food, drinks and a souvenir! This event takes place in MSC Ballroom B & C at 6:00 p.m.

 

Free Dinner & Church at USF: Enjoy a free dinner, live music, giveaways and church session. This event takes place at the USF Crosswinds Building on USF Sycamore Drive at 7:00 p.m.

 

F3- Free Fall Food: Looking for a good time and some free food? Then come join the Baptist Collegiate Ministry for a cookout with some awesome games, volleyball, and plenty of food! This event takes place at the Baptist Student Center on USF Sycamore Drive at 7:00 p.m.

 

Campus Rec After Hours: Come celebrate the student Grand Opening of the Campus Recreation Center expansion! Hours are extended until midnight and will have events such as a virtual cycling experience, dodge ball, free bike giveaway, Zumba-thon, music, free food, giveaways and more. This event takes place at the Campus Recreation Center at 8:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, August 23

 

Cup of Joe from G.I. Joe: Before you head to class, stop by the SVC Breezeway where the Student Veterans Association and the Office of Veteran Services will be offering free coffee and doughnut holes. This event takes place at the SVC Breezeway at 8:00 a.m.

 

M.I.N.T.S Welcome Breakfast: Join the Mature Independent Non-Traditional Students (M.I.N.T.S) organization for free breakfast and learn more about what the organization can offer you. This event takes place in MSC 2709 at 9:00 a.m.

 

RHOad to Success: The ladies of Theta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. want to help answer you USF questions. Stop by for free food and drinks as they assist you. This event takes place in the MSC Amphitheater at 11:00 a.m.

 

Chat N Chew: Do you have any idea what USF professors will expect from you as a new student? Come to the Chat N Chew program for free food and the chance to talk with USF professors. This event takes place in MSC 2708 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Sociology Club Social: Learn what resources are available to social science majors while enjoying pizza and drinks. This event takes place in MSC 2702 at 3:30 p.m.

 

Welcome Back Luau with PRSSA: Come relax after a long day of classes with the members of Public Relations Student Society of America. Learn about their organization, enjoy free food, listen to great music and compete for prizes. This event takes place in MSC 3707 at 4:00 p.m.

 

Welcome Home Transfer Students: Connect with other transfer students who live on-campus and enjoy a free home-style dinner! This event takes place in Holly J at 5:00 p.m.

 

Game Night: Join the Navigators Christian Ministry for a night of games and free food. This event takes place in MSC 2708 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Old Skool: Remember how much fun it was to play UNO, Connect 4, and Mario Kart? Join the Latino Fellowship for games, free food and salsa dancing. This event takes place in MSC 27-9 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Chi Alpha’s Annual Pizza Taste Off: Chi Alpha is hosting a free Pizza Taste Off, giving students a chance to discover their favorite pizza from our top local USF pizza joints! This event takes place in the MSC Ballroom at 7:00 p.m.

 

80’s Baby, 90’s Made Me Block Party: Come out and enjoy a night of fun with the SISTUHS, as they remember your favorite things of the 80’s and 90’s. There will be food, music, costumes, competitions and more. This event takes place at the MSC Amphitheater at 8:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, August 24

 

ENLACE Breakfast: As a special welcome to new freshmen and other first generation incoming students, join ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education), other student organizations, faculty and administrators for breakfast, dancing and more! This event takes place in MSC 2708 at 9:00 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 takes place in the MSC Plaza at 11:30 a.m.

 

Sports Club Eat & Greet: Meet the Sports Club Council and the 50+ sports clubs you can join. Enjoy free food, music, giveaways and club demonstrations. This event takes place in the Campus Recreation Center at 12:00 p.m.

 

Snacks and Facts: The entire USF community plays a part in making the university experience accessible to students with disabilities. Stop by the SVC Breezeway to grab a snack, learn some facts and see how you can make an impact! This event takes place in the SVC Breezeway at 1:30 p.m.

 

Graduate School Open House: Come see the new Graduate School offices and lounge. Meet the Graduate School staff and learn about Graduate School services and programs while enjoying cake and cookies! This event takes place on the second floor of the Administration Building (ADM) at 2:00 p.m.

 

Welcome Business Bulls: The College of Business invites students to mingle with fellow Business Bulls and enjoy music provided by a live DJ. There will be free food and College of Business t-shirts. This event takes place at the College of Business (BSN) Building at 2:30 p.m.

 

Art & Ice: Enjoy icy treats and win prizes while checking out an art exhibition. Learn more about the College of the Arts and how you can get involved! This event takes place in the Contemporary Art Museum at 3:00 p.m.

 

COEDU Ice Cream Social: Join the College of Education for ice cream served by the college Dean Colleen Kennedy and faculty of the College of Education. Meet your professors and other students from the College of Education. This event takes place in the College of Education Rotunda at 3:30 p.m.

 

Bonding Time with the Chemistry Department: Meet your Chemistry professors, advisors and staff to get a jump on your chemistry and pre-health journey. Enjoy sweet treats while learning about tips to be successful and undergraduate research. This event takes place on the fourth floor of the Natural Environment Sciences (NES) building at 4:00 p.m.

 

Pre-Law’s Meet-and-Greet: The Pre-Law Society will be hosting a meet-and-greet for anyone who may be interested in pursuing law as a career choice. Food and drinks will be served. This event takes place in MSC 2707 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Get Plugged In: Come out and join the Student Alumni Association, USF Ambassadors and Student Government as they welcome the class of 2015! Interact with your fellow Bulls, enjoy free food, music and special performances by the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC). This event takes place in the Alumni Center at 6:00 p.m.

