The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Student Involvement Office of Student Life and Dean of Students

Best Week Ever

Best Week Ever 2017
Freshman Move-In FRESHMAN MOVE-IN
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • AUG 24th – Heritage & Unity Halls – Edinburg
  • AUG 25th – Casa Bella Club House - Brownsville

Entering freshman and new students residing in on campus housing move in to their home away from home. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers are at the ready to welcome and help new students make their move. After Check In, everyone must meet at 6:00 PM for a mandatory assembly.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call Residence Life at 956-665-3439 (Edinburg) or 956-882-7191 (Brownsville).

 
Vaquero Roundup VAQUERO ROUNDUP
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • AUG 23rd – TSC Arts Center – Brownsville
  • AUG 25th – UTRGV Fieldhouse – Edinburg

The Round Up is part two of new student orientation for UTRGV. The mandatory event for entering freshmen provides engaging educational sessions for students to learn about campus resources, success tips, and how to make the most out of their University experience.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call UTRGV at 956-665-5206.

 
The Showdown

THE SHOWDOWN
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • AUG 27th - Casa Bella - Brownsville
  • AUG 27th - Troxel Lawn - Edinburg

Join Residence Life for their annual Showdown outdoor event at UTRGV that kicks off The Best Week Ever.  Residents and students, enjoy an evening of live entertainment, music, activities, and friendly hall competitions after moving in.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call Residence Life at 956-665-3439 (Edinburg) or 956-882-7191 (Brownsville).

 
South Texas Showdown: Women's Soccer

SOUTH TEXAS SHOWDOWN: WOMEN'S SOCCER
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

  • AUG 27th – UTRGV Track & Field Complex

The South Texas Showdown, presented by Navy Army Community Credit Union, is an annual rivalry series that pits The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) Departments of Intercollegiate Athletics against each other in baseball, volleyball, women's soccer and golf, and men's and women's basketball, tennis, cross country and outdoor track & field. UTRGV Students with a valid student ID receive free admission to games. The yearly champion is presented with a traveling trophy at the final meeting of the academic year.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call UTRGV Athletics at 956-665-2111.

 
Info Depots

INFO DEPOTS
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

  • AUG 28th-29th – Various Locations – Brownsville
    • (Student Union Lawn, LHSB Parking Lot, BRHP Parking Lot, Main North Lawn (by bridge), Sabal Lawn, Main Courtyard)
  • AUG 28th-29th – Various Locations – Edinburg
    • (Academic Services Building, HPE 1 & 2 walkway, Library Lobby, Troxel Lawn, Visitors Center (outdoors), Student Union Info Desk, UREC Membership Desk)

If you have a question on the first two days of school, swing by one of the Info Depots located in various campus locations where you can talk to faculty, staff, or an upperclassmen who can help point you in the right direction.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call Student Involvement at 956-665-2660 (Edinburg) or 956-882-5111 (Brownsville).

 
Swag Give Away Hour

SWAG GIVE AWAY HOUR
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

  • AUG 28th
    • El Comedor – Brownville
    • Commons – Edinburg

Try the Plinko and Spinning Wheel for the chance at UTRGV Union Swag!


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call the Student Union at 956-665-7979.

 
Toss For Luck

TOSS FOR LUCK

  • AUG 28th-SEPT 1st
    • Main Water Fountain – Brownsville
    • Chapel of the Lord Fountain – Edinburg

During the first week of class each semester, students toss a nickel into the water fountains to be granted good fortune in health, wealth, love, success, and friendship. The fountains are the keepers of generations of wishes from faculty, staff, and students. Be on the lookout for fountains at some of our Best Week Ever events and make sure you have your nickels (dimes & quarters) ready to make your wishes.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call Student Involvement at 956-665-2660 (Edinburg) or 956-882-5111 (Brownsville).

 
Toss For Luck

BWE AT THE LIBRARY

  • AUG 28th & AUG 29th
    • Special Collections Scavenger Hunt
      @ ELIBR 1.104, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      Come visit Special Collections to view our Monster Book of Monsters and books on magic and herbology! Also, don’t miss the Harry Potter exhibit in the Edinburg Library Lobby!
  • AUG 28th
    • Shelfie Gallery
      @ ELIBR 3rd Floor West, 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      Come by the 3rd floor of the library & take selfies with our amazing displays!
  • AUG 29th
    • Special Collections Scavenger Hunt
      @ ELIBR 1.104, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Shelfie Gallery
      @ ELIBR 3rd Floor West, 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • AUG 30th
    • Free Film Showing of "J. K. Rowling"
      @ BLIBR 1.118, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      Watch a free showing of a documentary profiling the life and work of J.K. Rowling.
    • Harry Potter Jeopardy
      @ BLIBR 1.118, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      Play Harry Potter Jeopardy at the library.
  • AUG 31st
    • Free Film Showing of "Mudbloods"
      @ ELIBR 4.102, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      Watch a free showing of Mudbloods, a documentary on competitive Quidditch!
    • Lunchtime at the Library
      @ BLIBR 1.118, 11:30 AM - 1:00PM
      Meet your library staff and enjoy free pizza

