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Thursday, August 23rd:

10:00-1:00pm – Freshmen Move-In – Bringle Lake Village

Welcome home!  All new freshmen coming to campus for Hatch Camp will get first access to their rooms at Bringle Lake Village for the upcoming year.  You should receive information from the Office of Residence Life regarding your designated move-in time.

5:00pm-6:00pm – Freshmen Bringle Lake Village Resident Meeting – Eagle Hall

This is a required building meeting for new freshmen only living in Bringle Lake Village. Learn the ins and outs of living in the residence hall and meet the staff and your resident assistant.

6:00pm-7:30pm – Bringle Lake Village Freshman Mixer – BLV Courtyard

Come out and get to know the newest residents and RA’s at BLV.

Friday, August 24th:

10:00am-10:30am – Hatch Camp Check-in – University Center

At Hatch Camp check-in you will receive some awesome TAMUT swag items! It is asked that everyone comes to check in at this time so we can track attendance.

10:30am-10:45am – Hatch Camp Kickoff and Welcome! – Eagle Hall

Welcome to Hatch Camp! This is when we will kick off an eventful weekend full of activities, sessions, and Convocation. We will provide you with information about Hatch Camp and what all you have to look forward to all week!

10:45am-11:30am – SGA/Honor Code/Connect360/PLACE program/Common Reader – Eagle Hall

This is a session that will provide you with beneficial information needed to have a great college experience. Learn about our Student Government Association and the Honor Code they have created, Connect 360 and our new quality enhancement plan to get our student body connected, and Program for Learning and Community Engagement and the opportunities PLACE will provide, along with the common reader that covers the academic theme this year!

11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch – University Center

12:45pm-2:15pm – “Take Back College” with Ryan Penneau

This keynote presentation, which is required for all new freshmen features speaker Ryan Penneau will give you the secret to “Take Back College” and make the next few years some of the most meaningful and most rewarding of your life.  We will also discuss what you “blocks” to leadership are and bust through them!  Energy is everything!



2:30pm-3:30pm – First Year Experience Mixer – Eagle Hall

This is an interactive session designed to acquaint you with IS 1100 expectations, policies, and procedures. Get to know your First Year Experience Coach and other members of Team Success! Take control of your first year of college!

3:30pm-4:30pm- Academic Advising-Start with Success —Various Locations

            In this session, you’ll spend time getting to know your Academic Advisor and some important tips            for starting the semester out right!

            CBET students meet in UC 210

            CASE students meets in UC 217

4:30pm-5:00pm- Career Development—What’s in it for me?

I know you’re thinking, “Wait!  I just started college, why are we already talking about careers?”  But, the truth is, snagging that dream job starts WAY before graduation.  Our excellent staff in the Career Development office will showcase the wide range of services and opportunities they offer along the way.


5:30pm-7:00pm – Sand Volleyball and Grill-n-Chill – Bringle Lake Park West

Come join us for a cookout with music, food, sand volleyball tournament, and more fun activities.  Beautiful Bringle Lake Park West is in walking distance from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

Saturday, August 25th:

9:30am-11:00am –Continental Breakfast available – University Center

We will have a continental breakfast available to students who are not assisting with move-in for returners at Bringle Lake Village.

10:30am-11:00am-Morning Energizer—University Center

Come out and get energized for the day with your O-Team leaders. Our orientation staff will be around to answer questions, socialize, and provide assistance.

11:00am-12:00pm – Library Information Session – Eagle Hall

This is a valuable and informative session on all of the services that the John F. Moss Library (UC 3rd Floor) has to offer. It will also teach you how to take advantage of all of the resources offered within the library, such as the electronic databases, interlibrary loan, and electronic resources.

 12:00pm-3:00pm – Field Day and Freshman Lunch – University Center Lawn

During this event we will serve lunch and host a variety of lawn games including cornhole (Baggos), washers, Spike ball, bubble soccer and other activities.

3:00pm-5:00pm – Freshman Assembly – Eagle Hall

During Freshmen Assembly, you will learn all about what it means to be an A&M-Texarkana Eagle. We will learn the Alma Mater and the history of the University, as well as hear from Deans and Faculty about classroom expectations, leadership opportunities, services offered, and more!

5:00pm-6:00pm – Dinner – University Center   

6:00pm-7:30pm – Playfair – UC Lawn

Playfair is the ULTIMATE Ice Breaker! You will be guided by veteran students through an UNBELIEVABLE experience.  PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It's entertainment! It's fun! It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships!

7:30pm-10:00pm – Humans vs. Zombies – University Center

You will have so much energy coming out of the Playfair, we could not think of a better way to celebrate other than with an outdoor activity in front of the University Center.  This will be a perfect way to let off some steam and enjoy the company of your new friends participating in this activity! Be sure to bring your Nerf* weapon if you have one! 

Sunday, August 26th:

2:00pm-3:00pm – Freshman Convocation – Eagle Hall

Convocation is an academic ceremony that traditionally allows newly-matriculated students to join the university community and begin their academic career among their colleagues and professors.  Becoming part of the university community is an exciting event in a student’s life, and the role of the Convocation is to solemnize and celebrate that moment.  While parents are allowed to attend the reception, only incoming freshmen and faculty may attend Convocation.  Attire for this event is business casual.

3:00pm-4:00pm – Convocation Reception- UC Lobby

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