Campus Events

Winter Week of Welcome

The Winter Week of Welcome (WoW) is a week of FREE events welcoming back returning students and welcoming new students to Xavier University. Winter Week of Welcome is coordinated and promoted by the Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center and Commuter Services along with our partnering offices across campus.

January 9-14, 2023 SCHEDULE

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 

Monday, January 9

There Will Be Donuts!

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
Free Holtman's Donuts.  That's it.  That's the description.  Come and get 'em!

GSC First Floor Atrium | 9:30am - 11:00am


Cocoa With CAB

Commuter Activities Board (CAB)
Join the Commuter Activities Board for a hot chocolate bar.  Learn more about CAB and their upcoming events.

GSC First Floor Atrium | 2:00pm - 3:30pm


Custom Road Signs

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
Make your own custom road sign to hang up in your room.  Create your own saying or add your name and decorate!

GSC Ryan's Landing (Lower Level) | 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Come Out and Learn about Minorities in STEM

Minorities in STEM Succeeding Together
We will create a billboard with statistics and eye-catching pictures of STEM and things to pass out to students that stop by the table.

Husman Stage (Xavier Yard) | 2:30pm - 3:30pm


Picture Your Plan

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG)
What do you envision for your Spring Semester? Join the SWAG Peer Educators to create a vision board for your goals and hopes for the first half of 2023. Supplies and snacks will be provided!

GSC Arrupe Overlook (First Floor) | 3:00pm - 4:30pm


A Very Veggie New Year

Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice (CFJ)
Did you New Year's resolution include trying to go meatless a little more often? Or spending more time with good people? Come to CFJ's first Veg Out of the semester, and enjoy a home-cooked vegetarian meal with friends and friends-to-be. This is the first of our dinners that will happen each Monday at 5pm.

Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice (GSC 310) | 5:00pm - 6:00pm



Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
Play Bingo and win tons of great prizes and gift cards!

GSC Ryan's Landing (Lower Level) | 7:00pm - 8:00pm


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Tuesday, January 10

GSC Scavenger Hunt

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
Stop by the Welcome Desk to start a Scavenger Hunt of the building to learn its services, the spaces, and what the offices do!

Gallagher Student Center Welcome Desk | 9:00am - 5:00pm


Welcome Back with Career Drop-Ins

Career Development Office
We're taking our drop-in hours and bringing them to GSC so you can start your semester strong with a great resume and connect with students and staff from CDO!

GSC First Floor Atrium | 11:00am - 2:00pm


Connect with @LifeAtXU

Division of Student Affairs
Stop by to learn about Student Affairs! Follow us on Instagram and you will get this year's @lifeatxu shirt!

Justice Hall Atrium | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Come Dough Around

LGBTQ+ Alliance
We will have pre-made jars with cookie baking ingredients, that you can personalize with toppings of your choice!! To bake, just add wet ingredients and follow baking instructions!!

GSC Ryan's Landing (Lower Level) | 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Sweet Success for X

Student Success Center
Student Success Influencers are big on XU Spirit! Stop by by for some Cincinnati-favorite, Busken's cookies, and color on some cool XU Spirit Pages. The Influencers will be broadcasting live from the event. Come join the fun!!

CLC Student Success Terrace (5th Floor) | 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Name That Tune Trivia

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
Play Name That Tune trivia and win great prizes!

GSC Ryan's Landing (Lower Level) | 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Build Your Own Beanie!

Fashion Club
Students will be able to customize their own beanies with fabric markers or patches to embroider on them! We'll provide all the materials and show students how they can sew things on.

Cohen Room 168c | 5:00pm - 6:00pm


Manresa Orientation Team Info Session

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
Interested in joining the Manresa 2023 Orientation Team? Meet Manresa Core and learn all about what it's like to be a part of the team.

GSC Arrupe Overlook (First Floor) | 5:00pm - 6:00pm


Winter Wonderland!

Resident Student Association
Join RSA for hot chocolate and snowflake making to decorate your rooms! We will provide hot chocolate with toppings along with templates to make paper snowflakes to bring some winter spirit to liven up your dorm room.

GSC Fireside Lounge (First Floor) | 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Questions With Kara

Pre-Vet Society
During this event we will be having a special guest, Kara Rettig. She can answer any question that pre-vet students may have pertaining to schooling with veterinary medicine.

Alter Hall Room 106 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm


Trivia, Bingo, & Hot Chocolate

Educators For Justice
Test your knowledge and luck with an exciting game of trivia and bingo combined! Do you have what it takes to win a prize? Join EFJ for hot chocolate and friendly competition.

GSC Arrupe Overlook (First Floor) | 7:00pm - 8:00pm


Movie Night

Spanish Club
Come join Spanish for Movie Night to watch a film related the the Latino/Hispanic Culture. During this night, also learn more about Spanish club and the exciting events we have planned for the semester.

