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Fall Connection Schedule, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

7:30- 9 a.m.: Breakfast, Center for Student Life Dining Room

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Academic open houses. Students attend information sessions for listed 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 should come to Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (on west side of Centennial Hall) to set up auditions, lesson times, and talk with music faculty. Students interested in singing in a choir should be at Larson Hall (in Bergendoff) at 8:30 a.m. for an important information session.

Theatre Department Open House: Meet faculty and learn about opportunities for participation onstage and behind the scenes during the 2013-2014 season. Students interested in being involved in theatre should report to the Theatre Arts table outside Room 110, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (on west side of Centennial Hall).

Community Engagement Center Open House: Students are invited to visit the CEC in Sorensen Hall. They will be able to tour the facility and explore everything from International Programs to Internships, the Career Center to Augie Choice. The Community Engagement Center will be a focal point for anything you want to do in the community or across the globe. Doors will be open from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Foreign Language Retests: Students who need to retake a foreign language placement exam will be contacted by email. Be sure to check your campus email account for the time and location of any necessary retesting.

9:45-11:45 a.m.: Student Activities Fair. Meet with your peer group at location designated by your peer mentor (required). Plan to meet no later than 9:45 a.m. Your peer mentor will accompany your group to the Student Activities Fair at PepsiCo Recreation Center, and later to the Faculty-Hosted Picnic.

Noon-1 p.m.: Faculty-Hosted Picnic. Check with your peer mentor for location (required). Students become acquainted with their first-year advisor. Individual appointments with your advisor will be scheduled at this time.

1-4:45 p.m.: Advising group meetings, locations determined by first-year advisor (required). Meet with your advisor for an introduction to the advising process, followed by one-on-one advising meetings.

1:30-4:45 p.m.: Afternoon activities/free time, Center for Student Life Center Patio & Brew by the Slough. Continue connecting with your peers before and after your individual advising appointments with activities, music, and games. Refreshments and prizes are included. Keep a watch or cell phone handy so you can track the time. Plan to be at your individual advising appointment a few minutes before your scheduled meeting time.

Also feel free to use this time to finish unpacking, organize your room, or rest. The Bookstore in the College Center is open from 8 a.m.–to 4:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday.

5-7 p.m.: Dinner with your advising group, Center for Student Life Dining Room (required). Join your peer mentor for the evening meal. Take a brief break after dinner to dress comfortably for the evening riverboat cruise.

7:15-8:15 p.m.: Preacher Moss End of Racism Tour, Centennial Hall (required).

8:30 p.m.: Board buses at Centennial Hall for the Celebration Belle Riverboat

9-11 p.m.: Celebration Belle Riverboat Cruise (required). Join your new classmates for music, dancing, comedy and complimentary refreshments on the Mississippi River. Comedian Eric O'Shea will be on board. Buses transport students to the 800-passenger Celebration Belle riverboat in Moline starting at 8:30 p.m. Buses return to campus at 11 p.m.