Youngstown State University kicks off the 2019-2020 academic year with a week of on-campus events and some construction.

People driving and walking along Fifth Avenue will encounter orange barrels and cones as they travel to their parking spots. University officials suggest that students allow a little extra time and pay attention in the area.

PARKING DECKS

During Semester:

M-30 Deck located on Wick Avenue

Wick Entrance: Monday-Saturday 6 am - Midnight*

Walnut Entrance: Monday-Friday 6 am - 10:30 pm

Sunday as scheduled

M-60 Deck located on the corner of Fifth & Arlington

Arlington Entrance: Monday-Saturday 6 am-10:30 pm*

Lincoln Entrance: Monday-Friday 6 am-10:30 pm

Break Hours: Monday-Friday 6 am - 6 pm unless closed for repairs

*These hours may change if a special event is scheduled

Sunday as scheduled

Parking Lots are open daily 6 am-11 pm

Welcome festivities that began last week will continue through Saturday, Aug. 24, concluding with JD's Summer Songfest in downtown Youngstown.

Monday, August 19

Welcome and Information Tents

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Outside Kilcawley Center, Outside Maag Library, Outside DeBartolo Hall

Rain Location: Kilcawley Center & Peer Leader Kiosk

Have a question about YSU? Lost on your way to class? Need directions? Come visit us, and we’ll help out! Peer Leaders and Orientation Leaders will be available throughout the day to help out with anything you need. Check-in here for the Color Challenge to receive 50 points. Everyone who stops by gets some giveaways, so come visit us!

For more information, contact First Year Student Services at 330-941-2131 or first year@YSU.edu.

Learning Center Scavenger Hunt

All Week: Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 23

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Campus-wide

Presented by: The Learning Centers: Center for Student Progress, The Mathematics Assistance Center, and The Writing Center.

Take an adventure across campus with puzzles to solve and people to meet at each stop. Prizes will be awarded for completion of the hunt.

Waste No More

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Outside of Maag Library

Rain Location: Maag Library, Lobby

Presented by: Waste-Free Maag

Visit our table to enter a raffle and hear from recycling experts from the community. Waste Free Maag is a group of Maag Library employees committed to reducing, reusing, and recycling. Drop off used ink cartridges year-round on the lower level or library entrance.

Maag Library: Free Nachos...Get "Here for It"!

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Maag Library, Lobby

Presented by: Maag Library

At Maag Library we're not just "here for it," we're also here for YOU! Stop in for FREE nachos, spin the PLINKO wheel for prizes, enter raffles for gift certificates, and see what Maag Library has to help YOU succeed!

Meltdown & Snow Cones

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Heritage Park

Rain Location: Kilcawley Center, Chestnut Room

Presented by: Student Activities Major Events

Meltdown is an exciting 8-person interactive inflatable meant to challenge students' endurance. Meltdown is a “spin” off of a similar game from the TV show Wipeout. Challenge your friends, have a laugh and enjoy some snow cones!

Tuesday, August 20

Welcome and Information Tents

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Outside Kilcawley Center, Outside Maag Library, Outside DeBartolo Hall

Rain Location: Kilcawley Center & Peer Leader Kiosk

Presented by: First-Year Student Services

Have a question about YSU? Lost on your way to class? Need directions? Come visit us, and we’ll help out! Peer Leaders and Orientation Leaders will be available throughout the day to help out with anything you need. Check-in here for the Color Challenge to receive 50 points. Everyone who stops by gets some giveaways, so come visit us!

Student Organization Fair

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Campus Core

Rain Location: Kilcawley Center, Chestnut Room

Presented by: Student Activities

Whether you’re interested in sports, sororities, fraternities, religion, politics, dance, fencing, bowling, math, or science, YSU has an organization for you! Take a walk through the fair and decide which organization is best for you!

Maag Library: Free Nachos...Get "Here for It"!

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Maag Library, Lobby

Presented by: Maag Library

At Maag Library we're not just "here for it," we're also here for YOU! Stop in for FREE nachos, spin the PLINKO wheel for prizes, enter raffles for gift certificates, and see what Maag Library has to help YOU succeed!

For more information, contact Colleen Duchon at 330-941-2382 or ccduchon@YSU.edu or kajenkins@YSU.edu.

