Best. Weeks. Ever.

Get ready for not one, not two, not three, but almost four great weeks of everything from tropical island cookouts to dance competitions to Fashion’s Night Out on the NYC Campus. Even McKayla Maroney is impressed. >>Read More

In August, first-year students should have received an email from SDACA asking you to register for Welcome Week. If you haven’t already registered, get to it! Registration is $16 and includes free access to many of the more than 60 events being held on the NYC Campus. All events that have additional cost will be listed. For more info, visit the Welcome Week blog.

Monday, September 3
Pace offices may be closed on Labor Day, but that doesn’t mean SDACA is taking any time off! Enjoy the holiday with a plate of island fare and new friends at the Tropical Island Cookout from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union. Later that evening, the best of the best dancers from your Orientation sessions go head-to-head for cash prizes and bragging rights at the 2nd Annual Dance Competition hosted by the OLs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union.

Tuesday, September 4
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 on justice from Harvard professor and bestselling author, Michael Sandel. You can read more about what’s in store at the event 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, it’s all about the Batman, Spiderman, Superman, and more at the Super Hero Movie Marathon from 7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the Student Union.

Wednesday, September 5
Y24, E319, Lecture Hall North. Dude, where are my classes? We know how hard it to navigate the building, so stop by the Pace Info Desk at the main entrance to One Pace Plaza any time from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to guide you in the right direction. From 12:20 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Dean for Students Marijo Russell O’Grady, PhD, hosts a Student Veterans reception in the Student Union Meeting Room A to honor those who have served our country. That night, head to the Student Union from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to sing, dance, juggle, or show your fellow Setter one of your many talents at the Talent Showcase.

Thursday, September 6
Stop by the Student Union from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. as Dean O’Grady welcomes incoming LGBTQA students! Come enjoy fun, food, and games and meet LGBTQA and Social Justice Center staff and student leaders. Your Spidey-senses will start to tingle that night at the high-flying adventure that is Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Tickets are $50. Also that night, if Spiderman isn’t your style, are sample sales and fashion shows? If so, join SDCA on a little field trip for Fashion’s Night Out, featuring editors, stars, models, fashionistas, and designers flooding stores for fashion’s most iconic extravaganza.

Friday, September 7
The fun continues at the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center as they host a special welcome at the Center at noon in 41 Park Row Room 903. Learn about upcoming events, volunteer and internship opportunities, and other dynamic program, as you mingle, eat, and play games. Contact for more information. Later that afternoon, let’s talk about the trip to the Museum of Sex, where you’ll be presented with the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality for $18. (What, you were expecting a more controversial description?) At 6:25 p.m., let SDACA take you to the ball game (peanuts and crackerjacks on you), as they head to Queens to see the Mets in action at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves for $15. Don’t forget to bring your Metrocard!

Saturday, September 8
Mid-move in and realize those bedsheets don’t fit…or you forgot a lamp? Don’t stress. 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 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, September 10
It’s time for some salsa with the Senators. Meet your class and school representatives and learn more about who will be representing you for the 2012-2013 school year over some salsa at 12:20 p.m. in the Student Union. Sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Tuesday, September 11
Pace commemorated the 11th anniversary of September 11 with a 9/11 Vigil. Please join us to remember and honor those we lost on September 11, 2001 and show your support for our downtown community at a 9:00 p.m. vigil sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

Welcome Week continues next week with a chalk festival and fall activities fair, Six Flags and speedboats, flapjacks and football, and much more. Stay tuned.