Week of Welcome 2017

* Denotes a mandatory event or activity

** Students are encouraged to attend all events and activities. **

*** Please bring your Bobcat ID Card so your attendance can be tracked. ***
 

7 – 11 a.m.  MOVE-IN DAY - Assigned Residence Hall or Apartment

You will begin your residential Georgia College experience by moving into your assigned hall or apartment.  A variety of community members and returning students will be on hand to welcome you as you move your belongings into your room.  These individuals are available to assist you by providing directions and answering questions.  Move-in details are available online at gcsu.edu/housing.

 

7 – 11 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge-in.  Contact your sorority for details.

 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  BARNES & NOBLE VIP PARTY – Downtown on Hancock Street

Come to Barnes & Noble at Georgia College to be welcomed to campus in style at our VIP Event!  Pick up your books, get your GC gear, take a photo with Thunder and win prizes!

 

12:30 - 2 p.m.  LATE FALL SEMESTER ORIENTATION - Arts & Sciences Auditorium

The orientation session is designed for transfer and freshmen students who were unable to attend one of the June or July programs.  Check in will be held between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium and the orientation program will conclude by 2 p.m.  Students may register online at gcsu.edu/orientation or contact the office of New Student Programs at 478-445-0948.

 

2 – 4 p.m.  FRATERNITY PARENT ORIENTATION – Donahoo Lounge, Maxwell Student Union 

The Fraternity Parent Orientation is designed for parents to gain information about the fraternal organizations at Georgia College.  Parents will receive an introduction as to “What Does a Fraternity Man Look Like at Georgia College?” Additional information regarding ways to join a fraternity at Georgia College will also be shared.

 

3 - 3:30 p.m.   MEET YOUR COMMUNITY ADVISOR (CA) - assigned residence hall

Come together with your CA and your fellow floor mates to be introduced to your new community. Your CA will share important information with you about Week of Welcome and help you meet your new neighbors.

 

4:30 – 7 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

6:30 – 7 p.m.   CHECK IN AND FREE T-SHIRT

Students should arrive early to the Welcome Session (before 7 p.m.) to swipe-in and receive their Class of 2021 T-shirts.  The T-shirt is required as part of your class photo on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Front Campus.

 

*7 – 10 p.m.  WELCOME TO GEORGIA COLLEGE KICKOFF CELEBRATION – Centennial Center

Now that you’ve unpacked and moved in, it is time to celebrate! First, the Dean of Students will officially welcome you to Georgia College.  Next, you will join with faculty and staff for a party featuring plenty of food, music, games, crafts, and conversations. This is an incredible networking opportunity.  You will also have the opportunity to sign GC’s Honor Code.  We want to celebrate your induction into the GC Family! 

 

10 p.m. – 12 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge-in.  Contact your sorority for details.

 

10 – 11:30 p.m.  SAILESH THE HYPNOTIST – Russell Auditorium

Dubbed "The World’s Best Hypnotist," by MTV Europe, his live show has been described as a cross between a concert and the best party ever! Sailesh makes audience members the stars of the show, taking the entire audience on a journey using hypnosis, improv, music and interactivity to create a whole lot of laughter and a ton of fun! As Campus Activities Magazines 2016/2017 Entertainer of the Year, he has also been nominated and Runner-Up for Best Male Entertainer of the Year and Best Novelty Act in the last two years, and awarded as APCA's 2014 Hypnotist of the Year. This is one show you must see!


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  BREAKFAST - The MAX

 

*8 a.m.  FIRST-YEAR CONVOCATION CHECK-IN STARTS – Centennial Center

Bring your Bobcat Card and Book to gain entrance to all events.

 

*9 – 10:15 a.m.  FIRST-YEAR CONVOCATION – Centennial Center

Appropriate dress required - no jeans or caps.

Convocation is your official induction into the Georgia College family. This year’s convocation speaker is Warren St. John, author of Outcasts United. Here you will also receive your class pin which serves as a tangible symbol of your membership in the Georgia College Class of 2021. In receiving and putting on your pin, you are not only joining a list of Georgia College community members that stretches back 128 years, you are also demonstrating your bond to your classmates and commitment to our shared principles of “Reason, Respect, and Responsibility.”  

