Schedule of Events: Welcome Week 2017*

Last updated: August 23, 2017

*Schedule is subject to change. 

Collect a RAFFLE TICKET at any required event marked on this schedule with "®" for a chance to win fantastic prizes.  Drawing will take place at sometime after the Midtown Coffeehouse program on Thursday, August 31, 2017 in the Colonial Corner.
*New students ONLY.  Students must be present at time of drawing. 

Friday, August 25

MOVE-IN DAY

T-SHIRTS
In order to prepare for your first of many traditions at WCSU, collect your Free commemorative Welcome Week T-shirt at Orientation Headquarters in the Midtown Student Center Plaza before 1pm.  This T-shirt is a time to show pride in your new beginnings at Western! It's created new and unique each year for this special occasion. Wear the T-shirt during the "Entering the Gates" ceremony, at future sporting events, and on Western Wednesdays.

SHUTTLE UPDATE:
The WCSU Shuttle will run Friday through Monday (8/25 - 8/28) between the Westside campus and the Midtown campus, leaving Westside on the hour starting at (7:00 a.m. on 8/25 only) then at 11:00 a.m. and leaving Midtown on the half hour.  The last bus will leave from the Midtown Student Center at 11:30 p.m.
The regular schedule starts 8/29/17!

MEALS
Resident
Students have to bring their Student IDs in order to receive meals.  Commuter students meals will also be placed on Student IDs for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and REC FEST BBQ.

9:00am - 1:00pm
Midtown Student Center Theater is open for students and parents to watch a slideshow presentation of photos from this year's orientation and last year's Welcome Week.

9:00am – 12:00pm
Resident student check-in and move-in will take place in each student's residence hall.  Students need to move in during their appointed color-coded move-in time only!  For more information refer to the check-in email you received or check the Housing and Residence Life website.  Members of various student organizations and athletic teams will be available to assist with luggage. 

10:30am – 1:00pm
Brunch at the Midtown Student Center Restaurant is free for family members. Meal plans start, so Resident Students need to swipe their card. Commuter Students are complimentary Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday for the Clubs Carnival Barbeque and also need to swipe their card). Brunch for all family members and commuters will be paid for by Orientation.

10:30am 1:00pm
Commuter student check-in in the Student Center Plaza.  Commuter students do not need to be here early unless they want to take a tour or come for other activities such as the Alumni photo at noon.  Main activities for commuters begin with the line-up at 1pm.

10:30am & 11:30am
Tours of Midtown campus – leave from the Midtown Student Center Plaza

11:00am - 6:00pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind; come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries and late night hot food

12:00pm
Alumni Legacy Photo - if one of your parents or grandparents is an alum, please join us on the steps of Old Main for a "Next Generation" photo.

1:00pm
Assemble on the sidewalk in front of Old Main for the "Entering the Gates" ceremony which will begin at approximately 1:30pm.  Students are asked to wear their “WCSU Welcome Week” t-shirt which they receive in the Orientation Headquarters located on the Midtown Student Center Plaza.  (In case of rain this event will be cancelled). 

1:30pm (REQUIRED) ®
"Entering the Gates Ceremony" leading directly to the "Opening Ceremony" on the Quad 
(In case of rain proceed directly to Ives Concert Hall located in White Hall).

4:00 – 6:30pm
Dinner at the Midtown Student Center Restaurant.  Families are welcome to join the students. The cost for family members is $10.00 per person ($6.00 for kids 12 and under).  Family members should purchase tickets at the Midtown Student Center information desk.  Meal Plans are active for resident students so they must swipe their ID.  The university will cover the cost of meals for commuter students Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Simply swipe your card at the cash register in the restaurant.

Parents are encouraged to leave after dinner to give their student a chance to settle in.

4:00 8:00pm
Colonial Fitness Zone
- Midtown

6:00 – 11:00pm
The Game Room in the Midtown Student Center, 2nd floor is open

6:30pm (REQUIRED) ®
Resident students will meet in their respective residence halls

6:30 – 7:30pm
(REQUIRED) ®
Commuter Student Workshop in the Midtown Student Center 201

8:30 – 10:30pm (REQUIRED) ®
PLAYFAIR in the Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall  – "This is the most popular campus attraction in history for new student orientation programs."  - "This is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced!  It's entertainment!" - "It's fun!  It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships."  - Come in comfortable clothes and have yourself a great adventure!

