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Welcome Week 2018

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Welcome Week Aug. 16-19 is a four-day introduction to Augustana for new students. You will meet classmates, peer mentors and advisors, sign up for classes, learn about student activities and community values, and take a cruise on the Mississippi River.

Thursday, August 16

7 a.m.-noon: Residence Hall Check-in, at assigned residence halls.

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

9 a.m.-noon: Welcome Week Check-in, The Gerber Center, Gävle 1 and 2. All students new to the college should pick up their Welcome Week folders. 

10 a.m.-noon: Open houses at the Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art in Centennial Hall, Thomas Tredway Library, The Gerber Center, Hanson Hall of Science, Brunner Theatre Center, Carlsson Evald Hall, Old Main and the Fryxell Geology Museum in the Swenson Hall of Geosciences.

11-11:45 a.m.: Augie 1Gen Welcome, Wallenberg Hall in the Denkmann Memorial Building, is for students entering Augustana for 2018-2019 who are the first, or among the first, in their families to attend college. This session will highlight programming designed to enhance college success.

11-11:45 a.m.: Transfer Student Welcome, Olin Auditorium on the lower level of the Olin Center, is for students transferring from other institutions. This session will inform students of opportunities to connect with classmates and the resources available to them at Augustana.

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Complimentary lunch, The Gerber Center dining room. Students and their families are invited to dine as guests of the college.

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

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

2-3:15 p.m.: Welcome Week Kick-off, Carver Center. Students meet their first-year or transfer mentor and get acquainted with their peer group.

2:15-3 p.m.: Parent Advising Meetings, various classrooms. Parents meet with their student's faculty advisor.

3:15-4 p.m.: Parent Reception, The Gerber Center, Brew by the Slough and patio. Parents are invited to join President Steve Bahls and his wife, Jane Easter Bahls, for informal conversation and refreshments.

Parent and family participation in Welcome Week concludes after parent reception. We hope to see parents and families back on campus for Family Weekend, Sept. 22-23!

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

4-5:15 p.m.: Getting the Most Out of College, Centennial Hall. This program will feature Jason LaVasseur, a nationally recognized speaker on college success. The program will focus on important ways new students can get started by taking action early.

5:30-6:45 p.m.: Dinner with Peer Group, The Gerber Center dining room. 

7-8 p.m.: Residence Hall Student Meetings, assigned residence halls. Students return to their residence hall for meetings with Residential Life staff.

7-8 p.m.: Commuter students, The Gerber Center, Gävle 3. Commuter students will continue orientation with a meeting with college deans.

8:15 p.m.: Welcome to College Extravaganza, Centennial Hall. Students will rejoin their peer group outside of Centennial Hall. Afterwards, Augustana Public Safety officers will 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.OSL After Hours, The Gerber Center patio and Brew by the Slough. Students are invited to continue networking with their peers with a live performance by The Violin Twins, a violin-playing duo and Augustana alumni. Pizza and ice cream will be provided.

Friday, August 17

7:30-9 a.m: Breakfast, The Gerber Center dining room.

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Academic Open Houses. Students are invited to attend information sessions if they have a special interest in music or theatre. Students should look for peer mentors directing students to these events or ask their 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 for a short information session followed by the chance to set up auditions and lesson times, and talk with music faculty.

Theatre department open house: Students interested in being involved in theatre may meet theatre department faculty at the Brunner Theatre Center and learn about opportunities for participation onstage and behind the scenes during the 2019-2019 season.

9:45-11:45 a.m.: Student Activities Fair, lower campus Quad—rain location (PepsiCo Rec Center). Plan to meet your peer group at the location designated by your first-year or transfer mentor no later than 9:30 a.m. Peer mentors will accompany their groups to the Student Activities Fair in the lower Quad where students will have the chance to connect with nearly 200 student groups and organizations on campus.

Noon-1 p.m.: Box Lunch with First-year Advisor, picnic location designated by mentor. Students will pick up a box lunch at The Gerber Center and join their faculty advisor for picnic lunch to get acquainted. Individual appointments with your faculty advisor will be scheduled at this time.

1-4:45 p.m.: Advising Group Meetings, location determined by faculty advisor. Students will meet with their faculty 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, The Gerber Center patio. Before and after individual advising appointments, students are invited to participate in games and activities on The Gerber Center patio. Refreshments will be provided, and prizes awarded! This time also is free for students to finish unpacking, organize their room or rest. (The Augustana Bookstore located in the Brunner Theatre Center, lower level, is open from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. today; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Aug. 18, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Aug. 19.

2-4 p.m.: On-campus Job Fair, The Gerber Center, Gävle. Students interested in an on-campus job should check out the job fair.

2-3 p.m.: Athlete-Faculty Mentor Meet-and Greet. First-year athletes will meet with their team faculty mentor. Athletes should consult their coach for designated location.

5-6:45 p.m.: Dinner with Peer Group, The Gerber Center dining room. Students will join their first-year or transfer mentor for dinner. Students are then recommended to take a brief break after dinner to dress comfortably for the evening riverboat cruise.

7-8:30 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."

8:30 p.m.: Load buses for evening activities. First-year students board buses to the Celebration Belle riverboat and transfer students board buses to the Quad City Family Entertainment Center.

9-11:30 p.m.: Celebration Belle Riverboat Cruise. First-year students will join their classmates for music, dancing, comedy and complimentary refreshments on a Mississippi River cruise. Mission Improvable, a touring improvisation troupe, will be on-board for the night's entertainment. Buses will transport students back to campus at 11:45 p.m.

