Fall Orientation Schedule

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Join us August 24-27 th for a fantastic kick-start to your CUW Adventure! During this 4-day experience, you will:

  • Meet new friends
  • Get comfortable on campus before classes start
  • Learn about all the great activities you can take part in
  • Enjoy beautiful Lake Michigan
  • Learn about academic expectations and university conduct
  • Attend worship service
  • Get ready for what could be some of the greatest years of your life
  • Have a ton of fun
  • And much more!

Find the full schedule of events is below. Note that this schedule may change slightly between now and August 24 th.

9:00AM – 3:00PM | Student Check-In

Friends of Concordia Room
Time to begin your college journey! Start here and receive your Falcon 1 Card and other important information. All students should check-in at the Friends of Concordia Room BEFORE attending any activities.

9:00AM – 3:00PM | Residence Hall Move-In

Residence Halls
After you have received your Falcon 1 Card at Student Check-In, drive over to your respective Residence Hall. The Hall Staff will check you in and give you your room key.

9:00AM – 4:30PM | Falcon Central

University Offices
Now’s the perfect opportunity to stop by the various offices on campus to take care of last-minute details before classes begin, i.e. Bookstore, Accounts Payable, Residence Life, etc.
See office locations on the back of this booklet.

11:00AM – 3:00PM | Lunch

Siebert Dining Hall
Bring your student ID and enjoy your first lunch on campus!

3:00PM – 3:45PM | First Generation Student Reception

Lakeshore Conference Room
If you are the first member of your family to go to college (meaning no parents or siblings have gone before you), we invite you to stop by this session. We’ll provide you and your family with a special opportunity to meet staff, hear about resources, and learn tips to success at CUW.

4:00PM–5:15PM | Commuter Student Orientation

Lakeshore Conference Room
Find out about resources on campus, sign-up for lockers, and meet other commuter students.

4:00PM–5:30PM | Parent and Family Orientation

Chapel of Christ Triumphant
Your student is officially leaving your nest and entering ours. How exciting! Come and learn how to help your student navigate the transition and learn more about the many resources available at Concordia University Wisconsin.

5:30PM–7:00PM | Dinner

Chapel Courtyard
Students and families are invited to dine together, courtesy of the President’s Office and Sodexo Food Service.
Rain Location: Siebert Dining Hall/Albrecht Lounge

7:00PM–8:00PM | Sending-Off Ceremony

Kapco Park
Come celebrate the transition for both students and families and hear from special guest Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy, President of the English District of the LCMS.
Rain Location: Chapel of Christ Triumphant

Parents and Families:

Thank you for joining us for the opening of the 2017–2018 school
year at Concordia University Wisconsin. We politely ask that you say your good-byes during this time. We hope to see you at our upcoming events, including Family Weekend and Homecoming!

8:00PM – 9:00PM | Parent and Family Reception

Kapco Terrace
Parents and families are welcome to join President Patrick Ferry for snacks and refreshments courtesy of the President’s Office.
Rain Location: Luptak Terrace Room

8:00PM – 8:30PM | All Hall Meeting

Your Residence Hall
RA’s, RD’s? Who are these people living in your hall? Come and find out during this MANDATORY meeting with the Residence Life Staff.

8:00PM – 8:30PM | Swing It: Commuter Student Reception

Siebert Patio
If you aren’t living in a residence hall, don’t fear! Your Orientation Team wants to welcome you during this reception with FREE Chicken Wings. Rain Location: Lakeshore Conference Room

8:45PM – 9:00PM | Meet the O-Team

R. John Buuck Field House
Come meet the fantastic upperclassmen who will be leading you through Orientation! First-time, residential, commuter, and transfer students are all invited to attend.

9:00PM – 9:45PM | Small Group Summit #1

Your Specified Location
You have been placed in a small group for the duration of Orientation that will be led by one of the Orientation leaders. The people in gour group may become some of your BEST friends at CUW, so don’t miss your 6 Small Group Summits scattered throughout the weekend. Plus, if you attend all 6 Summits, you will receive a special prize during Co-curricular fair on Sunday! The location of your Summit meetings can be found on your name tag and folder. There are lists posted on the walls of the Field House, as well as on the CUW App.