 

Saturday, August 26

11:00am – 1:00pm
Brunch at the Midtown Student Center Restaurant; Westside Marketplace is open 10:00am - 7:00pm.

12:00 8:00pm
Colonial Fitness Zone
- Midtown

1:00 – 5:00pm (Come to Have Fun) ®
RecFest '17 on Recreation Field and in Bill William Gym, Midtown Campus
The theme this year is “water”, so come prepared to get wet!  Have fun with slip-and-slide kickball, water wars and water pong, or test your riding skills on the mechanical surfboard.  You can also head into the gym for a friendly game of volleyball or dodgeball.  Ice Cream Emergency will be on site from 1 – 4 p.m. So come and GET REC'D this fall!

4:00 – 6:30pm (Come to Have Fun)
Barbeque on the REC Field Science Building (Midtown Student Center Restaurant in case of rain). The Midtown Student Center Restaurant will be closed after 3:00pm, but the Westside Marketplace will be open. Meal plan accepted with swipe of ID. Freshman and Transfer Commuter students also swipe ID for complimentary meal.

8:00pm (Come to Have Fun) RECOMMENDED ®
Illusionist Joel Meyers, Ives Concert Hall.  Sponsored by the Program Activities Council (PAC)
Get ready for a fast paced journey that NBC calls "A roller coaster ride!" Filled with non-stop laughs, audience participation, and incredible off-the-cuff, never-before-seen magic. All led by Joel's larger than life personality and charm. From masterful sleight of hand with playing cards and everyday objects, to minds read, to levitating sunglasses and haunted furniture, to your childhood dreams becoming a reality right before your eyes. This is a presentation we GUARANTEE you will never forget!

Sunday, August 27

11:00am – 2:00pm
Brunch at the Midtown Student Center Restaurant (Westside Marketplace open 10:00am - 7pm)

1:00 – 3:00pm (REQUIRED) ®
Voices of Students for all new students in Ives Concert Hall

3:00 – 5:00pm  (REQUIRED) ®*
University101: Western Life Hacks - this program will introduce a variety of programs and services that are important to student success at WCSU. An introduction in Ives Concert Hall will start at 3:00pm and will be followed an activity in Warner Hall; here you will have the opportunity to speak with staff about their services. A raffle for a variety of cool prizes will be held at the end of the program for those who have visited each of the information tables.

4:00 – 6:30pm
Dinner at the Midtown Student Center Restaurant and Westside Marketplace Meal plan accepted with swipe of ID – all transfers/freshmen commuters are complimentary and should also swipe ID card.

4:00 – 10:00pm
Colonial Fitness Zone - Westside

4:00 – 11:30pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind; come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries and late night hot food

6:00 – 11:00pm
Game Room – Midtown Student Center, 2nd floor

7:00pm RECOMMENDED ®
Tom Varano (Emotion into Art) in Ives Concert Hall
Tom has adopted speed painting mixed with inspirational speaking as an additional form of encouragement. Tom uses fingertips, palms and multiple brushes to paint custom portraits and famous people on a 4 foot by 5 foot canvas in just a matter of minutes. His creations are all choreographed to loud music that is powerful and draws the audience into what is being created on the blank canvas. Tom's Emotion into Art is described as taking his audience through an amazing journey of excitement, suspense, cheer, motivation and surprise. His ability to captivate his audience and share the experience of color, music and action is a way to bring people into the world of art, inspiration and creativity.

8:00pm
Sunday Mass
- St. Anthony's Maronite Church on Granville Avenue (off White Street). This mass will be celebrated by Bishop Caggiano and there will be a special blessing for all freshmen. Free refreshments will be served after mass.  

