The new students are about to show up at NC State, and the university is ready to make sure they feel welcome.
Wolfpack Welcome Week kicks off on Friday with a grand opening extravaganza for the new Harrelson Hall location of the NC State Bookstores, an intra-squad scrimmage by the women’s soccer team and a showing of the movie, Inception.
The festivities continue on Saturday, when students and fans can meet their favorite Wolfpack football players at Carter-Finley Stadium. Students are also invited to join the Panhellenic Association for an ice cream social and catch an outdoor screening of Toy Story 3. (A poignant choice, at least for the parents sending their children off to college.)
The Alumni Association will host its annual Legacy Luncheon on Saturday for incoming freshmen whose parents or grandparents are NC State alumni. Sorry, but registration has already closed for that popular event. (Check back here next week for more coverage of that fun and emotional gathering.)
On Sunday, new students will get a chance to take part in a campus scavenger hunt and a recreation festival. And, let’s not forget that students (with the help of their parents) will be moving into their dorm rooms throughout the weekend.
Tired yet? Well, there is still plenty more to come throughout next week — including, of course, the first day of classes on Wednesday.
For more details on the schedule and events for Wolfpack Welcome Week, check out the website.
(Photo courtesy of Brian Webb)
Players’ Retreat has been a familiar watering hole in Raleigh for NC State alumni for years. Many, many years.
The venerable bar is turning 60 years old this year, according to a recent account in The News & Observer. Chances are you’ve heard of the bar, located close to campus near the corner of Oberlin Road and Hillsborough Street, or been one of its patrons through the years.
Players’ Retreat (affectionately known as the “PR”) was on the verge of closing when alumnus Richard “Gus” Gusler ‘72, ‘80 MPA bought it in 2005. He has made a few menu changes since then but stayed true to the bar’s character.
Read more on the bar’s history and 60th year celebration in the N&O story. And share with us your favorite story from the PR.
(Photo courtesy of Zipcar)
Students, faculty and staff at NC State have another way to get around campus (or just about anywhere else they want to go): The Zipcar.
Zipcar is the world’s largest car-sharing network, and NC State is one of more than 225 colleges and universities partnering with the program.
You can join Zipcar for $35 a year, with membership entitling you to rent Prius hybrids and Scion XB crossovers for $8 an hour.
There are four Zipcars at NC State, located in the Dan Allen carriageway near the Cates/Dan Allen intersection and Bragaw Hall and on Dunn Avenue near the Coliseum parking deck.
If you sign up before March 1, you’ll receive free driving credits to use during your first month of service. The code for the promotion discount is backtoschool2011.
The Bulletin also reported this week on the Zipcar service and other ride-sharing options available on campus.