Now that August is practically here, the beginning of school feels closer than ever, and the ISU campus is eager to have our Bengals back! The Week of Welcome is a celebration that welcomes back current students and also shows new students the excitement of Bengal life. August 24th kicks off the week long event that showcases ISU and the community. New Student Orientation will provide a schedule of the week’s events in more detail when you arrive to campus in August. In the meantime, we would like to highlight a few traditions and events that you can look forward to enjoying!

Welcome Back Orange and Black

This event is hosted in Old Town Pocatello and showcases everything Pocatello has to offer to students. There is local food and retail vendors providing free samples and giveaways. Many1185942_223005291187512_1706548039_n businesses donate prizes to raffle off so be sure you get your free raffle ticket entered! In years past, they raffled off mini fridges, gift certificates, and even a Ruckus! This event is free for all ISU students and a shuttle is provided from the SUB to Old Town.

Involvement Fair

If you want to be active and involved on campus, this event is for you! There are about 137 active clubs on campus and at least one of this is for you. There are numerous categories of clubs including: Academic, Cultural, Greek, Honorary, Religious, Service, Special and Sports. Clubs with host booths and provide opportunities to ask questions and sign up. Students can meander through the network of options while enjoying free lunch provided by the Involvement Center. In addition, many campus resources participate in the Involvement Fair to help students learn about their resources.

Cold Butts and Root Beer (hosted by Chi Alpha)10275304_912428635452339_4600689603471130882_o

A longstanding ISU tradition, join other students at Bartz Field for ice-blocking down the hill and root beer.

Fred Meyer and Costco College Nights

Each of these businesses will host an evening for ISU students with private shopping hours and major discounts/promotions.

“Black Book Affair” (hosted by International Programs Office)

Get to know students from all over the world while enjoying free food, prizes, and a DJ.

Glow Bowling at the Games Center

ISU students will take over the Games Center and enjoy lighting bowling, food, and free shirts.

Puppy Kissing Booth (hosted by Veteran Student Services)11060867_10152660671100194_8416691035256250046_n

What better way to enjoy the first week of classes than being cuddled by puppies?  Stop by and get your puppy-fix in between classes.

Paint Party (hosted by Student Activities Board)

10636834_743822375664474_5820041749370080153_oThe Paint Party is one of SAB’s largest events and is hosted on the Quad. There is a live DJ, free shirts, and paint. A lot of paint! Students enjoy dancing, jumping and getting messy (there are even individual squirt guns!)

Late Night at the Union: Glow Night (hosted by Union Program Council)

UPC hosts a Late Night at the Union once a month and the student turnout is always spectacular! For Week of Welcome, the theme will be Glow Night. There will be a black light party, glow paint, a DJ, free food and more!

Free Walking Tacos (hosted by ASISU)

Stop by in between classes and enjoy free tacos.