 

Monday, August 28

8:00am – 11:30pm
Westside Campus Center
The Daily Grind. Come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries and late night hot food

11:00am – 8:00pm
The Game Room - Midtown Student Center, 2nd floor

12:00 – 10:00pm
Colonial Fitness Zone -  Midtown

1:005:00pm (REQUIRED) ®
Downtown Danbury Scavenger Hunt
meet in Student Center Theater to then board Trolley, vans or walk to your starting point in Downtown Danbury.  This scavenger hunt is more than a hunt, it's a game and playing is easy.  Walk around downtown and discover all the fun and exciting places this enchanting, diverse neighborhood has to offer that will be you home away from home for the next few years. Go places.  Collect a stamp at each of the places you visit and submit your Passport at The Danbury Palace Theatre between 4:30pm and 5pm in exchange for tickets to enter into the raffle for great prizes! The raffle will take place at
6 pm, following the WCSU Center Stage Variety Show at the Danbury Palace Theatre.

 4:00 - 10:00pm
Colonial Fitness Zone -
Westside

5:00pm *Scavenger Hunt raffle drawing following show
Variety Show
- Palace Theatre, 165 Main Street, Downtown Danbury - Sponsored by CenterStage

 

Tuesday, August 29

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

7:00am – 10:00pm   
Colonial Fitness Zone hours - Midtown and Westside

7:30am - 8:30pm
The Westside Market Place will be open for students.

8:00am – 11:30pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind; come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries and late night hot food

10:00am - 2:00pm

FUNancial Aid Days - Student Center Plaza, Rain Location: Student Center Lobby
Meet the Financial Aid & Student Employment staff, play games, get free stuff, and helpful information to jump start the new academic year!

11:00am – 8:00pm
The Game Room - Midtown Student Center, 2nd floor

7:00pm
Newman Club Interest Meeting
Newman Club will be having an interest meeting at the Newman Center on 8th Avenue.

Wednesday, August 30

7:00am – 10:00pm   
Colonial Fitness Zone - Midtown and Westside

7:30am 8:30pm
The Westside Market Place will be open for students.

8:00am – 11:30pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind; come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries

10:00am 2:00pm
FUNancial Aid Days - Student Center Plaza, Rain Location: Student Center Lobby
Meet the Financial Aid & Student Employment staff, play games, get free stuff, and helpful information to jump start the new academic year!

11:00am – 8:00pm
The Game Room - Midtown Student Center, 2nd floor

2:00 – 4:30pm  (REQUIRED)®
Clubs Carnival sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA)
Your Student Government Association is sponsoring "Clubs Carnival" on the Fairfield Hall Lawn (Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall in case of rain).  This is your opportunity to learn about the student organizations at Western.  There will be amusements and more. Get involved; join an organization.  Raffle tickets are available at the SGA booth.

4:00 – 7:00pm
  COME TO HAVE FUN
Barbeque on the Fairfield Lawn
(Midtown Student Center Restaurant in case of rain). The Midtown Student Center Restaurant will be closed after 3:00pm, but the Westside Café will be open.  Meal plans accepted with swipe of ID – all freshman commuter students also swipe ID as meal is paid for by orientation committee

5:007:00pm
Welcome Back Spaghetti Dinner
- FREE dinner at the Newman Center on 8th Avenue for all students, faculty, and staff. Look for more Newman Dinners throughout the fall semester.

8:00pm
Baywatch
movie on the Science Building Lawn

 

Thursday, August 31

7:00am 10:00pm
Colonial Fitness Zone
- Midtown and Westside

7:30am 8:30pm
The Westside Market Place will be open for students.

8:00am 11:30pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind; come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries.

10:00am3:00pm
Career Success Center Open House - Westside Campus Suite 300
Come check out our great new location and all the awesome services we provide for all WCSU students!

11:00am – 8:00pm
The Game Room - Midtown Student Center, 2nd floor

12:003:00pm
Student Employment Job Fair - Warner Hall
Looking for an on-campus job this year? Attend the Student Employment Job Fair! Representative from various on-campus departments and specific off-campus organizations will be present with part-time job opportunities for Federal Work-Study and Non Work-Study students. No pre-registration required for students. All new and returning students are encouraged to attend.

8:00 – 10:00pm (Come to Have Fun) RAFFLE PRIZE DRAWING AFTER COFFEEHOUSE
Midtown Coffeehouse - Colonial Corner (every Thursday)
One hour of open mic at 8:00pm (sign-ups from 7:30pm) followed by the Featured Act. This week's featured act is Ian Murray and Megan Lyon at 9pm. As always free coffee and snacks will be served.

