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Welcome Week 2019

Augie A of students

Welcome Week 2019 will run from Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

Important activities for both students and parents/guardians are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30; families say goodbye in the afternoon. Students have three days to become acquainted with campus before classes begin on Tuesday.

A range of group-building events help students become acquainted, and there is plenty of fun mixed in, including a performance by a professional hypnotist and a cruise on the Mississippi River on the Celebration Belle. 

First-year and transfer students will meet one-on-one with their advisors, and first-year students also will meet with their FYI 101 or FYH 101 instructors to discuss the Augie Reads book, “Between the World and Me.”

Events denoted with an asterisk * are required.

Friday, Aug. 30

7 a.m.-noon: Residence hall check-in at the assigned residence hall.

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: The Augustana Bookstore is open in the Brunner Theatre Center, lower level. Textbooks, apparel and supplies are available.

9 a.m.-noon: Welcome Week check-in at the Gerber Center, Gävle rooms 1 and 2.* All students new to the college should pick up their Welcome Week folders, which outline important program information.

10 a.m.-noon Open houses for students and family members who have not toured campus. The following buildings will be open: Augustana Teaching Museum of Art in Centennial Hall, Thomas Tredway Library, Gerber Center, Hanson Hall of Science, Brunner Theatre Center, Carlsson-Evald Hall, Old Main, and Fryxell Geology Museum in the Swenson Hall of Geosciences. See the campus map in your folder for locations or use the online map.

11-11:45 a.m.: Augie 1Gen Welcome, Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building. Augustana welcomes students entering Augustana who are the first, or among the first, in their families to attend college. This session will highlight new programming to enhance college success.

11-11:45 a.m.: Transfer student welcome, Olin Center auditorium, lower level. This is the official beginning of transfer students’ experiences as Augustana Vikings, designed specifically for those transferring from other institutions. The four-day program will provide opportunities to connect with other incoming students and returning students, and learn about opportunities and resources at Augustana.

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Complimentary lunch at the Gerber Center Dining Room

1-1:45 p.m.: Opening convocation, Carver Center.* Students and families will join President Steve Bahls as he addresses the incoming students for the first time and welcomes them to the college.

1:45-2 p.m.: "The Short Goodbye," Carver Center. Students say farewell to their families and meet their peer groups.

2-3:15 p.m.: Welcome Week kick-off (students only), Carver Center.* Students meet their first-year or transfer mentors and get acquainted with their peer groups.

2:15-3 p.m.: Parent advising meetings (various classrooms).* Parents meet with their student's faculty advisor. See back of student's name tag for the classroom location.

3:15-4 p.m. Parent reception, Gerber Center, Brew by the Slough and patio. Join President Steve Bahls and Jane Easter Bahls for informal conversation and refreshments. Parent and family participation in Welcome Week concludes after the parent reception.

3:30-3:45 p.m.: Your First A at Augie photo.* New students will gather on the football field to take their first photo together in the shape of the Augustana A.

4-5 p.m.: You Matter at Augustana, Centennial Hall.* A group of Augustana students, staff and faculty will share personal stories about how they came to call Augustana “home.” Facilitated by Dr. Monica Smith, Augustana’s vice president and director of diversity, equity and inclusion, this program will focus on our second Community Principle – Openness and Respect.

5-6:30 p.m.: Dinner with peer group, Gerber Center Dining Room.

5-6:30 p.m.: Transfer Student Dinner, Gerber Center, Brew by the Slough and Patio. The Alumni Board of Directors and alumni from the Quad-Cities area who transferred to Augie host this special reception for students transferring to Augustana.

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Residence hall student meetings.* Students return to their residence halls for meetings with Residential Life staff. Please be at your residence hall lounge or designated area by 7 p.m.

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Commuter students will continue orientation in a meeting with college deans, Gerber Center, Gävle Room 3.*

7:45-8:45 p.m.: "Getting the Most Out of College," Centennial Hall.* This program features Michael Miller, a nationally recognized speaker on college success. The program will focus on Augustana's first Community Principle: Purpose. It will highlight ways new students can get started on the right foot by taking action early.

