Students walking on the UNCG campus

Rawk on, Spartans.

Rawkin’ Welcome Week, a full week of activities for new and returning students, runs Friday, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Aug. 29.

Highlights include an expanded Freshman Summer Reading Project, the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, Charlie’s Block Party, an out-of-state student reception and personalized class location tours.

“Rawkin’ Welcome Week is all about building community, facilitating the transition to UNCG, getting out there and meeting new people and preparing for college,” says Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of Orientation and Family Programs. “There are programs and activities offered every day.”

We want students to get into the Spartan Spirit.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady and faculty volunteers will lead discussions for this year’s Freshman Summer Reading Project,
which includes David Lipsky’s “Absolutely American” and Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” More than 500 students who signed up at student orientation received copies of their chosen book and information about the book discussion.

The Chancellor’s New Student Convocation begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, in Aycock Auditorium. Join Chancellor Brady and the UNCG faculty and staff as they welcome new students to UNCG. Over 1,500 students are expected to attend.

Charlie’s Block Party, a UNCG tradition named for founder Charles McIver, features a DJ, Spartan-inspired food, inflatables, games, a pep rally and giveaways. The party starts at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at the fountain in front of the Spartan Restaurant.

“It’s a great way for students to interact, get to know each other and campus,” says Garrett Kachellek, a graduate assistant in Orientation and Family Programs. “We want students to get into the Spartan Spirit.”

Also, Peer Academic Leaders (PALS) from the University Studies program will provide personalized tours of campus from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, to help new students locate their classrooms ahead of time. Meet at the fountain to take advantage of this opportunity.

“The tours should save students from hunting around for their classrooms,” Kachellek says. “They will know where to go and not feel lost on the first day of classes.”

This is just a sampling of many events scheduled as part of Rawkin’ Welcome Week. For a complete schedule, visit

Rawkin’ Welcome Week takes its name from the large rock, better known as “The Rawk,” located near the Jackson Library tower. It was brought to campus in 1973 to serve as a message board. Tradition dictates that messages must be left up for 24 hours before students can paint over them.

Photography by Chris English, University Relations