Welcome Week 2015

Welcome back students!

Welcome Week is your introduction to life at Eureka College. Beginning with Move-in Day on Saturday, August 22, the Residence Life staff and First Year Experience Leaders will help you get acquainted with Eureka College programs, with the campus, and with each other. Our Greek Life community will help unload your belongings will answer questions and assist wherever they can. Through a full schedule of academic, social, service and ceremonial activities, you will begin your life as a Eureka College student.


Saturday, August 22

  Event Details Location
9am–4pm Bookstore open Cerf Center)
9am–3pm Move-in for residential students
College Administration informally welcomes students to campus by passing out water to students and families. Pick up Residence Hall Key, Mailbox Key, Information Technology Access Codes, Copy Cards, Welcome Week Schedule & T-shirt, and more!
Burgess Lawn
(Rain location: Burgoo)
9am–12pm All-College Information Exposition
Representatives will be available for business in various places on campus. Offices included but are not limited to:

  • Financial Aid Office (Admissions & Financial Aid Building) open 9am–12pm
  • Student Programs & Services Office (Cerf Center) open 9am–12pm & 1pm–3pm
  • Business Office (Burrus Dickinson) open 10am–12pm

11:30pm–12pm First Year Commuter Check–In
Pick up Mailbox Key, Information Technology Access Codes, Copy Cards, Welcome Week Schedule & T-shirt, and more!
Burgess Lawn
(Rain Location: Burgoo)
11am–1pm Lunch
Lunch will be available for students and their families. Students can request tickets at check-in for themselves and members of their families.
Dickinson Commons
12–1pm Commuter Connection with FYE Leaders
MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST YEAR COMMUTERS (NOT TRANSFER STUDENTS)
Lunch will be provide by the Student Programs and Services Department
Owens Conference Room in Dickinson Commons
1–3pm First-Year Seminar (1st Common Meeting and Class Breakout)
MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN IDS101
This class is the official start of your first semester at Eureka College. All first-year students will meet with their respective instructors in various locations across the campus to begin discussions relevant to the course syllabus, student-learning outcomes, the common reading text, and academic expectations
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center & In Designated Locations
1–2:30pm College 101: Family Information Session
Parents and families can join members of the college community who will share important information with you during a presentation with administrators.
3–5pm College Welcome/Traditions 101 & Family Reception
MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS & RESIDENTAL TRANSFERS; STRONGLY ENCOURAGED FOR ALL STUDENTS
A Welcome from President J. David Arnold, Provost Daniel J. Blankenship, and Associate Provost for Student Affairs Jeffrey H. Coats. Families and students will learn Eureka College traditions including the fight song and other EC traditions. This will also be a time for families to spend time together before families return home for the evening. Football tickets for Parents Weekend will also be given away to all parents participating in this program.
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
5–6:30pm Dinner Dickinson Commons
5–7pm S’mores & More The Newman Center (108 E College Ave)
7–8:30pm Individual Floor Meetings
MANDATORY FOR ALL RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS
All communities have expectations for behavior and Eureka College’s residential academic community is no different. Students are to join the Residential Life Staff for a conversation focused on community standards, alcohol and other drugs.
9–10:30pm Movie Under The Stars
Hosted by Campus Activities Board
Rinker Amphitheater (Rain Location: Becker)

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Sunday, August 23

  Event Details Location
9–9:45am Continental Breakfast Burgoo, Cerf Center*
9:45–10:45am Sunday Morning Worship
An ecumenical service hosted by Chaplain Bruce Fowlkes. Information about local religious communities will be available.
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
11am Mass The Newman Center
11&nash;12pm Athlete Orientation
MANDATORY FOR ALL COLLEGE ATHLETES
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
12&nash;1pm Lunch Dickinson Commons
1&nash;2pm First-Year Seminar (2nd Class/Common Meeting)

Liberal Arts for Life: What is Vocational Discernment?
Vocational discernment is the way we live out our passions in the world: the way in which our values, our commitments and our beliefs are embodied in our choices about work, about family, and about our political and social lives. A liberal education encourages students to consider their eventual roles in working for the good of individuals and of the community.
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
2&nash;3:30pm Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal

