Orientation : LEAP (Learn, Engage, Adapt, and Plan) Week 2018

Schedule of Events: LEAP (Learn, Engage, Adapt, and Plan) Week 2018

Last updated: August 16, 2018 

Friday, August 24


In order to prepare for your first of many traditions at WCSU, collect your Free commemorative LEAP Week T-shirt at Orientation Headquarters on the Midtown Student Center Plaza before 12 pm.  This T-shirt is a time to show pride in your new beginnings at WCSU! 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 WCSU Wednesdays.

The WCSU Shuttle will run Friday through Monday (8/24 – 8/27) between the Westside campus and the Midtown campus, leaving Westside on the hour starting at (7:00 a.m. on 8/24 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 8/28/18!

Resident and Commuter
Students have to bring their Student IDs in order to receive meals.

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. Members of various student organizations and athletic teams will be available to assist with luggage.

10:30am – 12:00pm
Commuter Student Check-in on the Midtown Student Center Plaza (rain site Student Center Lobby). 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. Main activities for commuters begin with the line-up at 12pm.

Alumni Legacy Photo – If one of your Parents or Grandparents is Alum, please join us on the front steps of Old Main for a “Next Generation” photo.

Assemble for the Entering the Gates ceremony.  Please wear your LEAP Week t-shirt which you pick up at the Orientation Headquarters tent on the Student Center Plaza.

Entering the Gates ceremony leading directly to the Barbeque on the Science Building Lawn (pick your ticket and your parent’s ticket up at the Orientation Headquarters tent on the Student Center Plaza)

1 – 3pm
Barbeque on the Science Building Lawn

7:00am – 10:00 pm
Colonial Fitness Zone is open – Midtown

6:30pm – 7:30pm
Commuter Student Workshop in the Midtown Student Center 201

Resident students will meet in their respective residence halls

8:30pm – 10:30pm
PLAYFAIR –Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall – PlayFair 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.”


Saturday, August 25

1:00pm – 5:00pm COME TO HAVE FUN 
RecFest ’18 … Come find us on the Science Building Lawn (rain location will be Berkshire Gym). 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 form 1-4pm and the BBQ will begin at 4pm. So come join us and GET REC’D this fall!

4:00pm – 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 Café will be open. Meal plans accepted with swipe of ID – First time/First year commuter students are paid for by Western’s Orientation with a swipe of ID.

Illusionist Joel Meyers, Ives Concert Hall. Sponsored by the PAC (Programs Activities Council)
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 26

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.

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.

 Monday, August 27

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.

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

 Tuesday, August 28


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

Wednesday, August 29

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

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.

 movie on the Science Building Lawn

Thursday, August 30

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.

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
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 first year students swipe ID

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 at 9pm. As always free coffee and snacks will be served.

Friday, August 31

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

 Saturday, September 1

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.

Sunday, September 2

Activities TBA

Monday, September 3


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!