 

10:15 a.m.  GROUPS DISMISSED TO COLLEGES TO DISCUSS BOOK AND MAJORS

 

*10:30 – 11:15 a.m.   BOOK DISCUSSION BY COLLEGE

Join your faculty to discuss this year’s book.  Outcasts United is a story of a refugee soccer team, a remarkable woman coach and a small southern town turned upside down by the process of refugee resettlement.  It’s a tale about resilience, the power of one person to make a difference and the daunting challenge of creating community in a place where people seem to have little in common.

 

11:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  LUNCH

 

*11:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  SESSION I – Concurrent Programs – see groupings, locations, and times below

The GC Family and Traditions

What does it mean to be a part of the GC Family?  This interactive session will delve into cultural awareness and understanding through respectful, genuine dialogue with GC’s own Diversity Peer Educators.  We hope to make GC a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone.  You’ll also have an opportunity to view a video of GC traditions.

Introduction to GC Technology

Technology is extremely important to the daily lives of our students so you should not miss this session.  This is the only comprehensive introduction to technology you will receive at Georgia College. This session will introduce you to the many software products and the computer services that we offer.  We believe it is important for you to receive hands-on training immediately after these concurrent sessions to ensure you have a good command of these resources.

Be BRAVE

Join us for this session to learn about your role in preventing sexual assault at Georgia College. It's on us to be BRAVE!

Group Assignments by Residence

Group 1: Sanford, Bell, Parkhurst

Group 2: Foundation, Wells

Group 3: The Village

Group 4: Adams, Napier
 

Group 1

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    GC FAMILY / TRADITIONS – Russell Auditorium

12:05 – 12:50 p.m.             TECHNOLOGY - Magnolia Ballroom

12:55 – 1:40 p.m.                BE BRAVE - A&S Classroom

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.                  LUNCH - The MAX

 

Group 2

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    LUNCH – The MAX

12:05 – 12:50 p.m.             GC FAMILY / TRADITIONS – Russell Auditorium

12:55 – 1:40 p.m.                TECHNOLOGY - Magnolia Ballroom

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.                  BE BRAVE – A&S Auditorium

 

Group 3

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    BE BRAVE – A&S Classrooms

12:05 – 12:50 p.m.             LUNCH - The MAX

12:55 – 1:40 p.m.                GC FAMILY / TRADITIONS – Russell Auditorium

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.                  TECHNOLOGY – Magnolia Ballroom

 

Group 4

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    TECHNOLOGY – Magnolia Ballroom

12:05 – 12:50 p.m.             BE BRAVE – A&S Classrooms

12:55 – 1:40 p.m.                LUNCH - The MAX

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.                  GC FAMILY / TRADITIONS – Russell Auditorium

 

3 – 4:30 p.m.  SESSION II - Drop-In Sessions

This session is designed for you to just drop-in.  You may roam through the various stations for help or to learn more about our technology and software systems. See details below:

HANDS-ON TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS sponsored by the Innovation Station – Student Activities Center, Magnolia Ballroom

In these important drop-in sessions, you will learn how to use Unify and download your free Office 365 software.  You’ll learn to use OrgSync to stay informed about campus happenings, how to register for intramural sports using imleagues.com, how to track your community service hours with GivePulse, how to register with RAVE (our campus emergency alert system), how to request a ride using TapRide (GC’s on-demand rideshare program), how to track GC shuttles using the TransLoc live shuttle map, and much more. Join us to learn about these different systems and have a chance to win some cool prizes!

 

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  NPHC FORUM & SOCIAL – Museum Education Room  

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African-American, international fraternities and sororities. The NPHC organizations are sometimes collectively referred to as the “Divine Nine.” Membership intake for these organizations are coordinated by the chapters, their sponsoring local alumni chapter, and supported by the Georgia College NPHC chapters. Please join the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life for the NPHC Forum. This informational session will be followed by an ice cream social and will be a great opportunity to meet the student leaders from NPHC. To learn more, visit www.gcsu.edu/fsl/nphc.

 

4:30 – 6:45 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

*7 – 8:30 p.m.  COMMUNITY 101 – Assigned Residence Hall

Join your fellow floor mates as your Community Advisor reviews important information you will need to know about living in University Housing. Topics ranging from housing rules and policies to how to get involved on campus and in your building will be covered. You will also receive information about the class photo scheduled for Saturday morning. Attendance is required.

 

8:30 – 10 p.m.  HOMETOWN CELEBRATION:  I ♥ MILLY! – Downtown Milledgeville (east on Hancock)
Main Street Milledgeville, Student Government Association, and our partners, invite the campus community to Downtown Milledgeville for live entertainment, hometown fun, giveaways and more. We ask that everyone use the hashtag #ilovemilly on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to share their love for Milly!

 

10 p.m. – 12 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge-in.  Contact your sorority for details.


*9 – 9:30 a.m.  PHOTO FOR CLASS OF 2021 – Front Campus

 

*9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  FIRST-YEAR ACADEMIC SEMINAR SESSIONS

Your first-year academic seminar kicks off this morning with some important information and key resources to get your semester off to a good start.  We’ll also elaborate about the first-year seminar and what is expected.

Sessions will include presentations by the Academic Advising Center, The GIVE Center, International Education Center, University Career Center, Counseling Services, The Testing Center, and Health Promotions.

Locations: 

Group 1 – Sanford, Bell, Parkhurst – Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center

Group 2 – Adams, Foundation, Wells – Russell Auditorium

Group 3 – The Village – A&S Auditorium

Group 4 – Napier – Peabody Auditorium

 

11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.  LUNCH – The MAX

 

1 – 7 p.m. REC FEST – Wellness and Recreation Center

Come out to the Wellness and Recreation Center for an afternoon of fun, friendly competition, and prizes! Bring your swimsuit for a dip in the pool or a jump off the high dive or bring your tennis shoes for some inflatable related competitions. From obstacle courses, to jousting, to Giant Jenga, to a belly-flop competition, plenty of fun is to be had and prizes to be won. In between activities, enjoy the opportunity to explore the facility and learn more about the various programs and employment opportunities including Intramurals, Club Sports, Group Fit, Sustainability, and Outdoor Programs. GC Shuttles will provide transportation from the MSU stop.

 

4:30 – 7:15 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

6 – 7:30 p.m.  *** CANCELED*** Transportation to West Campus for the Soccer Game. Shuttles leave from the MSU stop.

 

*7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  *** CANCELED***  FIRST-YEARS UNITED SOCCER GAME – West Campus Soccer Field

Watch your very own blue and green class soccer teams battle on the Georgia College soccer field.  Come root for your classmates, enjoy giveaways, refreshments, and have loads of fun!

 

8:30 – 9:30 p.m.  *** CANCELED*** TRANSPORTATION FROM WEST CAMPUS TO SILENT DISCO

Board the GC Shuttle to Main Campus for the Silent Disco. Shuttles leave from the West Campus stop.

 

9:30 – 11:45 p.m.  SILENT DISCO sponsored by Resident Student Association – Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center

The Resident Student Association (RSA) invites you to their annual Silent Disco! Silent Disco is a unique way of experiencing music. Guests wear wireless headphones and a silent atmosphere instantly transforms in to a high- energy musical performance. Enjoy the work of a professional DJ, or make requests for your favorite tracks the choice is yours.  Tune in to up to three channels and different types of music and create the party you would prefer. Free refreshments will be provided.


7 – 11 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge-in.  Contact your sorority for details.

 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  BRUNCH – The MAX

Sleep in and then head to The MAX for your first brunch of the year. 

 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  EMERGING LEADERS KICK-OFF – Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center
                                (NOTE:  Only for those who pre-registered for this program)

 

12 – 3:30 p.m.  LAKE BASH sponsored by CAB – Power Point Lake Lot on Lake Sinclair

The Campus Activities Board is hosting a fun-filled afternoon at Lake Sinclair with a number of lake activities planned.  Welcome to Lake Country!  What better way to kick off the school year than with a party on the lake? Hosted by the Campus Activities Board, this is one party you won’t want to miss. There will be boat tours, swimming (bring a towel and a bathing suit), and much more. We’ll supply the snacks, drinks and popsicles to keep you cool while you hang out with friends on Lake Sinclair. Georgia College’s own WGUR will be DJing, giving you the best summer party soundtrack. Starting at 11:45, shuttles will be provided to transport you to and from the event - we’ve got it all covered. So, be sure to mark your calendars for CAB’s Lake Bash at Power Point Lake Lot!

 

2 – 3:30 p.m.  FINDING AND LANDING A PART-TIME JOB – Atkinson 107

The Career Center will lead an interactive session that teaches students how to find the part-time jobs and how to be successful in the search and application process. By attending this workshop, students will also learn how to put together a resume, prepare for the Part-time Job Fair on August 23, and interview effectively for part-time positions.

 

4 – 6 p.m.  BOBCAT MARKETPLACE & COMMUNITY CELEBRATION sponsored by Barnes & Noble – Centennial Center      

BOBCAT MARKETPLACE:  Student organizations will be on hand to provide information on how to get involved on campus.  Now that you are on campus, remember the Campus Life Challenge: Get involved in at least one organization or team in the first two weeks. Well, now is that time. Just do it!

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION:  Milledgeville is a great place to live and learn. Come meet the various people and groups that make Milledgeville such a special place. You will have opportunities to connect with various faith-based groups, community service agencies, and local businesses. Get involved in your new community! Enter a drawing for prizes including a semester of free books!

 

4 – 6 p.m.  APPAREL INK T-SHIRT UPGRADE (while they last) – Centennial Center

Bobcat fans will have the opportunity for a T-shirt upgrade.  Bring in a shirt with any other college logo on it, no matter the condition, and swap it for a brand-new Georgia College shirt!  Milledgeville is Bobcat territory.  It can be the Georgia Tech shirt you do yard work in with the yellow pit stains, or it can be the Georgia shirt that your pet bulldog got a hold of and tore to shreds.  We’ll take any shirt, no questions asked.

 

4 – 6 p.m.  THE MARK VAIL MARROW DONOR REGISTRY DRIVE – Centennial Center, Room 237/238

Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer.  For many patients with leukemia or other blood diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for a cure.  If you are between the ages of 18-44, in general good health, and willing to donate marrow cells to a stranger, you could be someone's cure by joining the Be The Match Registry.  Paperwork, a cheek swab and 15 minutes of your time are all it takes to join.


5 -7 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

8 – 9:30 p.m.  CAN I KISS YOU?  - Russell Auditorium

This session is being brought back by popular demand!  It will educate students on the importance of developing healthy relationships in college and beyond.  For over 17 years, Mike Domitrz has been inspiring students with his hilarious sense of humor and his truly unique approach to healthier dating and communication.  Check him out:  datesafeproject.org.

 

8 p.m.  BARNES & NOBLE DRAWING FOR A SEMESTER OF FREE BOOKS – Russell Auditorium

If you entered the Barnes & Noble drawing, prizes including a semester of free books will be drawn at this time.  Bring your ticket with you.  You must be present to win!

 

*9:30 – 10 p.m.  CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY – Front Campus

The night before classes start, the campus community gathers on the front lawn to mark the beginning of the academic year. Following a brief program, students will process through the pergola.

 

10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.  SORORITIES PLEDGE-IN ALLOWED

For women who were selected to join a sorority, this time has been set aside for sorority pledge-in.  Contact your sorority for details.


7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  LEMONADE BRIGADE – Make-a-Wish Fountain @ A&S

Need to know where Herty Hall is located?  Not sure where to go to get an immunization form?  Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and meet members of Gamma Sigma Sigma (the National Co-Ed Service Sorority), The GIVE Center and other members of our campus community who make up the Lemonade Brigade.  Administrators, faculty, staff and students will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have and provide ice-cold lemonade and water as you make your way across campus.

 

8 a. m. – 4 p.m.  POSTER SALE – Make-A-Wish Fountain (next to A&S)

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College.

