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UAA: Fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 27. But first, the party!

Campus Kickoff: Begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 on the Cuddy Quad and launches the new fall semester.Campus Kickoff: Begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 on the Cuddy Quad and launches the new fall semester.UAA is about to e-x-p-l-o-d-e with activity. Coffee shops and campus eateries reopen Monday, Aug. 27. Parking enforcement (M-TH 7:30 am-7:30 pm; always FREE on Fridays) resumes on Monday. Classes start Monday.

But even before all that, a weekend of activity welcomes Freshman and returning students, staff and faculty.

Tonight at 7 p.m. in Fine Arts 150, a MacArthur 'genius' award recipient and former head of Google Innovation, Yoky Matsuoka, will give a free public talk, titled, "Robots and Thermostats: More in Common than You Think!"
Yoky Matsuoka: Speaks on 'Robots & Thermostats: More in Common Than You Think!' Friday, Aug. 24 7 pm in Fine Arts 150. Free and open to the public.Yoky Matsuoka: Speaks on 'Robots & Thermostats: More in Common Than You Think!' Friday, Aug. 24 7 pm in Fine Arts 150. Free and open to the public.

Yoky will also inspire incoming Freshman and their families at the Freshman Convocation Saturday, Aug. 25. If you need details about that event, check out this website for more information.

But the activity for Saturday evening is just revving up. UAA hosts Campus Kickoff beginning at 5 p.m. on the grass and sidewalks of the Cuddy Quad. Here, just about every organization on campus comes out to strut their stuff and share their ambitions for the new year - student services, clubs, student government - you name it. It's a giant evening festival on the green that includes free food for students, the original "Butt Sketch" artist and music by Vintage Trouble. Later there's improv comedy , Seawolf volleyball, a walk-in movie ("Avengers") and a near-midnight shopping spree at Fred Meyers.
Campus KickOff Saturday, Aug. 25 at 5 pm: Is a giant welcome back fest that includes food, swag, improv comedy, a real "Butt Sketch" artist, a walk-in movie, and more.Campus KickOff Saturday, Aug. 25 at 5 pm: Is a giant welcome back fest that includes food, swag, improv comedy, a real "Butt Sketch" artist, a walk-in movie, and more.

Upcoming events you might want to check out
Dr. Joe Watkins, Chocktaw Indian and indigenous archaeologist, speaks Sept. 6: He is director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. His current study interests include the ethical practice of anthropology and that discipline's relationship with descendant communities and indigenous populations. His talk is Sept. 6, 6 p.m. in SSB 118.Dr. Joe Watkins, Chocktaw Indian and indigenous archaeologist, speaks Sept. 6: He is director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. His current study interests include the ethical practice of anthropology and that discipline's relationship with descendant communities and indigenous populations. His talk is Sept. 6, 6 p.m. in SSB 118.

Get more details on his talk and that of his wife, cultural educator Carol Ellick, at this link.

Also, on Monday, Aug. 27, two art shows open on the UAA Campus, with receptions featuring munchies:
Kimura Gallery and Student Union Gallery: Open shows with receptions on Monday, Aug. 27 on the UAA Campus.Kimura Gallery and Student Union Gallery: Open shows with receptions on Monday, Aug. 27 on the UAA Campus.
>> TOUCH ME, a tactile ceramic experience by Emily Longbrake, Student Union Gallery, with reception from 5-7 pm

>>CONSUMING CONVERSATION Hariette Berman's cascading cups made of recycled materials reflect our current economy of overspending and consuming without regard to realistic finances. At the Kimura Gallery, Fine Arts Building, with reception Aug. 27 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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