Weekend of Welcome 2019

Weekend of Welcome will be on August 15-18, 2019 and is an immersive experience that showcases the unique and multifaceted culture of Georgia College. It's a time to get acquainted with the Georgia College campus community, to make new connections, to get involved, and to explore the different parts of campus. There are several required programs for first-year students during Weekend of Welcome (denoted with an asterisk) that cover important topics about health and safety, diversity and inclusion, and the transition into the college environment. We hope you will take the time to participate in the wide array of events and activities. For a complete breakdown of the Weekend of Welcome schedule, please see below.

* Denotes a mandatory event or activity

** Please download your event pass from the Corq app 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 and 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 by visiting University 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.  Sororities are not allowed to schedule activities outside of the times in this program.

 

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, get free swag, and learn more about winning a semester of free books when you sign up for our mobile app!

 

 

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  LUNCH - The MAX  

 

12:30 - 2:30 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 2:30 p.m. Students may register online at gcsu.edu/orientation or contact the office of New Student Programs at 478-445-0948

 

3 - 5 p.m.   PARENT PROGRAM - Arts & Sciences Auditorium

Parents and families, this one is for you! Come hear about how to support your student through the transition to college. We'll address how to start the conversation on touch topics college students face and give advice on how to anticipate the "pressure points" during the semester when your student may be challenged. (Note: Make sure to have your "big goodbye" before this session. Your student will be swept away into WoW activities starting at 3 p.m.)

 

*3 - 4:30 p.m.   MEET YOUR COMMUNITY ADVISOR (CA) - Assigned Residence Hall or Apartment

Come together with your CA and your fellow floormates to be introduced to your new community.  Your CA will share important information you need to know about living in University Housing.  Your CA will review the Week of Welcome schedule, distribute your Class of 2023 T-shirt for the night's events (Welcome Rally, Kick-off Cookout, and RecFest) and help you meet your new neighbors.  Other topics will include sharing housing rules and policies and getting involved on campus.

 

*GEORGIA COLLEGE WELCOME RALLY – Centennial Center

Be sure to wear your Class of 2023 T-shirt.

 

4:30 p.m.   CHECK-IN AND FREE SWAG

Students should arrive early to the Welcome Rally (before 5 p.m.) to swipe in and receive an official GC Green Towel and other swag. Make sure you have downloaded your event pass from the Corq app prior to this event so that event volunteers can scan you in for attendance at check-in.

 

5 p.m.  GEORGIA COLLEGE WELCOME RALLY – Centennial Center

Now that you’ve unpacked and moved in, we want to celebrate your induction into the GC Family!  First, a number of distinguished speakers, including the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Director of Athletics, will officially welcome you to Georgia College.  Next, it will be time to show your Bobcat Spirit with introductions to some of our athletic teams and performances by GC’s Cheerleaders, Sassy Cats Dance Team, and more!  You will also have the opportunity to sign GC’s Honor Code.    

 

5:45 p.m.  TRANSPORTATION TO WEST CAMPUS    

You will be transported to West Campus to enjoy an evening of dinner, interaction, fun, and fireworks with your new GC family.

 

6 p.m.  DINNER – KICK-OFF COOKOUT – Intramural Fields

Now that you're energized from the Welcome Rally, take this time to enjoy a delicious spread from our Sodexo dining services. Grab a burger or some BBQ chicken, mingle with classmates, and get geared up for an amazing interactive activity. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available.

 

7:15 p.m. - ICE, ICE, BOBCAT - INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY - Intramural Fields

Looking for ways to meet and begin to get to know your fellow Bobcats? Now is your opportunity to break the ice and enjoy interactive activities led by upper-class student leaders and Outdoor Center staff.

 

8:15 p.m.  RECFEST & FIREWORKS – Intramural Fields

Let the festivities continue! Burn some calories from dinner by participating in a home run derby, playing cornhole, KanJam, inflatables, and more. In between activities, relax and enjoy live music or learn more about the various programs and employment opportunities including Intramurals, Club Sports, Group Fit, Sustainability, and Outdoor Programs. Afterward, find a comfortable spot in the stands or on the field for a fireworks celebration. We are wrapping up your first day with a bang! Shuttles will be available to take you back to main campus after the fireworks show.