 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  CAREER CENTER OPEN HOUSE AND RESUME REVIEW DAYS, 110 Lanier Hall

Students are invited to stop by the Career Center to learn about their services and to get resumes reviewed before the part-time Job Fair.  By getting a resume reviewed at this event, students will also be able to complete the Resume Review expectation of the Career Planning Milestones.

 

2 – 5 p.m.  OPEN SWIMMING – Centennial Center Swimming Pool

 

TBA   IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM – See your Community Advisor for details.

 

5 - 8 p.m.  MOD HOURS MONDAY AT THE INNOVATION STATION

The Innovation Station is staying open late to make sure you’ve got everything you need for classes.  Raffle prizes will be drawn all night!

 

7:00 p.m. – RESIDENCE HALL COMMUNITY COUNCIL INFO SESSION – Your Residence Hall’s Lobby/West Campus Classroom

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills, meeting new friends in your residence hall, and above all, having a great time? Then join your residence hall’s Community Council. Get more information by talking to your Community Advisor or Community Director and attend this session. Once you've decided to be a part of your Community Council, complete an application by going to www.gcsu.edu/housing/get-involved. If you are elected to serve on the Community Council Executive Board, you'll attend an overnight Community Council Leadership Retreat, September 8-9, to prepare you for your role and introduce you to several new experiences!


7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  LEMONADE BRIGADE - Make-a-Wish Fountain @ A&S

Need to know where Herty Hall is located?  Not sure where to go to get an immunization form?  Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and meet members of Gamma Sigma Sigma, the National Co-Ed Service Sorority, The GIVE Center and other members of our campus community who make up the Lemonade Brigade.  Administrators, faculty, staff and students will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have and provide ice-cold lemonade and water as you make your way across campus.

 

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  POSTER SALE - Make-A-Wish Fountain (next to A&S)

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College.

 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  CAREER CENTER OPEN HOUSE AND RESUME REVIEW DAYS, 110 Lanier Hall

Students are invited to stop by the Career Center to learn about their services and to get resumes reviewed before the part-time Job Fair.  By getting a resume reviewed at this event, students will also be able to complete the Resume Review expectation of the Career Planning Milestones.

 

2 – 5 p.m.  OPEN SWIMMING - Centennial Center Swimming Pool

 

TBA   IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM - See your Community Advisor for details.

 

9:00 p.m. – RESIDENCE HALL COMMUNITY COUNCIL INFO SESSION – Your Residence Hall’s Lobby/West Campus Classroom

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills, meeting new friends in your residence hall, and above all, having a great time? Then join your residence hall’s Community Council. Get more information by talking to your Community Advisor or Community Director and attend this session. Once you've decided to be a part of your Community Council, complete an application by going to www.gcsu.edu/housing/get-involved. If you are elected to serve on the Community Council Executive Board, you'll attend an overnight Community Council Leadership Retreat, September 8-9, to prepare you for your role and introduce you to several new experiences.


8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  POSTER SALE - Make-A-Wish Fountain @ A&S

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College.

 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  PART-TIME JOB FAIR – Front Porch of Atkinson Hall (up front external stairs)

On and off campus employers will be available to talk to students about part-time job opportunities.  Students are encouraged to research the attending companies on Career Connection and to bring copies of their resumes.

 

2 – 5 p.m.  GIVE CENTER OPEN HOUSE – First floor of Maxwell Student Union

Interested in community service and volunteerism? Come join us for “Happy Hour,” sponsored by Sonic & Chili’s, and learn more about The GIVE Center, our service student organizations and volunteering opportunities in our community. In addition to food and refreshments, you will have a chance to win a free year of Netflix or Hulu! Don’t forget to bring your GIVE Center postcard that you received on Saturday for an extra chance to win!


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College.


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station

The start of a new school year can be a stressful time. The Serve Help Desk is here to help relieve some of this stress by hosting the Tech Help Lounge, located in the demo room of The Innovation Station. Come meet the knowledgeable technicians of IT and learn about everything from resetting your Unify password to the different computer repair and part replacement services offered here at Georgia College.