Welcome Week

Welcome to the family! You're Alfred University bound, so now what? Welcome Week! It's a series of fun and exciting events and opportunities to meet and connect with other new Saxons in your first few days at Alfred University.


Take a look at what's in store for you during Welcome Week. Not only informational, but fun, too, Welcome Week is your first real taste of what makes Alfred so very "Alfred."

We have an exciting lineup of activities to help you transition right into life at AU, so take a look!

8:00am-1:00pm: Campus Check-in
Joyce & Walton Wellness Center

Make this your very first stop on campus. Come get all your business taken care of at this one-stop shop for your room keys, ID card, schedule, mailbox key and vehicle registration. We cannot wait to welcome you and get you started on the right foot!

8:30am-5:30pm: Bookstore Open
Powell Campus Center

Pick up all that you need for your first semester at Alfred.

11:30am-1:00pm: Opening Barbecue
Brick Lawn

Please join us for our annual kick-off barbecue for new students and their families.

1:00pm-5:00pm: Start Your Engine – First Year Art Show
Robert C. Turner Gallery

Students and their guests are invited to experience their first art show put on by the incoming students in the School of Art and Design.

2:00pm: It Takes a Village - How to Support Your Student
Miller Theater

Student Affairs staff from various offices that will be offering support to your student through their journey here at Alfred University  will describe their services and provide you with tips to best support your student. Any questions you may have can be answered during this time. Students should use this time to continue organizing their rooms or visiting any of the other events happening on campus. Event is designed for parents student support people only.

4:30pm-5:30pm: Free Time and Goodbyes
Throughout Campus

This is the ideal time to finish moving into your room and say goodbye to your family.

5:00pm-7:30pm: ID Pick up and Dinner
Ade Dining Hall

All students! Please pick up your official ID and have dinner at Ade Dining Hall. Come experience some of the delicious entrees available to you on a daily basis in one of our dining halls.

8:00pm: The People in Your Neighborhood (required)
Holmes Auditorium

This mandatory meeting will introduce you to some of the very important people in your neighborhood. These people are here to make your time here at Alfred University safe, fun and productive. We will discuss resources available for students in various situations.

9:30pm: Playfair
Joyce & Walton Wellness Center

Playfair is a huge interactive party hosted by returning students. AU students often list Playfair as one of their most memorable first experiences here at Alfred University. (rain location: Joyce and Walton Center)

7:30am-8:30am: Breakfast
Ade Dining Hall

9:00-10:30am: Dean’s Informational Meetings (Required)
Various Locations (See below)

At this meeting, your Dean will give tips on getting the most out of your AU education.

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Miller Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center
  • College of Business, Olin Building, Room 302
  • Inamori School of Engineering, Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
  • School of Art and Design + Division of Performing Arts, Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall

10:45am: Allen Walk begins and leads into Opening Convocation (Required)

New students will walk from their Dean’s meetings to McLane Center through “Allen Walk” officially beginning our 186th year of learning. Convocation is an important event to welcome you to your new journey at Alfred. There will be opening remarks by President Mark Zupan and Student Senate President. You will also hear a memorable first lecture of your college career.

12:00pm: Class Picture
Joyce & Walton Center

Immediately following Convocation, we will have the class proceed to the Joyce & Walton Center for a class picture, stopping along the way to pick up their class shirts.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch                                                                                                                    Ade Dining Hall

2:00pm: Meet a member of your support team (Required)
Throughout Campus

In your check-in packet, you will find where you should go for this required meeting. As a first year Saxon, you have been assigned to a group of individuals who will help you meet your academic and personal goals for your first year of college and beyond. You will meet with one of those people at this time. Those of you in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the College of Business will meet with your Academic Advisor (who will work with you along with your Academic Success Coach). Those in the School of Engineering or School of Art and Design will meet with your Academic Success Coach.

3:30pm: English Language Advising
Center for Academic Success, 2nd Floor Herrick Library

If English is not your native language, plan to meet with Vicky Westacott to learn about the options that are available to you for Writing I, English language classes and other kinds of support our Center for Academic Success can offer.

4:30pm and 5:00pm: College Work Study
Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center

This is a mandatory meeting only for students who have College Work Study as part of their financial aid offer. College Work Study procedures, regulations and job possibilities will be reviewed. Important: once you have secured a College Work Study position, you will need the following documentation to complete your electronic I-9 form: either (a) your original Social Security Card or original birth certificate plus your driver’s license or Alfred Student ID card or (b) your valid passport. Please be sure to bring this documentation with you when you come to campus to avoid any delay in starting your College Work Study position.

5:30pm-7:30pm: Dinner
Ade Dining Hall 

5:30pm: Commuter Connection
Community Table, 2nd Floor Powell

This is a chance to connect with new and returning commuter students and faculty/staff members. Learn tips and tricks from current students who have commuting experience here on the Alfred University Campus. Dinner will be provided.

7:30pm: Team Trivia
Knight Club

Join Alfred Alumni Kyle O’Connor to test your useless knowledge. Teams will be formed at the event. Prizes for top teams.

8:00pm: Drop in, Game on!
Institute for Cultural Unity, Powell Campus Center

The ICU hosts a drop-in game night with a variety of board games, card games and snacks!

9pm: Movie - Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center

Kick back, relax and watch the latest in the Hitman’s Bodyguard story.

