Pace’s Best (Welcome) Week Ever

VH1’s Best Week Ever may have been cancelled, but Pace’s is just a few days from premiering. Get ready for not one, not two, but almost three great weeks of everything from tropical island cookouts to dance competitions to scavenger hunts on the NYC Campus.

Over the next week, while students are getting ready to move in and gearing up for classes, NYC’s Student Development and Campus Activities (SDACA) is bringing you these events to help you get settled and stuffed:

September 3

You’re mid-move in and realized you forgot a lamp…or some cool wall art? Don’t freak out. If you’re in need of some cool dorm decorations, furniture, or even some Swedish meatballs, join SDACA as they hop on the ferry for a trip over to the Scandinavian ready-to-assemble furniture giant IKEA in Brooklyn. Rather go a few blocks from campus to neighboring TriBeCa? SDACA will make like Buzz Lightyear and head to Bed, Bath, and Beyond!

September 4

Enjoy a little field trip to meet some beat boxing extra terrestrials. Experience for yourself the international, intergalactic musical explosion from the Voca People of the planet Voca, located somewhere behind the sun. Live on stage they combine acapella and beat box to create a musical experience that’s truly out of this world and a comic close encounter of the absolutely hilarious kind.

Less into singing aliens and more into eating and exploring? Take SDACA’s Chelsea Tour. Grab a Fat Witch brownie, wash it down with some Jacques Torres Wicked Hot Chocolate, and browse the more than 30 other markets, bakeries, and shops located in Chelsea Market, home to the Food Network. While you’re there, head right over to the High Line, NYC’s one-mile park built on a former elevated freight railroad spur which has spots to sunbathe and people watch, food vendors, public art installations, one-of-a-kind horticulture and architecture, and more!

September 5

Pace offices may be closed on Labor Day, but that doesn’t mean SDACA is off! Three events will have you feeling like you’re sailing, dancing, and enjoying some tropical island food as if you were on the beach with your families. Plus, pirates.

Relive Captain Jack Sparrow’s adventures on the high seas with a Pirates of the Caribbean movie marathon, including the latest installment of the blockbuster film series; then, take a step outside to the courtyard and grab a plate of island fare at the Tropical Island Cookout; and cap off the night watching your summer orientation dance teams bust a move in a dance competition for bragging rights and cash prizes.

September 6

You may still be waiting for classes to start, but your academic experience begins at Convocation on the PLV Campus, featuring festivities and a keynote address from Chris Cleave, best-selling author of this year’s Common Reading, Little Bee. You can read more about what’s in store at the event (maybe some inflatable velcro walls?) here. Remember, transportation will be provided for all NYC students (and the event is mandatory for first-year students), so all you have to do is get on a bus and enjoy some snacks as we head north to PLV.

Once the bus gets you back to the NYC Campus, Hot 97’s DJ Spynfo will be waiting with an open mic night, so if you’re a poet who knows it, a rapper who can give Jay-Z a run for his money, looking to set fire to the rain like Adele, or you just don’t embarrass easily, head on down to the Student Union and bring your A-minor game.

September 7

Y24, E319…where the heck are your classes? Need help? Stop by the Welcome Center (one Pace Plaza main entrance lobby) any time during the day for a Class Schedule Tour, where your orientation leaders, peer leaders, and ASPIRE volunteers will be on-hand to guide you in the right direction in the event you may need assistance.

But just because the learning is starting doesn’t mean the fun and food are over. The Dean for Students has some fresh fruit to get you going in the morning, SGA is bringing you the Cupcake Stop at noon, and the Honors College is treating its students to a welcome picnic, and if you were lucky enough to score some of those $10 tickets to watch the Yankees take on the Orioles, you’ll be heading to the Bronx. If not, you won’t have to head all the way to Coney Island for the Coney Island Boardwalk Bash, where you can meet students from different classes; reunite with your friends from your Orientation session; enjoy live music from the Benjamins, and games and prizes (from iPads to TVs to Mountain Bikes). There will also be a Dunk Tank and Coney Island-style treats such as cotton candy, salt water taffy, and snow cones.

September 8

Get your shopping on in one of the shopping capitals of the world SoHo as you venture on a SoHo/Canal Street Walking Tour. And make sure to stop by the Welcome Center to get info on all the events and star sightings going around the city for Fashion’s Night Out!

To register  for any or all of these events, click here.

Next week, we’ll give you the scoop on what’s going on September 9 through 16, so stay tuned!