 

Friday, September 1

7:00am – 10:00pm
Colonial Fitness Center Zone - Midtown and Westside

7:30am 8:30pm
The Westside Market Place will be open for students.

11:00am 5:00pm
The Game Room - Midtown Student Center, 2nd. floor   

3:00 10:00 pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind; come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries.

4:00pm
Volleyball - WCSU vs. Wentworth in the Colonial Classic Tournament

7:00 9:00pm
Danbury Ice Arena
-  Ice skating hours are open now for the public! Student Admission is $9 and $4 skate rental. For more information call (203)794-1704 or check out their website: www.danburyice.com

8:00pm
Volleyball - WCSU vs. Simmons in the Colonial Classic Tournament

8:00pm
A Night of Music With Nick Arne – Colonial Corner
There will be an open mic from 8 – 8:30pm (sign-ups from 7:30pm) followed by featured act Nick Arne at 8:45pm. Nick Arne is a singer-songwriter who fuses elements of rock, pop, blues, and jazz in a unique manner. Nick released his debut album, “Songs From Thursday Nights” in March of 2017. He will be performing songs from that project as well as new originals and covers.”

Saturday, September 2

10:00am
Volleyball - WCSU vs. Penn State - Berks in the Colonial Classic Tournament

10:00am – 2:00pm
Affiliate program:
CityCenter Danbury: Farmers' Market at Kennedy Park (Danbury Green). Every Saturday until the end of October the Farmers’ Market has a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables for purchase. There is also Live Music along with Nutrition, Health & Fitness Activities.

1:10pm – 3:10pm
Danbury Ice Arena - Ice skating hours are open now for the public! Student Admission is $9 and $4 skate rental. For more information call (203)794-1704 or check out their website: www.danbury.com

1:00pm
Escape Room 101
Meet in the Student Center Lobby to board bus (Must sign up at Student Center or Campus Center Box Office - Be quick about it because there are only 40 tickets available)

Escape rooms are a relatively new type of entertainment, perfect for families, friends, and even corporate teams. In any given scenario, a team of players will enter a themed puzzle room which is then locked shut. A timer is set for 60 minutes, and in that time, the team must collect clues and solve a series of puzzles in order to retrieve a key or code to unlock the door and escape the room. At Escape 101, each team will have three clues, or hints which they can redeem with the help of a game master if they become stumped. Use them wisely!

2:00pm
Volleyball - WCSU vs. Rochester Institute in the Colonial Classic Tournament

2:00 – 8:00pm
Colonial Fitness Zone - Midtown and Westside

3:00 – 10:00pm
Westside Campus Center
The Daily Grind; come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries and late night hot food

6:00 – 11:00pm
Game Room - Midtown Student Center, 2nd floor

8:00 pm
Dive In Movie -
Westside O'Neill Center Pool
Watch a fishy movie while swimming in the pool and playing with pool toys. Enjoy a few refreshments while having fun with your new friends.

 

Sunday, September 3

1:00pm 
Field Hockey - WCSU vs. Wm. Patterson
in the Westside Athletic Complex

3:00 – 11:30pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind; come for Starbucks Coffee and/or pastries

4:00 – 10:00pm
Colonial Fitness Zone - Midtown

6:00 – 11:00pm
Game Room is open - Midtown Student Center, 2nd floor

8:00pm
Sunday Mass
- St. Anthony's Maronite Church on Granville Avenue (off White Street).

 

Monday, September 4

LABOR DAY - NO CLASSES

7:00am – 10:00pm
Colonial Fitness Zone -
Midtown and Westside 

1:00pm – late afternoon
Colonial Wars
Colonial Wars is the kickoff event to the yearlong series of events in the Chuck’s Cup program. Each hall will create a banner to represent their team and come together wearing building colors to compete in multiple events including volleyball, dodge ball, tug of war, pie eating contest and much more! Come out on Labor Day to help your Residence Hall win!

4:00 – 11:30pm
Westside Campus Center The Daily Grind; come for Starbucks Coffee, pastries, and late night hot food

6:00 – 11:00pm
Game Room
– Midtown Student Center, 2nd floor

 

 


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