Directed by Ashleigh Feger, Senior Theater Capstone Project
Pritchard Theater
2&nash;2:30pm Break
Refreshments sponsored by Student Senate
Moser Lobby, Cerf Center
2:30–3:45pm First-Year Seminar (3rd Class/Common Meeting)
MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Thriving in the Academic World: Secrets to Success
Students will join Provost Blankenship and Associate Provost for Student Affairs Coats as they present a session for new students to learn about valuable resources at Eureka College to draw upon as they navigate their first year of college. New students will hear from FYE-leaders, faculty, administrators, the Director of the Academic Learning Center, and coaches, and they will learn about the value of accessing Eureka College’s academic resources, cultivating relationships with peers and adults in the community, and developing self-reliance in achieving overall wellness. The purpose of the discussion is to help students think broadly about building a firm foundation to support their paths to academic success.
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
4pm Depart Eureka College Campus for Peoria Chiefs Game Buses leave from Burgess Street in front of the Admission/Financial Aid House.
5pm Peoria Chiefs Baseball Game (Optional)
Enjoy relaxing with your peers at Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs.
5&nash;6pm Dinner Dickinson Commons
8pm Late Night Coffee with Student Senate Undergrounds, Ben Major

Monday, August 24

  Event Details Location
8:30–9:30am Breakfast Dickinson Commons
9:30–12pm New Student Service Project
MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN IDS101/FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR; NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE
Students will participate with their respective sections of First Year Seminar in a community service experience in Eureka or in the surrounding areas. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know other first-year students in your seminar and to give back to the community that will soon be home to all Eureka College students. Wear your Welcome Week 2015 shirt, comfortable clothes, and closed-toed shoes.
Meet in Becker Auditorium
11:45am–12pm Transfer Commuter Check-in
AVAILABLE FOR ALL NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS
Lunch will be provided by the Student Programs and Services Department
Moser Lobby, Cerf Center
12–1pm Lunch Dickinson Commons
12–1pm Commuter Connection with FYE Leaders, Transfer Mentors & Leadership Ambassadors
AVAILABLE FOR ALL NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS
Lunch will be provide by the Student Programs and Services Department
Owens Conference Room, Dickinson Commons
1–2pm Nuts & Bolts
MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENT ORGANIZATION & PROGRAM PRESIDENTS/CHAIRS/LEADERS
Student Organization Advisors are encouraged to attend.
Terrill Rooms, Cerf Center
1:30–2:30PM Loan Entrance Counseling
MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS RECEIVING A LOAN
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
2:45–4pm First-Year Seminar (4th Class/Common Meeting)
MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Critical Reading of Academic Texts and The Essence of Critical Writing & Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity/Documentation and Citation Guideline
Learn how to read academic texts efficiently through skimming, scanning, and asking questions. Develop ways to deconstruct academic texts by identifying arguments, evaluating evidence, and pinpointing the author’s position.
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
4–5pm Title IX
MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS (NOT TRANSFER STUDENTS)—OPEN TO EVERYONE
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
5–6pm Dinner Dickinson Commons
6:15–7:30pm First-Year Seminar (5th Class/Common Meeting)
MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS, OPEN TO EVERYONE
Diversity Activity
Terrill Rooms, Cerf Center
7:30–9pm Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal

Directed by Ashleigh Feger, Senior Theater Capstone Project
Pritchard Theater
9pm Milk & Cookies with CRU Harrod Lounge