 

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.  Sororities are not allowed to schedule activities outside of the times in this program.


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  BREAKFAST – The MAX

 

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

Be sure to access your event pass and present it to the event volunteers to be scanned at check-in to track your attendance at the event.

 

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

This is a ceremonial event that is formal in nature. Please be mindful of attire (no jeans or caps) and of shoe selection as you will be transitioning to various locations across campus following Convocation.

Convocation is your official induction into the Georgia College family, and, in many ways, marks the beginning of your collegiate journey. Convocation will feature a welcome from our President, SGA President, and keynote speaker, Dr. Jan Hoffman, Professor of Rhetoric. Here you will also receive your class pin which serves as a tangible symbol of your membership in the Georgia College Class of 2023. In receiving and putting on your pin, you are not only joining a list of Georgia College community members that stretches back 130 years, but you are also demonstrating your bond to your classmates and commitment to our shared principles of “Reason, Respect, and Responsibility.”  

 

*10:30 – 11:15 a.m.   COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE – Locations announced after Convocation

Meet college leadership, faculty, and other students in the college. Georgia College has four colleges: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health Sciences. Learn about all the opportunities afforded by being a GC Class of 2023 member!

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  LUNCH

Boxed lunches will be provided at three different locations: Arts & Sciences Fountain, Front Campus, Russell Auditorium Courtyard/Lawn. A tent located near Chick-fil-A will have boxed lunches for those with special dietary needs. See below for lunch location assignments:

College of Arts & Sciences: Arts & Sciences Fountain

College of Business: Front Campus

College of Education: Russell Auditorium Courtyard/Lawn

College of Health Sciences: Front Campus

Undeclared Students: Russell Auditorium Courtyard/Lawn

 

*12:45 – 2:15 p.m.  MICRO-SEMINAR SESSIONS – Arts & Sciences, Atkinson Hall, Chappell Hall, Health Sciences Building, Herty Hall, Porter Hall, and Kilpatrick Classrooms (location assignments have been sent via email)

To ensure a good start to your academic experience, you get to participate in one of our Micro-Seminars! These seminars offer an informal introduction to college-level discussions and an opportunity to explore a subject of mutual interest with a subject matter that you selected from the summer reading essays. Get a preview of a classroom setting at Georgia College and have a discussion about compelling themes with those that share a similar interest.

 

*2:30 – 5:05 p.m.  CONCURRENT PROGRAMS – See groupings, locations, and times below 

AlcoholEDU

Did you know that 34% of first-year students at Georgia College don't drink? Learn more interesting facts like this and the importance of making healthy decisions regarding alcohol use in college.

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!

Community Beyond Campus

Your community expands beyond the boundaries of campus. Work with the GIVE Center and International Education Center staff to grow your skills and network throughout the Milledgeville community and beyond. Explore your opportunities and develop your communication skills while meeting friends and making colleagues in Milledgeville and around the world.
 

Group Assignments by Residence:

Group 1: Foundation, Parkhurst, Sanford

Group 2: The Village, Bell, Non-Residential Students*

Group 3: Adams, Napier, Wells

*New transfer students that choose to attend will rotate with Group 2.

 

Group 1

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.                  AlcoholEDU - Russell Auditorium

3:25 – 4:10 p.m.                  BE BRAVE - A&S Classrooms

4:20 – 5:05 p.m.                  COMMUNITY BEYOND CAMPUS - Magnolia Ballroom/Peabody Auditorium*
                                             
*Students with last names starting with A-M will be in Magnolia; students with last names starting with N-Z will be in Peabody 

 

Group 2

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.                  BE BRAVE - A&S Classrooms

3:25 – 4:10 p.m.                  COMMUNITY BEYOND CAMPUS - Magnolia Ballroom/Peabody Auditorium*
                                             
*Students with last names starting with A-M will be in Magnolia; students with last names starting with N-Z will be in Peabody

4:20 – 5:05 p.m.                  AlcoholEDU - Russell Auditorium

 

Group 3

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.                  COMMUNITY BEYOND CAMPUS - Magnolia Ballroom/Peabody Auditorium*
                                             
*Students with last names starting with A-M will be in Magnolia; students with last names starting with N-Z will be in Peabody

3:25 – 4:10 p.m.                  AlcoholEDU - Russell Auditorium

4:20 – 5:05 p.m.                  BE BRAVE - A&S Classrooms

 

4:30 – 6:45 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

*7 – 8 p.m.  FORMING YOUR COMMUNITY – Assigned Residence Hall or Apartment

Join your fellow floormates and share your experiences from your first day of Week of Welcome. Your CA will also work with you to form community expectations for the year and will have important information about the class photo scheduled for Saturday morning including receiving your GC Gives T-shirt.

