Welcome Back Events

Each year, as students return for classes and new students arrive on campus, the Office of Student Life and Engagement hosts a schedule of activities to help welcome both new and returning students to the Rush University community. This calendar of events typically takes place in early September as the new academic year begins. In addition, the Office of Student Life and Engagement will host additional activities throughout the months of September and October to help introduce students to a variety of programming offerings and leadership opportunities they can get involved in.

For questions about any past or future Welcome Back Events, please contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement


Winter Welcome Back 2018

Wednesday, January 3

Welcome Back Bingo and Lunch

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

AAC 994 (New location!)

All students are invited to join us for lunch and a few rousing games of bingo to kick off the spring term. Lunch will be provided to the first 250 students (ID required), and will include a variety of pasta options along with garden salad and breadsticks.  Fabulous prizes can be won at bingo including AMC movie tickets, free 3-month memberships to the Rush Fitness Center and more!  No pre-registration required; students must present a student ID to gain entrance.

Friday, January 5

Coffee and Donuts

7:30 to 9 a.m.

Student Lounge (AAC 992)

RU hungry?  RU not a morning person?  It’s finally Friday!  Jump start your day with some grab-and-go coffee and donuts.  They will be accompanied by a fun give-away item to get your semester off to a good start.  No pre-registration required; students must present a student ID to participate.

Monday, January 8

Current Issues in Healthcare - Health and Aging in the LGBTQ Community

Noon to 1 p.m. 

AAC 540

Join Rush social worker Matthew Vail as he presents on health and aging in the LGBTQ community.  Did you know that recent estimates suggest that there are at tleast 1.5 million LGBTQ older adults in the U.S.?  The current healthcare workforce is under-equipped to provide competent, affirming care that addresses the unique psychosocial challenges of this population.  Participants will learn about the unique clinical considerations for serving older LGBTQ adults and the roles that healthcare workers and institutions can play in supporting this vulnerable group.

Co-sponsored by RushPRIDE and Student Life & Engagement


Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets

Game time: 7 p.m. 

Location: United Center

Cheer on your hometown Chicago Bulls as they take on the Houston Rockets on Monday, January 8.  We have 60 tickets in the 300 level seats available to students only for $5 each (limit 2 per student.)  Stop by the Student Life & Engagement office in the student lounge (AAC 992) beginning Tuesday, January 2 to pick up your tickets.  Cash or check only, please; students must show their student IDs to purchase tickets.  All tickets are first come, first served - we will not “hold” tickets.

Wednesday, January 10

Pinot’s Palette Paint Night

5-7:30 p.m.

AAC 994

Purchase Tickets HERE for $10

Channel your inner Vincent Van Gogh and join us for a fun evening of painting with the experts at Pinot’s Palette.  We will be painting “Winter Wishes”, a cute winter scene featuring a snowman and an evergreen.  A little paint, some new friends and a whole lot of fun—this paint night will be an upbeat, creative class for both the artistic and not so artistic. Come learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends and classmates, and leave with a self-made masterpiece.  Space is limited, so please register soon!

This event consists of group painting lessons accompanied by appetizers and and mocktails; all supplies will be provided. Pre-registration required. Tickets are available to Rush University students only for $10 per person; capacity is 60 students so sign up quickly! Registration is LIVE— see link above.

Thursday, January 18

Student Involvement Panel

Noon to 1 p.m.

Location: TBA

Join us as current student leaders share their experiences with leadership and involvement at Rush.  They’ll provide their perspectives on balancing academics with involvement opportunities, the benefits they received along the way and share some other words of wisdom.  Questions from the audience are welcome!  Whether you are new to Rush this term or wanted to experience an academic term before getting involved, this session is for you!

Lunch will be provided to the first 65 students with a student ID; no pre-registration is required. 



For additional information on any of the events listed above, please feel free to reach out to the Student Life & Engagement office at student_life@rush.edu or by calling (312) 942-6302.