Tuesday, August 25

  Event Details Location
8–9am Breakfast Dickinson Commons
10–11am Opening Convocation
MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENTS
At Opening Convocation the new entering class is presented to the College. Each new student places a sprig of ivy into a basket, symbolic of that which the individual student brings to the campus. The ivy, grown over the years into a continuous vine, will connect the lives of faculty, staff, and students. At graduation, the students are cut from the ivy chain, symbolic of the student’s departure from this community to enter a new life. It is hoped that the student will plant the ivy to grow in a new place, beginning a new life, enriched by the Eureka College experience. The dress for the event is business casual (nice shirt, dress pants, skirt, etc.).
Rinker Outdoor Amphitheater (Rain Location: Becker Auditorium)
11:30–12:45pm Welcome Picnic Lida’s Lawn
(Rain Location: Dickinson Commons)
11:30–12:45pm Student Activities Fair
Interested in knowing about all the opportunities for involvement across campus? Look no further! The Student Activities Fair has it all! All campus organizations & many college programs will be on display to provide information on how to make a connection with potential members.
Lida’s Lawn
(Rain Location: Terrill Rooms, Cerf Center)
11:30–12:45pm Eureka Community Fair
Meet with local businesses to learn about the Eureka area job and volunteer opportunities, places to worship, community organizations/services and retail/restaurant outlets.
1–1:30pm Academic Advising Overview
MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST YEARS (NOT TRANSFER STUDENTS)
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
1:30–3pm Meet Your Major Advisor
MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST YEARS (NOT TRANSFER STUDENTS)
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
1–1:45pm Melick Library Overview
MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS
Gammon Room, Melick Library
1:45–2:15pm Career Exploration & Resources
MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW TRANSFERS
Gammon Room, Melick Library
2:15pm–3:15pm Title IX
MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS—OPEN TO EVERYONE
Gammon Room, Melick Library
3:15pm–3:45pm Academic Advising Overview
MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
3:45–5pm Meet Your Faculty Advisors
MANDATORY FOR ALL NEW TRANSFERS
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
5–6pm Dinner Dickinson Commons
8–9:30pm Greek Life & S.P.R.U.C.E. Pool Party Reagan Pool

Wednesday, August 26

  Event Details Location
12–12:50pm First Year Seminar (6th Class Meeting-Individual Sections meet in new locations). Note new class meeting time & location.
3–5pm Open Auditions for the Eureka College Chorale and Chamber Singers
MANDATORY FOR MUSIC ENGAGMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS & ALL MAJORS
First come, first served. Come alone or in pairs.
Chapel Classroom, The Chapel
6:30–7:30pm Theatre Major, Minor, Scholars & Anyone Interested in EC Theater
MANDATORY FOR THEATER MAJORS, MINORS & SCHOLARS
Pritchard Theatre

Thursday, August 27

  Event Details Location
12:20–1:10pm Summer Experience Symposium
The Summer Experience Symposium provides students with specific examples of practical learning opportunities available at Eureka College. This program also helps promote the Sandifer Program, Study Abroad, and internships.
Becker Auditorium, Cerf Center
3–5pm Open Auditions for the Eureka College Chorale and Chamber Singers

For those who did not audition on Wednesday. First come, first served. Come alone or in pairs.
Chapel Classroom, The Chapel
4pm Eucharist Adoration and Mass The Newman Center
6pm Food & Fun The Newman Center
6–9pm Theater Production Auditions Pritchard Theatre

Friday, August 28

  Event Details Location
7:30pm Dueling Pianos

Free lemonade shake-ups from leadership ambassadors. Sponsored by CAB
Ben Major Quad
(Rain Location: Terrill Rooms)
9:30pm CAB Harry Potter Movie Series
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
Becker Auditorium

Saturday, August 29

  Event Details Location
10–12pm Shuttle Service to Walmart Shopping Center

Student Programs and Services will be offering shuttle services to Walmart in Washington. Reservations required and a $5 service charge for “no shows”
2pm Life Size Board Games
Sponsored by Residence Life
FREE ROOTBEER FLOATS FROM CRU
Ben Major/Founders Court Quad (Rain Location: Terrill Rooms)
7:30pm Delta Sigma Phi Benefit Concert
Sponsored by Delta Sigma Phi
Terrill Rooms
8pm Late Night Coffee

Hosted by Student Senate
Undergrounds, Ben Major

Sunday, August 30

  Event Details Location
2pm Paint Wars
Sponsored by Residence Life
Ben Major/Founders Court Quad

Saturday, September 5

  Event Details Location
12:45pm Lincoln Bowl & Red Devils Run
This will be an opportunity for all first-year students to run onto the field prior to the beginning of the football game kickoff. Free t-shirts will be given away to all participating students. Dining Services/meal plan will be offered at the softball field prior to the Red Devils Run.
Pete FioRito Stadium at McKinzie Field
1pm Lincoln Bowl Football Game: Eureka College v. Knox College Pete FioRito Stadium at McKinzie Field

*The cost of meals for Commuter students during Welcome Week (August 23–26) will be covered by the Student Programs & Services Department. Cost of meals for Faculty/Staff: Breakfast & Lunch $5.28/Dinner $7.21. Cost of meals for Guests: Breakfast $5.53/Lunch $7.45/Dinner $9.91

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