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Week of Welcome 2015

Thursday, August 13 

7 a.m. – Noon, MOVE-IN DAY - Assigned residence hall or apartment 

move inYou 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

9 a.m. – 3 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 - 3:30 p.m., LATE FALL SEMESTER ORIENTATION -Arts & Sciences Auditorium

This 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 or contact the office of New Student Programs at 478-445-0948.


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.


3:30 – 7 p.m.  TRADITIONS TOUR: Starting on Front Campus at the Bobcat Head

Join our Student Ambassador team to learn about Georgia College’s traditions.  Legend has it that if you rub someone’s nose, you will have good luck on your final exams… You can only find out whose nose if you attend our traditions tour.  You will also have your picture taken with the Pergola and four years later we will do it again as part of Senior Sendoff. 

Assignments by Residence: 

Group 1:  Adams, Napier, Sanford, Bell

Group 2:  Foundation, Wells, Parkhurst

Group 3:  The Village


Group 1                   Group 2                    Group 3

4:30-5:30 Dinner   3:30-5 Traditions    4:30-6 Tradition

5:30-7 Traditions    5-6 Dinner               6-7 Dinner        


8 – 8:30 p.m.  WELCOME TO GEORGIA COLLEGE – Dean of Students – Centennial Center

During this session you will receive your official Green Towel, Blue Book and sign the Honor Code.

8:30 – 10 p.m.  PLAYFAIR – JOINING THE GC FAMILY - Centennial Center

PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced.  It’s entertainment!  It’s fun!  It’s the perfect way to make new friends!  Visit their website to learn more:


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.  LATE NIGHT WITH THUNDER (pancake breakfast, bingo, prizes) - The MAX

Free food late at night is always a good thing, but add bingo and prizes and it becomes a GREAT thing.  Don’t miss this chance to socialize with your new friends, win great prizes, and eat pancakes galore.


Friday, August 14


7:30 – 9 a.m.  BREAKFAST - The MAX

8 – 8:45 a.m. FIRST-YEAR CONVOCATION CHECK-IN STARTS – Centennial Center

Bring your Bobcat Card to gain entrance to all events.

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

This event is mandatory for all first-year students.  This event is dressier (no jeans or caps).

Dr. Carolyn Denard will welcome the Class of 2019 and talk to students in her convocation address, “Discovering Why,” about the exciting and challenging opportunities that a liberal arts education at Georgia College affords.  This allows students to discover the “why” of everything and, in so doing, begin to understand the world more broadly and become the kind of transformative leaders needed in a changing world.



Bring your Bobcat Card to gain entrance to College book discussions.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.   BOOK DISCUSSION BY COLLEGE

Join your faculty to discuss the book The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore.  Two young men with the same name living in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Here is the story of two young men and the journey of a generation.

12:15 – 2 p.m.  LUNCH


The GC Family

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. 


Introduction to GC Technology

Technology is extremely important to the daily lives of our students so you should not dare miss this session.  This session will introduce you to the many software products and the computer services that we offer.  We believe this is important to our students that we are even offering hands-on training immediately after these concurrent sessions.

Group Assignments by Residence:

Group 1:  Adams, Sanford, Napier, Bell, Village 5-6

Group 2: Foundation, Wells, Parkhurst, Village 4


                    Group 1               Group 2

2 – 3 p.m.  GC FAMILY          TECHNOLOGY                                                          - Russell Aud.       – Magnolia Ballroom

3 – 4 p.m.  TECHNOLOGY      GC FAMILY
                    – Magnolia BR     – Russell Aud.


4 – 5 p.m.  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, how to track your community service hours with GivePulse, how to register with RAVE, our campus emergency alert system, and much more.

5 – 6:45 p.m.  DINNER

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

Join your fellow floor mates as your CA reviews important things you will need to know about living in University Housing. Your CA will cover housing policies and things you need to know about the semester ahead. You will also receive a special Class of 2019 T-shirt. Attendance is required.

8:30 – 10 p.m.  HOMETOWN CELEBRATION:  I <3 MILLY! – Downtown Milledgeville (east on Hancock Street)

Main Street Milledgeville, Student Government Association, and all of 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!


Saturday, August 15

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.  BREAKFAST - The MAX

9 – 9:30 a.m.  PHOTO FOR CLASS OF 2019 – Front Campus


NOTE:  Students will not move locations!!!  The presenters will move instead.

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 to expect.



Group 1 – College of Business - Magnolia Ballroom

Group 2 – College of Arts & Sciences and Undeclared - Russell Auditorium

Group 3 – College of Health Sciences - Arts & Sciences Auditorium

Group 4 – College of Education - Peabody Auditorium


Parking for the Day:  The Georgia College Shuttle System will be running extended hours Saturday to transport students from main to west campus throughout the day. Parking & Transportation strongly encourages students to utilize the shuttles to move back and forth between campuses; very limited parking will be available on West Campus and ticketing for illegal parking will be enforced. For any questions, please contact Parking & Transportation at 478-445-7433.

If you plan to swim, don’t forget your bathing suit and a towel.


Saturday afternoon is an opportunity for students to relax and learn about the variety of wellness and recreational activities available at Georgia College and within the lake community. 


12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  LAKE LIFE 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), an opportunity to walk on water, 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 12:30, 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 August 15th- CAB’s Lake Bash at the lake on Power Point!

