Raptor Welcome

Welcome Students! We are excited to have you join us here at the University of Minnesota Rochester! We will be hosting a variety of events from September 5-11.


MN State FairSaturday, September 5

Minnesota State Fair Trip -- Leave 318 Commons: Noon; Leave State Fair: 7:00 p.m.

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is one of the Nation's Largest State Fairs! It attracts 1.8 Million guests annually!
$11 to attend which covers admission ticket and coach bus ride - CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!


Sunday, September 6

UMR Sporting Around -- 2:00-4:00 p.m. -- Soldiers Field

Grab your friends and head to Soldiers Field for friendly games including sand volleyball, soccer, and frisbee!


CarnivalMonday, September 7

Welcome Back Carnival -- 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. -- Soldiers Field

Inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bungee run, and jousting!
Carnival games with prizes!


Tuesday, September 8

Chancellor's Welcome on the Plaza -- 2:15 p.m. -- Peace Plaza

Chancellor Lehmkuhle will Welcome Back all students through a series of guests and performances!
Welcome back gift will be given to the first 250 students!
Newts burgers, chips and soda


Create A CritterWednesday, September 9

Build-a-Critter -- 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. -- USquare 3rd Floor Lounge

Create a critter is a fun and jolly activity! Pick from a selection of critters, stuff it with foam, put in a special heart or message. Then pick out a shirt, and fill out the creation certificate to take your critter home.

BINGO & Ice Cream Social -- 7:00-9:00 p.m. -- USquare 417

Welcome Back BINGO will include awesome Prizes! The grand prize will be a Fitbit!
Ice cream with toppings will be served!


Brandon ChaseThursday, September 10

Musician Brandon Chase -- 7:00 p.m. -- Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall

You know him from Season 5 "The Voice" -- the country music artist Brandon Chase is nothing shy of a miracle. Only a few days old, Brandon quit breathing 64 times in 12 hours and was told by doctors he could be deaf, blind, mentally-impaired, or possibly all three. Not only did the Arlington, TX native not suffer any complications from his childhood, he instead went on to graduate high school at the age of 15. He then completed his masters certificate in songwriting from Berklee College of Music at the age of 17. Brandon taught himself how to play the piano and guitar and has been writing his own original music since the age of 14.


Bryan MorrisFriday, September 11

Comedian: Bryan Morris -- 7:00 p.m. -- USquare 417

The Wisconsin-native now based in New York City, comedian Bryan Morris delights audiences (presumably you) by expertly balancing sharp observational humor with energetic absurdism. His quick wit, clever material, boyish charm, and manish jawline make him a loveable, relatable crowd favorite. He also loves wearing hoodies!


The Orientation and Welcome Leaders (OWLs), Rochester Student Association (RSA), and Student Activities Board (SAB) have been working diligently all summer to make these events possible. When you see them please say thank you for all their hard work!

Please contact stuserv@r.umn.edu or (507) 258-8457 if you have any questions.