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MEDIA ADVISORY: Welcome Week at UC Berkeley begins August 19

ATTENTION: Higher education reporters covering start of 2002-03 school year, and photographers and TV crews seeking back-to-school visuals

16 August 2002
Contact: Media Relations
(510) 642-3734

  Welcome Week, a five-day-long event held the week before classes start at the University of California, Berkeley, is about to begin. From Aug. 19 -23, students will attend orientation sessions, meet Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl at new student receptions, take tours and join clubs and organizations.

For most students, classroom instruction begins Monday, Aug. 26.

On Sunday, Aug. 18, Opening Day, students will move into their residence halls and meet housing and dining staff members. Their parents may attend orientation sessions. (Members of the media must go to check-in tables at the residence halls for authorization to enter the buildings).

Welcome Week activities include:

* New Student Convocation, 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. This official campus welcoming ceremony for all incoming freshmen, transfer and extension students will be held on Memorial Glade, next to Doe Library.

* Chancellor's receptions for new undergraduates, 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20; 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23; and 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. New students get the chance to meet the chancellor at one of three residence hall receptions. For more information, view

School and college orientations, many on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Colleges, majors and student groups hold orientations for new students as the school year begins. For a complete list of events, see

* Calapalooza 2002 Activity Fair for New Undergraduates, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Representatives from dozens of campus clubs and organizations will distribute information to new students and answer their questions at two fair locations - Memorial Glade and the Campanile Esplanade.