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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Welcomes Incoming and Returning Students with Pizza Party, Midnight Barbecue, and Tiger Walk

August 23rd, 2015

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

By Amanda Narverud

WHAT: University of Missouri officials will welcome new and returning students with several Fall Welcome events, including ‘Paint the M,’ a campus-wide pizza party and the traditional Tiger Walk. The activities will begin Wednesday, Aug. 19.

WHO: New, transfer and returning MU students


Wednesday, Aug. 19
Midnight BBQ
10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
MU Student Center

Thursday, Aug. 20
Campus Picnic and Spirit Rally
5 – 6:30 p.m.
MizzouRec Complex

Friday, Aug. 21
Paint the M
9 – 11 a.m.
Faurot Field
New students will paint the “M” on the north side of Faurot Field, taking part in a Mizzou tradition that dates back to 1927.

Wellness Resource Fair
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Stotler Lounge, Memorial Student Union
Dozens of campus organizations will show students the best of college life at Mizzou and the wellness resources available on campus. Visit for more information.

Saturday, Aug. 22
Step Forward Day
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tiger Plaza
During Step Forward Day, students will have opportunities to volunteer at local service agencies and participate in service projects throughout the Columbia community. Participants will receive a free T-shirt and complimentary breakfast.

Sunday, Aug. 23
All-Campus Pizza Party
4 – 6 p.m.
Shakespeare’s Pizza, 220 S. Eighth Street
Students can stop by Shakespeare’s Pizza, a traditional Columbia favorite, and enjoy free food, beverages, music and more.

Tiger Walk
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Francis Quadrangle
Incoming students will walk through the Columns toward Jesse Hall to symbolically mark their entrance into Mizzou.

Marching Mizzou Concert on the Quad
7 p.m.
Francis Quadrangle
After Tiger Walk, members of Marching Mizzou will perform select pieces from their repertoire. The public is invited to attend.

NOTE: For information on Fall Welcome activities, please visit: