Fall Orientation

First-Year Student ScheduleAugust 22-25, 2014

Schedule is subject to change. A more detailed schedule will be available upon arrival on campus.

Friday, Aug 22

12:00 PM

Move-In

Residence halls

Welcome to campus! Students should go directly to their assigned residence hall. Commuter students or those who are unsure of their housing assignment should go to the Ramaker Center. At the campus post office in the Rowenhorst Student Center (RSC), students can pick up their mailbox key and families can request mailing address information. Students can also pick up their ID card in the student development office on the second floor of the Ramaker Center.

2:00 PM

Campus Tour

Meet in front of the DeWitt Learning Commons

Parents and students can learn where things are and how things operate to better prepare themselves for success at Northwestern. Stops will include the newly renovated Ramaker Center, DeWitt Learning Commons, Academic Support Center, Computing Services and the Career Development Center.

4:45 PM

Opening Ceremony

Christ Chapel

Gather with the class of 2018, transfer students, family and friends as we welcome you into the community of Northwestern College. We're glad you’re here!

5:30 PM

Picnic on the Green

Campus green in front of Christ Chapel

All new students and their families are invited to enjoy a complimentary picnic on our campus green. Don’t forget to bring a blanket!

7:00 PM

Residence Hall Meetings

Residence halls

If you're a new student transitioning from home to dorm life, this is your opportunity to meet your resident director (RD), resident assistant (RA) and the people on your wing. Check signs in your residence hall for details.

8:30 PM

Screen on the Green

Campus green in front of Christ Chapel

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket as we enjoy a movie together on our campus green. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The movie will start at sunset (weather permitting).

10:30 PM

Community Time

Residence halls

Your RA has some fun activities planned for the evening, including a late-night visit to the Dutch Bakery in town.

Saturday, Aug 23

7:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

Ramaker Center

A complimentary continental breakfast is available for all new students and their family members. Grab some food before heading over to the chapel for devotions.

8:30 AM

Morning Worship and Devotional

Christ Chapel

Join us as we begin the day with praise and worship! Instructions for the day will also be given at this time. You will be introduced to your Orientation small groups afterwards.

9:15 AM

Practical Wisdom for College Success

Van Peursem Hall

Northwestern prides itself on an academically rigorous curriculum. Join faculty, staff, alumni and O-Staff as they give tips on how to succeed academically at NWC. See your O-Staff leader for classroom locations.

10:30 AM

Small Group Time

Campus green

Get introduced to the small group you will be working with during Orientation.

11:00 AM

Lunch

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

Meals can be purchased for parents and family. Adults: $7.75; children 5-10: $3.88; 4 years and under: no charge

11:00 AM

Language Placement Testing

Van Peursem Hall

If you did not attend a RED101 Admitted Student Day, you are required to complete this placement test to determine how many—if any—language courses you will need to take.

2:00 PM

O-Serve

Christ Chapel

Learn why service to others is an integral part of your Northwestern experience and join your Orientation group to serve the Sioux County community in a variety of ways.

5:15 PM

Picnic with President Christy

President Christy's home (701 Juneau Ave. SE)

After finishing our service projects, we'll join President Greg Christy and his wife, Michelle, at their home for a picnic dinner. Shuttle vans will depart from the plaza in front of the DeWitt Learning Commons.

7:30 PM

Games on the Green

Campus Green in front of Christ Chapel

Let off some steam by taking part in some fun games on the campus green. We will have Ultimate Frisbee and several other games to help you get to know each other.

10:00 PM

O-Prov

Allen Black Box Theatre, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Share in the fun and laughter with Northwestern’s hilarious improv group, Black V.

Sunday, Aug 24

8:30 AM

Sunday Morning Worship

Local churches

You are invited to join our student leaders in attending a local church. Information about service times and locations will be distributed upon your arrival for Orientation.

11:30 AM

Sunday Brunch

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

1:00 PM

Student Employment Meeting

Vogel Community Room, DeWitt Learning Commons

In order to be eligible for current or future employment on campus, you must meet to complete employment forms. Please bring two forms of identification: your driver's license and your passport, birth certificate or Social Security card.

1:45 PM

Dessert with Your First-Year Seminar Professor

In front of DeWitt Learning Commons

Meet with your small group and head over to your First-Year Seminar (FYS) professor's home to enjoy dessert together. This is a great way to get to know your FYS instructor—--and most likely won’t be the last time you’re invited to a faculty or staff member’s home.

3:30 PM

Walmart Shuttle

Rowenhorst Student Center parking lot

We will offer a complimentary shuttle to Walmart in Sioux Center every half hour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Return shuttles from Walmart back to campus are scheduled for 4:15, 4:45, 5:15 and 6 p.m.

5:00 PM

Dinner

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

7:00 PM

O-Show: Opening Night

England Proscenium Theatre, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Get to know your college through this show about the thrills, chills and spills of life at Northwestern, starring the O-Staff. Presented twice at 7:00 and 8:00 Sunday evening.

8:00 PM

O-Show: Opening Night

England Proscenium Theatre, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Get to know your college through this show about the thrills, chills and spills of life at Northwestern, starring the O-Staff. Presented twice at 7:00 and 8:00 Sunday evening.

9:00 PM

Praise & Worship

Christ Chapel

Focus on your spiritual life by exploring campus ministry opportunities and participating in the student-led Sunday Night Praise & Worship.

10:00 PM

Capture the Flag

Christ Chapel

Following P&W, join the O-staff in a large game of Capture the Flag on campus.

Monday, Aug 25

7:00 AM

Breakfast

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

9:00 AM

The Academic Endeavor

Christ Chapel

Academics can be the hardest part of college. This session will prepare you for a successful academic career at Northwestern.

9:45 AM

Department Meetings by Major

To be announced

Meet other students and professors from your department and enjoy lively conversation.

10:45 AM

Freshman Surveys

Van Peursem Hall classrooms

We want to know the class of 2018! These surveys provide feedback on the valuable skills you bring to the college experience and some of the challenges you may face as a student.

12:00 PM

Lunch

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

1:00 PM

Individual Adviser Meetings Available

Adviser's office

Your faculty adviser provides guidance throughout your college years to help you maximize your learning at Northwestern. Individual meetings can be scheduled during this time to make any last-minute schedule adjustments.

4:00 PM

commUnity

Vogel Community Room, DeWitt Learning Commons

Come and join us as we explore the "U" in commUnity. This active session will be fueled by you, your peers ... and ice cream! Together we'll begin to find your value to this community—and this community's value to you.

5:00 PM

Dinner

DeWitt Center Cafeteria

7:00 PM

O-Show: Closing Night

England Proscenium Theatre, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Enjoy the final presentation of the 2014 O-Show! (Performances at both 7 and 8 p.m. are open to returning and new students.)

8:00 PM

O-Show: Closing Night

England Proscenium Theatre, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center

Enjoy the final presentation of the 2014 O-Show! (Performances at both 7 and 8 p.m. are open to returning and new students.)

Tuesday, Aug 26

11:00 AM

Opening Convocation

Christ Chapel

On the first day of classes, join other new students, upperclassmen, faculty and staff for an opening convocation celebrating the start of a new school year.




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