Welcome Week

Office of Student Activities

Check out what happened during Welcome Week 2015!

August 19 - September 5, 2016

Join us for Welcome Week. Each day is packed with events and activities that allow you to laugh, learn, and connect with others. Please note that ALL events are required for first-year students regardless of commuter/residence status and sport affiliation, unless otherwise noted. 

Friday, August 19

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

First-Year Student Move-In

Residence Halls

Leave the heavy lifting to us. Move-in crew members will be available throughout the day to help transfer all your gear into your residence hall room.

4:00 p.m.
Freshman Class Ceremony
Serrick Colonnade

5:15 p.m.

Commuter Student Panel
McCann Lounge
Connect with other students who are going to be commuting to campus and learn about what we have available for our commuters.
*Required for First-Year Commuter Students ONLY

7:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Floor Meetings
See your RA for location

Connect with members of your floor and learn about the procedures of the hall. 
*Required for First-Year Residential Students ONLY

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Student Activities & CAB Carnival
Residence Hall Quad
*Open to All-Students

Saturday, August 20

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Sexual Assault Awareness Workshops
Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)

Serrick Campus Center
We’ll be having talk-back sessions about Sexual Assault Prevention and give you the opportunity to ask questions, learn about campus procedure, and know your right and responsibility as a student and citizen.
*Required for ALL First-Year Students

11:00 a.m.
Activities at the Stadium before Football Scrimmage (Corn hole, Can Jam)

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Casino Night
Whitney Hall Lobby
Students can spend the night playing black jack, poker, craps, spinning the roulette wheel, or hanging out in the BINGO room. Everyone is welcome. Your favorite faculty and staff members are on hand to deal out more than grades tonight.

Sunday, August 21

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Diversity Training
Schomburg Auditorium/Hubbard Banquet Room
Students will participate in activities designed to teach students about the multicultural environment of a college campus. Students will work together to gain perspective and understanding about the experiences of students who are different from themselves. 

5:00 p.m.
Shuttles to Meijer/Walmart
Need some supplies for your room? Just want to tag along for the ride? We’ll have shuttles hitting up Walmart throughout the night to get you what you need.

6:00 p.m.
Slip and Slide Kickball/Beach Volleyball (Summer Farewell)
Residence Hall Quad

Monday, August 22

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Active Shooter Training
Schomburg Auditorium

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Advising Lunch
Location TBD

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Peer Leader Activities
Various Locations; speak to your Peer Leader for location

3:45 p.m.
Residence Hall Blackout
Residence Hall Quad

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Student Life Open House/Open Mic Night
Hubbard Hall

Tuesday, August 23

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Hypnotist, Sailesh (Student Activities/CAB Event)
Schomburg Auditorium 
An experienced performer of more than 15 years, Sailesh the Hypnotist has performed at a staggering 400+ colleges and universities. He is the most sought after hypnotist and variety performer. Dubbed “the World’s Best Hypnotist,” his live show has been described as a cross between a concert and the best party ever. Sailesh makes audience members the stars of the show, taking the entire audience on a journey using hypnosis, improv, music, and interactivity to create a whole lot of laughter and fun.

Wednesday, August 24

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Building Meeting: McReynolds Hall
Schomburg Auditorium

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Building Meeting: Whitney Hall, Jacket Suites, Grand Ave. Apartments
Schomburg Auditorium

*Required for ALL Residential Students

Thursday, August 25

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Part-Time Job Fair

Serrick Campus Center
This job fair is open to all students and will provide an opportunity for you to interact and learn more about local business and restaurant employment.

Friday, August 26

9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Student Life Dance
Hubbard Hall/Hive

Saturday, August 27

9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Drive-in Movie
Residence Hall Quad

Sunday, August 28

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Legally Blonde Auditions
Schauffler 117

3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bubble Ball Soccer
Residence Hall Quad
Bubble Ball Soccer has become a full-fledged sport in Europe and is now growing rapidly in popularity in the US. This is the only sport where ANYONE can take a tumble and have fun doing so. Soccer balls, goals, bubble balls, and a referee are all provided.

Wednesday, August 31

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Office of Intercultural Relations Open House 
Join the Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) to learn the programs and functions of the office. Presentations by organizations within OIR will provide any additional information students may need.

Thursday, September 1

7:00 p.m.
Football Game
Baldwin Wallace

Monday, September 5

1:00 p.m.
DC Movie Day
Northtowne 9 Cinemas

Contact Information

Jake Arnold
Director of Student Activities & Leadership

Phone: 419-783-2388
Email: jarnold@defiance.edu