Fall Welcome - Day 1

Our Fall Welcome program is designed to make the start of your college experience a positive one inside and outside the classroom. New students will arrive on Friday, Aug. 23 (3 days prior to the start of fall classes) and participate in many activities and events to get to know the campus before classes actually begin. You won t want to miss what this important program has to offer.

 

Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Residential Student Check-in

Welcome to your home away from home! Residence Halls open at 9 a.m. Room keys will be distributed at the front desk of each building by your Hall Director and Residence Life Staff. Other staff and students will be available to answer questions and provide assistance.

 

9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m. 
One Stop Center

Questions for the registrar's office and the business office can be answered by university staff. Payments may be made at this time, although it is not required. ID pictures may be taken and vehicles registered.
Location: Centennial Hall, Ground Floor
 

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Welcome Picnic

Enjoy a complimentary lunch at one of two convenient locations.
Locations: Behind Bren-Dell Hall and Hirschy Hall lawn.
 

2:30 p.m.
President's Welcome
New students and families alike are invited to a special welcome program and greeting from President Dr. James M. Harder and Student Senate President Jordan McFarland.
Location: Sommer Center

 

 3:30 p.m. 
Transfer Student Orientation Session 

All transfer students are requested to attend this session. Get answers to all your last minute questions! 
Location:  Stutzman Lecture Hall (Centennial Hall) 

 

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Farewell to Families

Unpack the last load, unwind, and say good-bye!

 

4:45
Welcome Group Session #1

New student will gather in small groups to discuss campus life in the first of a series of group sessions.
Location: Check signs posted on residence hall floors, lobbies or Marbeck Center. 

 

6 p.m.
Dinner for New Students, Community 101

Students will sit and dine together in their respective orientation welcome groups. Following dinner, students have opportunities to learn more about each other and participate in an entertaining and interactive introduction to Bluffton. Hosted by our Campus Pastor, Hall Chaplains, and Student Senate.
Location: The Commons, Marbeck Center

 

8 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Meetings

Resident Advisors give tours of the halls and an introduction to residence life.
Location: To be posted on floor

 

9 p.m.
Marbeck After Dark
Sponsored by MCB
Marbeck After Dark (MAD) is a series of late-night weekend events that feature different themed entertainment on a weekly basis. Bring your friends to and chill out after a long day and enjoy snacks, music, crafts and more.
Location: Bob's Place in Marbeck Center

 

Fall Welcome 2013

     

    Help unloading

    Student leaders, athletes and others offer assistance carrying belongings to your new room.

     

    One Stop Shop

    Finalize all last minute paperwork at our One Stop Shop.