Fall Welcome - Saturday

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.

The Commons, Marbeck Center

8:30 a.m.  to noon
Welcome Group Session #3

In this split session, students rotate through several activities intentionally designed to help you gain a better understanding of our community values and expectations, community wellbeing and relationship development, and to give you the opportunity to learn more about navigating campus. See schedule below for times and locations for your Welcome Group for each of these sessions.

Bluffton Cares (Title IX)
Stutzman Lecture Hall, Centennial Hall
In this session, students will learn about one aspect of Bluffton’s community of care and respect. Bluffton’s Sexual Conduct and Title IX policies and definitions will be introduced along with understanding the important role we all share in respecting one another. 
Information shared in this session is required for all new students.

Finding Your Way
Founders Hall
This session involves a fun team scavenger hunt introduction to important university services, locations and facts designed to assist new students in successfully navigating campus. 

Bluffton Cares (Community of Respect & Well-Being)
Yoder Recital Hall
In this session, students will learn about another aspect of Bluffton’s community of respect and care. Individual and community wellbeing is important. We all have a role in recognizing when someone in our community, or even ourselves, is in need and also knowing how to respond appropriately and where to find resources and assistance.

Time Bluffton Cares (TIX) 
Bluffton Cares (Wellbeing)
Finding Your Way
9:35-10:35a.m. Groups
10:40-11:40a.m. Groups

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Commons, Marbeck Center

1:30-3:35 p.m.
Welcome Group Session #4
Achieving Academic Success and Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Sommer Center and Stutzman Lecture Hall, Centennnial Hall
(Welcome Groups 1-5 will start in Sommer Center and Welcome Groups 6-10 will meet in Stutzman Lecture Hall)
In this split session, one session focuses on ways to help ensure your success in the classroom and includes vital information on your academic program, career and vocation exploration to help you make the most of your academic experience.  The other session focuses on the importance of creating and maintaining a sense of belonging on a multicultural campus and takes a respectful look at the Bluffton community; understanding ways we can include everyone.

Time Achieving Academic Success
(Sommer Center)
Supporting Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion
2:30 p.m.
Groups 1-5 Groups 6-10
3:35 p.m.
 Groups 6-10  Groups 1-5

4:30 p.m.
Bluffton Olympic Team Preparation
Welcome Group Meeting Location

Finalize your group’s strategy for Bluffton Olympics – learn the games and rules and get excited for this beloved annual event!

5-6:30 p.m.
The Commons, Marbeck Center

7 p.m.
Bluffton Olympics
Alumni Field, Sears Athletic Complex                                         
Think you’ve got what it takes to best your peers in this traditional Bluffton event?  It all starts with the taking of the class picture and opening ceremonies. Come dressed in your Welcome Group team colors, be prepared to compete and cheer on your team in this fun competition for campus bragging rights and the highly sought after ‘Welcome Week’ shirts

9:30 p.m.
Residence Life Activities                                                             
Residence Halls (Check with your RA on where to meet)               
Join your RAs and fellow floor residents for this time together!