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Welcome Week Sept. 2-5, 2022

Welcome Week students

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.

Welcome Week folders should be picked up on Sept. 2 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Gerber Center, Gävle Rooms.

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.


Friday, Sept. 2

* Required event

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

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Bookstore open hours (Brunner Theatre Center, lower level)   

Textbooks, apparel and supplies are available in the Augustana Bookstore. The store will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (Closed Monday for Labor Day.)

9 a.m.-noon Welcome Week check-in (Gerber Center, Gävle 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: Tredway Library, Gerber Center, Hanson Hall of Science, Brunner Theatre Center, Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall, Lindberg Center, Old Main and the Fryxell Geology Museum (Swenson Hall of Geosciences). Check the campus map in your folder for locations.

11-11:30 a.m. Transfer Student Welcome (Olin Center Auditorium, lower level)

This is the official beginning of our transfer students’ experience 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 for students and families (Gerber Center dining hall)

1-1:30 p.m. Opening Convocation (Lower Quad) *

Students and their families will join President Andrea Talentino as she addresses the incoming students for the first time and welcomes them to the college.

1:30-1:45 p.m. The Short Goodbye (Lower Quad)

Students say farewell to their parents and families and begin to meet their peer groups.

2-3:25 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.

2-2:45 p.m. Parent advising meetings (parents only; various classrooms) *

Parents meet with their student’s faculty advisors. See back of student’s name tag for classroom location.

Parent and family participation in Welcome Week concludes after the parent advising meetings. We hope to see parents back on campus for Family Weekend Sept. 23-24

3:30-3:45 p.m. Your first “A” at Augie photo (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.

4-4:30 p.m. You Matter at Augustana (Centennial Hall) *

Dr. Monica Smith, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, will share an overview of diversity, equity and inclusion and how to find your place at Augustana.

4:30-5:45 p.m. Getting the Most Out of College (Centennial Hall) *

Rejoin 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.

6-7:30 p.m. Dinner with peer group (Gerber Center, dining hall) *

7:30-8:30 p.m. Residence hall student meetings (assigned residence hall floor) *

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

7:30-8:30 p.m. Commuter students (Gerber Center, Gävle 3) *

Commuter students will continue orientation with a 7:30 p.m. meeting with a panel of current Augustana commuter students.

9 p.m. Welcome to College Extravaganza (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.

Saturday, Sept. 3

* Required event

7:30-9 a.m. Breakfast (Gerber Center, dining hall)

8-10 a.m. Math assessment (Olin 307)

For students who need to take a proctored assessment for an official math placement. Check your email to see if this applies to you. See full instructions. Assessment begins promptly at 8 a.m. and requires two hours.

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 mentor in advance about event locations.

Music department open house: Students interested in learning about music lessons or music ensembles may come to Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts. You must enter from the Centennial Hall parking lot by the ticket office. Set up auditions and lesson times, and talk with music faculty. There will be a short meeting for all instrumentalists at 8:30 a.m. in the Ensemble Room (same entrance).

Theatre department open house: Students interested in theatre are invited to the Brunner Theatre Center to meet faculty and learn about opportunities for participation on stage and behind the scenes during the 2022-2023 season.

10–11:15 a.m. Diversity awareness program (Centennial Hall) *

Join Justin Brown, author of “Ugh, Not Another Diversity Book,” for an interactive, upbeat program focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.                                        

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) *

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.

12:45-5 p.m. One-on-one advising meetings (check with peer mentor for location) *

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) *

Meet your peer group at the location designated by your first-year or transfer mentor no later than 12:45 p.m. Your mentor will then accompany your group to the Student Activities Fair where you can learn about the nearly 200 student groups and organizations on campus.

1-4:30 p.m. On-Campus Job Fair (Olin, first floor)

Interested in an on-campus job? Check out the on-campus job fair.

3-4 p.m. Post International Student Orientation 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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

4-5 p.m. Choir auditions for tenor and bass voice parts (Bergendoff Hall, 104A)

5-7 p.m. Picnic with the President (between Olin, Denkmann, and Hanson Science Building) *

Join President Andrea Talentino and local alumni for a picnic dinner in the Quad hosted by the Augustana College Alumni Board of Directors.

7:30 p.m. Catholic Mass (Steve and Jane Bahls Leadership Center, Ascension Chapel)

8:30-10 p.m. Office of Student Life Concert in the Quad

Join us for food, fun, and live music in the lower Quad.