1 – 5 p.m.  WELLNESS AND RECSPORTS OFFICES OPEN FOR BUSINESS – Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC)


        1 – 1:45 p.m., Registration Begins, WRC, Office on Recreational Sports – (first come, first serve)

         2 – 5 p.m., Play Begins, WRC, Basketball Courts and Multi-purpose Court


2 – 3 p.m.  FITNESS CLASS: HARD BODIES, WRC, Fitness Studio


2 – 5 p.m.  OPEN SWIM – WRC Pool

3 – 4 p.m.  FITNESS CLASS: SPIN, WRC, Fitness Studio

4 – 5 p.m.  FITNESS CLASS: YOGA, WRC, Fitness Studio

4:30 – 6:30 pm.  DINNER, The MAX


5:30 – 7:30 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!

5:30 – 7:30 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.


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!



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

This event is mandatory for first-year students.

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:

9:45 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.  RESIDENT STUDENT ASSOCIATION MOVIE NIGHT: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center

Mosey on over to the Student Activities Center and into the Magnolia Ballroom to watch Mad Max on the big screen.  Magnolia Ballroom has state-of-the-art video and sound for a truly great viewing experience.  Pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags are welcome.  Mad Max is an apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.



Sunday, August 16


12 – 1 p.m.  ART, CULTURE & HISTORY EXPLORATIONS – Meeting location is next to programs below.

Students will have the opportunity to explore:

  • Old Governor’s Mansion - 120 South Clarke Street

Serving as the residence for Georgia's chief executives for over thirty years, the Mansion's history encompasses the antebellum, Civil War, and early Reconstruction phases of the state's history. During the Civil War, the Mansion was claimed as a "prize" in the "March to the Sea," when General William T. Sherman headquartered in the building on November 23, 1864. The Old Governor's Mansion now serves as an historic house museum that illustrates the history of the site and its inhabitants during the years.

  • Sallie Ellis Davis House - 301 South Clarke Street

The house was the home of a dedicated and passionate Baldwin County educator.  Ms. Davis worked her entire career as a teacher and principal at the Eddy School to touch the lives of Baldwin County children. Ms. Davis was an inspiration and a pillar of the African American community in segregated Milledgeville.  Her legacy, preserved in her home, is one of excellence. The Sallie Ellis Davis Cultural Arts Center is located at 301 S. Clarke Street near the entrance of the Centennial Center.

  • Russell Library Galleries

Special Collections will feature an exhibit on Georgia College presidents in the main gallery; a Carl Vinson exhibit in the small gallery; and the Flannery O'Connor Room will also be available for exploration!

  • Ennis Hall Galleries - 320 West Hancock Street

We invite everyone to stop by Ennis Hall to see a sneak peak of an exhibition newly installed of work by Dr. Ken Procter, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences!


1 – 2 p.m.  RESUME WORKSHOP – Atkinson 107

This workshop, hosted by the University Career Center, will help you update your resume so you are ready to apply for part-time jobs on campus.


In this workshop, we will share tips and resources for finding a job on campus and in the Milledgeville community. In addition to providing tips for networking and making the best impression when you contact local organizations about jobs, we will discuss how to balance your time between classes, extra-curricular, and work responsibilities. 

3 – 4 p.m.  INTRODUCTION TO INTERNSHIPS –Atkinson 107

The University Career Center will review the basics for pursuing internships during your time at Georgia College.

3 – 4 p.m.  ART, CULTURE & HISTORY EXPLORATIONS – Meeting location is next to programs below.  

Students will have the opportunity to explore (see description above):

•      Old Governor's Mansion - 120 South Clarke Street

•      Sallie Ellis Davis House – 301 South Clarke Street

•      Russell Library Galleries

•      Ennis Hall Galleries - 320 West Hancock Street

5 -7 p.m. DINNER – The MAX






SOLO CIRCUS is a fast-paced, variety show featuring amazing magic, juggling, circus sideshow stunts and audience interaction and comedy. Michael DuBois has appeared on Jay Leno and David Letterman. Special guest Viktoria Grimmy is a fifth-generation circus performer and aerialist who created and performed circus acts for the Tony-award winning Broadway production of PIPPIN and in the film Burlesque.







Monday, August 17



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 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)

1 – 5 p.m.  OPEN SWIMMING – Centennial Center Swimming Pool

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

3 – 6 p.m.  FRATERNITY AND SORORITY OPEN HOUSE – Suite 314 Student Activities Center

An Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place to unveil the renovated Fraternity and Sorority Life Suite.  The space has been remodeled to provide more purposeful space for students.


7:30 – 9 p.m.  THE FOOD DUDE – Magnolia Ballroom



College is a hard time for anyone to try and be healthy. It’s often difficult to eat right and exercise with such busy schedules. But, Kevin Roberts, “THE FOOD DUDE” wants to teach everyone how to do just that.







Tuesday, August 18


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 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)

1 – 5 p.m.  OPEN SWIMMING - Centennial Center Swimming Pool

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


Wednesday, August 19


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

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

Community and campus employers will be taking resumes from students interested in part-time jobs.  Register in Career Connections at and go to “Career Fairs and Events” to see a list of participating employers.


Thursday, August 20


3 – 5 p.m.  GIVEPULSE KICKOFF – Maxwell Student Union Patio

Please join The GIVE Center for the official GivePulse kick-off on the MSU Patio outside of Chick-Fil-A (rain location- MSU Lounge). This is a brand new on-line software that tracks your community service hours. Be the first Bobcats to see how to use it and what it can do for you. Music, food, and FREE GivePulse T-shirts until they run out.

5:30 – 9 p.m.  SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE & BAND PARTY – The Oconee Greenway (head east on Greene Street)

The Interfraternity Council will host a Band Party at the Oconee Greenway, admission to the Band Party is school supplies.  The council will be collecting school supplies and will be donating them to our community partners “Community in Schools.”  All supplies will go to local schools in the Baldwin-Milledgeville Community.


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