 

 8 – 11 p.m.  GET CONNECTED BLOCK PARTY – Greene Street (in front of Wells and Parkhurst Halls)

You are cordially invited to the second annual Get Connected Block Party! We want to help you get involved and Get Connected! Come out and meet student organization leaders, learn about ways to get involved, interact at their table games, and have a great time. Dance the night away with laser beams, black lights, and foam at the foam party. 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. You will even have an opportunity to enter a drawing for prizes including a semester of free books! You don't want to miss out!

 

SPIRITWEAR T-SHIRT UPGRADE (while they last) – Greene Street

Bobcat fans will have the opportunity for a T-shirt upgrade during the Block Party. 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 on and tore to shreds. We’ll take any shirt, no questions asked.

 

GLOW ZONE BLACK LIGHT FOAM PARTY - Foundation/Parkhurst Hall Courtyard

Music, laser beams, black lights, and foam?  What more could you ask for?  During Block Party, keep the energy alive by having some fun in foam.  A perfect way to wrap up your Friday night!

 

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.  Sororities are not allowed to schedule activities outside of the times in this program.


*8 – 8:30 a.m.  PHOTO FOR CLASS OF 2023 – Front Campus

Be sure to wear your GC Gives T-shirt.

*8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. GC GIVES – Milledgeville/Baldwin County (locations to be announced)

Being a student at Georgia College is more than excelling in the classroom – it’s about becoming a servant leader too. Join fellow members of the Class of 2023, faculty, staff, and community members as we come together and partner with Keep Milledgeville-Baldwin Beautiful to serve your new community.  Food, water, and transportation to different service sites in the surrounding community will be provided immediately following the class photo. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear as most locations will be outdoors. Let’s give back and be the change which you want to see in the world!

 

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

 

4:30 – 7:15 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

*8 - 9:15 p.m.  CAN I KISS YOU? - Centennial Center

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 20 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 at datesafeproject.org.

 

8 p.m.  BARNES & NOBLE DRAWING FOR A SEMESTER OF FREE BOOKS – Centennial Center

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

 

9:30 – 11:45 p.m.  BOBCAT NIGHTS & SILENT DISCO sponsored by Resident Student Association – Centennial 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 into 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. Refreshments will be provided.

This event is one of the first Bobcat Nights events that will be held for students as part of weekend/late-night programming. Enjoy laser tag, airbrush tattoos, and photos on the side courts and stay tuned to GC Connect for future Bobcat Nights events!


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 - 10:50 a.m.  YOU GOT THIS YOGA - Magnolia Ballroom

Stressing about classes starting tomorrow? No need to stress...you got this! Join us for an invigorating yoga session to boost your mood, prepare your mind and body for classes, and jumpstart your wellness habits for the semester. 

 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  BRUNCH – The MAX

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

 

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  EMERGING LEADERS KICK-OFF – Donahoo Lounge, Maxwell Student Union 
                                    (NOTE:  Only for those who pre-registered for this program)

At this event, you’ll get to know fellow members, learn more about the program’s structure and opportunities, and participate in a series of team-based initiatives focused on effective leadership, communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making

 

2 - 4 p.m.  ADULTING 101 - Arts & Sciences Classrooms 272 & 364

At times, the journey to independence is bumpy. With the introduction of a new series this year, Adulting 101 is a series of workshops that will focus on specific topics directed toward equipping you with the basic resources to prepare for the adult world.

Money Matters - Arts & Sciences 364 (Sessions at 3 and 4 p.m.)