9:45PM – 10:30PM | Trail Mix(er)

R. John Buuck Field House
Your Small Group is going to clash with some others through various high energy and interactive games.

10:30PM – 12:00AM | “Come on and Safari with Me!” – Pop Music Trivia

Siebert Dining Hall
Conclude the evening with music trivia – we play pop songs, you and your groups try to be the first to name the name and artist. The quicker you answer, the more points you get!

8:30AM – 9:45AM | Faculty/Student Breakfast

Luptak Terrace Room
Wonder what your academic program entails? Want to have a good relationship with your professors? Come meet and eat with the faculty who’ll be teaching you! Stop by this event anytime between 8:30 and 9:45; this is a come-and-go event.

10:00AM – 10:45AM | Small Group Summit #2

Your Specified Location
This is your second small group meeting. Your leader will help you learn about essential information, such as how to do laundry, what is there to do around CUW, where is your mailbox, etc.

1:00AM –1:00PM | Concordia Essentials Rotation

Various Locations
This event is a rotation. Walk with your Orientation Leader from your Small Group Summit to your first Concordia Essentials Session. They will then guide you to your second session.

Title IX & Bystander Intervention (Todd Wehr Auditorium)
Through the use of videos, stories, and small group activities, this session increases students’ ability to notice situations in which someone needs assistance and improves skills for effectively intervening in a variety of situations. This session will also cover the definition of consent, what does not constitute consent for sexual activity, and CUW’s H1A Pledge. Finally, meet some of our Title IX Coordinators and learn how to PARE Your Risks and who to contact if you have questions or concerns about any sexual harassment situations. 1ST Rotation: Groups #1-14, 2ND Rotation: Groups #15-29

Academic & Career Success (Chapel of Christ Triumphant)
What does it take to be a successful college student? At least these three strategies: knowing where to get help, taking ownership of your education, and planning for your future! Students will learn about the resources available on campus, including the Learning Resource Center, Career Services, and Academic Advising. This session will also include discussion regarding the importance of academic honesty and the CUW Academic Dishonesty Policy.
1ST Rotation: Groups #15-29, 2ND Rotation: Groups #1-14

1:00PM – 2:15PM | Lunch with Your Small Group

Siebert Dining Hall
Look for your Orientation Leader and signage in the Dining Hall to sit with your group for this meal.

2:30PM – 5:00PM | It’s a Jungle Out There: Service Event

R. John Buuck Field House
Find out what Concordia’s mission means through action and service in the world. Receive your first FREE Concordia t-shirt.

5:00PM – 6:30PM | Dinner

Siebert Dining Hall
The Dining Hall will be sorted by various categories – choose the category that fits you best and meet some new people who share that interest!

7:00PM – 7:30PM | Small Group Summit #3

Your Specified Location
Head to your small group location for your third check-in.

7:30PM – 9:00PM | CUW Gone Wild: Virtual House Party

Todd Wehr Auditorium
Virtual House party is a simulated party experience that you do not want to miss! Student actors will role-play party scenarios that might occur at a house party, followed by a debriefing session where students can discuss their reactions to the scenarios and learn information to help make safe, informed decisions.

9:00PM – 11:30PM | Jungle Rumble Dance!

Environmental Center
Come show off your dance moves under the stars! If dancing isn’t for you, come listen to the music and enjoy snacks and smoothies!
Rain Location: R. John Buuck Field House

9:00PM – 11:30PM | Toucan Play that Game: Games & Crafts Environmental Center

If or when you want to take a break from dancing, head inside for some snacks, games and crafting. Make the perfect item for your room or refuel before hitting the dance floor! Rain Location: R. John Buuck Field House

8:30AM – 10:00AM | Breakfast

Siebert Dining Hall
Breakfast will be served as usual in Siebert, but if you are interested in hearing more about the Black Student Union or multicultural student resources, bring your breakfast into the Lakeshore Conference Room.

10:00AM – 12:00PM | Crazy Quicksand: Sand Castle Competition, Tie Dye & Sports Various Locations

If you want to build a sand castle with friends, tie dye that awesome white shirt you got during your service project, or play sand volleyball, swing by Regent’s Courtyard! If you want to play waterslide kickball, head over to Kapco Park. If you want to play basketball, make sure to visit the Field House. Pick your favorite activity or hit up them all!