Dine to Donate

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Boardman Chipotle

Presented by: Relay For Life

Dine to Donate at Boardman Chipotle to help raise money for YSU’s Relay For Life while enjoying some good food! While you’re there, you can meet the RFL Event Leadership Team and ask any questions you have about the event itself or getting involved! All proceeds go towards the American Cancer Society.

Comedian Marcella Arguello

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, The Hub

Presented by: Student Activities Major Events

Come join us for a night of entertainment and laughter! Marcella Arguello is too lazy to shoot hoops and too tall to model; she stands over 6 feet tall. Although she may be taller than most men, the only thing more intimidating than her height is her comedy.

Wednesday, August 21

Division of Student Experience Block Party & Ninja Obstacle Course

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, The Cove

Presented by: Division of Student Experience

Show why you’re Here For It as we kick off this event in The Cove in Kilcawley Center. Prizes and giveaways, free food, music, and more! Visit each table to learn about all of the resources available on campus.

Puppy Palooza/Llamagedon

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Andrews Student Recreation & Wellness Center, Entrance

Rain Location: Andrews Student Recreation & Wellness Center

Are you a bit overwhelmed with the start of a new semester? Studies have shown that petting dogs can reduce stress! Come relieve some start-of-the-year stress and play with adorable puppies and pet the llamas! New Lease on Life will be bringing animals to campus help reduce your stress. Donations will be accepted.

FTdunktanK

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, Campus Core

Presented by: Guinathon

Support the kids of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and join Guinathon to dunk YSU students and faculty. All proceeds help kids in our local community!

STEM Support Services Resource Table

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Moser Hall, Outdoor Courtyard

Rain Location: Moser Hall, Lobby

Presented by: STEM Support Services

Taking the correct courses, securing a co-op, internship, or summer REU, and finding scholarships to help you do it all are vital to your success! Meet the people who help you to make it happen! STEM Academic Advisors, STEM Professional Services Staff, and STEM Scholarship Coordinator will be on hand to answer your question and give you the tools you need to succeed!

Student Veterans Picnic

11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Outdoor Patio behind the Veterans Resource Center

Rain Location: Veterans Resource Center, Community Room

The Veterans Resource Center will host a "welcome back picnic" for all student veterans and military members on campus. Come meet your fellow veterans, share stories, play corn hole, and enjoy picnic-style refreshments.

First-Year Student Mixer

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, The Cove

Presented by: First-Year Student Services

Come get to know other First Year students across campus! We’ll have snacks, games, and tons of fun. Be ready to compete for some great YSU prizes and more. This event is come and go any time, so stop in when you can. Check-in here for the Color Challenge to receive 500 points.

POP UP IM Station

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Andrews Student Recreation & Wellness Center, Lobby

3...2...1, Countdown is on to sign up for a team! Are you interested in signing up for one of the Intramural sports or looking for people to create a Super team? Come talk to one of our Intramural sports staff members and find out how to begin your journey to Intramural immortality!

Campus Rec Open House

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Andrews Student Recreation & Wellness Center

Do you ever wonder what all you can do with Campus Recreation? Join us for an open house and all we offer through recreation. There will be staff to answer questions and give tours of our facilities!

High Ropes Course Open Hours

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Andrews Student Recreation & Wellness Center, High Ropes Course

Presented by: Campus Recreation

Ever wonder about the obstacle course looming over the basketball courts in the Rec? Now is your chance to try it out! Staff will be on hand to make sure you safely navigate through our elevated challenge course.

ThinkFast® Game Show

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kilcawley Center, Chestnut Room

Presented by: Student Activities Major Events

Do you enjoy trivia, music, pop culture, dancing, or competition? If so, join a team or play solo in ThinkFast®! This is a game show designed to bring students together to have fun while also raising awareness to special topics. Psst, the winning team gets a cash prize!

Thursday, August 22

90.7 FM The Summit Live!

9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, Campus Cor

Presented by: Penguin Productions

Stop by for giveaways and pop up performances from local musicians! The Summit is your home for true music diversity. The Summit plays a wide variety of music including Rock, Pop, Folk, Acoustic, Local, Reggae, and much more.

POP UP IM Station

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Andrews Student Recreation & Wellness Center, Lobby

3...2...1, Countdown is on to sign up for a team! Are you interested in signing up for one of the Intramural sports or looking for people to create a Super team? Come talk to one of our Intramural sports staff members and find out how to begin your journey to Intramural immortality!