 

Hillel Kick-Off Carnival & BBQ: Bound around in a bouncy house, climb a rock wall and win prizes with Hillel. Enjoy free BBQ, snow cones, cotton candy and caramel apples. This event takes place at the Hillel Jewish Center on USF Sycamore Drive at 6:30 p.m.

 

Barbershop: Enjoy free food, play spades and get your hair braided while meeting other USF students and learning what Black Campus Ministry is all about. This event takes place in MSC 2709 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Movies on the Lawn: Join the Campus Activities Board for a night at the movies! Enjoy free popcorn, soda and giveaways while watching Pirates of the Caribbean 4 on the big screen! This event takes place on the MSC Lawn at 9:00 p.m.

 

Nav Night: 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 2708 at 9:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 25

 

Breakfast Under the Oaks: Join the Minority Pre-Professional Science Society/Minority Association of PreMed Students (MPSS/MAPS) under the oaks and snag some of your breakfast favorites! This event takes place at the MLK Plaza at 9:00 a.m.

 

Carnaval: Come out and celebrate as we bring Carnaval to USF. Enjoy free food, music and performances by different organizations. There will be horns, beads, and lots of feathers as we celebrate the beginning of the school year and the diversity of USF. This event takes place in the MSC Amphitheater at 11:00 a.m.

 

Sweet and Sour Candy Sushi with By Your Side: Enjoy making candy sushi with the student organization By Your Side while learning about volunteer opportunities on campus and making new friends. This event takes place in MSC 2708 at 12:00 p.m.

 

JAM Fest: Let the Jamaican Student Alliance Movement teach you about Jamaican culture and traditions through music, food, dance and games. This event takes place in MSC 2709 at 2:00 p.m.

 

SG Welcome Back Barbeque: Student Government will be hosting their first ever Welcome Back Barbecue! There will be information about SG, food, music by Bulls Radio, and other fun entertainment! This event takes place in MLK Plaza at 2:00 p.m.

 

Pool-a-Palooza: Housing & Residential Education invites you to catch some rays while enjoying great food, music, and Aqua Olympic game. This event takes place at the Andros Pool at 2:00 p.m.

 

Vegetarian/Vegan Pizza Social: Let Students Protecting the Environment and Animals through Knowledge show you alternative dining options on campus. There will be free food and refreshments, as well as games and prizes! This event takes place in MSC 3707 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Transfer Mixer: Come have fun while meeting fellow transfer students and getting tips on how to get connected at USF. You'll leave with valuable information about making the most out of your transfer experience, plus great giveaways and free food from Jersey Mike's! This event takes place in MSC 2708 at 3:00 p.m.

 

The AFSter School Special: Enjoy an afternoon with the Association of Filipino Students filled with interactive activities and food, while learning about the Philippines. This event takes place on Kosove Lawn at 4:00 p.m.

 

Friday, August 26

 

Botanical Gardens Scavenger Hunt: Come explore the USF Botanical Gardens in the company of fellow USF students and nature enthusiasts. There will be prizes, food and drinks. This event takes place at the USF Botanical Gardens at 1:00 p.m.

 

Bull Alert: Come join the Residence Hall Association for food, fun, music and games to start the year off right. This event takes place in the Argos Student Lounge at 3:00 p.m.

 

Welcome to Florida Social: New to Florida? Come join other out-of-state and international students for fun activities, great giveaways and free food! This event takes place in MSC 2709 at 4:30 p.m.

 

Music to Our Ears: Celebrate music from all cultures with performances, interactive dances, accompanied by plenty of food. This event takes place in the MSC Amphitheater at 5:00 p.m.

 

Splash into Homecoming Pool Party: Have fun with friends, other students and meet the Homecoming Executive Board. Enjoy giveaways, food, and learn how to get involved in Homecoming. This event takes place at the Andros Pool at 6:00 p.m.

 

Welcome Back Shabbat: Finish off your first week of classes by coming to Hillel for the first Shabbat of the Semester. They welcome new students as well as returning students with services, a free Dinner and lots of fresh challah! This event takes place at the Hillel Jewish Center on USF Sycamore Drive at 6:30 p.m.

 

Friday Night Tie-Dye: Join Psi Chi and Active Minds as they welcome new and returning students who have an interest in psychology or mental health awareness. Bring whatever you want to tie-dye and enjoy pizza and smoothies. This event takes place at the MLK Stage Fountain at 7:00 p.m.

 

Sak Pase: Enjoy learning about the Haitian Culture through some cultural performances, artifacts and dishes. Meet new friends and enrich your knowledge with Club Creole. This event takes place in MSC 2709 at 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, August 27

 

Breakfast with Bulls for Moffitt: Enjoy free breakfast with Bulls for Moffitt! Meet current members, see what they are all about, and learn how you can with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. This event takes place in MSC 3707 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Taste of USF FCU: Head to the Credit Union for free food from more than 20 different Bulls Country restaurants including Tijuana Flats, Qdoba, Jimmy John's, Five Guys and more! This event takes place at the USF Federal Credit Union at 11:30 a.m.

 

Jenna Withrow covers student activities and events at USF. She can be reached at 813-974-0331.