Fall Welcome 2015

Friday, Aug. 28 - Saturday, Sept. 5


Detailed Schedule

Please note that we are working on the program for Fall Welcome 2015, but feel free to look at last year’s schedule for an idea of what to expect.

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
Monday - Saturday, Aug. 25 - Aug. 30, 2014


Schedule at a Glance

Move in day
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Residential Student Check-In

Residence Halls




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

One Stop Center

Centennial Hall (Ground Floor)



9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bookstore Open

Marbeck Center




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

Welcome Picnic

Corner of College Ave. and Spring St. (across the street from Bren-Dell Hall) and on the Hirschy Complex Green

Rain Location: The Commons (Marbeck Center)




2:30 p.m.

President's Welcome

Sommer Center




3:30 p.m.

Transfer Student Orientation Session

Stutzman Lecture Hall (Centennial Hall)




3:30-4:30 p.m.

Farewell to Families



4:45  p.m.

Welcome Group Session #1

Welcome Group meeting locations

Check signs posted in residence halls and Marbeck Center




6 p.m.

Dinner for New Students,

Community 101

The Commons (Marbeck Center)




8 p.m.

Residence Hall Floor Meetings

Residence Hall Floors




9 p.m.

Marbeck After Dark

Bob's Place (Marbeck Center)

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

7:30-8:15 a.m.


Commons (Marbeck Center)




8:30-11:50 a.m.

Welcome Group Session #2

Meet in Commons (Marbeck Center)




11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.


Commons (Marbeck Center)




1:30-3:40 p.m.

Welcome Group Session #3

Welcome Group Meeting Locations




4:30 p.m.

Bluffton Olympics Team Preparation

Welcome Group Meeting Locations


5-7 p.m.

New Student Picnic & Bluffton Olympics

Library Green




8 p.m.

Residence Hall Community Development Activity

Residence Hall Floors

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

11 a.m.

Sunday Morning Worship

Yoder Recital Hall




12-1 p.m.


Commons (Marbeck Center)




12-6 p.m.

Bookstore open

Marbeck Center




1:30 p.m.

Perkins Loan Entrance Interview

Commons (Marbeck Center)




2:30 p.m.

Learn & Earn: Orientation to Campus Work

Commons (Marbeck Center)




3 p.m.

Learn & Earn: Position Training

Check with your employment supervisor


5-6 p.m.


Commons (Marbeck Center)




6:15 p.m.

Welcome Group Session #4

Welcome Group Meeting Locations




7-9 p.m.

"Dancing in the Street" Ice Cream Social & More!

Main Street, Bluffton

9:30 p.m. Movie at the Shannon Theatre - sponsored by MCB Shannon Theatre, Main Street, Bluffton
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
8 a.m. Classes begin!  
8:30 p.m.

Things-You-Forgot-at-Home BINGO - Sponsored by MCB

Bob's Place (Marbeck Center)
9:30 p.m. Residence Hall Floor Meetings Residence Hall Floors
10:30 p.m. All Hall Meeting Residence Hall Lobbies
Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014
11 a.m Chapel Yoder Recital Hall
7 p.m. Shaving Cream Wiffle Ball - Sponsored by MCB Library Field
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Student Involvement Fair - Sponsored by Office of Student Involvement Klassen Court (outside Marbeck Center)
4 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee - Sponsored by the Ultimate Frisbee Club Library Green
6 p.m. Trip to the Whippy Dip - Sponsored by MCB Meet at the Marbeck Center Information Desk
7:30 p.m. Conversation with Ken Bain Yoder Recital Hall
9 p.m. Celebration! - Sponsored by Hall Chaplains Meet at the Marbeck Center Information Desk
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
10:45 a.m. Opening Convocation Founders Hall
9 p.m. Laser Tag - Sponsored by MCB Neufeld Hall Green
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
TBA Bluffton cross country invitational  
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. Heidelberg Sommer Center
5 p.m. Volleyball vs. Albion Sommer Center
9 p.m. Marbeck After Dark: Build Your Own Aquarium Bob's Place (Marbeck Center)
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
8:30-11 a.m. Community Clean-up meet at Marbeck Desk
10 a.m.-noon Worship workshop Yoder Recital Hall
10 a.m. Volleyball vs. Denison Sommer Center
2 p.m. Volleyball vs. Geneva Sommer Center
6:30 p.m. Beach Volleyball Tournament - sponsored by Student Senate Sand Volleyball Courts