University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Welcome

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There’s something for everyone during Wisconsin Welcome! You’ll have a great time meeting new friends and finding your place in the campus community during the first few weeks of the semester. View the full event list below for January-February 2018.

January Events

Photo Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, January 21, 1-4pm
Great Hall, Memorial Union

Come join new friends on a fun photo adventure around the campus and city. Form teams and follow clues to various locations where you will take group “selfies,” earn points as a team, and compete for prizes. All current UW-Madison students are welcome; please bring your Wiscard and bus pass.

Involvement 101
Monday, January 22, 1-4:30
Union South

Kick-start your involvement at UW–Madison by attending this workshop that highlights the many ways you can get connected on campus. The event includes a student panel, an involvement resource fair, ways to track your involvement & leadership on campus, and sessions on how to pursue specific co-curricular opportunities, such as study abroad, internships, and mentored research.

MLK Day 2018: Defining Character through Service & Justice

Monday, Jan. 22, 3-8pm
Memorial Union

The UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2018 celebration will feature direct volunteer service opportunities, concurrent justice dialogue sessions, a MLK art project by Wheelhouse Studios, and a free dinner accompanied by a student keynote panel.

Our Wisconsin Workshops

Wednesday, January 24, 6-9pm
Chadbourne-Main Lounge, 420 N. Park St.
Bradley-North Lounge, 650 Elm Drive

Wed. & Thurs., Jan. 24-25, 6-8:30pm
Room 120, William S. Middleton Building

Join your peers for a workshop on diversity and inclusion. This evening event will include food plus engaging activities about social justice and identity development–you’re sure to learn more about yourself and others!

New Student Social Night
Friday, Jan 26, 7-9pm
Union South, Lower Sett
Come and enjoy bowling, billiards, board games, and rock climbing—food included!

Spring Kickoff TGQ Social
Monday, January 29 5:30 – 7:30 PM
LGBT Center, Red Gym

Celebrate finishing the first week of classes with new & familiar friends, warm beverages, games, & tunes! This welcome (-back) event is intended for students under the trans, genderqueer, nonbinary, & questioning umbrellas. Please contact the center for accommodations or questions at

Rec Sports Free Classes
January 23 – February 4: FREE Group Fitness
January 29 – February 1: FREE Mind-Body Studio

Visit for class schedules.

February Events

Winter Carnival
February 3-11, 2018
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 The Wisconsin Hoofers, Wisconsin Union, and other campus partners challenge you to embrace the cold and go play outside on February 3-11, 2018. Carnival events include: a hike and campfire at Picnic Point, ice golf and hockey, hat and flannel day, and a movie night at the Marquee.

Student Org Fair
Wednesday, February 7, 5-8pm
Kohl Center
400+ student organizations. One night. Unlimited opportunities to find your niche. Come explore student orgs!

Free Art Friday (Valentine Card)
Friday, February 9, 12-9pm
Memorial Union, Wheelhouse Studios

Create your own unique Valentine’s Day card. All supplies provided for as long as they last.

Dialogue with Lena Waithe
Tuesday, February 13, 7pm
Varsity Hall, Union South

Lena Waithe is an American actress, producer, and screenwriter, best known for her role as Denise on the Netflix series Master of None.  Come and enjoy a dialogue with her on issues of race and identity at this keynote event for Black History month. See more events at

All-Campus Leadership Conference
Sunday, February 18, 10 am – 3 pm
Union South, Varsity Hall

ACLC 2018 will feature Justin Jones-Fosu speaking on WHY Matters NOW: How Purpose and Passion Inspire Meaningful Success. Enjoy networking, building leadership skills, free lunch and headshots, and a variety of breakout sessions and entertainment.

Academic Transition 101
Wednesday, February 21, 5-7pm
Wisconsin Idea Room, Education  159

At Academic Transition 101, students will design a success plan focused on self-advocacy, navigating a large institution, time management, understanding transfer shock, and strategies for academic success. Select break-out sessions based on your individual interests in order to cultivate an experience that is most beneficial to you! This event is focused on transfer students, but other first-year students are welcome to attend.

#ActiveBadger Day
February 22, all day
Various locations, visit

Join Rec Sports for a campus-wide day of activities including yoga, group fitness, dance, log-rolling, and skating. Get moving and learn all the ways you can Play Hard. Get Fit. Live Well. on campus!