Otter Days 2017

Otter Days is a series of events starting on Friday, August 18th through Tuesday, August 22 for new students. More welcome events will continue through September 1! Otter Days participation is required for all incoming first year students and recommended for incoming transfer students. Not only is it fun, but you'll learn a lot about the school, make new friends, attend awesome events, and participate in workshops that will help you have a successful start to the school year. For questions or accommodations, please contact StudentActivities@csumb.edu.

Are you a transfer Student interested in Otter Days? Please go to the Transfer Student Otter Days page to sign up!

All events are free with your Otter ID card unless otherwise noted, please bring your Otter ID to all events!

Highlighted Otter Days Events

Friday, August 18

Otter Days Check-In

Friday, August 18, 2017
8:00am — 5:00pm
Student Center

All new students come pick-up your Otter Days name badge, Otter ID card and learn more about the upcoming Otter Days events! We will be the first table at the housing check-in.

Parent & Family Reception

Friday, August 18, 2017
2:30pm — 3:30pm
Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library

Come join CSUMB administrators, staff, and faculty at this reception designed just for you! This is the last big event for supporters before departing from campus after move-in and is a great place to grab a snack or drink and interact with campus!

Otter Days Kick Off

Friday, August 18, 2017
6:00pm — 7:00pm
Main Quad

Bring your name badge and head to the main quad to find your Otter Days group and meet your group leader! This high energy kick-off will be a great way to get your Otter Days experience started.

Ice Cream Social

Friday, August 18, 2017
7:00pm — 9:00pm
University Center

Take a break from unpacking and enjoy some FREE ice cream. This is an opportunity to meet new people, hang out with old friends, and have some fun before the school year begins!

You Otter Get Your Gear Event

Friday, August 18, 2017
7:00pm — 9:30pm
University Center

Bookstore

Visit the bookstore for a 20% off coupon to help you stock up on your CSUMB spirit gear! Alumni Relations will also be giving an awesome color-changing cup to the first 500 new students that visit their table!

Harlan Cohen

Friday, August 18, 2017
8:30pm — 10:30pm
University Center

A New York Times bestselling author, nationally syndicated advice columnist, and a speaker who has visited over 400 college campuses. Cohen has helped millions go to college, find love, and follow their passions. Come meet and hear from Harlan!

Late Nite @ Student Center

Friday, August 18, 2017
9:30pm — 12:30am
Student Center

DJ and dance floor, air brush artists, game room, snacks and more in the Student Center - come hang out with the Union Programming Board!

Saturday, August 19

Farewell Family Breakfast

Saturday, August 19, 2017
9:00am — 11:00am
Dining Commons

$8.25 per person

The Dining Commons will be providing a special breakfast menu for students and their supporters to say farewell before hitting the road.

Campus Info Fair

Saturday, August 19, 2017
11:00am — 2:00pm
Main Quad

Join us for the campus departments and community partner resource fair. There will be a DJ, activities and tons of information.

College Mixers

Saturday, August 19, 2017
2:00pm — 4:00pm

Follow your Otter Days Leader to take the opportunity to come meet your college Dean, faculty and network with students from your academic college. There will be light refreshments provided.

Culture Shock Festival

Saturday, August 19, 2017
5:30pm — 7:30pm
University Center

Join the Otter Cross Cultural Center and CSUMB's Cultural and Gender organizations for a celebration of culture. Free food will be provided.

SAILESH the Hypnotist

Saturday, August 19, 2017
8:30pm — 10:00pm
University Center

SAILESH’s show takes audience members on a fantastical journey using hypnosis, improv, music and interactivity to create a whole lot of laughter and fun. With over 10 million combined hits on YouTube alone, you know the live show is worth the watch!

Target Shopping Trip

Saturday, August 19, 2017
10:00pm — 12:00am
Student Center

Take a shuttle bus to Target that will be open exclusively for CSUMB students to shop specials. This private event will have a DJ and opportunity drawings.

Sunday, August 20

Class Finding Tours

Sunday, August 20, 2017
10:00am — 11:30am

Bring a copy of your class schedule and follow your Otter Days Leader through the academic buildings to find where your classes are located.

RecFest

Sunday, August 20, 2017
1:00pm — 5:00pm
Student Recreation Field

Come join the CSUMB Recreation family in celebrating our second annual #CSUMBRecFest highlighting health, wellness and recreation opportunities for students on and off campus.

Mandatory Floor and Court Meetings

Sunday, August 20, 2017
7:00pm — 9:30pm

Your Floor or Court

All students living on campus are required to attend their individual floor and court meetings. Contact your Residential Advisor (RA) for exact location and time.

Commuter Meet-Up

Sunday, August 20, 2017
5:30pm — 7:30pm
Student Center

All commuter students are encouraged to attend this meet-up to mingle with other commuter students and receive information about transportation, parking, and rideshare. New to parking on campus? We recommend parking in lot 12!

Outdoor Movie Night

Sunday, August 20, 2017
9:00pm — 11:30pm
Main Quad

Come see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Free popcorn for students with a CSUMB Otter ID card.

Monday, August 21

Otter Insights

Monday, August 21, 2017
10:30am — 5:00pm

Follow your Otter Days leader through a series of workshops designed to make you a successful student. Workshops include: Dive Deep into Service, Leadership and Involvement, Common Read Discussion, Building Common Ground, and Mission Possible.

Housing Area Events

Monday, August 21, 2017
6:00pm — 9:00pm

Follow your Residential Advisor (RA) to your area's event which will feature fun, food and freebies!

NCAA Volleyball Blue & Gold Scrimmage Game

Monday, August 21, 2017
7:00pm — 8:30pm
Otter Sports Center

Show your Otter spirit at the first Otter Athletics volleyball game of the 2017 season. This is an intrasquad scrimmage for the varsity team, and it a great chance for all CSUMB fans to watch a home event and support their Otters!

