Move in day

Surviving move in fall 2020


College move in day for first-year students is a stressful day in a normal year. Add COVID-19 to the mix, and well...

Fall Welcome Week

 

Friday, Aug. 14 - Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020

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. 14 (three 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 will not want to miss what this important program has to offer.

The safety and good health of all members of our campus community is important. Be assured that all activities will be conducted with appropriate protocols and safe social distancing. (Activities are subject to change.)

Friday, Aug. 14, 2020

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9 a.m.-noon Residential student check-in Residence Halls
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Student IDs Technology Center, Ground Floor of Centennial Hall
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Campus Bookstore open Marbeck Center
11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Lunch
The Commons, Marbeck Center
12:30 p.m. Transfer student reception Kreider Room, Marbeck Center
1 p.m. Commuter student meeting Stutzman Lecture Hall, Centennial Hall
1 p.m. Residence hall floor meetings Check signs posted on hall floors for locations
1:45-3:15 p.m. Welcome Group Session #1  Welcome Group meeting locations
3:20-5:30 p.m. Welcome Group Session #2
split sessions
Academic Success, Finding Your Way, Bluffton 101: How to Be a Beaver!
See daily schedule for times/places
5:30 p.m. Dinner  The Commons, Marbeck Center
7:00 p.m. Welcome Group session #2 (continued)
Academic Success, Finding Your Way, Bluffton 101: How to Be a Beaver!
See daily schedule for times/places
8:15 p.m. Bluffton Olympic Team Preparation 
Welcome Groups 9, 10 & 11 
Initial welcome group meeting location
9 p.m. Marbeck After Dark 
Movie Night
Neufeld Lawn
SATURDAY, AUG. 15, 2020

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7:30-8:15 a.m. Breakfast The Commons, Marbeck Center
8:30-11:40 a.m.
Welcome Group Session #3
See daily schedule for times/places
11:45 a.m. -1 p.m. Lunch The Commons, Marbeck Center
1:30-4:40 p.m. Welcome Group Session #3 (continued) See daily schedule for times/places
5-6 p.m. Dinner The Commons, Marbeck Center
6-9 p.m.
Welcome Group Session #4
Stutzman Lecture Hall, Centennial Hall
See daily schedule for times
6:10-8 p.m. President's Reception College Hall Lawn
See daily schedule for times
9 p.m. Bluffton Trivia Challenge Neufeld Lawn
SunDAY, AUG. 16, 2020

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11 a.m. Sunday morning worship Library Field
(Founders as a rain location).
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch The Commons, Marbeck Center
Noon-6 p.m. Bookstore open Marbeck Center
1:30 p.m. Learn & Earn: Orientation
to campus work
The Commons, Marbeck Center
2 p.m. Learn & Earn: Position training Check location with your employment supervisor
4-7 p.m. Community building activities Various locations
5-7 p.m. Dinner The Commons, Marbeck Center
7:30 p.m. Welcome group session #5 Welcome group meeting locations
MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2020

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8 a.m. Classes begin  
12:30 p.m. 
& 9 p.m.
Things-You-Forgot-at-Home BINGO
Sponsored by MCB
Bob’s Place, Marbeck Center
9:30 p.m. Residence hall floor meetings Check signs for locations
10:30 p.m. All hall meeting Residence hall lobbies
TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2020

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10:45 a.m - noon Opening Convocation Copeland Court, Sommer Center
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2020

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11 a.m.-1 p.m. Student Involvement Fair
Sponsored by Office of Student Involvement
Marbeck Center 
7 p.m. Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Give Away Bassett Plaza, outside lower level of Marbeck Center
THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2020

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11 a.m. Chapel Library Field
(Founders as a rain location).
9 p.m. Thursday Night Spotlight: Make-aMask
Sponsored by MCB
Klassen Court, outide upper entrance to Marbeck Center
FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2020

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8 p.m. Marbeck After Dark: Dorm Decor DIY
Sponsored by MCB
The Commons, Marbeck Center
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020

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8 p.m. MCB Presents: Minute to Win It Neufeld Lawn
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