For more information and/or special accommodations, please call Library at 956-665-2005 (Edinburg) or 956-882-8221 (Brownsville).

 
UTRGV Day

UTRGV Day & Strategic Plan Launch

  • AUG 30th
    • 10:00 AM – Ballroom – Edinburg
    • 2:00 PM – El Gran Salon - Brownsville

UTRGV’s official celebration commemorating the founding of our university and the launch of our inaugural strategic plan! Join us for cupcakes, music, games, and a view into our mission and vision. Limited t-shirts will be available.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call University Events at 956-882-7696.

 
Picnic With The President

PICNIC WITH THE PRESIDENT
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM 

  • AUG 29th – Gran Salon – Brownsville
  • AUG 31st – Ballroom/UC Circle – Edinburg

Student picnic with President Guy Bailey and his administration team. Come out and enjoy free food, music, entertainment, games, and lots of fun.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call Student Involvement at 956-665-2660 (Edinburg) or 956-882-5111 (Brownsville).

 
DIY Flip Flops @ Picnic With The President

DIY FLIP FLOPS @ PICNIC WITH THE PRESIDENT
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

  • AUG 29th – Gran Salon - Brownsville

Join us at the Student Union to make your own personalized flip flops! All materials will be provided for FREE.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call the Student Union at 956-665-7979.

 
Vaquero Spirit Swag At Picnic With The President

VAQUERO SPIRIT SWAG @ PICNIC WITH THE PRESIDENT
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

  • AUG 31st - UC Circle - Edinburg

Come to the Student Union and add Vaquero Spirit to your own backpack, duffel bag or clothes!


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call the Student Union at 956-665-7979.

 
The Stomp

THE STOMP AND WOMEN'S SOCCER GAME

  • AUG 29th - The Stomp 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM – Student Union Lawn - Brownsville
  • AUG 31st - The Stomp 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ UREC (Main Gym), Women's Soccer Game 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ UTRGV Soccer Field – Edinburg

The Signature event that brings University departments, academic programs, student organizations, area merchants, and community service agencies together in a festive environment to welcome students during the first week of fall semester. Free food, entertainment, cool swag, and your one stop for connecting to all the opportunities to get involved.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call Student Involvement at 956-665-2660 (Edinburg) or 956-882-5111 (Brownsville).

 
Henna Tattoos at The Stomp

HENNA TATTOOS @ THE STOMP
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM – Brownsville & Edinburg

  • AUG 29th - Student Union Lawn - Brownsville
  • AUG 31st - UREC (Main Gym) – Edinburg

Come by The Stomp and get your henna tattoos done. It isn’t permanent but it makes a memorable experience! Look for our booth!


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call the Student Union at 956-665-7979.

 
CPBash

CPB-BASH
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

  • SEPT 5th – Troxel Lawn – Edinburg
  • SEPT 6th – Library Lawn– Brownsville

Join the Campus Programming Board during the BEST WEEK EVER to help welcome all Vaqueros back to school with an evening full of fun, food, and entertainment.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call CPB at 956-665-7991 (Edinburg) or 956-882-5111 (Brownsville).

 
OGE International - Meet and Greet

OGE INTERNATIONAL - MEET & GREET

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

  • AUG 30th – UC Circle – Edinburg
  • AUG 31st – Main Courtyard – Brownsville

OGE International: Meet & Greet event will showcase the diversity and internalization of UTRGV. International and domestic students are welcome to participate on this event. This event will include This event will include a Parade of Flags, games, music, prizes, food, and many more.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call Global Engagement at 956-665-7887.

 
Late Nite At The UREC

LATE NITE AT THE UREC

  • SEPT 7th 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM - EUREC - Edinburg
  • SEPT 14th 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM - BREKC - Brownsville 

Late Nite at UREC is the place to be! Students are invited to an evening of entertainment, games, and giveaways. It’s also a great way to learn about our facilities and recreation programs offered at the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses.


For more information and/or special accommodations, please call UREC at 956-665-7808.