Every fall semester, there are multiple annual events to welcome students to campus. Most of them are combined into one large celebration called Rawkin’ Welcome Week. After that, individual offices publicize their events separately. The HRL-sponsored programs and events occur each year and involve many members of the UNCG community. Brief descriptions are available, so you can decide what looks interesting.

Papel Picado Digital Flyer

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th-October 15th

Housing and Residence Life will have Papel Picado in the hallways in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Papel Picado is a decorative art form involving the creation of intricate designs on tissue paper. The term “Papel Picado” translates to “perforated paper” in Spanish, which accurately describes the technique used in its creation. This traditional Mexican craft involves cutting delicate patterns and shapes into sheets of tissue paper using chisels, scissors, or other cutting tools.

Papel Picado is primarily used to adorn various settings, such as streets, buildings, altars, and more, especially during festivals and celebrations. It is a prominent element of Mexican culture and is often associated with festivities like Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), Independence Day (Dia de la Independencia), and other important cultural events.

The origins of Papel Picado can be traced back to pre-Hispanic times when the Aztecs used tree bark to create decorative elements for use in temples and rituals. Over time, this art form evolved, and tissue paper became the material of choice due to its affordability and ease of use. While traditional Papel Picado is made from tissue paper, for durability purposes, it can also be crafted from materials like plastic, Mylar, or coated paper.

Papel Picado has not only remained a cherished tradition in Mexico but has also spread to other Latin American countries and various parts of the United States with Mexican communities, contributing to its recognition as a vibrant and colorful symbol of Mexican and Latin American culture.

Weil-Winfield Decorated Bedroom

Best Dressed Room Contest

Accepting entries from July 15 – September 10 at 11:59 p.m.

This year marks the 15th year that the Office of Housing and Residence Life will sponsor the Best Dressed Room Contest, a competitive tradition at UNCG. All students living on campus can participate in this room-decorating event. All you have to do is deck out your room, grab your camera, phone, or tablet and take pictures of your room. Choose your favorite three shots, and upload them (along with the entry form) for the first round of judging.

August 21 5:30-7:30pm

House Calls

House Calls is sponsored by Housing and Residence Life on Monday, August 21, 5:30 p.m-7:30 p.m., and provides an opportunity for first year students to interact with UNCG faculty, administrators, and staff on a personal level. Faculty and staff volunteers visit new first-year students in their rooms to personally welcome you to UNCG.

They provide valuable information about UNCG programs and services and help to ease the transition of first-year students to the University experience.

Staff & Faculty: Want to volunteer?

The Swap

Monday, August 21, 7:00 p.m-8:00 p.m. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting out, this event promises to be a fantastic opportunity to expand your sticker collection and make new connections.


Check our RHA Instagram account (@uncgrha) for more programs. If you have any questions regarding these events, you may contact the Residence Hall Association (RHA) at rha@uncg.edu.

August 19 1:00-5:00 pm


Saturday 19th August, 2023

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Location: The Quad Lawn

Come on out and join fellow Spartans as they engage in traditional carnival games! Come enjoy a funnel cake and popcorn, and enjoy some carnival rides all at the same time! It’s the perfect way to decompress after the first week of classes!

Residential College Events

Carnival of Horrors flier

Ashby College Haunted House

Open to all UNCG students and the Greensboro community. Join hundreds of Spartans for the scare of a lifetime! Ashby College Haunted House will take place on TBD in Mary Foust Hall. $5 Admission or $3 with canned food donation.

All proceeds benefit The ARC of Greensboro and the Spartan Open Pantry.

Upcoming Events

Contact Us

Housing and Residence Life
Ragsdale/Mendenhall Residence Hall
201 Gray Drive, Greensboro, NC 27412
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
VOICE: 336.334.5636
FAX: 336.334.5680
EMAIL: hrl@uncg.edu

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