8:45 p.m.: "Welcome to College Extravaganza," Centennial Hall.* Re-join your peer group outside Centennial Hall. Public Safety officers share practical advice about social life in college, followed by the Student Life Programming Board's annual performance, featuring hypnotist Dale K. This is a "must-see" event!

10 p.m.: Office of Student Life After Hours, Gerber Center, Brew by the Slough and patio. Enjoy a live performance by The Violin Twins, a violin-playing duo and Augustana graduates, and fill up on some late-night pizza and ice cream.

Saturday, Aug. 31

7:30-9 a.m.: Breakfast, Gerber Center Dining Room.

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Academic open houses. Students may attend information sessions for special interests. Look for peer mentors =directing students to these events, or ask your own peer mentor in advance about event locations.

Music department open house: Students interested in learning about music lessons or music ensembles may come to Larson Hall in Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (west side of Centennial Hall) for a short information session followed by the opportunity to set up auditions and lesson times, and talk with music faculty.

Theatre department open house: Students interested in theatre are invited to the Brunner Theatre Center to meet faculty and learn about opportunities for participation onstage and behind the scenes.

9:45-11:45 a.m.: Student Activities Fair, lower Quad (rain location PepsiCo Rec Center).* Meet your peer group at the location designated by your first-year or transfer mentor no later than 9:30 a.m. Your mentor will accompany your group to the Student Activities Fair where you can learn about the nearly 200 student groups and organizations on campus.

Noon-1 p.m.: Box lunch with first-year/transfer advisors (check with your first-year/transfer mentor for picnic location).* Pick up a box lunch at the Gerber Center. Each peer group will join its faculty advisor for a get-acquainted lunch and an introduction to the advising process. Individual appointments with your faculty advisor will be scheduled at this time.

1-4:45 p.m.: One-on-one advising meetings with your first-year/transfer advisor.* Check with peer mentor for location.

1-4:45 p.m.: Afternoon activities. Before and after your advising appointments, take part in activities on the Golden Rocks Patio adjacent to Brew by the Slough. Athletes and international student have additional activities during this time. Plan to be at your individual advising appointment a few minutes before your scheduled meeting time.

1-4:45 p.m.: Athlete-faculty mentor meet-and-meet, Gerber Center, Gävle rooms. First-year athletes meet their team faculty mentor.

1-4:45 p.m.: Post ISO Reunion, Olin Auditorium. International students reconnectand reflect on the first couple days of Welcome Week.

Also feel free to use this time to finish unpacking, organize your room or rest. The Augustana Bookstore is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

5-7:30 p.m.: Dinner with peer group, Gerber Center Dining Room.*

Join your first-year or transfer mentor for the evening meal. Take a brief break after dinner to dress comfortably for the evening riverboat cruise.

8:30 p.m.: First-year students board buses for a Celebration Belle riverboat cruise, and transfer students board buses to go to the Quad City Family Entertainment Center. Buses will be at Centennial Hall.*

9-11:30 p.m.: Celebration Belle Riverboat cruise for first-year students, Centennial Hall.* Join your new classmates for music, dancing, comedy and complimentary refreshments on the Mississippi River. Mission Improvable, one of the most successful touring improvisation troupes, will be on board to entertain you. Buses transport students to the 800-passenger Celebration Belle riverboat in Moline starting at 8:30 p.m. Buses return to campus at 11:45 p.m.

9-11:30 p.m.: Transfer students join Augustana juniors and seniors for an evening of music, bowling and complimentary refreshments at the Quad City Family Entertainment Center VIP Bowling Suite.* Bus transportation from Centennial Hall.

Sunday, Sept. 1

8-10 a.m.: Breakfast, Gerber Center Dining Room.

