Fall semester is here! And FIU is ready to help you make the most of your university experience. Whether you are attending classes in-person, fully online or opted for a hybrid modality, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs is kicking off the semester with an incredible Week of Welcome (WOW) lineup.
WOW marks the official start of the new academic year and welcomes new and returning students. The week-long festivities introduce Panthers to resources available at FIU. Learn how you can join exciting student organizations, partake in Greek Life and even participate in Homecoming traditions.
Check out the following comprehensive list of all the ways you can virtually get involved as you start your Fall semester.
MONDAY, AUG. 24
Write it Out with HLP
Discover multiple ways to become involved at FIU. IG Live @fiupeermentors from noon to 12:30 p.m.
FIU Virtual Resource Fair
Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t get involved. Find out how to best stay engaged, build affinity to FIU and have fun. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/challengekickoff from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
SGA installation: Presidential Address & Senate Meeting
This event is similar to a Painting with a Twist night but without the twist! Panthers will be painting a custom FIU-themed design on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Interested students must register prior to the event through the FIU Homecoming Council Panther Connect page. Supplies will be distributed on Sunday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. in between the Blue and Gold Garage. You must present ID to pick up supplies. To register, click here. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/paintyourpride Password:FIU2020 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
United Wesley Community Night
Need a little time for worship and fellowship? All are welcome. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/communitynight from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
TUESDAY, AUG. 25
Sound Therapy Session
Feeling overwhelmed or just need a moment to yourself? Take 15 minutes out of your day to disconnect and relax with the soothing sounds of singing bowls, bells and more. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/soundtherapy from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meet LGBTQA Initiatives
Discover how to create connections, find resources, and what you need to build your home at FIU like Reyna Grande did in “A Dream Called Home.” Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/sweethomefiu from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Catch Your Breath!
Stay healthy throughout the semester with these helpful tips to manage stress.
Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/catchyourbreath from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hillel at FIU WOW
Hillel offers innovative programming to enrich the lives of Jewish students, culturally, educationally and socially. Join to learn more! Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/hillelfiu from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
United Wesley Virtual Game Night Calling all Panthers to play virtual games and de-stress a little bit. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/gamenight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fraternity Recruitment Fair
Transfer Students Meet & Greet
Meet other Panthers and learn about resources available for new transfer students at FIU. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/transfer from noon to 1 p.m.
Student Media Information Session
Get to know the staff of PantherNOW and The Roar as they share ways students can get involved at the newspaper and radio station. For more information, visit panthernow.com. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/studentmedia from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
SPC Breaks the Internet: Spoken Word
Snap your fingers and catch the performance from Spoken Word artist, Joan Leslie. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/spcbreakstheinternet (password: FIU2020) from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
How to Library (when you can’t go to the library)
Need help checking out books or doing online library research? FIU’s library team will offer tips how to access library resources remotely. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/navigatingthelibrary from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Meet the Multifath Council
Comprised of multiple religious organizations from different faith traditions, the Multifaith Council nurtures intellectual dimensions of faith and encourages the spiritual dimensions of education. Learn how to get involved. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/multifaith from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sound Therapy Session
Feeling overwhelmed or just need a moment to yourself? Take 15 minutes out of your day to disconnect and relax with the soothing sounds of singing bowls, bells, and more. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/soundtherapy 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Women’s Equality Day Celebration
Join the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs and learn more about how FIU is committed to delivering and facilitating comprehensive “military-friendly” services and programs for all FIU veteran and military-affiliated learners. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/wevegotyoursix from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“That’s So Queer” Live Discussion
Mind-reader Mark Toland will blow your mind during this fun virtual event. You don’t want to miss it! Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/spcbreakstheinternet (password FIU2020) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sorority Recruitment Fair
Bring your own hot beverage to this virtual conversation to discuss relevant political and cultural issues, no matter how controversial. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/hottopics at 8 p.m.
SPC Breaks the Internet: Lip-Sync Battle
Ready to Lip-Sync Battle? This will definitely make your Wednesday night. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/spcbreakstheinternet (password FIU2020) from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
THURSDAY, AUG. 27
Meet the MPAS
Meet the staff of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services to learn about scholarships, social justice, male mentoring, women empowerment, LGTQA initiatives and more! Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/meetmpas 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SGA Speaks: College Football & Panther Pride
Get chatty with your Student Government Association president and vice president about college football and Panther pride. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/sgaspeaks from noom to 1 p.m.
Who the Health is HLP?
Ever wondered how policies are made or considered a career in shaping our nation? Don’t miss this informative session about the FIU in DC Fly-In program, a three-day experiential seminars in D.C. available to students passionate about a variety of issues. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/dcflyininfo from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Get moving together with Wellness and Recreation Center trainers as they show you how to maximize your workout from anywhere. The movement challenge will include cardio, strength training (no weights necessary) and yoga postures (need a mat or blanket) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open to all FIU students, staff and faculty. Register at: go.fiu.edu/movement.
Black & Brown Greeks: Why We Do the Things We Do
Wonder why FIU has four different Greek Councils. In this session, we will explore some of the historical context of why organizations exist and how they continue to be purposeful today. In a significantly diverse campus like FIU, some of these differences are less salient as a result of our multi-ethnic and racial populations, but the history of all of our organizations matter, and it’s important to understand why in order to find your fraternal home. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/BlanckandBrownGreeks from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
United Wesley Trivia Night
Test your knowledge with United Wesley's trivia night. From pop culture to world history, science and music—Panthers will show off what they know and perhaps learn a thing or two.
Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/trivia from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUG. 28
Homecoming Concert Reveal One of the most awaited moments of the year, Homecoming will reveal their concert artist. IG live @fiuhc at noon.
Career Talk: Learn about Internships, Jobs & events with Career Talent & Development
Here’s everything you need to know about internships, jobs, career fairs, graduate school week and more. Plus, learn how to use Handshake, a valuable career platform. Join via Zoom: go.fiu.edu/yourcareerandtalent from noon to 1 p.m.
Meet LGBTQA Initiatives
Participate in virtual challenges and meet new people. Led by Clay Goldstein, lead ropes course facilitator from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register at: go.fiu.edu/teambuildingchallenge.
BSU Open Mic Night
Check in with FIU News throughout the week for a series of articles detailing how you can stay involved and engaged at FIU during this fall semester.