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Welcome Week Aug. 26-29, 2021

Welcome Week is designed to support first-year and transfer students in their transition into the Augustana community. You will enjoy activities, events and programs that introduce the Augustana Community Principles.

We encourage your full participation in Welcome Week. The sessions, workshops and programs help you learn about the resources and services that support your success, find connections and community with other new students, and participate in spirited and proud Augustana traditions.

Thursday, Aug. 26

7 a.m.-noon Residence hall check-in (assigned residence hall)

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

9 a.m.-noon Welcome Week check-in (Gerber Center, Gävle rooms 1 and 2) Required. All students new to the college should pick up their Welcome Week folder, which outlines important program information.

10 a.m.-noon Open houses. The following buildings will be open: Thomas Tredway Library, Gerber Center, Hanson Hall of Science, Brunner Theatre Center, Carlsson Evald Hall, Old Main, and the Fryxell Geology Museum (Swenson Hall of Geosciences). See the campus map in your folder for locations.

11-11:30 a.m. Transfer Student Welcome (Olin Auditorium, lower level, Olin Center). This session is designed specifically for those transferring from other institutions. The four-day journey will provide opportunities to connect with other incoming students and returning students, and learn about opportunities and resources at Augie.

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Complimentary lunch (Gerber Center Dining Room). Students and families are invited to dine as guests of the college.

1-1:45 p.m. Opening Convocation (Lindberg Stadium) Required. Students and families will join President Steve Bahls as he addresses the incoming students and welcomes them to the college.

1:45 p.m. The Short Goodbye (Lindberg Stadium). Students say farewell to their parents and families.

2 p.m. Parent advising meetings – parents only (various classrooms). Required. Parents meet with their student’s faculty advisor. See back of student’s name tag for correct classroom location.

2 p.m. Your First “A” at Augie photo (Lindberg Stadium). Required. New students will gather together on the football field to take their first photo together in the shape of the Augustana A.

2:15-3:30 p.m. Welcome Week Kick-off (students only) in the Carver Center. Required. Students meet their first-year or transfer mentors and get acquainted with their Peer Groups.

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

4-5 p.m. You Matter at Augustana (Centennial Hall). Required. Augustana students, staff and faculty will share stories about how they came to call Augustana home. This session is facilitated by Dr. Monica Smith, vice president and director of diversity, equity and inclusion, this program will focus on our Community Principle: Openness and Respect.

5-6:30 p.m. Dinner with Peer Group (Gerber Center, Dining Room). Required

6:30-7:30 p.m. Residence hall student meetings (assigned residence hall). Required. Students return to their residence halls for meetings with Residential Life staff.

6:30-7:30 p.m. Commuter students (Gerber Center, Gävle Room 3). Required. Commuter students continue orientation and meet with Augustana juniors and seniors.

8 p.m. Welcome to College Extravaganza (Centennial Hall). Required. 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.

10 p.m. Office of Student Life After Hours (Gerber Center, Brew by the Slough and patio). Enjoy a late-night bonfire, pizza and ice cream.

Friday, Aug. 27

8-9 a.m. Breakfast (Gerber Center Dining Room)

8-9:30 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.

8:30-9:30 a.m. Music Department Open House – Students interested in learning about music lessons or music ensembles may come to Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts for a short information session followed by the opportunity to set up auditions and lesson times, and talk with music faculty.

8:30-9:30 a.m. 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 during the 2021-22 season.

10-11:15 a.m. Getting the Most Out of College (Centennial Hall). Required. Re-join your Peer Group outside Centennial Hall. This program features Michael Miller, a nationally recognized speaker on college success. The program will focus on our first Community Principle: Purpose, and highlight important ways new students can get started on the right foot by taking action early.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Box lunch with first-year/transfer advisors (check with your first-year/transfer mentor for picnic location). Required. Pick up a box lunch at 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.

12:45-5 p.m. One-on-one advising meetings (check with Peer Mentor for location). Required. Meet with your first-year/transfer advisor at your scheduled time.

1-4:30 p.m. Student Activities Fair (lower Quad; rain location PepsiCo Rec Center)) Required. Your mentor will accompany your group to the the Student Activities Fair where you can learn about the nearly 200 student groups and organizations on campus.

2-3 p.m. Post ISO Reunion and PACE Reunion (Gerber Center, Brew by the Slough). Students participating in PACE and International Student Orientation will have an opportunity to stop in and reconnect with their PACE and Global Ambassadors. Also feel free to use this time to finish unpacking, organize your room or rest. The Augustana Bookstore (Brunner Theatre Center, lower level) is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

6-8 p.m. A Mighty Viking Welcome! (Viking Plaza). Hosted by the Augustana College Alumni Association Board of Directors. Students are invited to an evening reception and dinner, hosted by the Augustana College Alumni Association. You will be welcomed by alumni with a gift from the Augustana College Alumni Association and learn about traditions to look forward to throughout your time at Augie. 

8:30 p.m. Bus for evening activities (Gerber Center circle). Required. 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.

9:30-11:30 p.m. Celebration Belle Riverboat Cruise for first-year students (bus transportation at Gerber Center circle). Required. 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 onboard 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.

9:30-11:30 p.m. Quad City Family Entertainment Center for transfer students (bus transportation at Gerber Center circle. Required. 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.

Saturday, Aug. 28

8-9 a.m.  Breakfast (Gerber Center Dining Room)

9-10 a.m. Residential Life 101 (Centennial Hall). Required for students living on campus. Augustana's Residential Life staff will present on how its programs contribute to and can enrich your college experience.

10 a.m.-noon Augie Life 101 (Gerber Center, various locations). Required. Choose informational sessions that will help you find your place as an Augustana student. See the schedule in your folder for sessions names, descriptions and locations.

11 a,m.-1 p.m. Lunch (Gerber Center, Dining Room)

1:30-3:15 p.m. Speak About It (see First-Year/Transfer Mentor for location)

3:30-4:30 p.m. Academic Integrity/First-Year Survey (Centennial Hall)

5-7 p.m. Dinner with Peer Group (Gerber Center Dining Room). Required.

8 p.m. Office of Student Life Concert in the Quad. Kick off the night with our co-headliner, Kid Quill! Quill’s albums, “The Name Above The Title” and “94.3 the Reel” have charted Top 10 on iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Charts and Billboard Heatseaker. Following Quill, Christian French will take the stage! French has worked with songwriters who have worked with Charlie Puth, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. French is looking forward to reconnecting with fans with his newest release, “Avalanche.”

Sunday, Aug. 29

9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Brunch (Gerber Center Dining Room)

Noon Ecumenical Worship Service (Ascension Chapel). This lively service is open to everyone. Included are special music, Holy Communion and a sermon by College Chaplain Melinda Pupillo.

1:30-2:30 p.m. Campus tour: Locating classrooms and important resources. Required. Meet with your Peer Group at location designated by your first-year or transfer mentor.

3-3:45 p.m. Our Campus: Our Community Principles (Centennial Hall). Required. 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)

5:30-7 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, onstage or behind the scenes, you are invited to this informational meeting and pizza party. This is a time for new theatre students to meet returning theatre students and faculty and to learn more about upcoming production opportunities.