9:30 a.m.: Chapel Singers' rehearsal, Founders Hall, Ascension Chapel. Anyone who loves to sing is encouraged to come to this rehearsal of the Chapel Singers, which will perform just once, at the 10:30 a.m. service.

10:30 a.m.: Ecumenical Worship Service, Ascension Chapel. This lively service is thoroughly ecumenical and open to everyone. Included are special music, Holy Communion and a sermon by Chaplain Richard Priggie '74.

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Lunch, Gerber Center Dining Room.

1:30-5:15 p.m.: Information sessions.*

1:30-1:45 p.m.: Groups 1-25 meet outside Centennial Hall. Groups 26-50 meet outside the Denkmann Memorial Building.

1:45-2:45 p.m.: Groups 1-25 will meet in Centennial Hall to hear "Speak About It" and Community Principle 3: Care. Groups 26-50 will meet in the Gerber Center, Gävle Rooms, to hear "Academic Integrity and Augustana Survey," and Community Principle 4: Responsibility.

3-4 p.m.:  Groups 1-25 will have a small-group discussion of "Speak About It." and Community Principle 3: Care. Groups 26-50 will meet Centennial Hall to hear "Speak About It" and Community Principle 3: Care. Also, there will be a small-group discussion.

4:15-5:15 p.m.: Academic Integrity and Augustana "Speak About It" discussion survey, with Community Principle 4: Responsibility. Gerber Center, Gävle Rooms.

5:30-7:30 p.m.: Dinner and peer group networking, Gerber Center Dining Room.

8 p.m.: Concert in the Quad with food and fun. Cameron Bedell will open with a range of cover music, followed by Christian French.

Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 2-3

8-10 a.m.: Breakfast, Gerber Center Dining Room

9-10 a.m.: Residential Life 101, Centennial Hall.* Required for students living on campus.

10 a.m.-noon: Augie Life 101, various locations.* Choose informational sessions that will help you find your place as an Augustana student! See the schedule in your folder for session names, descriptions and locations.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch, Gerber Center Dining Room.

1-1:45 p.m.: Augie Reads Panel, Centennial Hall.* A panel of Augustana faculty from a diverse set of academic disciplines will open the conversation about "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This session will highlight the last Community Principle: Accountability.

2-3 p.m.: Augie Reads discussion groups. Move to classrooms to discuss "Between the World and Me" with your fall term FYI101 or FYH101 instructor and classmates. This will be your first college class and an opportunity to get a taste of academic life before classes officially start on Tuesday.

3-3:45 p.m: Campus tour for locating classrooms. Meet with your peer group at the location designated by your first-year or transfer mentor.*

4-4:45 p.m.: "Our Campus: Our Community Principles," Centennial Hall.* This session will serve as the culmination of the Welcome Week program. Join Provost Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow and Vice President and Dean of Students Dr. Wes Brooks as they highlight the importance of our student-written Community Principles. In what has become a tradition, students will receive an Augustana pin as a symbol of joining the Augustana community.

5 p.m.: Catholic Mass, Founders Hall, Ascension Chapel.

5-7 p.m.: Black Student Union Back-to-School BBQ, Black Culture House, 9th Ave. and 34th St. BSU invites all first-year students to their annual back-to-school BBQ. Everyone is welcome to enjoy free food, music and games. Stop by the BSU table at the Student Activities Fair to enter a raffle to win a T-shirt at the BBQ!

5:30-7 p.m.: Dinner, Gerber Center Dining Room.

5:30-7 p.m.: Theatre pizza mixer, Brunner Theatre Center. If you are interested in being involved in theatre productions, either onstage or behind the scenes, you are invited to this informational meeting and pizza party.

Tuesday, Sept. 3

7 a.m.:  Classes begin.

9 p.m.: The annual Capture the Flag game, organized by the Student Life Programming Board, has half of the participants playing for Team Blue and the other half playing for Team Gold. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new friends while competing for great prizes. Free T-shirts, food and beverages! Lower Quad near the Tredway Library.