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Union consolidates Welcome Week events

Union consolidates Welcome Week events

August 26
23:41 2009

Before students take what seems to be a mile-long hike to their next class, they are highly likely to pass the University Union. On a normal day, the Union may host a band playing live music and a few vendors selling their handmade jewelry, but today there will be a celebration.
In the past, UNT has held “Howdy Week” or “First Flight Week,” but since the first week of school is starting much later than usual, there is a morning full of celebration. From 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., entertainment, food, coupons to Union services and information on upcoming programs presented by the Union will be available to the UNT community.
Stefanie Ritz, the Union Marketing Coordinator, said they have a lot of new people on board the Union staff this year who made the event possible.
“We want to help serve the people who come to the Union and share a commitment to do better,” Ritz said.
Students low on cash can leave their worries in their dorm room since the event, including food, is free. They may actually find themselves leaving with more than they arrived.
“Five lucky students will be able to get their textbooks at a lower cost for the fall term,” NT Bookstore Director, Rodney Davison said.
Five $100 gift cards will be given away to students during the celebration used toward anything in the UNT Bookstore or UNT Dallas bookstore. The first 100 guests to arrive at the celebration will also receive black laundry bags and spirit banners from the bookstore.
“We want to show appreciation to UNT students and this is one way to give back to students throughout the year,” Davison said.
The bookstore gives gift cards throughout orientation and has kept the tradition of giving them away during the first few days of theschool every year.
The Union’s coffee cake will be served along with free samples from Boar’s Head Deli and Green Mountain Coffee.
Attendees can also take a seat and enjoy some live music. Stephen Speaks, an acoustic rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, will perform in the One O’Clock Lounge throughout the celebration. Over in the Syndicate, DJ Burns, a UNT student will begin his mix at 11 a.m.
On the second floor, DesignWorks will be giving students a chance to fax for $1. Students who may need to send resumes, class schedules or any other important documents can do so without digging deep into their pockets.
For new students, information on events will be available to help plan the first few weeks this fall.
“This is a good opportunity for students to find out what’s going to be happening in the next couple of weeks,” Ritz said.
The Union has never put on a “Welcome Back Celebration” before, but Ritz said 13,000-15,000 people go through the Union everyday so the crowd is expected to be large.

By Stephanie Daniels
Junior Staff Writer

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