Lander University and Uptown Greenwood will join forces in welcoming new and returning students as they come to campus before the first day of classes Monday.

The university will shuttle students to and from Uptown, where several businesses will have student discounts. City of Greenwood staff and City Council members will be available to help with move-in and to welcome freshman to Greenwood.

“This is their home for the next four years and we want them to become engaged in our community and all Greenwood has to offer,” Uptown Greenwood’s Laura Hudson said. “We are planning other events and activities throughout the year to encourage students to visit Uptown and for our residents to visit Lander.”

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Parents will have an opportunity to mingle over refreshments at the Bearcat Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. today. This evening, students can sing karaoke during dinner at the dining hall and enjoy a screening of Jaws at a “dive-in” theater at the Sproles Recreation Center pool.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, students can get to know Lander faculty and staff at a picnic on the campus front lawn. Frisbees, cornhole and ice cream will be available. The mellow morning will be followed with a pep rally at 8 p.m. at the Finis Horne arena featuring cheer and dance teams, the pep band and athletes. Attendees who come dressed in Lander gear will have a chance to win prizes in a School Spirit Contest.

Friday morning, students will have a chance to learn about Title IX and other resources. From noon to 2 p.m., the Pound Cake Man food truck will be selling pound cake behind the front fountain lawn. From 2 to 9 p.m., the Lander Line bus will be shuttling students between the campus’s PEES Circle and Uptown Greenwood.

Students will have a chance to compete from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday for The “Doc” Decoration at the new Residence Hall Field, and sweat it out in the Chandler Physical Education Building with dance, pickup basketball and more from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday, a bus will take students to Camp Fellowship at Lake Greenwood for a day of canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, volleyball, oversized Connect Four and more. From 8 p.m. to midnight, buses will take students to Uptown where they can enjoy a free screening of “Avengers: Endgame” at the Uptown Market or trivia night at Howard’s.

Finally, on Sunday, students can get a free cup of shaved ice at Tropical Sno on Montague Avenue with a voucher, which they can pick up from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bearcat Lounge.

From 7-9 p.m. Aug. 23, the band Oferle will perform at PEES Circle. The concert is free.