Managing your own money for the first time can be challenging, and it's never too early to start learning. Keeping track of expenses, checks, loans, debt, etc. is confusing. Stop by this session to learn basic financial tips to have a secure and stable bank account. You will better understand managing money and the difference between debit and credit, insurance, mortgage, and credit scores. If you’re worried about starting out your financial life, this is a great session to attend.

Let's Talk About Sex, Baby - Arts & Sciences 272 (Sessions at 3 and 4 p.m.)

"Don't have sex, because you will pregnant and die." - Coach Carr, Mean Girls
For some, that quote isn't too far off their sex ed experience! Join us, and have a realistic, inclusive and honest conversation about the ins an outs sex, protection, and communication. Learn best practices for navigating a variety of relationships, understanding consent, birth control, STIs, and how to utilize on-campus resources.

 

5 - 7 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

 

*8 – 9 p.m.  BECOMING A BOBCAT: YOUR GC JOURNEY - Centennial Center

Welcome to Bobcat Nation! You are all officially Bobcats and on the path to graduate with a degree from a Liberal Arts Institution! Ever wondered exactly what that means? This session will jumpstart you on your journey and help you understand the traditions, liberal arts mission, and highlight what it means to bleed blue and green. 

 

*9 – 10 p.m.  CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY – Ralph H. Norman Clock Tower (between Sanford and Wells Halls)

The night before classes start, the campus community gathers around the reflection pool near the Ralph H. Norman Clock Tower to mark the beginning of the academic year. 

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.  Sororities are not allowed to schedule activities outside of the times in this program.


7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  BOBCAT BRIGADE – Make-a-Wish Fountain (next to A&S)

Need to know where your class is located?  Not sure where the Financial Aid Office is? Want to learn more about Bobcat Spirit? Bobcat Brigade won’t throw shade – they’re here for you! Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and meet members of our campus community who make up the Bobcat Brigade. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have, provide a tasty treat, and hand out cool GC swag as you make your way across campus.

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station (bottom floor of the library)

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 - Lanier Hall 110

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.

 

12 - 2 p.m.  COOL DOWN WITH KING OF POPS - Summerlin House (yellow brick house across the street from The MAX)

Are you already overwhelmed by middle Georgia’s heat? Do you want the best Instagram pictures on your first day of class? Stop by and cool down with some King of Pops while talking to members of our Student Alumni Council and Alumni staff. Don’t forget to take pictures with our mascot, Thunder! Ask the SAC where the best place is to eat downtown, the best spot to take a nap in the library, and anything else you want to know about Georgia College! Ask our Alumni staff how you can get involved in networking opportunities with our most distinguished alumni. Popsicles are first come first served.

 

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!

 

 

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


7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.  BOBCAT BRIGADE - Make-a-Wish Fountain (next to A&S)

Need to know where your class is located?  Not sure where the Financial Aid Office is?  Want to learn more about Bobcat Spirit?  Bobcat Brigade won’t throw shade – they’re here for you!  Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and meet members of our campus community who make up the Bobcat Brigade.  Administrators, faculty, staff, and students will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have, provide a tasty treat, and hand out cool GC swag as you make your way across campus.

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station (bottom floor of the library)

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 - Lanier Hall 110

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.

 

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


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station (bottom floor of the library)

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 (upfront 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 Handshake and to bring copies of their resumes.


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  TECH HELP LOUNGE – The Innovation Station (bottom floor of the library)

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 (bottom floor of the library)

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.

 

1 – 4 p.m.  INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CENTER OPEN HOUSE – Bone House (across from Old Governor's Mansion)

Join the International Education Center in celebrating the first week of classes and our new director! Talk to students who have recently returned from study abroad and learn more about your opportunities to study abroad, the International Club, and other international opportunities. Cool off from a hot day with snacks and cold beverages! To learn more about the International Education Center, check out http://www.gcsu.edu/international

 

8 p.m. – 12 a.m.  MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT sponsored by the Black Student Alliance and Resident Student Association – Parkhurst/Foundation Hall Courtyard

Join us under the stars for a double feature of "Monsters Inc." and "Monsters University". Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and claim a square of grass for yourself and your friends in front of our 40x60 inflatable movie screen. Come early and have some fun with new and old friends. We will provide the movies and snacks. Be sure to save the date, and hopefully, the weather won't affect the fun!