Bobcat Day and More on April 19

MERCED - On Saturday, April 19, the University of California, Merced, will host Bobcat Day, an annual campus open house, in conjunction with the third annual Fairy Shrimp Festival and the "Third Ever UC Merced Family Art Show." Students, prospective students and the general public are invited to join in the day's activities beginning at 10 a.m.

Bobcat Day provides an opportunity for newly admitted students, prospective students and their families to visit the campus, listen to separate panel discussions for parents and students, interact with faculty, students and staff, and to learn about UC Merced's various student organizations and activities. Students will have access to representatives from Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Housing, Health Services, Student Life and Recreation. This year's open house will feature general campus tours and in-depth tours of the following areas: campus housing, Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library and the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center.

For more information about Bobcat Day, visit the Admissions Web site at, or contact Alex Delgadillo at (209) 228-4625 or (866) 270-7301 (toll-free in California).

The third annual Fairy Shrimp Festival is a family-friendly event hosted by the Office of Student Life. This year's program theme, "Change Your Habits, Change Your Future" will showcase how small changes can make a big difference. A variety of artists and environmental and informational booths will be featured from noon to 5 p.m. The festival is free and open to everyone. A live band, the Super Lucky Catz, will entertain attendees from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside of the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center on Scholars Lane.

For more information about the Fairy Shrimp Festival, contact Jim Greenwood at (209) 228-2582 or You can also learn more by visiting the Office of Student Life site at

In addition, the "Third Ever UC Merced Family Art Show" opens April 15 and runs through May 9. UC Merced students, staff, faculty and relatives of campus employees have submitted a variety of painting, drawing, sculpture, other visual arts and everyone's favorite — children's art! The exhibition will be shown in the east wing of the Kolligian Library. Everyone is welcome to view the art during the open house events on April 19 or anytime the Kolligian Library is open. For more information, contact

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