GSC Clocktower Lounge (Third Floor) | 7:00pm - 9:00pm


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Wednesday, January 11

Winter Club Day

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
With over 150 campus clubs to choose from, our student organizations truly offer something for everyone! Students have an opportunity to meet and interact with most of these groups at the Winter Club Day - where they can get information about how to join and also about upcoming events and activities.  Check-in, grab a blank passport, make your way around the event and collect stamps, turn in your completed passport for an eXclusive winter scarf.  Enter to win the big prizes: JBL Charge 4 or Oculus Meta Quest 2.

Gallagher Student Center | 11:30am - 2:30pm


Custom Airbrush Beanies

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
Make your own custom airbrush beanie to wear to support the Musketeers tonight when they take on Creighton.

GSC Ryan's Landing (Lower Level) | 1:00pm - 5:00pm


Rec Sports Rope Pull

Recreational Sports
Participants will have 1 minute to participant in our rope pull fitness challenge. The furthest distance pulled for each a male and female participant after 1 minute will receive a prize! Each participant will only have 1 opportunity to compete.

Rec Center at The HUB | 2:00pm - 8:00pm


Blob, Buttons, and Baked Goods

Office of the Graduate School
Please join the Office of the Graduate School for an afternoon of building school spirit and meet the staff! Take your picture with the Blue Blob, craft some Xavier buttons, and enjoy sweet treats. The Office of the Graduate School is located on the first floor of Hailstones Hall, across from the Musketeer Mezzanine toward Alter Hall. We look forward to seeing you!

3rd Floor CLC | 2:30pm - 4:00pm


Book Speed Dating

Department of English
Are you an English major or English major curious? Do you enjoy quality time with a good book? Are you in a "reading rut" and looking to expand your horizons? Then join the English department for a book speed dating event where you could win books, make friends, eat snacks, and potentially form long-term relationships with new ideas and authors.

Hinkle Hall Faculty Lounge | 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Snowglobes & Hot Cocoa

Peer Support Volunteers
Come make mason jar snow globes and enjoy some hot cocoa with the Confidential Peer Support Volunteers! Learn more about who we are and the many ways we can support survivors of gender and power-based violence. We're excited to meet you!

Justice Hall Atrium | 3:30pm - 4:30pm


International Coffee Hour

Center for International Education
Join the CIE to kick-off the weekly International Coffee Hour program. Grab some free food and a beverage and join us every week for coffee hour.

Faces of the World Lounge (GSC 2nd Floor) | 3:30pm - 4:30pm


S'more Community this Semester

Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice
Make s'mores and make friends with CFJ Companion Groups! Looking for intentional community and conversation? Drop by for a chat, or to start your journey with a Companion Group.

Husman Stage (Xavier Yard) | 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Xavier Men's Basketball v. Creighton

Xavier Athletics
Cheer on the men's basketball team as they face off against Creighton.

Cintas Center Arena | 7:00pm - 9:00pm


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Thursday, January 12

Connection and Cookies

College of Arts & Sciences
Stop by the Alter Hall atrium for a cookie on your way to class and learn how to stay connected with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) faculty, staff, and students.

Alter Hall Atrium (by Bellarmine Chapel) | 9:30am - 11:30am


Get eXcited About Metro!

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services and Office of Residence Life
Stop by the Welcome Desk to start a Scavenger Hunt of the building to learn its services, the spaces, and what the offices do!

GSC First Floor Atrium | 10:00am - 2:00pm


Interfaith BRIDGE Bingo, Cocoa, Coffee, and Cookies

Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice
Join us to enjoy winter-friendly treats while opening up to wider conversations - engaging worldview diversity in our relationships with one anothers.

GSC Room 330 | 10:00am - 11:15am

Where "Wheel" You Go?

Center for International Education
Come spin your way around the world with the CIE! Test your knowledge of the world by answering trivia questions and learn more about studying abroad. Answer correctly and you could win a great prize!

GSC First Floor Atrium | 11:00am - 1:00pm


There's sNOw Place Like The CDI

Center for Diversity & Inclusion
There's sNOw place like the CDI to call home at Xavier! Stop by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for community, snacks, and crafts as we make our own snowflakes to display in the office.

Center for Diversity & Inclusion (GSC 280) | 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Cookie Decorating

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
Decorate some wintry cookies and enjoy a tasty treat with friends.

GSC First Floor Atrium | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Make Your Own Painting! Paint Pouring Techniques

Art Society
Make your very own abstract painting using a fun & easy DIY paint-pouring technique!

GSC Ryan's Landing (Lower Level) | 3:00pm - 4:00pm



Student Activities Council

GSC Clocktower Lounge (Third Floor) | 3:30pm - 5:30pm


Trap Karaoke

Gentlemen Organized for Achievement and Leadership (GOAL)
Come put your musical talents on display! Join G.O.A.L for Trap Karaoke with a TWIST! We will be singing '90s, '00s, and current popular songs! There will also be a VERSUS battle that includes individual and group competition.