CSUMB Bingo by your Associated Students (AS)

Monday, August 21, 2017
8:00pm — 12:00am
University Center

Come on out for a few rounds of good old fashioned BINGO sponsored by your Associated Students (AS). The event will be featuring some amazing prizes, snacks, and a great time! Doors open at 7:30pm, so come early to claim your spot.

Tuesday, August 22

Otter Insights

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
10:00am — 2:30pm

Follow your Otter Days leader through a series of workshops designed to make you a successful student. Workshops include: Dive Deep into Service, Leadership and Involvement, Common Read Discussion, Building Common Ground, and Mission Possible.

New Student Convocation

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
2:30pm — 4:30pm
Freeman field

This event is for all new students, your formal welcome to the CSUMB family! Come be a part of the Class Photo, receive a free t-shirt and convocation pin, and hear the Provost welcome you to campus. We're excited you're here!

Welcome BBQ

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
4:00pm — 7:00pm
Main Quad

Come out to the Welcome BBQ! Following a brief program where the Provost and other administrators will speak, there be lots of free food, games, activities and a DJ!

Dodgeball Tournament

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
7:00pm — 9:00pm
Otter Sports Center

Tournament open to all students, staff and faculty. Come by yourself or with a group, teams will be formed at the start.

Comedy Sportz

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
7:00pm — 9:00pm
Black Box Cabaret

The Multicultural Greek Council welcomes you back to school with laughter. It's not a comedy show about sports, it's a comedy show played like a sport! If you like "Whose Line Is It Anyway", you will love this improv comedy show.

Welcome programming continues...

Wednesday, August 23

First Day of Class

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
8:00am — 10:00pm

Check your class schedule

Enjoy the first day of class!

African American Welcome Reception

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
4:00pm — 6:00pm
University Center

Ballroom

Black Students United (BSU) would like to provide a welcome to students to learn about historically Black student organizations, socialize with Black staff and faculty, and enjoy free refreshments.

Residential Housing Association & Area Council Open House

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
7:00pm — 9:00pm
Dunes Hall

Join the Residential Housing Association (RHA) and Area Council in their office to learn how you can get involved with RHA and Area Council! There will be snacks, music, games and more!

Thursday, August 24

Root Beer Float Giveaway

Thursday, August 24, 2017
1:00pm — 3:00pm
Otter Express

Meet your Otter Student Union (OSU) representatives and get a free root beer float! Free floats served to the first 400 students who stop by the booth.

Transfer Student Welcome

Thursday, August 24, 2017
7:00pm — 10:00pm
Saratoga Community Center

Tranfer students new and returning come out to meet each other and enjoy some free BBQ.

Friday, August 25

Bike Ride

Friday, August 25, 2017
12:00pm — 3:00pm
Student Center

Recreation Desk

Free mountain bike ride on the Fort Ord Trails located in our back yard! We gear the ride to your level. You will receive a free bike rental and helmet. Eat a good breakfast, bring some water and a small snack for the ride!

Challenge Course Open House

Friday, August 25, 2017
2:00pm — 6:00pm
Challenge Course

Come check out the CSUMB Challenge Course and experience the thrill of the ropes course. Meet us at the Student Recreation front desk, located in the Student Center (bldg. 12), and walk over with an Outdoor Leader or meet us there!

Outdoor Movie Night: The Big Sick

Friday, August 25, 2017
9:00pm — 11:30pm
Main Quad

The Union Programming Board presents The Big Sick - an outdoor movie! Come out and enjoy the movie and free popcorn for students with a CSUMB Otter ID card.

Saturday, August 26

East Campus Student Welcome

Saturday, August 26, 2017
1:00pm — 5:00pm
Saratoga Community Center

Come get to know your neighbors and eat some BBQ!

Residential Housing Association Open Mic Night

Saturday, August 26, 2017
7:00pm — 9:30pm
Student Center

The Residential Housing Association (RHA) invites you to showcase your skills or support your talented fellow Otters at our first Open Mic Night of the year!

Monday, August 28

Meet the Greeks

Monday, January 29, 2018
7:00pm — 9:00pm
Student Center

West Lounge

FREE

Learn about the 15 fraternities and sororities of the Multicultural Greek Council and what it means to be Greek at CSUMB! For accommodations, please contact Olivia Warren at greeklife@csumb.edu.

Tuesday, August 29

Commuter Student Brown-Bag Lunch

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
12:00pm — 1:00pm
Student Center

Starbucks

Come network with your fellow commuter students. Bring your lunch and an open mind and come ready to meet a few new folks!

Wednesday, August 30

Otter Showcase

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
11:00am — 2:30pm
Main Quad

Interested in joining a student organization? Come to the Main Quad on Wednesday, August 30 to hear all about what opportunities there are in CSUMB's 100+ organizations!

Thursday, August 31

Student Activities & Leadership Development Open House

Thursday, August 31, 2017
3:00pm — 7:00pm
Student Center

Meet Student Activities & Leadership Development to learn about student leadership opportunities, upcoming programs and how to get involved in your new community!

Otter Cross Cultural Center Open House

Thursday, August 31, 2017
3:00pm — 7:00pm
Student Center

How to Start a New Club

Thursday, August 31, 2017
4:00pm — 5:00pm
Student Center

Interested in starting a new club? Come learn the requirements and perks to getting your club officially recognized.

Greek Yard Show

Thursday, August 31, 2017
8:00pm — 9:30pm
Divarty Quad

Enjoy an exciting show of strolling, stepping, chanting, and Greek pride! Contact Olivia Warren at greeklife@csumb.edu for accommodations.

Friday, September 1