UWM’s PANTHERFEST announces first national headliner

B.o.B performs on Sept. 7

PANTHERFEST is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s biggest event, held this year on Friday, Sept. 7. The first 2012 featured national entertainer is B.o.B.

PANTHERFEST caps off Fall Welcome 2012, which kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 28. Fall Welcome 2012 features two weeks of events, activities and get-togethers for new and returning students. Information is available at fallwelcome.uwm.edu.

The PANTHERFEST pre-show begins on campus at 3 p.m. in the parking lot on Hartford Avenue between Chapman and Enderis halls. Then, PANTHERFEST moves to the Summerfest grounds. The headliner, B.o.B will take the stage in the Marcus Amphitheater. The second headliner will be announced soon; stay tuned.

Two great locations for PANTHERFEST

“For 2012, PANTHERFEST will take advantage of two great locations. On campus, there will be a range of fun activities for all ages, including Euro Bungee, carnival, joust, henna tattoos and a climbing wall,” says Rebecca Grassl, event coordinator for PANTHERFEST. “Then, festgoers move on to the Marcus Amphitheater for an exciting concert experience. As always, we encourage all PANTHERFEST fans to make good decisions related to their behavior before, during and after the event.”

UWM students will receive one free PANTHERFEST ticket. Tickets can be picked up in the UWM Union Concourse and at the “Ask Me Tents” across campus starting Monday, Aug. 27.

Faculty and staff can purchase up to two tickets, and UWM students can purchase one additional ticket, for $20 at the UWM Bookstore or $22 at the Marcus Amphitheater box office. UW System students can purchase one ticket for $28 at the Marcus Amphitheater box office. Box office tickets are available Sept. 4-7.

The Alumni Association has purchased 300 tickets, which will be distributed through a random drawing open to all alumni. To enter the drawing, fill out the alumni ticket form no later than 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 28.  Winners will be drawn and notified via email by noon on August 29. Winners will receive two complimentary tickets. Full information here: http://www4.uwm.edu/alumni/events/pantherfest.cfm   Good luck!

Tickets are general admission, but the first 3,500 UWM students to take a UWM shuttle to the grounds will receive priority seating in the Marcus Amphitheater.

Student-only promotions include drawings for several prize packages, with a total value of $8,319.70. The Grand Prize package includes a 2012-13 semester of undergraduate tuition, a $1,000 textbook certificate and a $200 Panther Card. Prize sponsors include the UW Credit Union, UWM Bookstore, UWM Union, UWM Tech Store, UWM Union Rec Center and UWM Alumni Association.

First Friday, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, kicks off at 4 p.m. on campus in the Regents Room of Chapman Hall, 2310 E. Hartford Ave. Faculty, staff, alumni and friends of UWM are invited. Traditional First Friday fare, including light appetizers and alcoholic beverages, will be available.

As an added bonus, PANTHERFEST attendees are admitted free to Indian Summer Festival on Friday only from 4 p.m.-midnight. Indian Summer Festival runs through Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). The Friday night fireworks display is presented by PANTHERFEST in collaboration with Indian Summer.

For more information about PANTHERFEST, visit pantherfest.uwm.edu. Follow UWM on Facebook.com/UWMilwaukee and twitter.com/uwm for updates about PANTHERFEST.