GSC Arrupe Overlook (First Floor) | 5:00pm - 6:30pm


Make A Bracelet and a Friend: Winter Edition

Gentlemen Organized for Achievement and Leadership (GOAL)
In the Loop is the university's official fiber arts club! We are excited to teach you how to make friendship bracelets while you get to know the other members of our club. All materials and instruction will be provided by the club board members. People of all still levels are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Alter Hall Room 203 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm


Letters for Soldiers and Cookies!

Network of Enlightened Women
Come join us to write letter to send letters to soliders and decorate cookies! This is a great, easy way to say thank you for our freedom and enjoy a sweet treat at the beginning of the new semester! Hope to see you there!

Alter Hall Room 309 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Let's Make A Bracelet!

Make a crystal bracelet with XURocks, and learn more about crystal properties and uses.

GSC Fireside Lounge (First Floor) | 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Setting Your Tone: Vision Boards

Black Care Club
Visions Boards are always a great way to start the semester, so we want students to come and create vision boards with goals that they want to achieve by the end of the semester. Our goal is to set students off with a good start for the semester.

Alter Hall 310 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Get Signing

Sign Language Club
We will pass out a piece of paper that has the alphabet in sign language. WE will then go over the alphabet together. Then as a game, we will have them draw a piece of paper out of cup and it will have a letter on there and the student will have to sign what letter that is in ASL. We will also play uno and teach them signs for the uno colors and numbers.

CLC 413 (next to Kennedy Auditorium) | 7:00pm - 8:00pm


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Friday, January 13

Noontime Concert

Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center & Commuter Services
Join us for a noontime concert. Grab your lunch or a coffee and relax during the noon hour.

GSC Ryan's Landing (Lower Level) | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Letters 'n' Blankies

Alternative Breaks
Come kick off the new year with Alternative Breaks by writing letters to nursing home residents and tying blankets for animals at the R.O.A.R. shelter!

GSC Fireside Lounge (First Floor) | 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Grocery Bingo

The Store
Join The Store for grocery bingo and hot chocolate as we issue in the new semester!

GSC Ryan's Landing (Lower Level) | 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Trivia Time

Raising Joy
Join Raising Joy, Xavier's foster care and adoption advocacy group, for some fun trivia! No prior knowledge of foster care or adoption is needed! Come enjoy community, friends, food, and prizes!!!

GSC Arrupe Overlook (First Floor) | 4:30pm - 5:30pm


New Year, Better Me: Goal Setting

Xavier Inclusion Club
Join Xavier Inclusion Club to kick off the New Year and semester with making vision boards and hot chocolate! Located in GSC Clocktower Lounge @5.

GSC Clocktower Lounge (Third Floor) | 5:00pm - 6:30pm


African Jeopardy

Xavier Inclusion Club
Join us to learn more about African culture with a fun game of Jeopardy!

Alter Hall Rooms 203 & 204 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm


4 Paws Movie Night

4 Paws for Ability
Come relax for a movie night with Service Dogs in Training and hot cocoa and snacks!

Kennedy Auditorium (CLC 412) | 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Cards Against Hypnosis

Student Activities Council
Comedy Hypnotist, David Hall, is here to perform a different kind of hypnotist show. Students volunteer and the crowd picks what happens. Join us to take control of the fun!

GSC Theater (Lower Level) | 7:00pm - 8:30pm


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Saturday, January 14

Weekend Workout

SWEAT & Exercise Science Club
Join SWEAT and Exercise Science Club for a fun workout floor event. If you are interested in learning more about the HUB workout facility, what is offered, and want to have some fun in the gym.

Group Fitness Studio at The HUB | 9:00am - 10:00am


Welcome Back Mario Kart/Party Night

XU Gaming
A casual night open to any student to come and play Mario Kart or Mario Party with others, with snacks provided.

GSC D'Artagnan's Den (Lower Level) | 2:00pm - 5:00pm


Cincinnati Carball Charity Clash

XU Club E-Sports & University of Cincinnati E-Sports
The Xavier University's E-Sports program will be traveling to the 1819 Innovation Center at University of Cincinnati to put on a 24 hour charity match against University of Cincinnati's Rocket League team. Players will run rolling substitutions throughout the course of the 24 hour span and will be accepting donations for Cincinnati Children's for the entire event. The event is already scheduled for January 14th @5:00 P.M. through to 5:00 p.m. on the next day. While we are not sure if this can be included in the welcome week events the additional exposure to the student body as well as university as a whole would go towards a good cause.

University of Cincinnati - 1819 Innovation Center | 5:00pm - 5:00pm (24 hours)


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