Student Veterans Picnic

11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Outdoor Patio behind the Veterans Resource Center

Rain Location: Veterans Resource Center, Community Room

The Veterans Resource Center will host a "welcome back picnic" for all student veterans and military members on campus. Come meet your fellow veterans, share stories, play corn hole, and enjoy picnic-style refreshments.

Thirsty Thursdays

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Andrews Student Recreation & Wellness Center

Are you thirsty for…living a healthier life? Come to this drop-in nutrition education program covering a variety of topics. Get some free food and water to hydrate your mind!

Relay For Life Information Session

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, Room 2068

Join some of YSU’s Relay For Life Event Leadership Team for an info session during Welcome Week to learn all about Relay For Life, including how to join the Event Leadership Team and general info about the event. We have two opportunities: Thursday (8/22) at 3:00 pm or Friday (8/23) at 1:00 pm, both in Room 2068 in Kilcawley Center.

First Year Floats

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, Fountain

Rain Location: Kilcawley Center, Cafaro Lobby

Presented by: First-Year Student Services

Beat the heat with a rootbeer float and new friends! Stop in for a sweet treat served by the First Year Student Services staff. Check-in here for the Color Challenge to receive 50 points.

Recess @ the Rec

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Andrews Student Recreation & Wellness Center

Presented by: Campus Recreation

Let's be honest; most people’s favorite "subject" at school was RECESS! All penguins are encouraged to sweat the evening away playing tag, dodgeball, trivia, music, a selfie station and so much more! Bring your friends and your inner child! Prizes and awards will be given out to participants!

Friday, August 23

Paint a Penguin

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, Campus Core

Paint a ceramic penguin with members of the American Marketing Association- YSU Chapter.

Tie-Dye T-Shirts

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, Campus Core

Come and tie-dye a YSU Shirt! Shirts are provided to students for free and will be available in a variety of sizes on a first-come, first-served basis. We can’t wait to see your tie-dye style! Check-in here for the Color Challenge to receive 50 points.

Relay For Life Information Session

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kilcawley Center, Room 2068

Join some of YSU’s Relay For Life Event Leadership for an info session during Welcome Week to learn all about Relay For Life, including how to join the Event Leadership Team and general info about the event. We have two opportunities: Thursday (8/22) at 3 or Friday (8/23) at 1, both in Room 2068 in Kilcawley Center.

Quill: Creative Writing Group Open House

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Maag Library, Room 171

Student participants of Quill meet weekly to workshop one another's creative writing. All majors/minors welcome. Join us for our open house to meet one another and learn more about this opportunity to read and critique poems, short stories, comics, novel chapters, and more.

The Line Up on Baldwin and Elm

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

818 Elm Street, the corner of Baldwin Street and Elm Street

Join us on the corner of Elm and Baldwin for The Line-Up! We will have food trucks and music with outside seating!

Foam Party

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Heritage Park

A way to cool down after a long first week of classes? Start your weekend off right by cooling off in foam at the Foam Party! Come dance around with your friends in the foam pit arena that shoots foam 15 feet into the air!

Saturday, August 24

Student Leadership Summit

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Kilcawley Center, Chestnut Room

Guest speakers, interactive leadership sessions, giveaways, and lunch will once again be the order of the day as we kick off the school year! Our leadership summit provides a unique opportunity for student organization leaders to network and get to know other organization members, all the while learning of the many features that are available to all of our registered organizations. We encourage all registered student organizations to be represented, hoping that one or more (and yes, advisors are always most welcome) officers will make plans to attend the leadership workshop. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Student Activities at 330-941-3575 or studentactivities@YSU.edu

Downtown Youngstown Scavenger Hunt

1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Downtown Youngstown, One Hot Cookie, 112 W Commerce St, Youngstown, OH 44503

Visit your favorite spots and discover new ones! Start your hunt at One Hot Cookie to pick up your clues. Create a team for a chance to win an eight-person axe throwing session at Rhine Halls downtown. For more information, contact Student Activities at 330-941-3575 or studentactivities@YSU.edu.

JD's Summer Songfest V

3:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Location: SOAP Gallery, 117 S Champion St, Youngstown, OH 44503

A family-friendly day of acoustic music, food, drinks, yard games, & good times in downtown Youngstown. Featuring: Red Wanting Blue, The Shootouts, The Labra Brothers, Paul Pfau, and JD Eicher. Free for YSU students with valid student ID. For more information, visit jdeicher.com/songfest.