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Welcome Week 2020

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

New students should plan to be available to participate Aug. 27-30. Events have been planned with Augustana, state and federal guidelines in mind, as part of our COVID-19 response.

New and transfer students will all be assigned a peer group of 15 or fewer students. Each group will have an assigned classroom and outdoor space for programming purposes. 

Some programs will be delivered virtually with an experiential component in a small-group setting. Physical distancing and face masks will be required for all Welcome Week programs and activities.

Social programming will change from large events to multiple mini-events. On Aug. 27-28, the Office of Student Life will offer 10 programs, limiting capacity to 50 students per program. 

Thursday and Friday evening social programming will include bingo, trivia, Yoga Under the Lights and an outdoor movie.

Performers will include Evan Struck, performing artist and speed painter; hypnotist Dale K; Angie Keilhauer, performing artist and singer-songwriter; Michael Palascak, performing artist and comedian; and David Anthony, performing artist and illusionist/magician.

Most activities will take place in the lower Quad near the library.

Welcome Week sessions, workshops and programs help new students learn about the resources and services that support their success, find connections and community with other new students, and participate in spirited and proud Augustana traditions.

We encourage full participation in Welcome Week. Developing an understanding of services; making connections with peers, faculty and staff; and discovering new interests will
prepare  students for years of success.