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Five must-try Weeks of Welcome events

The UH student-body came out in full force to watch their Cougar football take on the UTSA roadrunners. | Caitlin Hilton/The Cougar

Electrify the new semester with an assortment of events showcasing UH’s pride, fun and community-oriented vision. | Caitlin Hilton/The Cougar

There’s more to Weeks of Welcome than Cat’s Back. Now that the fall semester has begun, there’s no shortage of fun events to attend.

From the annual Scavenger Hunt to the Cougars’ first football game of the 2016 season, there’s an event for everyone’s different interests. Check out the list below for a few of the most exciting events to attend before classes get too busy.


Friday, Aug. 26: Cougar Lights

8 to 9:30 p.m., Butler Plaza and Cullen Family Plaza Fountains

The Cullen Fountain is notorious for being empty and under constant repair, but that will be different on Friday. With renovations now completed, UH President and Chancellor Renu Khator will give a speech and the fountain will light up. The ceremony will begin at 9 p.m., but students should arrive an hour earlier to be one of the first 500 students to receive commemorative glow sticks.

The celebration is free and open to all UH students.

Sunday, Aug. 28: Shuttles to Gulf Gate

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Center Circle Drive

Don’t have a car but still need school supplies? Catch a complimentary shuttle to the Gulf Gate shopping center for your culinary and academic needs. Shop at H-E-B, Old Navy, Best Buy, Staples and more. Shuttles leave out of the Student Center Circle Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 29: MVP Service Night

6 to 8 p.m., SC Skyline Room 221

This event is a great way to de-stress during the first few hectic weeks and give back. Here, volunteers make PB&J sandwiches, blankets, holiday cards and dog toys for less fortunate people and animal shelters.

Participants tend to rave about service nights because, after the event, they are invited to visit downtown and personally serve the sandwiches to homeless people. What a great and moving way to see service put into action.

Thursday, Sept. 1: Zumbathon

7 to 9 p.m., SC Houston Room

With the impending stress of starting classes and work, Zumbathon is a great way to get active. It’s essentially a two-hour dance party and promises to be so much fun that you won’t regret how sore you are the next day.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Advocare Texas Kickoff (UH vs. OU)

11 a.m., NRG Stadium

As the reigning Peach Bowl and American Conference Champions, Cougar football has been on everyone’s minds. If not, it soon will be. UH will face the University of Oklahoma’s Sooners, one of the top teams in the nation.

There are only 5,000 tickets for students, and they can be purchased for $20 at TDECU Stadium’s ICON Gate 2 at 5 p.m. on Aug. 27. UH is also hosting a Watch Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SC Houston Room.

Of course, there’s more. Be sure to check out the full calendar of events during UH’s Weeks of Welcome.

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