7:30am-8:30am: Breakfast
Ade Dining Hall

9:00am: Join Alfred Alumni, Donna Nupp, on a Hikyoga® adventure!
King Alfred Statue

Hikyoga is an amazing new yoga practice that takes yoga outside. Hikyoga blends hiking and yoga. Hikyoga awakens the lives of others by promoting individuals to be more present in the outdoors. Our adventure opens with light yoga stretches and continues with a hike where we will pause to stop, drop and yoga along the way. No equipment is needed. Please, just wear comfortable shoes suitable for light hiking, appropriate clothing for movement & a bottle of water.

10:00am – 2:00pm: Returning Student Check-In
Joyce & Walton Wellness Center

New this year! Returning students, make this your very first stop on campus. Come get all your business taken care of at this one-stop shop for your room keys, ID card, schedule, mailbox key and vehicle registration. We cannot wait to welcome you back to campus and get you started on the right foot.

11:00am-12:00pm: Sex Signals (required for all first year students)
Miller Theater

Sex Signals has become one of the most popular sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses through its unorthodox, humor-facilitated and inclusive approach to examining our culture, sex and prevention strategies like bystander intervention. A two-person team of highly trained educators takes the audience on an interactive, relevant and often-hilarious exploration of the cultural messaging we receive about gender, sexuality, sexual health and intimate relationships. It examines what roles culture and privilege play in justifying unhealthy and dangerous beliefs about what is acceptable social and sexual behavior.

12:15pm-1:30pm: Lunch
Ade Dining Hall

2:00pm: Pine Hill Trail Hike
King Alfred Statue

This hike will be led by our Forest People/Outdoor Club who will guide you on a trail right on our campus.

2:00pm-4pm: Altered Puzzle
Kenyon/Allen Room, Powell Campus Center

See how you fit into the larger puzzle of Alfred University. This altered puzzle activity allows individuals to design a puzzle piece that will be pieced together with other students' pieces to make an original work of art to be displayed on campus once complete.

2:00pm –5:00pm: Pinch Pot Planting and Mini-Golf Tours
Herrick Library and Scholes Libraries

The libraries are opening their doors to our new students. Stop by to play a few rounds of mini-golf and grab a new plant for your residence hall planted neatly in a pinch pot made by students last year.

2:00pm-4:00pm: Open Gym, Pool, and Fitness Center
Joyce & Walton Center, McLane Center

Come for a game of basketball or a nice run on the indoor track. Get your swimsuit on to swim some laps and cool off from the heat in Alfred.

2:00pm-4:00pm: Chalk the Walk
Brick Hall Sidewalk

All supplies provided free of charge by Partners for Prevention in Allegany County. To be eligible for the $250 first prize, all artwork should include an anti-tobacco theme. For the $150 second place prize and $100 third place prize, artwork must include a drug or alcohol-free message. All artwork should include a tobacco, drug or alcohol free message to be eligible for prizes

2:00pm-4:00pm: Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center Tour at the Maris Cuneo Equine Park
The Brick

Transportation will be provided.  The bus will depart streetside in front of the Brick residence hall.                          

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Nacho First Year/Second Year Saxon Social
Brick Lawn

We know that your first year was not what you had hoped for, so this program was designed with you, our second years, in mind. We are hosting all students to a Nacho & Mac and Cheese Bar, live music, games and more. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB). Designed with our returning students in mind.

7:30pm-9:00pm: Jackbox
Nevins Theater

Join your classmates for a few rounds of fun. Test your knowledge and speed with various Jackbox games. Don’t want to play? Just come watch for some good laughs. Pop in anytime!

9:00pm: Comedian: Alex Babbitt
Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center

Brooklyn native Alex Babbitt, otherwise known as Mr. Babbitt, is a rising star in the New York City comedy scene. Mr. Babbitt started at the ripe age of 16 and now in his early 20’s he is quickly making a name for himself as one of the funniest and most charismatic comedians breaking into the spotlight.

11:00am-3:00pm: Bagel Brunch and Games
Hillel House, 18 South Main Street

Come experience some great bagels and fun with Hillel at their house on Main Street.  After bagels there will be video, card and board games to play. Everyone is welcome.

11:30am-1:00pm: Brunch
Ade Dining Hall

Start a tradition of Sunday Brunch at Ade! Join Student Activities Board and WALF for music, games and prizes at the delicious brunch.

11:00am-3:00pm: Farmers' Market
Village Bandstand

Pick up some treats and enjoy meeting our local farmers and artisans. The farmers’ market runs every Sunday through October.

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Foster Lake Trip
The Brick

Come explore our beautiful Foster Lake which offers an easy walk around the lake, trees for hammocks, a lovely beach area and picturesque views. Van Leaves from outside the Brick Residence Hall.

1:30pm: Games on the Lawn
Brick Lawn

Have fun playing some games and getting the chance to meet other new students before classes start on Monday.

4:30pm-6:30pm: Dinner
Ade Dining Hall

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Dessert at Bartlett
Residence Life, Bartlett Hall

Come finish off the Week of Welcome and have some Dessert in Bartlett with the Residence Life Professional and Graduate Staff. We will have a selection of desserts in our new office space. Bring a friend and maybe even meet a new one (or three!). We will have games and music for all to enjoy, so come and learn about this important campus resource!

8:00pm: Expectations of Community Living (Required)
Individual Residence Halls

One of the most important parts about living in a residence hall is the establishment of community standards. This time is set aside for your first community “floor” meeting. Here you will learn about whom you share space with on your floor and in your residential community and also set appropriate standards. You'll also get to ask questions of your RA and be informed about residence life policies which you will be expected to abide by.