12:00PM – 1:30PM | Lunch

Siebert Dining Hall

1:30PM – 3:25PM | How to Thrive in the CUW Jungle: Wellness Rotation

Various Locations
You’ve heard a lot about the services at CUW, but there are 3 of them we want to make sure you remember. Make your way through this wellness rotation with your small group and get food, prizes ,and more!

Counseling (Terrace Room) Come meet Zoey, our Comfort Dog, and learn how to stay mentally healthy as a college student.

  • First Rotation: Groups #2, 7, 12, 17, 20, 21, 25
  • Second Rotation: Groups #1, 4, 13, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
  • Third Rotation: Groups #3, 5, 8, 9, 16, 18, 23
  • Fourth Rotation: Groups #6, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 24

Campus Safety (Albrecht Lounge) Learn about the people behind the uniform and all they can and will do to keep you safe on campus.

  • First Rotation: Groups #1, 4, 13, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
  • Second Rotation: Groups #2, 7, 12, 17, 20, 21, 25
  • Third Rotation: Groups #6, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 24
  • Fourth Rotation: Groups #3, 5, 8, 9, 16, 18, 23

Sodexo/Dining Services (Siebert Dining Hall) The Sodexo staff will WOW you with their friendliness and skills in the kitchen. Taste all they have to offer and learn how to eat well at CUW.\

  • First & Second Rotation: Groups #3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 23, 24
  • Third & Fourth Rotation: Groups #1, 2, 4, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

3:30PM – 5:00PM | Journey Through Concordia's Animal Kingdom: Scavenger Hunt

Meet in Chapel Courtyard
Have fun exploring campus as you work in teams to complete Amazing Race tasks and compete for prizes.
Rain Location: R. John Buuck Field House

5PM – 7PM | Dinner

Siebert Dining Hall

7:00PM – 8:00PM | Haven

Chapel Courtyard
Come experience it for yourself! God draws together bands, emcees, and speakers to create a flood of student praise, fellowship, and growth. Led by Concordia students, for Concordia students.
Rain Location: Albrecht Lounge

8:00PM – 9:00PM | Small group Summit #5

Your Specified Location
Meet up with your small group to get ready for skit night!

9:00PM – 11:00PM | Skit Night

Todd Wehr Auditorium
Enjoy one of Concordia’s most treasured traditions. It’s filled with laughter and entertainment brought to you by campus organizations!

9:00AM – 10:00AM | Brunch

Siebert Dining Hall
This is the last time your group will meeting during Orientation.

10:00AM – 11:15AM | Oening Service

Chapel of Christ Triumphant
Start the year off right with an uplifting message from CUW President, Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry.

11:15AM – 1:30PM | Opening Picnic Lunch

Chapel Courtyard

12:30PM – 4:00PM | Shuttle to Stores

Meet in Albrecht Lounge
Forget something? Hop on the FREE shuttles that will leave from CUW every half hour. One bus will go South to Metro Market and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and the other will go North to Meijer and Target.

1:30PM – 3:00PM | Super Sweet Safari Search

Meet in the Albrecht Lounge
Unsure where to find all your classes? Ask your wise O-Staff leaders to help you and they will walk you to each of them. This will prevent you from getting lost on Monday!

3:30PM – 5:30PM | Co-curricular Fair

Chapel Courtyard
Interested in getting involved on campus? Come check out what clubs/organizations Concordia has to offer! Tables will be setup with information on how you can get involved.
Rain Location: Rinker Memorial Library

5:30PM – 7:00PM | Dinner

Siebert Dining Hall

7:00PM – 7:30PM | All–Hall Meeting

Your Residence Hall
Meet everyone else living in your hall!

8:00PM – 10:00PM | Outdoor Movie

Kapco Park
Bring your pillow and blanket to watch Dead Men Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Caribbean 3!
Rain Location: Todd Wehr Auditorium

Classes Begin!
Check your class schedule for times.


Parents, guardians and family members:

You are invited to attend the first day (Thursday) of Orientation! The Friday – Sunday schedule, however, will be solely for new and transfer students. Click here to view the Parents Schedule.