The University of Alabama at Birmingham will welcome its incoming students with two weeks of cookouts, expos, movie-screenings, service projects, concerts and more. Themed “Ignite Your Inner Blazer Flame: UAB Welcome Fall 2011,” the celebration will kick off Saturday, Aug. 13 with Move-in Day Break and free refreshments for students moving on campus from 8 a.m. to noon, and end on Thursday, Sept. 1, with the UAB Office of Student Life Open House in the Hill University Center, 1400 University Blvd. There will be free food and T-shirt giveaways from 2 to 4 p.m. that day.
The following events are open to the public:
Thursday, Aug. 18 – Lecture and performance by World DMC Champion DJ Shiftee. A 6 p.m. lecture will take place at the Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. At 7:30 p.m., there will be a performance at the Visual Arts Gallery, 900 13th St. South. Free.
Saturday, Aug. 20 – An Evening with Ben Folds. 8 p.m. Alys Stephens Center Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $40, $20 for students. There will be a free pre-party at 6:30 p.m. with live music from Reverend Johnson and The Modern Sun. There will be food for sale from Yellow Bicycle, the mobile version of The Fish Market. Call 205-975-2787 or visit AlysStephens.uab.edu.
Thursday, Aug. 25 – “MOOZ-lum” movie screening and Q&A with director Qasim “Q” Basir. Starring Danny Glover, the film tells the story of an African-American Muslim family in the aftermath of 9/11. Hill University Center Alumni Auditorium, 1400 University Blvd at 6 p.m. Free.