Argo Arrival is an annual tradition and the official kickoff of the academic school year at the University of West Florida. It fosters school spirit for both new and returning students. During this time, you will make new friends, learn about UWF and the Pensacola area, including Pensacola Beach, explore resources that can help you through your college career, and most of all, have fun!
Argo Arrival begins on August 22, 2014, with Move-in Day for first-time-on-campus students. Move-in Day begins at 8 a.m. at all residence halls on campus, and Argo Arrival events begin later that day. Download the Argo Guide today to access the Argo Arrival guide on your mobile device and create your custom schedule, and connect with us on Facebook to RSVP and invite your friends.
The Office of Family Programs will create a relaxing, comfortable, and welcoming environment for all Argo parents and families during one of the most stressful times of their lives: Freshman Move-In Day! Family Programs' 2nd annual fall semester kickoff will offer the ultimate form of stress relief by offering all guests a free 10-minute massage from The Fortis Institute School of Massage Therapy. In addition, guests will have the chance to eat great food, listen to comforting music, and reconnect with other Argo parents and families from New Student & Family Orientation.
The Commuter Round-Up & Family Bar-B-Que is open to all freshman commuters and their families. Students will learn about Argo Arrival, Argo Link-Commuter events, and Commuter Life at UWF. Students may also sign up for the Mobile Argos Project. Students and families will have the chance to reconnect with fellow commuters from New Student & Family Orientation, meet University staff, and attend Convocation. There will be food, music, and prizes. Don't forget to RSVP on Facebook — food and prizes will go fast, and availability will be based on total RSVPs. For more information, call 850.473.7229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Convocation is a ceremony that marks the official beginning of a new academic year in university life. At UWF, Convocation serves to bring everyone together to celebrate the new year and, specifically, to induct the first-year students into the community of learners at UWF.
Join us for this exclusive event just for UWF students. It’s a great opportunity to get everything you need, save money, and mingle with fellow students. There will be free busing to and from Target, giveaways, prizes, and entertainment. Buses will depart at 10 p.m. from Martin Hall, the Commons, and near Argo/Pace Hall.
Join the Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, and Athletics for this amazing outdoor party. Wear blue and green to show your Argo Pride, and be ready to get wet! The foam dance party will heat things up, while huge inflatable waterslides, random water balloon fights, and free ice cream will be sure to keep you cool.
Buses will depart promptly at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for UWF Night at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos vs. Montgomery Biscuits baseball game. The first 100 students to arrive in front of the Commons will receive a free ticket and bus ride to the game. Wear blue and green to show your Argo Pride, and meet new friends while enjoying the game. Additional tickets may be available for purchase at the stadium, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola, or online. Students under 18 must contact email@example.com for a parental waiver by Thursday, Aug. 21.
UWF's Campus Activity Board welcomes the hilarious father/son duo Gerald & Isiah Kelly to the stage for an epic night of laughs. Students will be admitted free with a Nautilus Card. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Music, free food, paddleboarding, sailing, volleyball, beach games, and more are sure to make this the most talked about event of the week! Make sure to pack your Nautilus Card, because you won’t want to miss out on the food and activities. Students can park for free at Park West (right onto Fort Pickens Road from Pensacola Beach Boulevard, last beach access before Fort Pickens entrance), or ride buses departing at 10 a.m. from parking lot H in front of the Commons.
*Please note this is a nonalcoholic event. Be sure to wear sunscreen, and feel free to bring water and snacks, as we will be providing food and drinks only while supplies last.
Enjoy free food, drinks, and giveaways on the Cannon Green as we welcome local businesses showcasing their products and services. Come learn about the diverse restaurants, stores, and activities you can enjoy during your time at UWF.
With dozens of things to do and see, this event will keep you busy all night long! The variety of activities and entertainment combined with a sprawling layout make this an event unlike any other. Be sure to bring your Nautilus Card to enjoy the free games, food, and prizes.
Cultural Explosion — Auditorium, 5-7 p.m.: We will bring the world to you! This event is a multicultural celebration, complete with international food, music, dancing, and prizes. Discover how you can learn, experience, and explore life in another country through our study abroad programs. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Video Game Tournament & Open Play — Nautilus Chamber, 6 p.m. tournament, 8:30 p.m. open play: Take on your classmates head-to-head in the tournament hosted by the Video Gamers Alliance, or play a variety of titles with your friends starting at 8:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night — Argo Galley, 7 p.m.: Show off your music, comedic, poetic, dramatic, or magic skills at this amazing display of UWF student talent. Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Galley.
Rock Out the Red Zone — Great Hall, 8-11 p.m.: This video dance party will transform the Commons Great Hall and increase awareness of the Red Zone — the time between the beginning of the fall semester and Thanksgiving break, when students are more at risk for experiencing sexual assault.
New Roommate Game — Argo Galley, 8:45 p.m.: How well do you know your new roommate? Go head-to-head against other roommates to claim the top prize and instant campus fame in this hilarious game show.
Start the new school year with a focus on fitness and school spirit! The Argonaut Welcome Back 5k, presented by Republic Services, will benefit the UWF cross country teams. Participants will receive free breakfast and a T-shirt after the race, while supplies last.
Registration now open (closes Thursday, August 28, at midnight):
• $10-UWF students and Pensacola Runners Association members
• Thursday, August 28, at Running Wild: 3-6 p.m.
• Friday, August 29, at UWF, TBD
• Race Day, 6-7 a.m., UWF Track
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy a special movie screening of the summer blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by the UWF Campus Activity Board on the Cannon Green. Free for students with Nautilus Card.
Get to know more than 100 student organizations and enjoy free food at one of the semester's largest events, where involvement consultants will help you connect with orgs that match your interests. Check out the Student Org Demo Stage, and enjoy games and activities. Bring a T-shirt from another university, and swap it for a FREE, special edition Argonaut T-shirt courtesy of UWF Athletics and UWF SGA (limit one per person while supplies last).
Date: Saturday, September 6
Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Join your fellow students in a field-day battle to claim your place as the Hall Stars Champions. Teams will compete in a variety of events, such as tug of war, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, dodgeball, and other games. Residential students will play on their hall teams, and commuter students may join one of several teams during the first week of school. Commuter students can sign up through IMLeagues.com. Visit Recreation & Sports Services for instructions on how to create an IMLeagues account.