Weekend of Welcome 2021

students at welcome weekend in blue tee shirts

Weekend of Welcome is an immersive experience that showcases the unique and multifaceted culture of Georgia College. It is always 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. This year, Weekend of Welcome 2021 will be held on August 12 - 15, with additional events and activities offered throughout the rest of the month. For a complete breakdown of the Weekend of Welcome schedule, please see below.

** Please download your event pass from the mobile version of GC Connect found on the Corq app so your attendance can be tracked. **

Wednesday, August 11

8 a.m. - 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. Move-in details are available online by visiting University Housing.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. IFC PARENT ORIENTATION - Magnolia Ballroom

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) Parent Orientation is an optional informational session dedicated to helping parents and potential members learn about fraternity life at Georgia College. We will share detailed information about the recruitment process, the new member period, costs, and time expectations.

Thursday, August 12

8 a.m. - 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. Move-in details are available online by visiting University Housing.

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!

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  IFC PARENT ORIENTATION - Magnolia Ballroom

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) Parent Orientation is an optional informational session dedicated to helping parents and potential members learn about fraternity life at Georgia College. We will share detailed information about the recruitment process, the new member period, costs, and time expectations.

*4 p.m. - 5 p.m.  MEET YOUR COMMUNITY ADVISOR - Assigned residence hall or apartment

Come together with your CA and your fellow floor mates 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 2025 T-shirts for the Welcome Rally and Kick-off Cookout, and help you meet your new neighbors.  Other topics will include sharing housing rules and policies and getting involved on campus.

*WELCOME TO GEORGIA COLLEGE – Centennial Center

Be sure to wear your Class of 2025 T-shirt

*5:30 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 Life 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 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.  

6:30 p.m. COOKOUT – Centennial Center

Enjoy an old fashion cookout with burgers and chicken sandwiches. Listen to some music, take a turn down the gigantic slide, relax and meet some new friends. Welcome to Georgia College.

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. – 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 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.

Friday, August 13

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  BREAKFAST – The MAX

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

Appropriate dress required - no jeans or caps. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. to get swiped in.

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. Here you will also receive your class pin which serves as a tangible symbol of your membership in the Georgia College Class of 2025. In receiving and putting on your pin, you are not only joining a list of Georgia College community members that stretches back 130 years, you are also demonstrating your bond to your classmates and commitment to our shared principles of “Reason, Respect, and Responsibility.”  
 

*10:30 – 12:15 p.m. SESSION 1 – Concurrent Programs – See groupings (TBD), 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 in making healthy decisions regarding alcohol use in college.

Get to Know Your First-Year Guide

During this small group interactive session you’ll get to know a first-year guide, be introduced to GC Journeys, and have a chance to get your academic questions answered.

Group 1 (Team Blue)

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.          FYG SESSION – campus classrooms

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.          ALCOHOLEDU – Russell Auditorium  

Group 2 (Team Green)

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.          ALCOHOLEDU – Russell Auditorium  

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.          FYG SESSION – campus classrooms

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m   LUNCH - Various pickup locations across campus
 

*1:00 – 3:45 p.m. SESSION II - Concurrent Programs – See groupings, locations, and times below

From 1:00- 3:45 you will be rotating through your GCReads microseminar sessions and Be Brave sessions. If you are signed up for a 1pm GCReads session then you will attend Be Brave at 2:30pm. If you are signed up for a 2:30pm GCReads session then you will attend a 1pm Be Brave session.

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!

Micro-Seminar Sessions

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.

        BE BRAVE – Russell Auditorium

        GC READS – campus classrooms

4:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m   DINNER - The Max

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

Join your fellow floor mates 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. WELCOME TO GEORGIA COLLEGE BLOCK PARTY – Greene Street

You are cordially invited to the 3rd Annual Block Party!  Come out and enjoy music, art and fun.  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. 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!

8 – 11 p.m.  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 of and tore to shreds.  We’ll take any shirt, no questions asked.

Saturday, August 14

Additional details and events are forthcoming

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 2025, faculty, staff, and community members as we come together to serve your new community.  Food, water, and transportation to different service sites in the surrounding community will be provided. 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! 

Use this link to sign up to participate.

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

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  REST & RELAXATION

Take this time to relax in your residence hall and meet new friends. Head out to the Oconee Greenway or to East Campus on Lake Laurel and enjoy the afternoon. Need to run to Wal-Mart to grab some items for your room? Use this time to your own leisure.

5:00 – 7:15 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

Sunday, August 15

Additional details and events are forthcoming

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  BRUNCH – The MAX

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

4 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  LEADERSHIP ACADEMY WELCOME RECEPTION – Magnolia Ballroom, Student Activities Center (NOTE:  Only for those who pre-registered for this program). For more information, please visit the Leadership Academy website.

5:00 -7:00 p.m.  DINNER – The MAX

*7:00 – 8:30 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: datesafeproject.org.