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 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.
Upcoming events you might want to check out
Also, on Monday, Aug. 27, two art shows open on the UAA Campus, with receptions featuring munchies:
>> 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.