Posted: 8/20/21

Fireworks to Cap Off TAMIU’s Welcome Week Activities for Fall ’21 Students



As part of Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) commitment to a full, on-campus experience this Fall 2021, incoming and returning students will have a chance to take part in a slew of activities, all culminating in an exciting fireworks display.

Organized through the Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement, TAMIU’s annual Welcome Week activities are scheduled Monday, Aug. 23 – Friday, Aug. 27. 

Enrolled students can RSVP to an event or to access virtual activities, visit Trailblazers at https://tamiu.campuslabs.com/engage/.

Welcome Week is an annual week-long program of activities aimed at helping students transition to University life. All events are free and open to currently enrolled students.

This year’s celebration is particularly special as it ends with an on-campus fireworks display. The “Dusty’s Lights Fireworks Extravaganza” happens Friday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. at the Academic Innovation Center parking lot.

TAMIU president Dr. Pablo Arenaz said the initiative is a bold way to welcome students back to campus. 

“It’s a great way to kick off the Fall 2021 semester and culminates our Welcome Week activities here.  With students back on campus as part of our full, vibrant Fall experience, they’ve navigated their way to classes, meeting their faculty and fellow students -- and will be getting to safely know our 300-acre campus. 

“We wanted to further heighten that exploration of our academic and co-curricular offerings with a new event that makes our welcome safe, shared and visible. My hope is that in seeing that welcome fill the sky, it will also fill students with the hope of a brighter future that we will share together,” he explained. 

While some events are happening virtually, most Welcome Week activities occur on campus in several locations including the Academic Innovation Center (AIC), the Student Center (STC) and the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center (ZSC).

Both indoor and outdoor Welcome Week activities will adhere to social distancing protocols. The use of face coverings is highly recommended when attending in-person events.

The schedule for TAMIU’s Welcome Week 2021 is as follows:

Monday, Aug. 23:

School Supply Packages handed out, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Breezeway; Donut Get Lost booth, 8 a.m. – noon, Breezeway; DIY Dream Catchers, noon – 2 p.m., STC 224; and Root Beer Floats with University faculty, 2 – 4 p.m., AIC Lobby.

Tuesday, Aug. 24

School Supply Packages handed out, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Breezeway; Getting Involved Fair, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., STC Lobby; Tie Dye T-Shirts, 3 – 5 p.m., STC Courtyard; and TAMIU Scavenger Hunt, 6 – 8 p.m., Virtual.

Wednesday, Aug. 25

iServe Fair, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., STC Lobby; Yoga and Meditation, 2 – 3 p.m., Virtual; and Welcome BBQ, 4 – 6 p.m., ZSC Green.

Thursday, Aug. 26

Take the Next Step Fair, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., STC Lobby; Caricature Lady, noon – 2 p.m., Virtual; Trivia Night, 4 – 6 p.m., AIC 126; and Movie Night, 8 – 10 p.m., AIC 126.

Friday, Aug. 27

Greek Showcase, noon – 2 p.m., ZSC Green; TGIF Loteria, 6 – 8 p.m., AIC 126; and Dusty’s Lights Fireworks Extravaganza, 9 p.m., AIC Parking Lot.

For additional information on event signups and  attendance instructions, visit Trailblazers at https://tamiu.campuslabs.com/engage/or contact the SOLE office at 956.326.2280, via email at sole@tamiu.edu or visit https://www.tamiu.edu/sole/

TAMIU’s Fall semester 2021 begins Monday, Aug. 23.  The TAMIU Fall plan is focused on a return to a full and vibrant on-campus experience for all students, faculty, and staff at its 300-acre northeast Laredo campus.  Late registration ends Friday, Aug. 27. For detailed registration information, visit go.tamiu.edu/registration21  

For more information, contact the Office of the University Registrar at 956.326.2250, email registrar@tamiu.edu or visit offices in the University Success Center, suite 121.