Students will begin streaming onto campus Thursday morning, when move-in day officially opens at 9 a.m. and marks the start of Welcome Week.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 25, but several days prior, the campus will be teaming with activity with a variety of activities involving nearly all staff and faculty.

President John Haeger and other administrators will be chefs for a day during a free picnic for staff, faculty and students as part of Welcome Week ’08.

The picnic is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the grassy area in front of the Performing Arts building next to Cline Library. Stop by for a free hamburger or hot dog (or both) with all the trimmings. If the weather is bad, head over to Fieldhouse.

When you’ve finished, look nearby for the Alumni Association’s ice cream giveaway.

Welcome Week is a great way for students to get acquainted with all that NAU has to offer. Open houses, concerts, discussions, meetings and plenty more fill the calendar from Aug. 21 through Aug. 31.

In addition to the campus-wide picnic, some of the events include the women’s soccer team taking on ASU at 7 p.m. Friday in Lumberjack Stadium; Reel Big Fish performing at 7 p.m. Saturday on the field adjacent to the Wall Aquatic Center; and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday will be the 21st annual Multicultural Student Reception in the du Bois Center Ballroom. Students, faculty and staff are invited.

A complete list of Welcome Week activities is available online.