Campus Activities & Involvement Center

UNCWelcome 2018



Click HERE to view the UNCWelcome Booklet listing all of the event in this year's program.

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If you need assistance reading this booklet, please contact the CAIC office at 910-962-3553.

Here are a few highlights from this year's UNCWelcome program!

Saturday, August 18th
8 p.m.
Welcome Program and Hilarious Hypnotist: Brian Imbus
Trask Coliseum
We are excited that you have joined our campus community! Brian Imbus joins us again for the sixth year in a row due to student demand! Our annual kickoff event will amaze you as hypnotist Brian entertains, delights and makes your sides split with laughter as you watch your friends on stage under the spell of hypnosis. 

Sunday, August 19th
7:30 p.m.
Seahawk Soul Concert and Open Mic Night
Hub Lawn
(Rain location: Warwick Center Ballroom)
Join us for a night of fun, food, and music as we celebrate the first Sunday of the fall semester! You’ll meet members of our multicultural student organizations as well as departments serving multiple populations across campus. Have a talent you want to showcase? Then sign up to be a performer in the open-mic time slot by stopping by the ACE table in the lawn area, or email Come join us and meet fellow Seahawks at this one-of-a-kind event!

Monday, August 20th
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Convocation and Class Picture
Trask Coliseum
Convocation is UNCW’s official academic welcome for all new students – first year and transfer. Students will receive small-group assignments by email from the Office of Transition Programs to let them know where to report by 10 a.m. for small-group meetings. Convocation is mandatory for first-year students; for transfer students it is optional. Faculty members will be there to welcome the groups and offer their perspectives on academic success. After the small-group meetings, first-year students will proceed to the clock tower for the unveiling of the Class of 2022 flag and a class photo, then on for their first “Trask Trek.” Transfer students will join the first-year students at Trask Coliseum and the formal ceremony will begin with a welcome by the provost and comments by Chancellor Sartarelli. Alison Taylor, professor of biology and marine biology, will be the featured speaker. Returning student leaders will be available throughout the morning to provide guidance and answer questions. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a campus-wide picnic on historic Hoggard Lawn. 

Monday, August 20
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Join a UNCW music ensemble
Department of Music Ensemble Fair
Cultural Arts Building lobby
Get to know our ensemble directors and students, and learn how to use your musical talents in college to earn University Studies credit by participating in our award-winning student music ensembles. Our wide variety of ensembles provides you with an opportunity to participate in campus life outside of your academic curriculum, connect with a large community of students who share your love of music, and enjoy extensive performance opportunities with internationally recognized faculty artists.

Membership in ensembles is open to any UNCW student who has had instrumental or vocal experience. University Studies credit (up to three semester hours) may be received by enrolling in in one or more of the following ensembles: Concert Choir, Jazz Ensembles, Orchestra, String Ensemble, and Wind Symphony. Students enrolled in the following ensembles receive one academic credit per ensemble: Chamber Choir, Chamber Winds, Jazz Combos, Pep Band, and other chamber ensembles. Placement auditions are held during the first week of classes in our beautiful Cultural Arts Building.

For more information or if you want to register for an ensemble but can't make it to the Ensemble Fair, visit, call the Department of Music at 910.962.3415 or send us an email at

Monday, August 20th
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rock the Rec!
Student Recreation Center
Join the Department of Campus Recreation and your fellow Seahawks for a night of free food, great music and inflatable games as we “Rock the Rec!” Events include group fitness classes, climbing-wall access, and so much more! Campus Recreation staff will be available to answer your recreational questions and guide tours of the Student Recreation Center. Make sure you bring your student ID, and wear your workout clothes and shoes so you can try out the equipment. Welcome Back!

Tuesday, August 21st
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Beach Blast
Wrightsville Beach Crystal Pier (near the Oceanic Restaurant)
Grab your bathing suit and towel because the Seahawks are heading to the beach! There will be free music and a chance to meet local vendors in Wilmington. Important Beach Blast info:

  • Grab your bathing suit and towel because the Seahawks are heading to the beach!
    There will be free music and the opportunity to meet local vendors.
    Important Beach Blast info:
    • Shuttles will leave from Lot FF (beside Wagoner Hall) from 11 a.m. until
    1:30 p.m. (no further shuttles will take students from campus to the beach.)
    • The last shuttle leaves the beach to bring students back to campus at
    3:30 p.m. SHARP, so don't miss it!
    • You must bring your UNCW student ID to ride the shuttles, to participate in
    any of the activities or get free food at the beach.
    • Bring bottles of water, food and sunscreen.
    • Beach wheelchairs (2) will be available during the time of the event, but
    users are encouraged to contact to notify them of
    need for access to this event three days in advance.

Wednesday, August 22nd
8 p.m.
Fireworks Extravaganza
Gazebo Recreation Area
Come celebrate the first day of classes with this awesome UNCW tradition. What better way to get the year started than with a concert and fireworks? The concert (artist to be announced) will begin at 8 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Sponsored by the Association for Campus Entertainment, Housing
and Residence Life and the Residence Hall Association.

In the event of rain, the fireworks will be cancelled and the concert and refreshments will be moved to the Warwick Center Ballroom.

Thank you to our event planners and sponsors who made this year's program possible!