9-11:30 p.m.: Quad City Family Entertainment. Transfer students join Augustana juniors and seniors for an evening of music, bowling and complimentary refreshments at the Quad City Family Entertainment VIP bowling suite.

Saturday, August 18

8-10 a.m.: Breakfast, The Gerber Center dining room.

9 a.m.-noon: Augie Life 101, various meeting rooms. Students will pick from a variety of informational sessions. 

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Lunch, The Gerber Center dining room

1:30 p.m.: Meet with your group in the location below:

  Groups 1-25 Groups 26-50
1:30-1:45 p.m. Meet your group outside of Centennial Hall Meet your group outside of Denkmann
1:45-2:45 p.m. Speak About It [Centennial Hall] Academic Integrity and Augustana Survey [Gävle]
3-4 p.m. Speak About It small group discussion Speak About It [Centennial Hall]
4:15-5:15 p.m. Academic Integrity and Augustana Survey [Gävle] Speak About It small group discussion

5:30-7:30 p.m.Dinner and Peer Group Networking Event, The Gerber Center dining room. Students will have dinner with their Peer Group while getting a chance to meet the members of another Peer Group.

8 p.m.: OSL Concert in the Quad. Students are invited to join their classmates for food and live music in the lower quad. Augustana's own alternative rock band, Saving Artax, will open the concert to set the stage for Win and Woo, a pop-inspired duo from Chicago, Ill. 

Sunday, August 19

8-10 a.m.: Breakfast, The Gerber Center dining room.

9:30 a.m.: Chapel Singers Rehearsal, Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall. Students are encouraged to come to the rehearsal of the Chapel Singers for an opportunity to sing with them once at the following service.

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

11-12:30 p.m.: Lunch, The Gerber Center dining room.

1-1:45 p.m.: Augie Reads Panel, Centennial Hall. A panel of Augustana faculty from a diverse set of a academic disciplines will open the conversation about "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates in Centennial Hall. This will be an opportunity for students to explore the book's key ideas and issues.

2-3 p.m.: Augie Reads Discussion Groups, assigned meeting room. Students will meet in assigned classrooms to discuss "Between the World and Me" with their fall term FYI 101 or Honors professor and classmates. This will serve as the first sample of academic life before classes officially begin on Monday.

3-3:45 p.m.: Campus tour: Locating Classrooms and Important Resources. Students will meet with their Peer Group at a designated location by their mentor for a campus tour.

4-4:45 p.m.: Our Campus: Our Community Principles, Centennial Hall. This session will serve as the culmination of the Welcome Week program. We will highlight the importance of our student-written community principles. In what has become a tradition, students will receive an Augustana pin designed for the Class of 2022 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, corner of 9th avenue and 34th street. Members of the Black Student Union (BSU) invite 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, The Gerber Center dining room. 

5:30-7 p.m.: Theatre Pizza Mixer, Brunner Theatre Center. Any student interested in being involved in theatre productions at Augustana, either onstage or backstage, is invited to this informational meeting and pizza party. This is a great opportunity for new theatre students to meet returning theatre students and faculty and to learn more about upcoming production opportunities.

More activities for Week 1, August 20-25

Monday, August 20

7 a.m.: Classes begin

9 p.m.: SLPB Late Night: Capture the Flag (lower Quad–near the Tredway Library) The annual Capture the Flag game, organized by the Student Life Programming Board (SLPB), 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!

Tuesday, August 21

6 p.m.: SLPB Live on Campus: Angie Keilhauer (The Gerber Center, Brew and Golden Rocks) Born in El Salvador and raised in Georgia, Angie Keilhauer tours the world and is known for her success on NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice.” Keilhauer was recently named an “artist you need to know” in Rolling Stone magazine; she is our first SLPB Live on Campus event of the year.

Wednesday, August 22

9 p.m.: SLPB Movies: "Avengers: Infinity War" (lower Quad; rain location: Olin Auditorium) Grab your chairs and blankets and enjoy the action-packed plot of Iron Man, Thor and Hulk, battling their arch nemesis, Thanos. Food and a beverage will be available.

Thursday, August 23

7 p.m.: SLPB Comedy Club: Jourdain Fisher (The Gerber Center, Gävle) Jourdain Fisher is a New York-based comedian who started doing stand-up comedy when he was 17 years old. His smooth demeanor and quick wit are what drives his hilarious takes on everything from his family to social observations. Fisher is currently a writer and actor on BET’s sketch comedy show 50 Central.

Friday, August 24

9 p.m.: SLPB Games: Hawaiian-themed BINGO (The Gerber Center, Gävle) This is not your grandma and grandpa’s Bingo. SLPB’s Bingo is one of the most popular events at Augustana, and it promises to be even better this year. Don’t miss your chance to win $500 cash!

Saturday, August 25

Noon: MPB Special Events: Culture Fest (lower Quad) The MPB’s (Multicultural Programming Board’s) annual Culture Fest promises to be better than ever this year with Ballet Folklorico, the Metro Youth Group, an unlimited photo booth and food for all.

8 p.m.: SLPB Special Event: Second City Improv (Centennial Hall) The Second City Improv group, based out of Chicago, returns as one of Augustana students’ favorite acts. Don’t miss out on one of the most influential and prolific comedy acts to wrap up Week 1 at Augustana.