Sunday, Sept. 4

* Required event

7:30-9 a.m. Breakfast (Gerber Center, dining hall)

9-10 a.m. Residential Life 101 (Centennial Hall) Required for students living on campus.

TheResidential Life staff will present on how they contribute to and can enrich your college experience.

10 a.m.-noon Augie Life 101 (Gerber Center, 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.-1:30 p.m. Lunch (Gerber Center, dining hall)

1:30-3:15 p.m. Speak About It (Centennial Hall) *

2:45 p.m. Chapel Singers rehearsal (Steve and Jane Bahls Leadership Center, 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 3:30 p.m. service.

3:30 p.m. Ecumenical worship service (Ascension Chapel)

This lively service is ecumenical and open to everyone. Included are special music, Holy Communion and a sermon by Campus Chaplain Melinda Pupillo.

4-5 p.m. New dining employee orientation (Gerber Center, faculty dining area)

Looking for a job on campus that has a flexible schedule and can get you started right away? Contact Brian Stone in Dining. If you did not fill out tax forms at orientation, please bring your original passport, birth certificate, or Social Security card, along with a picture ID.

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner with peer group (Gerber Center, dining hall) *

8 p.m. Board buses for evening activities (Gerber Center) *

8:30-11 p.m. Celebration Belle riverboat cruise *

Join your new classmates for music, dancing, comedy and complimentary refreshments on the Mississippi River. Buses transport students to the 800-passenger Celebration Belle riverboat in Moline starting at 8 p.m. Buses return to campus at 10:45-11 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5

* Required event

8-10 a.m. Breakfast (Gerber Center, dining hall)

9-1:30 p.m. Choir auditions for all voice parts (Bergendoff Hall, 104A)

10-10:45 a.m. First-year/transfer student athletes meet-and-greet (Gävle rooms)

Students will chat with their coaches and faculty mentors to learn about resources available to athletes attending Augustana College.

12-1:30 p.m. Lunch (Gerber Center, dining hall)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Campus tour: Locating classrooms and important resources (meet with your peer group at the location designated by your first-year or transfer mentor) *

2:45-3:30 p.m. Academic Integrity/First Year Survey (Centennial Hall) *

3:45-4:30 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.

5-7 p.m. Dinner (Gerber Center, dining hall )

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. This is a time for new theatre students to meet returning theatre students and faculty and to learn more about upcoming production opportunities.

Sept. 6-11

Tuesday, Sept. 6

8:30 a.m. Classes begin

9 p.m. 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. There will be free T-shirts, food and beverages.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

7 p.m. Outdoor movie: "Elvis" (lower Quad near the Slough; rain location Gävle 3)

Come out and enjoy the film that follows the life of rock and roll icon singer and actor Elvis Presley. Grab your blankets and favorite snack to watch the movie. Sponsored by the Student Life Programming Board. Repeat showing at 7 p.m. Sept. 9-10 in Olin auditorium.

Thursday, Sept. 8

8 p.m. Live on Campus: Performing artist Angie K. (Gerber Center Brew and Patio)

The Student Life Programming Board’s Live on Campus Committee will host performing artist Angie K. Food and beverage will be served.

Friday, Sept. 9

9 p.m. Student Life Programming Board games (Gerber Center Gävle Rooms). 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!

7 p.m. SLPB movie: "Elvis" (Olin Auditorium)

6:30-8:30 p.m. Moon Festival (lower Quad; rain location Wallenberg Hall)

Celebrate the Moon Festival, observed by many East and Southeast Asian countries. Prepare for exciting performances, food and education. Sponsored by the Asian Student Organization, Vietnamese Student Association and Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Saturday, Sept. 10

1 p.m. Culture Fest (lower Quad, rain location: Gävle rooms)

Celebrate cultures from around the world through food, music, and dance! Meet the Augustana culture groups, complete fun activities, enjoy delicious dishes from local restaurants, and music and dance by the QC Baile Folklorico. Sponsored by the Multicultural Programming Board.

7 p.m. SLPB movie "Elvis" (Olin Auditorium)

Sunday, Sept. 11

6 p.m. Emerge kick-off (location TBD)

Join us in celebrating the beginning of the Emerge program! We look forward to meeting everyone, and hearing about your first week as a Viking. During this session we will introduce the amazing leaders of our organization, go over the details of the program, and get to know each other.